Chesapeake Bay Related Legislation

Since the Chesapeake Bay Commission’s inception in 1980, members of the Commission have championed significant legislative initiatives to further the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and its living resources.  In fact, perhaps no other activity better defines the Commission and its role as a Bay Program partner than its efforts to advance legislation at both the state and Federal levels. 

From the beginning, the Commission has acknowledged that each state- Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia- must develop its own unique approach to the similar causes of problems facing the Chesapeake Bay.  Each state delegation approaches possible solutions by considering the cultural, financial and ecological conditions of their different jurisdictions.  The Commission also recognizes that to be successful, the legislative branches of each state must be fully engaged in devising that approach. 

Past Legislative Sessions

The following documents represent a summary of Bay related legislation from prior years:

Prior Legislation 2020

Prior Legislation 2019

Prior Legislation 2018

Prior Legislation 2017

Prior Legislation 2016

Prior Legislation 2015

Prior Legislation 2014

Prior Legislation 2013

More specific information may be obtained from each state's individual General Assembly Web sites: