Wetlands protection; living shorelines. (SB776)

Introduced By

Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac) with support from co-patron Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Wetlands protection; living shorelines. Requires the Virginia Marine Resources Commission to promulgate and periodically update minimum standards for the protection and conservation of wetlands and to approve only living shoreline approaches to shoreline stabilization unless the best available science shows that such approaches are not suitable. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102955D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB776)
01/28/2020Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/05/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Reading of amendment waived
02/07/2020Committee amendment agreed to
02/07/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended SB776E
02/07/2020Printed as engrossed 20102955D-E
02/10/2020Read third time and passed Senate (32-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB776E)
02/21/2020Placed on Calendar
02/21/2020Read first time
02/21/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/24/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/24/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (5-Y 2-N)
02/26/2020Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendments (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Read second time
03/02/2020Read third time
03/02/2020Committee amendments agreed to
03/02/2020Engrossed by House as amended
03/02/2020Passed House with amendments (70-Y 30-N)
03/02/2020VOTE: Passage (70-Y 30-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020House amendments agreed to by Senate (32-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB776ER)
03/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB776ER)
03/07/2020Signed by President
03/07/2020Signed by Speaker
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
04/07/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 809 (effective 7/1/20)
04/07/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0809)

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