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SB 1098
Virginia Legislative Information System, Barbara FavoliFebruary 2, 2021 (Short)

Aircraft registration; unmanned aircraft. Exempts an owner of an unmanned aircraft from the requirement to register aircrafts.

SB 1217
Virginia Legislative Information System, Frank RuffJanuary 21, 2021 (Short)

Taking certain private roads into the secondary state highway system. Directs the Department of Transportation to accept certain private roads into the secondary state highway system if the locality in which the private road is located adopts an ordinance dedicating one percent of real property revenues generated by property on the road to the Department to contribute to the maintenance and upkeep of the road. A private road would be eligible if the private road has served at least 10 occupied parcels for a minimum of 45 years and if the private road intersects with two or more roads in the primary or secondary state highway system.

SB 1335
Virginia Legislative Information System, Richard StuartFebruary 8, 2021 (Short)

Learner’s permits; use of personal communications device. Eliminates the provision prohibiting a holder of a learner’s permit to operate a vehicle while using a wireless communication device. Such provision was specific only to the holder of a learner’s permit. Under a different current law, all drivers, including those with a learner’s permit, are prohibited from holding a personal communications device while operating a vehicle.

SB 1258
Virginia Legislative Information System, John BellFebruary 8, 2021 (Short)

Virginia Highway Corporation Act; alteration of certificate of authority; powers and duties of the State Corporation Commission. Requires any application for a transfer, extension, or amendment of a certificate of authority issued under the Virginia Highway Corporation Act to include information demonstrating the financial fitness of the entity applying to operate the roadway. The bill requires an applicant for a toll increase to provide a forward-looking analysis return that will be reviewed by the Department of Transportation that demonstrates that the proposed rates will be reasonable to the user in relation to the benefit obtained, not likely to materially discourage use of the roadway, and provide the operator no more than a reasonable return. The bill also prohibits the State Corporation Commission from authorizing a toll increase if these criteria are not met or if the proposed increase is for more than one year. The bill requires an operator to receive approval from the Commission prior to refinancing any existing debt.

SB 1253
Virginia Legislative Information System, Jeremy McPike February 8, 2021 (Short)

Funds for access roads to economic development sites; criteria for use of funds. Directs the Commonwealth Transportation Board, in consultation with the Secretaries of Transportation and Commerce and Trade, to develop criteria to be used in the award of funds for access roads to economic development sites. The criteria shall take into account job creation, capital investment, and other relevant economic development considerations.

SB 1160
Virginia Legislative Information System, David SuetterleinFebruary 8, 2021 (Short)

Vehicles; liens; abandoned vehicles; removing vehicles involved in accidents. Modernizes and improves enforcement of mechanics’ and storage liens by (i) transferring notification and auction posting requirements to the Department of Motor Vehicles (the Department); (ii) allowing for independent appraisals to establish accurate vehicle values; (iii) expanding vehicle owner searches to other states and requiring the Department to notify owners in those states; and (iv) creating a limited process for relinquishing mechanics’ and storage liens. The bill permits out-of-state requesters to obtain Virginia vehicle information for mechanics’ or storage lien or abandoned vehicle enforcement in their states, and clarifies disposal rights, auction requirements, and titling documentation for abandoned vehicles. The Department is authorized to collect administrative fees to cover the expenses associated with these duties. The bill also provides that an entity acting at the direction of law enforcement or the Department of Transportation to remove a vehicle or cargo after an accident shall not be liable for damages or claims resulting from exercise of authority, provided that the entity acted reasonably.

Summary

Meets on: Thursday at 15 minutes after adjournment in Senate Room 3, The Capitol

MembersDave Marsden (Chair) –  Jennifer Boysko – John Cosgrove – Bill DeSteph – Adam Ebbin – Barbara Favola – Jennifer McClellan – Jeremy McPike – Steve Newman – Mark Obenshain – Mark Peake – Todd Pillion – Lionell Spruill – Dave Suetterlein – Scott Surovell

(8 Democrats and 7 Republicans)

Subcommittees: None

About

From Senate Rules: “A Committee on Transportation, 15 Senators, to consider matters concerning airports; airspaces; airways; the laws concerning motor vehicles relating to rules of the road or traffic regulations; heliports; highways; port facilities; public roads and streets; transportation safety; public waterways; railways; seaports; transportation companies or corporations; and transportation public utilities. Any matter relating to rules of the road or traffic regulations which include a change in a penalty shall be rereferred by the Committee to the Committee for Courts of Justice.”.

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Commissions and Boards

Commission on the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program

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Specializing in the improvement of highway safety, the Commission on VASAP is dedicated to implementing strategies and processes that result in a permanent change in behavior. The ASAP system is composed of 24 local programs who provide services throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Virginia Coalfields Expressway Authority

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The Virginia Coalfields Expressway Authority (the Authority) is established as a body politic and corporate, a political subdivision of the Commonwealth. The Authority shall have the powers and duties hereinafter conferred in this chapter.The primary purpose of the Authority is to improve the transportation into, from, within, and throughSouthwest Virginia, assist in regional economic development, and generally enhance highway safety inthe affected localities. The Coalfields Expressway, designated as U.S. Route 121 and a Congressional High Priority Corridor, is a proposed four-lane, limited-access highway to provide a modern, safe, and efficient transportation artery through the coalfields region of far Southwest Virginia and southern West Virginia.The proposed expressway is designed to provide safe and rapid access to communities along the corridor, with interchanges connecting citizens of Pound, Clintwood, Clinchco, Haysi, Breaks, Grundy,and Slate. It is hereby further declared that the foregoing is a public purpose and use for which public moneys may be spent and such activity will serve a public purpose in providing jobs to the citizens of the Commonwealth.The exercise of the powers granted by this chapter shall be in all respects for the benefit of the inhabitants of the Commonwealth, particularly the affected localities, for the increase of their commerce and for the promotion of their safety, health, welfare, convenience, and prosperity.

Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission

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Comprised of locally elected officials, the commission has the organizational structure and leadership in place to determine how new regional money, approximately $200 million annually, will be invested in transportation projects.

Virginia-North Carolina High Speed Rail Compact Commission

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Coordinate efforts to establish high-speed rail service at the federal, state, and local government levels

Interstate 81 Committee

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Creates an Interstate 81 Committee, tasked with developing and updating a program related to Interstate 81 Corridor safety and improvements, and creates an Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Fund (Fund). 3. That the Interstate 81 Committee (the Committee) created by this act shall review the Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Plan adopted by the Commonwealth Transportation Board on December 5, 2018, as it relates to funding options for improvements to the Interstate 81 corridor and the prioritization of projects in the Interstate 81 corridor. The Committee shall conduct regional public meetings on options for funding and improvements and seek input from the public and stakeholder organizations. The Committee shall report to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 15, 2019, regarding its recommendations for funding and prioritization of projects.

Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability

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The Commission exists to make performance reviews of operations of state agencies with transportation responsibilities to ascertain that sums appropriated have been or are being expended for the purposes for which they were made and to evaluate the effectiveness of programs in accomplishing legislative intent.

Northern Virginia Transportation Authority

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Prepare a regional transportation plan for Planning District Eight to include transportation improvements of regional significance and those improvements necessary or incidental thereto and shall from time to time revise and amend the plan.

Northern Virginia Transportation Commission

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Manage and control the functions, affairs, and property of the Northern Virginia Transportation District.

Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission

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Manage and control the functions, affairs and property of the Potomac Rappahannock Transportation District.

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