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Tell Delegates to Vote No on HB 1766

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End date: Jan 18, 2017

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19 Comments

  1. Cathy Marshall

    Both of these legislators are interested in running for higher office at some point. We must remind them that this is not the kind of bill that engenders public support or trust. In fact, they probably think the people will forget about this action, but this is the type of measure that will leave an indelible mark on their political legacy. They should abandon this bill at once, if they believe that serving the people is more important than serving special interests. PLEASE share this info with friends around Virginia so they can act also.

  2. Chris Bates

    Regarding Delegate Habeeb’s HB 1766:

    I see Dominion Power’s ploy in this legislation and I simply won’t stand for it. We, as Virginians, cannot allow Dominion to take away the authority of our local Boards of Supervisors. Our county is often the last line of defense for citizens. State delegates (and senators) are there to represent citizens, NOT to give big corporate entities – particularly those who can seize and impair property – yet another way to avoid being held to account for their action.

    Under current law, our county Board of Supervisors – like any other – has been expressly granted the power to approve or deny an application for a substation, an important distinction given that Virginia is a Dillon Rule state, and localities only have those powers expressly granted by the legislature. The proposed legislation will eliminate that express power and prevent a hearing before and a vote by our county Board of Supervisors.

    The issue is not one without precedent elsewhere in the Commonwealth. In 2015 the Supreme Court of Virginia held in BASF CORPORATION v. STATE CORPORATION COMMISSION, that “in determining whether certain structures or uses are exempt from local zoning ordinances, there must be a “manifest intention on the part of the legislature” to do so.” The court held that although the SCC’s determination that such facilities and transmission lines function together and should be governed under the same authority, the intention to exempt such facilities from local zoning ordinances was “not manifest within Code § 56–46.1.” Thus under the plain language of the Code of Virginia, “the only structures or uses expressly exempt from local zoning ordinances are transmission lines.” As a result, the court held that facilities such as substations “are not expressly exempt under Code § 5646.1(F).”

    The House Committee must kill this proposal from Delegate Habeeb, and not give it the light of day. We expect you to stand by the interests of citizens and the local leaders they elect. Who is in control of our government – our elected leaders, or a utility company? And who do you represent? The citizens of Virginia who elected you, or a public utility or its corporate customers who seek to limit our rights and yours to control our own destiny? We will be watching your votes on this matter!

    (The Senate Commerce and Labor Committee members will hear from me when/if Senator Stanley’s matching SB 1110 comes up for vote.)

    Chris Bates
    12525 Erroll Lane
    Bristow, VA 20136
    Tel: 703.257.6310

  3. Mark

    I do not support HB1766. I do not want my County Supervisors cut out of the approval process. This bill does not represent me my family or my neighbors position.

  4. Rich Bohmer

    Taxation without Representation is Tyranny…….Sound Familiar ??? What you are attempting to do in this political gamesmanship serving the Corporate interest of Dominion Power is very similar and is both unconstitutional and unethical.

    Stand Down on this poorly thought out initiative.

  5. Stephen O'Brien

    Dear Delegates,

    I urge you to vote no on HB1766 that would allow Dominion Power to run roughshod over local authority. We have very little protection from these megafirms as it is. Giving Dominion Power the right to ignore local concerns is not the best traditions of the Commonwealth. Please vote no.

  6. M.J. Brickach

    An important message has been forgotten here. “ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL.”

    Whoever said it was absolutely correct. Let’s remember it now!

  7. Rits Geoghegan

    These kinds of issues are why the American people are so disgusted with POLITICIANS. They side with entities who butter their bread.

  8. ROBERT POSPICHEL

    I DO NOT LIVE CLOSE TO THE PROPOSED POWERLINE BUT I THINK IT IS AN OUTRAGE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC FOR DOMINION POWER TO GET DEL HABEEB & SEN STANLEY TO PROPOSE A BILL TO STRIP AUTHORIZATION FROM THE LOCAL BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. ANY LOCAL COMMUNITY SHOULD HAVE SOME SAY IN WHAT THEY WANT. THIS IS A LOCAL ISSUE & SHOULD NOT BE DECIDED BY THE STATE ASSEMBLY. ITIS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THIS POWERLINE & SUBSTATION IS BEING BUILT MAINLY FOR THE USE OF AMAZON. THIS IS ANOTHER CASE OF BIG BUSINESS TRYING TO SKIRT AROUND LOCAL BOARDS AND WISHES OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY TO GET WHAT THEY WANT.

  9. susan ross

    Delegates:

    I implore you to vote “NO” on HB1766. Do not silence the voices of objecting citizens of Virginia concerning the change in law that will adversely affect our quality of life.

    The corporate bully, Dominion Power, will step on our citizens to save “money”, disregarding the negative impact their plan would have on our neighborhoods in regards to property values, aesthetics, and most important of all–health risks.

    Present law protects the little guy from such bullying, and ensures peace of mind in matters of degradation of their biggest investment–their home! DO NOT ALLOW DOMINION POWER TO USE THEIR POWER TACTICS TO ACHIEVE THEIR GOAL. They have other options, and it will be a sad day for Virginia to punish their citizens by allowing Dominion to ram through their neighborhoods, leaving a wake of devaluation, destruction, and heartache.

  10. susan ross

    Vote “NO” on HB 1766. Our quality of life, our health, our property value depends on your “Nay”.
    Thank you.

  11. John

    With Brexit and the election of Trump as examples, taking away rights of the people to line your own pockets will be done at your own great peril.

  12. Julie A

    The audacity of trying to take power away from local boards without input from constituents shows a stunning lack of respect for us all. I’ve sat on the sidelines long enough. I’m not paying for Amazon. I’m not watching my property value decline. I’m not going to worry about the health impact caused by overhead power lines. I will watch every vote cast and work to defeat anyone supporting this ridiculous bill.

  13. Mark Wheatland

    This is outragious! Does Dominion Power think that it should provide power to just one cusomer while all of us foot the bill? Vote “no” in this end run by Dominion Power.

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