Environmental justice; state agency policy, Virginia Council on Environmental Justice, established. (HB704)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna) with support from co-patrons Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria), and Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Environmental justice; policy. Provides that it is the policy of the Commonwealth to promote environmental justice, defined in the bill, and to ensure that it is carried out throughout the Commonwealth. This bill is identical to SB 406. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/06/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103275D
01/06/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/14/2020Assigned ACNR sub: Natural Resources
01/29/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/29/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
01/29/2020Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/05/2020Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (18-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Committee substitute printed 20106928D-H1
02/05/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/05/2020Assigned App. sub: Commerce Agriculture & Natural Resources
02/07/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/07/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (8-Y 0-N)
02/07/2020Reported from Appropriations with amendments (17-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2020Read first time
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources substitute agreed to 20106928D-H1
02/10/2020Committee on Appropriations amendments agreed to
02/10/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendments HB704EH1
02/10/2020Printed as engrossed 20106928D-EH1
02/11/2020Read third time and passed House (60-Y 40-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: Passage (60-Y 40-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB704EH1)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/18/2020Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2020Committee substitute printed 20108214D-S1
02/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB704S1)
02/20/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Passed by for the day
02/24/2020Read third time
02/24/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/24/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108214D-S1
02/24/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB704S1
02/24/2020Passed Senate with substitute (25-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Placed on Calendar
02/26/2020Senate substitute agreed to by House 20108214D-S1 (54-Y 42-N)
02/26/2020VOTE: Adoption (54-Y 42-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB704ER)
03/02/2020Signed by Speaker
03/03/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB704ER)
03/03/2020Signed 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
04/08/2020Governor's recommendation received by House
04/22/2020Placed on Calendar
04/22/2020House concurred in Governor's recommendation (52-Y 43-N)
04/22/2020Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (23-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
04/22/2020G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/22/2020Reenrolled bill text (HB704ER2)
04/22/2020Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/22/2020Signed by President as reenrolled
04/22/2020Enacted, Chapter 1212 (effective 7/1/20)
04/22/2020VOTE: Agree To (52-Y 43-N)
04/22/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1212)
05/01/2020VOTE: Agree To (52-Y 43-N)


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