Discharge deleterious substance in state waters; notice to citizens if detrimental to public health. (HB1205)

Introduced By

Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield) with support from co-patron Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Discharge of deleterious substance into state waters; notice. Requires the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to give certain information about an unlawful discharge of a deleterious substance into state waters to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and local newspapers, television stations, and radio stations, and to disseminate such information via official social media accounts and email notification lists when DEQ determines that the discharge may impair state waters or VDH determines that it may be detrimental to public health. The bill requires DEQ to report to the General Assembly (i) a protocol for determining whether a discharge would have a de minimis impact on state waters and (ii) a proposed implementation procedure if the law were amended to require public dissemination of all discharges reported except for those determined to have a de minimis impact. This bill incorporates HB 1128. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104914D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/15/2020Assigned ACNR sub: Chesapeake
01/27/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/27/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
01/29/2020Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2020Incorporates HB1128 (Lopez)
01/29/2020Committee substitute printed 20106881D-H1
01/31/2020Read first time
02/03/2020Read second time
02/03/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106881D-H1
02/03/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1205H1
02/04/2020Read third time and passed House (59-Y 37-N)
02/04/2020VOTE: Passage (59-Y 37-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/17/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1205H1)
02/18/2020Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2020Committee substitute printed 20108508D-S1
02/18/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/21/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1205S1)
02/25/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Read third time
02/27/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/27/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108508D-S1
02/27/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1205S1
02/27/2020Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Placed on Calendar
03/02/2020Senate substitute agreed to by House 20108508D-S1 (60-Y 38-N)
03/02/2020VOTE: Adoption (60-Y 38-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1205ER)
03/05/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1205ER)
03/06/2020Signed by Speaker
03/06/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/11/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1182 (effective 7/1/20)
04/11/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1182)