Carbon Sequestration Task Force; established. (SB1374)

Introduced By

Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Carbon Sequestration Task Force; report. Directs the Secretary of Natural Resources, jointly with the Secretary of Agriculture and Consumer Services, to convene a task force for the purpose of studying carbon sequestration in the Commonwealth and submit a report of its findings before the first day of the 2022 Session of the General Assembly. The bill directs the task force to (i) consider possible methods of increasing carbon sequestration within the natural environment through state land and marine resources use policies; agricultural, aquacultural, and silvicultural practices; and other practices to achieve restoration of natural resources and long term conservation; (ii) recommend short-term and long-term benchmarks for increasing carbon sequestration; (iii) develop a standardized methodology to establish baseline carbon levels and account for increases in carbon sequestration over time; (iv) identify existing carbon markets and considerations relevant to potential participation by the Commonwealth; and (v) identify other potential funding mechanisms to encourage carbon sequestration practices in the Commonwealth. Read the Bill »

Status

01/13/2021: Awaiting a Vote in the Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee

History

DateAction
01/13/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102038D
01/13/2021Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources

Hearing Scheduled

This bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources committee on 01/26/2021. It meets on Thursday, 1/2 hour after adjournment—Senate Room B.

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