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BREAKING: Virginia Clean Economy Act Signed Into Law

RICHMOND, VA — The oldest deliberative body in the Western Hemisphere made a new kind of history today. With climate change impacts growing worldwide and scientists saying we’re almost out of time, the Virginia General Assembly leaped into national leadership on climate policy with passage of the “Virginia Clean Economy Act” (SB 851). Now, Governor …

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Sine Die: MD leadership must address climate change when GA reconvenes

Climate Advocates to Maryland General Assembly Leaders: Address Climate Change During May Special Session CCAN Action Fund Applauds Governor, General Assembly Leaders for Proactive Coronavirus Response Due to Shortened Session, Maryland Running Out of Time to Address Climate Crisis ANNAPOLIS, MD — With the Maryland General Assembly adjourning Sine Die today — ending the 2020 …

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BREAKING: Virginia Clean Economy Act gets Final Passage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 6, 2020 CONTACT: Denise Robbins, Communications Director, denise@chesapeakeclimate.org, 240-630-1889 Harrison Wallace, Virginia Director, harrison@chesapeakeclimate.org, 804-305-1472 RICHMOND, VA — The oldest deliberative body in the Western Hemisphere made a new kind of history today. With climate change impacts growing worldwide and scientists saying we’re almost out of time, the Virginia General Assembly …

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Legislation to join RGGI a win for clean air, necessary first step in addressing the climate crisis in Virginia

Bill will send hundreds of millions of dollars to benefit low-income communities RICHMOND – Legislation from Senator Lynwood Lewis and Delegate Charniele Herring, Majority Leader of the House of Delegates, to finalize Virginia’s membership in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is gaining momentum at the General Assembly, with strong votes today moving both bills forward.  …

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Maryland Lawmakers Announce Groundbreaking Climate Action Bill

“Climate Solutions Act” Would Overhaul, Improve Hogan’s Climate Action Plan ANNAPOLIS, MD — Today, legislators, student activists, faith leaders, and climate scientists joined to support the introduction of the “Climate Solutions Act” (SB926/HB1425). This legislation would greatly improve Maryland’s flawed Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan to match a level of urgency called for by the world’s …

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Statement: Virginia General Assembly Passes Historic Climate Legislation 

Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA) Expected to Pass State Senate  Richmond, VA – Today, in a major leap forward for climate leadership in Virginia, the chambers of the Virginia General Assembly voted to pass the Virginia Clean Economy Act. The House of Delegates voted 52-47 (HB 1526) and the State Senate voted 21-19 to pass …

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Historic Climate Legislation Passes Key Virginia House Committee

CCAN Action Fund Statement on House Labor & Commerce Committee passage of the Virginia Clean Economy Act Richmond, VA – Today, in a major leap forward toward climate leadership in Virginia, the House Labor and Commerce Committee passed the Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA). Following the successful 13-9 vote, the bill now heads to the …

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Environmental and Clean Energy Groups Praise Key Subcommittee for Advancing the Virginia Clean Economy Act

Advocates Thank Legislators for taking Bold Climate Action RICHMOND – Following an important subcommittee hearing, environmental and clean energy groups joined in praising members of the House of Delegates for taking bold and meaningful action to address climate change and transform Virginia’s energy economy. Last night, Delegate Rip Sullivan’s Subcommittee of the House Labor & …

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Maryland Lawmakers Introduce “Climate Test” Legislation for Public Service Commission

ANNAPOLIS, MD — Today, Maryland State Delegate Lorig Charkoudian (D-20) and Senator Benjamin Kramer (D-19) announced the introduction of Senate Bill 656 and House Bill 531, which would require the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) to include, as one important factor in its decision-making, the worsening climate crisis. The bill, known informally as the “climate test” legislation, would provide …

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Virginians Rally & Lobby for 100% Clean Energy Future

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 14th, 2020 Media Contact: Daniel Willis, daniel.willis@sierraclub.org, (317) 493-9154 RICHMOND, VA. –  Today, the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter, joined by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network Action Fund, Clean Virginia and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, hosted a rally and lobby day for unprecedented clean energy legislation. The day-long event brought …

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