Food and drink law; permitting requirements. (HB837)

Introduced By

Del. Tony Wilt (R-Harrisonburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Food and drink law; permitting requirements. Requires any food manufacturer, food storage warehouse, and retail food establishment to obtain a permit from the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services prior to operating. Any such entity issued a permit is exempt from any other license, permit, or inspection required for the sale, preparation, or handling of food. The bill requires the Commissioner to notify such entities of the reason for denial of a permit and requires that any denial, suspension, or revocation of a permit be carried out in accordance with the Administrative Process Act. The provisions of the bill do not become effective until January 1, 2023, for those localities that currently have a local food inspection or permitting ordinance in place. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22104157D
01/12/2022Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/24/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB837)
01/24/2022Assigned ACNR sub: Agriculture
01/26/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/26/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (10-Y 0-N)
02/02/2022Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendment(s) (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2022Impact statement from DHCD/CLG (HB837)
02/04/2022Read first time
02/07/2022Read second time
02/07/2022Committee amendments agreed to
02/07/2022Engrossed by House as amended HB837E
02/07/2022Printed as engrossed 22104157D-E
02/08/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB837E)
02/08/2022Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/08/2022VOTE: Block Vote Passage (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2022Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/08/2022Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/08/2022VOTE: Block Vote Passage #2 (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/2022Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
03/01/2022Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendment (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2022Passed by for the day
03/07/2022Read third time
03/07/2022Reading of amendment waived
03/07/2022Committee amendment agreed to
03/07/2022Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/07/2022Passed Senate with amendment (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022Senate amendment rejected by House (0-Y 97-N)
03/08/2022VOTE: Rejected (0-Y 97-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2022Senate insisted on amendment (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2022Senate requested conference committee
03/10/2022House acceded to request
03/10/2022Conferees appointed by House
03/10/2022Delegates: Wilt, Ware, Gooditis
03/10/2022Conferees appointed by Senate
03/10/2022Senators: Marsden, Mason, Suetterlein
03/11/2022C Amended by conference committee
03/12/2022Conference report agreed to by House (52-Y 46-N)
03/12/2022VOTE: Adoption (52-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
03/12/2022Conference report agreed to by Senate (30-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
03/21/2022Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB837ER)
03/21/2022Signed by President
03/22/2022Signed by Speaker
03/22/2022Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 22, 2022
03/22/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
03/24/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB837ER)
04/08/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 204 (effective 7/1/22 - see bill)
04/08/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0204)

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