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Citizen Action Group Blog emmett November 7, 2017
Charleston’s ordinance directed at homeless panhandling
On Monday, November 6, 2017, nine council members* from Charleston, West Virginia, City Council introduced a bill to change how soliciting works in Charleston. The bill is directed at a perceived homeless problem in Charleston, and so-called “aggressive panhandling.” WV Citizen Action Group has some concerns about this law. Stay tuned in this space for our specific comments. In the meantime, you can read the proposed ordinance here.More
Issues: Civil JusticeDiscriminationInequality
Advocacy Letter   October 31, 2017
Letter of Concern to FBI Regarding Assessment Targeting “Black Identity Extremists”
An FBI intelligence assessment was recently leaked that singled out "Black Identity Extremists" as a likely threat to attack law enforcement officers. Given the FBI's history of survelling and harassing African American leaders, and the reality that white supremacy constitutes a much greater threat, this assessment raises serious concerns.More
Issues: Civil JusticeDiscriminationInequality
Advocacy Letter   October 12, 2017
Comments on Proposed Modification of Consent Decree Regarding Bayer CropScience Plant Explosion
Letter to the U.S. Department of Justice about an administration effort to cut Bayer’s payments under a federal settlement with the DOJ and the Environmental Protection Agency to resolve safety violations cited in a 2008 explosion at its plant in Institute. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksCivil JusticePollutionWater
Action Alert   March 31, 2017
More Ways to Take Action than You Can Shake a Stick At
Protect Our Water from ‘Cancer Creek’! Shared from our partners at the WV Environmental Council This week, both HB 2811 and HB 2506 (‘Cancer Creek’ bill) were passed by the West Virginia Legislature, and await the Governor’s signature. Both bills chip away at protections on our drinking water, placing industry over concerns for public health. […]More
Issues: Aboveground tanksCivil JusticeClean electionsPollutionSNAPWater
Newsletter   March 26, 2017
Capital Eye Update: Wins and Losses
Capital Eye Update: Wins and Losses Wins and Losses By Gary Zuckett This past week was a mixed bag of wins and losses. In the House, a broadband access bill was passed and Voter ID and automatic voter registration (AVR) averted a horrible fate. In the Senate, the tank bill passed, and the Cancer Creek […]More
Issues: Aboveground tanksBudget prioritiesCivil JusticeClean electionsDEPEnergyEnergy efficiencyHealthcarePollutionSNAPWater
Action Alert   March 22, 2017
Tell Lawmakers: Protect Consumers from Shady Car Dealers and Debt Collectors
Today, we’ve got a two-for-one special on actions you can take now to protect consumers in West Virginia! First, SB 556 and SB 563 are a pair of bills that would gut the West Virginia Consumer Credit Protection Act (WVCCPA) and allow predatory debt collectors to run wild. For the past two years, the WVCCPA […]More
Issues: Civil Justice
Action AlertNewsletter   March 20, 2017
Capital Eye: This Week: The AHCA vs ACA
Capital Eye Update: This Week – ACA vs AHCA ACA vs AHCA By Gary Zuckett This week national events competed with the drama at the state capitol. The Republican’s American Health Care Act (AHCA) was released as a proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA or ObamaCare) immediately it was attacked from both the […]More
Issues: Aboveground tanksBudget prioritiesCivil JusticeEnergyEnergy efficiencyHCANHealthcareInequalityKids and familiesPovertyWater
Newsletter   March 13, 2017
Capital Eye: What a Week!
What a week! by: Gary Zuckett By week’s end, the Senate had introduced 585 bills and the House 934 for a total of 1519. Assuming that a certain number are companions to ones in the other chamber, let’s say that makes over a thousand attempts to add to, change, or eliminate functions of our government. […]More
Issues: Aboveground tanksBudget prioritiesCivil JusticeClean electionsEnergyEnergy efficiencySNAPWater
Newsletter   February 24, 2017
Capital Eye: Frogs in February?
Another week of legislative session has come and gone! While things aren't so pretty in the Capitol, they sure are outside (thanks, global warming). Read up on what's been happening in our weekly Capital Eye update below.More
Issues: Budget prioritiesCivil JusticeEventFair taxationInequalityWater
Advocacy Letter Ciera Pennington September 21, 2016
182 Organizations from 35 States Call for Congressional Review of FERC
More than 180 organizations representing communities across America called on leaders in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and House Energy and Commerce Committee to hold congressional hearings into the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) extensive history of bias and abuse. The groups are also requesting reform of the Natural Gas Act, which the groups say, gives too much power to FERC and too little to state and local officials.More
Issues: Civil Justice
Action Alert Ciera Pennington June 22, 2016
Stop Payday Predators
The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently released proposed rules that, if strengthened, could rein in the worst abuses of payday and car-title lending. Thankfully West Virginia protects its citizens against abusive payday loans, but the CFPB still needs to hear from you.More
Issues: Civil JusticeDiscriminationInequalityPoverty
Citizen Action Group Blog Julie Archer April 22, 2016
Judicial Public Financing: Moving Away from Corruption in the Courtroom
Our state’s judicial public financing system has given voters the ability to choose a judiciary that is truly independent because publicly financed candidates don’t have to rely on support from lawyers and special interest contributors who frequently have cases before the court.More
Issues: Civil JusticeClean elections
Action Alert Ciera Pennington April 7, 2016
Capital Eye: It’s all over…except for finding the money
Saturday, March 12th was the last day of the 2016 regular legislative session. The governor is still working his way through bills passed the last week, deciding what he will sign into law or veto. Catch up on what happened the last week of session and since and see where you can still take action!More
Issues: Aboveground tanksBudget prioritiesCivil JusticeClean electionsDiscriminationEnergy efficiencyEventOur children our futureRight to workWater
Action Alert Ciera Pennington March 31, 2016
Add your name; urge the CFPB to issue a strong payday lending rule!
West Virginia has a proud history of keeping predatory payday lenders out of our state. This spring the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP) will issue a rule to regulate the payday lending industry. Payday lenders are aggressively lobbying the CFPB and Congress to weaken and delay the rule. More
Issues: Civil Justice
Newsletter Ciera Pennington February 22, 2016
Capital Eye: Unintended Consequences
We hope you enjoyed your warm weekend! Now, start off your Monday right (or should we say 'left'?) with an update on what's been happening at our state Capitol. Don't forget to click the bold links to take action!More
Issues: Budget prioritiesCivil JusticeEnergy efficiencyFrackingHealthcare
Newsletter Ciera Pennington February 15, 2016
Capital Eye: Midway to…?
We hope your Valentine's Day weekend was full of lots of flowers and chocolate! Today, whether you're stuck inside with the kids on a snow day or hard at work, we hope you'll fill some time with reading this update and taking action. We've reached the midway point of the 2016 legislative session; now is the time it's imperative you take action and let your voice be heard!More
Issues: Civil JusticeClean electionsDiscriminationEnergy efficiencyFair taxationFracking
Advocacy Letter Ciera Pennington February 8, 2016
Oppose H.R. 766 (Luetkemeyer)
We oppose H.R. 766 (Luetkemeyer) which will restrict efforts to protect consumers and banks from fraud, money-laundering, and other illegal activities.More
Issues: Civil Justice
Advocacy Letter Ciera Pennington December 17, 2015
Oppose HR 4018
We want to alert you to HR 4018 the so called Consumer Protection and Choice Act. The proposed bill to postpone the CFPB's payday rule and exempt states that enact bad consumer rules similar to those currently enacted in Florida. Florida's law has trapped consumers in interest rates that are typically 300% APR, and the average borrower still takes out seven loans per year. We are joined by more than 200 faith-based, consumer, labor, and community organizations across the country in opposing this damaging legislation.More
Issues: Civil Justice
Citizen Action Group Blog Julie Archer November 3, 2015
Fair Courts: Money, politics tipping scales of justice?
If you went to court tomorrow, would you ultimately get a fair and impartial decision? Or are the scales of justice tilted by special interests spending big and playing dirty in efforts to shape elected courts to their liking? A new national report underscores the troubling answer to these questions. Bankrolling the Bench: The New […]More
Issues: Civil JusticeClean electionsDiscrimination
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