Coal mine safety; wide tracking and electric equipment shall maintain safe operating conditions. (HB2257)

Introduced By

Sen. Todd E. Pillion (R-Abingdon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Coal mine safety; mine rescue teams. Authorizes the Director of the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (the Department) to enter into agreements with mining operations to provide for mine rescue services, removing from certain rescue teams the classification of state-designated mine rescue team. The bill removes some requirements of compensation and monthly training hours for rescue teams; provides that a rescue team may comprise as many members as can work effectively and are approved by the Chief of the Division of Mines of the Department; requires that where two teams are underground, a third team need only be stationed at the mine portal when it is feasible; reduces rescue station inspections from four times per year to once per year; shifts some current responsibilities of the Director to the Chief; and requires that mine-wide tracking systems, electric equipment, and fire sensor systems be maintained. The bill eliminates the requirement that every miner receive copies of the mine rules and the Coal Mine Safety Act and requires that the surface mine foreman ensure that miners are aware of hazardous conditions and that the Act is complied with. The bill contains technical amendments. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/19/2015Presented and ordered printed 15103800D
01/19/2015Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/26/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB2257)
02/04/2015Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2015Committee substitute printed 15104418D-H1
02/05/2015Read first time
02/06/2015Read second time
02/06/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104418D-H1
02/06/2015Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2257H1
02/06/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB2257H1)
02/09/2015Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (96-Y 0-N)
02/09/2015VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2015Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/19/2015Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Read third time
02/24/2015Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2015Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2257ER)
03/06/2015Signed by Speaker
03/07/2015Signed by President
03/09/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB2257ER)
03/10/2015Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/10/15
03/10/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/23/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 397 (effective 7/1/15)
03/23/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0397)