- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 10, 2010

RICHMOND — The Virginia Senate has killed a measure pushed by Gov. Robert F. McDonnell to allocate funds received from possible drilling for oil and gas off the state’s coast to services such as education, health care and public safety.

Democrats argued that Congress was not likely to approve the sale of leases for drilling rights, and that passing a bill allocating such royalties would give citizens false hope in tough economic times.

The Senate voted 22-18 Wednesday along party lines to send the proposal back to committee, where it will be carried over until next year.

The House passed a similar measure on Monday that would divert 70 percent of the revenues to transportation, 20 percent to energy research and 10 percent to localities.

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