Nonhuman primates; acquisition prohibited, penalties. (SB1315)

Introduced By

Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac) with support from co-patron Del. Daun Hester (D-Norfolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Nonhuman primates; penalties. Prohibits the acquisition of nonhuman primates and controls the ownership of such primates already in the Commonwealth. The bill prohibits the possession, sale, transfer, or breeding of a primate, defined as any species of the taxonomic order Primates except humans. The bill excepts from the prohibition certain institutions, such as accredited zoos; qualified transporters passing through the Commonwealth; and those in lawful possession of a primate prior to July 1, 2015, as long as they meet certain conditions. The bill authorizes the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries to adopt regulations to carry out the law. Finally, the bill provides a procedure for the seizure of a primate in certain circumstances; provides a private right of action for any resident of a locality where a primate is kept; and authorizes localities to adopt ordinances that are more stringent than the restrictions contained in the bill. The bill provides that a violation of any of its provisions is a Class 1 misdemeanor and that an owner whose reckless control of a primate is the cause of a serious attack on a person also is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/14/2015Presented and ordered printed 15101861D
01/14/2015Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/28/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1315)
02/05/2015Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2015Committee substitute printed 15104885D-S1
02/09/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1315S1)
02/10/2015Read second time
02/10/2015Reading of substitute waived
02/10/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104885D-S1
02/10/2015Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1315S1
02/10/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2015Passed Senate (36-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2015Placed on Calendar
02/12/2015Read first time
02/12/2015Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/12/2015Assigned ACNRsub: Agriculture
02/16/2015Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/24/2015Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources