Today was the first day in the West Virginia Legislature for legislative proposals (bills) to be introduced.
Although a multitude of bills will continue to be introduced in the coming days, here are some of the bills that I introduced today as a sponsor or cosponsor (Committee assignments are listed after each bill number and title):
HB 2009 Voter Rights (Judiciary Committee) Provides the same privacy rights for signers of ballot petitions that are enjoyed by voters in elections.
HB 2010 Employee Freedom of Choice (Energy, Industry, Labor, Economic Development & Small Business Committee) Gives employees the right to join or to refrain from joining a union and provides penalties for harassing employees.
HB 2019 None of the Above (Judiciary) Puts "None of the Above" as a choice on the ballots for elections of state officials.
HB 2027 Non-Partisan Elections (Judiciary) Creates non-partisan elections for state officials, judges, and magistrates.
HB 2218 National Defense Authorization Act Protection (Government Organization Committee) Protects West Virginia citizens and agencies from actions by the United States Armed Forces which violate the United States or West Virginia constitutions.
HB 2374 Child Abuse (Judiciary) Eliminates parole eligibility for child abusers. (Note: This does not eliminate the right to appeal these sentences in court, which is a separate procedure from parole)
HB 2405 Election Reform (Judiciary) Provides for single member delegate districts in all West Virginia House of Delegate districts.
The above are only a few of the bills that have been and will be introduced. All bills must first be heard and voted upon in their assigned committee before receiving further legislative consideration. For information on other bills introduced and which legislators are assigned to which committees, click on the "WV State Legislature" link under "Links" on the right hand side of this webpage.