Hunting and trapping; reduces penalty for violations. (HB940)

Introduced By

Del. Watkins Abbitt (I-Appomattox)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Forestry; hunting and trapping violations. Reduces the penalty for violations of hunting and trapping laws or regulations administered by the State Forester. Currently such a violation is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor and could include confinement in jail for not more than 12 months and a fine of not more than $2,500. Under the new provision, a violation would be punishable as a Class 3 misdemeanor and would include only the possibility of a fine of not more than $500. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10100786D
01/13/2010Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/27/2010Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2010Read first time
01/29/2010Read second time and engrossed
02/01/2010Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/01/2010VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2010Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/2010Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/08/2010Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2010Read third time
02/10/2010Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2010Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB940ER)
02/17/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB940ER)
02/17/2010Signed by Speaker
02/18/2010Signed by President
02/26/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 8 (effective 7/1/10)
02/26/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0008)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 25 seconds.


Waldo Jaquith writes:

Why? I'm not in favor of lawmakers that advocate for continually harsher penalties for all crimes, and in theory it's great to see somebody supporting the opposite, but I have to wonder on what basis this is being scaled back.

Thomas Crouch writes:

Those who live in areas with lots of State Forest land have a friend in the House! This is a bad bill... state forest lands are for all to enjoy and require enforcement of the existing laws and penalties to protect the rights of all who use that land. I hunt and use public land. The laws are easy to obey.