AGRICULTURE, HORTICULTURE, AND FOOD

(P) Passed (F) Failed (V) Vetoed (I) Incorporated into other legislation
(C) Carried over from 2008 Session (CD)Carried over from 2008 Session but died in Committee on or before December 4th


Agricultural waste; excludes any farm or aggregation of farms that owns and operates facilities within State for generation of electric energy from waste-to-energy technology. Amending 56-1, 56-88, 56-232, and 56-265.1; adding  1-222.1 and 56-594.1. (Patron-Vanderhye, HB 2171 (Chapter 746))
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 (CD))
Alternative fuel tax; exemption for agricultural operations. Amending  58.1-2250. (Patron-Hanger, SB 1358 (Chapter 530))
Animal control officers; localities may raise cap on salaries. Amending  3.2-6543. (Patron-Alexander, HB 2220 (F))
Animal control officers; moves oversight and governance thereof to Department of Criminal Justice Services. Amending  3.2-6500, 3.2-6540, 3.2-6543, 3.2-6558, 9.1-101, and 9.1-102; adding 15.2-1754 and 15.2-1755; repealing  3.2-6555 and 3.2-6556. (Patron-Kilgore, HB 2263 (F))
Animal cruelty; animal control officers, humane investigators, etc., obligated to prevent any act of cruelty in their presence. Amending  3.2-6566. (Patron-Ticer, SB 931 (F))
Animal laws; corrects an error from 2008 recodification of Title 3.1 to Title 3.2 that allows towns to adopt by reference certain ordinances of surrounding counties. Amending  3.2-4104 and 3.2-6543. (Patron-Landes, HB 2345 (Chapter 107))
Animal shelters and pounds; allowed to purchase, possess, and administer certain controlled substances for purpose of euthanizing animals. Amending  54.1-3423 and 54.1-3801; repealing  54.1-3425. (Patron-Orrock, HB 2097 (Chapter 149); McDougle, SB 897 (Chapter 169))
Animals as prizes and gifts; Class 3 misdemeanor to raffle, give away, offer for sale as novelty. Amending  3.2-6500 and 3.2-6510. (Patron-Englin, HB 2377 (F))
Biofuels; broadens Right to Farm Act to allow farmers to engage in small-scale production. Amending  3.2-300 and 15.2-2288. (Patron-Lohr, HB 1699 (F))
Civil immunity for charitable food donations and distributions; exemption from civil liability in certain cases. Amending 3.2-5144 and 35.1-14.2; adding  8.01-220.1:5. (Patron-Oder, HB 1711 (F); Miller, J.C., SB 1092 (F))
Clean Water Farm Award Program; identifies types of agricultural best management practices that a farmer can implement to be eligible to receive award. Amending  10.1-104.3. (Patron-Lewis, HB 1925 (Chapter 349))
Companion animals; any owner reclaiming his dog or cat from a pound or shelter to have animal spayed or neutered if impounded on previous occasion. Amending  3.2-6574 and 3.2-6578. (Patron-McDougle, SB 1151 (F))
Constitutional amendment; certain residential or farm property exempt from taxation if individual lives in dwelling on a continual basis (first reference). Amending Section 6 of Article X. (Patron-Brink, HJR 686 (F); Whipple, SJR 333 (F))
Dangerous dog; court may order owner to pay to any person injured costs of medical care. Amending  3.2-6540. (Patron-Athey, HB 2321 (I) See HB2364)
Dangerous Dog Registry; authorizes use of copies of all records, etc., associated therewith in courts if certified by State Veterinarian or administrator thereof. Amending  3.2-6542. (Patron-Shuler, HB 1951 (Chapter 354))
Dangerous or vicious dog; court may order owner to pay restitution for damages to any person injured or whose companion animal was injured or killed thereby. Amending  3.2-6540. (Patron-Gilbert, HB 2364 (Chapter 377))
Development rights program; Board of Farmland Preservation to create lease. Amending  3.1-18.10. (Patron-Ware, R.L., HB 848 (CD))
Dogs, dangerous and vicious; any person may apply to magistrate for issuance of summons. Amending  3.2-6540. (Patron-Howell, SB 950 (F))
Farmland Preservation, Office of; to provide technical, professional, and other assistance to local governments interested in developing additional farmland preservation policies and programs. Amending  3.2-201. (Patron-Knight, HB 2565 (Chapter 389))
Feral cats; Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to convene workgroup to develop strategy to address issues related thereto. (Patron-Hull, HJR 661 (F))
Food allergies; Board of Education to establish guidelines for managing and caring for children in public schools. Adding 22.1-274.3:1. (Patron-Whipple, SB 1322 (I) See SB1367)
Forest products; removes requirement that utilities participating in a renewable portfolio standard thereof use no more than 1.5 million tons. Amending  56-585.2. (Patron-Stuart, SB 913 (F))
Forester, State; right of entry to inspect any forest lands. Amending  10.1-1113. (Patron-Reynolds, SB 308 (CD))
Forestry permits; State Forester may require person who fishes, rides mountain bikes, or rides horses, etc., to obtain. Amending  10.1-1152. (Patron-Puckett, SB 1473 (Chapter 297))
Health, Department of; relieves Department of its responsibility of certain reports to Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry. Amending  3.2-206. (Patron-Ticer, SB 871 (Chapter 585))
Horses; regulates sales thereof for showing or racing by dealers. Adding  3.1-22.78 through 3.1-22.82. (Patron-Blevins, SB 172 (CD))
Humane investigators; allows new appointments. Amending 3.2-6558, 3.2-6559, and 3.2-6560. (Patron-Scott, J.M., HB 2669 (F))
Income tax, state; animal adoption fee tax credit. Adding 58.1-339.12. (Patron-Cline, HB 2290 (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 (CD))
Invasive plants; nurseries to label all species of plants. Amending  3.1-188.35. (Patron-Stuart, SB 373 (CD))
Invasive species; Secretaries of Natural Resources and Agriculture and Forestry to develop management plan to prevent introduction thereof on State’s lands and waters. Adding  2.2-220.2. (Patron-Pollard, HB 1775 (Chapter 144))
Land exchange; authorizes an exchange of parcels of land between Department of Conservation and Recreation and Department of Forestry. (Patron-Ruff, SB 1371 (Chapter 689))
Landlord and tenant laws; notice of foreclosure, landlord to give same notice to tenant for application of insecticides as for pesticide applications, etc. Amending  16.1-77, 36-105.1:1, 55-248.13, 55-248.13:3, 55-248.15:2, 55-248.16, 55-248.18, 55-248.18:2, 55-248.32, and 55-248.37; adding  55-225.10. (Patron-Oder, HB 2080 (Chapter 663))
Motor fuels and lubricating oils; updates referenced standard for testing by Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services thereof. Amending  59.1-149, 59.1-151, 59.1-153, 59.1-155, 59.1-156, and 59.1-163. (Patron-Sickles, HB 2446 (Chapter 650))
Onsite treatment works; designs therefor include a report by professional soil scientist. Amending  32.1-163.6. (Patron-Nutter, HB 2148 (Chapter 97))
Pesticides; schools shall permit immediate application thereof to eradicate pest infestations that pose an acute danger to students and staff. Adding  22.1-132.2. (Patron-Toscano, HB 1836 (Chapter 440))
Protective orders; court may include therein provisions for protection of companion animals and livestock. Amending 16.1-253, 16.1-253.1, 16.1-253.4, 16.1-279.1, 19.2-152.8, 19.2-152.9, and 19.2-152.10. (Patron-Scott, J.M., HB 2381 (F))
Purchase of land by Department of Forestry; proceeds derived from properties used for nonstate forest purposes acquired are not subject to distribution to those localities in which properties are located. Amending  10.1-1107. (Patron-Knight, HB 2566 (Chapter 43))
Real estate tax; agricultural use assessment. Amending  58.1-3230. (Patron-Orrock, HB 2098 (Chapter 800))
Retail Sales and Use Tax; exempts fabrication of animal meat. Amending  58.1-609.10. (Patron-Gilbert, HB 2360 (Chapter 36))
Retail Sales and Use Tax; exempts fabrication of animal meat, grains, vegetables, or other foodstuffs. Amending 58.1-609.10. (Patron-Deeds, SB 944 (Chapter 833))
Sales of equines by dealers; requires receipt accompany any sale of a horse greater than $10,000. Adding  3.2-6110 through 3.2-6114. (Patron-Blevins, SB 967 (F))
Seed Potato Board; eliminates requirement to file annual report. Amending  3.2-4104 and 3.2-6543. (Patron-Landes, HB 2345 (Chapter 107))
Zoning; localities shall not require a special use permit for certain small-scale conversion of biomass to alternative fuel. Adding  15.2-2288.01. (Patron-Lohr, HB 2165 (Chapter 363))