Monday, February 28, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
SB 564, creation of a Legislative Fiscal and Policy Division, is a welcome breath of fresh air for independent and accurate fiscal and policy analysis of legislative proposals.
My previous years of experience and service with Legislatures in Indiana, Maryland, and Pennsylvania has firmly persuaded me that Legislatures simply cannot truly function as coequal and effective branches of government without the ability to independently and accurately analyze the probable impact of proposed legislation in a non-partisan, accurate, and transparent basis.
I enthusiastically support SB 564.
Delegate Larry D. Kump
Thursday, February 17, 2011
The only way that I would consider supporting a tobacco tax increase would be if those revenues were used to decrease the grocery, gasoline, or home heating fuel taxes.
Otherwise, aren't we taxed enough already?
This week and in a straight political party line vote, the Democrats in the West Virginia House of Delegates Constitutional Revision Committee voted to ram through a Constitutional Amendment (HJR 29) which would make it easier to raise taxes. It now goes to the House Judiciary Committee for further consideration before going to the full House of Delegates for a vote. HJR29 would decrease the amount of votes (from 60% to 50%) that counties and local governments need to pass non-school bonds and other levies. Since this is a Constitutional Amendment, HJR 29 must be approved by two-thirds of the Legislature, before it goes to the voters for final approval. Eastern Panhandle area delegates who voted against HJR 29 were Larry D. Kump, Eric Householder, and John Overington. Voting for HJR 29 was John Doyle.
Eastern Panhandle sponsors of HJR 29 are Delegates John Doyle and Tiffany Lawrence,
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
That legislation did not provide for the three West Virginia Eastern Panhandle Counties to join Virginia. That never was the real issue or point of the legislation.
If passed, it would have provided a non-binding referendum for the residents of those three counties on the issue, solely as a means for further discussion on and education about the woeful political mismanagement of West Virginia's economy and the need for West Virginia to make much needed reforms.
Although the legislation received media attention, it never received a hearing in legislative committee.
Visit my website (www.LarryKump.us) for other legislative news.
Also, at that website, there are numerous more posted entries on that issue.
Delegate Larry D. Kump
From: Robert Thomas
Subject: Bill Passage
I was wondering the status of the bill introduced for three West Virginia counties to join Virginia.
I read about this in the Daily Press and became very interested.
The best single-sentence explanation of HB 3125 would be: "HB 3125 is a comprehensive revision of West Virginia's gun laws that expands the rights of law-abiding gun owners and increases the penalties for the criminal misuse of firearms and other weapons."
In a press release announcing the introduction of HB 3125, the West Virginia Defense League listed the following as the top 5 most significant things HB 3125 does:
1. Eliminates the requirement of a license to carry concealed weapons in most places, as is already practiced in Alaska, Arizona, and Vermont. Instead, HB 3125 would prohibit certain, narrowly-defined categories of persons from carrying concealed weaponssimilar to standard licensing eligibility requirements in most stateswith the availability of judicial relief from disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Several other states, including Kentucky, are actively considering similar legislation.
2. Reduces & reforms places where carrying is prohibited. HB 3125 would provide that a person who is licensed to carry a concealed weapon would have an absolute right to carry in any state or local government building that do not have in place both adequate security measures (including mandatory metal detector screenings and armed security guards), specified signage warning that weapons are prohibited, and secure weapon storage facilities for individuals to check their weapons while in a secure restricted access area. Colorado has a similar law (Colorado Revised Statutes § 18-12-214). However, regardless of what security measures are in place, HB 3125 would continue to prohibit weapons in correctional facilities (WV Code §61-5-8(c)(1)) and courtrooms (proposed WV Code §61-7-11b).
3. Strengthens state preemption of local gun control ordinances and prevents state agencies and other publicly-funded or controlled entities from imposing more restrictive rules than what the Legislature has enacted. HB 3125 would bring to a quick conclusion the lawsuits recently filed against the cities of Charleston, South Charleston, Dunbar, and Martinsburg, challenging a variety of local gun control ordinances, by completely preempting all the challenged ordinances as a matter of state law and avoiding the need for more extensive and expensive litigation that may result if the Legislature does not act.
4. Increases the value of West Virginia's concealed weapons license (which, in most cases, would be optional within West Virginia under HB 3125) by qualifying West Virginia for reciprocity with every state that has some form of reciprocity law in effect and qualifying West Virginia to join 16 other states (map) in which concealed weapon license background checks are thorough enough to meet requirements under federal law to permit a concealed weapons license holder to use the license in lieu of a separate background check to purchase a firearm from a licensed dealer. If passed in its current form, HB 3125 would make West Virginia the first and only state to achieve full reciprocity with every state that has some form of reciprocity law in effect. Click here for a map of West Virginia's current reciprocity with other states, here for a map of West Virginia's potential reciprocity with other states, and here for a map showing the reasons why West Virginia does not have reciprocity with many states.
5. Prescribes new, enhanced criminal penalties for the unlawful use or possession of firearms during the commission of felony crimes of violence, felony drug offenses, and certain other criminal acts. See proposed WV Code §61-7-13.
Gun law reform bill enters House of Delegates
"It brings our gun laws into the 21st century," said Delegate Eric Householder, R-Be ...
Monday, February 14, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Update: The legislative proposal for this Constitutional Amendment is House Joint Resolution #37 (HJR 37).
For some reason, the quote "To thine own self be true, thou canst not then be false to any man" came to me just now when I thought of you.
I just encourage you to continue on in your own unique way.
You most certainly are not the "Cookie Cutter" politician that we've all grown so tired of!
Also and regarding the secession legislation (HB 2698) - I get it!
You truly want us to compare - look at what our neighbors have!
Why can't West Virginia prosper?
We can, but it requires adopting new practices and policies and discarding that which strangles us!
It may take a while for others to "see" this, and some will never catch the vision.
BUT, some just might, and that could make ALL the difference.
So, to you I say, - keep on rocking the boat!
I know you, and I also know that you want what is best for all of us here in West Virginia!
Your friend always,
P.S.: I believe in you! Keep fighting the good fight! You are the "Real
Deal" and a breath of fresh air in West Virginia! I'm behind you!
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
On Monday, February 7th, Delegate Larry D. Kump, as one of the sponsors of legislation to create a special Primary and General election to fill the vacant office of West Virginia Governor, was a guest of Acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, when he signed a version of this legislation into law.