Erosion and sediment control; may assess civil penalty. (HB619)

Introduced By

Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Erosion and sediment control; penalty.  Provides localities with the option of assessing civil penalties for the commencement of land-disturbing activities without an approved plan in the amount of $100 for an initial violation and in the amount of $1,000 for any subsequent violations. Currently, the penalty is set by statute at $1,000 for any violation. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10102826D
01/12/2010Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/20/2010Assigned ACNRsub: #3 Chesapeake
01/28/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
01/29/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB619)
02/03/2010Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2010Read first time
02/08/2010Read second time
02/08/2010Committee amendments agreed to
02/08/2010Engrossed by House as amended HB619E
02/08/2010Printed as engrossed 10102826D-E
02/09/2010Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/09/2010VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2010Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2010Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/15/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB619E)
03/01/2010Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2010Read third time
03/03/2010Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2010Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB619ER)
03/10/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB619ER)
03/11/2010Signed by Speaker
03/13/2010Signed by President
04/08/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 275 (effective 7/1/10)
04/08/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0275)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 2 minutes.


Cindy Patterson writes:

Please, vote yes for HB619.

We need the revenue from these penalties to correct our forested buffers and prevent them from being destroyed, inadvertently, by developers.

The Davis Ford Quality of Life Civic Association member had to park her car in front of a bull dozer to get them to stop cutting down trees that were not to be cut down. PWC staff did come and rectify the situation. Thank yo to our civic minded citizen.

The contractors don't always look at the site plans and just mow everything down and we get water pollution without the developer compensating us for the tax payers having to pay to clean up the pollution, erosion and storm water run off they cause.

Thank you, Delegate Orrock for introducing this bill.

Carol Lindstrom writes:

Too bad the changes were made that took the teeth out of the bill. Now, you've got a bill that, if passed, will allow jurisdictions to choose the amount of the fine. Unfortunately, I fear this will just add to the problems already in existence where some developers are treated differently from others. I can see where some would get a $100 fine and others would get a $1000 fine. And, I think it should be that the revenue generated should be required to go into a special fund that would be used ONLY for restoration of damaged lands, waterways, etc. Without that, the money will just be used any way the jurisdictions want to do so. Maybe build an Aquatic Center (see Christiansburg, VA).