Drinking water supplies and waterworks; maximum contaminant levels, effective date, report. (HB1257)

Introduced By

Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke) with support from co-patron Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Drinking water supplies; maximum contaminant levels. Directs the State Board of Health to adopt regulations establishing maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) in public drinking water systems for (i) perfluorooctanoic acid, perfluorooctane sulfonate, and for such other perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances as the Board deems necessary; (ii) chromium-6; and (iii) 1,4-dioxane. The bill requires such MCLs to be protective of public health, including the health of vulnerable subpopulations, and to be no higher than any MCL or health advisory adopted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the same contaminant. The bill directs the Department of Health to report to the Chairmen of the Senate Committee on Education and Health and the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions on the status of research related to MCLs by November 1, 2020, and submit a final report by October 1, 2021, detailing the MCL regulations established by the Department of Health. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2022. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101226D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/17/2020Assigned HWI sub: Health
01/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1257)
01/21/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (5-Y 2-N)
01/28/2020Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendments (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2020Read first time
01/31/2020Read second time
01/31/2020Committee amendments agreed to
01/31/2020Engrossed by House as amended HB1257E
01/31/2020Printed as engrossed 20101226D-E
02/03/2020Read third time and passed House (58-Y 40-N)
02/03/2020VOTE: Passage (58-Y 40-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1257E)
02/04/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/21/2020Assigned Education sub: Health
02/27/2020Reported from Education and Health with substitute (14-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Committee substitute printed 20108563D-S1
02/28/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1257S1)
03/02/2020Read third time
03/02/2020Passed by for the day
03/03/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1257S1)
03/03/2020Read third time
03/03/2020Passed by for the day
03/04/2020Passed by for the day
03/05/2020Read third time
03/05/2020Reading of substitute waived
03/05/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108565D-S1
03/05/2020Passed by temporarily
03/05/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1257S1
03/05/2020Passed Senate with substitute (23-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Senate substitute agreed to by House 20108565D-S1 (62-Y 36-N)
03/05/2020VOTE: Adoption (62-Y 36-N) (see vote tally)
03/12/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1257ER)
03/12/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1257ER)
03/12/2020Signed by Speaker
03/12/2020Signed by President
03/17/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 17, 2020
03/17/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/10/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1097 (effective 1/1/22)
04/10/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1097)

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