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H.R. 2095 (110th): Railroad Safety Enhancement Act of 2008

About the bill

Source: Wikipedia

The Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 is a United States federal law, enacted by Congress to improve railroad safety. Among its provisions, the most notable was the mandate requiring positive train control (PTC) technology to be installed on most of the US railroad network by 2015. This was spurred by the 2008 Chatsworth train collision the month prior to passage of the act. In October 2015 Congress extended the deadline to 2018.

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Sponsor and status

James Oberstar

Sponsor. Representative for Minnesota's 8th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Oct 3, 2008
Length: 123 pages
May 1, 2007
110th Congress (2007–2009)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Oct 16, 2008

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on October 16, 2008.

Pub.L. 110-432

94 Cosponsors (85 Democrats, 9 Republicans)


Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

H.R. 4122: American Investment in Safe, Reliable High-Speed Rail Act

Introduced on Nov 8, 2007. 57% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 1300: Program for Real Energy Security Act

Introduced on Mar 1, 2007. 19% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 1516: Federal Railroad Safety Accountability and Improvement Act

Introduced on Mar 14, 2007. 19% incorporated. (compare text)


May 1, 2007

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Jun 14, 2007
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Oct 17, 2007
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

Aug 1, 2008
Passed Senate with Changes (back to House)

The Senate passed the bill with changes not in the House version and sent it back to the House to approve the changes. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Sep 25, 2008
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Passed the House with an Amendment.

Oct 3, 2008
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Passed Congress.

Oct 16, 2008
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 2095 (110th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 2095. This is the one from the 110th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 110th Congress, which met from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 3, 2009. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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