Yes, Virginia, there is life after Session. We are still picking up the pieces and finding unopened e-mail that needs addressed as we decompress from the late nights of the past weeks.
The 2014 legislature closed down at midnight Sat. March 8th. They passed two hundred laws and we’re still sorting them out. Watch for a more complete legislative wrap-up on Friday. Meanwhile there is still some needed action by all citizens on several fronts. See articles below for more on this.
Special Session Rumored
One of the hard fought bills that didn’t pass was HB 4411 allowing the unlimited dumping of Marcellus waste into out municipal landfills. This one died in conference committee. This bill was not in good enough shape for us to support its passage so its demise was good news. However, we are hearing rumors of a possible one-day special session to pass this and other bills the governor may still want to see pass. Calls to exempt Class B landfills would make it more palatable. Stay tuned…
Thanks for the Dough
A REALLY BIG THANKS to all of you who took the time to renew your memberships or send in an additional donation for our major donor to match. For those who are procrastinating on this, it’s not too late to have your contributions matched dollar for dollar! And for new contributors, a two-for-one match will triple your money! Click on the donate button below or send your check to WV-CAG 1500 Dixie St, Chas, WV 25311. You may have also gotten a letter in the mail recently so go fish it out!
West Virginia Citizen Action Group is hosting a VICTORY PARTY to
celebrate the passage of SB 373 this Friday at 5:30pm! While the bill is
not perfect, we succeeded in making it stronger and adding some
important amendments. This bill would not have happened without PEOPLE
LIKE YOU advocating for it to be as strong as it could be. Come
celebrate our victory!
OCOF Partners and Allies,
You have already made a difference - passing a Minimum Wage increase, creating a Future Fund, winning Land Re-Use and Pregnant Workers Fairness. You also took Move to Improve and Meth Labs legislation very nearly over the finish line - farther than many thought possible.
there is one last, big, fight left.
This is the last e-mail action alert of the session. Please forward it widely.
The House passed a bill that included $980,000 to restore budget cuts to
Early Childhood. The Senate restored only a fraction of those cuts.
But worst of all for Early Childhood, the Senate killed a bill in the
final moments of Saturday's session that would have freed some racing
subsidies to help close the gap - as much as $39.5 million.
Now it is up to 14 people to come together and solve the crisis: the budget conferees, 7 from each chamber. They need to hear from you that Early Childhood must still be a priority:
"My name is _______________, and I am calling to ask Sen/Del. ____________ to help restore $980,000 in Early Childhood Cuts to the final budget."
Prezioso (304) 357-7961
Stollings (304) 357-7939
Unger (304) 357-7933
Plymale (304) 357-7937
Facemire (304) 357-7845
M. Hall (304) 357-7901
Sypolt (304) 357-7914
Boggs (304) 340-3230
Perdue (304) 340-3269
Reynolds (304) 340-3280
Williams (304) 340-3160
Evans (304) 340-3399
Canterbury (304) 340-3131
Delegates Perdue (Health Chair) and Boggs (Finance Chair) are the ones who will be working most closely on our line items in the House. Senators Stollings (Health Chair) and Prezioso (Finance Hair) will be working most closely on our line items on the Senate side.
If you can't make calls, please at the very least send a message here:
Forward this message widely. Saving this funding for our kids is not only the right thing to do, it is also a moral issue about what we care most about in West Virginia. Let's do everything we can