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HB 1697 Broadband service providers; fiber optic broadband lines; railroad crossings.

Introduced by: Kathy J. Byron | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Broadband service providers; fiber optic broadband lines; railroad crossings. Establishes a procedure by which a broadband service provider may obtain approval to place its fiber optic broadband lines across a railroad right-of-way. The measure provides that a broadband service provider may submit to the railroad company a notice of intent to construct, accompanied by a specification exhibit and a standard crossing fee of $800; if the railroad does not claim within 35 days that special circumstances exist or that the required specification exhibit is inadequate or incomplete, the broadband service provider is deemed to have authorization to commence placing the fiber optic broadband line across the railroad's right-of-way. The measure provides

By |2020-01-19T06:09:02-05:00January 17th, 2020|Property Rights, Tier #4|Comments Off on HB 1697 Broadband service providers; fiber optic broadband lines; railroad crossings.

SB 967 Eminent domain; notice of intent to file certificate.

Introduced by: John A. Cosgrove, Jr. | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Eminent domain; notice of intent to file certificate. Provides that the notice required to be sent to a landowner prior to an authorized condemnor recording a certificate of take or certificate of deposit shall state that (i) the certificate of take or certificate of deposit will be recorded between 30 and 45 days from the date of the notice and (ii) that the property will transfer to the condemnor upon recordation and that the owner has the right to petition the court to take possession of the funds represented in the certificate.

By |2020-01-14T21:29:54-05:00January 14th, 2020|Property Rights, Tier #1 SUPPORT|Comments Off on SB 967 Eminent domain; notice of intent to file certificate.

SB 951 Eminent domain; written offer to purchase property.

Introduced by: Mark D. Obenshain | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Eminent domain; written offer to purchase property. Requires a condemnor's written offer to purchase property prior to instituting a condemnation proceeding, and its written statement of the amount established as just compensation, to be on such condemnor's letterhead and signed by an authorized employee of such condemnor.

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HB 1522 Forfeiture of property used in connection with the commission of crimes; finding of guilt required.

HB 1522 Forfeiture of property used in connection with the commission of crimes; finding of guilt required. Introduced by: Marcus B. Simon | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Forfeiture of property used in connection with the commission of crimes; finding of guilt required. Requires that any action for the forfeiture of property used in connection with the commission of a crime be stayed until the person whose property is the subject of the forfeiture action has been found guilty of the crime authorizing the forfeiture, regardless of whether he has been sentenced. The bill provides that property may be forfeited even though no finding of guilt is made if (i) the forfeiture is

By |2020-01-16T19:30:55-05:00January 12th, 2020|Property Rights, Tier #1 SUPPORT|Comments Off on HB 1522 Forfeiture of property used in connection with the commission of crimes; finding of guilt required.

SB 794 Utility easements; location of broadband facilities.

Introduced by: Lynwood W. Lewis, Jr. | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Utility easements; location of broadband facilities. Declares that it is policy of the Commonwealth that (i) existing easements for the location and use of electric facilities be used to provide or expand broadband services; (ii) such use of existing easements to provide or expand broadband services is in the public interest; (iii) the use of such existing easements for the provision of broadband services, where no additional poles are erected, does not constitute a change in the physical use of the easement, interfere with or impair any vested rights of the owner or occupier of the servient estate, or place any additional burden on the servient estate; and (iv) the installation and operation of broadband services within an existing electric easement are merely changes in the manner, purpose, or degree of the granted use as appropriate to accommodate a new technology. The measure also establishes that in the absence of any express prohibition on the installation and operation of broadband services in an existing electric

By |2020-01-13T10:09:10-05:00January 11th, 2020|Property Rights, Tier #1 OPPOSE|Comments Off on SB 794 Utility easements; location of broadband facilities.

HB 1068 Broadband service; prescriptive easements.

Introduced by: Kaye Kory | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Broadband service; prescriptive easements. Provides that if a public service company has acquired a prescriptive easement pursuant to which it has the right to poles and wires to provide electric service, its rights under that prescriptive easement shall be deemed to include the right to grant to a provider of broadband or other telecommunications services the rights to attach its wires and facilities to the public service company's poles and to enter upon the right-of-way to install and maintain the wires and facilities, without the approval of the owner of the servient tract of land.

By |2020-01-13T09:57:26-05:00January 9th, 2020|Property Rights, Tier #1 OPPOSE|Comments Off on HB 1068 Broadband service; prescriptive easements.

HB 1052 Provision of telecommunications services by local governments.

Introduced by: Mark H. Levine | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Provision of telecommunications services by local governments. Authorizes any locality to provide any telecommunications service, including cable television services, Internet, broadband, telephone service, and wireless Internet service, within its boundaries, after holding a public hearing, adopting a resolution, and obtaining approval from the State Corporation Commission. The measure eliminates existing provisions that (i) prohibit cross-subsidization of such services, (ii) require feasibility studies, (iii) prevent a locality from charging less than an incumbent provider, and (iv) limit the types of localities, by population and whether they provide electric utility service, that may qualify to offer such services.

By |2020-01-13T09:58:05-05:00January 9th, 2020|Local Gov't, Property Rights, Tier #1 OPPOSE|Comments Off on HB 1052 Provision of telecommunications services by local governments.

HJ 110 Study; State Corporation Commission; requiring telecommunications.

Introduced by: Richard C. "Rip" Sullivan, Jr. | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Study; State Corporation Commission; requiring telecommunications facilities to be placed underground; report. Requests the State Corporation Commission to study the feasibility of requiring telecommunications facilities to be placed underground when overhead electric distribution lines that share the same poles are buried.

By |2020-01-10T11:15:15-05:00January 8th, 2020|Property Rights, Tier #4|Comments Off on HJ 110 Study; State Corporation Commission; requiring telecommunications.

SB 536 Incentives for telecommunications companies; provision of wireless broadband services.

Introduced by: John S. Edwards | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Incentives for telecommunications companies; provision of wireless broadband services. Directs the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission to award at least $50 million per year in grants to cover expenditures for the purchase and installation of wireless and broadband equipment to rural service areas in the Commonwealth. The bill defines "rural service areas" as any locality with a mean broadband download speed of less than 10 megabits per second, and a mean broadband upload speed of less than one megabit per second.

By |2020-01-13T10:07:19-05:00January 8th, 2020|Property Rights, Tier #4|Comments Off on SB 536 Incentives for telecommunications companies; provision of wireless broadband services.

SB 526 Budget bill; broadband and economic development.

Introduced by: Ryan T. McDougle | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Budget bill; broadband and economic development. Requires the Governor to include in the budget bill recommended appropriations for initiatives that promote and develop broadband infrastructure comparable to or greater than any recommended appropriations for economic development.

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