Electric utilities; electric school bus projects. (SB1380)

Introduced By

Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Electric utilities; electric school bus projects; report. Authorizes electric utilities to partner with school divisions to implement projects designed to encourage the proliferation of school buses that are fueled in whole or in part by electricity, along with associated charging and other infrastructure, for the purpose of transporting students and that may also serve as electric grid stabilization or peak-shaving resources. The bill provides that if an electric school bus project meets the requirements in the bill, then it is in the public interest and may constitute an energy storage resource. The bill requires an electric school bus project and its corresponding agreement to include a provision to compensate a participating school division for the use of the school bus battery by the electric utility as a grid stabilizing or peak-shaving resource and a provision that the electric school buses shall be titled under the participating school division, but the utility shall own the associated batteries and charging stations. The bill also provides a tax exemption for electric school buses and associated charging and other infrastructure that is related or incidental to an authorized electric school bus project. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102845D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/21/2021Impact statement from SCC (SB1380)
01/25/2021Reported from Commerce and Labor (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/02/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2021Read second time and engrossed
02/05/2021Read third time and passed Senate (33-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2021Placed on Calendar
02/07/2021Read first time
02/07/2021Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Labor and Commerce
02/11/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/11/2021Reported from Labor and Commerce with substitute (15-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2021Committee substitute printed 21200039D-H1
02/15/2021Read second time
02/16/2021Passed by for the day
02/17/2021Passed by for the day
02/18/2021VOTE: Passage (34-Y 53-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/18/2021Read third time
02/18/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21200039D-H1
02/18/2021Amendments by Delegate Scott agreed to
02/18/2021Amendment by Delegate Bourne agreed to
02/18/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendments SB1380H1
02/18/2021Defeated by House (34-Y 53-N)
02/18/2021VOTE: DEFEATED (34-Y 53-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Reconsideration of defeated action agreed to by House
02/18/2021Passed by for the day
02/19/2021Passed by for the day
02/19/2021Impact statement from SCC (SB1380H1)
02/22/2021Passed by for the day
02/23/2021Passed by for the day
02/24/2021Read third time
02/24/2021Passed by temporarily
02/24/2021Amendments by Delegate Keam agreed to
02/24/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendments SB1380H1
02/24/2021Passed House with substitute with amendments (65-Y 26-N)
02/24/2021VOTE: Passage (65-Y 26-N)
02/25/2021House substitute with amendments rejected by Senate (0-Y 39-N)
02/25/2021House insisted on substitute with amendments
02/25/2021House requested conference committee
02/25/2021Senate acceded to request (38-Y 0-N)
02/25/2021Conferees appointed by Senate
02/25/2021Senators: Lucas, Saslaw, Norment
02/25/2021Conferees appointed by House
02/25/2021Delegates: Sullivan, Scott, Fariss
02/27/2021C Amended by conference committee
02/27/2021Conference substitute printed 21200808D-S1
02/27/2021Conference report agreed to by Senate (27-Y 12-N)
02/27/2021Conference report rejected by House (46-Y 46-N)
02/27/2021VOTE: REJECTED (46-Y 46-N)
02/27/2021House requested second conference committee (57-Y 38-N)
02/27/2021VOTE: Agree To (57-Y 38-N)
02/27/2021Second conferees appointed by Senate
02/27/2021Senators: Lucas, Saslaw, Norment
02/27/2021Second conferees appointed by House
02/27/2021Delegates: Sullivan, Scott, Fariss
02/27/2021Conference report agreed to by Senate (25-Y 12-N)
02/27/2021Second Conference substitute printed 21200822D-S2
02/27/2021Conference report rejected by House (41-Y 49-N)
02/27/2021VOTE: REJECTED (41-Y 49-N)
03/01/2021No further action taken
03/01/2021Failed to pass