Water quality; transfer of responsibility for administration of programs. (SB1279)

Introduced By

Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Consolidation of water quality programs. Moves the water quality programs currently administered by the Department of Conservation and Recreation to the Department of Environmental Quality. The Department of Environmental Quality and the State Water Control Board will have oversight of water quality planning and laws dealing with stormwater management, erosion and sediment control, and the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Areas. The composition of the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board is changed, reducing the number of voting members from 12 to seven, and the Department of Environmental Quality is assigned responsibility for staffing the Board. The Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board will continue its oversight responsibilities of the soil and water conservation districts and of resource management planning. The Board of Conservation and Recreation will be responsible for administration of the flood prevention and dam safety laws. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/14/2013Presented and ordered printed 13101883D
01/14/2013Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/22/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB1279)
01/24/2013Committee substitute printed 13104570D-S1
01/24/2013Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (12-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2013Read second time
01/29/2013Reading of substitute waived
01/29/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13104570D-S1
01/29/2013Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1279S1
01/30/2013Passed by temporarily
01/30/2013Read third time and passed Senate (28-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2013Placed on Calendar
02/02/2013Read first time
02/02/2013Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/05/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB1279S1)
02/06/2013Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2013Committee substitute printed 13104932D-H1
02/07/2013Read second time
02/08/2013Read third time
02/08/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13104932D-H1
02/08/2013Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1279H1
02/08/2013Passed House with substitute (75-Y 21-N)
02/08/2013VOTE: PASSAGE (75-Y 21-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2013House substitute rejected by Senate (3-Y 36-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2013House insisted on substitute
02/13/2013House requested conference committee
02/15/2013Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2013Conferees appointed by Senate
02/15/2013Senators: Hanger, Puckett, Blevins
02/18/2013Conferees appointed by House
02/18/2013Delegates: Sherwood, Scott, E.T., Lewis
02/23/2013Conference substitute printed 13105385D-S2
02/23/2013Conference report agreed to by Senate (29-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2013Conference report agreed to by House (76-Y 21-N)
02/23/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (76-Y 21-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2013Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1279ER)
03/04/2013Signed by President
03/05/2013Signed by Speaker
03/07/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB1279ER)
03/25/2013Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/02/2013Placed on Calendar
04/03/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 793 (effective 7/1/13)
04/03/2013Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (34-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013Reconsideration of Governor's recommendation agreed to (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (31-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013House concurred in Governor's recommendation (74-Y 23-N)
04/03/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (74-Y 23-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/03/2013Reenrolled bill text (SB1279ER2)
04/03/2013Signed by President as reenrolled
04/03/2013Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/03/2013Enacted, Chapter 793 (effective 7/1/13)
04/03/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0793)


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 13 minutes.