Aircraft; person who projects point of light from laser at an aircraft is guilty of misdemeanor. (HB87)

Introduced By

Del. Barry Knight (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patrons Del. Sal Iaquinto (R-Virginia Beach), and Del. Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Projecting a laser at an aircraft; penalty.  Provides that any person, except as authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration or the armed forces of the United States, who projects a laser at an aircraft shall be deemed to have interfered with or threatened to interfere with the operation of the aircraft and therefore is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor or, if a life is endangered, a Class 6 felony. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/21/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100212D
12/21/2011Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/04/2012Impact statement from VCSC (HB87)
01/11/2012Impact statement from VCSC (HB87)
01/17/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/2012Reported from Transportation with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2012Reported from Transportation with amendment and referred to Courts Committee (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2012Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
01/23/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting (9-Y 0-N)
01/23/2012Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/03/2012Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (18-Y 0-N)
02/03/2012Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/03/2012Reported from Courts of Justice (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2012Assigned App. sub: Public Safety
02/09/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
02/10/2012Reported from Appropriations with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2012Committee substitute printed 12105270D-H1
02/12/2012Read first time
02/13/2012Read second time
02/13/2012Transportation Committee amendment rejected
02/13/2012Appropriations Committee substitute agreed to 12105270D-H1
02/13/2012Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB87H1
02/14/2012Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/14/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
02/15/2012Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/22/2012Rereferred from Transportation (11-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2012Rereferred to Courts of Justice
02/24/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB87H1)
02/27/2012Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2012Committee substitute printed 12105621D-S1
02/28/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2012Read third time
02/29/2012Reading of substitute waived
02/29/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12105621D-S1
02/29/2012Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB87S1
02/29/2012Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2012Placed on Calendar
03/02/2012Senate substitute agreed to by House 12105621D-S1 (96-Y 0-N)
03/02/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB87ER)
03/07/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB87ER)
03/07/2012Signed by Speaker
03/08/2012Signed by President
03/30/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 398 (effective 7/1/12)
03/30/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0398)


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 45 seconds.