Voluntary forest mitigation; agreements. (SB674)

Introduced By

Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Voluntary forest mitigation agreements. Authorizes the Secretary of Natural Resources, the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, or any agency within those secretariats, or the Virginia Outdoors Foundation to enter into an agreement, with certain minimum provisions, with the owner or operator of construction projects to accomplish forest mitigation, as defined in the bill. The bill provides that no such agreement shall (i) include any waiver of liability for environmental damage caused by the construction project or (ii) guarantee regulatory approval for a construction project by any state agency. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102486D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/21/2020Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (8-Y 1-N 4-A) (see vote tally)
01/21/2020Committee substitute printed 20106282D-S1
01/23/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2020Read second time
01/24/2020Reading of substitute waived
01/24/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106282D-S1
01/24/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB674S1
01/27/2020Read third time and passed Senate (23-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB674S1)
02/13/2020Placed on Calendar
02/13/2020Read first time
02/13/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/13/2020Assigned ACNR sub: Natural Resources
02/19/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/19/2020Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2020Read second time
02/24/2020Read third time
02/24/2020Passed House (63-Y 37-N)
02/24/2020VOTE: Passage (63-Y 37-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB674ER)
02/27/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB674ER)
02/27/2020Signed by President
02/27/2020Signed by Speaker
03/10/2020Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 10, 2020
03/10/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/09/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 959 (effective 7/1/20)
04/09/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0959)