HB 1133 Railroads; grade crossing safety, maintenance.
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Railroads; grade crossing safety, maintenance. Repeals obsolete or federally preempted laws relating to railroad companies in the Commonwealth. It also replaces outdated nomenclature with the current terminology used by the railroad industry and government agencies. The bill also includes the following provisions affecting the safety, maintenance, and funding of railroad crossings and tracks: (1) establishes a process by which an interested party may petition the Commonwealth Transportation Board to close a railroad crossing, provided the Commissioner conducts a traffic engineering study of the crossing; (2) requires railroad companies to participate in the Federal Railroad Safety and Inspection Program; (3) requires railroad companies to report accidents involving persons or property to the State Corporation Commission; (4) requires notice to the Commonwealth of mergers, consolidations, abandonments, or discontinuances; (5) establishes public policy for eliminating unnecessary grade crossings; (6) provides petitioning and funding processes to eliminate unnecessary crossings; and (7) creates guidelines and procedures for railroad crossing signals and warning devices. A letter suggesting that this bill be returned to the General Assembly for amendment is attached. The first amendment corrects outdated terminology whereas amendments 2 through 5 clarify what type of entity, in addition to The Commonwealth Transportation Board, may make decisions regarding track safety and maintenance. All five of these amendments conform with duplicate amendments made extensively throughout the bill and would ensure that the affected statutes are amended in a uniform manner. This bill is a duplicate of SB 273.

Full text:
01/22/96  House: Presented & ordered printed 966830819  pdf
02/08/96  House: Committee substitute printed 966839432-H1  pdf
02/10/96  House: Printed as engrossed 966839432-EH1  pdf
02/20/96  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1133ER)  pdf
03/07/96  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0114)  pdf

House amendments

01/22/96  House: Presented & ordered printed 966830819
01/22/96  House: Referred to Committee on Corporations, Insurance and Banking
02/08/96  House: Reported from C. I. B. w/sub. (22-Y 0-N)
02/08/96  House: Committee substitute printed 966839432-H1
02/09/96  House: Read first time
02/10/96  House: Read second time
02/10/96  House: Committee substitute agreed to 966839432-H1
02/10/96  House: Amendments by Mr. Robinson agreed to
02/10/96  House: Engrossed by House - com. sub. w/amds. 966839432-EH1
02/10/96  House: Printed as engrossed 966839432-EH1
02/12/96  House: Read third time and passed House (Block Vote) (100-Y 0-N)
02/12/96  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)
02/12/96  House: Communicated to Senate
02/13/96  Senate: Read first time
02/13/96  Senate: Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/15/96  Senate: Reported from Transportation (15-Y 0-N)
02/16/96  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/16/96  Senate: VOTE: CONST. READING DISPENSED (39-Y 0-N)
02/19/96  Senate: Read third time
02/19/96  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/19/96  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE (40-Y 0-N)
02/20/96  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1133ER)
02/27/96  House: Enrolled
02/27/96  House: Signed by Speaker
02/28/96  Senate: Signed by President
03/06/96  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 114 (effective 7/1/96)
03/07/96  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0114)