Posts by Gary Zuckett

Gary Zuckett

Gary is Executive Director of WV-CAG

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Newsletter article Gary Zuckett February 29, 2020
One Week to Go
Anti-protest bill HB 4615 (so-called protecting critical infrastructure) is now in Senate Judiciary. Calls to Chair Charles Trump are needed to ask him to ignore it and let it expire. Back-up messages to Judiciary members to vote no are also encouraged, if it does make the committee agenda. This is the bill that adds felonies and high fines tor those charged with civil disobedience (or even conspiracy to do so) at so-called "critical infrastructure" sites! More
Issues: Budget prioritiesCivil JusticeEnergyHealthcareInequalityKids and families
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett February 25, 2020
Staring Down Crossover
The pace ramps up again as the legislature faces down the "drop dead" date of February 26th - Crossover Day - after which all bills not passed out of their house of origin are considered done for this year. That being said, bills can still be amended into other bills that have made the journey across and other parliamentary tricks can be engaged when leadership wants a bill to stay alive. Many terrible bills will expire on Wednesday along with several good ones we’ve been working, watching, and rooting for. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesDiscriminationHealthcareInequalityKids and familiesPoverty
Newsletter Gary Zuckett February 16, 2020
Capital Eye Vol. 13 No. 6: Whew – 20 days to go!
We are ⅔ through the 60-day process...but the most intense is yet to come. With over 1,500 bills in the House and nearly 900 introduced in the Senate so far, there is still a lot of damage that can be done; however, some good bills will also make it through the gauntlet. More
Issues: Civil JusticeEnergyEventHealthcareKids and families
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett February 11, 2020
Hump Week – Halfway Over, Session Speeding Up
Committees are meeting earlier and lasting longer, and floor sessions are going on for hours as the work of the 2020 legislative session barrels toward several deadlines this month. There are now 1,340 bills introduced in the House, and 740 in the Senate. More
Issues: Civil JusticeDiscriminationEnergyEventKids and familiesWater
Citizen Action Group Blog Gary Zuckett February 11, 2020
HB 4615 is Un-American: Testimony Against Anti-Protest Bill
Protest is part of our nation’s founding history. This bill about as un-American as it gets! HB 4615 a slippery slope toward the tyranny against which the original Tea Party protesters acted. It should be thrown in the trash heap of terrible legislative proposals and left to rot there. More
Issues: DiscriminationEducationEnergyInequalityPollutionWorkers
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett February 4, 2020
Everything but the Kitchen Sink: Gary’s Weekly Round-Up
Twenty four environmental and justice groups from around the state set up displays in the Senate Hall for annual Environment Day at the legislature on Tuesday. They came from near and far. See them in a quick walk through at the beginning of our Facebook live stream of the opening and speakers. After that a large group of citizens went to House Health Committee Chair Hill to ask him to put the Clean Drinking Water Act on his committee’s agenda. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesEnergyEventHealthcareInequalityKids and familiesPollutionWater
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett January 28, 2020
MLK Day Leads Week Three
MLK Day was celebrated in Charleston with the traditional ecumenical service at Asbury UMC and the noon bell ringing at the capitol. Reverend King’s courage and vision is a constant call for racial, civil, economic and social justice! More
Issues: Budget prioritiesCivil JusticeDiscriminationEnergyFair taxationInequalityWater
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett January 21, 2020
Week Two with Two Marches
The legislative session is building momentum but still has a month to the frantic deadlines for bills to crossover to the other house or die. So far 988 House bills and 594 in the Senate have been introduced. As mentioned last time, blessedly the majority won’t make the crossover, or even make a committee agenda. More
Issues: EventHealthcareInequalityWaterWorkers
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett January 14, 2020
2020 Session Kicks off with a State of the State Yawn
Our governor’s State of the State speech last week seemed more of a re-election rally than serious look at what we’ll be facing in the new decade. Phil Kabler’s Statehouse column gives a much needed reality check on the problems facing our state as it lurches into this century’s ‘Roaring Twenties’. More
Issues: Clean electionsEventHealthcareWater
Newsletter Gary Zuckett June 18, 2019
Capital Eye Special Edition: Special Session
It's hard to know where to begin to unravel the latest appearance of the Zombie Education Deform Bill. Back from the grave of the regular 2019 legislative session, it regained life last month when Senate President Mitch Charmichael, resurrected it - much in the same form as the original, but with even harsher slaps at teacher strikes and organized labor. More
Issues: EducationEnergyEvent
Action Alert Gary Zuckett March 26, 2019
Don’t let Trump take food away from struggling workers & families!
The Trump administration has proposed a new rule that takes away states’ flexibility to provide benefits and jeopardizes food assistance for 755,000 Americans. Tell the Trump administration to keep their hands off of SNAP! More
Issues: InequalityKids and familiesSNAPWorkers
Action Alert Gary Zuckett March 6, 2019
Mid-Week Action Alert – Still Lots to Do!
With the 2019 legislative winding down, there's still lots to do! Here are several actions you can take. Please take a few minutes and make some calls, as the clock is ticking on these bills.  More
Issues: Civil JusticeClean electionsHealthcareKids and familiesOur children our future
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett March 4, 2019
One Week to Go @ WV Legislature!
Each week keeps getting wilder at the 2019 legislature. Last week was no exception. Wednesday was "Crossover Day", when all bills needed to be passed out of their "house of origin." It was a week of highs and lows, but mostly lows. Read on to see what mischief, mayhem and madness transpired. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesDEPDiscriminationEducationEnergyFair taxationHealthcareInequalityKids and familiesMedicareSocial securityWater
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett February 25, 2019
Teachers, Guns and Medicaid Crossover on Week 6
The 2-day teacher strike was surely the most remarkable aspect of this week at the Capitol. As the Senate was busy making the House’s (much better) version of SB 451 back into the horrible bill it started out as, teacher’s and school personnel leaders were on the Senate steps calling them all out on strike. More
Issues: DEPHealthcareMedicareWater
Newsletter Gary Zuckett February 18, 2019
Capital Eye: Vol. 12 No. 6
One of the newer millennial lobbyists, who is also a poet and performer, has written a hilarious performance piece on the annual antics at the legislature, comparing it to her school days at Capitol High. This comparison fits far too often. As the session rolls along to its final days in early March, I’m reminded of “Capitol High” and smile daily. Thanks, Crystal! More
Issues: EducationEnergyHealthcareInequalityKids and familiesMedicareWater
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett February 10, 2019
Half-Way There
Last Thursday was day 30 of the 60-day legislative session. It was also Environment Day (E-Day) and All Kinds Are Welcome Here Lobby Day. Meanwhile, the polluters and the bigots were busy doing their dirty work in committees and in the chambers. Now that the midpoint is passed, several significant deadlines are looming, which up the ante for those who are working to pass more progressive policies in a body with a conservative leadership. More here, on what's moving and languishing. More
Issues: DiscriminationEducationEnergyKids and familiesPollutionSNAPWater
Action Alert Gary Zuckett February 10, 2019
House Holding Monday Public Hearings on Ominous Education Bill & Guns on Campus
On Monday, the House of Delegates will hold two public hearings on the Omnibus Education Bill (SB 451). The House Judiciary Committee is also holding a public hearing that day on the so-called "Campus Self Defense Act," which would would force colleges to allow people to, with some exceptions, carry concealed guns on college campuses and in buildings. More here on how to weigh in on these proposals and tune in to the action. More
Issues: DiscriminationEducationKids and familiesOur children our futureWorkers
Newsletter Gary Zuckett February 4, 2019
Capital Eye: Volume 12, Number 4
This week, two contentious bills were moving fast – the Ominous Education Overhaul bill and one putting foster kids into managed care organizations (MCOs). Both will get increased scrutiny as they move to the other side. More
Issues: Clean electionsDiscriminationEnergy efficiencyEventHealthcareWater
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett January 28, 2019
Week Three Heats Things Up
The 2019 WV Legislature now has 1,119 bills on its plate and is starting to get a heartburn that Tums won’t cure. The first three bills described below are a major source of the legislative indigestion. They cover foster care, education, and yet again, the courts. More
Issues: Civil JusticeEducationEnergyOur children our futureWater
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett January 21, 2019
Week Two – Full to Overflowing!
Week two at the legislature was a busy one. Meetings with potential bill sponsors, checking daily bills introduced (now totaling 876), monitoring committees as they take up and amend legislation. This is just the daily grind. Then there are the special events and actions we’re co-sponsoring and/or showing up for. More about the some of these activities, and a short list of the good, bad, and just plain ugly bills that we’re either promoting or trying to stop here. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesClean electionsFair taxationSNAPWater
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