Animal testing facilities; DACR shall convene task force to identify potential deficiencies. (HB580)

Introduced By

Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Task Force on Transparency in Publicly Funded Animal Testing Facilities; report. Requires the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to convene a Task Force on Transparency in Publicly Funded Animal Testing Facilities, consisting of legislators and stakeholders, for the purpose of identifying potential deficiencies in publicly funded animal testing facilities in the Commonwealth and recommending methods and context for making certain information about such animal testing facilities publicly available. The bill requires the Task Force to report its findings to certain committees of the General Assembly no later than November 1, 2024. This bill is identical to SB 411. Read the Bill »


According to the fiscal impact statement, the fiscal implications of the legislation are as follows: - The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services anticipates that any increased administrative responsibilities could be absorbed within current resources. - Public institutions of higher education estimate various costs to meet the requirements of the bill, including counting, identifying, grouping, and reporting animals used for testing. These costs include reprogramming existing systems or procuring additional software and hiring one or multiple full-time employees to manage new reporting duties. - The estimated fiscal impact for each public institution of higher education are as follows: - George Mason University: $200,000 - James Madison University: $250,000 - Old Dominion University (anticipates Eastern Virginia Medical School merger): $708,500 - University of Virginia: $374,000 - Virginia Commonwealth University: $557,000 - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University: $1,840,000 - The fiscal impact to Norfolk State University is likely minimal and can be absorbed due to their current partnering arrangements for animal research. - Christopher Newport University indicated an indeterminate fiscal impact. - The fiscal impact to other public institutions of higher education is currently indeterminate. Overall, the exact cost of the legislation is unclear, but public institutions of higher education estimated a range of costs to meet the requirements of the bill.

Summary generated automatically by OpenAI.


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24102144D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/23/2024Assigned ACNR sub: Agriculture
01/24/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 3-N)
01/24/2024Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/25/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB580)
01/31/2024Assigned App. sub: Higher Education
01/31/2024Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2024Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/07/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/07/2024Reported from Appropriations with substitute (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2024Committee substitute printed 24106700D-H1
02/09/2024Read first time
02/12/2024Read second time
02/12/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24106700D-H1
02/12/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB580H1
02/13/2024Read third time and passed House (56-Y 43-N)
02/13/2024VOTE: Passage (56-Y 43-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2024Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/19/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB580H1)
02/20/2024Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (11-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2024Read third time
02/23/2024Passed Senate (38-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB580ER)
02/28/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB580ER)
02/28/2024Signed by Speaker
03/02/2024Signed by President
03/11/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2024
03/11/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/08/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 693 (effective 7/1/24)

Post a Public Comment About this Bill

if you have one

(Limited HTML is OK: <a>, <em>, <strong>, <s>)