Recurrent flooding; joint subcommittee established to formulate recommendations to address. (HJ16)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Stolle (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patrons Del. Rob Krupicka (D-Alexandria), and Sen. Jeff McWaters (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Study; recurrent flooding; report.  Establishes a 15-member joint subcommittee to formulate recommendations for the development of a comprehensive and coordinated planning effort to address recurrent flooding. The joint subcommittee is charged with recommending short- and long-term strategies for minimizing the impact of recurrent flooding.  Its report is to be submitted by November 1, 2015. Read the Bill »


02/25/2014: Passed the Senate


12/10/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100502D
12/10/2013Referred to Committee on Rules
01/28/2014Assigned Rules sub: Studies
01/30/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 0-N)
01/31/2014Reported from Rules with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2014Committee substitute printed 14104689D-H1
02/05/2014Taken up
02/05/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104689D-H1
02/05/2014Engrossed by House - committee substitute HJ16H1
02/05/2014Agreed to by House BLOCK VOTE (92-Y 0-N)
02/05/2014VOTE: BLOCK VOTE ADOPTION (92-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2014Reading waived
02/06/2014Referred to Committee on Rules
02/21/2014Reported from Rules with substitute
02/21/2014Committee substitute printed 14105147D-S1
02/24/2014Reading waived (37-Y 0-N 2-A)
02/25/2014Read third time
02/25/2014Reading of substitute waived
02/25/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14105147D-S1
02/25/2014Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HJ16S1
02/25/2014Agreed to by Senate with substitute by voice vote
02/26/2014Placed on Calendar
02/27/2014Senate substitute rejected by House 14105147D-S1 (1-Y 96-N)
02/27/2014VOTE: REJECTED (1-Y 96-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2014Senate insisted on substitute
03/03/2014Senate requested conference committee
03/04/2014House acceded to request
03/05/2014Conferees appointed by House
03/05/2014Delegates: Stolle, Knight, Hester
03/05/2014Conferees appointed by Senate
03/05/2014Senators: Locke, Lucas, Norment
03/07/2014C Amended by conference committee
03/07/2014Conference substitute printed 14105586D-H2
03/07/2014Conference report agreed to by House (100-Y 0-N)
03/07/2014VOTE: ADOPTION (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2014Rules suspended (35-Y 4-N)
03/07/2014Conference report agreed to by Senate
03/07/2014Reconsideration of conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
03/07/2014Passed by temporarily
03/07/2014Passed by for the day
03/08/2014Conference report agreed to by Senate
03/08/2014Bill text as passed House and Senate (HJ16ER)


This bill mentions Hampton, Virginia's Eastern Shore, Nelson, Tidewater.


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 35 seconds.


Waldo Jaquith writes:

Note that "recurrent flooding" here is a euphemism for sea level increase. Del. Chris Stolle, the patron of this bill, told the Virginian Pilot last year that "'sea level rise' is a 'left-wing term'," and that a bill dealing with sea level increases wouldn't pass the legislature. The far-right believes that sea levels are not increasing, despite that they're—y'know—increasing. So by rebranding the study as "recurrent flooding" instead of "sea level increase," the 2012 bill authorizing the study passed without difficulty, as this one is likely to, also.

It doesn't appear that the euphemism affects the nature of the research at all.