Timber sales; theft, accounting, penalty. (HB2249)

Introduced By

Del. Terry Austin (R-Buchanan)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Timber sales; theft; accounting; penalty. Provides that a person who buys and removes timber from a landowner's property is guilty of larceny if he fails to pay the landowner by the date specified in their agreement, or if there is no written agreement, within 60 days of removing the timber. The bill provides that a person who is convicted of larceny of timber shall be ordered to pay three times the value of the timber removed. An exception exists for a purchaser who made timely payment to a person he believed in good faith to be the rightful owner of the timber. The bill also provides that, following the passing of the payment deadline, a buyer's failure to pay within 10 days of receiving a demand for payment shall constitute prima facie evidence of the buyer's intent to violate the larceny provision. The bill requires a timber buyer, in certain cases, to furnish at the request of the landowner an accounting of each load removed from the property, with supporting documentation. A person who fails to provide such information, or who provides false information, is guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor. The bill extends from 30 days to 90 days the period during which the owner of land on which a person encroached and cut timber has the right to notify such trespasser and to appoint a timber estimator to determine the amount of damages and directs the State Forester to assist landowners and law-enforcement agencies relative to reported cases of timber theft. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101481D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/09/2019Impact statement from VCSC (HB2249)
01/16/2019Assigned ACNR sub: Subcommittee #2
01/22/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2249)
02/05/2019Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources