2012 General Assembly

Bills affecting the Virginia Department of Forestry

Bill Number Chief Patron Committee Assignment Bill Summary Date/Action
HB81 Orrock, Sr. Finance Provides that prior use of any property shall not be considered in determining its current use for land use valuation purposes. The bill contains technical amendments.
LIS > Bill Tracking > HB81 > 2012 session
12/21/11 Referred to Committee on Finance 01/12/12 Assigned Finance Subcommittee #1 1/25/12 Subcommittee recommends reporting (9-Y 0-N) 01/30/12 Reported from Finance (22-Y 0-N) 01/31/12 Read first time 02/01/12 Read second time and engrossed 02/02/12 Read third time and passed House
02/03/12 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed; Referred to Committee on Finance
HB239 Knight Ag, Cons & Nat Res Directs the Department of Forestry's forest tree nurseries to continue to use methyl bromide gas fumigation in their pre-seeding land preparation under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's listed usage exemption QPS (Quarantine & Pre-Shipment). The bill also authorizes the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to issue a phytosanitary certificate or a permit verifying that shipments of conifers and hardwood seedlings are free of pests and diseases.
LIS > Bill Tracking > HB239 > 2012 session
1/10/12 Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources 01/23/12 Assigned ACNRsub: Chesapeake 02/02/12 Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 0-N) 02/08/12 Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (22-Y 0-N); Committee substitute printed 02/09/12 Read first time 02/10/12 Read second time; Committee substitute agreed to; Engrossed by House - committee substitute 02/13/12 Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/14/12 Constitutional reading dispensed; Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
HB766 Landes Ag, Chesp & Nat Res Creates the Governor's Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund. The bill establishes an economic development grant program targeted specifically at agricultural and forestry operations. Grants will be awarded to support localities' efforts to attract value-added or processing facilities using Virginia-grown products. Under the program, localities will apply for grants after having established a relationship with a new or expanding business.
LIS > Bill Tracking > HB766 > 2012 session
01/11/12 Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/25/12 Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (22-Y 0-N); Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/26/12 Assigned App. sub: Economic Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources
02/02/12 Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N) 02/08/12 Reported from Appropriations with amendments (22-Y 0-N)
02/10/12 Read first time
02/13/12 Read second time; Committee amendments agreed to; Engrossed by House as amended; Printed as engrossed
02/14/12 Read third time and passed House (100-Y 0-N)
02/15/12 Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed; Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
HB995 Ransone Ag, Cons & Nat Res Limits the payment made to localities by the Department of Forestry to one-fourth of the gross proceeds derived solely from the sale of timber harvested on state forest lands. Currently, localities receive one-fourth of the gross proceeds from revenue generated by any revenue-generating activity occurring on state forest lands.
LIS > Bill Tracking > HB995 > 2012 session
1/11/12 Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/25/12 Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendment (22-Y 0-N)
01/26/12 Read first time
01/27/12 Read second time; Committee amendment agreed to; Engrossed by House as amended; Printed as engrossed
01/30/12 Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N); BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
01/31/12 Constitutional reading dispensed; Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources 02/16/12 Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (14-Y 0-N); Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/21/12 Read third time; Passed Senate (40-Y0-N)
HB1291 Gilbert General Laws Governor's reorganization of executive branch of state government.
LIS > Bill Tracking > HB1291 > 2012 session

01/24/12 Introduced at the request of Governor; Presented and ordered printed; Referred to General Laws
01/27/12 Assigned GL sub: #5 Special
02/07/12 Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 1-N)
02/09/12 Reported from General Laws with amendments (20-Y 0-N)
02/12/12 Read first time
02/13/12 Passed by temporarily; Read second time; Committee amendments agreed to; Amendment by Delegate Landes agreed to; Rules 73 and 74 suspended (95-Y 0-N);VOTE: AGREE TO MOTION (95-Y 0-N); Engrossment waived
2/14/12 Read third time, passed House (82-Y17-N) 02/15/12 Constitutional reading dispensed; Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology

HJ49 Gilbert Rules Sets out the Governor's executive reorganization plan dated November 25, 2011, for approval by each house of the General Assembly. The resolution sets out the pertinent details of the plan.
LIS > Bill Tracking > HJ49 > 2012 session
1/10/12 Referred to Committee on Gen Laws 01/11/12 Referred from Gen Laws by voice vote; Referred to Committee on Rules 01/17/12 Reported from Rules (13-Y 2-N) 01/20/12 Taken up; Amendment by Del Gilbert agreed to; Amendment by Del Carr rejected (22-Y 74-N); ADOPTION (22-Y 74-N); Amendment by Del Englin rejected (27-Y 68-N); ADOPTION (27-Y 68-N); Pending question ordered; Amendments by Del Surovell rejected (28-Y 67-N); ADOPTION (28-Y 67-N); Previous question ordered (69-Y 27-N); ADOP-TION (69-Y 27-N); Engrossed by House as amended; Agreed to by House (69-Y 27-N);Printed as engrossed 01/23/12 Reading waived; Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology 02/06/12 Reported from General Laws/Technology with amendments (10-Y 5-N) 02/08/12 Read second time 02/09/12 Read third time; Reading of amendments waived; Committee amendments agreed to; Engrossed by Senate as amended; Agreed to by Senate with amendments (23-Y 15-N)
02/10/12 House: Placed on Calendar 02/13/12 Senate amendments rejected by House (0-Y 97-N)
02/15/12 Senate insisted on amendments (39-Y 1-N); Senate requested conference committee 02/16/12 House acceded to request; Conferees appointed by House; Gilbert, Jones, James 02/17/12 Senate: Conferees appointed by Senate; Vogel, Martin, Black, McDougle
SB126 Watkins Ag, Cons & Nat Res Directs the Department of Forestry's forest tree nurseries to continue to use methyl bromide gas fumigation in their pre-seeding land preparation under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's listed usage exemption QPS (Quarantine & Pre-Shipment). The bill also authorizes the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to issue a phytosanitary certificate or a permit verifying that shipments of conifers and hardwood seedlings are free of pests and diseases.
LIS > Bill Tracking > SB126 > 2012 session
1/10/12 Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/26/12 Reported from Agriculture, Conserva-tion and Natural Resources with substitute (15-Y 0-N); Committee substitute printed
01/30/12 Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 1-N) 01/31/12 Read second time; Reading of substitute waived; Committee substitute agreed to; Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute 02/01/12 Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/13/12 Placed on Calendar; Read first time; Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources 2/15/12 Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (21-Y 0-N)
02/16/12 Read second time 02/17/12 Read third time; Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/21/12 Senate: Enrolled 02/21/12 Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB126ER)
SB128 Stanley, Jr. Ag, Cons & Nat Res Creates the Governor's Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund. The bill establishes an economic development grant program targeted specifically at agricultural and forestry operations. Grants will be awarded to support localities' efforts to attract value-added or processing facilities using Virginia-grown products. Under the program, localities will apply for grants after having established a relationship with a new or expanding business.
LIS > Bill Tracking > SB128 > 2012 session
1/10/12 Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/26/12 Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (14-Y 0-N)
01/30/12 Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 1-N)
01/31/12 Read second time and engrossed
02/01/12 Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/13/12 Placed on Calendar; Read first time; Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/17/12 Assigned App. sub: Economic Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources
SB428 Ruff, Jr. Ag, Cons & Nat Res Limits the payment made to localities by the Department of Forestry to one-fourth of the gross proceeds derived solely from the sale of timber harvested on state forest lands. Currently, localities receive one-fourth of the gross proceeds from revenue generated by any revenue-generating activity occurring on state forest lands.
LIS > Bill Tracking > SB428 > 2012 session
01/11/12 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12; Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Res
01/26/12 Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Res (12-Y 0-N)
01/30/12 Constitutionl reading dispensed (39-Y 1-N)
01/31/12 Read second time and engrossed
02/01/12 Read third time, passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/13/12 Placed on Calendar; Read first time; Referred to Committee on Ag, Chesp & Natural Res
02/15/12 Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Res with amendment (21-Y 0-N)
02/16/12 Read second time
02/17/12 Read third time; Committee amendment agreed to; Engrossed by House as amended SB428; Passed House with amendment BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/21/12 House amendment agreed to 40-Y 0-N)
SB559 Hanger, Jr. Ag, Cons & Nat Res Authorizes the State Forester to issue the special use permit for certain activities on state forest lands without the approval of the Board of Forestry. The bill expands the requirement for a permit for mountain biking to all bike riding. The existing $15 fee is removed; instead it is left to the Department to set the fee through the regulatory process. The bill also removes the option of the State Forester to issue a separate license to trap on state forest lands.
LIS > Bill Tracking > SB559 > 2012 session
01/16/12 Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/26/12 Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendment (14-Y 0-N)
01/30/12 Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 1-N)
01/31/12 Read second time; Reading of amendment waived; Committee amendment agreed to; Engrossed by Senate as amended; Printed as engrossed
02/01/12 Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/13/12 Placed on Calendar; Read first time; Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/20/12 Assigned ACNRsub: Natural Res
SB678 McDougle General Laws & Technology Governor's reorganization of executive branch of state government
LIS > Bill Tracking > SB678 > 2012 session
01/25/12 Introduced at request of Governor; Presented and ordered printed; Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/06/12 Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendments (11-Y 4-N)
02/08/12 Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/09/12 Read second time; Reading of amendments waived; Committee amendments agreed to; Rules suspended (37-Y 2-N); Engrossment waived
02/10/12 Read third time and passed Senate (28-Y 11-N); Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N); Passed Senate (25-Y 14-N) 02/15/12 Placed on Calendar; Read first time; Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/16/12 Reported from General Laws with substitute (18-Y 4-N); Committee substitute printed 12105498D-H1
02/20/12 Read second time
02/21/12 Passed by for the day
SJ1 Marsh, III - Celebrating the life of Elmon Taylor Gray, former member of the Senate of Virginia
LIS > Bill Tracking > SJ1 > 2012 session
11/21/11 Prefiled and laid on Clerk's desk

Failed

Bill Number Chief Patron Committee Assignment Bill Summary Date/Action
HB112 Bell Appropriations Requires, beginning in the 2014-2016 biennium, "The Executive Budget," and all "Executive Budgets" shall be prepared and formulated using zero-based budgeting principles. The bill provides that such zero-based budgets shall reflect the amount of funding deemed necessary to achieve the most cost-effective performance of each agency or department pursuant to an accompanying narrative delineating the tasks to be performed by each agency or department, together with the goals and objectives for each agency or department. Each such budget shall have a zero dollar amount as its initial basis and shall not reflect any prior appropriation amount, adjusted or otherwise.
LIS > Bill Tracking > HB112 > 2012 session
12/30/11 Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/16/12 Assigned App. sub: Technology Oversight & Government Activities
02/20/12 Left in Appropriations
HB291 LeMunyon General Laws Requires the Governor to require any commercial activity performed by an agency or institution of the Commonwealth to be procured from the private sector, except where there is neither a reduction in cost nor other measurable benefit to the Commonwealth. The bill also requires these commercial activities to be posted on the Governor's website and published in the Virginia Register, and to provide an opportunity for public comment.
LIS > Bill Tracking > HB611 > 2012 session
01/10/12 Referred to Committee on General Laws
HB456 Ware, Jr. Finance Makes the existing tax credit for riparian forest buffer protection for waterways refundable. Currently, the tax credit may be carried forward for five taxable years, but is not refundable.
LIS > Bill Tracking > HB456 > 2012 session
01/10/12 Referred to Committee on Finance
01/20/12 Assigned Finance sub: #3
SB404 Hanger, Jr. Finance Makes the existing tax credit for riparian forest buffer protection for waterways refundable. Currently, the tax credit may be carried forward for five taxable years, but is not refundable.
LIS > Bill Tracking > SB404 > 2012 session
1/11/12 Referred to Committee on Finance
SJ5 Howell Privileges and Elections Requires that contributions to defined benefit retirement plans that are maintained for state employees and employees of participating political subdivisions and school divisions be made in strict adherence with contribution rates and times for the payment of the contributions as recommended by the Board of Trustees of the Virginia Retirement System (VRS).

Under the resolution, for the six fiscal years beginning on and after 7/1/14, the General Assembly could make contributions at a rate that is less than the VRS recommended contribution rate without any deferred contri-butions being recognized so long as the con-tributions are at least equal to certain minimum amounts. In addition, for fiscal years beginning on or after 7/1/20, the General Assembly could provide for the deferral of all or any portion of such contributions for any fiscal year in which the maximum amount is appropriated from the Revenue Stabilization Fund by a separate vote of a majority of all the members voting in each house. All contributions deferred would be re-quired to be repaid within 10 years at an annual interest rate equal to the current actuarially cal-culated long-term rate of return as determined by VRS. The resolution also requires that retirement contributions deferred in 2010 be repaid by 6/30/22.

The resolution also specifies how certain other factors and variables used in setting contribution rates are to be determined.
LIS > Bill Tracking > SJ5 > 2012 session
12/19/12 Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/17/12 Continued to 2013 in Privileges and Elections (15-Y 0-N)

Passed

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