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Newsletter   March 29, 2021
Capital Eye Vol. 14 No. 7: Week 8 of the 2021 Legislative Session
With two weeks to go in 2021 WV Legislative Session here's a look at what's happening under the dome and actions you can take. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesCivil JusticeDemocracyFair CourtsHealth CareKids and families
Newsletter article Julie Archer March 29, 2021
Courts and the Constitution
After quickly passing their house of origin and then clearing their first committee assignment in the other, two measures we oppose related to West Virginia courts slowed down. Now one has cleared another legislative hurdle, and the other is likely to be on the move again soon as we enter the final two weeks of the legislative session. Here’s a quick update and actions you can take to stop these power grabs and attempts to politicize the judiciary.  More
Issues: Budget prioritiesCivil JusticeDemocracyFair Courts
Action Alert Gary Zuckett March 5, 2021
Contact Your Legislators NOW! Tell them to Say NO to HB 2257
HB 2257 is a No Jobs/No Hope bill for those who have completed their drug offense sentences. Contact you House of Delegates member NOW to ask them to VOTE NO on HB 2257, a draconian bill that doubles down on the failed and costly war on drugs—and is up for final vote around noon. More
Issues: Civil JusticeCriminal JusticeDiscriminationFair CourtsFair taxationInequalityTaxes
Newsletter article   March 1, 2021
COVID Immunity Bill (SB 277) Lets Health Care Providers & Businesses Off the Hook for Reckless & Intentional Misconduct
As drafted, SB 277 will let health care providers and other businesses off the hook even when they have refused to follow proper protocols, safety requirements and other scientific recommendations to prevent the spread of the virus. More
Issues: Civil JusticeCovid-19Health CareHealthcare
Press Release Gary Zuckett September 29, 2020
PRESS RELEASE: WV Citizen Action Rejects President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee and Rushed Confirmation Before the Election
Long-time consumer advocate organization, WV Citizen Action Group (WV-CAG) went to bat for people who get coverage and consumer protections under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) today with an alert to the public about the negative consequences of President Trump’s efforts to appoint a new anti-ACA justice to the Supreme Court in the wake of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. More
Issues: ACACivil JusticeHealth CareHealthcare
Newsletter   April 8, 2020
Capital Eye Vol. 13 No. 9 – Spring 2020
In this Spring edition of the Capital Eye: Legislative Wrap Up & What's Next - Big Victories for Health Care for All WV Coalition - Attacks on the Courts Defeated; Reforms, Informed Voting in Judicial Elections Needed - Absentee Voting Available to All Due to Coronavirus Emergency - Coming Together, Building Grassroots Power - Awards Dinner Postponed but Not Our People First Agenda - 4 Things You Can Do During the Covid-19 Pandemic More
Issues: Budget prioritiesCivil JusticeCriminal JusticeEnergyFair CourtsHealthcareInequality
Action Alert   March 4, 2020
So close to the finish line…
With only days left in session, it's imperative our legislators hear from us fast and frequently. Here are a few updates on some of the bills we've been following this session and quick actions you can take today. More
Issues: Civil JusticeClean electionsFair CourtsHealthcareInequalityKids and families
Newsletter article Julie Archer February 29, 2020
Don’t Let Powerful Special Interests Have Their Way with Our Courts
On Thursday, WV Citizens for Clean Elections partners and allies spoke out against proposed legislation to create an intermediate court of appeals in a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. SB 275 will likely make it out of Judiciary today; messages to House Finance to are needed to stop it. More
Issues: Civil Justice
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   February 29, 2020
Capital Eye Vol. 13 No. 8: One Week to Go
Legislative committees will be meeting Saturday with one week left in the session. Several bills need our help to pass or expire. See below for critical actions needed now. Saturday calls or e-mails would be very helpful right now! More
Issues: Budget prioritiesCivil JusticeEnergyHealthcareInequalityKids and families
Newsletter article Julie Archer February 25, 2020
Fair Courts Update
There are only two weeks left in the 2020 legislative session and Wednesday is “crossover” day, the last day for bills to be considered in the house of origin. Once this critical deadline passes many of the bills we’ve been watching will be dead. While it is disappointing that bills that advance the goals of the Pro-Democracy didn’t progress, it’s not unusual for the Legislature to forgo consideration of election bills in an election year. On the bright side, crossover day also puts a halt on a number of bad bills that would undermine the independence of the judiciary. More
Issues: Civil JusticeClean elections
Newsletter   February 25, 2020
Capital Eye Vol. 13 No. 7: 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 prioritiesCivil JusticeClean electionsDiscriminationHealthcareInequalityKids and families
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
Newsletter   February 11, 2020
Capital Eye Vol. 13 No. 5: Hump Week – Halfway Over, Session Speeds Up
Last week we hit day 30 of the 60 calendar day session. 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. Crossover Day, when these bills must move out of their house of origin or die, is a little over two weeks away - February 26th. The 11th is the last day to introduce bills in the House, and the 17th is the deadline for the Senate. More
Issues: Civil JusticeDiscriminationEnergyEventHealthcareKids and familiesWater
Newsletter article Julie Archer January 28, 2020
Criminal Justice Reform Has Positive Momentum
Criminal justice reform is one of the few issues that enjoys bipartisan support among legislators. As the 2020 session got underway, key legislative leaders indicated parole and other reforms would be a priority as a way to reduce prison overcrowding, save the state money, and help with the state’s workforce participation rate, in addition to giving those who have been incarcerated a second chance. More
Issues: Civil JusticeDiscriminationInequality
Newsletter article Julie Archer January 28, 2020
Our Voice, Our Votes, Our Courts: What We Could Gain & What’s at Stake
Several bills that advance the goals of the Pro-Democracy, Anti-Corruption Platform have been introduced and the list keeps growing. In addition to bills that are part of the platform we are also monitoring other legislative proposals related to our courts. Here’s a glimpse at some of these bills, what we have to gain if some reforms are passed, and what’s at stake if others advance. More
Issues: Civil JusticeClean elections
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   January 28, 2020
Capital Eye Vol. 13 No. 3: Courts & Coal at the Capitol
Welcome back to Week 3! We know you have a life and can't track everything that happens during legislative session, so let us help. Read this week's update articles to see what's been happening since we touched base last week. Happy reading! More
Issues: Civil JusticeClean electionsDiscriminationHealthcareKids and familiesWater
Advocacy Letter   January 25, 2020
WV Criminal Justice Reform Coalition Urges Legislators to Support Comprehensive Reform Package
A broad coalition representing tens of thousands of West Virginians sent a letter to members of the WV Legislature urging them to support a comprehensive criminal justice reform package this session. More
Issues: Civil JusticeDiscriminationInequality
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