HB475: Roadways; solicitation of contributions.

HOUSE BILL NO. 475

Offered January 8, 2014
Prefiled January 6, 2014
A BILL to amend and reenact § 46.2-931 of the Code of Virginia, relating to the solicitation of contributions on roadways.
Patron-- McQuinn

Referred to Committee on Transportation

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That § 46.2-931 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

§ 46.2-931. Localities may prohibit or regulate distribution of handbills, etc., solicitation of contributions, and sale of merchandise or services on highways within their boundaries or on public roadways and medians.

A. Any county, city, or town is hereby authorized to adopt an ordinance prohibiting or regulating:

1. The distribution of handbills, leaflets, bulletins, literature, advertisements, or similar material to the occupants of motor vehicles on highways located within its boundaries or on public roadways and medians;

2. The solicitation of contributions of any nature from the occupants of motor vehicles on highways located within its boundaries or on public roadways and medians; and

3. The sale of merchandise or services or the attempted sale of merchandise or services to the occupants of motor vehicles on highways located within its boundaries or on public roadways and medians.

B. Ordinances adopted pursuant to this section may provide that any person violating the provisions of such ordinances shall be guilty of a traffic infraction.

C. The Virginia Department of Transportation may regulate activities within such streets and highways under its jurisdiction, subject to regulations promulgated by the Commonwealth Transportation Board. Nothing in this section shall be construed to allow any locality to permit activities within any highway under the maintenance and operational jurisdiction of the Virginia Department of Transportation.

D. Any locality may by ordinance allow pedestrians over the age of 18 who are part of, or working on behalf of, a § 501(c)(3) organization, to enter one or more roadways for the purpose of soliciting contributions that are devoted to charitable or community betterment purposes. Any such ordinance shall not exclude or give preference to any individual or the members of any organization, association, or group. Any ordinance failing to strictly adhere to the provisions of this subsection shall be void.