Gas-powered leaf blowers; local regulation, civil penalty. (HB1337)

Introduced By

Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church) with support from co-patron Del. Elizabeth Bennett-Parker (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Local regulation of gas-powered leaf blowers; civil penalty. Provides that any locality may by ordinance regulate the use of gas-powered leaf blowers. Prior to enactment of such ordinance, a public hearing is required. The ordinance may include provisions for a civil penalty. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/21/2022Presented and ordered printed 22104665D
01/21/2022Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/28/2022Assigned CC & T sub: Subcommittee #1
02/04/2022Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (5-Y 4-N)
02/15/2022Left in Counties, Cities and Towns


Avril Garland writes:

Maybe we shouldn't be so keen to blow away our leaves in the first place. Entomologist Doug Tallamy says that 92% of lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) winter in fallen leaves or woody debris. Leaf litter provides habitat for countless insect species, including firefly larva and butterflies, small amphibians, spiders, and invertebrates. It also provides foraging ground and nesting materials for birds. Fallen leaves are not trash, but a valuable part of the ecosystem. They nourish the soil with organic matter, and after heavy rain act like sponges, slowing down storm water, helping keep sediment out of streams.

The noise from gas leaf blowers can reach 110 dB for the user. Landscape crews often lack adequate ear protection. . Even worse are the emissions. A 2011 study by Edmunds Car Reviews shows staggering levels of pollutants from 2-stroke engines, the same engines still used today. We should be especially mindful of VOCs and nitrous oxide. On sunny days,enough of these in the air and you get smog.

The California Air Resources Board, citing the Edmonds study, reports that operating a commercial 2-stroke leaf blower for one hour emits more smog-forming pollution than driving a 2016 Toyota Camry for 1,100 miles.

BillTheThrill writes:

Gee Kate how will the illegals remove your leaves?