Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Three foot passing and Dooring bills to be heard in VA Senate on Wed. - Update 15 Jan

As we noted in an earlier blog post, there are several bills in the Virginia legislature that affect bicyclists. Tomorrow, Wed. Jan. 15, the Three foot passing bill and the Dooring bill will be heard in Senate Transportation Committee. Below is info from Virginia Bicycling Federation:
Two important bike bills will be heard by the Senate Transportation Committee tomorrow afternoon, Wed. Jan. 15:

SB 97 — Three Foot Passing
SB 225 — Dooring

If your senator is on this committee, please send them a quick note to ask them to support these bills. Champe Burnley reminds us: “…a quick call or a sentence or two with the bill numbers is all you need to do. Remind them that this is about safety on our roads, transportation choices, and saving lives.” If you’d like to go into further detail, we’ve posted talking points.

Use the Who’s My Legislator page to find who your senator is. If they’re on the Transportation Committee, listed below, please send them a note. Click on their name for contact info. You can email them or call.

Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest) Chair
Sen. Henry Marsh (D-Richmond)
Sen. John Watkins (R-Midlothian)
Sen. Phil Puckett (D-Tazewell)
Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)
Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath)
Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville)
Sen. Ralph Smith (R-Roanoke)
Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke)
Sen. Jeff McWaters (R-Virginia Beach)
Sen. Chuck Colgan (D-Manassas)
Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)
Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)
Sen. Kenneth C. Alexander (D-Norfolk
Update: 15 Jan 2014 - The Three foot passing bill was voted out of the Senate Transportation Committee this morning. It was a near unanimous vote; a final count will be available soon. The next step is for the bill to be voted on in the full Senate. See VBF's update on the bill. A vote on the Dooring bill was delayed for a week.

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