After the recent meeting of the Berkeley County Council with West Virginia state legislators from Berkeley County, wherein the Council proposed that legislation be enacted to allow automated speed cameras in West Virginia, the follow information was shared with me by a concerned citizen:
There are myriad problems with speed cameras and speed camera companies, which include...
• The right to face our accusers in court and cross examine witnesses is guaranteed by our Constitution's Bill of Rights. Speed cameras deny us this right because the accuser is a machine.
• Speed cameras are NOT operated by sworn police officers. Instead, this is outsourced to a private company. For example, under Montgomery County Maryland's camera program, their contractor receives a $16.25 per ticket commission from these cameras, despite the fact that this violates a provision of state law intended to forbid paying contractors based on the number of citations issued or paid. Essentially the contractor who generates the evidence used in court cases gets paid only if the defendant is found guilty, a clear conflict of interest.
• Speed cameras are a form of mass surveillance over ordinary drivers. The government is forbidden from engaging in sweeping surveillance systems without warrants to look for offenders of crimes. Only DRIVERS, rather than career criminals, would considered bad enough in this legislative proposal, to justify such a system. It is possible that the cameras, or the data they collect, could one day be used for purposes other than speed enforcement.
• The lack of human oversight means that no one person will be held accountable if there are widespread errors or misconduct by officials.
• These cameras are about REVENUE. Some local governments see them as a way to make big money off of passing motorists who do not know the camera locations the way local drivers do. Speed cameras are now a $77million industry in Maryland. Washington D.C.'s speed and red light camera systems have issued 2,952,333 tickets worth $224 million as of July 31 2007. Another prime example: the town of Forest Heights budgeted to bring in more gross revenue from speed camera tickets in FY2011 than the town's entire pre-speed camera budget in FY2010. At least one county executive openly admitted that the cameras are "a tax", and one Chevy Chase Village council member once referred to speed camera money as "the crack cocaine of local government" as the town was searching for creative bookkeeping techniques to circumvent restrictions on speed camera money.
• Tickets are issued to the owner of the vehicle, even if they are not the driver. Fully a third of speed camera tickets are going to people who did not in fact commit the offense, because someone else was driving at the time. This is of even more concern now that courts in neighboring Maryland have declared paying a citation to be an "admission of speeding".
•The safety benefits of automated traffic enforcement systems have been mixed. One study in the United Kingdom (UK) has shown that other forms of speed control, such as speed bumps and speed indicator signs, are much more effective at reducing accidents. Another UK study demonstrated that speed cameras did not reduce accident rates in highway work zones, concluding "No significant difference was observed in the PIA [Personal Injury Accident] rate for sites with and without cameras."
• Speed cameras do not remove the worst drivers from the roads the way a police officer can. Drunk drivers or a reckless criminal in a stolen vehicle, who might pose an immediate risk to pedestrians and other motorists, would ignore a speed camera.
• Speed cameras encourage erratic driving behavior. Drivers slow down as they approach the camera sites, then accelerate after they pass them. Cameras make some already safe drivers nervous. And, enforcement which is too strict could have unintended consequences such as causing drivers to spend too much time looking at their speedometers rather than at the road.
• The platitude that "if you don't speed you won't get a ticket" is UNTRUE because there have been many proven cases of speed cameras issuing tickets in error. Recent events in the city of Baltimore proving systematic errors by that city's cameras were only the latest, there have been many other instances of proven errors elsewhere in Maryland. Even if driver believes they are innocent, they need to spend days fighting one $40 ticket in court, and would probably not find it worthwhile to do so except as a matter of principle.
• Speed Cameras are magnets for political corruption. The desire for more public funds at any cost ignores the fact that using law enforcement for revenue generation is harmful to our justice system, creating a conflict of interest by the state against the accused. Future administrations may be encouraged to use overbearing tactics to increase revenues -- such as concealed cameras, deliberately lowering speed limits, deceptive or inadequate signs, or cameras placed immediately after the sign reducing the speed limit.
• Because of their revenue potential, speed cameras are used as a heavy handed substitute for sound engineering and construction approaches, which can be more effective than speed cameras at reducing driver's speeds. The safety problems with the recent construction on I-81 is a case in point.
• Speed Camera Companies who profit from cameras are continuously lobbying to raise fines, remove restrictions, and introduce new types cameras for common 'technical violations' which have little or nothing to do with safety.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
When Gina served that tasty corn dish, when I was at her family's home the last time, it reminded me of my Mom's baked corn dish.
This morning, I finally remembered to ask Mom for the recipe and here it is:
Baked Corn Recipe
two tablespoons butter (the real stuff)
two tablespoons flour
one tablespoon sugar
two beaten eggs (or at least roughed up slightly, but not as bad as in the NFL)
salt & pepper to taste
Can of creamed corn
Bake about one hour at 400 degrees F, or until golden brown on top.
It's ready when a knife comes out clean after insertion.
Note: Mom usually doubles or triples the recipe.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
West Virginia's Governor is proposing our next year's State Budget, and that proposal recommends siphoning off another $100 million from our "Rainy Day" fund, in order to deal with an ongoing budget shortfall.
Meanwhile, some of West Virginia's Legislative Leadership also are proposing increases in our State taxes and fees.
And, in regard to our West Virginia State Legislature, did you know that, after each annual legislative session, the Legislature convenes at the State House, almost every month, for Interim Legislative Committee meetings?
No legislation is enacted during these monthly meetings, but these committees do study recommendations on proposed future legislation and also review the results of the Joint Committee on Government & Finance's audits of various State agencies - to be sure, worthy tasks.
Even so, many lawmakers have been pointing out that these interim committee meetings have become too much about authorizing extra salaries and per diem (daily) expense payments (travel, lodging, & meals) for legislators and not nearly enough about conducting the people's business.
Also, an off-site monthly meeting of these committees traditionally is scheduled during one month each year.
Heeding the cautions from other legislators, that these off-site meetings are more about foolishness than legislative substance, it has been my previous practice to forego participation in those off-site meetings. However, this year, I decided that I should go and see for myself.
The other legislators were right, and here's why:
This year's off-site committee hearings were held during August and in Harrison County.
While lawmakers still received their per diem expense payments for the Harrison County meetings, lavish breakfast and lunch buffets nevertheless also were provided every day, not only for legislators but also for a multitude of legislative employees.
During the evenings, state agencies, such as West Virginia University and other legislative beneficiaries, were strongly encouraged to provide sumptuous receptions, meals, and other refreshments for lawmakers, wanna-be lawmakers, and others.
And so they did.
Moreover, a small fleet of buses was hired to chauffeur legislators on various tours.
(Note: While I did not participate in any of the evening festivities or any of the tours, others told me that the tour of a local area winery was very popular.)
Further and even though only a minimal legislative staff support was necessary, the number of legislative employees who participated in the Harrison County affair truly was mind boggling. Of course, these employees were provided with taxpayer funded lodging, travel, and other expense payments.
But, what about the actual committee meetings?
Well, one committee meeting to which I was assigned lasted a scant fifteen minutes. Another committee meeting lasted longer, but was devoid of any substantive business.
Finally and on a personal note, I was awakened in the wee hours of one morning during this taxpayer funded extravaganza by a loud and boisterous (drunken?) individual in the hotel hallway, who was carousing with like minded companions.
Now, the peaceful pursuit of any private person is nobody else's business, but what about the behavior of elected officials and their staff at taxpayer funded gatherings?
Do Mountaineers deserve better?
What do you think?
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
While Manny Arvon continued and continues to speak about the problem of waiting to the November election for the initial Levy vote, my concern was and still is the question of why the vote wasn't previously scheduled during the previous Primary election in May.
That question never has been answered in any news forum anywhere, to the best of my knowledge.
Sadly, my previous prediction that the August Levy vote turnout would be less than percent, and possibly as low as six or seven percent, was overly optimistic, since turnout was about 5.8%.
This further reinforces the need to schedule Levy and other elections (including municipal elections) during Primary and General elections.
Otherwise, voters feel that special elections are a "slip and slide" attempt to pull a fast one on them, and this further increases voter distrust of our political system.
Friday, August 22, 2014
The previous return of electrical power to my home, after its unexpected failure for approximately 48 hours, as a result of such a sudden and violent storm, reminded me anew of how much I take for granted.
I also stand all amazed that you and your associates were able to restore so much and so quickly from such extensive damage.
Indeed, while fielding frustrated and angry complaints from my constituents, who couldn't understand why a service that they have always taken for granted was suddenly taken away from them, the following thoughts came into my mind:
* Our nation's electrical power grid and other infrastructure are both fragile and vulnerable. That poses an ever present danger to our economy, national security, and the well-being of all of us and our families.
* While more should be done to educate everyone about the need to strengthen and protect our infrastructure, citizens also should be taught to be more personally prepared and self-reliant in their own homes.
* Some families already have their own emergency power generators, but those (like me), who must also rely on electrical power to obtain their water from wells, should also consider installing manually operated water pumps as a back-up resource.
* From an even broader emergency communication perspective, voluntary programs to train HAM radio operators should be encouraged and expanded.
Yours for better governance,
West Virginia Delegate Larry D. Kump, District # 59
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Lawmakers monkey around with new "dangerous animal" listby Jazz Clark, Morgan Messenger Newspaper
A new bill passed by West Virginia Legislature could limit the kinds of animals individuals keep as pets, including giraffes and crocodiles. The law, HB 4393, passed on July 2, and includes a proposed list of all animals permissible to be kept by citizens.
Lawmakers are still drafting the list of animals that would be deemed "dangerous" and would be regulated under the new law.
While the public comment period for that list of regulated animals is over on August 1, the focus of the bill keeps changing and evolving as West Virginia government adapts the list to harsh public opinion.
The list outlines an exhaustive inventory of what animals people can legally own, and which ones are only legal with a permit from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.
The first draft of the list banned large swaths of animalkind from being kept as pets. Included are some fairly exotic animals, such as bats, manatees, platypuses and piranha. However, the list also included more common West Virginia pets like turtles, hedgehogs and sugar gliders.
The law requires a permit for anyone wanting to keep certain pets, and those permits cost $100 per animal, per year.
The Dangerous Wild Animal Board shall meet every year by June 1 to review the list, stated the draft of the animal list.
Delegate Larry D. Kump recently submitted a letter to officials in Charleston asking for revisitation and repeal of HB 4393, which created the animal list.
Kump said the law is referred to by some as "Bureaucrats gone wild," and introduces a new level of bureaucracy, which has sparked a firestorm of public outcry.
He writes that the Department of Agriculture has confessed to massive overindulgence in this regard. He feels that allowing this kind of rule-making to continue is not prudent public policy.
Kump said the Department of Agriculture has a poor track record in being involved with law-making, and should not have been in charge of developing a list of banned animals. He wants this issue discussed at an existing special session rather than waste taxpayer money on creating a separate session for the dangerous animals act.
West Virginia government was additionally lampooned for the absence of monkeys and gorillas on the same list which banned bunny rabbits, said Kump.
Delegate Daryl Cowles said the new policies are in reaction to a startling animal case in Ohio a few years ago which led to black bears, mountain lions and tigers being released on the public. A private zoo-owner set the dangerous animals free. State agencies were forced to hunt down and kill various exotic animals as a result.
A newer list of animals will be written based on the Ohio dangerous animal list, but adapted for West Virginia. Cowles said the new list will have to go through the entire legislation process again.
Cowles did not support the original bill due to vagueness in the list during the legislative process. He mentioned that turtles kept as pets for the yearly Apple Butter Festival turtle race wouldn't be allowed under the original list.
He also mentioned complaints from local teachers who use animals to teach children about science and nature.
"They were trying to put limits on animals like alligators, animal that posed a real public threat," said Cowles. "They never meant to talk about the fish swimming in your fish tank."
Cowles said that while the new list won't be nearly as comprehensive, many of the same animals will appear again.
The public can review the proposed list online at the West Virginia Department of Agriculture website.
Monday, July 28, 2014
From the Charleston, West Virginia "Daily Mail" newspaper, and for all of the "Elmer Fudds" out there:
Sunday, July 27, 2014 Delegate wants Legislature to reconsider animals bill By Whitney Burdette, Capitol reporter CHARLESTON, W.Va.
— Although the Dangerous Wild Animals Act hasn't completed the rule making process, one state delegate would like to see the Legislature repeal it and start from scratch. Delegate Larry D. Kump, R-Berkeley, wrote to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Thursday, asking him to place House Bill 4393 on any future special session calls. He made clear he's not asking the governor to call a special session for the controversial bill alone, saying it's not fair to taxpayers to spend money on extraordinary sessions "willy-nilly." "But if we are going to have a special session, let's fix this bill among other mistakes that have been made," he said. House Bill 4393, known as the Dangerous Wild Animals Act, calls on representatives from the Department of Agriculture, Division of Natural Resources and Department of Health and Human Resources to form a Dangerous Wild Animals Board and compile a list of animals deemed dangerous and present that list to the Legislature, which will then either accept the list as-is or make changes lawmakers feel necessary. In the weeks since the board compiled the list, many members of the public have expressed their concern about some of the common household pets — such as rabbits and turtles — that may be banned. People who already own animals on the list can pay a yearly fee to register that animal, but Kump said he and others think that's an unnecessary tax on West Virginians and an overstep by the departments involved."Giving any kind of agency this kind of authority over the lives of citizens is just silly," Kump said. "We shouldn't be doing that." The bill passed the House of Delegates on Feb. 24 by a 72-23 vote before going to the Senate, where it passed March 6 by a 22-11 vote. Two similar versions were introduced in the 2013 session, but both died before completing the legislative process. The bills were introduced in reaction to a 2011 incident in Ohio, where a man who owned several large cats, bears and monkeys set the animals loose before committing suicide. Law enforcement agents were forced to kill the animals in the interest of public safety. Exotic animals have gotten loose in West Virginia in the past, but Kump said individuals and organizations in West Virginia have not lobbied for legislation that would stop an incident like that from happening in the Mountain State. "All this seems to be a knee-jerk reaction to something that happened in Ohio," he said. "I haven't seen a cry in West Virginia for these kinds of regulations. Regardless of what comes out of these rules when they're promulgated and this bill is not repealed, I don't see it making a difference in West Virginia and with West Virginians anyway. All we're going to do is have more regulation, more expense." The rule is in the public comment period, which ends Aug. 2. According to a previous Daily Mail article, more than 200 people have submitted comments. After the public comment period ends, the rule will go back to the Legislature, a sort of check-and-balance system many other states don't have, and lawmakers will either codify the rule or make changes. Kump, who lost his primary bid and won't return to the Capitol in 2015, said he hopes lawmakers can come together and make changes during the next session."What concerns me, and this isn't a partisan issue because Democrats and Republicans alike voted for this, I don't understand legislators who just want to let agencies run amok like this," Kump said. Butch Antolini, Department of Agriculture spokesman, said the department has no comment on Kump's call to revisit and repeal the bill. The Dangerous Wild Animals Board is scheduled to meet again July 30. Contact writer Whitney Burdette at 304-348-7939 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her at www.Twitter.com/wburdette_DM.
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Thursday, July 24, 2014
This has been sent via certified mail to the West Virginia Governor:
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin
1900 Kanawha Blvd., East
Charleston, West Virginia 25305
24 July 2014
Re: Special Legislative Session Request on HB 4393
Dear Governor Tomblin,
Should you convene another special session of the Legislature in 2014, please give due diligence to the consideration of also including the revisitation and repeal of HB 4393, which authorizes the West Virginia Department of Agriculture to promulgate burdensome new regulations and hefty licensure fees regarding the private ownership of pets and animals.
Otherwise known as the "Bureaucrats Gone Wild!" law, HB 4393 sets up a new level of bureaucracy and has produced a firestorm of public protest.
Although the Department of Agriculture already has confessed to massive over indulgence in this regard and is reviewing a step-back from their initial proposal, to allow the continuance of this kind of new rule making authority simply is not prudent public policy.
Truly, it shouldn't take a village to raise a bunny rabbit.
Looking forward to hearing from and working with you, I remain,
Yours for better governance,
Delegate Larry D. Kump
Addendum: With all of the personal and economic challenges facing Mountaineers, what a travesty it is that we now face further entanglement with more restrictive and costly regulations.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
It is possible that my recent radio interviews on Saturday morning at Shepherd College (Elliot Simon's "Common Sense" broadcast) and in Huntington on Monday morning ("The Tom Roten Show") have not been well received by some political party leaders and their ilk.
During both programs and when I was asked if I intended to fade away from my independent and non-partisan advocacy on behalf of good governance, my reply was that I will be undeterred.
Then, shortly after my Monday radio interview, one prominent political mover & shaker in the State Capitol promptly asked me to remove him from my email updates.
And so it goes.
Delegate Larry D. Kump
Monday, July 21, 2014
Last Saturday at 9:00 AM, I was a guest on Elliot Simon's "Common Sense" radio broadcast from Shepherd University, and also had accepted his invitation to join him earlier that morning for breakfast at "Betty's" restaurant.
And so it was that morning, while walking through the West Virginia village of Shepherdstown, that an elderly couple crossed my path.
They were holding hands while they were taking their morning stroll, which prompted me to compliment them on their mutual affection.
With a twinkle in his eye, the old gentleman smiled, then gently pointed out to me that they held hands to keep each other from stumbling.
What a wondrous example they were and are, a life lesson for all of us to "Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel" and simply "Do What is Right" in all of our activities and relationships.
West Virginia Delegate Larry D. Kump
Thursday, July 17, 2014
West Virginia Delegate Larry D. Kump (Berkeley-Morgan Counties) will be the featured guest on the "Common Sense" radio program, with host Elliot Simon.
The conversation with Delegate Kump, including call-ins and music, will be from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, Saturday, July 19th on WSHC Radio, 89.7 FM, and also streamlined live at www.897wshc.org.
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Monday, July 14, 2014
At the request of Tom Price, one of my constituents, I have put together a list of eight specific votes by the West Virginia House of Delegates during the 2014 sessions (includes extended & special sessions), all of which I believe are noteworthy.
In addition to the vote totals and status of each bill (legislative proposal), I also have listed herein the individual votes of the Delegates from the three counties (Morgan, Berkeley, & Jefferson) in the Eastern Panhandle (EP). Votes by the West Virginia Senate are not included, but the language of any bill as well as the votes on any bill and by any West Virginia State Legislator (House of Delegates and Senate) are available by visiting www.LarryKump.com and clicking on the "WV Legislature" link under "IMPORTANT LINKS" (on the lower right hand side of the web page):
HB 2364 Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
Prohibits abortion after an unborn child is able to feel pain. This was a procedural attempt to force the House of Delegates to vote on HB 2364, which had not been given a committee hearing.
Defeated: 48 yeas-48 nays, 4 not voting (a tie vote defeats a bill), 2/11/14 RCS # (Roll Call Vote Number) 57
Nay: EP Delegates Barrett (D-Berkeley), Lawrence (D-Jefferson), Skinner (D-Jefferson).
Yea: EP Delegates Cowles (R-Morgan), Espinosa (R-Jefferson), Faircloth (R-Berkeley), Folk (R-Berkeley), Householder (R-Berkeley), Kump (R-Morgan & Berkeley), & Overington (Berkeley).
Note: This issue later was brought back for consideration under a new bill (HB 4588) and subsequently passed by the Legislature but vetoed by the Governor. The Eastern Panhandle (EP) Delegates voted the same on HB 2364 and HB 4588.
HB 2911 Protect the Identity of Citizens with Concealed Weapon Permits from Publication
This was a procedural attempt to force the House of Delegates to vote on HB 2911, which had not been given a committee hearing.
Defeated: 6 yeas-88 nays, 8 not voting. 2/18/14 RCS #91
Nay: EP Delegates Barrett (D-Berkeley), Espinosa (R-Jefferson), Householder (R-Berkeley), Lawrence (D-Jefferson), Overington (R-Berkeley), & Skinner (D-Jefferson).
Yea: EP Delegates Cowles (R-Morgan), Faircloth (R-Berkeley), Folk (R-Berkeley), & Kump (R-Berkeley & Morgan).
HB 4490 Restricts Authority of Attorney General to Help (Represent) Citizens
HB 4490 was not passed by the West Virginia Senate, and did not become law.
Passed: 52 yeas-44 nays, 4 not voting. 2/24/14 RCS# 146
Nay: EP Delegates Cowles (R-Berkeley), Espinosa (R-Jefferson), Faircloth (R-Berkeley), Folk (R-Berkeley), Householder (R-Berkeley), Kump (R-Berkeley & Morgan), & Overington (Berkeley).
Yea: EP Delegates Barrett (D-Berkeley), Lawrence (D-Jefferson), & Skinner (D-Jefferson).
HB 4393 Gives the WV Department of Agriculture Authority to Restrict & Regulate (as well as charge $100 Permit Fees) in regard to the Ownership of a wide variety of Animals/Pets. (A.K.A. "Bureaucrats Gone Wild!")
(The WV Department of Agriculture currently is in the "public comment" period on their proposed rules on these regulations. Visit www.wvagriculture.org to make further inquiries)
Passed: 72 yeas-23 nays, 5 not voting. 2/24/14 RCS# 153
Nay: EP Delegates Cowles (R-Morgan), Espinosa (R-Jefferson), Faircloth( R-Berkeley), Folk (R-Berkeley), Householder (R-Berkeley), & Kump (R- Berkeley & Morgan).
Yea: EP Delegates Barrett (D-Berkeley), Lawrence (D-Jefferson), Overington (R-Berkeley), & Skinner (D-Jefferson).
HB 4333 Budget Amendment to Eliminate Payment of $10 Million a Year for Gambling Casinos to Buy New Slot Machines, and to use this money to help balance the State Budget.
Defeated: 38 yeas-58 nays, 4 not voting. 2/25/14 RCS# 162
Nay: EP Delegates Barrett (D-Berkeley), Espinosa (R-Jefferson), Lawrence (D-Jefferson), & Skinner (D-Jefferson).
Yea: EP Delegates Cowles (R-Morgan, Faircloth (R-Berkeley), Folk (R-Berkeley), Householder (R-Berkeley), Kump (R- Berkeley & Morgan), & Overington (R-Berkeley).
SB 6 Requiring Doctors' Prescriptions for Over-the-Counter Sudafed Cold Medication
Passed: 63 yeas-34 nays, 3 not voting. 3/8/14 RCS # 366
Nay: EP Delegates Barrett (D-Berkeley), Cowles (R-Morgan), Espinosa (R-Jefferson), Faircloth (R-Berkeley), Folk (R-Berkeley), Householder (R-Berkeley), Kump (R- Berkeley & Morgan), & Overington (R-Berkeley).
Yea: EP Delegates Lawrence (D-Jefferson) & Skinner (D-Jefferson).
Note: SB 6 failed to win final passage in conference committee negotiations over differences between the House of Delegates and Senate versions.
SB 1005 Suspend Constitutional Procedure Rule, to Allow Legislators to Vote on Local Public Officials Pay Raise
Passed: 84 yeas-5 nays, 2 not voting. 3/14/14 RCS #524
Nay: EP Delegates Folk (R-Berkeley) & Kump (R-Berkeley).
Yea: EP Delegates Barrett (D-Berkeley), Cowles (R-Morgan), Espinosa (R-Jefferson), Faircloth (R-Berkeley), Lawrence (D-Jefferson), Overington (R-Berkeley), & Skinner (D-Jefferson).
Note: Delegate Householder (R-Berkeley) was absent and did not vote.
SB 1005 Authorize Pay Raise for Local Public Officials
Passed: 56 yeas-33 nays, 11 not voting. 3/14/14 RCS # 527
Nay: EP Delegates Barrett (D-Berkeley), Cowles (R-Morgan), Espinosa (R-Jefferson), Faircloth (R-Berkeley), Folk (R-Berkley), Kump (R-Morgan & Berkeley), Lawrence (D-Jefferson), & Overington (R-Berkeley).
Yea: EP Delegate Skinner (D-Jefferson).
Note: Delegate Householder (R-Berkeley) was absent and did not vote.
Final Note: The overwhelming majority of thousands of bills introduced each year are not voted upon by the Legislature, as also is the case in the federal government and every other State Legislature.Committee chairpersons determine which bills get committee hearings and votes, in order to become eligible for further consideration by the Legislature. Committee chairpersons in the West Virginia House of Delegates are appointed by the Speaker of the House. The Speaker is elected by the members of the House of Delegates. The majority political party is the determining factor in that election. Legislator attempts to force bills out of committee (discharge motions) usually are not successful (see above entries on HB 2364 and HB 2911)
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014
It went well, with over 100 people participating.
There also was an extensive front page newspaper story about it printed the next day (Tuesday, July 1st) by "The Journal" newspaper (www.journal-news.net)
The Farm Bureau is continuing to have meetings on this issue across West Virginia and America.
Further, the Farm Bureau is continuing to encourage citizen comment to the EPA during the public comment period.
Once the public comment period is over and the rules are promulgated, I anticipate that a lawsuit will be filed and that the validity of these new EPA rules will end up being decided by the United States Supreme Court.
Ask folks to visit www.LarryKump.com for the June 5th and June 26th entries on this (which includes how to contact the Farm Bureau for more information) and other important issues and principles.
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From: The Hub Guy
Sent: Jul 2, 2014 6:07 AM
To: Larry D Kump
Subject: This Affects All of Us!
How did ths go? Is there anything that I can put out over the Hub?
On Sat, Jun 28, 2014 at 10:45 AM,
There will be an important and urgent meeting at 7:00 PM, Monday, June 30th, at the Berkeley County Youth Fairgrounds. Hosted by the Berkeley County Farm Bureau, this meeting is all about the proposed new regulations by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that, if enacted, will have tremendous and horrendous impact on each and every one of us. Come to
the meeting, and also visit **www.LarryKump.com* * ("Quis Custodiet Ipos Custodes?" entry) for more of this about that.
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Thursday, June 26, 2014
There will be an important and urgent meeting at 7:00 PM, Monday, June 30th, at the Berkeley County Youth Fairgrounds.
Hosted by the Berkeley County Farm Bureau, this meeting is all about the proposed new regulations by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that, if enacted, will have tremendous and horrendous impact on each and every one of us.
Come to the meeting, and also visit www.LarryKump.com ("Quis Custodiet Ipos Custodes?" entry) for more of this about that.
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014
"Quis custodiet ipsos custodes" is an ancient Latin phrase, which means "who watches the watchers?".
Our federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created by Congress to watch over the environment on our behalf, but who is watching the EPA?
Fortunately, the West Virginia Farm Bureau has published a dire warning, that the EPA's recently issued "Definition of Waters of the United States proposed rule", if adopted, would violate our dearly bought Constitutional Rights.
This proposed EPA rule would affect all of us, because even areas that normally only hold water right after a rain, but otherwise are dry, would now come under the management of the EPA.
Under this new EPA rule, fines can be up to $37,500 for each technical violation per day and even include a prison sentence.
Further, we would have to get prior EPA permission and follow extensive and extensive rule about our property, even if we lives miles away from the nearest navigable waters.
In other words, making even minor improvements to your home or property could require federal permission and permits that could cost more than the project.
Even worse, granting these permits would be entirely up to the EPA, and they even could cancel your permit after they have given it to you.
This proposed EPA administrative rule would greatly expand the scope of the Clean Water Act (CWA), and create a bureaucratic snafu that not only would defy Congress but also two previous United States Supreme Court rulings about the scope of CWA.
On a personal and local note and even long prior to these proposed new EPA rules, a "Maidstone" housing subdivision developer unsuccessfully tried to use existing EPA regulations to authorize the discharge of his properties' sewage effluent across the residential yards in the Potomac Hills and Potomac Heights subdivisions in the Falling Waters (Berkeley County) area (see the 26 September 1991 "134 Residents Petition DNR to Block Sewage Discharge" news story, the "Morning Journal" newspaper, Martinsburg, West Virginia).
More about this blatant attempt to expand the federal EPA authority and deny our property rights is available from the West Virginia Farm Bureau, by calling (800) 398-4630 #306 or visiting www.wvfarm.org.
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (Who watches the watchers?).
If not you and me, then who?
West Virginia Delegate Larry D. Kump
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Newly appointed Hedgesville Town Councilor Christopher Stewart will be administered the Oath of Office by West Virginia Delegate Larry D. Kump (District #59, Berkeley-Morgan Counties) at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, June 4th during the meeting of the Hedgesville Mayor & Council at the Hedgesville Town Hall in Hedgesville, West Virginia.
For further information, please telephone the Hedgesville Town Hall Office, (304) 754-4827.
Delegate Larry D. Kump
Friday, May 23, 2014
In the aftermath of the recent West Virginia Primary elections, lots of friends and associates have asked me, "What now?".
Truly, it has been both a sacrifice as well as a privilege to serve as a citizen legislator in the West Virginia House of Delegates.
It also will continue to be my duty and responsibility to serve the remainder of my term of office, throughout the rest of 2014.
And, after then?
The opportunities to continue to serve are too numerous to count.
However, it simply is not true that I plan to organize a "Boy Band" and go on a world tour.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
A recent editorial in my home area "Journal" newspaper wondered why there has been such foot-dragging (since 1965) on the completion of the Corridor H Interstate Highway, which would link I-81 in Virginia with I-79 in West Virginia.
Inquiring Mountaineer minds also want to know the answer to this question, inasmuch as the completion of this trans West Virginia transportation corridor lacks only a few miles of completed roadway.
Completing Corridor H would help bring an influx of much needed business and job growth to West Virginia.
Let's get 'er done.
Footnote: Please share this message with others, and visit www.LarryKump.com for other legislative news and views.
Monday, May 19, 2014
Early this morning, I saw a little frog, as I was walking into the West Virginia State House.
The frog greeted me and asked me to pick it up.
I did, whereupon the frog told me that, if I kissed it, it would turn into a beautiful woman.
I immediately put the frog and my pocket, and continued on my way.
The frog then cried out from my pocket, asking me why I didn't kiss it.
I told it that I'd rather have a talking frog.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Although I did not win the West Virginia May 13th Primary election, the selfless efforts of that League of Extraordinary Citizens, who volunteered and voted for me and the principles of Liberty, were and are a marvelous work and a wonder.
Their passionate pursuit of our God given Constitutional rights of individual liberty, personal accountability, and personal empowerment are all about that which should matter most to Mountaineers and our families.
These principles still are and always will be sacred, so let us "not go gentle into that good night."
May God bless you all real good.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Friday, May 2, 2014
The Contractors Association of West Virginia political action committee (HUB/PAC) has endorsed Delegate Larry D. Kump (District #59, Berkeley-Morgan Counties) in the May 2014 West Virginia Primary Election.
Please contact Contractors Association of West Virginia Executive Director Mike Clowser at (304) 342-1166 for further information.
Footnote: Please share this message with others, ask them to visit www.LarryKump.com for additional legislative news and views, and send contributions for the re-election of Delegate Kump to "Friends of Larry D. Kump" (P.O. Box 1131, Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131).
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The West Virginians for Manufacturing Jobs (WVMJ) Political Action Committee has endorsed the candidacy of Delegate Larry D. Kump (District #59, Berkeley-Morgan Counties) in the May 2014 Primary election.
WVMA President Rebecca McPhail Randolph praised Delegate Kump for his "support for manufacturing, general business and development growth in West Virginia".
For further information, please contact WVMJ President Randolph at (304) 342-2123.
Footnote: Please share this message with others, and visit www.LarryKump.com for other legislative news. Please send contributions for the election of Delegate Kump to "Friends of Larry D. Kump", P.O. Box 1131, Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
The West Virginians for Life Political Action Committee (WVL PAC) has endorsed Delegate Larry D. Kump, District #59 (Berkeley-Morgan Counties), in the 2014 Primary Election for the West Virginia House of Delegates.
According to Dr. Wanda Franz, WVL PAC President, "Larry D. Kump has distinguished himself during the recent legislative session by voting to discharge the "Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" from Committee and subsequently voting for its passage. We commend Larry D. Kump for being a pro-life hero for his willingness to challenge the status quo in order to bring the bill to a vote. His commitment to the pro-life cause, especially in protecting the unborn from pain has made a difference in West Virginia".
For further information, contact: Mary Ann Buchanan, West Virginians for Life Program Director), at (304) 594-9845 , and for more information about Delegate Kump's legislative news and views and to view a photo of him with "The League of Liberty", visit www.LarryKump.com.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
In 2014, I introduced and/or co-sponsored the following legislation:
· Defending our 2nd Amendment Rights against Obama and his DC gun grabbers.
· Protecting & Preserving our Private Property Rights.
· Restoring our rights to personal privacy, as outlined by the 4th Amendment of our Constitution.
· Ending the practice of forcing us to pay for our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
· Requiring independent performance and program oversight audits of our state agencies.
· Reducing gasoline and home heating fuel prices.
· Eliminating government bureaucracy in our personal and family health insurance.
· Streamlining drivers’ license renewal requirements.
Of course many of these and other efforts were derailed by a legislative leadership who refused to support legislation to protect the Constitutional Rights of West Virginians and lead us to personal prosperity.
After the 2014 elections, we at long last will have the opportunity to be able to stand strong and united on behalf of our God given right and responsibility for individual liberty, personal accountability, and personal empowerment.
After all, it is the primary role of government to protect and preserve the rights of all of our citizens, including the yet unborn.
Please share this message with others, and visit www.LarryKump.com for more of my legislative news and views.
Delegate Larry D. Kump
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The National Rifle Association (NRA), the West Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association (West Virginia Car), and West Virginia Coal Association all have endorsed Delegate Larry D. Kump (District #59, Berkeley-Morgan Counties) in the Tuesday, May 13th Primary Election. (Early voting begins at local county voter registration offices on Wednesday, April 30th, from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM every day, except Sunday, through and including Saturday, May 10th).
NRA spokesperson Daniel Carey further explained that Delegate Kump's NRA "A" Rating and endorsement is "well-deserved".
West Virginia Car President Ruth Lemmon pointed out to Delegate Kump that "We applaud your efforts" and that "We will notify our members of our support of your candidacy and ask that they communicate to their employees, family, and friends that you need their votes and support".
Chris Hamilton, West Virginia Coal Association, told Larry to "add the West Virginia Coal Association to that list" of supporters, as Delegate Kump continues to work on behalf of energy independence and personal prosperity for all Mountaineer families.
Footnote: Donations for the re-election of Delegate Kump should be sent to "Friends of Larry D. Kump:, P.O. Box 1131,Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131. Please share this message with others and encourage them to visit www.LarryKump.com for his legislative views and news.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Farm Bureau President Charles Wilfong has notified membership of the Farm Bureau of this endorsement via the "West Virginia Farm Bureau News".
West Virginia Hospital Poltical Action Committee(HOSPAC) Treasurer Joe Letnaunchyn pointed out that their endorsement was based on "voting records...and recommendations from hospitals".
Business & Industry Council Chairman Chris Hamilton lauds Delegate Kump as "a champion of ideas to improve the state's economy and social well-being".
Contributions for the re-election of Delegate Kump should be sent to "Friends of Larry D. Kump", P.O. Box 1131, Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
The Berkeley Council has agreed to the request from West Virginia Delegate Larry D. Kump and put him on their agenda for Thursday, April 10th, 2014, in order to make a presentation in regard to ongoing concerns about residential property rights.
Delegate Kump will present testimony regarding the issues involved with the previous 2013 legislative attempt (HB 4007) to protect the rights of citizens, in owner occupied residences, from forced participation in public sewer systems, as well as ongoing efforts to pursue and protect property rights. (See "Legislative Review Proposed on Property Rights" entry at www.LarryKump.com).
While the Council has not authorized other individual testimony or public "Q & A" during Delegate Kump's presentation, Council President Copenhaver has pointed out that individuals are welcome to make brief statements on this (or any other issue) during the "Items from the Public" part of the agenda at 9:30 AM. Delegate Kump's presentation will follow shortly thereafter.
The Berkeley County Council meeting location is the County Council Chambers, 400 West Stephen Street, 2nd Floor, Martinsburg, West Virginia (the former "Dunn" building).
Citizens who are concerned about the protection of their property rights are encouraged to not only attend the Thursday, April 10th county council meeting, but to also make brief statements during the "Items from the Public" part of the agenda.
Please share this message with others.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Have you ever noticed that, when the subject of politicians comes up, people immediately voice negative thoughts?
It may be that many seek political office for all the wrong reasons--power, prestige, personal agendas, etc.
And, when the less-than-sincere politician is exposed, we are quick to voice our unfavorable opinion.
Conversely, how often do we voice our enthusiasm or praise hard-working civil servants?
Is it any wonder when many are asked to consider running for political office, the response is "absolutely not!"?
The harsh criticism, scrutiny, unfair attacks, and unrealistic expectations that are virtually unavoidable in the current political landscape would cause many of us to turn away from contributing in this way.
My question today is, How do we promote and encourage good people, those with ethics and a sincere desire to preserve our rights, to run for office?
We only can do this by supporting those who do serve with our best interest in mind and by voicing the positive.
For that purpose, I write today to strongly encourage voters to support Delegate Larry D. Kump of the 59th District in the Eastern Panhandle.
Having known Larry for 25 years, I can personally attest to his integrity, personal accountability, work ethic, love of liberty, and sincere desire to preserve the fundamental rights afforded to us by our Constitution.
Larry is not your run-of-the mill politician.
He understands his role and takes seriously his responsibility in being the voice of the citizens he represents at the State House.
Larry listens to his constituents and is not afraid to take on the establishment.
He will not pander for votes and is not self-serving.
He is genuinely interested in preserving our freedoms, fighting for our rights, and giving his all regardless of what personal criticism he may face from the opposition, even within his own political party.
How I wish we had more politicians like Larry!
And maybe that is possible IF we show our support for Larry, vote for him, acknowledge the excellent job he has done in representing West Virginians, and thereby encourage others with this same selflessness to run for office.
A vote for Larry is a vote for what is best for West Virginians!
Let's all do our part!
Friday, March 21, 2014
It's not often that the National Association for Gun Rights praises politicians for their actions.
The truth is, many supposedly "pro-gun" politicians want to wave the white flag and just accept President Obama’s anti-gun agenda.
But in West Virginia, thanks to your phone calls and emails, 6 Delegates took a firm stand for gun rights: Mike Folk, Larry Kump, Jim Butler, Larry Faircloth, Cindy Frich and Eric Householder.
As you know, these Delegates introduced HB 4472, the Firearms Protection bill to safeguard the Second Amendment rights of West Virginia citizens from anti-gun zealot Michael Bloomberg and President Obama.
But what you don't know is how leadership in both parties made personal attacks on the sponsors of HB 4472 and demanded they help kill their own bill.
Or how establishment gun groups cut dirty deals and joined party leadership in trying to punish supporters of this strongly pro-gun bill.
That's why West Virginia Gun Rights, and our friends at the National Association for Gun Rights, mobilized thousands of West Virginians in support of HB 4472.
And thanks to your calls to action, bill sponsor Mike Folk and the 5 co-sponsors stood up to Obama and moved the bill forward.
They forced the bill to a vote and every Delegate in West Virginia is now on record.
The bad news is the bill was defeated by a vote of 90-10, so now we know who is genuinely pro-gun, and not just a dimestore cowboy.
This is a huge step toward protecting the state from Obama and Bloomberg’s radical anti-gun agenda.
Executive Director, West Virginia Gun Rights
Thursday, March 20, 2014
A letter to the editor, as published in the "Journal" newspaper in Martinsburg, West Virginia:
by David L. Woods, Hedgesville, West Virginia
I've long wondered how one qualifies to endorse any political candidate. Yet if one has visited all 50 states (while living in a scattered dozen), before settling for two decades in West Virginia, as I have - one might qualify as knowing our nation.
Or if one had worked his way through a number of colleges and universities earning an AB, MA, MBA and Phd., and later taught communication and management (mostly as adjunct professor in more than a half-dozen major universities for 50 years) - one might qualify as knowing academics.
And if one began work as a printer's devil at 14, enlisting in the Naval Reserve at 17, serving nearly 40 years, retiring as a captain, also retiring as a Navy civilian director, while serving as Washington D.C., professional for 31 years - one might qualify as knowing American government.
Meeting these three standards, I've chosen to submit this endorsement of my local West Virginia delegate, Larry Kump - one of the finest men I've ever known, and a true representative dedicated to serving the interests of all his neighbors (rather than pet personal projects).
Larry's open mind, his grasp of logic in the midst of chaos and his constant optimistic drive to make things better for all of us - seem to set him apart from fellow politicians.
We are indeed fortunate in our Hedgesville district to have a representative like Larry - truly qualified to represent us as state delegate!
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
During the recently concluded 2014 session of the West Virginia State Legislature, I joined seventy-four other Delegates in sponsoring various and sundry legislative proposals on a number of issues.
This session, in particular, was one of conscientious concern about our individual and collective Mountaineer well-being, that occasionally even careened into contentious calumny.
The principles of individual liberty, personal accountability and personal empowerment were uppermost in my thoughts then, as well as now.
During this legislative session and as the filing deadline approached for the 2014 election cycle, the multitude of candidates vying for voter approval in various government offices also were a matter of deep reflection for me.
Thinking about my own bid for re-election and doing my best to resist the clamor from some politicos, who were urging me to "fudge" my political principles and pander to the lowest common denominator, an envelope arrived in the mail.
Enclosed therein was a personal check for two dollars on behalf of my re-election, including a personal note from a lady in my district.
She apologized for the amount of her contribution, explaining that it was "all that she could afford" from her limited budget but wanting to do all she could do to support me and my efforts.
This "Widow's Mite" from this lady of most infinite worth is, and always will be, my personal "Pearl of Great Price".
Friday, March 14, 2014
As the Governor continued to ponder a veto of Pro-Life and 2nd amendment bills passed by the Legislature, the State Budget was a major source of legislative angst.
In order to meet our Constitutional requirement to balance the budget, the Legislature finally dipped into our "Rainy Day Fund" to meet that mandate.
What does that say about West Virginia's future?
Instead of seizing the opportunity to address bloated bureaucracy and run away entitlement spending, the Legislature instead obsessed about a huge pay raise for county elected officials and defending more "business as usual".
One Delegate did admit "disappointment", but another Delegate (from the Eastern Panhandle) quickly and defiantly counter-claimed that he is "proud".
I'm mostly embarrassed.
What about all of those otherwise overlooked and forgotten legislative proposals to lift West Virginia out of our national bottom ranking in regard to personal prosperity, individual liberty, and job growth?
Will Mountaineer voters endorse more of these same shenanigans in our 2014 elections?
Footnote: Contributions for the re-election of Delegate Kump should be sent to "Friends of Larry D. Kump". P.O. Box 1131, Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Confusion stalks the Democrat majority, and there seems to be conflict between the Democrat leadership in the House of Delegates and the Senate, as the Budget continues to be a major point of contention.
Meanwhile, the Governor ponders a veto of both pro-life and 2nd Amendment bills that have been passed by the Legislature.
It now appears certain that the Legislature will continue spending pretty much as usual, requiring dipping into the previously established "Rainy Day Fund", in order to meet our Constitutional mandate to balance the budget. How big of a dip is the question, and what does that say about West Virginia's future?
Speaking of dippy, the Senate President has been strangely advocating the resurrection of the consideration a of huge pay raise for county elected officials.
And, will the "Sudafed" prescription controversy once again find its way back into legislative contention?
Finally, what about all those overlooked and forgotten proposals to lift West Virginia out of our bottom ranking in regard to personal prosperity and economic growth?
And so it goes.
Monday, March 10, 2014
I wish we had more people like you running for office.
P.S.: I like the way you think.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
The West Virginia Legislature did not resolve ongoing residential property rights conflicts and hardships during this session, but the issue continues to be under review.
To that end, I have drafted and submitted House Concurrent Resolution # 133.
This resolution requests that a post legislative session interim review by the Legislature's Joint Committee on Government & Finance "study the impact upon property rights of owners whose residences are being mandated to connect to public sewer systems, including, but not limited to, comparing findings across West Virginia to examine the need for standards regarding conflicts between private property owners and public service districts, examining the feasibility of implementing a dispute resolution process, examining the appointment and oversight of public service district board members and examining the Public Service District Sewer Ordinances of Jefferson County as potential model standards.".
HCR 133, if approved by legislative leaders of the House of Delegates and Senate, would establish that:
" * The Legislature recognizes the paramount importance of private property as one of our essential rights; and
* The Legislature and the courts of West Virginia agree that this important right should be protected; and
* The Legislature recognizes that private property rights may only yield to overwhelming public need; and
* The Legislature recently has been reminded of the need for diverse water and waste services; and
* The Legislature seeks to address the need to bring the procedures of mandatory subscription to sewer services in line with best practices in order to achieve maximal results for our children and families; and
* A greater benefit would accrue to the public if the issues surrounding private property rights and public sewer systems were examined."
A post legislative session decision by legislative leaders of the West Virginia House of Delegates and Senate on whether or not to authorize this interim legislative study with be forthcoming at a later date.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
"SNAFU" (Situation Normal - All Fouled Up) has been the mantra, in the soon to be concluded session of the West Virginia Legislature.
In the last few days of the session and before the final decision will be made on legislative approval of bills that have been contested between the House of Delegates and the Senate, here's just a couple more examples of what the two chambers of our Legislature thought was important:
HB 4490 was passed by the House of Delegates. It is an attempt to hobble the Constitutional authority of our Attorney General to represent us on behalf of our 2nd Amendment rights, energy needs, consumer complaints, and much more.
SB 6 was passed by the Senate. It is an attempt to crack down on illegal "Meth" drug manufacture, with a well intentioned but ill-conceived proposal to force law abiding citizens to get a doctor's prescription for over-the-counter "Sudafed" cold medication.
The Legislature also will be continuing, beyond the Midnight Saturday adjournment, with an extended session to pass the final West Virginia budget.
This budget will include more welfare programs, state funding of Obamacare, and continued authorization to abort the lives of unborn children.
What about the multitude of legislative proposals to increase our economic prosperity, decrease bureaucratic regulations, and protect our individual liberty?
Why were most of these good governance proposals not even given committee hearings and votes by the leadership in the House of Delegates and Senate?
Inquiring minds want to know.