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This mid-week update is focused on urgent actions to help move good bills and stop bad ones, as critical deadlines on the Legislative Calendar approach.
- Urge Delegates to Vote NO on HB 4011 & HB 4753
- Support the CROWN Act (HB 4741)
- Tell Senators to Reject SB 468 – Abortion Reason Ban
- Tell Legislators Support SB 488 – It’s Time to End Voter Disenfranchisement
- WV Rivers Coalition Legislative Update TONIGHT
Urge Delegates to Vote NO on HB 4011 – It’s been two weeks since the House Judiciary Committee held a public hearing on HB 4011, the so-called “Anti-Stereotyping Act”. After the overwhelming majority of speakers opposed the bill, followed by several editorials from newspapers around the state critical of the bill, it looked like the Committee might forgo consideration of the bill. However, we learned yesterday evening that HB 4011 is on the House Judiciary Committee agenda TODAY. Also on the agenda is a bill (HB 4753) that punishes and stigmatizes people experiencing homelessness by “prohibiting homeless encampments, temporary housing or feeding areas within 1,500 feet of a school or certain daycare facilities.”
Write or call members of the House Judiciary Committee and your delegate(s) and tell them to oppose HB 4011 and HB 4753.
Support the CROWN Act (HB 4741) – We also learned yesterday that the CROWN Act, which ban discrimination against based on hairstyles associated with race, such as natural Black hair or dredlocks, is scheduled to be taken up by the House Government Organization Committee TODAY at 3 PM. However, instead of running the introduced bill, we’ve heard that Committee Chair Brandon Steele is planning to originate a bill that would combine the CROWN Act with a bill (HB 2693) to terminate the WV Human Rights Commission, the state agency charged with overseeing the implementation of state civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation.
Contact Delegate Steele and Committee members now and tell them to support the CROWN Act . You can also show your support in person by attending today’s Committee meeting in Room 215-E of the State Capitol.
Tell Senators to Reject SB 468 – Last week the House of Delegates passed, HB 4004, a bill that bans abortions after 15 weeks. Now another abortion ban is on the move in the State Senate. SB 468 bans abortion based on the supposed reason behind a person’s decision.
According to Planned Parenthood, this bill is incredibly broad, interfering in a wide range of decisions that many people face over the course of their pregnancy — even when confronted with a prenatal diagnosis certain to lead to an early, painful death, parents would be stripped of their ability to choose the least painful outcome for themselves and their families.
SB 468 is on the Senate Finance Committee agenda TODAY.
Tell Committee members to reject SB 468.
Tell legislators it’s time to end voter disenfranchisement – After the Capital Eye went out earlier in the week, we learned that SB 488, which would restore voting rights to thousands of West Virginians on probation and parole, was being held up in the Senate Rules Committee. This bill, which was introduced by a bipartisan group of Senators, has already passed the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Call or email President Blair and your senators.
Ask that 488 be put to a vote.
WV Rivers Coalition Legislative Update – There’s lots happening this session that affects our land, air and water. Join our friends at the WV Rivers Coalition for a Live Legislative Update TONIGHT at 7:00 PM on Zoom for an in depth discussion of their water policy priorities and what we can expect for the remainder of the 2022 session. A Q&A will follow the presentation. Register here.