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t Page 8 --- The GlenvUle Democrat/Pathfinder -- Thursday, February 20, 2003 VISITING THE WV LEGISLATURE- On Jan. 30, members of the Gilmer County Retired School Personnel visited the WV Legislature. Shown above, (I to r) are Helen James, Delegate Brent Boggs, Neva Lynn Gainer, Espy Miller, Mary Ann Radabaugh, Patrick Corcoran (Herndon intern), Mary Jo Cunningham, Wanda Reed, Virginia West, Yvonne King, Elma Jean Woofter, Roger Weese, van driver and Kay Chico. Fran Schmetzer was absent from the picture. THE MOS T IMPORTANT LESSON By Governor Bob Wise we fail our children, we threaten our Over the past few years, West Vir- future. We must teach our children ginia has made great strides in many right from wrong by adding two new areas of education. Test scores are up, Rs to the original three: Responsibil- we are among the nation's leaders in ity and Respect. the education of African-American This week, I was proud to join Edu- students, andhundredsofyoungWest cation and the Arts Secretary Kay Virginians are now enrolled in our Goodwin and Superintendent Dr. state's higher education institutions, David Stewart in presenting awards thanks to the PROMISE Scholarship. to 10 outstanding students, one each These students, and their parents, from grades three through twelve, for teachers, and school personnel, have their essays on the subject of citizen- helped our schools advance in impor- ship and character. tam areas such as math, science, lit- I expressed to them my belief that. eracy and social studies. All of these no matter how many other qualifica- are vital to academic success and tions one may have, without a strong building a strong work torce. How- character, it is hard to go far. Most ever, there is no subject more impor- employerswillagreethattheirtrustof tant, and no improvement of which I a potential or current employee is am more proud, than the character unequaled among factors in hiring education curriculum recently imple- and promotion decisions. mented in our public schools. West Virginia has always been in- For too many years, the loss of habitedbype°ple°fstr°ngcharacter" instruction in citizenship" hurt our From the earliest settlers who braved schools and our communities. When what was then adangerous frontier-- children are not taught to respect each to the thousands of young men and other and their educators, chaos en- women who served, and continue to sues in the classroom. When we toler- serve, in our nation's military -- to ate this, we fail our children. When theneighborsandstrangerswhoreach Say No to New Taxes in W.Va. It is time for the people of WV to I'd be crossing the line now. out in times of disaster to help their fellow citizens, Mountaineers have always made their state proud. It is important that our schools rein- force the strong lessons our fami- lies work to in- still in their chil- dren. Character edu- cation programs can take many forms. In the ear- liest grades, they can include simple lessons on how to behave courteously and helpfully with each other and the teacher. Later, students can debate what makes someone a good citizen, and what each of us can do to make our community better. The young students I was lucky enough to meet this week are the best hope for our state's future. They are examples for their peers and they en- courage their teachers with their en- thusiasm, talent, and, of course, their character. Legislative Doll Project Announced The Putnam/Kanawha Foster Care Task Team is a group of foster care Legislative By Hon. Joe Minard, State Senator We have now passed the halfway point of the 2003 Regular Session. The following recent actions may be of interest to you: more than 1350 bills have been introduced in both the Senate and the House. A $10.6 million dollar as- sessment on doctors and hospi- tals was injected into the medical malpractice bill by the Senate Finance Committee to help start up costs for a doctor's healthcare mutual insurance company. The committee also re- moved from the bill a provision to provide income tax credits that could be applied against malpractice insur- ance premiums. The Senate ATV bill is expected to go into a Conferees Committee when it reaches the House Monday. A Senate amendment failed that would have prevented law entorcement of- ricers from entering private property in pursuit of hehnet law violators. An amendment to House Bill 2122 requires the State Board of Medicine to investigate doctors cited with three malpractice judgments within three years. The old law was five settle- ments within rive years. Republican delegates may propose legislation to privatize the financially strapped Worker's Compensation sys- tem. The house Minority Leader said he is looking toward legislation that Update Now at the H= will hold the line on premiums.Senate Senate Bill 136 would allow par- requirement tha ents to keep their children from being work at least immunized for religious reasons. Under existing law, only West Vir- full-time giniaand Mississippi provide no reli- poses. gious exemptions for immunization. The State lawmakers appear ready tocial fuel plunge their hands into a $94 million Bill 431 dollar trust fund established to fi- ducedthis nance West Virginians'long term anti- tax by rive cent~ smoking cam~igns. Under a HouseV~ proposal, $80 million dollars would help from be diverted from the fund overa four- would exempt year period to address short falls in sales and servia the Worker's Compensation fund. There is doubt in the Senate Fi- prese nance Committee whether there are Armed ForceS- enough votes to raise the tax on ciga- Senate Bill 447' rettes from 17 cents to 55 cents per who reside pack. The Committee Chair says a lowing rec~ reduction may have to be made on the made with tax in order to get it passed, and fishing. TIC More than 7,000 West Virginia ate. High School students have applied House Bill for the Promise Scholarship, about week. would 40%ofthi'syear'sseniorclasses. That human beings is over 1,000 applications more than Virginia. . last year. up to $ l 0,000 in A bill passed in the Senate with an in jail. amendment would exempt barbers,WestVil beauticians and manicurists from con- way to tinued education in their profession. Originally, the bill only exempted A tax barbers, would The proposal for the state to issue one to ten about $4 billion dollars in pension Virginia Family obligation bonds to refinance its re- prog~ tirement system debts may be intro- ment duced again this session. If passed, Thank the measure would mean that the State portunity could payoff its pension system's un- funded liabilities by 2023, instead of 2034, which is the current goal. Legislative Update Returning to Legislative By Delegate Brent Boggs proximately 6,000 students across the on the As I write this week's column, the state participated in the contest, seat belt and weather seems to be the main con- Ashley's parents, along with GCHS lives. cern. Principal John Bennett, accompanied attempt by Currently, l'm attempting to finish hertotheceremonyintheGovernor'stoturnt the column between brief power out- office, mastree"by ages due to the inclement weather Passed into law during the 2001I i n k i n g around the area. RegularSession, HouseBill2208 was other corn- Friday February 14 marked the the impetus for a recent statewide ponents is thirty-eighth day of the legislative Character Education Essay Contest. the proper session. Thus far, 1.568 measures Themeasuremandatescharacteredu-way to have been introduced: 1032 in the cation be integrated into the public handle the House of Delegates; 536 in the Sen- school curriculum. While it encore- two issues. ate. Both houses completed action on passes six issues, students were asked We will two bills; one of which - the Medical to: Describe the qualities you feel are do what we Liability legislation - is in anecessary for a person to be a respon- cantosepa- House-Senate Conference Commit-siblecitizen. Congratulations, Ashley. rate the two tee. Great job. issues, but it This week, the House is scheduled is difficult to vote on a bill that, i~t the opinion of out. many legislators, should actually be Finally, islation picking up in volume each two separate bills. One is lowering upon us, day. the legal blood alcohol level from the neighbors The ATV bill will go to a Confer- current .I to .08. This ".08" bill hand is alwayS~ enceCommittee sometime this week. lowers the legal limit for a DUI of- Remember, eV The Workers' Compensation bill and fense. Failure to pass the .08 provi- heat are on, it the tobacco tax legislation are still in sions will cost West Virginia $2.5 mean that Senate Finance. Thus far, HB 2224- million per year in federal highway may be as the legislation that would close, merge funding. During the or privatize two colleges by 2007 - is However, the House Judiciary still bottled up in the Senate Educa- Committee decided to link this issue tion Committee. with a bill that would make failure to Monday, February 17 was the dead- use a seat belt a primary traffic of- you may line for bill introduction in the Senate. fense. Currently, law enforcement you may Friday, February 21 is the deadline cannot cite a driver for failure to use the for bills to be introduced in the House. their seat belt unless they are stopped 1-873 First, I want to congratulate Ms. for another traffic offense. Several For those with Ashley Echard on her receipt of a surrounding states have a primary seat e-mailaddreSS major award last week. Ashley - a belt law. Youcan senioratGilmerCountyHighSchool-I plan to join with several other mation at was selected earlier as the twelfth legislators in an attempt to separate htt! gradestatewidewinnerintheCharac- thesebills and let each sink or swim Until ter Education Essay Contest. Ap- stand up and he heard and say No to new taxes in WV. Placing a tax of 6% on food hascaused many from WV to cross the border to neighboring states that do not have a food tax. This calculates into millions of dollars in lost revenue for WV. It is time to lift the food tax in WV. Rinsing the cost of cigarettes is not going to hurt the state's economy, but it will do more harm than good. People will be traveling again out of state to purchase their smokes and the state will be the losers. Cigarettes are ex- pensive enough today, let alone place a burdensome tax on all tobacco which will only hurt small business owners on bordering counties. IfWV is going to boost the economy it has to be by another means. Increasing taxation does not cause business to strive but to barely stay alive. People in the bordering states now cross the border to purchase cases of cigarettes at a time to take back to their communities to keep from pay- ing the high taxes on tobacco now. Boosting the tax of tobacco will only cause thousands of tobacco users in WV to cross the border and take their We need our lawmakers to cut out the fraudand abuse and drop the health care insurance that we, the citizens, are purchasing for them. The state could save literally millions if the abuse and fraud were stopped in the various state agencies. Our lawmak- ers are part time employees workin~ 60 days a year, but we cover them with health care coverage for 365 days a year. Not a bad deal. Let's pass legislation that lawmakers will no providers, advocates and parents Budget hearings in the House and working to raise the of ~+ Se.nag~e Fi ce Committees have fi- nallyconcluded, with the flow of leg- Call your lawmaker and request that he or she propose cutting taxes, eliminating fraud, and stopping all abuse. Also ask them to draft a bill to end all health care insurance for all elected officials and we may see a difference in the make up of our local commissioners, delegates and sena- tors. Just say NO that is, NO to all new taxes in WV. However, appropriate $120 million to give every teacher in WV a $5,000 acrossrthe-board raise by eliminating the fraud and abuse that is present!y unchecked in other agencies of the need for foster homes in West Vir- ginia. One of our goals is to increase the awarness of government officials as to the needs of foster children, fami- lies and providers. Wednesday, February 19 marked childrens day at the West Virginia State Legislator. On Children's Day, the task team presented each legisla- longer be covered by free health care tot with a doll that represented a W. by the tax payers. This would be a Va. fosterchild; legislators were then substantial savings, asked to serve as "Honory Foster Par- ent" for that child for two weeks. During this time the task team will send information on foster care in our state. For further information, call; Kelly Thompson/Legislative Doll Project Coordinator, PO Box 595, Hunting- ton, WV 25710, 304-523-2255 (of- fice) ; 304-634-4597 (cell); or wvdollproject@yahoo, cont. Over 20 years experience - Reasonable rates Electronic filing - Multi-state returns Personal an__.dd Business returns money out of state. Now, how does state. The money would be there. this stimulate economic growth in Supporting WVBusiness Owners, WV? 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