VIRGINIA STATE BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION
The 60-day 2022 legislative session begins at noon on January 12, 2022, and Governor Glen Youngkin will be sworn in on the 15th. I already have legislative items in the works for this session.
Senator Deeds will introduce a proclamation from the Legislature or the Governor to recognize the 400th year celebration of the honey bee coming to Jamestown. I have seen the draft and I’m waiting on a revised copy with a couple of changes that needed to be done. When I have the revised copy I will have it sent out to all members. One item in the proclamation if passed will designate the third Saturday in August in 2022 and in each succeeding year as Honey Bee Day in Virginia.
I had asked Senator Deeds if he would be willing to introduce legislation for $125,000 to fund the Hive Distribution Program and he had agreed to do so. When Governor Northam’s new proposed budget was released it showed that he had added $200,000 per year for the next two years which is fantastic. You may see the Governor’s proposed budget related to the Hive Distribution Program at:
On December 5, 1621, a letter from the Virginia Company in London to the Governor of Virginia listed beehives as part of the cargo on the ships Hopewell (or Bona Nova) and Discovery for the Jamestown settlement. I’m in the process of filing paperwork to get approval for an historical road sign hopefully to be located at Jamestown. There is a lot of paperwork to get this done. There is also a cost involved if approved but the President is aware of this and has informed the VSBA Board.
I had also asked Delegate Ron Campbell if he would be willing to introduce legislation making the honey bee the Virginia Commonwealth’s pollinator. I reached out to Delegate Campbell on four different occasions in several ways and never heard back from him or anyone on his staff. So, this was in vain because by then it was too late to find another sponsor. We will have to get this done in the 2023 session.
Please get in touch with your local legislator and ask that he/she support these items when they come up for vote. This is very important.
To get in touch with your local delegate or senator you will find that information at https://virginiageneralassembly.gov. You will see a link ‘Virginia Legislature’. Tap that link and the next page that appears will allow you to link to your senator or delegate’s contact information. If you are not sure who your representatives are, you may contact your local voter registration office to get that information.
VSBA Legislative Liaison