Yesterday, the House of Delegates overwhelmingly passed the Campus Self-Defense Act (SB 10), despite opposition from students and educators across the state. It now heads to the Governor’s desk.
Please call Governor Justice preferably during business hours, or leave a message, at 304-558-2000, OR email him AT ANY HOUR at firstname.lastname@example.org with this message:
“PLEASE VETO SB 10, THE CAMPUS CARRY BILL. THE COLLEGES DON’T WANT IT, AND IT HAD NO FISCAL NOTE.”
The Governor will receive the bill either tonight or tomorrow. He has only 5 days to sign or veto, so please act now — the clock is ticking!
Sample call scripts for students from the Appalachian Advocacy Network at WVU can be found here. You can also use this handy tool from the Campain to Keep Guns Off Campus to send an email to the Governor.
It’s one call. Please ask family and friends to help. Thanks!
Today the West Virginia House Judiciary Committee resurrected a version of a “license to discriminate” bill that was defeated in 2016. HB 3042 is not about religious liberty- that is already enshrined in the Constitution. Plain and simple: the lawmakers pushing this want to use religion as a vehicle to discriminate against West Virginians.
The committee announced a public hearing on the bill for Friday, Feb. 24 at 4PM.
Passage of this bill could allow employers’ and universities’ religious and moral beliefs to override those of their employees and students. It could allow a landlord to evict someone for being LGBTQ+, or even a pharmacist could refuse to dispense birth control even though prescribed!
If you can’t make it to the public hearing, please contact your delegate and tell them to vote against HB 3042, the “license to discriminate” bill, or use this quick action link to send them an email. You can also submit written testimony here.