SB 273 Railroads; grade crossing safety, maintenance.
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Summary:
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 It also replaces outdated nomenclature with the current terminology used by the railroad industry and government agencies.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 The first amendment corrects outdated terminology whereas amendments 2 through 5 clarify what type of entity, in addition to The Commonwealth Transportation Board, may make decisions regarding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 HB 1133.

Full text:
01/19/96  Senate: Presented & ordered printed 961121819  pdf
02/01/96  Senate: Committee substitute printed 966838607-S1  pdf
02/23/96  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB273ER)  pdf
03/11/96  Senate: Reenrolled bill text (SB273ER)  pdf
03/19/96  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0157)  pdf

Amendments:
House amendments
Governor's recommendation

Status:
01/19/96  Senate: Presented & ordered printed 961121819
01/19/96  Senate: Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/01/96  Senate: Reported from Transportation w/sub. (15-Y 0-N)
02/01/96  Senate: Committee substitute printed 966838607-S1
02/02/96  Senate: Const. reading disp.(40-Y 0-N), passed by for the day
02/02/96  Senate: VOTE: CONST. READING DISPENSED (40-Y 0-N)
02/05/96  Senate: Read second time
02/05/96  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/05/96  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 966838607-S1
02/05/96  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - comm. sub. 966838607-S1
02/05/96  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/05/96  Senate: VOTE: CONST. READING DISPENSED (40-Y 0-N)
02/05/96  Senate: Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/05/96  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE (39-Y 0-N)
02/05/96  Senate: Communicated to House
02/06/96  House: Placed on Calendar
02/07/96  House: Read first time
02/07/96  House: Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/15/96  House: Reported from Tra. w/amds. (21-Y 0-N)
02/16/96  House: Read second time
02/19/96  House: Passed by for the day
02/20/96  House: Read third time
02/20/96  House: Committee amendments agreed to
02/20/96  House: Engrossed by House as amended
02/20/96  House: Passed House with amendments (Block Vote) (100-Y 0-N)
02/20/96  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)
02/22/96  Senate: Reading of amendments waived
02/22/96  Senate: House amendments agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/22/96  Senate: VOTE: CONCUR HOUSE AMENDMENTS (39-Y 0-N)
02/22/96  House: Title replaced
02/23/96  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB273ER)
02/27/96  Senate: Enrolled
02/27/96  House: Signed by Speaker
02/28/96  Senate: Signed by President
03/06/96  Senate: Governor's recommendation received by Senate
03/07/96  Senate: Senate concurred in Gov's recommendation (40-Y 0-N)
03/07/96  Senate: VOTE: ADOPT GOV. RECOMM. (40-Y 0-N)
03/07/96  Governor: Governor's recommendation adopted
03/08/96  House: House concurred in Gov's recommendation (97-Y 0-N)
03/08/96  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N)
03/08/96  Senate: Reenrolled
03/08/96  Senate: Signed by President as reenrolled
03/08/96  House: Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
03/08/96  House: Enacted, Chapter 157 (effective 7/1/96)
03/11/96  Senate: Reenrolled bill text (SB273ER)
03/19/96  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0157)