Running bamboo; cutting by localities; ordinance prohibiting spread; designation of certain plants. (SB964)

Introduced By

Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Running bamboo; cutting by localities; ordinance prohibiting spread; designation of certain plants as noxious weeds. Authorizes any locality to adopt ordinances requiring proper upkeep of running bamboo and prohibiting the spread of running bamboo from a landowner's property, with violations punishable by a civil penalty of $50. The bill includes running bamboo in the "other foreign growth" that current law allows localities to regulate and in some cases to cut. The bill also directs the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) to develop a model running bamboo ordinance and, with the Department of Forestry, to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding that clarifies the roles of the VDACS noxious weeds regulations and the work of the Virginia Invasive Species Working Group. Finally, the bill directs VDACS and DCR to examine the eligibility of certain plants for designation as noxious weeds. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/03/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100296D
01/03/2017Referred to Committee on Local Government
01/17/2017Reported from Local Government with substitute (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2017Committee substitute printed 17104255D-S1
01/18/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB964S1)
01/19/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2017Passed by for the day
01/23/2017Read second time
01/23/2017Reading of substitute waived
01/23/2017Committee substitute agreed to 17104255D-S1
01/23/2017Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB964S1
01/24/2017Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2017Placed on Calendar
01/31/2017Read first time
01/31/2017Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
02/03/2017Assigned CC & T sub: Subcommittee #2
02/08/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting (10-Y 0-N)
02/10/2017Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2017Read second time
02/14/2017Read third time
02/14/2017Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/14/2017VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2017Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB964ER)
02/16/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB964ER)
02/16/2017Signed by Speaker
02/17/2017Signed by President
02/17/2017Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/17/17
02/17/2017G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 24, 2017
02/23/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 213 (effective 7/1/17)
02/23/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0213)