SB 964 Running bamboo; cutting by localities; ordinance prohibiting spread; designation of certain plants.
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Summary as passed Senate: (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 HB 2154.

Full text:
01/03/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100296D  pdf
01/17/17  Senate: Committee substitute printed 17104255D-S1  pdf | impact statement
02/16/17  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB964ER)  pdf | impact statement
02/23/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0213)  pdf

Status:
01/03/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100296D
01/03/17  Senate: Referred to Committee on Local Government
01/17/17  Senate: Reported from Local Government with substitute (12-Y 0-N)
01/17/17  Senate: Committee substitute printed 17104255D-S1
01/19/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
01/20/17  Senate: Passed by for the day
01/23/17  Senate: Read second time
01/23/17  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
01/23/17  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 17104255D-S1
01/23/17  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB964S1
01/24/17  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
01/31/17  House: Placed on Calendar
01/31/17  House: Read first time
01/31/17  House: Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
02/03/17  House: Assigned CC & T sub: Subcommittee #2
02/08/17  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (10-Y 0-N)
02/10/17  House: Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns (21-Y 0-N)
02/13/17  House: Read second time
02/14/17  House: Read third time
02/14/17  House: Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/14/17  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
02/16/17  Senate: Enrolled
02/16/17  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB964ER)
02/16/17  House: Signed by Speaker
02/17/17  Senate: Signed by President
02/17/17  Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/17/17
02/17/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 24, 2017
02/23/17  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 213 (effective 7/1/17)
02/23/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0213)