Beekeepers; limited liability. (HB535)

Introduced By

Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton) with support from co-patron Del. Margaret Ransone (R-Kinsale)

Progress

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

Description

Limited liability for beekeepers. Provides that a beekeeper shall not be liable for any personal injury or property damage that occurs in connection with his keeping and maintaining of bees, bee equipment, queen breeding equipment, apiaries, and appliances if he registers his hives with the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services and follows best management practices established in regulations adopted by the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The limitation on liability becomes effective 30 days after the apiary is registered and is valid for a year, with annual renewals available. The immunity does not extend to intentional tortious conduct or acts of omission that constitute gross negligence. The Board is directed to adopt initial regulations to be effective no later than November 1, 2016, at which time the registration procedures would take effect. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
01/09/2016Committee
01/09/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103592D
01/09/2016Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/14/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee Agriculture
01/14/2016Assigned ACNR sub: Subcommittee Agriculture
01/14/2016Assigned ACNR sub:
01/28/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB535)
02/01/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
02/03/2016Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2016Committee substitute printed 16104725D-H1
02/04/2016Read first time
02/05/2016Read second time
02/05/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16104725D-H1
02/05/2016Passed by temporarily
02/05/2016Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB535H1
02/08/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB535H1)
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)
02/09/2016Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/2016Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/25/2016Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2016Read third time
03/01/2016Passed Senate (36-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2016Enrolled
03/02/2016Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB535ER)
03/02/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB535ER)
03/02/2016Signed by Speaker
03/05/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, April 11, 2016
03/05/2016Signed by President
03/07/2016Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/7/16
03/07/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016
03/29/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 564 (effective 7/1/16)
03/29/2016G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0564)

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 1 minute.

Transcript

This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.



Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): HOUSE BILL 481, WITHOUT OBJECTION, WILL GO BYE FOR THE DAY.

[Unknown]: HOUSE BILL 535, A BILL RELATING TO LIMITED LIABILITY FOR BEEKEEPERS. REPORTED FROM COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES. SENATOR FROM STAFFORD, SENATOR STUART. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. I MOVE THE BILL PASS AND SPEAKING TO THAT MOTION. THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR. MR. PRESIDENT, AS THIS BODY IS AWARE, I THINK THAT THE SENATOR FROM BATH HAS SPONSORED I'M TRYING TO HELP GET THE BEE SEVERAL BILLS. POPULATION BACK UP IN VIRGINIA. AGRICULTURE AND WHAT THE BILL SEEKS TO DO IS PROVIDE A LIMITED AMOUNT OF IMMUNITY FOR BEE KEEPERS IF THEIR BEE STINGS SOMEBODY OFF THEIR PROPERTY AS LONG AS THEY FOLLOW BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES AND THAT'S WHAT THE BILL DOES. I MOVE THE BILL PASS.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE QUESTION IS SHALL HOUSE BILL OBVIOUSLY, WE NEED THOSE FOR 535 RECORD THEIR VOTES AYE, THOSE OPPOSED NO. ARE THE SENATORS READY TO VOTE? HAVE ALL THE SENATORS VOTED? DO ANY SENATORS DESIRE TO CHANGE THEIR VOTE? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

[Unknown]: AYES 36, NOS 3. AYES 36, NOS 3. THE BILL IS PASSED.