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From the desk of Delegate Josh Barker



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The halfway mark of the 60-day legislative session is quickly approaching. We have been passing legislation out of the House that I’m certain will help to improve the state; however, there is still much work to be done. I look forward to the second half of session when we often see more legislation moving and more substantial progress being made for West Virginia.


The Mountain State has been experiencing unusually cold weather recently and more snowfall then we normally get in the southern part of the state. I want to personally recognize and thank the Department of Highways for their tireless efforts in recent weeks to keep roads clean and safe for drivers. It is no easy task, as I know first-hand. I worked with the Department of Highways for 8 years and I know the dedication and strong work ethic those men and women display every day. If you have a friend or family member who works with the Department of Highways, please take time to recognize their efforts.


The House passed nine bills last week and sent them to the Senate for consideration. One of these bills, House Bill 4002, which I cosponsored, , would repeal recently effective requirements that penalize a county school board by reducing its state aid and increasing its annual amount of local share for public school support purposes where, during the prior year, the real property assessments in that county were not at least fifty-four percent of market value.


Additionally, House Bill 2966 was passed out of the House last week. This bill would protect the privacy of personal electronic data for employees and applicants for employment, and would authorize employers to investigate to ensure compliance with protections of certain business information.


I look forward to the days ahead here at the Capitol and will continue to work to ensure a bright future for West Virginia. If you have any questions or concerns for me, please don’t hesitate to contact me. My Capitol phone number is 304-340-3152 and my e-mail address is joshua.barker@wvhouse.gov.

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