When a Coalition team member discovered this obscure legislation, HB 1766, to take oversight power away from localities in southwestern Virginia, he knew it was a ploy. Our community had been warning folks for some time, Dominion would attempt to strip away oversight power for permitting substations from localities. Knowing that our Board of Supervisors could be open to using substation permitting power as a tool to protect their resident fighting Amazon’s extension cord in Haymarket, they were hoping to circumvent that possible obstacle.
So while Dominion feigns innocent, oh barf, we know from various sources they were telling legislators in Richmond behind closed doors that they supported HB1766 and SB 1110, while at the same time saying publicly they had nothing to do with the bill and did not support it. I know, Dominion? Talking out of two sides of their proverbial mouth? NO, that simply is impossible. HA!!!
Citizen have been tirelessly rallying to make their voices heard, we were even successful in delaying the vote. So for a legislator known to have a majority of the bills die in subcommittee, one must ask themselves, if this bill is so “obscure” as Habeeb described his shock that it was garnering so much attention, and there is so much opposition, why IS Habeeb so intent on passing it?
And pass it did. Yesterday. By the full house. Now it will go to the Senate committee on Monday. Stay tuned for next possible steps.
We have the numbers listed for all the Delegates. Feel free to email or call your appreciation and/or your disgust. There email address and phone number is listed on our homepage.
Here is the break down of votes:
YEAS–Albo, Bagby, Bell, Robert B., Bloxom, Bulova, Byron, Campbell, Carr, Cline, Cox, Davis, Edmunds, Fariss, Filler-Corn, Fowler, Garrett, Gilbert, Greason, Habeeb, Head, Helsel, Heretick, Herring, Hodges, Holcomb, Hope, James, Jones, Keam, Kilgore, Knight, Kory, Krizek, Landes, Leftwich, Levine, Lindsey, Lopez, Loupassi, Marshall, D.W., Massie, McQuinn, Miller, Miyares, Morefield, Murphy, O’Bannon, Orrock, Plum, Poindexter, Price, Robinson, Rush, Sickles, Simon, Stolle, Sullivan, Toscano, Tyler, Villanueva, Ward, Ware, Watts, Wilt, Yancey, Yost, Mr. Speaker–67.
NAYS–Adams, Aird, Anderson, Bell, John J., Bell, Richard P., Boysko, Cole, Collins, Dudenhefer, Freitas, Hayes, Hester, Hugo, Ingram, LaRock, LeMunyon, Lingamfelter, Marshall, R.G., Minchew, Morris, Mullin, O’Quinn, Peace, Pillion, Pogge, Ransone, Rasoul, Torian, Webert, Wright–30.