A key Virginia state legislature committee has advanced a climate bill that proponents are calling the most ambitious clean energy policy in Virginia’s history.
The Virginia Clean Economy Act (CEA) would eliminate state power plant carbon pollution by 2050, codifying Gov. Ralph Northam’s pledge to transition the Commonwealth to a 100% clean energy economy.
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January 30, 2020
RICHMOND, Va. – Delegate Rip Sullivan’s bill, HB 674, to create substantial risk orders in the Commonwealth today passed the Virginia House of Delegates. If passed by the Senate and signed by the Governor, this bill will be a substantial step in the right direction in the effort to curb gun violence in our communities.
Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Fairfax-Arlington) is looking forward to an active 2020 General Assembly session, with lawmakers advancing legislation on transportation, energy, equality, economic opportunity, health care and redistricting reform.
“This is going to be a great year for progress in the Virginia General Assembly,” he predicted in comments to the Sun Gazette.
Key among his initiatives this year, Sullivan will carry the Virginia Clean Economy Act, which proposes a long-slate of environmental measures.
Arlington’s state senators aren’t alone in pushing for gun control in Richmond this legislative session — their counterparts in the House of Delegates have also proposed a number of bills on the topic.
Other bills being reviewed by Arlington’s delegates this session range from a local civil rights fight to the recognition of some Arlington cemeteries as historic places.
Del. Rip Sullivan will be one of a trio of Northern Virginia legislators to lead Democrats in the House of Delegates for the 2020 session.
Sullivan (D-48th) was elected Nov. 9 to serve as caucus chair, the third-ranking position in the hierarchy of the House Democratic Caucus.
Sullivan will work with Dels. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax County) and Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria) to lead the 55-member caucus that will mark the first time in more than two decades Democrats have held the House of Delegates.
The seven members of Arlington’s legislative delegation have locked up the farm vote – or at least the support of a political-action committee representing the farm vote.
The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation AgPAC, has endorsed 39 candidates for state Senate and 87 for House of Delegates. Endorsements are “based on recommendations of local committees of farmers” and “candidates are evaluated through a grassroots process on their understanding of the needs and challenges that we as farmers face in today’s times,” said Wayne Pryor, chairman of the Virginia Farm Bureau Foundation.
It hasn’t been a particularly good year for some state legislators from the Sun Gazette coverage area – Democrats all – who managed to contort themselves into pretzel-like shapes in first demanding that Gov. Northam (and, in some cases, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax) resign, then abruptly reversing course. It was amateurish, and fortunately a few – though not all – of our delegation avoided looking so foolish.
It’s still early, but we think a number of the legislators are so deserving of endorsements that there is no point in waiting:
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