Blue catfish; DACS, et al., to review efforts to create a market. (SB402)

Introduced By

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland) with support from co-patron Del. Paul Milde (R-Stafford)


Passed Committee
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Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; blue catfish work group; report. Requires the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to convene a work group of relevant stakeholders in order to support and encourage coordination regarding efforts to create a robust and resilient market for blue catfish. The work group shall (i) review past and ongoing efforts to promote the creation of a market for blue catfish, (ii) identify and explore potential sectors for the blue catfish market, and (iii) identify any actions that the Commonwealth can take to promote and expand the market for blue catfish. The Department shall submit a report of the findings and recommendations of the work group to the Governor, the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, the Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources, and relevant committees of the General Assembly no later than September 1, 2025. This bill is identical to HB 1135. Read the Bill »


According to the fiscal impact statement, it is anticipated that the Marine Resources Commission, Virginia Department of Transportation, Department of Corrections, Virginia Department of Education, and Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services could absorb any impact from the passage of this legislation within existing resources. Therefore, there is no specific cost estimate provided in the statement for this legislation.

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Bill Has Passed


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24102283D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee on Rules
01/24/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB402)
02/02/2024Reported from Rules (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2024Read second time and engrossed
02/06/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2024Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2024Placed on Calendar
02/15/2024Read first time
02/15/2024Referred to Committee on Rules
02/22/2024Assigned Rules sub: Studies Subcommittee
02/23/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N)
02/23/2024Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/23/2024Reported from Rules (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2024Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/28/2024Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2024Read second time
03/04/2024Passed by for the day
03/05/2024Passed by for the day
03/06/2024Passed by for the day
03/07/2024Read third time
03/07/2024Passed House (92-Y 4-N)
03/07/2024VOTE: Passage (92-Y 4-N)
03/25/2024Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB402ER)
03/25/2024Signed by President
03/26/2024Signed by Speaker
03/27/2024Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 27, 2024
03/27/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
03/28/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 240 (effective 7/1/24)
03/28/2024G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0240)
04/03/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB402ER)

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