Driving in flooded areas; localities may by ordinance prohibit, exception. (HB289)

Introduced By

Del. Gordon Helsel (R-Poquoson) with support from co-patron Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Local regulation of driving in flooded areas; penalty. Allows localities to by ordinance prohibit driving in a flooded street in a way that damages property and creates a Class 4 misdemeanor for a violation of such ordinance. This prohibition does not apply to law-enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical services personnel, or operators of Department of Transportation vehicles in the performance of their official duties. Read the Bill »


03/11/2016: failed house


01/04/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101326D
01/04/2016Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/13/2016Impact statement from DHCD (HB289)
01/15/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee Subcommittee #1
01/15/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee #1
01/15/2016Assigned Tansportation sub: Subcommittee #1
01/15/2016Assigned Transportation sub: Subcommittee #1
01/29/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 0-N)
02/04/2016Reported from Transportation with amendment (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2016Read first time
02/08/2016Read second time
02/08/2016Committee amendment agreed to
02/08/2016Engrossed by House as amended HB289E
02/08/2016Printed as engrossed 16101326D-E
02/09/2016Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/09/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2016Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2016Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/17/2016Reported from Transportation with substitute (12-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2016Committee substitute printed 16105598D-S1
02/19/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2016Read third time
02/22/2016Reading of substitute waived
02/22/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16105598D-S1
02/22/2016Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB289S1
02/22/2016Passed Senate with substitute (32-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2016Placed on Calendar
02/24/2016Senate substitute rejected by House 16105598D-S1 (0-Y 99-N)
02/24/2016VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 99-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2016Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2016Senate requested conference committee
03/11/2016No further action taken
03/11/2016Failed to pass in House


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB163.