Solar projects; erosion and sediment control. (SB1258)

Introduced By

Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Solar projects; erosion and sediment control plan review. Requires any locality that does not operate a regulated municipal separate storm sewer system and for which the Department of Environmental Quality did not administer a Virginia Stormwater Management Program as of July 1, 2020, to notify the Department if it decides to have the Department provide the locality with (i) review of a required erosion and sediment control plan and (ii) a recommendation on the plan's compliance with the requirements of the Erosion and Sediment Control Law and the State Water Control Board's regulations for any solar project and its associated infrastructure with a rated electrical generation capacity exceeding five megawatts. The bill provides certain procedural steps for the Department and the Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Program authority for a locality to take in reviewing the plan and making recommendations and decisions. The Department shall adopt a fee schedule and charge fees for conducting such reviews. Read the Bill »


03/31/2021: signed by governor


01/11/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101494D
01/11/2021Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/19/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/19/2021Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2021Committee substitute printed 21103291D-S1
01/19/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
01/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1258S1)
02/02/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/02/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2021Read second time
02/04/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/04/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103291D-S1
02/04/2021Reading of amendment waived
02/04/2021Committee amendment agreed to
02/04/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment SB1258ES1
02/04/2021Printed as engrossed 21103291D-ES1
02/04/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2021Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2021Placed on Calendar
02/07/2021Read first time
02/07/2021Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/09/2021Assigned ACNR sub: Chesapeake
02/10/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1258ES1)
02/15/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/15/2021Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/17/2021Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/18/2021Assigned App. sub: Commerce Agriculture & Natural Resources
02/19/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/19/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (8-Y 0-N)
02/22/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/22/2021Reported from Appropriations with amendment(s) (20-Y 0-N)
02/23/2021Read second time
02/24/2021Read third time
02/24/2021Committee amendments agreed to
02/24/2021Engrossed by House as amended
02/24/2021Passed House with amendments BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/24/2021VOTE: Block Vote Passage (97-Y 0-N)
02/25/2021House amendments agreed to by Senate (28-Y 10-N)
03/09/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1258ER)
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
03/31/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 497 (effective 7/1/21)
03/31/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0497)