Farmland Preservation, Office of; transfers Office to Dept. of Forestry. (HB892)

Introduced By

Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax) with support from co-patrons Del. Michelle Maldonado (D-Manassas), and Del. Michael Webert (R-Marshall)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; Department of Forestry; Office of Farmland Preservation transferred. Transfers from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to the Department of Forestry the Office of Farmland Preservation and its powers and duties and reporting requirements, the Virginia Farm Link Program, the Century Farm Program, and the Virginia Farmland and Forestland Preservation Fund. The bill renames the Office as the Office of Working Lands Preservation. The bill makes technical amendments to effectuate the transfer and requires the Department of Environmental Quality to report to the Department of Forestry by July 1 of each year certain enumerated information about nonpoint source nutrient credits certified in the previous year that involve land use conversion. This bill is identical to SB 616. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104878D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/23/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB892)
01/23/2024Assigned ACNR sub: Agriculture
01/31/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB892)
01/31/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/31/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (10-Y 0-N)
01/31/2024Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/07/2024Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendment(s) (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2024Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/08/2024Assigned App. sub: Commerce Agriculture & Natural Resources
02/09/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/09/2024Reported from Appropriations (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2024Read first time
02/12/2024Read second time
02/12/2024Committee amendments agreed to
02/12/2024Engrossed by House as amended HB892E
02/12/2024Printed as engrossed 24104878D-E
02/13/2024Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/13/2024VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB892E)
02/15/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/15/2024Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/16/2024Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (11-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2024Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/28/2024Reported from Finance and Appropriations (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2024Read third time
03/01/2024Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB892ER)
03/07/2024Signed by Speaker
03/08/2024Signed 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
03/12/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB892ER)
03/26/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 146 (effective 7/1/24)
03/26/2024G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0146)

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