Eastern Shore Water Access Authority; created. (HB844)

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Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Eastern Shore Water Access Authority Act. Allows the Counties of Accomack and Northampton by resolution to declare that there is a need for a public access authority. If an operating agreement is developed, the counties may form the Eastern Shore Water Access Authority. The Authority's duties shall include identifying land that can be secured for use by the general public as a public access site, researching all identified sites, determining appropriate public use levels of identified access sites, developing appropriate mechanisms for transferring title of Commonwealth or private holdings to the Authority, developing appropriate acquisition and site management plans for public access usage, determining what holdings should be sold to advance the mission of the Authority, securing funding and permits for dredging projects and facilities construction projects that enhance recreational and commercial public access, and performing other duties. The Authority shall be governed by a board of directors. Whenever it shall appear to the Authority that the need for the Authority no longer exists, the Authority, or in the proper case, any participating political subdivision, may petition the circuit court of a participating political subdivision for the dissolution of the Authority. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102221D
01/08/2014Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/15/2014Assigned CC & T sub: Subcommittee #1
02/05/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting (10-Y 0-N)
02/07/2014Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns (20-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2014Read first time
02/10/2014Read second time and engrossed
02/11/2014Read third time and passed House (99-Y 0-N)
02/11/2014VOTE: PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2014Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/25/2014Reported from Local Government (14-Y 0-N)
02/27/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/28/2014Read third time
02/28/2014Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/05/2014Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB844ER)
03/05/2014Signed by Speaker
03/08/2014Signed by President
04/01/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 471 (effective 7/1/14)
04/01/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0471)


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 1 minute.