Landowner liability; recreational access. (SB1224)

Introduced By

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)

Progress

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

Description

Landowner liability; recreational access. Provides that a landowner who has entered into an agreement with a public entity or nonprofit concerning the use of his land for public recreation shall be immune from liability to a member of the public arising out of the recreational use of the land. Amends § 29.1-509, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
01/10/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102744D
01/10/2017Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/19/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB1224)
01/26/2017Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2017Read second time and engrossed
02/01/2017Read third time and passed Senate (36-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2017Placed on Calendar
02/03/2017Read first time
02/03/2017Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/06/2017Assigned ACNR sub: Natural Resources
02/08/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 1-N)
02/15/2017Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (18-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2017Read second time
02/17/2017Read third time
02/17/2017Passed by for the day
02/20/2017Read third time
02/20/2017Passed House (71-Y 25-N)
02/20/2017VOTE: PASSAGE (71-Y 25-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2017Enrolled
02/22/2017Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1224ER)
02/22/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB1224ER)
02/22/2017Signed by President
02/22/2017Signed by Speaker
02/23/2017Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/23/17
02/23/2017G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/13/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 366 (effective 7/1/17)
03/13/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0366)

Video

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 4 minutes.

Transcript

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

IN AND TALKING WITH HIM. AND HE WANTED TO HONOR THE SUGGESTION OF MOVING THIS ALONG SO WE'RE STUCK HERE, NOW. MY QUESTION IS THAT I'M READING THE BILL AND A SECTION SAYS YOU CAN ADD A WASHT TO SEARCH FOR A PERSON TO BE ARRESTED. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THAT IS NOT ALREADY COVERED SO SEARCH WARRANT MAY BE ISSUED FOR A SEARCH OF SPECIFIED PLACES, THINGS, OR PERSONS AND FOUR SAYS YOU CAN SEEK ANY PERSON. SO I'M NOT CLEAR WHY WE HAVE TO ADD A PERSON?
AND REENACT RAE LATING TO THE PRODUCE SAFETY CIVIL PENALTY. THE BILL REPORTED FROM THE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, CHESAPEAKE AND NATURAL RESOURCES WITH A SUBSTITUTE.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THE GENTLEMAN FROM ACCOMACK, MR.

[Unknown]: CAN WE AGREE TO THE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE. AS MANY AS FAVOR THAT MOTIONP OSED NO. THE SUBSTITUTE IS AGREED TO. THE RESULT OF THE FEDERAL FOOD SAFETY MODERNIZATION ACT. THE SIMPLE FACT IS NOT IF THE PRODUCE FARMS ARE GOING TO BE INSPECTED BUT BY WHOM. THE CHOICE IS THE FDA OR VDAX. THIS WILL PUT VIRGINIA IN CHARGE AND NOT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REGULATION RELAXES OR DISAPPEAR IS OURS FOLLOW SUIT INJURE I ASK ADOPTION OF THE BILL.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THE GENTLEMAN FROM FAUQUIER, MR. WEBER.

Del. Michael Webert (R-Marshall): SPEAKING TO THE MEASURE.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THE GENTLEMAN HAS THE FLOOR.

Del. Michael Webert (R-Marshall): THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE AND ASK THAT MANY OF YOU DO WHAT I'M GOING TO DO AND HOLD YOUR NOSE AND VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THE LEGISLATION. AS SOMEONE IN AGRICULTURE AND SOMEONE WHO IS SUBJECT TO A LOT OF FEDERAL REGULATION, THIS LEGISLATION IS A DIRECT RESULT OF POLITICIANS TRYING TO MAKE TRYING TOTHEMSELVES FEEL GOOD. WHAT HAPPENED IN 2011 IS WE HAD FOOD SAFETY ISSUES. OUTSTANDING SYSTEM ESSENTIALLY WORKED. HUMAN ERROR OCCURS EVERY DAY. THEY FOUND THE SOURCE OF THAT HUMAN ERROR AND CORRECTED THE PROBLEM. BUT MR. SPEAKER, SO SOME POLITICIANS DECIDED THAT OUR CITIZENS NEEDED TO BE WRAPPED IN BUBBLE TAPE AND WE HAVE TO PREVENT THINGS FROM HAPPENING. HUMAN ERROR SOMETIMES IS VERY HARD TO PREVENT. ESSENTIALLY, MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS A RESULT OF AN OVERCORRECTION. WE HAVE ONE OF THE SAFEST FOOD SYSTEMS IN THE WORLD. EVERYTHING IS TRACEABLE.


Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THE GENTLEMAN FROM POWHATAN, MR. WARE

Del. Lee Ware (R-Powhatan): THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. AS THESE GENTLEMEN HAVE ALLUDED TO HERE, THEY'RE LIKE CATS AND HAVE HAD NINE LIVES. I WOULD, AGAIN, RESTATE MY CONCERNS ABOUT THIS BILL AND IF YOU SPEAK TO YOUR SUPERINTENDENT OR YOUR SCHOOL BOARD, YOU'LL HEAR STORIES THAT WILL MAKE YOUR HAIR STAND ON ANY ABOUT VERY YOUNG STUDENTS WHO COMPLETELY DISRUPT A CLASS. THE MOST RECENT ONE I HEARD WAS FROM A FORMER SUPERINTENDENT WHO DESCRIBED A KINDERGARTEN KID ATTACKING A TEACHER AND SENDING THE TEACHER TO THE HOSPITAL. IMAGINE WHAT YOUR CLASSMATES