Noxious weeds; advisory committee to evaluate risks of a plant. (HB734)

Introduced By

Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Noxious weeds. Establishes an advisory committee to evaluate the risks of a plant or part thereof that is being considered for designation as a noxious weed. The bill requires the advisory committee to assess the plant's (i) impact on water bodies, other plants, livestock, land, public health, the environment, and the economy and (ii) current and potential in-state commercial viability. The bill exempts from the definition of noxious weed any plant whose in-state production is commercially viable. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102674D
01/12/2016Referred 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:
01/18/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
01/19/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB734)
01/20/2016Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2016Read first time
01/25/2016Read second time and engrossed
01/26/2016Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
01/26/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2016Constitutional reading dispensed
01/27/2016Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/18/2016Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2016Read third time
02/23/2016Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2016Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB734ER)
02/24/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB734ER)
02/24/2016Signed by Speaker
02/25/2016Signed by President
02/25/2016Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 02/25/16
02/25/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 3, 2016
03/01/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 171 (effective 7/1/16)
03/01/2016G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0171)


C. W. Tucker writes:

This language has the potential to defeat the whole purpose of this bill.
"except when in-state production of such living plant, or part thereof, is commercially viable or such living plant is commercially propagated in Virginia."

Study is a good idea, but result will depend on the expertise and interests of those appointed to the committee.