Onsite Sewage Indemnification Fund; use of Fund for grants to certain property owners. (SB1396)

Introduced By

Sen. Ghazala Hashmi (D-Midlothian)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Sewage; Onsite Sewage Indemnification Fund; Wastewater Infrastructure Policy Working Group; report. Authorizes the State Board of Health to use the Onsite Sewage Indemnification Fund to provide grants and loans to property owners with income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines to repair failing onsite sewage systems or install onsite sewage systems on properties that lack adequate sewage disposal. The bill provides that no expenses shall be paid from the Fund to support the program for training and recognition of onsite soil evaluators, or to provide grants or loans to repair failing onsite sewage systems or install onsite sewage systems on properties that lack adequate sewage disposal in lieu of payment to any owner or owners qualified to receive payment from the Fund. The bill also directs the Board to adopt regulations that include consideration of the impacts of climate change on proposed treatment works. The bill sets out the policy of the Commonwealth regarding wastewater infrastructure and establishes the four-member Wastewater Infrastructure Policy Working Group as an advisory board in the executive branch of state government to continually assess wastewater infrastructure needs and develop policy recommendations. The bill provides that the Working Group shall expire in 2030. The bill also directs the Department of Environmental Quality, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health and in consultation with stakeholders, to estimate and report every four years the amount of wastewater infrastructure funding that is necessary to meet policy goals but is not eligible to be covered by grant funding pursuant to the Virginia Water Quality Improvement Act of 1997. Read the Bill »


03/25/2021: signed by governor


01/13/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102943D
01/13/2021Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/26/2021Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
01/27/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1396)
02/03/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations (12-Y 0-N 3-A) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2021Read second time and engrossed
02/05/2021Read third time and passed Senate (22-Y 16-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: Natural Resources
02/17/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 2-N)
02/17/2021Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/17/2021Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/18/2021Assigned App. sub: Commerce Agriculture & Natural Resources
02/19/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/22/2021Reported from Appropriations (19-Y 1-N)
02/23/2021Read second time
02/24/2021Passed by for the day
02/25/2021Read third time
02/25/2021Passed House (71-Y 27-N)
02/25/2021VOTE: Passage (71-Y 27-N)
03/09/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1396ER)
03/09/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1396ER)
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
03/25/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 382 (effective 7/1/21)
03/25/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0382)

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