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Getting to know those folks from Heaven & the Promised Land The recent passing of my beloved first cousin, Paul Buehe, brought to mind an age- old question: "Can the dead reappear to you after their deaths?" Now, don't get me wrong; I'm not going out to espouse some new, crazy idea or to step out on a thin tree limb here. Paul and I grew up together, living only tour houses apart in New Albany, IN. We were even closer, because our two mothers were sisters. As any close families, we ate our holiday meals together, went to ball games together, and shared many, many hours of playtime together. Later in life, we -- Paul, me and our fami- lies ~ shared a great pleasiare in having an annual reunion at Kentucky Lake in January. There, we'd enjoy what is called "Eagles Weekend." Paul got me interested in this, because eagles, about a decade ago, were on The Corcoran Column By David H. Corcoran Publisher-Editor the endangered list. He suggested that we meet there to see the eagles before they be- came extinct. The eagles and all other birds of prey, like hawks, are very majestic and beautiful, but wild creatures -7-. truly flee spirits. Humans can't get too close to them without chasing them away. To see them, everyone must be quiet and use powerful telescopes, which the Rangers at Lake Barkley State Park near Princeton, KY always provided. Needless to say, over a decade-long period in the 1990s and early 2000s, we learned a lot about the birds of prey's habits, eating, flying, romanc- ing, and nesting. In fact, with the use of the telescope, we even observed some pretty spec- tacular fish kills by the swooping birds. Enough for the birds. Another reason for reunioning at Lake Bafkley was that it was close to the city of Princeton, which is where our other aunt and uncle, Venita and lioward Day, had lived COUSIN PAUL AT KY. LAKE and are now buried. It gave us a chance to chat about family history and to say &prayer over their graves. We didn't want them to be forgot- !en, as this loving couple had played a big role in our growmg up. They taught us to fish, hunt," and appreciate nature at Buck Creek Lodge. In the 1980s. however, long after most of the older owners had passed on. the Lodge eventually fell out of our hands. Since we no longer went there for our outdoor fun, the Lake Barkley weekend fulfilled our needs for that family activity. Continued on page 5 .... " ..... -" "'• - " "•-"" • "- "•'-""-•-'" =" ..... "-•F:,,•::_ ":.'• .: : wxo-':• ":+=/'::"..::: Governor Manchin advances his list By Brent Boggs, State Delegate (Gilmer-Braxton) It was great to get home late last Friday evening, but the weekend was all too short, with necessary legislative work being carried home for completion. As a result, I didn't get to attend many of the local functions I had planned. However. we did get a briefopportu- mty to visit with Justin. Jen, and the twins. As of Fri., Mar. 20 at noon, a total of 1,965 bills have been introduced during the 2009 Regular Session of the 79th Legislature. House Bills total 1,273 with 55 having passed the House and Senate Bills total 662 with 38 bills having passed the Senate. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ~:;~::::.: ..... ::~:~ During each legislative session, every Governor has iii!!::i::: "i~ an extensive legislative ~..-...~. ~,... agenc[a and Governor Manchin is no •exception. This year. he has twenty- five bills submitted on be- half of the Executive Branch, with several more .that are endorsed by the Governor but intro- duced at the request of agencies by various members. To date, many of the Governor's bills are slow to move, due either to their complexity, lateness of introduction, or gen- eral policy differences between the executive and legislative branches. The Governor cannot introduce a bill. but does so in both the House and Senate under the sponsorship of the House Speaker and House Minority Leader or Senate President and Senate Minority Leaders, subject to the respective legislative houses. "Immediately following these sponsors, the bill heading will state, By Request of the Executive". Anytime this is noted on a bill, it is a Governor's bill. In order to make the best use of limited legislative time. the Senate and House divide the bills, allowing approximately half to be worked first-in the House; the other half in the Senate. However, passing one side is no guar- antee that a bill will pass in the other. Nor is it a given that these bills, if passed, will still be suitable to the Governor after substantial amendments and changes. Governor Joe Manchin's priorities The following is a list of Governor Manchin's legislation in the House. including the "same as" Senate bill number: HB 2010: Budget Bill (SB 504) HB 2334: Providing restrictions for an elected or appointed public official relating to of legislative bills reemployment after retirement (SB 244) State Building Code (SB 504) lib 2335: Relating to the federal "Yellow lib 2977: Relating to the procuremeflt of Ribbon G. I. Education Enhancement Pro- engineering services (SB 511) gram" (SB 480) HB 3000: Relating to a business and occu- liB 2336: Relating generally to unem- pation tax on the business of the transmission ployment compensation and the unemploy- of electricity through certain electric trans- ment compensation trust fund (SB 246) mission lines (SB 505) HB 2337: Authorizing the Governor to HB 3006: Relating to the hiring, termina- pay a non-base building salary enhancement tion, transfer and reassignment of teachers to eligible state employees (SB 247) and school personnel (SB 513) HB 2401: Providing for the expiration of You can check the status of these bills on the alternative minimum tax (SB 248) the legislative website at http:// lib 2402: Relating to the annual school calendar (SB 249) Several deadlines, established by both pro- lib 2405: Relating to Public Defender cedural and constitutional rules, come into Services and raising the hourly rate of corn- play as the final day of session approaches. pensauon for panel attorneys (SB 260) The following is a brief outline of the upcom- HB 2406: Relating to unlawful expendi- ing deadlines this week: tures by a local fiscal body (SB 2.5.8) Monday March 23.2009. the 41st Day on HB 2565: Relating to industrialaccidents .the I~gislative Calendar, is the last day to and emergencies (SB 279) introduce bills in the Senate and the House. HB 2572: Relating to classification of re- However. this rule does not apply to originat- tail licenses for the sale of liquor (SB 282) ing or supplementary appropriation bills nor HB 2682: Alternative and Renewable En- does it apply to Senate or House resolution or ergy Portfolio Act (SB 297~ concurrent resolutions. HB 2765: Updating the meaning of "fed- The next deadline occurs on March 29, the eral adjusted gross income" and certain other 47th Day. Bills are due out of committees in terms in the West Virginia Personal Income house of origin to ensure three full days of Tax Act (SB 329) reading. As these deadline approach and we HB 2832: Relating to critical skills evalu- near the end of session, workloads in commit- ations for students in grades three and eight tees and on thefloorwillbeincreasing andthe HB 2833: Clarifying the taxation of natu- activity will increase. ral gas and oil (SB 372) How to contact me! HB2834: Cappingthe amount ofaPROM- Please address your mail to the Capitol ISE scholarship, dissolving the PROMISE office at: Building 1, Room 228-M, Charles- Board, and reconstituting the Financial Aid ton. WV 25305. My constituent services num- Advisory Board (SB 373) ber is 340-3353; office telephone number is HB 2835: Relating to the Office of 340-3220 or fax to 340-3213. For those with Coalfield Community Development andInternet access, my e-mail address is master land use plans (SB 375) You also may obtain ad- HB 2836: School Innovation Zones Act ditional legislative information, including the (SB 376) copies of bills, conference reports, daily sum- HB 2860: Regulating the sequestration maries, interim highlights, and other informa- and storage of carbon dioxide (SB 396) non from the Legislature's web site at http:// HB 2882: Transferring authority over rac- ing, boxing, charitable bingo, raffle, games If you write or leave a message, please and charitable lottery to the State Gaming remember to include your phone number with and Alcohol Control Agency and State Gam- your inquiry and any details you can provide. ing and Alcohol Control Commission (SB Additional information, including agency links 401 ) and state government phone directory may be HB 2902: Updating the meaning of "fed- found at eral taxable income" used in the West Vir- Remember to thank a veteran for their ser- ginia Corporation Net Income Tax Act to vice to our nation and continue to remember conform with the Internal Revenue Code (SB our troops-- at home and abroad and keep 410) them and their families m your thoughts and HB 2976: Requiring the State Fire Com- prayers. Until next week. take care. mission to promulgate rules .pertaining to the ...... • ...... • • : •: • : • • : ::: •:, :- :::• • • • • / ::•• •-.-:• : .