Mines, Minerals and Energy, Department of; renamed the Department of Energy. (HB1855)

Introduced By

Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. Renames the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy as the Department of Energy. Within the Department, the bill renames the Division of Mined Land Reclamation as the Division of Mined Land Repurposing and renames the Division of Energy as the Division of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. The bill makes substantive changes, removing the requirement that the Chief of the Division of Mines be appointed by the Governor and authorizing an employee other than the Virginia Gas and Oil Inspector to serve as the principal executive of the staff of the Virginia Gas and Oil Board. The bill also provides that the Chief Clean Energy Policy Advisor shall be appointed by the Governor. The bill removes or updates outdated language. The bill has a delayed effective date of October 1, 2021. Read the Bill »


04/07/2021: enacted


01/07/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102112D
01/07/2021Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/13/2021Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (18-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/14/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1855)
01/15/2021Read first time
01/18/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/18/2021Read second time
01/18/2021Amendment by Delegate Sullivan agreed to
01/18/2021Engrossed by House as amended HB1855E
01/18/2021Printed as engrossed 21102112D-E
01/19/2021Read third time and passed House (69-Y 30-N)
01/19/2021VOTE: Passage (69-Y 30-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1855E)
01/20/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
01/20/2021Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/22/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations (15-Y 0-N)
02/24/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/25/2021Read third time
02/25/2021Passed Senate (35-Y 3-N)
02/25/2021Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/25/2021Passed Senate (36-Y 3-N)
03/09/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1855ER)
03/09/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1855ER)
03/09/2021Signed by President
03/11/2021Signed by Speaker
03/15/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 15, 2021
03/15/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/25/2021Governor's recommendation received by House
03/31/2021Governor's recommendation received by House
04/07/2021Placed on Calendar
04/07/2021House concurred in Governor's recommendation (64-Y 35-N)
04/07/2021VOTE: Adoption (64-Y 35-N)
04/07/2021Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (25-Y 15-N)
04/07/2021G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/07/2021Reenrolled bill text (HB1855ER2)
04/07/2021Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/07/2021Signed by President as reenrolled
04/07/2021Enacted, Chapter 532 (effective 10/1/21)
04/07/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0532)