HB 449, Georgia Utility Facilities Protection Act

Municipal Impact
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Rep. Vance Smith
District 133
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Charlotte Davis, (678) 686-6291
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3/26/2021
Utilities |
bill text

This bill would update the Georgia Utility Facilities Protection Act (GUFPA) to include a number of beneficial changes for municipalities operating gas systems such related to provisions on design locate requests, extraordinary circumstances and cost recovery of damages. This bill currently removes exemptions for traffic control devices and traffic management systems' underground facilties, which would require cities to be members of the Utilties Protection Center (UPC) and adhere to GA811's mandated procedures. 

Updates to GUFPA are a result of Congress directing the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) through the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to put in place rules for Federal damage prevention enforcement in states that do not have effective programs of their own.  

This revision of the statute is an attempt to ensure Georgia is in compliance with the requirement to call 911 if an excavator damages a gas or hazardous liquid pipeline.  

 

BILL STATUS
3/31/2021 -

Votes

3/31/2021 House Vote #362 Yea - 165 Nay - 2 Not Voting - 9 Excused - 4
3/29/2021 Senate Vote #351 Yea - 50 Nay - 3 Not Voting - 0 Excused - 3
2/26/2021 House Vote #105 Yea - 160 Nay - 0 Not Voting - 8 Excused - 12