Century forest program; State Forester to establish program to honor certain families, eligibility. (SB252)

Introduced By

Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville) with support from co-patron Del. Tommy Wright (R-Victoria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


State Forester; century forest program. Directs the State Forester to establish a program to honor families whose property has been in the same family for 100 years or more, includes at least 20 contiguous acres of managed forest, and meets certain requirements. The bill also removes the option for the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services to include a farm that does not gross more than $2,500 annually but is being used for a bona fide silvicultural purpose from being recognized under the century farm program. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/06/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100660D
01/06/2016Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/15/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB252)
01/21/2016Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2016Read second time
01/26/2016Reading of amendment waived
01/26/2016Committee amendment agreed to
01/26/2016Engrossed by Senate as amended SB252E
01/26/2016Printed as engrossed 16100660D-E
01/27/2016Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB252E)
02/03/2016Placed on Calendar
02/03/2016Read first time
02/03/2016Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/10/2016Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2016Read second time
02/12/2016Read third time
02/12/2016Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/12/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2016Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB252ER)
02/15/2016Signed by President
02/15/2016Signed by Speaker
02/16/2016Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/16/16
02/16/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 23, 2016
02/16/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB252ER)
02/23/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 6 (effective 7/1/16)
02/23/2016G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0006)