Saltwater recreational fishing; licensing in conformance with national registry. (SB668)

Introduced By

Sen. Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Saltwater recreational fishing; conformance with national registry.  Conforms Virginia's licensing of saltwater anglers with the rule issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service, thus exempting anglers in Virginia from federal registration. Several exemptions from the requirement to purchase a license will no longer be available, including exemptions for persons fishing from their own property, a federally owned park, or licensed rental boats. Those holding a lifetime license will continue to be exempt from further license requirements. Persons over 65 and persons fishing from a rental boat will pay a reduced license fee of $5. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/21/2010Unanimous consent to introduce
01/21/2010Presented and ordered printed 10103148D
01/21/2010Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/01/2010Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2010Read second time
02/03/2010Reading of amendment waived
02/03/2010Amendment by Senator Northam agreed to
02/03/2010Engrossed by Senate as amended SB668E
02/03/2010Printed as engrossed 10103148D-E
02/04/2010Passed by for the day
02/08/2010Engrossment reconsidered by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2010Reading of amendment waived
02/08/2010Amendment by Senator Northam agreed to
02/08/2010Reengrossed by Senate as amended SB668E2
02/08/2010Printed as reengrossed 10103148D-E2
02/08/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (36-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2010Passed Senate (29-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2010Placed on Calendar
02/16/2010Read first time
02/16/2010Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/24/2010Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2010Committee substitute printed 10105582D-H1
02/25/2010Read second time
02/26/2010Read third time
02/26/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10105582D-H1
02/26/2010Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB668H1
02/26/2010Passed House with substitute (81-Y 15-N)
02/26/2010VOTE: --- PASSAGE (81-Y 15-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2010House substitute rejected by Senate (2-Y 38-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2010House insisted on substitute
03/03/2010House requested conference committee
03/05/2010Senate acceded to request (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2010Conferees appointed by Senate
03/05/2010Senators: Northam, Reynolds, Deeds
03/09/2010Conferees appointed by House
03/09/2010Delegates: Knight, Abbitt, Pollard
03/10/2010Conference substitute printed 10105984D-S1
03/10/2010Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2010Conference report agreed to by House (94-Y 0-N)
03/10/2010VOTE: --- ADOPTION (94-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/22/2010Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB668ER)
03/22/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB668ER)
03/22/2010Signed by Speaker
03/25/2010Signed by President
04/11/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 484 (effective 7/1/10)
04/11/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0484)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 6 clips in all, totaling 19 minutes.