Farmland Preservation, Office of; transfers Office to Dept. of Forestry. (SB616)

Introduced By

Sen. Todd E. Pillion (R-Abingdon)


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 HB 892. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104857D
01/10/2024Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/23/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB616)
01/23/2024Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/23/2024Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2024Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
01/30/2024Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/31/2024Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendments (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB616)
02/01/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2024Read second time
02/02/2024Reading of amendments waived
02/02/2024Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee amendments agreed to
02/02/2024Finance and Appropriations Committee amendments agreed to
02/02/2024Engrossed by Senate as amended SB616E
02/02/2024Printed as engrossed 24104857D-E
02/05/2024Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB616E)
02/13/2024Placed on Calendar
02/13/2024Read first time
02/13/2024Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/14/2024Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2024Read second time
02/19/2024Read third time
02/19/2024Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/19/2024VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2024Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB616ER)
02/21/2024Signed by Speaker
02/22/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB616ER)
02/24/2024Signed by President
03/01/2024Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 1, 2024
03/01/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 8, 2024
03/08/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 10 (effective 7/1/24)
03/08/2024G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0010)

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