Virginia members: Two-person crew bill to be heard by House committee

Published: January 15, 2020

A two-person crew bill is headed to the Virginia House of Delegates’ Commerce and Labor Committee and SMART-TD members in the region are asked to come show their support for the legislation.

H.B. 440 is scheduled for a first hearing in the House Committee Room in the afternoon of Thursday, Jan. 16, in the state Capitol Building, 1000 Bank St., in Richmond, Va. The time that the bill will be discussed is undetermined as the committee meeting begins a half-hour after the adjournment of the House of Delegates’ regular session that day.

The bill has been introduced by Delegate Steve E. Heretick of District 79 and establishes fines for freight carriers who do not operate with two crew members in the cab with exceptions for hostler or yard service.

“We’d never gotten it out of the subcommittee before,” Virginia State Legislative Director Ronnie Hobbs said. “Now it has gone straight to committee.”

A great show of support from union members in the state will help to show the legislators that this legislation matters for the safety of both rail workers and for the public.

“I’d love to fill the room with railroad folks,” Hobbs said.

For more details on how to meet and show support, contact Hobbs at rhobbs1313@gmail.com.