VA HB1520 | 2023 | Regular Session


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 13-0)
Status: Introduced on January 4 2023 - 25% progression, died in committee
Action: 2023-02-07 - Left in Commerce and Energy
Pending: House Commerce and Energy Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Prefiled) [HTML]


Railroad safety. Adds various requirements for railroad companies, including (i) prohibiting placing stationary cars or trains on its track within 1,500 feet on both sides of any crossing of a railroad with a highway; (ii) prohibiting trains that exceed 8,500 feet in length on any mainline or branch line; (iii) requiring a crew of at least two qualified individuals on all trains, locomotives, or light engines used in connection with moving freight; (iv) requiring warning signs or devices for certain track obstructions that could endanger a railroad company employee; and (v) requiring walkways adjacent to yard tracks where employees regularly perform switching service. The bill requires that fines for a violation of the train-length requirement be deposited in the Shortline Railway Preservation and Development Fund for railway safety projects.

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Railroad safety; adds various requirements for railroad companies.


Roll Calls

2023-01-26 - House - House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (4-Y 3-N) (Y: 4 N: 3 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [FAIL]


2023-02-07HouseLeft in Commerce and Energy
2023-01-26HouseSubcommittee recommends laying on the table (4-Y 3-N)
2023-01-24HouseAssigned sub: Subcommittee #3
2023-01-04HouseReferred to Committee on Commerce and Energy
2023-01-04HousePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/23 23101482D


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