Domesticated animal premises; liability for transmission of domesticated animal pathogen. (HB764)

Introduced By

Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Domesticated animal premises; liability for transmission of domesticated animal pathogen. Provides that no owner or operator of a domesticated animal premises, defined in the bill, shall be liable for damages arising from a claim by a person visiting such premises alleging injury or death caused by a domesticated animal pathogen if the owner or operator took reasonable precautions to prevent the transmission of such pathogen. The bill also requires the posting of a warning sign and the provision of a hand-washing station at the premises and provides that liability may arise if the person proves that no warning sign was posted or hand-washing station provided as required. The provision of the bill protecting the owner or operator from liability shall not apply if the transmission of the pathogen was due to the owner's or operator's gross negligence, willful and wanton conduct, or intentional act. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101605D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/13/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB764)
01/17/2020Assigned ACNR sub: Agriculture
01/29/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/29/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/05/2020Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (19-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Committee substitute printed 20106316D-H1
02/06/2020Read first time
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106316D-H1
02/07/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB764H1
02/10/2020Read third time and passed House (77-Y 19-N)
02/10/2020VOTE: Passage (77-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/14/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB764H1)
02/17/2020Assigned ACNR sub: Companion Animals
02/25/2020Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (12-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Read third time
02/28/2020Passed Senate (35-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB764ER)
03/05/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB764ER)
03/06/2020Signed by Speaker
03/06/2020Signed 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
03/25/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 453 (effective 7/1/20)
03/25/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0453)


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