Game and Inland Fisheries, Department of; appointment of Director. (SB25)

Introduced By

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Appointment of Director of Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.  Removes the authority of the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries to appoint the Director of the Department, resulting in the Governor making the appointment. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/28/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12101239D
12/28/2011Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/18/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB25)
02/02/2012Continued to 2013 in Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)


Carol Senechal writes:

This position should NOT be a political appointment but should be filled by someone who know something about Wildlife! As a native of King George County, I implore you to leave the wildlife in the hands of people who know about wildlife, not in the hands of politicians! Thank you!

Kay Jacobs writes:

As a lover of Virginia wildlife, I urge you to allow the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries to continue appointing its Director rather than making that a position filled by a governor appointment. It's only common sense that a wildlife professional is so much more capable! Thank you.

Barbara Colella writes:

Our wildlife is too precious to entrust it to a politician. The Director must be a professional who is knowledgeable about our wildlife, someone who can use this position to educate, and someone respected by the board.

Paula Applegate writes:

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland fisheries should appoint their own director.. Keep politics out of it. Virginia's wildlife deserve to be out of the political scheme of things and VGDIF should be run the way it always has been. I care about Virginia's natural wonders..don't you?

Paula Applegate writes:

Wild animals can't vote so we have to vote for them and we will!

Sidney Burr writes:

The VA DGIF should be lead by a wildlife professional, not by a political appointee who may or may not have any knowledge in this area and who might change every 4 years, depending on the political winds. The mission of DGIF to protect VA's wildlife is very important to most of us in VA. This ill conceived change to remove the authority of the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries to appoint the Director of the Department should be withdrawn immediately.

Patricia writes:

This bill is a horrible insult to VDGIF, should not be passed. People who care about wildlife do have a strong voice and a vote!

Lisa writes:

As a lover of wildlife I feel the VA DGIF should not be filled by an appointed politican. It should be lead by wildlife professional who has the knowledge and training to do so. The wildlife is a valuable part of VA. and brings in many tournist from other states. Please leave the DGIF in the hands of the people who know and supports the best interest of wildlife. Thank you!

Judith Tyson writes:

The wildlife professional who leads VA DGIF should be free to act on the best interests of wildlife as opposed to the shifting sands of politics. Please leave this position alone. I am a wildlife lover and a voter and I will be following this closely. DGIF is highly respected and I would like it to continue to be so. Political appointments will drag it into political mud. Thank you.

Carol Ann Arendall writes:

Classic example of politicians wanting to spend energies to fix something that is not broken. Why do this? Please explain why you think you need to make the protection of our wildlife another political football. Leave the care of our Virginia wildlife to our Virginia wildlife professionals, not politicians. This does not need to be changed! Wildlife lovers aka Voters are watching. Thank you.

VHDOA writes:

Sen. Stuart has introduced five (5) separate bills attacking DGIF this session. He is was the subject of a DGIF law enforcement action and this is his payback.