Coal Valley News- RSS OPINION Feed http://coalvalleynews.com/section/OPINION http://coalvalleynews.com/section/OPINION Tue, 3 Mar 2015 10:28:52 EST 1800 Improving mental health care for West Virginia veterans http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/151675090/Improving-mental-health-care-for-West-Virginia-veterans As a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and as a proud defender of West Virginia's nearly 168,000 brave veterans, I am so pleased that this week Congress passed critical veteran health care legislation – The Clay Hunt Suicide... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:40:35 EST Tackling drug abuse in our communities http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/151525739/Tackling-drug-abuse-in-our-communities Substance abuse is a heartbreaking problem facing families across West Virginia each and every day. With the help of the Governor's Advisory Council on Substance Abuse, we've taken bold action to stop the production of meth and increase... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:35:35 EST Very busy at the state House http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/151618400/Very-busy-at-the-state-House The past few weeks have been very busy at the House, with most days having multiple floor sessions with long hours. Several excellent pieces of legislation have now passed the house and I am very honored to have helped these along. Most noteworthy was... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:50:31 EST Bills are moving at the Capitol http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/151613496/Bills-are-moving-at-the-Capitol This week we passed the 1/3rd mark of the 60 day Session. Some of the work that we are having to do now is reviewing the Committee Rules for the Legislation that was passed last year. It requires quite a bit of reading and comparisons of old rules... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:30:36 EST Hard work continues http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/151488984/Hard-work-continues Though we have reached the halfway point here in Charleston, the hard work continues. The past week has proven to be a busy one as many important bills have passed through the Senate and the House. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:50:33 EST Past the halfway point http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/151441020/Past-the-halfway-point Our work in Charleston continues as we move past the halfway point of the session. The session began five weeks ago this Wednesday. Only a few more weeks remain before our session ends. We will work hard to maximize our time and do our best to serve... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:45:33 EST At the Capitol last week http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/151427967/At-the-Capitol-last-week Work on legislation to repeal the 2009 Alternative Energy Portfolio Act dominated the first full week of the 2015 regular session of the Legislature, with the Senate and House of Delegates each passing versions of the repeal bill. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:45:31 EST West Virginia’s economic growth outlook not good http://coalvalleynews.com/news/opinion/151093841/West-Virginias-economic-growth-outlook-not-good CHARLESTON - West Virginians aren't getting any younger. Neither is the state's overall population. That's not good news for a state that lags in economic growth. Tue, 6 Jan 2015 12:07:01 EST