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AGRICULTURE, HORTICULTURE, AND FOOD

(P) Passed (F) Failed (V) Vetoed (I) Incoporated into other legislation
(C) Carried over to 2009 Session


Agriculture and Consumer Services, Department of; revising and recodifying laws pertaining to Agriculture, Animal Care, and Food. Amending  2.2-203.3 and 15.2-902; adding  3.2-100 through 3.2-1011, 3.2-1100 through 3.2-3111, 3.2-3200 through 3.2-5000, 3.2-5100 through 3.2-5820, 3.2-5900 through 3.2-6590, and 10.1-217.1 through 10.1-217.6; repealing  3.1-1 through 3.1-1114.1 and 10.1-559.1 through 10.1-559.11. (Patron-Landes, HB 1331 (Chapter 860))
Agritourism; Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services to promote. Adding  3.1-14.02. (Patron-Lohr, HB 1396 (F))
Agritourism and marine tourism; activity liability. Amending 3.1-796.137, 3.1-796.138, and 3.1-796.139. (Patron-Lewis, HB 661 (F))
Alcoholic beverage control; creates new nonresident winery distributor license. Amending  2.2-4002, 4.1-100, 4.1-111, 4.1-203, 4.1-204, 4.1-207, 4.1-208, 4.1-223, 4.1-231, and 4.1-310; repealing  3.1-14.01 and 4.1-207.1. (Patron-Watkins, SB 366 (C))
Animal control officers; inspection of breeding facilities. Amending  3.1-796.104. (Patron-Armstrong, HB 691 (F))
Animal control officers; training. Amending  3.1-796.104:1. (Patron-Eisenberg, HB 306 (F))
Animal Identification System, National; prohibits Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services from assisting to establish a mandatory system. Adding  3.1-14.6. (Patron-Eisenberg, HB 1473 (F))
Animal pounds, local; clarifies definition. Amending  3.1-796.66. (Patron-Morgan, HB 207 (Chapter 9))
Animal protection and fighting; broadens penalty. Amending 3.1-796.113, 3.1-796.122, 3.1-796.124, and 18.2-403.2; repealing  3.1-796.125. (Patron-Griffith, HB 656 (Chapter 543); Norment, SB 592 (Chapter 707))
Animals; clarifies several standards of welfare. Amending 3.1-796.66. (Patron-Alexander, HB 673 (Chapter 127))
Animals; posting of bond by owners of those abandoned or cruelly treated. Amending  3.1-796.115. (Patron-Bell, HB 999 (Chapter 510))
Avian influenza; requires importer of poultry to test therefor. Amending  3.1-741.4. (Patron-Lohr, HB 1424 (Chapter 21))
Bear hunting; clarifies time of day during hound training season. Amending  29.1-520. (Patron-Lohr, HB 886 (Chapter 31))
Cats; Class 5 felony to steal. Amending  18.2-97. (Patron-McClellan, HB 334 (F))
Cats and dogs; prohibits any dealer from overbreeding. Amending 3.1-796.71. (Patron-Vanderhye, HB 1232 (I) See HB538)
Character education; adds humane education, including compassion and responsibility in treatment of companion animals to programs. Amending  22.1-208.01. (Patron-Vogel, SB 438 (F))
Cockfighting; imposes penalty of Class 6 felony on any person who knowingly engages in venture. Amending  3.1-796.122 and 18.2-403.2; adding  3.1-796.124:1; repealing  3.1-796.125. (Patron-Scott, J.M., HB 1057 (I) See HB656)
Commercial dog breeders; definition, requirements, penalty. Amending  3.1-796.66, 3.1-796.104, and 58.1-3109; adding 3.1-796.71:1, 3.1-796.77:1 through 3.1-796.77:6, and 3.1-796.122:1. (Patron-Orrock, HB 538 (Chapter 852))
Companion animals; commercial breeding, penalty. Amending 3.1-796.66; adding  3.1-796.77:1 through 3.1-796.77:4. (Patron-Armstrong, HB 690 (I) See HB538)
Companion animals; joint subcommittee to study issues relating thereto. (Patron-Saxman, HJR 163 (F))
Companion animals; locality may adopt an ordinance to charge for impoundment and increased fees for subsequent impoundment thereof. Amending  3.1-796.96 and 18.2-510. (Patron-Blevins, SB 663 (Chapter 345))
Companion animals; sellers of dogs and cats adhere to sterilization requirements applied to shelters and pounds. Amending 3.1-796.66 and 3.1-796.126:1 through 3.1-796.126:5. (Patron-Hull, HB 1570 (F))
Dealer permits; local ordinances pertaining to real estate taxes for euthanizing companion animals. Amending  3.1-796.84. (Patron-Athey, HB 1486 (F))
Development rights program; Board of Farmland Preservation to create lease. Amending  3.1-18.10. (Patron-Ware, R.L., HB 848 (C))
Development rights programs; State grants shall be distributed to local purchase thereof. Amending  3.1-18.10. (Patron-Hanger, SB 477 (Chapter 530))
Dogfighting; violations include attending such fights. Amending 3.1-796.113, 3.1-796.124, 3.1-796.125, and 18.2-403.2. (Patron-Armstrong, HB 1465 (I) See HB656)
Dogs, dangerous; judicial discretion. Amending  3.1-796.93:1. (Patron-Griffith, HB 655 (Chapter 360))
Equine dental technicians; practice of equine dentistry under supervision of licensed veterinarian. Amending  54.1-3813. (Patron-Scott, E.T., HB 725 (Chapter 490))
Fertilizers; Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services adopt regulations ensuring contractor-applicators are applying product to nonagricultural lands, report. Adding  3.1-106.4:2. (Patron-Stuart, SB 135 (Chapter 686))
Fighting of cocks and other animals; increases penalty. Amending 3.1-796.125. (Patron-Ingram, HB 32 (F))
Food establishments; inspection of preparation, exception in private homes. Amending  3.1-398.1. (Patron-Deeds, SB 272 (Chapter 459))
Forest protection; increases annual amount a locality pays to State Forester therefor. Amending  10.1-1124. (Patron-Abbitt, HB 1115 (Chapter 254))
Forest wardens, special; retirement credits. Adding  51.1-143.2. (Patron-Watkins, SB 367 (F))
Forester, State; right of entry to inspect any forest lands. Amending  10.1-1113. (Patron-Reynolds, SB 308 (C))
Gas chambers; prohibits use thereof for animal euthanasia. Amending  3.1-796.77. (Patron-Scott, J.M., HB 40 (I) See HB5; Athey, HB 1289 (I) See HB5)
Gas chambers; prohibits use thereof for euthanizing companion animals. Amending  3.1-796.77. (Patron-Orrock, HB 5 (Chapter 8); Northam, SB 498 (F))
Honey houses; repeals inspection thereof. Repealing  3.1-610.19. (Patron-Landes, HB 1372 (Chapter 257))
Horses; regulates sales thereof for showing or racing by dealers. Adding  3.1-22.78 through 3.1-22.82. (Patron-Blevins, SB 172 (C))
Humane investigators; appointment by circuit court. Amending 3.1-796.106. (Patron-Albo, HB 464 (F))
Hunting dogs; carrying weapons on another person’s property to retrieve prohibited. Amending  18.2-136. (Patron-Deeds, SB 263 (F))
Income tax, state; animal adoption fee tax credit. Adding 58.1-339.12. (Patron-Cline, HB 1365 (F))
Income tax, state; credit for care, protection, and adoption of certain animals. Adding  58.1-339.12 and 58.1-339.13. (Patron-Suit, HB 1080 (F))
Income tax, state; veterinarian pro bono services and companion animal adoption tax credits. Adding  58.1-339.12 and 58.1-339.13. (Patron-Hull, HB 1267 (F))
Infectious animal diseases; scrapie regulations by Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services for goats and sheep. Amending  3.1-726. (Patron-Gear, HB 1525 (C))
Invasive plants; nurseries to label all species of plants. Amending  3.1-188.35. (Patron-Stuart, SB 373 (C))
Magistrates; reforms system by transferring appointment and supervisory responsibilities. Amending  3.1-383, 3.1-796.93:1, 3.1-796.116, 3.1-796.126:10, 8.01-126, 8.01-537, 8.01-540, 15.2-1704, 15.2-1710, 16.1-135, 19.2-5, 19.2-34 through 19.2-39, 19.2-43, 19.2-44, 19.2-45, 19.2-46, 19.2-46.1, 19.2-48, 19.2-48.1, 19.2-77, 19.2-81.3, 19.2-119, 19.2-152.4:3, 20-70, 20-84, 27-32, 27-32.1, 27-32.2, 27-37.1, 37.2-808, 37.2-809, 37.2-1103, 37.2-1104, 43-29, 46.2-104, 49-6, 55-205, 55-230, 59.1-98, and 59.1-106; repealing  19.2-30 and 19.2-41. (Patron-Putney, HB 903 (Chapter 551); Howell, SB 244 (Chapter 691))
Master Settlement Agreement; enforcement requirements for tobacco product manufacturers. Adding  3.1-336.8:1. (Patron-Hogan, HB 644 (Chapter 176))
Master Settlement Agreement; regulation of cigarette manufacturers. Amending  2.2-3705.3, 3.1-336.4, 3.1-336.5, 3.1-336.7, 3.1-336.8, and 3.1-336.10; adding  3.1-336.5:1, 3.1-336.7:1, 3.1-336.13:1, and 3.1-336.15:1. (Patron-Hurt, SB 545 (Chapter 758))
Natural Resources Commitment Fund; created. Amending  2.2-1514, 10.1-2128, 10.1-2129, 10.1-2132, and 10.1-2134; adding 10.1-2128.1. (Patron-Landes, HB 1335 (Chapter 643); Whipple, SB 511 (Chapter 701))
Open-Space Land and Farmlands, Joint Subcommittee Studying Long-Term Funding Sources for Purchase of Development Rights to Preserve; continued. (Patron-Hanger, SJR 76 (F))
Private landowners; Board of Forestry to study provision of ecological services incentives. (Patron-Ticer, SJR 96 (F))
Rabies vaccination certificates; exempts certain records sent by veterinarians to local treasurers from public access. Amending  2.2-3705.7 and 3.1-796.87:1. (Patron-Orrock, HB 537 (Chapter 16))
Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act; adds organized dogfighting as qualifying offense. Amending  18.2-513. (Patron-Reynolds, SB 26 (Chapter 681))
Retirement System; additional creditable service for special forest wardens. Adding  51.1-142.2:01. (Patron-Norment, SB 599 (I) See SB367)
Retirement System; retirement credits for special forest wardens. Adding  51.1-143.2. (Patron-Hanger, SB 491 (I) See SB367)
Service dogs; persons training entitled to be accompanied thereby in public places. Amending  51.5-44. (Patron-Ebbin, HB 853 (Chapter 506))
State Police dogs; provision of care. Adding  52-9.3. (Patron-Puckett, SB 410 (F))
Tethering of animals; makes certain acts associated therewith Class 3 misdemeanor. Amending  3.1-796.66; adding  3.1-796.68:1 and 3.1-796.68:2. (Patron-Alexander, HB 217 (F))
Traffic infraction; driving with an animal impeding control, prohibited. Adding  46.2-811.1. (Patron-Mathieson, HB 533 (F))
Trees, state-owned; increases minimum threshold for sales thereof from state forests. Amending  10.1-1115. (Patron-Tyler, HB 1214 (Chapter 19))
Turkeys; localities to prohibit hunting with rifle. Adding 29.1-528.1. (Patron-Watkins, SB 365 (F))
Veterinarians and animal licensure; repeals requirement to provide local treasurer with rabies certificate information. Repealing 3.1-796.87:1. (Patron-Merricks, HB 457 (I) See HB537)
Weights and measures; permissible to possess for commercial purposes if placed into service by certified service technician. Amending  3.1-965. (Patron-Sickles, HB 1121 (Chapter 255); Sickles, HB 1122 (F))
Wild Spanish mustangs; recognizing historic value and importance of last known herd living on barrier islands. (Patron-Suit, HJR 184 (P))
2008 Cumulative Index of Bills, Joint Resolutions, and Resolutions - For additional information, please contact the House of Delegates Information and Public Relations Office, P. O. Box 406, State Capitol, Richmond, Virginia 23218, telephone (804) 698-1500. Last updated 12/19/08