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Bill #: H.3700

Session: 2019-2020

Topics:

Land Land

Outcome

CVSC opposed this bill and it did not pass.

House 43-60

H.3700 sought to allow the placement of wingwalls at the ends of existing erosion control structures, like seawalls.

This bill was referred to the Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee. The Conservation Community had no position on the bill as drafted because it did not allow for the construction of new seawalls or erosion control structures on our coast.

In the final days of the 2019 legislative year, however, Rep. Davey Hiott sponsored and passed an amendment to the bill that would have allowed the gated DeBordieu community to build a new seawall to protect 17 homes. This special interest provision would have undermined a 30-year prohibition on new sea walls along our coast and would have made it difficult to uphold critical legal protections for our coast. As a result, the conservation community opposed the bill as amended.

 

  • + Pro Conservation Vote
  • - Anti Conservation Vote
  • EA Excused Absence
  • NV Not Voting
  • NA Not in Office
  • A Abstained (Conflict of Interest)

H.3700 Seawalls (Sustaining of the Governor’s Veto)

Without the time in the final hours of the legislative session to stop or amend the bill, the conservation community worked with Governor McMaster to veto this dangerous legislation. We applaud the Governor for taking this position in support of smart shoreline and coastal management protections. Supporters of the seawall legislation needed 2/3 vote of the House to over-ride the Governor’s veto.

With passionate remarks from Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell and Rep. Justin Bamberg (and work from even more legislators behind the scenes), the conservation community was able to sustain the Governor’s veto with a vote of 43-60, ensuring our state’s seawall prohibition remained intact.

  • This is a Pro-Conservation Vote.
  • Legislators did not have enough votes to override the Governor’s veto, and it was sustained.
Legislator
Party
District
Office
Sponsor
Vote
CVSC Vote
D
59
House
No
NV
NV
R
36
House
No
NV
NV
D
103
House
No
Yea
-
D
57
House
No
Yea
-
R
104
House
Yes
Yea
-
D
80
House
No
Yea
-
R
71
House
No
Nay
+
D
90
House
No
Nay
+
R
24
House
No
Yea
-
R
114
House
No
Nay
+
D
78
House
No
Nay
+
R
81
House
No
Yea
-
R
123
House
No
Yea
-
D
70
House
No
Nay
+
D
116
House
No
Nay
+
R
48
House
No
Yea
-
R
17
House
No
Yea
-
R
87
House
No
Nay
+
R
89
House
No
Nay
+
R
94
House
No
Nay
+
R
35
House
No
Yea
-
R
3
House
No
Nay
+
R
107
House
Yes
Yea
-
D
82
House
No
Yea
-
D
66
House
No
NV
NV
R
110
House
No
Nay
+
R
5
House
No
Nay
+
R
21
House
No
Nay
+
R
10
House
No
Nay
+
R
68
House
No
NV
NV
R
92
House
No
Yea
-
R
100
House
No
Yea
-
D
23
House
No
Nay
+
R
22
House
No
Yea
-
R
124
House
No
EA
EA
R
26
House
No
Nay
+
R
75
House
No
Yea
-
R
39
House
No
Yea
-
R
34
House
No
Yea
-
R
106
House
No
Yea
-
D
52
House
No
Nay
+
R
11
House
No
Yea
-
D
77
House
No
Nay
+
R
42
House
No
Yea
-
D
111
House
No
NV
NV
D
95
House
No
Nay
+
R
19
House
No
NA
NA
R
105
House
Yes
Yea
-
D
73
House
No
Nay
+
D
55
House
No
Yea
-
D
31
House
No
Nay
+
D
54
House
No
EA
EA
R
118
House
No
NV
NV
R
108
House
Yes
Yea
-
R
8
House
No
Nay
+
R
4
House
No
Yea
-
R
83
House
No
Yea
-
D
91
House
No
Yea
-
D
76
House
No
Yea
-
R
85
House
No
Nay
+
R
32
House
No
Yea
-
D
102
House
No
Yea
-
R
58
House
No
Yea
-
R
14
House
No
Nay
+
R
63
House
No
Yea
-
R
97
House
No
Nay
+
D
49
House
No
Nay
+
D
61
House
No
NV
NV
R
43
House
No
NV
NV
R
37
House
No
Yea
-
R
60
House
No
Yea
-
R
65
House
No
Yea
-
R
99
House
No
Nay
+
D
109
House
No
Yea
-
R
38
House
No
Nay
+
R
40
House
No
Yea
-
D
117
House
No
EA
EA
R
115
House
No
Nay
+
R
13
House
No
Yea
-
D
41
House
No
Nay
+
R
56
House
No
Yea
-
D
101
House
No
NV
NV
D
15
House
No
NV
NV
R
20
House
No
Yea
-
R
29
House
No
Nay
+
R
30
House
No
Yea
-
R
98
House
No
Yea
-
R
45
House
No
Yea
-
R
120
House
No
Nay
+
D
44
House
No
Nay
+
R
84
House
No
NA
NA
D
93
House
No
Nay
+
D
12
House
No
Yea
-
D
113
House
No
Yea
-
R
47
House
No
Yea
-
D
64
House
No
Nay
+
D
121
House
No
Nay
+
D
25
House
No
Nay
+
D
72
House
No
Nay
+
D
74
House
No
Nay
+
R
2
House
No
EA
EA
R
46
House
No
Yea
-
R
67
House
No
Yea
-
R
27
House
No
Yea
-
R
112
House
No
Yea
-
R
96
House
No
Yea
-
D
119
House
No
Yea
-
R
18
House
No
NV
NV
R
33
House
No
Yea
-
R
86
House
No
Yea
-
R
9
House
No
Yea
-
D
79
House
No
Nay
+
R
88
House
No
EA
EA
R
28
House
No
Nay
+
D
51
House
No
EA
EA
R
7
House
No
Yea
-
D
50
House
No
NV
NV
R
6
House
No
EA
EA
R
1
House
No
Yea
-
D
62
House
No
Yea
-
D
122
House
No
Nay
+
R
16
House
No
Yea
-
R
69
House
No
Nay
+
R
53
House
No
Yea
-