Electrical transmission lines; placement of overhead and underground lines. (HB1030)

Introduced By

Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas Park) with support from co-patron Del. Clinton Jenkins (D-Suffolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Electric utility regulation; pilot program for undergrounding electrical transmission lines. Provides that the State Corporation Commission's approval of a proposed transmission line for inclusion in a pilot program established as part of the Grid Transformation and Security Act enacted in 2018 (i) precludes the placement of future overhead electrical transmission lines of at least 69 kilovolts in the same area or corridor by other transmission projects for a period of 10 years and (ii) does not preclude (a) any underground transmission lines in such right-of-way or (b) any electrical distribution lines in such right-of-way. The pilot program provides for the underground construction of two electrical transmission lines, including one for the Haymarket transmission line project in Prince William County. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101252D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/14/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB1030)
01/16/2020Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #3
01/23/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 4-N)
01/28/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce (13-Y 9-N)
01/28/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2020Committee substitute printed 20106440D-H1
01/30/2020Read first time
01/31/2020Passed by for the day
02/03/2020Read second time
02/03/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106440D-H1
02/03/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1030H1
02/04/2020Read third time and passed House (57-Y 41-N)
02/04/2020VOTE: Passage (57-Y 41-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2020Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/07/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB1030H1)
03/02/2020Reported from Commerce and Labor (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Read third time
03/05/2020Passed Senate (32-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
03/12/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1030ER)
03/12/2020Signed by Speaker
03/12/2020Signed by President
03/13/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB1030ER)
03/17/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 17, 2020
03/17/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/07/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 797 (effective 7/1/20)
04/07/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0797)