HB 2539 Overhead High Voltage Line Safety Act.
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Summary as passed: (all summaries)
Overhead High Voltage Line Safety Act. Increases the minimum clearance distance from an overhead high voltage line within which a person is prohibited from performing work from six feet to 10 feet. The owner or operator of overhead high voltage lines is exempted from liability for damages resulting from work within 10 feet of overhead high voltage lines, unless the required notice has been given and such owner or operator does not provide required temporary safety arrangements. A person who violates the minimum clearance requirements and whose activities damage utility facilities or cause other injury or damage is required to indemnify the line's owner or operator against all claims including service interruptions and costs incurred in defending any claims. Except for the indemnification obligations imposed on persons who violate the minimum clearance requirements, this measure does not affect the exclusive remedy provisions of the Virginia Workers' Compensation Act. Other provisions clarify the required contents of a notice required when a person intends to work in closer proximity to a power line than the statutory minimum clearance distance. Exemptions are established for (i) certain covered equipment used in agricultural or silvicultural activities and (ii) owners or leaseholders of real estate devoted to agricultural or silvicultural activities beneath a high voltage line, unless otherwise required by state or federal law.

Full text:
01/08/03  House: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/08/03 030310524  pdf
01/29/03  House: Committee substitute printed 030341836-H1  pdf
02/25/03  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2539ER)  pdf
03/25/03  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0364)  pdf

Amendments:
Senate amendments
Senate amendments engrossed

Status:
01/08/03  House: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/08/03 030310524
01/08/03  House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/28/03  House: Reported from C. & L. with substitute (22-Y 0-N)
01/29/03  House: Committee substitute printed 030341836-H1
01/30/03  House: Read first time
01/31/03  House: Read second time
01/31/03  House: Committee substitute agreed to 030341836-H1
01/31/03  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute 030341836-H1
02/01/03  House: Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/01/03  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
02/01/03  House: Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/01/03  House: Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/01/03  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE #2 (99-Y 0-N)
02/01/03  House: Communicated to Senate
02/03/03  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/03/03  Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/17/03  Senate: Reported from C. & L. with amendments (14-Y 0-N)
02/18/03  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/18/03  Senate: VOTE: CONST. RDG. DISPENSED R (40-Y 0-N)
02/18/03  Senate: Read third time
02/18/03  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
02/18/03  Senate: Committee amendments agreed to
02/18/03  Senate: Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/18/03  Senate: Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N)
02/18/03  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE R (40-Y 0-N)
02/19/03  House: Placed on Calendar
02/20/03  House: Senate amendments agreed to by House (98-Y 0-N)
02/20/03  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N)
02/25/03  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2539ER)
02/26/03  House: Enrolled
02/26/03  House: Signed by Speaker
02/27/03  Senate: Signed by President
03/16/03  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 364 (effective 7/1/03)
03/25/03  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0364)