RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The House of Delegates has given preliminary approval to legislation exempting Virginia from any home energy standards Congress might pass in the future.

A final House vote on Del. Bob Marshall’s bill is set for Wednesday. It would then go to the Senate, where similar legislation died last year.

Marshall introduced the bill in response to a failed attempt by Congress to enact legislation imposing residential energy efficiency standards and requiring an energy audit before a home can be sold. The Prince William County Republican said the state should protect from federal encroachment its authority over building codes.

Democrat David Bulova of Fairfax said he opposed the bill because it was speculative. He described it as “a solution in search of a problem.”

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