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General Assembly subcommittee kills legislation prompted by concern over electric rates

Senate legislation is still alive, but facing a similar fate

January 25, 2011|Joe Dashiell | Reporter

RICHMOND, Va. — A House of Delegates subcommittee has killed legislation prompted by concern over rising power bills.

Martinsville Delegate Ward Armstrong introduced the measures. He wants to change the way Virginia regulates Appalachian Power and other utilities, and return to the system that was in place before 1999.

Appalachian Power has argued that environmental controls and the price of coal have lead to higher bills, not the state's ratemaking process.  Tuesday afternoon members of a Commerce and Labor subcommittee agreed, declining to endorse either of Armstrong's proposals.

Senator Roscoe Reynolds has also introduced the legislation in the State Senate, but his measures will likely face a similar fate.

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