Sen. Steve Newman, R-Bedford, speaks to the Senate Agriculture, Chesepeake and Natural Resources committee Tuesday. (Charlie Paullin/Virginia Mercury)
Democrats on Virginia Senate committee reject Clean Car standards repeal

Along party lines, a Virginia Senate committee on Tuesday voted to kill a slate of Republican proposals to repeal the state’s adoption of California’s Clean Car standards, which set stricter vehicle emissions limits than the federal government imposes and mandate that all new vehicles sold be zero-emission starting in 2035.