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Posted on February 10, 2014
Today, Senate Bill 154, the Senate companion to House Bill 1237, passed by a 29-10 vote in the Virginia Senate, putting Virginia hunters one step closer to having the opportunity to hunt on Sundays on private land.
As previously reported, SB 154, sponsored by state Senator Phil Puckett (D-38), would allow hunting on private lands with written permission from the owner - while still prohibiting hunting within 200 yards of a house of worship, the hunting of deer with dogs and the hunting of bear. If enacted, this new law would take effect on July 1. This important pro-hunting legislation encourages hunter retention and recruitment by allowing busy families the ability to teach hunting to the next generation, since school and sport activities often dominate Saturdays for children.
SB 154 now goes to the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee for consideration. The House companion bill, HB 1237, is now before the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee to be heard this Thursday. The House committee passed HB 1237 by a 12-10 vote on January 22 and the Senate committee passed SB 154 by a 9-4 vote on January 30. Please keep up the momentum of support for this important legislation and once again contact members of this key Senate committee and encourage them to support HB 1237.
Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee: Senator Phil Puckett (D-38), Chairman Tazewell (804) 698-7538 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Emmett Hanger (R-24) Mount Solon (804) 698-7524 email@example.com Senator John Watkins (R-10) Midlothian (804) 698-7510 firstname.lastname@example.org Senator Frank Ruff (R-15) Clarksville (804) 698-7515 email@example.com Senator Don McEachin (D-9) Richmond (804) 698-7509 firstname.lastname@example.org Senator Chap Petersen (D-34) Fairfax (804) 698-7534 email@example.com Senator Richard Stuart (R-28) Montross (804) 698-7528 firstname.lastname@example.org Senator Dave Marsden (D-37) Burke (804) 698-7537 email@example.com Senator Bill Stanley (R-20) Richmond (804) 698-7520 firstname.lastname@example.org Senator John Miller (D-1) Newport News (804) 698-7501 email@example.com Senator Adam Ebbin (D-30) Alexandria (804) 698-7530 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator John Cosgrove (R-14) Chesapeake (804) 698-7514 email@example.com
Senator Ryan McDougle (R-4) Mechanicsville (804) 698-7504 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Jennifer Wexton (D-33) Leesburg (804) 698-7533 email@example.com
Senator Lynwood Lewis (D-6) Accomac (804) 698-7506 firstname.lastname@example.org
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