Last updated: February 25. 2014 8:48AM - 740 Views
From the desk of state Delegate Josh Barker

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We have reached the final two weeks of the 2014 Legislative Session here at the Capitol and I am pleased to report some major strides being made toward improving the state of West Virginia. Next Wednesday marks Crossover Day at the Legislature which is the last day to pass bills out of their chamber of origin. It is sure to be a busy couple of weeks as we work to conclude the 60-day session.

The Legislature recognized Veterans’ Visibility Day this past week and was honored to have some distinguished veterans visiting the Capitol including Medal of Honor recipient Woody Williams. It is always a pleasure to get to talk with some of our active and retired military members.

Additionally, House Bill 2895 passed through the House this week. This bill would require the POW/MIA flag to be displayed at county courthouses. Currently, our state only requires the United States flag and the West Virginia flag to be displayed at county courthouses. This bill extends respect and recognition to those serving in our military who are prisoners of war or missing in action. I am proud to see this bill pass through the House and I am hopeful that it will complete legislation before the conclusion of this session.

The House also passed House Bill 2165 this week, which requires the county clerk to issue up to five death certificates to certain relatives of a deceased veteran at no charge.

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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