Interagency Environmental Justice Working Group; established, report. (SB1318)

Introduced By

Sen. Ghazala Hashmi (D-Midlothian) with support from co-patrons Del. Lashrecse D. Aird (D-Petersburg), Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News), and Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon)


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 provides that the Working Group shall expire on July 1, 2031. The bill directs each state agency, no later than October 1, 2021, 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 robust public participation plans for residents of environmental justice communities and fenceline communities potentially affected by a covered agency action. Read the Bill »


01/20/2021: passed committee


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102858D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/20/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/20/2021Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendments (7-Y 6-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
01/20/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations

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