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WV Legislative Update: Delegate Brent Boggs - Minority House Finance Chairman

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The 9/11 anniversary that calls into remembrance the tragic terrorist attack in New York City, the Pentagon and plane crash in rural Pennsylvania is etched in our national memory.  However, we, as a nation, have been following violent and deadly storms in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean for nearly three weeks.  As I write on Sunday night, the concerns for the safety and well-being of those affected by the most recent hurricane are at the forefront.  As the damage reports will start to roll in this week, the monetary costs to citizens, insurance companies and state and federal government will certainly be reported in the multiple billions of dollars.  This, stacked on the devastating hurricane flooding last a couple weeks ago, and the amounts are staggering.  All this and we’re only half way through the hurricane season.

The real toll – the factor that cannot be calculated in monetary terms – will be in lives lost.  After that, the lasting effects on those that lost homes; the flooding and wind damage; lost income; utility disruptions that may last for days or weeks.  This storm necessitated the largest mass evacuation in the nation’s history.

One thing is certain:  despite the high technology, computer modeling, satellite imagery and every scientific and meteorological tool at our disposal, we have no control or certainty of where these storms will ultimately hit and the damage that will result.  I am thankful that first responders and law enforcement made the proactive decisions to evacuate residents from areas that were thought to be in danger.  Lives were saved as a result.

To conclude on a much different note, the Legislative interim schedule for September 17 – 20 is included from the Legislative Manager’s office. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Convene Adjourn Committee Location
01:00 PM 02:00 PM Legislative Oversight Committee on Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority House Gov. Org.
01:00 PM 02:00 PM Post Audits Subcommittee Senate Finance
02:00 PM 03:00 PM Commission on Special Investigations Senate Finance
02:00 PM 03:00 PM Select Committee on Infrastructure Senate Judiciary
03:00 PM 04:00 PM Joint Standing Committee on Education House Gov. Org.
03:00 PM 05:00 PM Joint Committee on Government Operations - JOINT MEETING House Chamber
03:00 PM 05:00 PM Joint Standing Committee on Government Organization - JOINT MEETING House Chamber
04:00 PM 06:00 PM Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability House Gov. Org.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Convene Adjourn Committee Location
08:00 AM 10:00 AM Joint Government Accountability, Transparency and Efficiency Committee Senate Judiciary
09:00 AM 10:00 AM Agriculture and Rural Development Senate Finance
10:00 AM 12:00 PM Joint Standing Committee on Finance House Chamber
10:00 AM 12:00 PM Joint Standing Committee on the Judiciary House Gov. Org.
12:00 PM 02:00 PM Joint Committee on Health House Chamber
12:00 PM 02:00 PM Joint Standing Committee on Energy House Gov. Org.
02:00 PM 03:00 PM Commerce Secretary Presentation House Chamber
03:00 PM 04:00 PM Joint Standing Committee on Education House Chamber
03:00 PM 05:00 PM Legislative Oversight Commission on Health and Human Resources Accountability House Gov. Org
05:00 PM 06:00 PM Commission on Interstate Cooperation Senate Finance


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Convene Adjourn Committee Location
08:00 AM 09:00 AM Joint Commission on Economic Development - JOINT MEETING House Gov. Org.
08:00 AM 09:00 AM Legislative Oversight Commission on Workforce Investment for Economic Development - JOINT MEETING House Gov. Org.
08:00 AM 09:00 AM Legislative Intern Committee Senate Finance
09:00 AM 10:00 AM Select Committee on Veterans’ Affairs House Gov. Org.
09:00 AM 11:00 AM Joint Legislative Oversight Commission on Dept of Transportation Accountability Senate Judiciary
10:00 AM 11:00 AM Joint Committee on Government Operations - JOINT MEETING House Chamber
10:00 AM 11:00 AM Joint Standing Committee on Government Organization - JOINT MEETING House Chamber
11:00 AM 12:00 PM Joint Committee on Children and Families House Finance
11:00 AM 12:00 PM Joint Committee on Government and Finance Senate Finance
12:00 PM 01:00 PM Joint Standing Committee on Pensions and Retirement Senate Finance
12:00 PM 01:00 PM Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Subcommittee Senate Judiciary
01:00 PM 03:00 PM Joint Committee on Volunteer Fire Departments & Emergency Medical Services House Gov. Org.
01:00 PM 03:00 PM Joint Committee on Natural Gas Development Senate Judiciary
03:00 PM 05:00 PM Select Committee on PEIA, Seniors and Long Term Care Senate Finance
03:00 PM 05:00 PM Joint Legislative Committee on Flooding Senate Judiciary


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Convene Adjourn Committee Location
09:00 AM 12:00 PM Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee Senate Judiciary


Please send your inquiries to the Capitol office:  Building 1, Room 258-M, Charleston, WV 25305.  My home number is 304.364.8411; the Capitol office number is 304.340.3142.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my legislative e-mail address is:

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at www.legis.state.wv.us/.  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at www.wv.gov. Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at twitter.com/wvlegislature.

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

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