Agricultural operations; nuisance. (SB567)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) with support from co-patrons Sen. Ben Chafin (R-Lebanon), and Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Agricultural operations; nuisance. Requires agricultural operations to be in substantial compliance, defined in the bill, with applicable laws, regulations, and best management practices in order to be exempt from becoming a public or private nuisance. The bill prohibits a person from bringing a nuisance action against any agricultural operation the existence of which was known or reasonably knowable when that person's use or occupancy of his property began. The bill also prohibits anyone other than a person with an ownership interest in the affected property from bringing an action for private nuisance and sets out certain limitations on recovery for compensatory damages. This bill is identical to HB 987. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102062D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/18/2018Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendment (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2018Read second time
01/23/2018Reading of amendment waived
01/23/2018Committee amendment agreed to
01/23/2018Engrossed by Senate as amended SB567E
01/23/2018Printed as engrossed 18102062D-E
01/24/2018Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2018Placed on Calendar
01/29/2018Read first time
01/29/2018Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/28/2018Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2018Read second time
03/05/2018Read third time
03/05/2018Passed House (98-Y 1-N)
03/05/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (98-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2018Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB567ER)
03/07/2018Signed by Speaker
03/09/2018Signed by President
03/15/2018Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 15, 2018
03/15/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
03/30/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 677 (effective 7/1/18)
03/30/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0677)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB987.