HB 2154 Running bamboo; locality may, by ordinance, provide for control, civil penalty.
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Summary as passed House: (all summaries)

Running bamboo; cutting by localities; ordinance prohibiting spread; designation of certain plants as noxious weeds; civil penalties. Authorizes any locality to adopt an ordinance requiring proper upkeep of running bamboo and prohibiting the spread of running bamboo from a landowner's property, with violations punishable by a civil penalty not to exceed $50 for a first violation and not to exceed $200 for a subsequent violation within 12 months. The bill includes running bamboo in the "other foreign growth" category that current law allows localities to regulate and in some cases to cut. The bill also directs the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) to develop a model running bamboo ordinance and, with the Department of Forestry, to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding that clarifies the roles of the VDACS noxious weeds regulations and the work of the Virginia Invasive Species Working Group. Finally, the bill directs VDACS and DCR to examine the eligibility of certain plants for designation as noxious weeds. This bill is identical to SB 964.

Full text:
01/11/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100404D  pdf | impact statement
02/03/17  House: Committee substitute printed 17104529D-H1  pdf | impact statement
02/21/17  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2154ER)  pdf | impact statement
03/13/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0392)  pdf

Status:
01/11/17  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100404D
01/11/17  House: Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/19/17  House: Assigned CC & T sub: Subcommittee #1
02/01/17  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (9-Y 0-N)
02/03/17  House: Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with substitute (20-Y 0-N)
02/03/17  House: Committee substitute printed 17104529D-H1
02/04/17  House: Read first time
02/06/17  House: Read second time
02/06/17  House: Committee substitute agreed to 17104529D-H1
02/06/17  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2154H1
02/07/17  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/07/17  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
02/08/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/17  Senate: Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/14/17  Senate: Reported from Local Government (8-Y 0-N)
02/16/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/17/17  Senate: Read third time
02/17/17  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/21/17  House: Enrolled
02/21/17  House: Signed by Speaker
02/21/17  Senate: Signed by President
02/21/17  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2154ER)
02/21/17  House: Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/21/17
02/21/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/13/17  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 392 (effective 7/1/17)
03/13/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0392)