Electric transmission lines; prohibits SCC approving agreements for underground installation. (SB645)

Introduced By

Sen. John Watkins (R-Midlothian)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Undergrounding of electric transmission lines.  Prohibits the State Corporation Commission from approving an agreement between a local governing body and an electric utility for the underground installation of an electric transmission line of at least 150 kilovolts if a feasible overhead alternative exists, unless all localities in which the line passes request that the line be installed underground. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/19/2010Presented and ordered printed 10104207D
01/19/2010Referred to Committee on Local Government
01/27/2010Impact statement from SCC (SB645)
02/02/2010Reported from Local Government with amendments (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2010Read second time
02/08/2010Reading of amendments waived
02/08/2010Committee amendments agreed to
02/08/2010Engrossed by Senate as amended SB645E
02/08/2010Printed as engrossed 10104207D-E
02/09/2010Read third time and passed Senate (31-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2010Impact statement from SCC (SB645E)
02/16/2010Placed on Calendar
02/16/2010Read first time
02/16/2010Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
03/02/2010Reported from Commerce and Labor (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2010Read second time
03/04/2010Read third time
03/04/2010Pending question ordered
03/04/2010Passed House (82-Y 18-N)
03/04/2010VOTE: --- PASSAGE (82-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
03/11/2010Signed by President
03/11/2010Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB645ER)
03/11/2010Impact statement from SCC (SB645ER)
03/11/2010Signed by Speaker
03/12/2010Signed by President
04/10/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 392 (effective 7/1/10)
04/10/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0392)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 6 clips in all, totaling 18 minutes.