Offshore drilling; prohibition on leases, policy. (SB795)

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


Offshore oil and gas drilling; prohibition on leases; policy. Prohibits the granting of a lease, easement, or permit on the beds of the coastal waters of the Commonwealth that would allow any infrastructure for conveying to shore oil or gas produced from offshore drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf Planning Area and removes any oil or gas lease granted on such beds from the mandate that such lease include a royalty payment requirement. The bill removes policy statements supporting federal efforts to permit oil and gas development 50 miles or more off the Atlantic shoreline. This bill is identical to HB 706. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103660D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/21/2020Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (11-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2020Committee substitute printed 20106327D-S1
01/23/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2020Passed by for the day
01/27/2020Read second time
01/27/2020Reading of substitute waived
01/27/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106327D-S1
01/27/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB795S1
01/28/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB795S1)
01/28/2020Passed by for the day
01/29/2020Engrossment reconsidered by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2020Reading of amendment waived
01/29/2020Amendment by Senator Lewis agreed to
01/29/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment SB795ES1
01/29/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2020Passed Senate (22-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2020Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2020Passed Senate (23-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2020Printed as engrossed 20106327D-ES1
02/03/2020Placed on Calendar
02/03/2020Read first time
02/03/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/07/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB795ES1)
02/19/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/19/2020Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (15-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Committee substitute printed 20108596D-H1
02/21/2020Read second time
02/24/2020Read third time
02/24/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108596D-H1
02/24/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB795H1
02/24/2020Passed House with substitute (61-Y 39-N)
02/24/2020VOTE: Passage (61-Y 39-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB795H1)
02/26/2020House substitute agreed to by Senate (26-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Title replaced 20108596D-H1
03/04/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB795ER)
03/04/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB795ER)
03/05/2020Signed by President
03/06/2020Signed 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
03/25/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 452 (effective 7/1/20)
03/25/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0452)

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