Underground pipelines and electrical transmission lines; agriculture. (HB723)

Introduced By

Del. David Reid (D-Loudoun)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Underground pipelines and conduit and electrical transmission lines; agriculture. Requires a utility company installing an underground pipeline or conduit with an inside diameter greater than 12 inches or an underground electric transmission or distribution line of greater than 115 kilovolts in capacity to mitigate the effects of the project if the project disturbs 10,000 square feet or more of agricultural land. The bill directs the State Corporation Commission to adopt regulations requiring the utility company to remove topsoil from the planned construction site and either redistribute it to graded areas elsewhere on the land of the affected property owner or store it nearby, protected from erosion and compaction, for later redistribution on the disturbed area. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/06/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102155D
01/06/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/16/2020Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #3
01/17/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB723)
01/23/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (9-Y 0-N)
01/28/2020Committee substitute printed 20106632D-H1
01/28/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2020Read first time
01/31/2020Read second time
01/31/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106632D-H1
01/31/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB723H1
02/03/2020Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/03/2020VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/2020Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/07/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB723H1)
03/02/2020Reported from Commerce and Labor (14-Y 0-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 (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/12/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB723ER)
03/12/2020Signed by Speaker
03/12/2020Signed by President
03/13/2020Impact statement from SCC (HB723ER)
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
04/06/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 666 (effective 7/1/20)
04/06/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0666)

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