Most of the new laws advance state goals of energy independence and promoting alternative or renewable fuels. To expand electric vehicle infrastructure, one law permits the sale of recharging services without being an electric utility.
Slowing the flow of nutrients into the Chesapeake Bay is another goal. Anthony Moore, assistant secretary of the state's Department of Natural Resources, says one law will ban the sale and use of lawn fertilizers with phosphorus, requiring new products to be made.
"By 2013, the fertilizer will not have phosphorous in it, so scotts will have a phosphate free fertilizer by 2012, so that will help us to meet our goals," Moore says.
The Bay's Executive Council will convene in Richmond July 11 to discuss additional strategies for cleaning up the bay.