Water in the 2003 Virginia General Assembly

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Virginia Water Resources Research Center

The 2003 Virginia General Assembly convened on January 8 and adjourned on February 22, with a reconvened (“veto”) session on April 2. The legislature considered 3277 measures; 1585 passed and 1692 failed. The legislature also considered amendments to the Fiscal Years 2003/2004 biennial budget that had been adopted in the 2002 session. This article lists 99 measures related to water resources or to land resources with a potential impact on water. The list comes from the Legislative Information Service (LIS) Web-site, at http://leg1.state.va.us/031/lis.htm. The bill summaries below were taken directly from LIS, with some editing for space, clarity, or emphasis. Please note that the bill numbers in this file are NOT hyperlinked. To access more information about any bill, please visit the LIS Web site. Bills that passed are listed first, followed by bills that failed. In each group, 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. The consecutive numbers (1—99) are for convenience within this article and have no legislative significance. The listed bills were found by searching for water-related legislation in nine LIS categories: 1) Conservation; 2) Drainage, Soil Conservation, Sanitation, and Public Facilities Districts; 3) Fisheries and Habitat of Tidal Waters; 4) Game, Inland Fisheries and Boating; 5) Health; 6) Mines and Mining; 7) Waste Disposal; 8) Water and Sewer Systems; and 9) Waters of the State, Ports and Harbors. Pages 10—12 list this year’s bills according to these LIS categories (without summaries).