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House Bill 1253

House Bill 1253

ARCHIVE (2013)

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Underground utility facility protection. For purposes of the statute concerning the location and protection of underground utility facilities during excavation or demolition activities, provides that the "approximate location" of a facility means a strip of land not more than 18 inches horizontally from the outside wall of the facility. (Current law provides that the "approximate location" of a facility means a strip of land at least four feet wide but not wider than the width of the facility.) Provides that a "qualified person" under the statute means a person who has completed a training program that meets certain minimum training guidelines and practices for utility locators. Provides that: (1) subsurface installation locating activities; and (2) the location of utilities in areas involving pavement; must be performed by a qualified person. Requires a utility operator to: (1) maintain a record of all as-built and record drawings for all the operator's live or active underground facilities; and (2) make such drawings available to any: (A) person providing locating services to the operator; and (B) person responsible for an excavation or demolition at a site where the operator's facilities are located; to the extent necessary for the person to perform the person's duties in compliance with the statute. Provides that a utility operator that violates the statute is subject to a civil penalty in an amount not to exceed $10,000. Provides that if a person responsible for an excavation or demolition suffers a pecuniary loss as a result of a violation of the statute, the person may bring a civil action against the person that caused the loss. (Current law provides a cause of action only for a utility operator that suffers a loss.)
Current Status:
In Committee - first House
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