ConserveVirginia program; established. (SB1290)

Introduced By

Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


ConserveVirginia program; established. Establishes in the Department of Conservation and Recreation a data-driven Geographical Information Systems model to prioritize potential conservation areas across the Commonwealth that would provide quantifiable benefits to the citizens of Virginia, known as ConserveVirginia. Aspects of the program include (i) the synthesis of multiple mapped data inputs, divided into categories, each representing a different overarching conservation value, and periodic revision of such values; (ii) access to the model by the public and all state and federal agencies; and (iii) incorporation of the model into acquisition or grant decisions when appropriate. The bill requires the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation to report on the success of the program and incorporate the program into needs assessments for expenditures from the Virginia Land Conservation Fund. Read the Bill »


03/12/2021: signed by governor


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101901D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/18/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1290)
01/19/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/19/2021Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2021Committee substitute printed 21103330D-S1
01/21/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2021Read second time
01/22/2021Reading of substitute waived
01/22/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103330D-S1
01/22/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1290S1
01/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1290S1)
01/25/2021Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2021Placed on Calendar
02/02/2021Read first time
02/02/2021Referred 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: Natural Resources
02/17/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
02/17/2021Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021Read second time
02/22/2021Read third time
02/22/2021Passed House (55-Y 45-N)
02/22/2021VOTE: Passage (55-Y 45-N)
02/24/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1290ER)
02/24/2021Signed by President
02/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1290ER)
02/25/2021Signed by Speaker
03/01/2021Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 1, 2021
03/01/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/12/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 99 (effective 7/1/21)
03/12/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0099)