Milk; definition, misbranding product, prohibition. (HB119)

Introduced By

Del. Barry Knight (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patron Del. Chris Runion (R-Bridgewater)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Milk; definition; misbranding; prohibition. Defines "milk" as the lacteal secretion of a healthy hooved mammal and provides that a food product is unlawfully misbranded if its label states that it is milk and it fails to meet such definition, except for human breast milk. The bill directs the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to implement a plan to ban all products misbranded as milk. The bill does not become effective until six months after the enactment, on or before October 1, 2029, of a similar act in any 11 of 14 specified states. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/16/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101914D
12/16/2019Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/14/2020Assigned ACNR sub: Agriculture
01/15/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/15/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 1-N)
01/22/2020Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2020Committee substitute printed 20105331D-H1
01/24/2020Read first time
01/27/2020Passed by for the day
01/28/2020Read second time
01/28/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20105331D-H1
01/28/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB119H1
01/29/2020Read third time and passed House (66-Y 32-N)
01/29/2020VOTE: Passage (66-Y 32-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
01/30/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/10/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB119H1)
02/18/2020Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/25/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations (10-Y 5-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Read third time
02/27/2020Pending question, not ordered (16-Y 24-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Passed Senate (24-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB119ER)
03/04/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB119ER)
03/05/2020Signed by Speaker
03/05/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/11/2020G Vetoed by Governor
04/22/2020Placed on Calendar
04/22/2020House sustained Governor's veto