Produce safety; farm inspections, civil penalty. (SB1195)
|Signed by Governor|
Produce safety; farm inspections; Agriculture Civil Penalty Fund; penalties. Prohibits certain farms from violating the federal regulations that set minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables. The bill authorizes the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to adopt regulations to carry out the purposes of the law and gives the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services free access at all reasonable hours to any farm to inspect the farm and take samples. The Commissioner also is authorized to seize certain produce that he believes to violate the federal regulations or state law. The bill makes the act of obstructing an inspector a Class 2 misdemeanor and of violating any other provision of the law or a Board regulation a Class 1 misdemeanor. In lieu of a criminal penalty, the Board is authorized to levy a civil penalty of up to $1,000 per violation, to be deposited in an Agriculture Civil Penalty Fund that is created by the bill. Read the Bill »
02/17/2017: Passed the House
- 01/10/2017 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101491D
- 01/10/2017 Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
- 01/18/2017 Impact statement from DPB (SB1195)
- 01/26/2017 Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (12-Y 1-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
- 01/26/2017 Committee substitute printed 17104861D-S1
- 01/30/2017 Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
- 01/31/2017 Read second time
- 01/31/2017 Reading of substitute waived
- 01/31/2017 Committee substitute agreed to 17104861D-S1
- 01/31/2017 Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1195S1
- 02/01/2017 Read third time and passed Senate (25-Y 15-N) (see vote tally)
- 02/01/2017 Impact statement from DPB (SB1195S1)
- 02/03/2017 Placed on Calendar
- 02/03/2017 Read first time
- 02/03/2017 Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
- 02/06/2017 Assigned ACNR sub: Agriculture
- 02/13/2017 Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 0-N)
- 02/15/2017 Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (19-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
- 02/15/2017 Committee substitute printed 17105502D-H1
- 02/16/2017 Read second time
- 02/17/2017 Read third time
- 02/17/2017 Committee substitute agreed to 17105502D-H1
- 02/17/2017 Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1195H1
- 02/17/2017 Passed House with substitute (73-Y 26-N)
- 02/17/2017 VOTE: PASSAGE (73-Y 26-N) (see vote tally)
This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 8 minutes.
This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.
Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg): NOT ALLOW PERMISSION TO ENTER PROPERTY, THEN THE AMENDMENT REQUIRES POLICE TO ENTER A SEARCH WARRANT TO SEARCH FOR THE PERSON SUBJECT TO ARREST. HOWEVER, THE CURRENT VIRGINIA CRIMINAL SEARCH WARRANT STATUTES DO NOT SPECIFICALLY ALLOW FOR A SEARCH WARRANT TO BE ISSUED UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES. THE BILL WILL ALLOW NOR A SEARCH WARRANT FOR A PERSON TO BE ISSUED UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES. THE CRIME COMMISSION EXAMINED THIS MEASURE DURING THE PAST YEAR, THEY VETTED IT THROUGH THE MAGISTRATES, COMMONWEALTH AND DEFENSE COMMISSION, ALL OF WHOM SAID THERE IS NO POSSIBILITY OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES IF THE LEGISLATION AND THE BILL DOES NOT ALTER THE WAY SEARCH WARRANTS ARE ISSUED AND DOES NOT ALTER ANY CRITERIA FOR THE WAY SEARCH WARRANTS ARE CURRENTLY ISSUED. IT SIMPLY MANAGES TO CLOSE A GAP IN THE WAY THIS STATUTE IS DRAFTED CRIME COMMISSION SUPPORTED IT. IT'S BEEN UNIVERSALLY SUPPORTED AND I ENCOURAGE YOU TO VOTE FOR THE BILL.
[Unknown]: THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE SENATOR FROM EASTERN FAIRFAX COUNTY, SENATOR SUROVELL.