VaNews for Terry Kilgore



METHANE BILL GETS MIXED REVIEWS

By JEFF LESTER, Coalfield Progress

A state bill aiming to fix problems with coalbed methane royalty payments is an improvement over last year’s bill, according to landowners who are owed money. The sponsor, Del. Terry Kilgore, predicts the state oil and gas board could get $20 million of escrowed royalties released to claimants within a year once the bill takes effect. However, at least one property owner says the legislation that the General Assembly passed in late February is still flawed enough to deserve Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s veto or amendment.

VaNews March 11, 2015



KILGORE’S GAS BILL GETS APPROVAL IN VIRGINIA'S GENERAL ASSEMBLY

By ALLIE ROBINSON GIBSON, Bristol Herald Courier (Metered Paywall - 12 articles a month)

Local landowners embroiled in a years-long federal lawsuit aimed at trying to get coalbed methane gas money out of an escrow account are happy with a Virginia General Assembly-approved bill that’s headed to the governor’s desk. The bill, originally Delegate Terry Kilgore’s HB 2058, underwent some revisions late last week that will provide for an accounting of the gas ledgers and not hinder the lawsuits that are underway.

VaNews March 3, 2015



SOUTHWEST DELEGATES PUSH COAL TAX CREDITS BILL

Richlands News-Press

Delegate Terry G. Kilgore (R-Scott) and Senator Ben Chafin (R-Russell) supported yesterday’s action by the House of Delegates, which preserves 470 coal jobs by accepting an amendment that reestablishes a $3-per-ton credit for Virginia coal and moves the sunset provision from next year to January 1, 2019. Moreover, this amended provision in Senator Colgan’s SB 1161 will allow Virginia coal to be utilized in Virginia electric power facilities, such as the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center.

VaNews February 20, 2015



COAL TAX CREDITS EXTENDED, BUT VALUES ARE REDUCED

By JEFF LESTER, Coalfield Progress

The General Assembly appears likely to set limits on a tax credit that electric power producers can claim for burning Virginia coal. However, another tax credit extended to coal producers looks likely to remain untouched except for getting a two-year extension. Republican Del. Terry Kilgore of Gate City has led the fight to protect the credits from reduction, as proposed by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

VaNews February 13, 2015



KILGORE’S BILL SEEKING TO REFORM THE VIRGINIA TOBACCO COMMISSION PASSES

By ALLIE ROBINSON GIBSON, Bristol Herald Courier (Metered Paywall - 12 articles a month)

Legislation seeking to reform the Virginia Tobacco Commission passed out of the House of Delegates Monday, as a similar bill in the Virginia Senate garnered unanimous support. Delegate Terry Kilgore, R-Gate City, chairman of the Tobacco Commission, announced Monday that his bill, HB2330, passed 93-4 in the House. It, along with other bills approved by the House, will swap over to the Senate starting today.

VaNews February 10, 2015



BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR REFORMS OF VA. TOBACCO COMMISSION

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and a powerful Republican lawmaker are teaming up to propose tighter grant-making rules for the embattled Virginia tobacco commission. The commission's chairman, GOP Del. Terry Kilgore, introduced legislation Friday that would require greater scrutiny and transparency over how the commission spends its funds. It would also reduce the number of commission members from 31 to 25, create a revolving loan fund and require grant seekers to put up matching funds.

VaNews January 24, 2015



KILGORE PREVIEWS 2015 VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

By GLENN GANNAWAY, Coalfield Progress

The Virginia General Assembly took care of most of the state’s budget shortfall last fall, but that doesn’t mean the money fight is over. The General Assembly addressed a $2.4 billion shortfall during special sessions, but the state is still “in a little hole,” Del. Terry Kilgore said, as the 2015 session begins on Jan. 14. Kilgore estimated there’s still from $400 to $600 million to make up.

VaNews January 9, 2015



SWVA LEGISLATORS HEAR CONSTITUENTS' STATE FUNDING PLEAS

By ALLIE ROBINSON GIBSON |, Bristol Herald Courier (Metered Paywall - 12 articles a month)

Pleas for help funding mental health programs and regional tourism initiatives and requests that local legislators work to prevent reduction of the state's coal tax credit were made Wednesday morning at the regional state budget hearing. Sen. Bill Carrico, R-Galax, and Delegates Terry Kilgore, R-Gate City, and Jeff Campbell, R-Saltville, were on hand to hear constituent concerns for the proposed 2014-2016 biennial state budget.

VaNews January 8, 2015



GOP DOMINATES IN SOUTHWEST VA.

By ALLIE ROBINSON GIBSON , Bristol Herald Courier (Metered Paywall - 12 articles a month)

For the first time, all state legislators representing far Southwest Virginia are Republicans. Todd Pillion, a Republican from Abingdon, was elected Tuesday to the 4th District seat of the Virginia House of Delegates, joining fellow Republicans Israel O’Quinn, of Bristol, Terry Kilgore, of Gate City, Will Morefield, of North Tazewell, Jeff Campbell, of Saltville, and Senators Bill Carrico, R-Galax, and Ben Chafin, R-Hansonville.

VaNews December 15, 2014



NO CHARGES FROM STATE SEN. PUCKETT'S RESIGNATION

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press

The sudden resignation of a Democratic state senator whose decision to quit prompted potential job offers from powerful officials in both parties will not lead to any criminal charges, a federal prosecutor said Friday. U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia Timothy J. Heaphy sent a letter to various interested parties Friday saying his office was closing its investigation into former Sen. Phil Puckett.

VaNews December 15, 2014