Water in the 2014 Virginia General Assembly
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The 2014 Virginia General Assembly (online at http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/) convened January 9 and adjourned March 8. During the session, the Assembly considered 2899 measures, the proposed biennial budget for 2014-16, and amendments to the 2012-14 budget. The General Assembly was not able to agree on a biennial budget during the regular session, so a special session convened on March 24, 2014, and amendments for the 2012-14 budget were passed that day and approved by the governor on April 1. After several weeks of disagreements among the House of Delegates, Senate, and the governor, on June 23 the budget for the upcoming biennium received final approval. The normal reconvened session—for the General Assembly to consider vetoes or amendments by the governor—was held April 23. In this article, Virginia Water Central lists 161 measures in the 2014 Assembly (including six budget bills) dealing with water resources directly or indirectly. The list comes from the Legislative Information System (LIS) Web site, at http://leg1.state.va.us, in the categories indicated by sub-headings below. Bill summaries were also taken from LIS (edited in some cases for space or clarity). Bills are listed under only one category, even if LIS listed them more than once. The categories searched and the bills listed include all those with direct water relevance (such as bills in the “Water and Sewer Systems” category) as well as those with a potential or indirect relevance to water (such as bills dealing with land conservation and energy- efficiency, two activities that ultimately affect water resources). Water Central’s list below does not necessarily include all bills that potentially affect Virginia’s water resources. Within each category, bills are listed in order of their bill number, using the following abbreviations: HB = bill started in House of Delegates; HJ = joint resolution started in the House; SB = bill started in the Senate; and SJ = joint resolution started in the Senate. Numbers in the left-hand column have been added by Water Central for cross-referencing among the bills. A box at the end of the article lists several topics and bills from the 2014 Assembly that received attention in various news media. For a selection of online news articles about water-related legislation in the 2014 Assembly, please visit the Virginia Water Central News Grouper at http://vawatercentralnewsgrouper.wordpress.com/category/2014-virginia-general-assembly/.