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HB 461: Location of Utilities

GENERAL BILL by Ingram ; Campbell ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Avila ; Van Zant

Location of Utilities; Revises circumstances under which county commissioners may grant license for specified projects related to lines for transmission of certain public utilities & communication services; authorizes DOT & certain local governmental entities to prescribe & enforce regulations regarding placement & maintenance of specified structures & lines within right-of-way limits of roads or publicly owned rail corridors; specifies that owner of utility located within certain right-of-way limits must initiate & bear cost necessary to alleviate any interference to use of certain public roads or rail corridors; requires authority to bear cost of utility work necessary to eliminate unreasonable interference if utility is lawfully located within certain utility easement, subject to certain deductions; provides findings of important state interest.

Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Last Action: 2/23/2016 House - Laid on Table, companion bill(s) passed, see CS/SB 416 (Ch. 2016-44) -HJ 538
Bill Text: PDF

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  • Bill History

    Date Chamber Action
    10/27/2015 House • Filed
    11/5/2015 House • Referred to Local Government Affairs Subcommittee; Appropriations Committee -HJ 41
    11/24/2015 House • On Committee agenda-- Local Government Affairs Subcommittee, 12/02/15, 11:30 am, Webster Hall
    12/2/2015 House • Favorable by Local Government Affairs Subcommittee; YEAS 12 NAYS 0 -HJ 164
    • Now in Appropriations Committee -HJ 164
    1/12/2016 House • Introduced -HJ 40
    2/5/2016 House • On Committee agenda-- Appropriations Committee, 02/09/16, 3:00 pm, Webster Hall
    2/10/2016 House • Favorable by- Appropriations Committee; YEAS 19 NAYS 1 -HJ 436
    • Placed on Calendar -HJ 436
    2/19/2016 House • Placed on Special Order Calendar, 02/23/16
    2/23/2016 House • Substituted CS/SB 416 -HJ 538
    • Laid on Table, companion bill(s) passed, see CS/SB 416 (Ch. 2016-44) -HJ 538

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  • HB 461, Original Filed Version (Current Bill Version) Posted 10/27/2015 at 5:52 PM

    Bill Text:   PDF
    Analyses:   Local Government Affairs Subcommittee (Post-Meeting) 3/10/2016 (pdf)
    Appropriations Committee (Post-Meeting) 2/10/2016 (pdf)

    Related Bills (1)

    Bill Number Subject Filed By Relationship Last Action and Location Track Bills
    S 416 (er) Location of Utilities Flores Identical Last Action: 3/10/2016 Chapter No. 2016-44
    Location: Became Law

    Citations - Statutes (3)

    Citation Catchline Location in Bill Location In Bill Help
    125.42 Water, sewage, gas, power, telephone, other utility, and television lines along county roads and highways. Page 2 (pdf)
    337.401 Use of right-of-way for utilities subject to regulation; permit; fees. Page 4 (pdf)
    337.403 Interference caused by utility; expenses. Page 5 (pdf)

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