Grass; adds Spotsylvania County to list of counties authorized to require property owners to cut. (HB38)

Introduced By

Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Authority to cut grass.  Adds Spotsylvania County to the list of counties with authority to require that the owner of occupied residential real property cut the grass or lawn area of less than one-half acre on such property when growth on the grass or lawn area exceeds 12 inches in height. Spotsylvania County may, after reasonable notice, have the grass or lawn area cut by its agents or employees, in which event the cost and expenses thereof shall be chargeable to and paid by the owner of the property and may be collected by the county as taxes and levies are collected. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/18/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10102827D
12/18/2009Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/15/2010Assigned CC & T sub: #1
01/20/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting (9-Y 0-N)
01/22/2010Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns (19-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2010Read first time
01/26/2010Read second time and engrossed
01/27/2010Read third time and passed House (75-Y 23-N)
01/27/2010VOTE: --- PASSAGE (75-Y 23-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2010Constitutional reading dispensed
01/28/2010Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/23/2010Reported from Local Government (10-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2010Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (38-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2010Read third time
02/26/2010Defeated by Senate (26-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2010Requires 2/3 affirmative votes for passage
02/26/2010Reconsideration of defeated action agreed to by Senate (38-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2010Passed by for the day
03/01/2010Read third time
03/01/2010Passed Senate (31-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2010Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB38ER)
03/09/2010Signed by Speaker
03/11/2010Signed by President
04/11/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 396 (effective 7/1/10)
04/11/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0396)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 4 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.


Waldo Jaquith writes:

This really highlights everything that's wrong with the Dillon Rule: It takes an act of the General Assembly for Spotsylvania to get somebody to cut their lawn.