Telegraph or telephone companies; not required to accept franchise, etc., that restricts services. (HB1649)

Introduced By

Del. Lee Ware (R-Powhatan)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Telephone lines; right-of-way contracting. Prohibits a telegraph or telephone company from being required to accept an interest, franchise, privilege, or easement for a right-of-way for its poles, other structures and facilities that restrict the services that may be offered legally by the company. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/12/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 098077780
12/12/2008Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/20/2009Referred from General Laws
01/20/2009Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/21/2009Impact statement from SCC (HB1649)
01/23/2009Impact statement from SCC (HB1649)
01/26/2009Assigned C & L sub: 2
01/29/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s)
02/03/2009Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendments (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2009Read first time
02/06/2009Read second time
02/06/2009Committee amendments agreed to
02/06/2009Engrossed by House as amended HB1649E
02/06/2009Printed as engrossed 098077780-E
02/08/2009Passed by for the day
02/09/2009Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/09/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2009Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/11/2009Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2009Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/12/2009Impact statement from SCC (HB1649E)
02/16/2009Reported from Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2009Read third time
02/19/2009Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2009Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1649ER)
02/24/2009Impact statement from SCC (HB1649ER)
02/25/2009Signed by Speaker
02/27/2009Signed by President
03/27/2009G Approved by Governor-Chapter 331 (effective 7/1/09)
03/27/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0331)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 45 seconds.