- Associated Press - Saturday, May 20, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Republican state senator running for governor is planning to call a legislative hearing to investigate Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s plan to limit carbon emissions from power plants.

Sen. Frank Wagner tells The Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2roWLba) that he will convene an emergency meeting of the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules within a few weeks to question McAuliffe administration officials on the executive order. Wagner has said he will do everything in his “legislative authority” to stop the governor’s power plant plan.

McAuliffe, a Democrat, signed an executive order Tuesday that begins developing regulations on carbon emissions.

A spokesman for McAuliffe called Wagner’s hearing “election-year posturing” but said the administration would gladly answer questions about the plan.

Recent polls show Wagner trailing Ed Gillespie and Corey Stewart for the Republican nomination.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com

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