It is important that your local delegate and senator hear your viewpoints on bills that are introduced in the General Assembly. The best way to express your opinion is to contact your own legislators by email or phone. You can click this link
to get to a website where you enter your address to get the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses for your state and federal elected representatives.
Below are some 2017 bills that should be of interest to VBHA members and hound hunters. You can click on each bill number to see more details about the proposed new law including which committee it is assigned to and its current status.
HB1900 Dogs running at large; civil penalty.
Prohibits dog owners from allowing dogs to run at large on the property of another after the landowner has given notice to the dog owner to keep the dog off of the property. The bill provides for a $100 per dog civil penalty enforced by animal control, conservation police, and other law-enforcement officers for each violation. Notice may be given verbally, in writing, with signs, or with blue tree markings. This bill has been referred to the House Committee on Rules but is not yet showing on an agenda for consideration.
HB2255 Hunting of big game species; licenses.
Creates separate licenses to hunt each big game species, as defined by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, instead of one license for all big game species. (Also sets the cost of each big game license at $12 for a resident age 16 and over.) This bill has been referred to the House Natural Resources Subcommittee but is not yet showing on an agenda for consideration.
SB1525 Trespass by persons using hunting dogs; penalty.
Provides that a person who intentionally releases hunting dogs on the land of another or releases hunting dogs and fails to exercise due care to prevent such dogs from entering onto the land of another is liable for damages incurred as a result of such conduct or $500, whichever is greater, in addition to reasonable attorney fees and costs. The bill further provides that any person who releases hunting dogs adjacent to lands subject to the trespass of the hunting dogs who knew or should have known that a trespass was imminent and who is in the act of hunting or training hunting dogs is subject to a Class 3 misdemeanor. This bill was introduced on the last possible day and was referred to the Senate Committee for Courts of Justice but is not yet on a published agenda for consideration.
Bills that have been killed or tabled will be removed from the list of bills above. Other bills have been introduced that may be of interest to you. You can visit the VDGIF
website to see a list of bills that are within their mission, and you can visit the Legislative Information System
to search for bills.