Full Statute Name:  West's Annotated Code of Virginia. Title 32.1. Health. Chapter 2. Disease Prevention and Control. Article 3.1. Control of Rabies. § 32.1-48.3. Regulations of Commissioner covering local ordinances and requirements

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Primary Citation:  Va. Code Ann. § 32.1-48.3 Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  October, 2014 Alternate Citation:  VA ST § 32.1-48.3 Date Adopted:  1990
Summary: This Virginia statute specifically authorizes preemption of local control in the event of a rabies outbreak.  It states that if the governing body of the county or city in which the outbreak exists does not adopt ordinances, regulations and measures to prohibit the running at large of dogs and to prevent the spread of rabies, the State Health Commissioner is authorized to adopt regulations providing for the matters contained in such sections and to enforce the same in the same manner as if they had been specifically adopted by the governing body of the county or city involved.
Statute Text: 

If the governing body of the county or city in which the outbreak exists does not adopt, under § 3.2-6522, subsection A of § 3.2-6525, §§ 3.2-6538, 3.2-6539, and 3.2-6546, ordinances, regulations and measures to prohibit the running at large of dogs and to prevent the spread of rabies, the State Health Commissioner is authorized to adopt regulations providing for the matters contained in such sections and to enforce the same in the same manner as if they had been specifically adopted by the governing body of the county or city involved, and the provisions of such sections shall apply mutatis mutandis to the regulations adopted by the Commissioner hereunder.

Acts 1990, c. 958; Acts 2001, c. 674.

HISTORICAL AND STATUTORY NOTES

In 2008, references appearing in this section were revised pursuant to the direction of the Virginia Code Commission by changing "§§ 3.1-796.93, 3.1- 796.95, 3.1-796.96, 3.1-796.98 and subsection A of § 3.1-796.100" to "§ 3.2- 6522, subsection A of § 3.2-6525, §§ 3.2-6538, 3.2-6539, and 3.2-6546".

 

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