Governor Tomblin and House Speaker Thompson celebrated mine safety legislation recently passed and signed by Tomblin. The legislation is in response to the Upper Big Branch disaster in Raleigh County that killed 29 miners in April, 2010. Read the rest of this entry
The WV House and Senate have met in the middle and compromised on the texting and driving bill. It will now be a primary offense if your caught texting and driving and a secondary offense for talking on your phone while driving.
“Give them the first year to get accustomed to the law. They’ll have to get a wired headset or get a blue tooth or some other means of using the phone instead of having one up to the ear,” said WV Senator Orphy Klempa. Read the rest of this entry
WV General tax revenues fell short of their mark by $42 million in November, its worst in almost two years. Income tax refunds accounted for much of the shortcoming according to Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow. He claimed that both individuals and corporations overpaid last year due to uncertainty about 2010 federal taxes. These refunds supposedly accounted for $33 million of the shortcomings.
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Rep. Nick Rahall sees an “epidemic” looming over Southern West Virginia. He is currently seeking to introduce a bill known as the Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act which is hopes to enhance monitoring for painkillers and a practice known as “doctor shopping”, where patients seek out multiple doctors to write them prescriptions for painkillers and then sell them for profit. Read the rest of this entry