Public service companies; pole attachments to accommodate cable TV systems & telecommunications. (HB800)

Introduced By

Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patrons Del. Cliff Hayes (D-Chesapeake), and Del. Irene Shin (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public service companies; pole attachments; cable television systems and telecommunications service providers. Requires a public utility, as defined in the bill, to establish and adhere to pole attachment practices and procedures that comply with certain requirements, including determining whether an attachment request is complete before reviewing such request on its merits, complying with certain timelines, and providing notice of a rearrangement to affected existing attachers. The bill provides that a public utility shall not apportion to a telecommunications service provider or cable television system the cost of replacing a red-tagged pole, as defined in the bill, provided that such utility may apportion to such provider or system the incremental cost of a taller or stronger pole that is necessitated solely by the new facilities of such provider or system. The bill authorizes the State Corporation Commission to enforce its provisions and requires the Commission to resolve disputes involving pole access within 90 days and concerning certain other matters within 120 days. This bill is identical to SB 713. Read the Bill »


According to the fiscal impact statement, the estimated expenditure impact of the legislation HB800 in 2024 is $298,000 with 3 positions in NGF (02080) fund. The fiscal impact is expected to continue into 2025 with the same cost and positions. In 2026, there is no estimated cost impact mentioned. The State Corporation Commission would be responsible for enforcing the rules and resolving disputes between utilities and telecommunications companies related to pole attachments, which may require additional staff and resources.

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Bill Has Passed


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24105075D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/18/2024Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #3
02/05/2024Impact statement from SCC (HB800)
02/06/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/06/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (10-Y 0-N)
02/08/2024Reported from Labor and Commerce with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2024Committee substitute printed 24107113D-H1
02/11/2024Read first time
02/12/2024Read second time
02/12/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24107113D-H1
02/12/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB800H1
02/13/2024Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/13/2024VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2024Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/19/2024Impact statement from SCC (HB800H1)
02/26/2024Reported from Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2024Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/29/2024Reported from Finance and Appropriations (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
03/05/2024Read third time
03/05/2024Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/25/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB800ER)
03/25/2024Signed by President
03/26/2024Signed by Speaker
03/27/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 27, 2024
03/27/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/08/2024Governor's recommendation received by House
04/17/2024VOTE: (100-Y 0-N)
04/17/2024House concurred in Governor's recommendation BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
04/17/2024BLOCK VOTE: (100-Y 0-N)
04/17/2024Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N)
04/17/2024G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/17/2024Reenrolled bill text (HB800ER2)
04/17/2024Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/17/2024Signed by President as reenrolled
04/17/2024Enacted, Chapter 822 (effective 7/1/24)

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