Railroad rights-of-way; passage permitted for access to lands used for recreational purposes, etc. (SB546)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Landowner liability arising from recreational activities; railroad rights-of-way. Ensures that railroad rights-of-way may be used for recreational purposes and for access to lands being used for recreational purposes without the easement holder owing a duty of care to the user. This exemption from civil liability already exists for landowners, but does not explicitly include railroad rights-of-way. The exemption does not apply if the landowner charges a fee for the use of the lands and does include gross negligence or willful or malicious failure to guard or warn against a dangerous condition. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10103807D
01/13/2010Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/25/2010Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendments (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2010Read second time
01/27/2010Reading of amendments waived
01/27/2010Committee amendments agreed to
01/27/2010Engrossed by Senate as amended SB546E
01/27/2010Printed as engrossed 10103807D-E
01/28/2010Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2010Placed on Calendar
02/08/2010Read first time
02/08/2010Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/17/2010Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2010Read second time
02/19/2010Read third time
02/19/2010Passed House BLOCK VOTE (95-Y 0-N)
02/19/2010VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (95-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2010Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB546ER)
02/23/2010Signed by President
02/23/2010Signed by Speaker
03/04/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 43 (effective 7/1/10)
03/04/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0043)


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 3 minutes.