Feral hogs; employees of DGIF & federal agencies allowed to hunt or kill from aircraft, etc. (HB137)

Introduced By

Del. Barry Knight (R-Virginia Beach)

Progress

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

Description

Killing feral hogs. Allows employees of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and federal agencies having responsibility for fisheries and wildlife management to hunt or kill, from aircraft and with the permission of the landowner, feral hogs in False Cape State Park and Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, except during waterfowl season. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
12/18/2015Committee
12/18/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102939D
12/18/2015Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/12/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB137)
01/13/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee Natural Resources
01/13/2016Assigned ACNR sub: Subcommittee Natural Resources
01/13/2016Assigned ACNR sub:
01/20/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting (9-Y 0-N)
01/27/2016Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2016Read first time
01/29/2016Read second time and engrossed
02/01/2016Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/01/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2016Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/2016Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/18/2016Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2016Read third time
02/23/2016Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2016Enrolled
02/24/2016Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB137ER)
02/24/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB137ER)
02/24/2016Signed by Speaker
02/25/2016Signed by President
02/25/2016Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 02/25/16
02/25/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 3, 2016
03/01/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 116 (effective 7/1/16)
03/01/2016G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0116)

Comments

Waldo Jaquith writes:

A little background on this: there's a serious problem with feral hogs in False Cape State Park and Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and currently the only method of dealing with that is a hunt, with just a few hunters permitted to join, on a first-come, first-served basis, for just a single day each year. This is going badly—the population of hogs keeps growing, and it's wreaking havoc on the native ecosystem. If I recall correctly, the state lacks the authority to allow people to hunt more often in Back Bay, since that's a national wildlife refuge, but presumably DGIF is permitted to hunt there more often, if the state gives them the authority to do so.