Underground transmission lines; pilot program established. (HB1319)

Introduced By

Del. Joe May (R-Leesburg) with support from co-patrons Del. Bob Brink (D-Arlington), Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon), and Del. Jim Scott (D-Merrifield)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Underground transmission lines; pilot program. Establishes a pilot program for the placement of four new transmission lines, applied for between July 1, 2008, and July 1, 2012, to be placed underground, either in whole or in part. The bill establishes criteria for the State Corporation Commission to consider and procedures for the State Corporation Commission to follow in selecting the four projects. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
01/09/2008Committee
01/09/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 085941868
01/09/2008Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/25/2008Assigned C & L sub: 3 Energy
02/01/2008Impact statement from SCC (HB1319)
02/05/2008Reported from Commerce and Labor (19-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2008Read first time
02/08/2008Read second time and engrossed
02/11/2008Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (96-Y 0-N)
02/11/2008VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2008Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/11/2008Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/11/2008VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE #2 (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2008Communicated to Senate
02/12/2008Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2008Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/19/2008Assigned C&L sub: Utilities
03/03/2008Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (15-Y 0-N)
03/03/2008Committee substitute printed 086025620-S1
03/04/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
03/04/2008Read third time
03/04/2008Reading of substitute waived
03/04/2008Committee substitute agreed to 086025620-S1
03/04/2008Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1319S1
03/04/2008Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N)
03/04/2008Emergency clause added
03/05/2008Placed on Calendar
03/05/2008Senate substitute agreed to by House 086025620-S1 (99-Y 0-N)
03/05/2008VOTE: --- ADOPTION (99-Y 0-N)
03/06/2008Enrolled
03/06/2008Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1319ER)
03/06/2008Signed by Speaker
03/09/2008Signed by President
03/10/2008Impact statement from SCC (HB1319ER)
03/10/2008Impact statement from SCC (HB1319S1)
04/02/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 799 (effective 4/2/08)

Comments

Virginia ITSP Association, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Establishes a pilot program for the placement of four new transmission lines, applied for between July 1, 2008, and July 1, 2012, to be placed underground, either in whole or in part.

Kathleen Daley writes:

Please stop this ridiculous proposal. The cost of new transmission lines must be paid for by all ratepayers, so why make it any more expensive than necessary. This is nothing more than special treatment for the people of Loudoun County. We in the rest of the state do not wish to pay more on our electric bill to spare the people of Loudoun the view of transmission lines in their neighborhood. There are enough reasons why our electric bills will be increasing in the coming years. Please do not add to our costs with this unnecessary pilot program.