Natural gas; distribution service by municipalities and authorities. (HB2277)

Introduced By

Del. Danny Bowling (D-Oakwood) with support from co-patrons Del. Anne Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville), Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City), and Del. Bud Phillips (D-Castlewood)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Natural gas distribution service by municipalities and authorities. Authorizes a municipal corporation or public service authority created under the Virginia Water and Sewer Authorities Act to purchase natural gas for resale from any public utility that is certificated to provide natural gas distribution service within the Commonwealth. The municipality or authority may provide natural gas distribution service within any area of a county that is adjacent to the boundaries of the municipal corporation or any political subdivision that is a member of the public service authority, if the area is not within the certificated territory assigned to a public utility for the provision of natural gas service. The municipality or authority is required to notify the State Corporation Commission but is not required to obtain a certificate of public convenience and necessity before providing such service in the area. A municipality or authority that undertakes to provide gas service within such area shall have the same rights as a public service authority to acquire and maintain any lines, pipelines, or other improvements necessary or appropriate for the provision of natural gas distribution service, by condemnation or otherwise, to the same extent that apply to a public service authority in its provision of water and sewer service. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/14/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 098329436
01/14/2009Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/20/2009Introduced bill reprinted 098329436
01/20/2009Impact statement from SCC (HB2277)
01/23/2009Assigned CC & T sub: 1
02/04/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s)
02/06/2009Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2009Read first time
02/09/2009Read second time
02/09/2009Committee amendment agreed to
02/09/2009Engrossed by House as amended HB2277E
02/09/2009Printed as engrossed 098329436-E
02/10/2009Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/10/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/10/2009Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/10/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2009Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2009Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/17/2009Reported from Local Government (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2009Read third time
02/20/2009Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2009Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (37-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2009Passed by for the day
02/23/2009Read third time
02/23/2009Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2009Impact statement from SCC (HB2277E)
02/28/2009Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2277ER)
02/28/2009Signed by Speaker
02/28/2009Signed by President
03/03/2009Impact statement from SCC (HB2277ER)
03/30/2009G Approved by Governor-Chapter 749 (effective 7/1/09)
03/30/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0749)


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 50 seconds.