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Newsletter article   March 18, 2024
HCFA 2024 Legislative Wrap Up
There are two bills that many are calling on the Governor to veto. One is SB 841, which cuts unemployment benefits. The other, HB 5105, creates exemptions for childhood immunizations in private, parochial, and virtual public schools. The best news at the end of the session might be the bills that didn't pass. Unfortunately, the “flat” budget passed on the last night of the session, failed to fill the $114 million dollar gap in Medicaid funding. More
Issues: Budget PrioritiesDiscriminationEducationHealthcareInequalityMedicaid
Newsletter   February 15, 2024
Capital Eye Vol. 17 No. 5
Last week we passed the halfway mark. Tuesday, Feb. 13th, and Monday, Feb. 19th, were/are the last days to introduce bills in the House and Senate respectively. We know it’s challenging to follow session, but please keep up the good work making those calls to lawmakers on your high priority issues! More
Newsletter article   February 15, 2024
Urgent: Oppose HB 4299 – Arming Teachers and Administrators
Any teacher, administrator or support staff member could apply to be an SPO, provided they have a valid concealed carry permit and have completed a new training program designed by the WV Department of Homeland Security. The not-yet developed training has NO minimum # of hours... but is capped at a MAX of 24 hours of training to put a gun in a teachers hand?! More
Issues: Gun Safety
Newsletter article   February 15, 2024
Support Child Care – Tell Delegates to Vote YES on HB 4797
Families can’t work without child care. Child care providers can’t continue to operate in the red financially. Something's gotta give! More
Issues: Kids and families
Newsletter article   February 15, 2024
Keep Children in School — Oppose SB 614
SB 614 would result in an increased number of students being removed, suspended, and/or expelled from elementary schools! More
Issues: DiscriminationEducation
Newsletter article   February 15, 2024
Health Care for All – Week 6
Chances are many people you know and love get their medical coverage through Medicaid. Over 500,000 West Virginians do! Tell lawmakers to fund Medicaid fully, and not sacrifice the health of our children and families to balance the budget. More
Issues: HealthcareMedicaid
Newsletter article   February 15, 2024
Over The Hump & Celebrating E-Day
On Tuesday, we celebrated Environment Day. Our former Director, Norm Steenstra, who was instrumental in the founding of the WV Environmental Council, was one of the main organizers of the very first E-Day. Norm’s family has generously suggested that folks who want to honor his life and legacy do so with a donation to WV Citizen Action. More
Issues: Environment
Newsletter   February 8, 2024
Capital Eye Vol. 17 No. 4
We’re now in the 5th week of session and have reached the halfway mark (Day 30). The pace is accelerating. Committees’ agendas and floor sessions are growing longer. Wednesday, February 7th was Black Policy Day and we were there with many other groups tabling and showing support for the policies being supported by our communities of color as part of the Black Policy Agenda. With so much happening so fast, your calls and notes to legislators are needed every week, so please keep them coming and Tell Them What You Want! More
Issues: EducationEnvironmentHealthcareInequality
Action Alert   February 8, 2024
School Discipline Bill “Misses The Mark” by a Mile
SB 614 says: punish first, maybe seek understanding later, and in the meantime call the police and eliminate the child from school. Protect Kids: Tell Senators to Vote NO on SB 614! More
Issues: DiscriminationEducationInequality
Newsletter article   February 8, 2024
“Women’s Bill of Rights” is Cover for Culture War
HB 5243 is a bold and discriminatory step in the wrong direction for WV. Transgender West Virginians face serious discrimination in the state and the bill would further give a foothold to restrictive values by making wholly incorrect statements regarding gender, sex, and identity into law.  More
Newsletter article   February 8, 2024
Keep Guns Out of Schools – Oppose HB 4299 with Moms Demand Action
HB 4299 passed the Education Committee about 10 days ago and as yet has not been taken up by the Judiciary Committee. Stay tuned for updates and calls to action. In addition to HB 4299 there are four other bills related to armed personnel that are not teachers. One of these, HB 4851, passed the House with a controversial amendment that limits some types of diversity training from the list of training that may be provided to school resource officers. More
Issues: DiscriminationEducationGun SafetyGun Violence
Newsletter article   February 8, 2024
West Virginia Leaders Must Fully Fund Medicaid
As of December 2023, there are 516,100 West Virginians on Medicaid. This includes almost 50% of our children. But with the program facing a shortfall that is the result of lack of foresight about saving state Medicaid dollars during the Public Health Emergency, some state leaders are looking at more ways to save the state money, including cutting certain services. More
Issues: HealthcareMedicaid
Newsletter article   February 8, 2024
Halfway There: Black Policy Day Highlights the Week
We’re now in the 5th week of session and have reached the halfway mark (Day 30). The pace is accelerating. Committees’ agendas and floor sessions are growing longer. Wednesday, February 7th was Black Policy Day and we were there with many other groups tabling and showing support for the policies being supported by our communities of color as part of the Black Policy Agenda. With so much happening so fast, your calls and notes to legislators are needed every week, so please keep them coming and Tell Them What You Want! More
Issues: Clean EnergyInequalityPollution
Newsletter   January 31, 2024
Capital Eye Vol. 17 No. 3
Week four has seen the introduction of 1,388 bills in the House and 613 in the Senate as of today, Jan. 31, 2024. We’re talking with legislators all the time about bills we support and oppose, but when they hear from the voters back home, they really pay attention! This is where your actions as a citizen can make a difference! As you read through this update take a few minutes to send a personal note to your legislators on issues that resonate with you.  More
Newsletter article   January 31, 2024
Anti-Vax Bills are a Threat to Our Kids and Communities
West Virginia doesn’t have a great track record on health or health outcomes. But one thing we have been doing right is the success of our childhood immunization program. We are leaders in the nation in protecting our children and public health. Unfortunately, every year some members of our legislature try to roll back the laws on childhood immunizations. This year is no different. Around a dozen bills take aim at creating exemptions or eliminating protections for infants and children. More
Issues: HealthcareInequalityKids and familiesMedicaid
Newsletter article   January 31, 2024
Misc. Updates with Links for More In-Depth Reading
Some good news! The progress of a number of bad bills we alerted you about last week has slowed. Other bills, both good and bad, have advanced, but are pending in other committees for further consideration. Lots of links here for more on what happened last week, a look at where things are heading this week, and other great resources for legislative updates and actions. More
Issues: DiscriminationEducationElectionsHealthcare
Action Alert   January 30, 2024
E-Day Advocacy Webinar on February 6th
Join WV Environmental Council lobbyists Lucia Valentine and Isabel Stellato on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 7 pm for a free webinar to get up-to-date information on bills we are tracking and talking points for meeting with key legislators during the legislative session. If you missed our Advocacy 101 webinar, you can find a recording and other resources here. More
Issues: Environment
Newsletter article   January 24, 2024
January 23rd was Maternal Health Awareness Day
Access to maternal healthcare is a crisis around the country, especially rural states. More than 2.2 million US women live in maternity care deserts, which means that in their county there are no hospitals that provide obstetric care, birth centers, ob/gyns or certified nurse midwives. Women in the Mountain State deserve to have the best care before and after their babies are born. It is up to our leaders to make sure these services are available.  More
Issues: HealthcareInequalityKids and familiesMedicaid
Newsletter   January 24, 2024
Capital Eye Vol. 17 No. 2
The Legislature is now in full swing and living up to its reputation as the ‘Bad Idea Factory’, as Delegate Mike Pushkin (D-Kanawha) often refers to it. On the bright side, the pace of new bills being introduced has slowed, but we are approaching 1,600. The break down is 1,055 House bills and 543 Senate bills. And it's not all bad — there are some good things happening, too — like the rescheduled ‘Save Our Solar’ Rally happening this Saturday, Jan. 27 at 2PM in the Lower Rotunda. More
Action Alert   January 24, 2024
Urgent Partner Alerts: Keep Guns and Propaganda Out of WV Schools
Call to Action from Moms Demand Action: We received notice that HB 4299, the Arming Teachers and Administrators bill will be heard in the House Education Committee WEDNESDAY 1/24 at 2:00 p.m. Plus details and ways to take action on other bills soon to be considered by the full Senate, including SB 468, which would require West Virginia teachers to use curriculum developed by out-of-state, anti-science, anti-abortion extremists. More
Issues: EducationGun SafetyGun ViolenceKids and families
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