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Legislative Update #12, Feb. 15, 2019

With the House having convened at 11:00 a.m. today, shortly after adjournment was much earlier than in the last few days, so Sen. Surovell’s SB1550 “Vulnerable Road User” bill was heard relatively early, but after significant discussion with the Rep of the Commonwealth’s Attorneys Assn in opposition along with SubComm Chair Todd Gilbert, the bill was Passed By Indefinitely along party lines by a 5-2 vote, as Rob Bell, Chris Collins, Les Adams, & Margaret Ransone joined Chairman Gilbert in opposing it, while Delegates Vivian Watts & Mike Mullin supported it.

Not clear at this juncture where we stand officially with the two bills banning hand held cell phones by drivers, but it appears that HB1811 will be dropped and Sen. Stuart’s SB 1341 will go on to be approved on the House Floor and then sent on to the Governor for his signature. I will do another update as soon as I receive official word on the status of these bills.

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