Removal of dangerous roadside vegetation; local option. (HB284)

Introduced By

Del. Josh Cole (D-Stafford) with support from co-patron Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Removal of dangerous roadside conditions; local option. Authorizes any locality, by ordinance, to require the owner of any property located adjacent to a right-of-way maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation to remove any and all trees, tree limbs, shrubs, high grass, or other substance that might dangerously obstruct the line of sight of a driver, be involved in a collision with a vehicle, or interfere with the safe operation of a vehicle. This bill is identical to SB 225. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/30/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101459D
12/30/2019Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/17/2020Assigned CC & T sub: Land Use
01/24/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB284)
01/31/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/31/2020Committee substitute printed 20106413D-H1
01/31/2020Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with substitute (19-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Read first time
02/05/2020Read second time
02/05/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106413D-H1
02/05/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB284H1
02/06/2020Read third time and passed House (84-Y 15-N)
02/06/2020VOTE: Passage (84-Y 15-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2020Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/17/2020Reported from Local Government with amendments (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB284H1)
02/18/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Read third time
02/19/2020Reading of amendments waived
02/19/2020Committee amendments agreed to
02/19/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/19/2020Passed Senate with amendments (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Placed on Calendar
02/21/2020Senate amendments rejected by House (1-Y 95-N)
02/21/2020VOTE: REJECTED (1-Y 95-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Senate insisted on amendments (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Senate requested conference committee
02/26/2020House acceded to request
02/26/2020Conferees appointed by House
02/26/2020Delegates: Cole, J.G., Heretick, Leftwich
02/28/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
02/28/2020Senators: Stuart, Hashmi, McPike
03/05/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/05/2020Conference report agreed to by House (76-Y 23-N)
03/05/2020VOTE: Adoption (76-Y 23-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB284ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
03/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB284ER)
03/20/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 20, 2020
03/20/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/09/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 962 (effective 7/1/20)
04/09/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0962)


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.