Virginia Constitutional Interpretation: The General Assembly’s Plenary Authority and the SCC’s Const

The Virginia Supreme Court issued a published opinion on September 14, 2017 in the case styled, Old Dominion Comm. for Fair Util. Rates v. State Corp. Comm’n, 2017 Va. LEXIS 136, Record No. 161519 (2017). The Court’s decision also resolved two other cases appealed from the State Corporation Commission (“SCC”), styled VML/VACO APCO Steering Committee v. State Corp. Comm’n, Record No. 161520, and Karen E. Torrent v. State Corp. Comm’n, Record No. 161521. In each case, a group or individual (aggregately referred to as “Old Dominion”) challenged the constitutionality of Va. Code §56-585.1:1. Pursuant to that statute, inter alia, the General Assembly temporarily suspended the SCC’s authority to

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