Environmental Quality, Department of; consolidation of various boards, increase of authority. (HB3113)

Introduced By

Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Department of Environmental Quality. Consolidates the State Air Pollution Control Board, the State Water Control Board, and the Waste Management Board into one eleven-member citizen board%97the Virginia Board of Environmental Quality%97with the authority to adopt regulations. All other responsibilities of the existing boards, including the authority to issue licenses and permits, shall be transferred to the Department of Environmental Quality. Read the Bill »

Status

03/12/2007: Passed the General Assembly

History

DateAction
01/18/2007Committee
01/18/2007Presented and ordered printed 070979376
01/18/2007Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/31/2007Committee substitute printed 070992376-H1
02/03/2007Committee substitute printed 070992376-H1
02/03/2007Read first time
02/05/2007Read second time
02/05/2007Committee substitute agreed to 070992376-H1
02/05/2007Pending question ordered
02/05/2007Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB3113H1
02/06/2007Read third time and passed House (67-Y 30-N)
02/06/2007Communicated to Senate
02/07/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB3113H1)
02/07/2007Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2007Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/13/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/13/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2007Read third time
02/14/2007Reading of amendments waived
02/14/2007Committee amendments agreed to
02/14/2007Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/14/2007Passed Senate with amendments (30-Y 10-N)
02/14/2007VOTE: (30-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2007Placed on Calendar
02/16/2007Senate amendments agreed to by House (73-Y 23-N)
03/09/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB3113ER)
03/12/2007Enrolled
03/12/2007Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB3113ER)
03/12/2007Signed by President
03/13/2007Signed by Speaker
03/26/2007Governor's recommendation received by House
03/26/2007G Governor's Communication
03/26/2007Bill became law without Governor's signature, Chapter 838 (effective - see bill)
04/10/2007G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0838)

Comments

Catharine Gilliam writes:

This bill would substantially further reduce the protections Virginia citizens have against polluting industries.

Elizabeth writes:

The bill as it stands would reduce expert input, and once more, cut the frail connection between Virginia's citizens, and the laws, regulations, and permits that govern them. This bill is bad, not because it attempts to reduce government which can at times be helpful, but because it attempts to take knowledgeable citizens out of the process of assessing environmental damage and hazards that ultimately affect them. Reducing a voluntary citizen board doesn't really cut much from the budget, but it does limit participation by the public in decisions that will affect many of them with out them even being aware. In this bill, industries and big business interests win, and Virginia citizens lose more than they may realize when all is said and done.

Jim Giraytys writes:

The air, water and waste management issues are all environmentally related, but the science and engineering issues for each are substantially different. There is no feasible way that one 11 person group can adequately represent, and be informed about, such a disparate range of subjects. If the Board is to be more than a rubber stamp, and a less-than-knowledgeable one at that, there will have to be sub-groups to deal with each of the sets of issues. So, what has been achieved except a smaller citizen input to the decision process?

Jennifer England writes:

This bill is an attempt to further cater to corporate interests at the expense of the citizens of Virginia. The citizens of Virginia are already assaulted through environmental horrors like the spreading of Sewage Sludge due to the States pro corporation positions. This bill would only make it easier for those harming our environment and the health of the good people of Virginia.