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HB 269: High-Speed Passenger Rail

GENERAL BILL by Magar ; Grall ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Harrell ; Lee

High-Speed Passenger Rail; Provides powers & duties of DOT; authorizes DOT to regulate railroads & collect information; requires DOT to keep records, offer accident response training, & adopt rules; provides reporting requirements for railroad companies; provides minimum safety standards & requirements for operating high-speed passenger rail system; requires compliance w/federal laws & regulations; requires construction, maintenance, & repair of infrastructure; provides railroad inspector certification requirements; requires coordination w/federal inspectors; requires DOT to adopt rules for conducting field surveys & to hold public meetings; requires railroad companies to construct & maintain fences, be liable for certain damages, & be responsible for certain improvements/upgrades; prohibits local government/state from being responsible for certain costs; provides for calculation & disposition of administrative fines; authorizes certain suits; provides for attorney fees & costs; authorizes local governments to enact certain railroad speed ordinances.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 5/5/2017 House - Died in Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee
Bill Text: PDF



Bill History

Date Chamber Action
1/17/2017 House • Filed
1/25/2017 House • Referred to Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee; Transportation and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee; Government Accountability Committee -HJ 49
3/7/2017 House • Introduced -HJ 49
3/24/2017 House • On Committee agenda-- Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, 03/28/17, 8:00 am, Reed Hall --Temporarily Postponed
5/5/2017 House • Indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration
• Died in Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee