Power Line Legislation Advances in the House of Delegates

Legislation that would address some of the recent concerns raised in Loudoun and Prince William County about electric transmission lines advanced in the House of Delegates on Tuesday.

Delegate John J. Bell (D-87) and Delegate J. Randall Minchew (R-10) introduced identical bills (House Bill 533 and HB 283) that would give localities affected by the construction of electric transmission lines the ability to request a public hearing on the matter.  The Special Subcommittee on Energy recommended reporting this bill from the full Committee on Commerce and Labor.

“This bipartisan legislation streamlines the public hearing process when issues arise with controversial power lines,” said Delegate Bell. “Thousands of my constituents in Dulles South and Haymarket have grave concerns about the recent power line proposals, and I want the public hearing process to proceed with as much ease and transparency as possible.”

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