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Newsletter   March 16, 2018
Capital Eye Vol. 11 No. 9 – 2018 Legislative Wrap-Up
The 2018 legislative session is FINALLY over, and this is our wrap-up edition of the Capital Eye. Of the 1,778 bills introduced, 260 made it through the sausage grinder to the other end. They all will be signed, ignored by the governor (and become law without his signature), or vetoed. We’re asking him to veto two of them (we’d prefer he veto scores but that’s not going to happen), so read on for why, and make your calls if so moved. A big THANK YOU to all who came to the Capitol, sent emails, and/or made calls on important legislation, and sent in donations of support. As we pivot to federal issues and work to make sure that voters ‘Remember in November’ we hope you can join us for one or more upcoming events. More
Issues: Clean electionsHealthcareKids and familiesPollutionPovertyWaterWorkers
Newsletter article   March 16, 2018
Water Policy Update
Several bad bills that would have been harmful to water quality and the environment, died this legislative session thanks to the efforts of our friends at the WV Rivers Coalition (WVRC) and the WV Environmental Council (WVEC). Two bills passed that our allies were able to secure improvements to. Read more here, then check out the legislative wrap-ups from WVRC and WVEC. More
Issues: PollutionWater
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett February 13, 2018
Week 5: Halfway
We are now halfway through the 2018 legislative session. Soon cut-off days will be reached when bills can no longer be introduced (thankfully) and then ‘crossover day’ when bills have to be voted out of their house of origin or die. As these kick-in, its full speed ahead into the maelstrom of late evening committee meetings, early morning public hearings, and longer and longer floor sessions. One thing that helps us get through this is YOU! In this article: We Won't Blink; Abortion Amendment Passes Senate; Teachers' Pay; Paycheck Deception; Correctional Officers' Pay Bump?; All Things Environmental More
Issues: HealthcareInequalityLiving wagePollutionWaterWorkers
Newsletter   February 13, 2018
Capital Eye Vol. 11 No. 5
We are now halfway through the 2018 legislative session. We started off last week with FirstEnergy filing a notice with the Public Service Commission that it will stop fighting to transfer ownership of the Pleasants Power Plant to its West Virginia utilities. This is a major win for the 530,000 Mon Power and Potomac Edison consumers in West Virginia! Learn more about this victory and what's happening at the Capitol on redistricting, "co-tenancy," and more in this week's Capital Eye.  More
Issues: Clean electionsEnergyEnergy efficiencyFrackingHealthcareInequalityPollutionWaterWorkers
Newsletter   February 4, 2018
Capital Eye Vol. 11 No. 4
Week Four of the 2018 legislative session was a wild week, with President Trump and the GOP at the Greenbrier (we visited, too!), and teachers rallying at the Capitol for better pay and fixes for PEIA. During Week Five, several bills pending in the House Judiciary Committee are or are likely to be the subject of public hearings. Keep reading for details and actions you can take. We also hope you can join us for All Kinds are Welcome Here Civil Liberties Lobby Day on Thursday, February 8 and other events at the Capitol this week. And please take advantage of the upcoming Your Voice WV: Citizen Lobbyist trainings if one is planned for your area. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesCivil JusticeEnergyFrackingHealthcareInequalityMedicarePollutionSNAPWaterWorkers
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett February 4, 2018
Wild Week Four
In this article: Trump Visits GOP at Greenbrier - We Visited Too; War on Unions Continues; Teachers Rally at Capitol; Free Community College Passes Senate; Intermediate Court of Appeals, Judicial Budget Amendment Clear First Hurdles; Department of Education and the Arts on Chopping Block; DHHR Reorganization Update; What's SNAPpening?; Making it Legal to Noodle Catfish?; Minister Protection Bill is all Fluff; Charleston Gazette-Mail Files for Bankruptcy; Water Crisis Settlement Nears Final Approval; FirstEnergy's Attempt at WV Bailout Continues; and Join In! More
Issues: Civil JusticeEducationEnergyHealthcareInequalityKids and familiesMedicarePovertySNAPWaterWorkers
Newsletter   January 16, 2018
Capital Eye Vol. 11 No. 1
We began this week celebrating and honoring Dr. Martin Luther King , Jr. with a day dedicated to public service and a time for reflection on issues of justice, equality, and moral leadership. May Dr. King's legacy inspire us to continue the fight for a more fair and equal nation and state, and a brighter future for all. The 2018 legislative session will provide many opportunities to come together to fight for justice and equality. Keep reading for an overview of the State of the State and a preview of what to expect in the days ahead. More
Issues: Clean electionsDiscriminationEnergyHealthcarePovertyWater
MCHM tanks
Newsletter article   January 15, 2018
State of the State
On Wednesday evening, Governor Justice laid out his vision for the 2018 legislative session and beyond in his second State of the State address. Last week also marked the anniversary of the 2014 water crisis. Read an overview of the address and happenings during the first week of the session here and get a preview of what to expect during the days ahead. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesEnergyEnergy efficiencyHealthcareSNAPWater
Newsletter article   January 15, 2018
The Hillbilly Poet: Crying Like a Baby & Other Poems
"A liar tells stories to deceive people. A story teller tells lies to make people laugh." - the Hillbilly Poet More
Issues: EnergyHealthcareInequalityWater
MCHM tanks
Advocacy Letter   January 12, 2018
Letter Requesting the Legislature Consider Recommendations of the Public Water System Supply Study Commission
Following the water crisis of 2014, the Legislature established the Public Water System Supply Study Commission to provide annual recommendations to protect the state’s drinking water supplies. WV CAG joined allies in urging the Legislature to give the Commission's 2017 report and its recommendations ample consideration in the interest of advancing public policy protective of public health.  More
Issues: Aboveground tanksEnergyMCHMPollutionWater
Action Alert   January 5, 2018
Documentary Film Screening Marks Anniversary of 2014 Water Crisis
To mark the fourth anniversary of the water crisis, the WV International Film Festival (WVIFF) is hosting a work in-progress preview of a new film with an important connection to our community. Still Life, is a feature documentary about the chemical spill of 2014, the urban crises it caused, and the foundation of chronic environmental devastation within which it occurred. Click here for showtimes and more information. This is also a reminder that those affected by the water crisis are eligible to file claims as part of the proposed class action settlement of lawsuits filed in response to the chemical spill. More info. here. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksCivil JusticeEnergyMCHMWater
Newsletter article   November 25, 2017
Suicide of Environmentalist and Other Poems
by the Hillbilly Poet "I ponder on small thoughts how they trouble big people. I am a spectator in the game of life." More
Issues: DiscriminationInequalityPollutionPovertyWater
Newsletter   November 25, 2017
Capital Eye: Fall 2017 Vol. 10 No. 12
We may not have been able to stop Trump from taking office, but we can and will continue to fight back against his disastrous policies and executive orders. With your support, WV Citizen Action is ready to keep the pressure on Trump, as well as federal and state lawmakers supporting his agenda. Click here for actions you can take now to push back against efforts to repeal the Clean Power Plan, and giving massive, unnecessary tax cuts to billionaires that will force cuts in health care, education and other vital programs. Our fight isn’t just in Washington. We've also included actions you can take to protect West Virginia consumers and energy efficiency programs at the PSC. More
Issues: Clean electionsDiscriminationEnergyEnergy efficiencyFair taxationHealthcareInequalityPollutionPovertyWater
Advocacy Letter   October 25, 2017
Letter to Governor Justice Regarding DEP Review of Water Quality Effects of Proposed Pipelines
WV CAG is one of twenty citizen groups urging Gov. Jim Justice to ensure that the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection performs a complete review of the water quality effects of the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline and Atlantic Coast Pipeline. More
Issues: EnergyFrackingWater
Advocacy Letter   October 16, 2017
EPA Funding Letter to Senators Capito and Manchin
WV CAG joined other West Virginia organizations in urging our Senators to support the continuation of the 2017 appropriations for key EPA programs that help West Virginia’s rivers and streams. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesWater
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
Advocacy Letter   October 10, 2017
Public Comment on WVDEP Rules with Federal Counterparts
We joined West Virginia Rivers Coalition and other organizations in submitting comments on the WVDEP's review of its rules with federal counterparts. More
Issues: EnergyPollutionWater
Action Alert   May 25, 2017
Potholes, A Budget for the People, and Grassroots Gatherings
The Memorial Day weekend is almost here, and it’s time to honor the sacrifice of our fallen, get together with family, and enjoy community activities. With that in mind, we wanted to give you all an update before we’re all busy with the long weekend. First up, we’ve got a unique request for you. Potholes […] More
Issues: Budget prioritiesHealthcareInequalityTransaportationWater
Advocacy Letter   May 11, 2017
Antero Landfill NPDES Comments
WV-CAG joined more than a dozen organizations in submitting comments on the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit covering stormwater discharges from the Antero Landfill facility which will be used to dispose of the salt generated at its adjacent water treatment facility. More
Issues: FrackingPollutionWater
Action Alert   April 28, 2017
Climate Marches TOMORROW, a Rally to Protect WV’s Budget Next Thursday
Happy Friday! We want to remind you that tomorrow, April 29th, The People’s Climate March and its sister marches all across the country are happening! We have two rally and march events planned for our area, and for our friends in the eastern panhandle, the main event is just a couple hours away. And next […] More
Issues: Budget prioritiesDEPEnergyEnergy efficiencyEventKids and familiesOur children our futurePollutionPovertySustainabilityWater
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