Objects of antiquity; unlawful to remove from battlefield, penalty. (HB2311)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Runion (R-Bridgewater) with support from co-patrons Del. Amanda Batten (R-Toano), and Del. Mike Mullin (D-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Objects of antiquity; removal from battlefield; penalty. Adds land owned by a battlefield preservation organization and land on which such organization holds an easement to the category of lands on which it is unlawful to intentionally damage, disturb, or remove any object of antiquity. Current law prohibits such acts on any designated state archaeological site or on state-controlled land and provides that a violation of the prohibition is a Class 1 misdemeanor. Read the Bill »


03/11/2021: signed by governor


01/20/2021Presented and ordered printed 21102961D
01/20/2021Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/22/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2311)
02/03/2021Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Read first time
02/04/2021Read second time and engrossed
02/05/2021Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/05/2021VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2021Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (13-Y 0-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021Read third time
02/19/2021Passed Senate (37-Y 0-N)
02/24/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2311ER)
02/24/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2311ER)
02/24/2021Signed by President
02/25/2021Signed by Speaker
02/26/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 26, 2021
02/26/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/11/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 59 (effective 7/1/21)
03/11/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0059)