VA HB34 | 2018 | Regular Session


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 5-0)
Status: Introduced on November 28 2017 - 25% progression
Action: 2018-02-13 - Left in Commerce and Labor
Pending: House Commerce and Labor Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Prefiled) [HTML]


Railroads; crew size. Requires a train or light engine used in connection with the movement of railroad freight in the Commonwealth that shares the same rail corridor as a high-speed passenger or commuter train to operate with a crew of at least two individuals. Localities are prohibited from adopting an ordinance, order, or resolution in conflict with this requirement. The State Corporation Commission shall have discretion to fine a person willfully violating this requirement an amount not to exceed $500 for a first offense and an amount not to exceed $1,000 for a second offense or a subsequent offense. The measure has a sunset clause that provides that it will expire on the fifth day following the date that the Federal Railroad Administration issues a rule requiring two-person train crews on crude oil trains and establishing minimum crew size standards for most main line freight and passenger rail operations. The measure has a delayed effective date of October 1, 2018.

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Railroads; freight train crew requirements, civil penalty.


Roll Calls

2018-01-18 - House - House: Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (5-Y 3-N) (Y: 5 N: 3 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2018-02-13HouseLeft in Commerce and Labor
2018-01-18HouseSubcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (5-Y 3-N)
2018-01-17HouseAssigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #1
2017-11-28HouseReferred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
2017-11-28HousePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18100717D

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Bill Comments