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ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS COMMITTEE

In 1969, the Environmental Matters Committee was established. The House of Delegates, however, had formed earlier standing committees concerned with the environment. The Committee on Chesapeake Bay and its Tributaries, for example, had functioned from 1872 to 1968. Created in 1947, the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee also had continued until 1968, when the Natural Resources Committee briefly was established. In the following year, the Environmental Matters Committee assumed responsibilities of that committee.

The Environmental Matters Committee is assigned legislation relating to agriculture; Chesapeake Bay matters; energy; environmental matters, including vehicle emissions; health policy and planning, including related occupations and professions; health care facilities; land use planning and zoning; natural resources; and utility regulation. This committee is composed of twenty-two delegates.

By 1976, the Environmental Matters Committee used two subcommittees: Adequate Public Facilities, and Health and Mental Hygiene. By 1982, six subcommittees reviewed legislation: Crab Waste; Fire Safety; Health Boards Funding; Mosquito Control; Public Lands; and Public Service Commission Laws. Today, the Committee works through three subcommittees: Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources; Health; and Public Utilities.

AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT & NATURAL RESOURCES SUBCOMMITTEE
The Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Subcommittee formed in 1995 as the Environmental and Natural Resources Subcommittee. It reorganized under its current name in 1999.

HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE
In 1995, the Health Subcommittee was created as the Health and Public Utilities Subcommittee. In 1999, it reformed as the Health Subcommittee.

PUBLIC UTILITIES SUBCOMMITTEE
The Public Utilities Subcommittee started in 1995 as the Health and Public Utilities Subcommittee, and received its present name in 1999.

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