eNews: Action Alert – Feb. 17, 2020Monday, February 17, 2020 - 05:23pm
Oppose SB794 which will allow communications services to occupy existing or future easements
Issue Brief / Action
The House Labor and Commerce Committee will take up SB794 in the afternoon on Tuesday, Feb. 18. We urge you to call the members of the committee immediately to oppose SB794 which will allow broadband and other communications services to occupy existing or future easements already occupied by electric distribution or communications facilities without notice to the landowner.
This will mean that a money-making broadband company can use some easements without notifying the property owner or compensating the property owner.
In 2012, the General Assembly passed Constitutional Amendment HB5 which states in part that the General Assembly “shall pass no law whereby private property, the right to which is fundamental, shall be damaged or taken except for public use. No private property shall be damaged or taken for public use without just compensation to the owner thereof…”
Many current members of the General Assembly voted in favor of HB5 including: Bell, Bulova, Byron, Cole, Cosgrove, Cox, Fariss, Filler-Corn, Gilbert, Hodges, Head, Keam, Kilgore, Knight, Lopez, Marshall, Spruill, Torian, Ware, Watts, Webert, Wilt, Deeds, Hanger, McDougle, Newman, Norment, Reeves, Ruff, Stanley, Stuart and Vogel.
The current Governor also voted for HB5.