Today in the Legislature

Friday, January 30, 2009 - 03:07 PM

Snow Blankets the Capitol
Looking West from the intersection of Kanawha Boulevard and California Avenue the Capitol Dome glistens with midday sun following a break in snow showers. The Statue of Stonewall Jackson sits in the foreground on the Capitol grounds. Snow has blanketed the state recently including here in Charleston as the Legislature readies for the upcoming 2009 Regular Session of the 79th Legislature.

Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 03:36 PM

Legislature's 2009 Information Packet
The West Virginia Legislature's Information Packet has been updated for the 79th Legislature and is now available online. This packet is a comprehensive reference tool for any citizen or Capitol visitor interested in state government and contains maps of the Capitol which include room numbers for all legislators; seating charts for the Senate and House Chambers; Senate, House and Congressional district maps; members photographs, contact information and committee assignments for all members of the Legislature; and, phone numbers and addresses for Congressional representatives. Also included are helpful toll-free telephone numbers and website addresses for state agencies, colleges and universities.

This publication is one of many the Legislature's Office of Reference and Information produces for the goal of furthering civic education and fostering collaboration between elected officials and the citizenry. As Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying, "the best defense of Democracy is an informed electorate".

Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 11:06 AM

Chronology of Women in the West Virginia Legislature
The Chronology of Women in the West Virginia Legislature has been updated with members of the 79th Legislature and is available online. The publication lists all women who have served in the Legislature since 1922 when the first female, Anna Gates (D) Kanawha County, was elected to the House of Delegates.

There are now 20 women serving in the House of Delegates and two women serving in the Senate.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 04:08 PM

Joint Assembly Receives General Election Results

The Senate arrived in the House Chamber for a joint assembly to receive, open and publish the statewide general election results from the Nov. 4, 2008 election. The House Clerk submitted the election returns to the members and they will be issued a certificate of election. Session will reconvene Feb. 11 at Noon.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 03:46 PM

79th Legislature Convenes

The 1st Regular Session of the 79th Legislature convened today for opening day to swear in the newly elected members of the Senate and House of Delegates. Members of the Senate were sworn in by the Honorable West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Justice Robin Jean Davis. Members of the House were sworn in by the Honorable Circuit Judge Robert Chafin from Wayne County.

The House and Senate re-elected House Speaker Richard Thompson and Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin, respectively. House and Senate officers were also re-elected.

House members took a moment of silence to remember the late Delegate Proudfoot and his dedicated service to the state of West Virginia.

The House also adopted House Resolution 1 , which make changes to various standing committees.

Both the West Virginia House of Delegates and Senate have adjourned until Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 at 12:00 p.m.

House Finance has announced a meeting for February 11th at 9:30 a.m. in the House Chamber.

Monday, January 12, 2009 - 01:27 PM

Legislative Interns begin work for 2009 Regular Session

The Legislative Internship program started this week with interns representing a variety of state universities and colleges taking part in orientation and learning what committees or lawmakers they would be working with throughout the session.

The West Virginia Legislature each year offers a number of internship opportunities for college students from in-state institutions wishing to further their knowledge and understanding of the political process on a state level.

The McManus Fellowship, Rollins-Burk Interns, Herndon Fellowship, Fraisure-Singleton Internship and the Legislative Information Journalism Internship offer varying degrees of involvement and students wishing to apply must meet requirements specific to the program they wish to enter.

While positions are filled for the 2009 Legislative Session, interested students are urged to look over the information on the Legislative Internship webpage and consider applying in the future.

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