Oyster planting grounds; lease assignments. (SB1413)

Introduced By

Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg)

Progress

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

Description

Oyster planting grounds; lease assignments. Authorizes the Commissioner of Marine Resources (the Commissioner) to decide which area within a riparian owner's waters shall be assigned for planting oysters and removes the $1.50 fee of such assignment. Under current law, such decision is made by the riparian owner. The bill changes various provisions related to oyster-planting grounds, including (i) increasing the application fee for an assignment of general or riparian oyster-planting grounds, (ii) authorizing the Commissioner to consider the public benefits of shellfish aquaculture or whether a transfer or renewal of an oyster-planting lease is in the public interest when determining whether to allow such transfer or renewal of an assignment, (iii) directing the Marine Resources Commission to adopt regulations related to license renewal fees, and (iv) increasing the application fee for a transfer of an oyster-planting lease. The bill contains an emergency clause. Amends § 28.2-600, § 28.2-607, § 28.2-608, § 28.2-613, § 28.2-625, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Status

01/08/2019: Awaiting a Vote in the Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee

History

DateAction
01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed with emergency clause; offered 01/09/19 19102274D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources

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