Gold; Secretary of Natural Resources, et al., to study mining and processing. (HB2213)

Introduced By

Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City) with support from 8 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Josh Cole (D-Fredericksburg), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News), Del. Rodney Willett (D-Henrico)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Work group; gold mining; report. Directs the Secretary of Natural Resources, the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, and the Secretary of Commerce and Trade to establish a work group to study the mining of gold in the Commonwealth. The bill requires that the study be conducted in consultation with the Virginia Council on Environmental Justice and appropriate stakeholders, including experts in mining, hydrology, toxicology, and other fields; environmental organizations; representatives of potentially affected communities in localities with significant deposits of gold; and residents of Native American communities in such localities. The bill provides that the work group shall evaluate the impacts of gold mining on public health, safety, and welfare; evaluate whether existing air and water quality regulations are sufficient to protect air and water quality from the mining and processing of gold; evaluate whether existing bonding, reclamation, closure, and long-term monitoring of sites for such mining or processing are sufficient; and report its findings to the General Assembly by December 1, 2022. Read the Bill »


03/30/2021: signed by governor


01/13/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102931D
01/13/2021Referred to Committee on Rules
01/22/2021Reported from Rules (13-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2213)
01/25/2021Read first time
01/26/2021Motion to refer to committee agreed to
01/26/2021Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/27/2021Assigned App. sub: Commerce Agriculture & Natural Resources
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 21104164D-H1
02/03/2021Read first time
02/04/2021Read second time
02/04/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21104164D-H1
02/04/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2213H1
02/05/2021Read third time and passed House (55-Y 45-N)
02/05/2021VOTE: Passage (55-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2021Referred to Committee on Rules
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Rules (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2021Reported from Rules with amendments (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2213H1)
02/15/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Read third time
02/16/2021Reading of amendments waived
02/16/2021Committee amendments agreed to
02/16/2021Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/16/2021Passed Senate with amendments (23-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Placed on Calendar
02/18/2021Senate amendments agreed to by House (56-Y 43-N)
02/18/2021VOTE: Adoption (56-Y 43-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2213ER)
02/22/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2213ER)
02/22/2021Signed by President
02/24/2021Signed by Speaker
02/25/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 25, 2021
02/25/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/30/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 423 (effective 7/1/21)
03/30/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0423)