Grass and weeds; authorizes City of Hopewell to require by ordinance to cut on certain property. (HB492)

Introduced By

Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg) with support from co-patron Del. Riley Ingram (R-Hopewell)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Cutting of grass; City of Hopewell.  Adds Hopewell to the list of localities that may enforce a grass cutting ordinance on occupied property. The existing general provisions apply to vacant property only. Amends § 15.2-901, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


  • 01/10/2012 Committee
  • 01/10/2012 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12102753D
  • 01/10/2012 Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
  • 01/13/2012 Assigned CC & T sub: #1
  • 01/18/2012 Subcommittee recommends reporting (10-Y 0-N)
  • 01/20/2012 Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns (18-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/23/2012 Read first time
  • 01/24/2012 Read second time and engrossed
  • 01/25/2012 Read third time and passed House (81-Y 18-N)
  • 01/25/2012 VOTE: PASSAGE (81-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/26/2012 Constitutional reading dispensed
  • 01/26/2012 Referred to Committee on Local Government
  • 02/28/2012 Reported from Local Government (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
  • 03/01/2012 Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 03/02/2012 Requires 2/3 affirmative votes for passage
  • 03/02/2012 Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 03/02/2012 Read third time
  • 03/02/2012 Defeated by Senate (26-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
  • 03/02/2012 Requires 2/3 affirmative votes of members elected for passage
  • 03/02/2012 Reconsideration of defeated action agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 03/02/2012 Passed by for the day
  • 03/05/2012 Read third time
  • 03/05/2012 Passed Senate (29-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
  • 03/08/2012 Enrolled
  • 03/08/2012 Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB492ER)
  • 03/08/2012 Signed by Speaker
  • 03/09/2012 Signed by President
  • 03/30/2012 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 430 (effective 7/1/12)
  • 03/30/2012 G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0430)


This bill mentions Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport, Newport News, Colonial Heights, Hopewell, James City, Winchester.