Avian influenza; requires importer of poultry to test therefor. (HB1424)

Introduced By

Del. Matt Lohr (R-Harrisonburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Poultry testing for avian influenza. Requires the importer of poultry into the Commonwealth to test for avian influenza within a period of time set out by proclamation of the State Veterinarian. Currently, an importer of poultry must test for avian influenza within 10 days before the poultry enters the Commonwealth. This bill contains an emergency clause. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/14/2008Prefiled and ordered printed with emergency clause; offered 01/09/08 088688604
01/14/2008Presented and ordered printed with emergency clause 088688604
01/14/2008Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/23/2008Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2008Read first time
01/25/2008Read second time and engrossed
01/28/2008Read third time and passed House (99-Y 0-N)
01/28/2008VOTE: --- PASSAGE EMERGENCY (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2008Communicated to Senate
01/29/2008Constitutional reading dispensed
01/29/2008Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/30/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB1424)
02/11/2008Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2008Read third time
02/13/2008Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2008Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1424ER)
02/15/2008Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1424ER)
02/15/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB1424ER)
02/15/2008Signed by Speaker
02/15/2008Signed by President
02/22/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 21 (effective 2/22/08)
02/25/2008G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0021)


Cross Creek writes:

Why make this type of bill a class 1 misdemeaner, when it requires proper documentation prior to being allowed to be shipped. I mean it is simple, without shipping papers signed by a vet that they are Avian Flu free, don't allow them to be shipped. Can be taken care of at the post offices before they are allowed to be shipped to here. A usless bill in my opinion, and an overkill on the penalty. As long as people have wild birds, rats and flies on thier farms they will have diseases and parasites, each owner/breeder needs to have a good prevention program set up for thier fowl. I know I vaccinate for Marek's Disease, CRD, Coryza every year, and I medicate in hope of prevention of Coccidiosis and Cholera. I worm and delouse my fowl every other month all year long. It is a process any successful breeder/owner needs to do to prevent and control diseases. No need to make it a crime. SO I totally oppose this bill, as I feel obtaining proper paper work prior to being allowed to ship would properly take care of this.

Hobey Bauhan writes:

All this bill does is amend existing law by adjusting the window of time in which poultry must be tested for avian influenza prior to shipment into Virginia. The bill provides some flexibility for the State Veterinarian to set the timeframe for testing in a manner that makes the most sense for the protection of poultry in Virginia.

Cross Creek writes:

Thanks for clarifying that for me.