Natural gas utilities; retail supply choice. (HB1257)

Introduced By

Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Natural gas utilities; retail supply choice. Allows every person access to distribution service or retail natural gas from a natural gas company authorized to provide natural gas service to the area where the service will be received. The bill bars public entities from adopting an ordinance, a resolution, or any other requirement that limits or prohibits customers from acquiring natural gas service and supply from both utility and non-utility gas companies. The bill prohibits public entities from denying building permits solely based on a proposed utility provider and directs public entities to ensure that all applicable permits and fees are reasonable, as compared to other utility providers, and do not restrict an applicant's ability to use the services of an authorized utility provider. The bill also requires any public entity to satisfy certain requirements prior to discontinuing natural gas utility services generally or to any class of customers. Read the Bill »


03/07/2022: Passed the Senate


01/20/2022Presented and ordered printed 22104724D
01/20/2022Referred to Committee on Commerce and Energy
02/02/2022Impact statement from SCC (HB1257)
02/03/2022Failed to report (defeated) in Commerce and Energy (8-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2022House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/08/2022Reported from Commerce and Energy with amendment(s) (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2022Read first time
02/11/2022Read second time
02/11/2022Committee amendments agreed to
02/11/2022Engrossed by House as amended HB1257E
02/11/2022Printed as engrossed 22104724D-E
02/14/2022Read third time and passed House (55-Y 45-N)
02/14/2022VOTE: Passage (55-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2022Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/14/2022Passed House (54-Y 46-N)
02/14/2022VOTE: Passage #2 (54-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/16/2022Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/21/2022Impact statement from SCC (HB1257E)
03/01/2022Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with substitite (14-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/01/2022Committee substitute printed 22107334D-S1
03/03/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2022Passed by for the day
03/07/2022Read third time
03/07/2022Reading of substitute waived
03/07/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22107334D-S1
03/07/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1257S1
03/07/2022Passed Senate with substitute (38-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022Senate substitute rejected by House 22107334D-S1 (0-Y 98-N)
03/08/2022VOTE: Rejected (0-Y 98-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2022Senate insisted on substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2022Senate requested conference committee
03/10/2022House acceded to request
03/10/2022Conferees appointed by House
03/10/2022Delegates: Kilgore, O'Quinn, Reid
03/10/2022Impact statement from SCC (HB1257S1)
03/10/2022Conferees appointed by Senate
03/10/2022Senators: McClellan, Morrissey, Stanley
03/12/2022Continued to 2022 Sp. Sess. pursuant to HJR 455
03/12/2022C Amended by conference committee
03/12/2022Conference substitute printed 22107968D-H1
03/12/2022Conference report agreed to by House (92-Y 0-N)
03/12/2022VOTE: Adoption (92-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/12/2022Continued to 2022 Sp. Sess. 1 pursuant to HJR455
03/15/2022Impact statement from SCC (HB1257H1)


Bill Peabody writes:

green minded can just buy heat pumps, and electric appliances. No waitng.

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