Tappahannock-Essex County Airport Authority; removes Tappahannock's name from Authority. (HB120)

Introduced By

Del. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna) with support from co-patron Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Tappahannock-Essex County Airport Authority.  Removes Tappahannock's name from the name of the airport authority and does away with the obligations of the Town of Tappahannock to fund the authority and to appoint certain members to it. The bill reduces the size of the airport authority from seven to five members and makes clarifying amendments. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/03/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12102306D
01/03/2012Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/13/2012Assigned CC & T sub: #1
01/18/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting (10-Y 0-N)
01/20/2012Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2012Read first time
01/24/2012Read second time and engrossed
01/25/2012Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
01/25/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2012Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
01/25/2012Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
01/25/2012VOTE: PASSAGE #2 (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
01/26/2012Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/28/2012Reported from Local Government (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2012Read third time
03/02/2012Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB120ER)
03/07/2012Signed by Speaker
03/08/2012Signed by President
04/09/2012Governor's recommendation received by House
04/17/2012Placed on Calendar
04/18/2012House concurred in Governor's recommendation (96-Y 0-N)
04/18/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/18/2012Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (38-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
04/18/2012G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/18/2012Reenrolled bill text (HB120ER2)
04/18/2012Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/18/2012Signed by President as reenrolled
04/18/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 745 (effective 7/1/12)
04/18/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0745)


This bill mentions Tappahannock Municipal Airport, Tappahannock, Tappahannock.


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


Bernie Buchanan writes:

I have repeatedly asked for the identification of the entity or person who submitted HB120 to Sen. McDougle and Del. Hodges for submission without a response. This Bill was not produced with public involvement. In addition, the Tappahannock-Essex County Airport Authority had no prior knowledge of it, therefore did not develop it. The town attorney, Mr. Lewis, also stated the Town of Tappahannock had no involvement in the execution of it either. An amendment to this Bill stating that only citizens of Essex County be appointed to serve. This request was not acted upon. Consequently, the Bill has no merit and should be tabled or withdrawn until issues are publicly addressed. The Town of Tappahannock, in essence agreed on partial funding of the new airport in 1988, which helped to push the decision forward. It is backing out of a contractual agreement with the Essex County citizens and placing a larger burden of funding on them with this Bill.