The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and its HRBizPAC hosted Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, II on May 25 at the Chamber’s office in Norfolk.
Cuccinelli was elected into office on November 3, 2009 and oversees more than 300 attorneys. He served in the Virginia Senate from 2002-2009, and his education includes a BSME from the University of Virginia, MA from George Mason University, and he earned his JD at George Mason University.
During the meeting with board members, he addressed several topics that are included in his 2010 General Legislative Agenda. His main focus was on issues affecting businesses in Virginia, such as the recent EPA Endangerment Finding for Greenhouse Gases. Cuccinelli explained that this issue can have potential negative implications on businesses and may also become a “prosperity-destroying undertaking for Virginia and the United States.” Cuccinelli pointed out that the cost for businesses would be huge and there is not enough manpower in the environmental agencies, both state and federal, to enforce these standards. This summer, Cuccinelli and 15 other state officials will compile a brief regarding these regulations and their effects. Calling the bill in question an “enormous constitutional issue,” he said, “it’s about liberty and the outer reach of the federal government; defining the outer edges of the Constitution.”
The Attorney General also touched on other subjects such as labor laws and the economy in Virginia. He assured the group that “We (His office) are going to be spending the next few years on Virginia’s opportunity to grow jobs.”
For more about Attorney General Cuccinelli, visit www.cuccinelli.com.