Committee Advances Bill to Reauthorize Law to Guard Against Underground Utility Mishaps, Protect Public Safety, Godshall Says
HARRISBURG – The House Consumer Affairs Committee today unanimously approved legislation, sponsored by committee chairman Rep. Robert Godshall (R-Montgomery), to reauthorize a law that protects underground utility infrastructure and citizens from line hits during excavation projects by requiring sites to be properly marked before work begins.

Act 287 of 1974, commonly known as the PA One Call law, expires at midnight on Dec. 31, unless reauthorized by the General Assembly and signed into law. House Bill 2308 would extend the law for another year, giving stakeholders time to work out details of any changes deemed necessary in the 42-year-old law.

“The PA One Call system requires the owners of underground lines to be notified to mark their lines prior to any excavation occurring within a certain radius of the lines,” said Godshall. “This law is necessary to ensure the safety of excavators and property owners, and to minimize damage to underground lines.”

House Bill 2308 now goes to the full House for consideration.

Representative Bob Godshall
53rd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Donna Pinkham

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