State forest activity fee; Department of Forestry to promulgate emergency regulations to establish. (HB858)

Introduced By

Del. Matt Fariss (R-Rustburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


State forest activity fee. Authorizes the Department of Forestry to promulgate emergency regulations to establish a special use permit fee for activities taking place in state forests. Until the regulations become effective, a fee not to exceed $15 shall be charged for a special use permit for five specific activities: hunting, fishing, trapping, riding bikes, and riding horses. Currently, the Department can charge a fee for these specific activities but does not have the flexibility to include other types of forest-based recreational activities. The bill would allow the Department to use the regulatory process to include additional activities authorized under the special use permit, without having to amend the statutory authorization. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102985D
01/08/2014Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/14/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB858)
01/20/2014Assigned ACNRsub: Natural Resources
01/22/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
01/23/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB858)
01/29/2014Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2014Read first time
01/31/2014Read second time and engrossed
02/03/2014Read third time and passed House (86-Y 9-N)
02/03/2014VOTE: PASSAGE (86-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/2014Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/13/2014Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/18/2014Read third time
02/18/2014Passed Senate (32-Y 8-N)
02/20/2014Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB858ER)
02/20/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB858ER)
02/20/2014Signed by Speaker
02/22/2014Signed by President
03/05/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 141 (effective 7/1/14)
03/05/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0141)


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 1 minute.