Dedication

This website is devoutly dedicated to all of Larry's friends and associates, both early and late, who have influenced and mentored him. However, it also should be noted that, being who they are, a majority of them have been late most of the time.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Business & Industry Leaders Endorse

Dear Delegate Kump,

The Board of Directors of the West Virginia Business and Industry Council (BIC) met, and you have our endorsement.

We have had the pleasure of working with you, as an incumbent legislator, and look forward to your return to Charleston.

The West Virginia Business and Industry Council (BIC) is comprised of more than sixty West Virginia trade associations and businesses which collectively represent more than 395,000 employees across twenty-six multiple industry categories. BIC is committed to working with the Legislature to come up with effective and politically viable solutions to critical issues such as economic and jobs development, fiscal responsibility, responsible government, education, and legal reform.

Sincerely,

Janet S. Vineyard, Chairman
West Virginia Business and Industry Council (BIC)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Sharon Has a Clue

Larry,
I wish we had more people like you running for office. Hang in there, it must be a daunting task working in the legislative arena. It amazes and scares me that many of our leaders are so clueless.

Take care.
Sharon Martin

P.S.: I like the way you think.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Final 2012 Legislative Reflections

 With the end of the 2012 West Virginia legislative session and the state budget approval process by legislators tomorrow (Friday, March 16th), here are some points to ponder regarding just a few of the proposals considered by lawmakers this year:

 HR 40 passed, expressing concern about the steady growth in the number and cost of taxpayer funded abortions and urging further evaluation of this issue. Eastern Panhandle legislators voting for HR 40 were Delegates Daryl Cowles, Walter Duke, Eric Householder, Jonathan Miller, Larry D. Kump. and John Overington. Voting against HR 40 were Delegates John Doyle and Tiffany Lawrence. (Roll Call #313)

 HB 4605 passed, increasing marriage license fees in order to fund government directed marriage training (part of the fee to be refunded upon completion of the training). Eastern Panhandle Delegates voting for HB 4605 were Delegates John Doyle, Walter Duke, Eric Householder. Tiffany Lawrence, Jonathan Miller, and John Overington. Voting against HB 4605 were Delegate Daryl Cowles and Larry D. Kump. (Roll Call #194)

 SB 477 passed. It is a nineteen page bill, prompted by the recent hysteria caused by the escape of some zoo animals in Ohio. SB 477 directs the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources to establish permits, fees,and regulations for keeping "exotic" pets (including birds, amphibians, mammals, reptiles, and fresh water fish). If signed into law by the Governor, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will develop these rules under an "emergency" mandate. This bill begs the question, " Should it take a village to raise a ferret?". Pet owner confidence in this proposal and process ranges from "Slim" to "None" (and Slim left town). Eastern Panhandle Delegates voting for SB 477 were John Doyle, Walter Duke, Tiffany Lawrence, and John Overington. Voting against SB 477 were Delegates Daryl Cowles, Eric Householder, Larry D. Kump, and Jonathan Miller. (Roll Call #477)

 SB 211, making a Primary traffic offense to use cell phones or texting while driving was passed. In the Eastern Panhandle, only Delegate Larry D. Kump voted against SB 211 (Roll Call #315). It is noted, with irony, that lack of seat belt use is not a Primary traffic offense in West Virginia.

 With the increased mandate and burgeoning cost to taxpayers for law enforcement and prisons, no legislation was passed to reform our criminal justice system.

 While there was no change in the law to make Sudafed a prescription drug, the passage of SB 437 does decrease the amount of Sudafed that can be purchased on an over-the-counter basis.

Funding was approved to increase lodging at Cacapon State Park.

 Efforts to increase citizen access to non-confidential government information did not gain legislative approval.

 Finally, although many have called for the West Virginia Secretary of State to have greater enforcement power over election fraud, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant pushed hard for passage of SB 461, which actually would have reduced her election fraud enforcement authority. SB 461 died in the last few minutes of the legislative session.

For further information on all 2012 legislative issues, click on "WV State Legislature" (under "Links", on the right hand side of this webpage). Also check out the links under "Videos".

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Texting & Cell Phone Chatting

Click on the headline below for this news story:

House bill revisions: Texting, chatting primary traffic offenses
Source: bdtonline.com

Legislative End of Session Musings

 The 2012 West Virginia legislative session finally will end in the wee hours of tomorrow morning, but it has not brought much jubilation to, or even much attention from, most Mountaineers.

 However, there are important governing principles and policies which should prompt us to pause and ponder what our elected leaders have been and are doing.

 All of us need to better understand and stand up for what we expect from our elected leaders, both here in the West Virginia State House and in our nation's capitol.

 Legislators oft are prone to attempt to pass laws, in order to justify continuance in office, and, as Shakespeare once put it, "therein lies the rub".

 Not all laws are good laws, and some of this year's proposed and enacted laws should send a chill down the spines of lovers of liberty.

 One egregious case in point is the federally mandated "Real ID" law, which took effect here in West Virginia this past January. It makes getting and renewing drivers' licenses a horrible hassle for everyone, but especially for women whose names have changed because of previous marriages or divorces. Most of us are not yet even aware of the true extent of this waking nightmare, but it will get up close and personal for each and every one of us when we go to renew our driving licenses.

 Other examples, during the 2012 session of the West Virginia Legislature, included legislative attempts to impose criminal penalties on  previously legal activities and also increase the penalties for other crimes. All of this is going on when West Virginia has the second highest rate of prison incarceration in the nation and our local and state governments are reeling from the devastating expense of building and maintaining prisons and jails.

 Additional legislative proposals this year  also sought to limit our freedom and empower government to further dictate our choices for us.

 More and more folks are becoming disgusted with both major political parties. The ranks of unaffiliated or independent voters, as well as those who have completely opted out of even voting at all, are growing.

 And yet, our government belongs to each of us, and not the other way around.

 Please do your part, keep an eagle eye on all of us elected leaders, and always remember that the job of West Virginia citizen legislators is to work on your behalf and to preserve your liberty.

 Meanwhile, visit www.wvsos.com to learn about West Virginia's 2012 candidates in the May primary election and the November general election.

 Furthermore, you can click on "WV State Legislature" for more information about specific legislative issues and leaders (right hand side of this webpage, under "Links"), and, finally, click on "Why It Matters" (under "Videos", also on the right hand side of this webpage).

 

Footnote:  Although the 2012 Regular Legislative Session will end after Midnight tonight, legislators also will be at the State Capitol next week to finalize approval of the State Budget. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Even More on Homeowners' Associations

In addition to other business conducted during this last week of the Legislative Session, resolutions will be introduced by legislators regarding requests for further study of issues by interim legislative study committees during the months prior to next year's legislative session.

Accordingly, I am introducing the following for further legislative study:

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION #115
(By Delegate Kump)

Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the "Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act" and all other WV laws and regulations applicable to Home Owners Associations for the purpose of clarifying and updating the status of WV Homeowners Associations and proposing legislation which may aid in the relation of consumers with these Associations.

WHEREAS, an increasing number of West Virginians live in homes which are part of planned developments and which are subject to governance by Home Owner's Associations; and

WHEREAS, this body has previously, through laws such as the uniform common interest ownership act, attempted not only to regulate the actions of these associations, and to clarify the powers of these bodies and their relationship to the government and to the people and also to protect the interest of the consuming public; and

WHEREAS, The Legislature seeks to address concerns that sufficient oversight does not currently exist to ensure that Home Owner's Associations adequately protect consumer's interests; therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the "Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act" and all other WV laws and regulations applicable to Home Owners Associations for the purpose of clarifying and updating the status of WV Homeowners Associations and to study the feasibility of creating legislation consistent with the committee's findings; and proposing legislation to achieve this goal; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the committee shall consider such other information or documentation as the committee may request in order to achieve the goals of this resolution; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Committee report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2013, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.

Pay Hikes for WV Magistrates & Staff?

Click on the link below for the news story:

http://www.journal-news.net/page/content.detail/id/576187/News-at-6-p-m---Pay-hikes-for-W-Va--magistrates--staff-proposed.html#.T1XqaO96o1E.email



March 16th, 2012 Footnote: This legislation passed the House of Delegates, but did not pass the Senate, and thereby will not become law.

Monday, March 5, 2012

2012 Eastern Panhandle Report #7

Due to the press of numerous and competing committee meetings during this last week of the Legislative Session, the Eastern Panhandle Legislative Caucus meeting this morning was both brief and sparsely attended by area legislators.

Legislative proposals which have passed the originating chamber (House of Delegates or Senate) were reviewed.

There also was further discussion about West Virginia's implementation of the federal requirement for additional documentation for drivers licenses, which has become such a nightmare for Mountaineers, especially women who have had name changes because of marriage or divorce (see previous March 4th entry below). HB 4556, an attempt to ease these regulations, was introduced by Delegates Walter Duke, Larry D. Kump, Eric Householder, John Overington, and Jonathan Miller. Sadly, HB 4556 never even was given a legislative committee hearing.

Although the Legislative Session will end after Midnight, on Saturday, March 10th, legislators will remain in the State Capitol during the following week, in order to finalize the State Budget.

Participating in this morning's Eastern Panhandle Caucus were Delegates Daryl Cowles, Larry D. Kump, Eric Householder, John Overington, Ruth Rowan, and Walter Duke.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Senior Citizens Endorse Kump

"Senior Power" has endorsed the 2012 re-election of Delegate Larry D. Kump (Morgan-Berkeley Counties).

Senior Power Chair Jennifer Gibson and Lobbyist Marc L. Harman told Delegate Kump that Senior Power "appreciates the support you have given West Virginia's senior citizens...".