Rabbits; raising and processing for sale, exemption from certain inspections. (SB470)

Introduced By

Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) with support from co-patron Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Raising and processing of rabbits for sale; exemption from certain inspections. Prohibits the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services from requiring that commercially slaughtered or processed rabbits that are offered for sale or service be slaughtered or processed under a voluntary inspection program administered by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) or the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Such rabbits shall still be subject to applicable provisions of Chapter 51 (§ 3.2-5100 et seq.) (Food and Drink) of Title 3.2. The bill also directs the State Board of Health to adopt regulations allowing the receipt by restaurants for sale or service of rabbits that are slaughtered or processed in a facility that complies with the relevant VDACS regulations. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101224D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/11/2018Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/15/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/16/2018Read second time and engrossed
01/17/2018Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2018Placed on Calendar
01/23/2018Read first time
01/23/2018Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/24/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB470)
02/16/2018Assigned ACNR sub: Subcommittee #1
02/19/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/21/2018Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2018Read second time
02/26/2018Read third time
02/26/2018Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/26/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2018Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB470ER)
02/28/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB470ER)
02/28/2018Signed by Speaker
03/03/2018Signed by President
03/06/2018Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 6, 2018
03/06/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
03/30/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 674 (effective 7/1/18)
03/30/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0674)