Senator John Watkins represents Virginia’s 10th Senate District. He was born in Petersburg, Virginia on March 1, 1947. He got his Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1969. After college, Senator Watkins went into the military from 1970 to 1971. From 1982 to 1998, he was a member of the House of Delegates. Senator Watkins is a member of four committees: Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources, Commerce and Labor, Finance, and Transportation. He is also the President of Watkins Nursery, Inc.
Senator Watkins is the Chief Patron on bill SB 368: Disregarding signal to stop; endangerment of operation of law-enforcement officer, penalty. This bill states that if a law-enforcement officer pursues a person who has ignored a signal to stop his vehicle and keeps driving in disregard of the officer’s signal and interferes with or endangers the operation of the police vehicle or other people and the officer is killed because of the pursuit, the person is guilty of a Class 4 felony. A felony is more a more serious offence than a misdemeanor but Class 4 is the lowest class in both; the highest is a Class 1. This bill has been approved by Governor Tim Kaine, and it became effective July 1, 2008.
Senator Watkins is also the Co-Patron on bill SB 718: Renewable energy; investor-owned electric utilities report annually on efforts to conserve energy. This bill requires privately- owned electric utilities, like Dominion Virginia Power, to report annually on their efforts to conserve energy. The measure also requires the Virginia Energy Plan to be updated by July 1, 2010, and every four years thereafter. The measure also requires utilities to report annually on their efforts to meet the standard goals and relevant advances in renewable energy technology. This bill has been approved by Governor Tim Kaine and became effective on July 1, 2008.
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