Statewide system of trails; use of wheelchairs or other power-driven mobility devices permitted. (HB522)

Introduced By

Del. Peter Farrell (R-Henrico) with support from 7 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Jimmie Massie (R-Richmond), Del. Randy Minchew (R-Leesburg), Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond), Del. David Ramadan (R-South Riding), Del. Michael Webert (R-Marshall)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Statewide system of trails; wheelchairs or other power-driven mobility devices.  Permits the Department of Conservation and Recreation to allow the use of wheelchairs or other power-driven mobility devices on the statewide system of trails in accordance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12103426D
01/10/2012Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/18/2012Assigned ACNRsub: Natural Resources
01/20/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB522)
01/25/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 0-N)
02/08/2012Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2012Read first time
02/10/2012Read second time
02/10/2012Committee amendments agreed to
02/10/2012Engrossed by House as amended HB522E
02/10/2012Printed as engrossed 12103426D-E
02/13/2012Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/13/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2012Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/14/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB522E)
03/01/2012Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2012Read third time
03/06/2012Reading of amendment waived
03/06/2012Committee amendment agreed to
03/06/2012Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/06/2012Passed Senate with amendment (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2012Placed on Calendar
03/08/2012Senate amendment agreed to by House (97-Y 0-N)
03/08/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB522ER)
03/10/2012Signed by Speaker
03/10/2012Signed by President
03/12/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB522ER)
03/15/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB522ER)
04/04/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 598 (effective 7/1/12)
04/04/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0598)


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


Editor’s Pick
Wayne Wilcox writes:

All in all, a noble effort but worthy of some editing.

Section A's definition of "Other power-driven mobility device" would allow the use of ATVs, cars and trucks, as long as mobility-disabled individuals were using them. The definition could use some tightening up.

Section E should encourage the Department to mark trails for use of the proper vehicles, rather than just not forbid the Department from doing so.

Jakob Helmboldt writes:

This is a bad bill. It has come up in other states and it effectively allows the user of virtually any motorized vehicle to claim they have to use it for "mobility" purposes. This means golf carts, ATVs, etc can be claimed as a legitimate use.

It should also be noted that under most situations a shared-use path that has been funded with federal funds (e.g. Transportation Enhancements) makes it illegal under federal law to have motorized use (other than a legitimate wheelchair or similar device).