Onsite sewage systems and private wells; evaluation and design, report. (HB558)

Introduced By

Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg) with support from co-patron Del. Chris Head (R-Roanoke)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Onsite sewage systems and private wells; evaluation and design. Directs the State Health Commissioner to develop a plan to eliminate evaluation and design services by the Department of Health for onsite sewage systems and private wells. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
01/11/2016Committee
01/11/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101639D
01/11/2016Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/15/2016Impact statement from VDH (HB558)
01/26/2016Committee draft substitute printed 16104813D-H1
01/26/2016Committee draft substitute available 16104813D-H1
02/02/2016Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2016Impact statement from VDH (HB558H1)
02/02/2016Committee substitute printed 16105042D-H1
02/03/2016Read first time
02/04/2016Read second time
02/04/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16105042D-H1
02/04/2016Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB558H1
02/05/2016Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/05/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2016Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/2016Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/22/2016Assigned Education sub: Health
02/25/2016Reported from Education and Health (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2016Read third time
02/29/2016Passed Senate (27-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2016Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2016Passed Senate (28-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2016Enrolled
03/02/2016Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB558ER)
03/02/2016Impact statement from VDH (HB558ER)
03/02/2016Signed by Speaker
03/05/2016Signed by President
03/07/2016Signed by President
03/07/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, April 11, 2016
03/07/2016Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/7/2016
03/07/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016
03/11/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 444 (effective 7/1/16)
03/11/2016G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0444)
03/11/2016G Acts of Assembly Chapter text reprinted (CHAP0444)

Video

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 3 minutes.

Transcript

This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.



Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILL. ARE THE SENATORS READY TO VOTE? HAVE ALL THE SENATORS VOTED? DO ANY SENATORS DESIRE TO CH ANGE THEIR VOTE? DO ANY SENATORS DESIRE TO CHANG? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

[Unknown]: AYES 38, NOS 0. AYES 38, NOS 0. THE MOTION IS AGREED TO. THE SENATOR FROM SOUTHERN FAIRFAX COUNTY. MR. PRESIDENT, HAVING BEEN PREVIOUSLY EXPLAINED I MOVE THAT THE BILL PASS. THANK YOU, SENATOR. THE QUESTION IS SHALL HILLARY SL 558 PASS ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES AYE, THOSE OPPOSED NO. ARE THE SENATORS READY TO VOTE? HAVE ALL THE SENATORS VOTED? DO ANY SENATORS DESIRE TO CH ANGE THEIR VOTE? THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.

Comments

Sara Kline writes:

Another proposed law proposed by a moron. He has studied the same event with two other bills and found the same answers. Welfare users are refusing to give up paid benefits at taxpayer expense.

Bobby- get a clue, every time you and VDH pick the same opponents to your "study" is just another opportunity for you to keep the welfare flowing. You are obviously not a republican, so just tell us what you really are-loser.

Stanly Martin writes:

1) This very same study was requested in 2014 for which Mr. Orrock failed to require the Commission of Health to do ANYTHING. very arrogant

2) Additional legislative changes are not necessary. Current program is in violation of the state constitution, Article 1 Section 11 and Article 10 Section 10

Since the last study, Mr. Orrock's actions resulted in nearly 35 million tax dollars wasted on wealthy developers who oppose paying for services.

There should be an investigation between Mr. Orrock and State Commissioner Marissa Levine and her executive staff. IF one look's deep enough, they will see why he has routinely sponsored bills for the VDH and protected their illegal scheme.

Aaron Poust writes:

My septic guy has a wife who is a lobbyist. she said this is good for those complaining.

Aaron Poust writes:

Sad time for Virginia. The legislature is worried that advanced treatment systems will be abused as a result of the proposed transfer. When did the "old traditional" system become the favored system for the Commonwealth? ADVANCED systems are the norm, especially when Virginia has strayed from federal expectations.

Conventional systems in the BAY watershed are one of the primary reasons shellfish area closures are increasing. The conventional system use was abused by the VDH to justify the use of "CONVENTIONAL GRAVITY FLOW" systems. While Virginia continues to praise the use of these expired systems; only more contamination and water degradation will result.

Where are the scientists researching these conditions?

Virginia has no political will to correct the intentional degradation....NO POLITICAL WILL

David Burris writes:

The difference this bill will make is who is going to design your new septic system or your septic repair. Do you want the Health Dept. to do it or the private sector? The Health Dept. has little financial incentive, socializes the cost and training somewhat, and attempts to standardize the quality. This is appropriate because we're talking about Public Health. Regulation of this Public Health is appropriate because of the history of unregulated Public Health. Privitazation of public sector functions has a mixed record but is popular with the Republicans and it seems a lot of Democrats judging from the unanimous approval of the House for this bill. I suspect this is one of those bills that is just slipping through, that very few people know what soil scientists do let alone understand how a septic system works. The private sector wants the business and public sector (Health Dept.) doesn't want the liability. Both require a license which can be revoked (the stick). If this bill is adapted it is hard to say how much oversight the Health Dept. will have, how much the cost of housing will increase, or how much Public Health will suffer, but another Public Health function of the Government is being handed over to the private sector. Who you gonna call?