Aquaculture opportunity zones; removes authority of MRC to establish commercial shellfish zones. (SB963)

Introduced By

Sen. Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Aquaculture opportunity zones.  Removes the authority of the Marine Resources Commission to establish commercial shellfish aquaculture opportunity zones in which temporary protective enclosures can be placed in the waters off the shores of the Northern Neck, the Middle Peninsula, and Tangier Island. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11103447D
01/11/2011Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/17/2011Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2011Read second time and engrossed
01/20/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB963)
01/20/2011Read third time and passed Senate (37-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2011Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2011Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2011Placed on Calendar
02/07/2011Read first time
02/07/2011Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/16/2011Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (15-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2011Read second time
02/18/2011Read third time
02/18/2011Passed House (70-Y 25-N)
02/18/2011VOTE: PASSAGE (70-Y 25-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2011Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB963ER)
02/24/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB963ER)
02/24/2011Signed by Speaker
02/24/2011Signed by President
03/21/2011G Approved by Governor-Chapter 314 (effective 7/1/11)
03/21/2011G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0314)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 40 seconds.