By: From the desk of West Virginia Senator Ron Stollings (D-Boone)
April 16, 2013
The 1st session of the 81st legislature has officially come to an end. It has been a productive and successful 60 days. Not everyone can have his or her way, because, after all, the legislature operates on the “majority rules” system. However, many bills have passed; including, Senate Bill 108. It has passed both chambers and is now awaiting the Governor’s signature. This bill creates the Unintentional Pharmaceutical Drug Overdose Fatality Review Team. It is no news to us that overdosing has become a serious problem in West Virginia, and this program would hopefully prevent the problem. It is nice to have these resources available to those seeking guidance to better their lives.
House Bill 2108 passed from both chambers as well. This bill will make failure of wearing a seatbelt a primary offense. The law would apply to the driver, the passenger, and anyone else in the car that is under the age of 18. Anyone caught violating the law will be fined $25. Failure of wearing a seatbelt used to be regarded as a secondary offense in West Virginia.
House Bill 2738 would require the Center on Nursing to use two thirds of its funds on loan and scholarship programs and requires the center to report to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Health and Human Resources Accountability (LOCHHRA) instead of the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.
Several resolutions were adopted this week in the Senate. One of which was Senate Concurrent Resolution 65. This resolution would designate West Virginia as a Purple Heart State. Veterans of West Virginia have paid the high price of freedom by leaving their families and communities and placing themselves in harm’s way for the good of all. We are honoring them and their services by officially making our great state a Purple Heart State.
Another resolution that was adopted was Senate Concurrent Resolution 51, which would study the needs, challenges, and issues facing our senior citizens when it comes to personal care services. It is important that we make sure our senior citizens receive the proper care.
I look forward to giving my constituents a more complete wrap-up in the next 1-3 weeks.
If you should have any questions or comments regarding any issues or on any other pieces of legislation when they come before the Legislature, feel free to contact me here at my Charleston office. My address to write me is Senator Ron Stollings, Building 1, Room 439M, State Capitol, Charleston, WV 25305. To call me please call (304) 357-7939 or call Toll free at 1-877-565-3447 and ask to be transferred. I encourage all my constituents to remain active and become part of the legislative process.