Passenger rail transportation liability; limitations. (SB652)

Introduced By

Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield) with support from co-patron Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Passenger rail service liability. Authorizes an authority, comprised of two or more political subdivisions of the Commonwealth that provide public rail transportation services, to contract with a railroad company to allocate financial responsibility for claims related to passenger rail services. The measure limits the aggregate liability of the authority and the railroad company for claims arising from a single accident or incident related to passenger rail services to $250 million per incident or accident. Willful and wanton conduct, felonious criminal conduct, and gross negligence are not subject to the cap. The bill provides for an adjustment to the cap for inflation starting in 2011. This bill is identical to HB 317. Read the Bill »


04/06/2006: signed by governor


01/18/2006Presented and ordered printed 062711816
01/18/2006Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/26/2006Rereferred from Transportation (15-Y 0-N)
01/26/2006Rereferred to Courts of Justice
02/13/2006Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 1-N)
02/13/2006Committee substitute printed 063054816-S1
02/14/2006Read second time
02/14/2006Reading of substitute waived
02/14/2006Committee substitute agreed to 063054816-S1
02/14/2006Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB652S1
02/14/2006Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/14/2006Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/14/2006VOTE: (40-Y 0-N)
02/14/2006Communicated to House
02/15/2006Placed on Calendar
02/15/2006Read first time
02/15/2006Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/2006Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
02/27/2006Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N)
02/28/2006Committee substitute printed 062896816-H1
03/01/2006Read second time
03/02/2006Read third time
03/02/2006Committee substitute agreed to 062896816-H1
03/02/2006Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB652H1
03/02/2006Passed House with substitute (96-Y 3-N)
03/02/2006VOTE: PASSAGE (96-Y 3-N)
03/06/2006Passed by for the day
03/07/2006House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/07/2006VOTE: (40-Y 0-N)
03/15/2006Signed by Speaker
03/15/2006Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB652ER)
03/16/2006Signed by President
04/06/2006G Approved by Governor-Chapter 807 (effective 7/1/06)
04/17/2006G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0807)