Telephone and telegraph line installation; restoring condition of surface of private property. (HB1245)

Introduced By

Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville) with support from co-patron Sen. Jay O'Brien (R-Clifton)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Telephone and telegraph line installation; restoring condition of surface; notice. Requires a telephone or telegraph company that opens up or disturbs the surface of private property in erecting, repairing, laying or installing poles, wires, conduits, or cables to restore it as nearly as practicable to the condition that existed prior to its disturbance. The measure also gives the owner of damaged private property the right to recover the cost of restoring and maintaining the property, with interest, costs, and reasonable attorney fees, if the company fails to do so. Localities and the Commonwealth Transportation Board currently have a similar right to recover the costs of restoring and maintaining their properties. The measure also requires companies to give the owner prior written notice of its intent to conduct such activities on the property, including the scheduled date of its commencement, a description of the activity, and contact information. However, such notice is not required for activities conducted in making emergency repairs necessitated by an unplanned interruption in utility service. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2006Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/06 062619332
01/11/2006Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/31/2006Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendments (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2006Read first time
02/03/2006Read second time
02/03/2006Committee amendments agreed to
02/03/2006Engrossed by House as amended HB1245E
02/03/2006Printed as engrossed 062619332-E
02/06/2006Read third time and passed House (98-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/06/2006VOTE: PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/06/2006Communicated to Senate
02/07/2006Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2006Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
03/06/2006Continued to 2007 in Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)