A House of Delegates subcommittee voted this morning to kill a bill that would allow Sunday hunting by written permission on private property.
SB464 had sailed through the Senate, while similar House bills had been pulled by their patrons last week.
A subcommittee of the House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources first voted 4-3 to turn down an amendment that also would have allowed Sunday hunting on military bases and for youth only on Wildlife Management Areas. The amendment was introduced Wednesday morning by Sen. Ralph Northam, D-Norfolk, the patron of the bill.
Delegates Tony Wilt, Kenneth Plum and Lynwood Lewis Jr. voted for the amendment. Committee chairman R.L. Ware, Thomas C. Wright Jr., James Edmunds and C. Matt Faris voted against it.
Immediately after the amendment vote, Ware called for a vote on the entire bill. A voice vote has not yet been recorded, but it is believed a 5-2 margin resulted in recommending “laying the bill on the table” –- effectively killing it and the issue of Sunday hunting until the next General Assembly.
Proponents for Sunday hunting called this a rush committee to attempt to kill the bill as quietly as possible.
Opponents say the bill would have died in the full House if it had made it out of committee.
– Lee Tolliver | The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot