Increased fine for littering passes House

February 4, 2021

A bill increasing possible fines for dumping or littering has passed the House of Delegates.

HB 1801 (Edmunds) doubles the current possible minimum fine for dumping or disposing of litter, trash, refuse or other specified items on public property or on private property without permission, raising the fine from $250 to $500.  Initially the bill also sought to increase the possible max from $2,500 to $5,000, though this was amended back to $2,500 in the House Courts of Justice Committee. Similarly, the bill proposes increasing the mandatory minimum period of community service from 10 hours to 40 hours, though this too was stripped in Committee.

HB 1801 was reported out of the House Courts of Justice Committee, 18-4, and passed the full House of Delegates on February 3 by a vote of 65-32.

VACo Contact: Chris McDonald, Esq.

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