Underground utility facilities; Fairfax County. (SB1385)

Introduced By

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon) with support from co-patrons Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria), Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria), Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield), and Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Underground utility facilities; Fairfax County. Removes the sunset on a pilot program allowing a locality that has adopted the urban county executive form of government (Fairfax County) to request an electric utility to place underground electric distribution lines as part of a transportation infrastructure improvement project and changes a number of provisions in the program including (i) expanding the scope to include electric cooperatives, telecommunications providers, cable providers, and other utilities; (ii) expanding the scope to include all underground facilities; (iii) placing additional limits on the levy to fund the project and the types of projects for which it may be imposed; and (iv) authorizing the locality to secure necessary permits on behalf of the utility or provider. Read the Bill »


03/31/2021: signed by governor


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102804D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/01/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2021Reported from Local Government with substitute (13-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/01/2021Committee substitute printed 21104285D-S1
02/01/2021Substitute bill reprinted 21104285D-S1
02/02/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Read second time
02/03/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/03/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21104285D-S1
02/03/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1385S1
02/04/2021Read third time and passed Senate (33-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2021Placed on Calendar
02/07/2021Read first time
02/07/2021Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Counties, Cities and Towns
02/19/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/19/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/19/2021Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with amendment(s) (11-Y 10-N)
02/23/2021Read second time
02/24/2021Passed by for the day
02/25/2021Read third time
02/25/2021Passed by temporarily
02/25/2021Committee amendments agreed to
02/25/2021Engrossed by House as amended
02/25/2021Passed House with amendments (57-Y 39-N)
02/25/2021VOTE: Passage (57-Y 39-N)
02/25/2021House amendments rejected by Senate (0-Y 38-N)
02/25/2021House insisted on substitute
02/25/2021House requested conference committee
02/25/2021Senate acceded to request (36-Y 2-N)
02/25/2021Conferees appointed by Senate
02/25/2021Senators: Surovell, Spruill, Reeves
02/25/2021Conferees appointed by House
02/25/2021Delegates: Krizek, Kory, Webert
02/27/2021C Amended by conference committee
02/27/2021Conference substitute printed 21200744D-S2
02/27/2021Conference report agreed to by House (55-Y 42-N)
02/27/2021VOTE: Agreed To (55-Y 42-N)
02/27/2021Conference report agreed to by Senate (32-Y 7-N)
03/09/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1385ER)
03/09/2021Signed by President
03/11/2021Signed by Speaker
03/15/2021Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 15, 2021
03/15/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/31/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 505 (effective 7/1/21)
03/31/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0505)

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