Regional water resource planning; State Water Control Board regulations. (HB542)

Introduced By

Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Regional water resource planning; State Water Control Board regulations. Directs the State Water Control Board to estimate the risk that each locality and region in the Commonwealth will experience water supply shortfalls, to encourage the development of cross-jurisdictional water supply projects, and to adopt regulations designating regional planning areas based primarily on river basins. Each locality in a particular regional planning area shall participate in cross-jurisdictional, coordinated water resource planning, and all localities in each area shall together develop and submit a single regional water supply plan. The bill directs the Department of Environmental Quality to facilitate the creation of the regional water plans by ensuring sufficient coordination among localities, providing planning and other assistance, and ensuring that each regional plan identifies risks and proposes strategies in response. The bill directs that the Board and the Department prioritize the allocation of funds to localities that sufficiently participate in regional planning. The bill contains technical amendments. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/05/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102257D
01/05/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/14/2020Assigned ACNR sub: Natural Resources
01/28/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB542)
01/29/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/29/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (8-Y 0-N)
01/29/2020Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/29/2020Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendments (18-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/29/2020Assigned App. sub: Commerce Agriculture & Natural Resources
02/05/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/05/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (5-Y 3-N)
02/05/2020Reported from Appropriations with amendment (14-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Read first time
02/07/2020Passed by temporarily
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources amendments agreed to
02/07/2020Committee on Appropriations amendment agreed to
02/07/2020Engrossed by House as amended HB542E
02/07/2020Printed as engrossed 20102257D-E
02/10/2020Read third time and passed House (61-Y 37-N)
02/10/2020VOTE: Passage (61-Y 37-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/21/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB542E)
02/25/2020Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendments (9-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
03/02/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Read third time
03/05/2020Reading of amendments waived
03/05/2020Committee amendments agreed to
03/05/2020Reading of amendment waived
03/05/2020Committee amendment agreed to
03/05/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/05/2020Passed Senate with amendments (31-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Senate amendments rejected by House (0-Y 97-N)
03/05/2020VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 97-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Senate insisted on amendments (38-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Senate requested conference committee
03/05/2020House acceded to request
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by House
03/05/2020Delegates: Carr, Tran, Edmunds
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/05/2020Senators: Lewis, Hashmi, Ruff
03/07/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by House (59-Y 39-N)
03/07/2020VOTE: Adoption (59-Y 39-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (37-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB542ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
03/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB542ER)
03/20/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 20, 2020
03/20/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/10/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1105 (effective 7/1/20)
04/10/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1105)