Agriculture and Consumer Services, Department of; recodifying laws pertaining to agriculture, etc. (HB1331)

Introduced By

Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Revision of Title 3.1; Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; commodity-related boards; protection of food supplies; domestic animals. Proposed Title 3.2 (Agriculture, Animal Care, and Food) is a revision of existing Title 3.1 (Agriculture, Horticulture and Food) and consists of 65 chapters divided into five subtitles: Subtitle I (General Provisions; Protection and Promotion of Agriculture); Subtitle II (Boards, Councils, Foundations, and Commissions); Subtitle III (Production and Sale of Agricultural Products); Subtitle IV (Food and Drink; Weights and Measures); and Subtitle V (Domestic Animals). Subtitle I addresses the preservation of agricultural lands and the promotion of the agricultural industry. In addition to setting out the duties and responsibilities of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Office of Consumer Affairs, the first chapter includes several new provisions. These sections provide title-wide definitions and the authority to adopt regulations governing the conduct of referenda and replace existing sections throughout the current title. Subtitle II establishes the various commodity-related boards, councils, and foundations formed to promote the agricultural industry in the Commonwealth. It begins with a listing of the special funds associated with these various collegial bodies and the reporting requirements for commodity boards, then sets out all of the commodity boards and prescribes their powers and duties. Subtitle III provides for the production and sale of agricultural products through a system of grading, licensing, certification, and registration. The sections in these chapters have been organized in a similar sequence, with a definitions section placed first, followed by agency administrative responsibilities, licensing or registrations requirements, enforcement provisions and, finally, penalties. Subtitle IV sets standards for consumer protection. These laws: (i) prescribe standards for ensuring the wholesomeness and safety of food products, including proper labeling practices; and (ii) protect the consumer by establishing standards for the instruments and devices used in weighing and measuring commodities. Subtitle V provides for the regulation of domestic animals in the Commonwealth. Amends § 10.1-217.1, § 15.2-902, § 2.2-203.3, § 3.2-100, § 3.2-1011, § 3.2-1100, § 3.2-3111, § 3.2-3200, § 3.2-5000, § 3.2-5100, § 3.2-5820, § 3.2-5900, § 3.2-6590, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Status

03/26/2008: Passed the General Assembly

History

  • 01/09/2008 Committee
  • 01/09/2008 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 083209836
  • 01/09/2008 Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
  • 01/30/2008 Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/31/2008 Read first time
  • 02/01/2008 Passed by for the day
  • 02/04/2008 Read second time
  • 02/04/2008 Committee amendments agreed to
  • 02/04/2008 Engrossed by House as amended HB1331E
  • 02/04/2008 Printed as engrossed 083209836-E
  • 02/05/2008 Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
  • 02/05/2008 VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/05/2008 Communicated to Senate
  • 02/06/2008 Constitutional reading dispensed
  • 02/06/2008 Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
  • 02/18/2008 Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (15-Y 0-N)
  • 02/19/2008 Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/20/2008 Read third time
  • 02/20/2008 Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
  • 02/26/2008 Impact statement from VCSC (HB1331ER)
  • 03/24/2008 Enrolled
  • 03/24/2008 Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1331ER)
  • 03/24/2008 Signed by Speaker
  • 03/26/2008 Signed by President
  • 04/11/2008 Governor's recommendation received by House

Comments

Virginia ITSP Association, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Proposed Title 3.2 (Agriculture, Animal Care, and Food) is a revision of existing Title 3.1 (Agriculture, Horticulture and Food) and consists of 65 chapters divided into five subtitles: Subtitle I (General Provisions; Protection and Promotion of Agriculture); Subtitle II (Boards, Councils, Foundations, and Commissions); Subtitle III (Production and Sale of Agricultural Products); Subtitle IV (Food and Drink; Weights and Measures); and Subtitle V (Domestic Animals).