|Introduced in House||Passed House||Introduced in Senate||Passed Senate||Became Law|
Nonpublic service companies, certain; conveyance of right-of-way usage.
Allows a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization to obtain a land use permit from the Department of Transportation to use rights-of-way to operate a wholesale open-access fiber network.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. That � 2.2-1151.1 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:
� 2.2-1151.1. Conveyances of right-of-way usage to certain nonpublic service companies by the Department of Transportation.
A. As used in this section:
"Department" means the Virginia Department of Transportation.
"Developer" means a person who undertakes to develop real estate.
"Social welfare organization" means an organization as defined in � 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.
B. No land use permit shall be issued by the Department to any
company other than a public service company as defined in � 56-76, a company
owning or operating an interstate natural gas pipeline, a
social welfare organization operating a wholesale open-access fiber network,
or a franchised cable television systems operator owning or operating a utility
line as defined in � 56-265.15, unless such company,
organization, or operator has (i) registered as an operator
with the appropriate notification center as defined by � 56-265.15 and (ii)
notified the commercial and residential developer, owner of commercial,
multifamily, or residential real estate,
or local government entities with a property interest in any parcel of land
located adjacent to the property over which the land use is being requested
, that application for the
permit has been made. Any permit application approved by the Department shall
include an affidavit indicating compliance with the registration and
notification requirements provided by this subsection.
C. The provisions of subsection B shall not apply to a land use permit issued by the Department to (i) a person providing utility service solely for his own agricultural or residential use, provided that the utilities are located on property owned by the person, or (ii) the owner of a private residence or business for water or sewer service to cross the Departments right-of-way when no viable alternative exists to provide potable water or to transfer sewer effluent to a qualified drain field. In the case of any application for a land use permit under this subsection, the utilities shall be marked in accord with requirements established by the Department.
D. No performance surety held by the Department in association with a land use permit issued to a company pursuant to subsection B to perform work within the Departments right-of-way shall be released until such time as all claims against the company associated with the work have been resolved, provided a claimant has notified the Department of a claim against such company within 30 days after completion of the work. A claimant shall have no more than one year after the notification is received by the Department to complete any action against the company associated with the work for which the claim has been made. After the expiration of the one-year period, the Department may release the performance surety.
E. Nothing in this section shall be construed or interpreted to create a cause of action or administrative claim against the Department.
|01/08/2020||Senate||Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103864D|
|01/08/2020||Senate||Senate: Referred to Committee on the Judiciary|