Speak Out: Petersen's Solar Freedom Bill Overturned
Oakton Patch - almost 5 years
The Virginia Senate rejected an appeal to override Gov. Bob McDonnell's veto of what's known as the solar freedom bill Wednesday, disappointing state Sen. Chap Petersen, who sponsored the legislation.
"This is a common sense bill that would have brought high-paying, high-technology jobs across Virginia while protecting individual property rights within HOAs," Petersen wrote in a statement. "While the Governor continues to protect big coal and provide subsidies for mountaintop mining, Virginia tax payers are losing out on thousands of Federal tax credits from clean, efficient solar energy."
The bill (HB 627), which passed the Senate on a 31-8 vote during the legislative session, attempted to invalidate any community associations' provisions enacted before July 1, 2008, that prevented people from installing solar panels on their residences. July 1, 2008, is when the original bill calling for solar freedom became effective.
McDonnell, a Republican, vetoed the bill Tuesday, statin
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