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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 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 Savanna Lyons February 25, 2020
Support HB 4543 for Affordable, Life Saving Insulin!
The WV legislature is considering a bipartisan bill, HB 4543, that would cap copays for life-saving insulin at $25 for a 30-day supply. Currently, the cost of insurance co-payments for insulin can exceed $600 per month. The average price of insulin nearly tripled between 2002 and 2013, and has continued to rise. As many as 1 in 4 diabetics, including many with insurance, have started rationing their insulin because of the higher prices. Rationing insulin can result in strokes, comas or even death. More
Issues: Healthcare
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   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 Savanna Lyons February 11, 2020
Support HB 4543 for Affordable, Life Saving Insulin
Tell legislators its time to save West Virginians from price-gouging on insulin! The WV legislature is considering a bipartisan bill, HB 4543, that would cap copays for life-saving insulin at $25 for a 30-day supply. Currently, the cost of insurance co-payments for insulin can exceed $600 per month. The average price of insulin nearly tripled between 2002 and 2013, and has continued to rise. More
Issues: Healthcare
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
Action Alert   February 7, 2020
Act now to support insulin caps & your right to protest!
The West Virginia Legislature is considering a bipartisan bill, HB 4543, that would cap copays for life-saving insulin at $25 for a 30-day supply. Currently, the cost of insurance co-payments for insulin can exceed $600 per month. The average price of insulin nearly tripled between 2002 and 2013, and has continued to rise. As many as 1 in 4 diabetics, including many with insurance, have started rationing their insulin because of the higher prices. Rationing insulin can result in strokes, comas or even death. More
Issues: Civil LibertiesEventHealthcare
Newsletter article Savanna Lyons February 4, 2020
CALL TO ACTION: STAND UP TO BIG PHARMA, SUPPORT AFFORDABLE INSULIN
Every death caused by too-high insulin costs is a death too many. It’s time to choose PEOPLE over drug company PROFIT. For months we've been supporting the WV Team for Insulin Affordability on HB 4543, a great bipartisan bill that would cap insulin co-pays at $25. It would save hundreds or thousands of dollars per year for Type I Diabetics who depend on life-saving insulin. But on Monday, when the bill went to House Banking and Insurance, the pharmaceutical lobby came out in force. More
Issues: Healthcare
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   February 4, 2020
Capital Eye Vol. 13 No. 4: Insulin, Environment, & Healthcare
Welcome back to Week 4! We know you have a life and can't track everything that happens during legislative session, so let us help. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesEnergyEventHealthcareKids and familiesPollutionWater
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
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   January 21, 2020
Capital Eye Vol. 13 No. 2: Insulin, Guns, & Democracy
Welcome back to Week 2! Read our latest update articles here to see what's been happening since we touched base last Wednesday. Happy reading! More
Issues: Clean electionsEventHealthcareInequalityWaterWorkers
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   January 13, 2020
Capital Eye Vol. 13 No. 1: 2020 Session Kicks off with a State of the State Yawn
New year, new legislative session. We know you have a life and can't track everything that happens during legislative session, so let us help. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesClean electionsEventHealthcareWater
Action Alert   December 21, 2019
Power to the People: TWO Grassroots Trainings Coming in 2020!
We're excited to announce TWO days of powerful training, networking and campaign strategy planning in February 2020, hosted by a coalition of state and local organizations in WV. These events are especially for people involved in local grassroots groups and local campaigns, or people who want to be. But all are welcome! Scholarships are available. Learn more below, and register for either or both event days here. More
Issues: Climate JusticeDemocracyElectionsEnvironmentEventHealthcareTraining
Newsletter   October 31, 2019
Capital Eye Vol. 12 No. 10 – Fall 2019
In this edition of the Capital Eye: Building power through the WV Citizen Action Network; Restoring the Voting Rights Act to halt voter suppression; #CountMeInWV strives to count everyone; Getting ready for 2020 - the year of the unlikely voter; Call to action for pro-voter reforms and diversity on the bench; Our Healthcare for All Platform; Be #WVProDemocracy; and more. More
Issues: Clean electionsDiscriminationHealthcareInequalityMedicare
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