Onsite sewage systems; conventional and alternative discharging systems, civil penalties. (SB407)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg)

Progress

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

Description

Onsite sewage systems; civil penalties. Provides that any locality that has a record of the location of conventional onsite sewage systems and alternative discharging systems and that meet certain other criteria may adopt an ordinance establishing a uniform schedule of civil penalties for violations of specified provisions for the operation and maintenance of such systems. Currently, the provisions apply only to alternative onsite sewage systems. Amends § 15.2-2157, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Status

03/07/2016: Passed the General Assembly

History

DateAction
01/12/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101922D
01/12/2016Referred to Committee on Local Government
01/19/2016Reported from Local Government with amendment (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2016Read second time
01/25/2016Reading of amendment waived
01/25/2016Committee amendment agreed to
01/25/2016Engrossed by Senate as amended SB407E
01/25/2016Printed as engrossed 16101922D-E
01/26/2016Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2016Impact statement from VDH (SB407E)
02/03/2016Placed on Calendar
02/03/2016Read first time
02/03/2016Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/16/2016Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #3
02/25/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 0-N)
02/25/2016Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2016Read second time
02/29/2016Passed by for the day
03/01/2016Passed by for the day
03/02/2016Passed by for the day
03/03/2016Read third time
03/03/2016Passed House (67-Y 31-N)
03/03/2016VOTE: PASSAGE (67-Y 31-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2016Enrolled
03/04/2016Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB407ER)
03/04/2016Impact statement from VDH (SB407ER)
03/04/2016Signed by Speaker
03/07/2016Signed by President
03/08/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, April 11, 2016
03/08/2016Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/8/2016
03/08/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016

Video

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 3 minutes.

Transcript

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

IT CLEARLY SHOWS VDOTS CALCULATION OF RUNOFF AND THEY USE THESE OVER AND OTHER AGAIN AND THE RAILROAD TRACK HAS LESS RUNOFF HAND A PLAYGROUND. IT IS AMAZING WHERE IT FITS INTO THE SCHEME. THESE ARE NOT IMPERVIOUS SURFACES, THESE ARE PERVIOUS SURFACES AND LOCALITIES, SOME LOCALITIES, NOT ALL, VERY INTERESTINGLY, SOME LOCALITIES SAID WELL, IT'S A RAILROAD AND IT MIGHT -- IT'S NOT PERVIOUS, IT'S NOT IMPERVIOUS SURFACE, BUT WE'RE GOING TO BILL THEM ANYWAY. WE'RE GOING TO BY THEM ANYWAY. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT BURNS ME UP A LOT ABOUT THESE STORMWATER FEES IS WHAT ARE THEY ACTUALLY DOING, TAKING MONEY FROM THEM AND ARE THEY CLEANING UP THE WATER? SO WHEN YOU ASK THESE LOCALITIES THAT ARE TAKING MONEY ON A PERVIOUS SURFACE, NOT AN IMPERVIOUS SURFACE, AND SAYING, OKAY, YOU COLLECTED ALL THIS MONEY, WHAT DID YOU DO IF THERE IS A WATER PROBLEM -- AND THERE ISN'T IF YOU LOOK AT THE VDOT NUMBERS, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO CLEAN THE WATER UP, THAT PARTICULAR WATER, AND THE ANSWER IS NOTHING. ZERO. THAT'S KIND OF WHAT THE REST OF THE BILL GOES TO AND DOES THAT, BUT RIGHT NOW, IT'S JUST A QUESTION OF FAIRNESS. ARE WE GOING TO GO AROUND -- THINK OF THE IMPLICATION. IF THE RAILROADS DO IT, THEN EVERY GRAVEL DRIVEWAY ON EVERY PIECE OF COMMERCIAL PROPERTY, EVERY PIECE OF PERVIOUS PROPERTY ON ANY NUMBER OF THINGS AND ANY ONE OF THE JURISDICTIONS, ALL OF A SUDDEN, YOU SAY WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT? GEE, IT'S PERVIOUS ON THE RAILROADS, WE OUGHT TO BE CHARGING A STORMWATER FEE FOR THOSE TOO. YOU HAVE NO IDEA ON WHERE THIS COULD LEAD, SO WHAT I'M TRYING TO SAY IS IMPERVIOUS SURFACE IS IMPERVIOUS SURFACE, IT'S GOING TO BE BILLED. IF YOU'RE PERVIOUS, IT'S NOT GOING TO BE. IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT WE HAVE TO PUT THIS IN BECAUSE SOME LOCALITIES ARE TREATING A PERVIOUS SURFACE AS IMPERVIOUS FOR COLLECTION OF FEE. WOULD THE SENATOR SENIOR YIELD FOR A QUESTION? I'D BE DELIGHTED. HE YIELDS. WOULD THE SENATOR AGREES THAT THESE PERMIT FEES, THE STORM WATT FEES THAT ALL LOCALITIES ARE REQUIRED TO PUT IN PLACE, THE STORMWATER PROGRAMS, THESE FEES ARE SET BY THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, THESE ARE LOCAL PERMIT FEES, IS THAT -- WOULD THE SENATOR AGREE WITH THAT? I WOULD. SPEAKING AGAIN TO THE BILL UNLESS NOBODY ELSE -- THE SENATOR HAS THE FLOOR. MR. PRESIDENT, THIS IS A LOCAL ISSUE. THE LOCALITIES CAN DECIDE HOW THEY WANT TO DO IT. HERE WE ARE TRYING TO PUT A STATEWIDE SOLUTION TO WHAT IS A LOCAL ISSUE. I HOPE THE BODY WOULD CONIN THE MR. PRESIDENT, IF NO ONE HE HOUSE AMENDMENT. IS WISHES TO SPEAK, I WISH TO