No discharge zones; criteria shall be premised on improvement of impaired tidal creeks. (HB1943)

Introduced By

Del. Albert Pollard (D-Lively)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


No discharge zones.  Clarifies that a no discharge zone cannot be established in the Chesapeake Bay or the main stem openings of the major rivers that flow into the Bay. The bill also describes the actions that must be taken to ensure that there is no discharge of sewage from vessels while in a no discharge zone. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11100681D
01/11/2011Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/20/2011Impact statement from DPB (HB1943)
01/26/2011Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2011Read first time
01/28/2011Read second time and engrossed
01/31/2011Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
01/31/2011VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2011Constitutional reading dispensed
02/01/2011Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/14/2011Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendments (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2011Read third time
02/16/2011Reading of amendments waived
02/16/2011Committee amendment #1 agreed to
02/16/2011Committee amendment #2 rejected
02/16/2011Reading of amendment waived
02/16/2011Amendment by Senator Stuart agreed to
02/16/2011Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/16/2011Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2011Placed on Calendar
02/18/2011Senate amendments agreed to by House (94-Y 0-N)
02/18/2011VOTE: ADOPTION (94-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2011Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1943ER)
02/24/2011Signed by Speaker
02/24/2011Signed by President
02/25/2011Impact statement from DPB (HB1943ER)
02/26/2011Signed by President
03/16/2011G Approved by Governor-Chapter 220 (effective 7/1/11)
03/16/2011G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0220)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.


Mrs. Cynthia Patterson writes:

Please, vote Yes for HB1943.

Thank you for this bill.

K.N. writes:

This bill is great. The only problem is in the highlighted section where it says "excluding the Chesapeake Bay". This contardicts the whole bill. It should say including the Chesapeake Bay as a No Discharge Zone. The only way to eliminate the problems associated with the Chesapeake Bay is to make it a No Discharge Zone.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

Unfortunately, K.N., I think that's the point of the bill. :)