Stationary blinds for waterfowl; providing location of blinds to Department of Wildlife Resources. (HB288)

Introduced By

Del. Bill Wiley (R-Winchester)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Stationary blinds for waterfowl; providing location of blinds to Department of Wildlife Resources. Requires a person that is obtaining a waterfowl blind license, at the time of the transaction, to provide the unique location of each stationary waterfowl blind to the Department of Wildlife Resources, identified as standardized latitude and longitude coordinates, using the decimal degrees format with a minimum of five digit precision. The bill further requires the Department to publish such coordinates by November 1 of each year, excluding any customer personal information, on its website in a searchable, publicly accessible, and conspicuous manner. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2025. Read the Bill »


The fiscal impact statement states that the anticipated fiscal impact on the Department of Wildlife Resources as a result of this bill can be absorbed within existing resources. There is not enough information available to reliably estimate the increase in jail population and associated costs. Violations of the provisions in this bill are classified as Class 2 misdemeanors, with potential penalties of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. The proceeds from fines and penalties collected for offenses committed against the Commonwealth are paid into the state treasury to the credit of the Literary Fund. Additionally, this legislation may have an impact on local and regional jails, courts, and localities. No technical amendment is deemed necessary, and there are no other comments provided.

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Bill Has Passed


01/05/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24103759D
01/05/2024Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/15/2024Assigned ACNR sub: Chesapeake
01/16/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB288)
01/22/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/22/2024Subcommittee adopted substitute
01/22/2024Subcommittee passed by for the day
01/29/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/29/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (10-Y 0-N)
01/31/2024Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2024Committee substitute printed 24106866D-H1
02/02/2024Read first time
02/05/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB288H1)
02/05/2024Read second time
02/05/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24106866D-H1
02/05/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB288H1
02/06/2024Read third time and passed House (90-Y 9-N)
02/06/2024VOTE: Passage (90-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2024Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/20/2024Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2024Read third time
02/23/2024Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB288ER)
02/28/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB288ER)
02/28/2024Signed by Speaker
03/02/2024Signed by President
03/11/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2024
03/11/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
03/28/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 186 (effective 1/1/25)
03/28/2024G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0186)

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