Wind energy drying devices; no community association shall prohibit an owner from installing, etc. (SB1065)

Introduced By

Sen. Toddy Puller (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Covenants regarding wind energy drying devices. Provides that effective July 1, 2009, no community association shall prohibit an owner from installing or using a wind energy drying device on that owner's property. Read the Bill »


02/25/2009: failed house


01/13/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 092303304
01/13/2009Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/28/2009Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendments (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2009Read second time
02/02/2009Reading of amendments waived
02/02/2009Committee amendments agreed to
02/02/2009Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1065E
02/02/2009Printed as engrossed 092303304-E
02/03/2009Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2009Placed on Calendar
02/11/2009Read first time
02/11/2009Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/12/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1065E)
02/23/2009Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendment (9-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2009Reported from Commerce and Labor (10-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2009Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendment (10-Y 7-N)
02/24/2009Read second time
02/25/2009Read third time
02/25/2009Committee amendment rejected
02/25/2009Floor substitute printed 092446588-H1 (Kilgore)
02/25/2009Substitute by Delegate Kilgore agreed to
02/25/2009Amendment by Delegate Sickles agreed to
02/25/2009Amendment by Delegate Janis agreed to
02/25/2009Pending question ordered
02/25/2009Defeated by House (40-Y 60-N)
02/25/2009VOTE: --- DEFEATED (40-Y 60-N) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 12 minutes.


Carolyn Leetch writes:

Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009 11:52:10 -0500
Subject: SB1065, Wind energy drying devices

Deal Delegates:
I am writing to voice my opinion to those who voted against the amendment to SB1065, and I would like to give you a perspective from one who was been drying her laundry outside all her life; in fact, I would not live anyplace where I could not have a clothesline. The young people today feel that a person is poor if they hang their laundry outside - so, what is wrong with being "poor"? I am not poor. At one time, my salary was in six figures. Have any of you ever experienced getting into bed with sheets which have been dried outside, or pillows which have been aired outside, or blankets which have been aired outside? It's a heavenly experience.

Plus, this saves energy. The sun bleaches out stains, makes whites whiter. And clothes last much longer when they are not placed in a man-made machine to dry, and they do not shrink. I hang my clothes outside year-round, even in freezing weather. It's therapeutic, gets one outside. It's interesting that people today think a clothesline is unsightly when, not so terribly many years ago, it was the only way to dry laundry. We need to get back to those days. It also saves money to dry laundry outside. It is unfortunate that, in many housing developments, clotheslines are prohibited. I would not purchase a home where I could not put up a clothesline. It would be good if you people up there on the Hill would visit my place and smell line-dried laundry.

In this time, when we want energy-efficient cars, T. Boone Pickens is trying to educate us on saving energy, why would you not pass a bill which allows us to save energy by drying our laundry outside? I'll bet T. Boone Pickens knows a lot about drying laundry outside.

HOA in NC states they fear that people hanging their clothes outside to dry will decrease property values in that prospective buyers will think they are too poor to afford a dryer. Interesting that our citizens are "Keep up with the Joneses" type of people and this shows how materialistic people are. I'm 65 and been hanging my clothes outside all my life. It's cleaner, more economic, better for the clothes - they last longer, and it's so nice to be outside doing this and the clothes smell so fresh, rather than a synthetic dryer scent, especially towels, which are more absorbent when dried outside, and sheets. Clotheslines are also a wonderful way to air out blankets, pillows, anything.

Please pass this bill.

Carolyn Leetch
7161 Main Street
Clifton, VA 20124

Kathleen writes:

I refer to my clothesline as my "solar dryer." It's so much more chic than a hot, noisy electric one.