Removal of dangerous roadside vegetation; local option. (SB225)

Introduced By

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland) with support from co-patrons Del. Josh Cole (D-Stafford), and Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)


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 HB 284. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/31/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100283D
12/31/2019Referred to Committee on Local Government
01/13/2020Reported from Local Government (10-Y 0-N 3-A) (see vote tally)
01/14/2020Constitutional readings dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/14/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/15/2020Read second time
01/15/2020Reading of amendment waived
01/15/2020Amendment by Senator Stuart agreed to
01/15/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended SB225E
01/15/2020Printed as engrossed 20100283D-E
01/16/2020Read third time and passed Senate (37-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB225E)
01/24/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB225E)
02/13/2020Placed on Calendar
02/13/2020Read first time
02/13/2020Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
02/13/2020Assigned CC & T sub: Land Use
02/20/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (7-Y 1-N)
02/21/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/21/2020Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with amendments (20-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Read second time
02/26/2020Read third time
02/26/2020Committee amendments agreed to
02/26/2020Engrossed by House as amended
02/26/2020Passed House with amendments (82-Y 17-N)
02/26/2020VOTE: Passage (82-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Passed by for the day
03/02/2020House amendments rejected by Senate (2-Y 38-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020House insisted on amendments
03/03/2020House requested conference committee
03/04/2020Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/04/2020Senators: Stuart, Hashmi, McPike
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by House
03/05/2020Delegates: Cole, J.G., Heretick, Leftwich
03/05/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/05/2020Conference report agreed to by House (78-Y 19-N)
03/05/2020VOTE: Adoption (78-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB225ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
03/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB225ER)
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 963 (effective 7/1/20)
04/09/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0963)