Monday, February 22, 2016

Dooring Bill Clears House Transportation Subcommittee

Senator  Chap Peterson's "Dooring" bill, SB 117, was voted out of the House Transportation Subcommittee thanks to Del. Ken Plum of Reston, Del. Richard Anderson of Woodbridge, Del. Jim LeMunyon of Chantilly, and Del. Jeion Ward of Norfolk who overrode the move to table (kill) the bill and then voted to move the bill to the full House Transportation Committee where it will be heard on Thursday morning.

If your Delegate is a member of the Transportation Committee, please send them a note asking for passage of SB 117. Also ask them to support SB 669/the Maintenance Reimbursement for Bike Lanes bill (see below). You could also thank the NoVa delegates for supporting the Dooring bill.

The above info is from Virginia Bicycling Federation who are doing another great job of following legislation in Richmond:
SB 117 the “Dooring” bill was first on the docket in House Transportation SubCommittee 1 and was heard shortly after 7 a.m. Sen. Chap Petersen did a very good job of presenting it, and I spoke in favor of it, followed by Champe Burnley, & Lisa Guthrie of the Transit Assn.

Del. Adams of Martinsville then moved to Table it, seconded by Del. Pillion of Abingdon. On the vote they were joined by Chairman Garrett of Lynchburg, but they were one vote short, as Dels. Plum of Reston, Ward of Newport News, Anderson of Manassas & LeMunyon of Chantilly voted Nay. That motion failing, Del. Plum moved to report, seconded by Ward. Being joined again by Anderson & LeMunyon , and opposed by the same 3, the bill was Reported 4-3.

It now goes on to the Full House Transportation Committee (where the same 7 Delegates will be joined by 15 others to make up the full Committee) on Thursday a.m. at a more civilized 8:30. In looking down the list of members, it would appear that we would have a good chance to get this bill onto the House floor for final passage if our team mates in the Virginia Beach area can make some calls to

Chairman Villanueva (, and Delegates Scott Taylor (, & Glenn Davis (, asking them to support the bill. Certainly wouldn't hurt for our folks in Northern VA to contact Hugo, Minchew, Dudenhefer, LaRock, & Filler-Corn.

SB669/the Maintenance Reimbursement for Bike Lanes bill also will be heard on Thursday morning, and those making contacts should certainly mention it in their messages, although we got some bad news this morning from one of the Delegates that a number of Delegates in the House are generally opposed to the conversion of vehicular travel lanes to bike lanes and do not support this bill which would incentivize a jurisdiction to do so. Despite his pessimistic outlook toward the bill, lets ask support for it anyway and see if we can prove him wrong.

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