Environmental justice; interagency working group. (HB2074)

Introduced By

Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News) with support from 7 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Lashrecse D. Aird (D-Petersburg), Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean), Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-Sterling)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Environmental justice; interagency working group. Establishes the Interagency Environmental Justice Working Group as an advisory council in the executive branch of state government to further environmental justice in the Commonwealth and directs each of the Governor's Secretaries to designate at least one environmental justice coordinator to represent the secretariat as a member of the Working Group. The bill directs the Working Group to focus its work during its first year on the environmental justice of current air quality monitoring practices in Virginia and provides that the Working Group shall expire on July 1, 2031. The bill directs each state agency to adopt an agency-specific environmental justice policy that requires an evaluation of the environmental justice consequences of any covered agency action, requires a consideration of the environmental justice consequences or cumulative impacts of the administration of regulations, and contains other features, including public participation plans for residents of environmental justice communities and fenceline communities potentially affected by a covered agency action. Finally, the bill requires each local government adopting or reviewing a comprehensive plan to consider identifying certain environmental justice communities, objectives, and policies. Read the Bill »


02/25/2021: Passed the Senate


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102822D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/15/2021Assigned ACNR sub: Natural Resources
01/22/2021Impact statement from DHCD/CLG (HB2074)
01/27/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/27/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 1-N)
01/27/2021Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/27/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/27/2021Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2021Committee substitute printed 21103839D-H1
01/27/2021Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/27/2021Assigned App. sub: Commerce Agriculture & Natural Resources
01/28/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2074H1)
02/02/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/02/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
02/03/2021Reported from Appropriations with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Committee substitute printed 21104161D-H2
02/03/2021Read first time
02/04/2021Read second time
02/04/2021Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources substitute rejected 21103839D-H1
02/04/2021Committee on Appropriations substitute agreed to 21104161D-H2
02/04/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2074H2
02/05/2021Read third time and passed House (56-Y 44-N)
02/05/2021VOTE: Passage (56-Y 44-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in General Laws and Technology (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2074H2)
02/17/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/17/2021Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (8-Y 4-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Committee substitute printed 21200425D-S1
02/17/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/19/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2074S1)
02/22/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations (10-Y 4-N)
02/24/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/25/2021Read third time
02/25/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/25/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21200425D-S1
02/25/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB2074S1
02/25/2021Passed Senate with substitute (21-Y 18-N)
02/25/2021Placed on Calendar
02/25/2021Senate substitute agreed to by House 21200425D-S1 (55-Y 43-N)
02/25/2021VOTE: Adoption (55-Y 43-N)
02/25/2021Reconsideration of Senate substitute agreed to by House
02/25/2021Senate substitute rejected by House 21200425D-S1 (1-Y 97-N)
02/25/2021VOTE: REJECTED #2 (1-Y 97-N)
02/25/2021Senate insisted on substitute (36-Y 2-N)
02/25/2021Senate requested conference committee
02/25/2021House acceded to request
02/25/2021Conferees appointed by House
02/25/2021Delegates: Simonds, Keam, Hodges
02/25/2021Conferees appointed by Senate
02/25/2021Senators: Hashmi, Vogel, Mason
03/01/2021No further action taken
03/01/2021Failed to pass