Animal fighting; one or more tethered cocks. (HB1626)

Introduced By

Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Animal fighting; confiscation of tethered cocks. Provides that an animal control officer shall confiscate a tethered cock if such cock has been, is, or is intended to be used in animal fighting. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


10/23/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100448D
10/23/2018Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/09/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1626)
01/09/2019Assigned ACNR sub: Subcommittee #1
01/14/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (7-Y 1-N)
01/16/2019Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendment (19-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2019Read first time
01/21/2019Passed by for the day
01/21/2019House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/22/2019Amendment by Delegate Orrock agreed to
01/22/2019Read second time
01/22/2019Committee amendment agreed to
01/22/2019Amendments by Delegate Orrock agreed to
01/22/2019Engrossed by House as amended HB1626E
01/22/2019Printed as engrossed 19100448D-E
01/23/2019House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/23/2019Engrossment reconsidered by House
01/23/2019Committee amendment reconsidered
01/23/2019Committee amendment rejected
01/23/2019Amendments by Delegate Orrock agreed to
01/23/2019Reengrossed by House as amended HB1626E2
01/23/2019Printed as reengrossed 19100448D-E2
01/24/2019Read third time and passed House (78-Y 16-N)
01/24/2019VOTE: PASSAGE (78-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2019Constitutional reading dispensed
01/25/2019Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/07/2019Rereferred from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2019Rereferred to Courts of Justice
02/08/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1626E2)
02/13/2019Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2019Committee substitute printed 19107056D-S1
02/15/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2019Read third time
02/18/2019Reading of substitute waived
02/18/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19107056D-S1
02/18/2019Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1626S1
02/18/2019Passed Senate with substitute (38-Y 1-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/19/2019Placed on Calendar
02/19/2019Senate substitute agreed to by House 19107056D-S1 (80-Y 18-N 1-A)
02/19/2019VOTE: ADOPTION (80-Y 18-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/19/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1626S1)
02/22/2019Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1626ER)
02/22/2019Signed by Speaker
02/22/2019Signed by President
02/25/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1626ER)
03/04/2019Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 4, 2019
03/04/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
03/12/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 345 (effective 7/1/19)
03/12/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0345)


D Keaton writes:

This is not a common sense bill. This bill will provide animal control a pass on people's property or farms because they have game chickens tethered. People are already guilty because they own them. This bill is backed by animal rights with deep pockets and lawmakers that have hidden agendas. None of you will be happy until it's a felony to throw a hook in the water.

Steve Perry writes:

The state of Virginia tell us that a chicken needs 2 sq feet of ground to be happy and productive . The tethering HB 1626 referse to is actually open range tie cords that I sale for $96 per dozen . This tie cord will give your chickens approximately 80 times more ground space 200 plus sq feet .it will also keep your chickens out of the neighbors garden. HB 1626 would give a brain dead animal control idiot card blanch to seize my frizzells and leave me trying to explain that’s not fighting cocks they are ornamental birds. We have really let down our founding fathers letting the AR’s lowering human rights below that of a chicken all to appease speacial interest groups . Open range tie cords have nothing to do with animal fighting it is just good Animal husbandry .