Timber sales; theft, accounting, penalty. (SB1469)

Introduced By

Sen. Ben Chafin (R-Lebanon) with support from co-patron Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg)

Progress

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

Description

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. 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. An exception exists for a purchaser who made payment to a person he believed in good faith to be the rightful owner of the timber. 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 all 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 with regard to reported cases of timber theft. Amends § 10.1-1105, § 55-332, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Status

01/17/2019: passed committee

History

DateAction
01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19104311D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/10/2019Impact statement from VCSC (SB1469)
01/17/2019Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendments (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2019Rereferred to Finance

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