Littering; increased specificity as to what constitutes and provides an alternative penalty. (HB1447)

Introduced By

Del. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Littering. Provides increased specificity as to what constitutes littering, and provides an alternative penalty for persons who litter in quantities no greater than 0.7 cubic feet. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
12/27/2012Committee
12/27/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101808D
12/27/2012Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/11/2013Assigned Transportation sub: #4
01/15/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1447)
01/17/2013Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (2-Y 4-N)
02/05/2013Left in Transportation

Comments

Waldo Jaquith writes:

0.7 cubic feet? That seems awfully specific. The law doesn't currently say anything about volume. Is the police officer who witnessed this act of littering now to collect the evidence, somehow measure it (I sincerely cannot envision how a police officer is supposed to determine the volume of litter), and take the matter to court...for a $50 fine?

The effect of this law is to reduce the fine for littering from $250 to $50, but only for quantities below this arbitrary seeming amount. Del. Hodges would do well to explain the impetus for this legislation, because it sure doesn't appear to make any sense.