Commodity boards; member nominations and terms, assessments, report. (HB1094)

Introduced By

Del. Michael Webert (R-Marshall) with support from co-patron Del. Daun Hester (D-Norfolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Commodity boards; member nominations and terms; assessments. Alters the member nomination process and other functions of commodity boards that deal with apples, the beef industry, eggs, the horse industry, potatoes, peanuts, and the sheep industry. The bill removes the 30-day or 90-day deadline for submission of industry nominees for a seat on certain boards, as well as any requirement that there be two or more nominations for each seat. The bill repeals certain board-specific provisions related to appointments and creates in their place general provisions, applicable to a number of boards, which provide for four-year appointments, that a majority of the board constitutes a quorum, for the election of officers, and policies establishing no compensation for attendance at meetings but reimbursement for expenses of board members. The bill makes specific changes to individual boards, including (i) reducing the size of the Apple Board from nine to six members and adding Campbell County to the list of commercial apple-producing districts; (ii) conforming the Cotton Board assessment of 85 cents per bale to the current rate, as authorized by a 2006 referendum, of 95 cents per bale; and (iii) reducing the size of the Peanut Board from nine to eight members and removing employees of that board from eligibility for payment from the Peanut Fund. The bill directs the Tax Commissioner, upon request, to provide to the Egg Board copies of reports of the gross volume of products handled by each handler within the industry. The bill also bars the enforcement of certain commodity board laws that are expressly preempted by a federal act or agreement. Finally, the bill suspends until July 1, 2018, the collection of the cattle assessment by the Beef Industry Council (the Council) and directs the Council to survey industry members about the Council's utility and to report its findings to the General Assembly by January 1, 2018. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103662D
01/13/2016Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/21/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB1094)
01/25/2016Assigned to sub: Agriculture
01/25/2016Assigned ACNR sub: Agriculture
02/01/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
02/03/2016Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2016Read first time
02/05/2016Read second time
02/05/2016Committee amendment agreed to
02/05/2016Engrossed by House as amended HB1094E
02/05/2016Printed as engrossed 16103662D-E
02/08/2016Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/08/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB1094E)
02/09/2016Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/2016Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/25/2016Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendment (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2016Read third time
03/01/2016Reading of amendment waived
03/01/2016Committee amendment agreed to
03/01/2016Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/01/2016Passed Senate with amendment (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2016Placed on Calendar
03/03/2016Senate amendment agreed to by House (97-Y 0-N)
03/03/2016VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2016Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1094ER)
03/04/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB1094ER)
03/04/2016Signed by Speaker
03/07/2016Signed by President
03/08/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, April 11, 2016
03/08/2016Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/8/2016
03/08/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016
03/29/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 565 (effective 7/1/16)
03/29/2016G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0565)