Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority; established, report. (HB1790)

Introduced By

Del. Scott Garrett (R-Lynchburg) with support from co-patrons Del. Mark Dudenhefer (R-Stafford), Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Lynchburg), and Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium. Establishes the Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority as a political subdivision of the Commonwealth for the purposes of making the Commonwealth a national and global leader in nuclear energy and serving as an interdisciplinary study, research, and information resource for the Commonwealth on nuclear energy issues. The 17-member board of directors of the Authority is directed to form a nonstock, nonprofit corporation, referred to as the Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium. Membership in the Consortium is open to specified educational institutions, Virginia-based federal research laboratories, nuclear-related nonprofit organizations, business entities with operating facilities in Virginia that are engaged in activities directly related to the nuclear energy industry, and other persons whose membership is approved by the Consortium's board of directors. The purposes of the Consortium include carrying out the rights, powers, and duties of the Authority and conducting other activities useful in (i) making the Commonwealth a leader in nuclear energy, (ii) serving as an interdisciplinary study, research, and information resource for the Commonwealth on nuclear energy issues, and (iii) raising money on behalf of the Authority in the corporate and nonprofit community and from other nonstate sources. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


  • 01/08/2013 Committee
  • 01/08/2013 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103527D
  • 01/08/2013 Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
  • 01/17/2013 Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendments (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/18/2013 Impact statement from DPB (HB1790)
  • 01/21/2013 Read first time
  • 01/22/2013 Passed by for the day
  • 01/23/2013 Passed by for the day
  • 01/24/2013 Read second time
  • 01/24/2013 Committee amendments agreed to
  • 01/24/2013 Amendments by Delegate Cline agreed to
  • 01/24/2013 Engrossed by House as amended HB1790E
  • 01/24/2013 Printed as engrossed 13103527D-E
  • 01/25/2013 Read third time and passed House (93-Y 3-N 1-A)
  • 01/25/2013 VOTE: PASSAGE (93-Y 3-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
  • 01/28/2013 Constitutional reading dispensed
  • 01/28/2013 Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
  • 01/29/2013 Impact statement from DPB (HB1790E)
  • 02/04/2013 Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/04/2013 Committee substitute printed 13104884D-S1
  • 02/05/2013 Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/06/2013 Read third time
  • 02/06/2013 Reading of substitute waived
  • 02/06/2013 Committee substitute agreed to 13104884D-S1
  • 02/06/2013 Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1790S1
  • 02/06/2013 Passed Senate with substitute (34-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/07/2013 Placed on Calendar
  • 02/08/2013 Impact statement from DPB (HB1790S1)
  • 02/08/2013 Senate substitute agreed to by House 13104884D-S1 (92-Y 3-N)
  • 02/08/2013 VOTE: ADOPTION (92-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/12/2013 Enrolled
  • 02/12/2013 Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1790ER)
  • 02/12/2013 Impact statement from DPB (HB1790ER)
  • 02/12/2013 Signed by Speaker
  • 02/13/2013 Signed by President
  • 02/22/2013 Governor's recommendation received by House
  • 02/22/2013 Placed on Calendar
  • 02/23/2013 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 57 (effective 7/1/13)
  • 02/23/2013 House concurred in Governor's recommendation (93-Y 3-N 1-A)
  • 02/23/2013 VOTE: ADOPTION (93-Y 3-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
  • 02/23/2013 Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (34-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/23/2013 G Governor's recommendation adopted
  • 02/23/2013 Reenrolled
  • 02/23/2013 Reenrolled bill text (HB1790ER2)
  • 02/23/2013 Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
  • 02/23/2013 Signed by President as reenrolled
  • 02/23/2013 Enacted, Chapter 57 (effective 7/1/13)
  • 02/23/2013 G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0057)


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 4 minutes.


David S. Martin writes:

This Bill Is Very Bad for the People Of Virginia
Nuclear Power In Not Safe and will be Naver Safe

Ron Skinner writes:

Please, the sneakyness gives you away. With Soooo many unexplored alternative energy options that provide so many long term jobs why are we spending so much energy on this? I know the lobbiest has checks, the alternative folks have not really gotten a good slush fund together, yet.
As Einstein, and most other develpers of our nuclear program noted after their successful implimentation, "Oops, maybe these guys weren't ready for this kind of power", especially when it cannot be seen, smelled, etc. We can't put the technology back in the bottle, leadership has to recognize that this power takes more than political shenanigans to manage. It takes real ethics. Looking your daughters and sons in the eye and saying, "Honey, this is really ok. My solution will not become your problem."

Please, use your human, not your political souls to decide this one.


Erica Gray writes:

This HB1790 and SB1138 gives incredible power away to the nuclear industry.
The Bill should be challenged on many points!

Emmy Bass writes:

HB1790 and The Nuclear Energy Consortium is "another" not so veiled attempt to clear
the way for uranium mining and milling in VA.
Please stop spending your valuable time and our tax money on this. We don't
want and don't need this kind of health risk in Virginia.