Legislative Update – by – Delegate Brent Boggs - House Majority Leader - 09.03.12
While Labor Day weekend may be considered a holiday weekend, I spent most of it like many Americans. Working. The railroad rarely curtails operations and last weekend was no exception. However, I was able to attend a great event at Sand Fork last Friday evening to dedicate the veterans’ memorial on the grounds of the municipal building. A great crowd of folks of all ages came out to honor our veterans with the evening topped off by an impressive fireworks display for the entire town and visitors to enjoy. I want to thank Mayor Tomblin, the council members and everyone that attended for a very special evening.
Likewise, Jean and I hoped to spend Saturday evening at the Cedarville community festival, but work kept us from attending. I can’t tell you how proud I am of both these great communities and their residents for keeping the community spirit alive and well. Little Birch, Flatwoods, Frametown, Rosedale, along with Sutton, Gassaway, Burnsville and Glenville work diligently each year to provide fun and entertainment for central West Virginia residents. I am pleased that funding from the Legislature helps make these annual events possible, including the major funding for the Braxton County Fair and Gilmer County Farm Show.
Interim meetings are set for September 10 -12 at the Capital. The full schedule is as follows:
Monday, September 10, 2012
|09:00 AM||10:00 AM||Finance Subcommittee A||House Finance|
|09:00 AM||10:00 AM||Legislative Oversight Committee on Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority||Senate Finance|
|10:00 AM||11:00 AM||Government Organization Subcommittee C||House Gov. Org.|
|10:00 AM||12:00 PM||Education Subcommittee C - Judicial Issues||House Judiciary|
|11:00 AM||12:00 PM||Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee||Senate Judiciary|
|12:00 PM||01:00 PM||Equal Pay Commission||House Finance|
|01:00 PM||02:00 PM||Commission on Special Investigations||Senate Finance|
|01:00 PM||02:00 PM||Education Subcommittee A - Student Wellness||House Judiciary|
|01:00 PM||02:00 PM||Forest Management Review Commission||House Gov. Org.|
|02:00 PM||03:00 PM||Agriculture and Agri-business Committee||House Gov. Org.|
|02:00 PM||03:00 PM||Joint Committee on Health Subcommittee B||House Finance|
|03:00 PM||04:00 PM||Finance Subcommittee B||Senate Finance|
|03:00 PM||05:00 PM||Judiciary Subcommittee C||Senate Judiciary|
|05:00 PM||07:00 PM||Legislative Oversight Commission on Workforce Investment for Economic Development - JOINT MEETING||Senate Judiciary|
|05:00 PM||07:00 PM||Select Committee on Minority Issues - JOINT MEETING||Senate Judiciary|
|06:00 PM||07:00 PM||Select Committee on Children, Juveniles and Other Issues||House Finance|
|07:00 PM||08:00 PM||Joint Standing Committee on Pensions and Retirement||House Judiciary|
|07:00 PM||09:00 PM||Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability||Senate Finance|
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
|09:00 AM||10:00 AM||Joint Committee on Health Subcommittee A||House Gov. Org.|
|09:00 AM||10:00 AM||Select Committee on Veterans’ Affairs||Senate Judiciary|
|09:00 AM||01:00 PM||Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Subcommittee - APPLE GROVE HATCHERY TOUR||MEETING & VISITATION|
|10:00 AM||11:00 AM||Employee Suggestion Award Board - Joint Committee Conference Room||W-330|
|10:00 AM||11:00 AM||Joint Commission on Economic Development||House Gov. Org.|
|11:00 AM||01:00 PM||Judiciary Subcommittee B||House Judiciary|
|11:00 AM||01:00 PM||Legislative Oversight Commission on Health and Human Resources Accountability||House Gov. Org.|
|12:00 PM||04:00 PM||Finance Subcommittee C - BOY SCOUTS CAMP TOUR||MEETING & VISITATION|
|01:00 PM||02:00 PM||Post Audits Subcommittee||Senate Finance|
|01:00 PM||03:00 PM||Judiciary Subcommittee A||Senate Judiciary|
|01:00 PM||03:00 PM||Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability||House Judiciary|
|02:00 PM||03:00 PM||Select Committee on PEIA, Seniors and Long Term Care||Senate Finance|
|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|
|05:00 PM||06:00 PM||Commission on Interstate Cooperation||Senate Finance|
|05:00 PM||06:00 PM||Joint Legislative Oversight Commission on State Water Resources||Senate Judiciary|
|05:00 PM||06:00 PM||Legislative Intern Committee||House Finance|
|06:00 PM||07:00 PM||Education Subcommittee B - Education Audit & Fiscal Issues||House Judiciary|
|06:00 PM||07:00 PM||Select Committee on Infrastructure||Senate Judiciary|
|06:00 PM||08:00 PM||Government Organization Subcommittee A||House Gov. Org.|
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
|09:00 AM||10:00 AM||Joint Standing Committee on the Judiciary||House Chamber|
|10:00 AM||11:00 AM||Joint Committee on Health||House Chamber|
|11:00 AM||12:00 PM||Joint Standing Committee on Education||House Chamber|
|12:00 PM||01:00 PM||Joint Standing Committee on Finance||House Chamber|
|01:00 PM||02:00 PM||Government Organization Subcommittee B||House Gov. Org.|
|01:00 PM||02:00 PM||Joint Committee on Government and Finance||Senate Finance|
|02:00 PM||04:00 PM||Select Committee on Outcomes-Based Funding Models in Higher Education||House Judiciary|
Finally this week, In the August 16, 2012 Glenville Democrat Pathfinder editorial, it was stated that I was working on a House bill to change the current law to create an inter-county governance board for the newly proposed school at Linn that will be comprised of students from Gilmer and Lewis Counties. While I have been approached regarding this issue, I have not committed to proposing legislation to create this governing board.
The decision to create this inter-county school has been made by the county and state board of education; it was not made by the Legislature. Therefore, I want to ensure that Gilmer County parents, students and other residents have an equal say in how the school is governed. I want to hear from Gilmer County residents regarding their thoughts on this issue before I move forward or commit to proposing legislation to make any changes. I welcome any thoughts and suggestions on the structure of the governing board for this new school. You may reach my office at 304.340.3220 or email me at “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
How to Contact
Please send address your inquiries to the Capitol Office at: Building 1, Room 226-M, Charleston, WV 25305. Or, call the Capitol office at 304.340.3220 or my Assistant to the Majority Leader, Mr. Tom Bennett at 304.340.3262 or fax to 304.340.3213. If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.
For those with Internet access, my e-mail address is “Boggs34@aol.com”. You also may obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and other information from the Legislature’s web site at www.legis.state.wv.us/. If you write or leave a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and state government phone directory may be found at www.wv.gov and on the Facebook site of the West Virginia Legislature.
Remember to thank a veteran for their service to our nation and 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.