It seems that there are never enough hours in the day. Just as quickly as this session has begun, it is also coming to an end.
It is hard to believe that we are almost at the half-way point of this session. So far this session there have been 1,034 bills introduced in the House and 14 have been passed on to the Senate for its review. The highlight of the week was the governors signing of the School Calendar Bill. The bill marks the first legislation signed into law this session.
One of the bills passed through the House this week was House Bill 4309. This bill authorizes the construction of a state-of-the-art regional wastewater treatment plant to be built in Moorefield. Also passed this week was House Bill 4018 and House Bill 2561. House Bill 4018 would make it illegal to possess salvia divinorum when intended for human consumption. House Bill 2561 would provide applicants for a farm use exemption certificate not to be required to appear before any assessor for renewal.
This week I was happy to be part of several bills that were introduced. One bill I am particularly happy to be sponsoring is House Bill 4343. This bill is designed to increase awareness and understanding of labor history. Additionally, it raises awareness of the contributions made by workers to the state, nation and world by designating the week following Labor Day as Labor History Week. The bill calls for educators in the state to provide instruction on labor history including West Virginia labor history.
I will also be sponsoring House Bill 4211. If passed, this bill would allow county boards of education to supplement programs that are required for students with limited English proficiency and learning English as a second language. The purpose is to supplement a program when the cost of the program exceeds the capacity of a county board to provide the program with the funds that are available to them.
In closing, these are just a couple of the bills that I am currently working on. Some of these issues will require hard work and determination but, as John F. Kennedy once said, "Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings."
If you would like to follow the progress of any of the bills this session and the daily action of the Legislature, visit the 79th Legislature on the Web at www.legis.state.wv.us/.
Additionally, streaming audio of all committee meetings and floor sessions can be heard by following the links on the Legislature's home page.
As always, I open my door to questions, comments and concerns from the people in the 46th District. You can reach me by calling 304-340-3146, by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or at my office address at Room 204E, Building 1 State Capitol Complex Charleston, W.Va. 25305.
(Editor's note: Shaver represents the 46th District, comprised of Tucker and Preston counties, in the West Virginia House of Delegates.)