Excursion trains; certification requirements, liability of railroad company. (HB1229)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Head (R-Roanoke)

Progress

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

Description

Excursion trains; certification requirements; liability of railroad company. Removes the requirement that a passenger train be operated primarily in Buchanan, Campbell, or Washington Counties in order to be certified as an excursion train. The bill further removes the requirement that a locality pass a resolution to immunize a railroad company, upon which an excursion train operates, from liability for personal injury or wrongful death arising from the operation of the excursion train. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
01/19/2016Committee
01/19/2016Presented and ordered printed 16103584D
01/19/2016Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/28/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB1229)
01/29/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee #4
01/29/2016Assigned Tansportation sub: Subcommittee #4
01/29/2016Assigned Transportation sub: Subcommittee #4
02/03/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
02/09/2016Reported from Transportation (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2016Read first time
02/11/2016Read second time and engrossed
02/12/2016Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE(99-Y 0-N)
02/12/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2016Constitutional reading dispensed
02/15/2016Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/24/2016Rereferred from Transportation (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2016Rereferred to Courts of Justice
02/29/2016Reported from Courts of Justice (13-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2016Read third time
03/02/2016Passed Senate (36-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2016Enrolled
03/04/2016Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1229ER)
03/04/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB1229ER)
03/04/2016Signed by Speaker
03/07/2016Signed by President
03/08/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, April 11, 2016
03/08/2016Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/8/2016
03/08/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016
03/11/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 431 (effective 7/1/16)
03/11/2016G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0431)
03/11/2016G Acts of Assembly Chapter text reprinted (CHAP0431)

Video

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 2 minutes.

Transcript

This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.

OFFICERS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEFINING CRIMES OF ASSAULT AND BATTERY. THE QUESTION IS SHALL HOUSE BILL 1226 PASS? ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILLS AYE, THOSE OPPOSED NO. ARE THE SENATORS READY TO VOTE? HAVE ALL THE SENATORS VOTED? DO ANY SENATORS DESIRE TO CH ANGE THEIR VOTE? AYES 37, NOS 3. AYES 37, NOS 3. BILL PASSESS. HIS BILL 1229 A BILL RELATING TO EXCURSION TRAINS CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS LINE OF RAILROAD COMPANY. THE SENATOR FROM ROCKINGHAM, SENATOR OBENSHAIN.

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg): I MOVE THE BILL PASS. THIS ADDRESSES AND AMENDS A STATUTE THAT CREATES LIMITED LIABILITY FOR OPERATORS OF EXCURSION TRAINS. NOW RIGHT NOW IT IS IN A HANDFUL OF COUNTIES AND THIS REMOVES THAT AND MAKES IT OPERATE STATEWIDE AND SHIFTS THE LIABILITY FROM THE OWNER OF THE TRACKS TO THE OPERATOR OF THE EXCURSION TRAIN. AND IN MANY INSTANCES THE ONLY WAY THAT THE OWNER OF THE TRACKS WOULD EVER BE CONVINCED TO ALLOW AN EXCURSION TRAIN TO OPERATE WOULD BE TO LIMIT THEIR LIABILITY I ASKED THE PATRON TO GET BACK TO ME AND LET ME KNOW ABOUT LIABILITY INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS AND BECAUSE I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE WAS GOING TO BE LIABILITY INSURANCE OUT THERE FOR SOMEBODY WHO MAY BE HURT AS A CONSEQUENCE OF THE OPERATION OF THIS EXCURSION TRAIN. AND FEDERAL LAW REQUIRES LIABILITY INSURANCE TO BE CARRIED IN THE AMOUNT OF $10 MILLION. SO THESE OPERATORS HAVE THAT COVERAGE THAT APPLIES TO THEIR

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): THAT IS CORRECT YOU, SENATOR. OPERATIONS. THE QUESTION IS SHALL HOUSE BILL 1229 PASS. ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WILLS AYE, THOSE OPPOSED NO. ARE THE SENATORS READY TO VOTE? HAVE ALL THE SENATORS VOTED? DO ANY SENATORS DESIRE TO CH ANGE