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Legislative Updates WVEC January 17, 2020
GREEN, Volume 30 Issue 2
So far, we are already tracking SO many bills! Many of the bills are carried over from last year, including two versions of the Power Purchase Agreement bill–the PPA bill we are working on hasn’t been introduced yet! We see a lot of carryover relating to landfills, public lands, and solar. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksClean electionsLegislationOrphaned wellsWater
Action Alerts WVEC January 13, 2020
Action Alert: Say No to Removing Regulations of Tanks Near Drinking Water Intakes
HB4079 exempts certain tanks used by the oil and gas industry from the Aboveground Storage Tank Act. This bill is particularly alarming because it deregulates tanks that are located closest to our public drinking water intakes! More
Issues: LegislationWater
Newsletter article Karan Ireland January 10, 2020
2020 WVEC Legislative Priorities: An Overview
Kayla and I are happy to be back again representing you this year at the Capitol. We intend to build on the relationships we made with our representatives last year. More
Issues: LegislationPollutionRenewable energyWater
Newsletter article Karan Ireland January 10, 2020
Meet the Lobby Team 2020
Karan Ireland is back for her third year as the lobby team coordinator. Kayla Young is back for her second year as a lobbyist for the Environmental Council. More
Issues: Legislation
Legislative Updates WVEC January 10, 2020
GREEN, Volume 30 Issue 1
Karan Ireland is back for her third year as the lobby team coordinator. She was the past Program Director for Solar United Neighbors of West Virginia, a non-profit focused on increasing solar energy accessibility in West Virginia. More
Issues: LegislationWVEC event
Action Alerts WVEC October 31, 2019
Request for Proposals for Legislative Lobbyists and More
The WVEC Board of Directors invites you to apply for our 2020 lobby team. We are looking for motivated and qualified lobbyists as well as a lobby team coordinator to represent our members at the State Capitol during the 2020 Legislative Session. The deadline to apply is November 17, 2019. More
Issues: LegislationPollution
Action Alerts WVEC October 7, 2019
You’re Invited to WVEC’s 30th anniversary annual meeting!
October 12 is just around the corner: the WVEC's 30th anniversary annual meeting! Enjoy lunch at Coonskin Park, learn about our 2020 Legislative Priorities and meet the candidates! Stephen Smith, candidate for governor, and Sam Petsonk, candidate for Attorney General are confirmed. All candidates are invited to attend. More
Issues: Clean electionsLegislationWVEC event
Action Alerts WVEC August 8, 2019
Legislative Priorities Survey 2019
Please fill this survey out for your organization.  You may also fill it out for yourself if you are not affiliated with an organization.  Please submit by August 31.  If you need to make revisions, your answers may be edited after submission. More
Issues: LegislationWVEC event
Action Alerts WVEC June 18, 2019
Contact your House of Delegates members today and ask them to vote “NO” on HB 144
Please contact your House of Delegates members today and ask them to vote “NO” on HB 144, the West Virginia Business Ready Sites Program. More
Issues: EnergyLegislation
Kanawha River and WV Coal Legislature
Legislative Updates WVEC April 10, 2019
GREEN, Volume 29 Issue 9: Legislative Wrap-up
For 75 days- including for one week prior to and a week following the end of the recent 60 day regular session of the WV legislature- lobbyists for the WV Environmental Council (WVEC) walked the hallways of the capitol, attended uncounted legislative committee meetings, schemed with lobbyists from allied social justice organizations, encouraged citizens “back home” to contact legislators in support of environmental law sanity- all in an effort to recruit political support for WVEC’s 2019 legislative agenda. More
Issues: LegislationLoggingRenewable energyWater
Coal sunset
Newsletter article Kayla Young February 23, 2019
House Finance passes two originating bills Friday relating to Coal Severance Tax and Coal Rebate Tax
The first originating bill put through House Finance yesterday morning reduced the severance tax on thermal or steam coal from 5% to 3% overall. Many delegates were concerned with the impact on counties. More
Issues: CoalLegislation
Newsletter article Ben Kessler February 22, 2019
Bills on our watch
SB 404: Relating generally to sediment control during commercial timber harvesting operations, SB 415 Creating Timber Cotenancy Modernization and Majority Protection Act and Unknown and Unlocatable Timber Interest Owners Act More
Issues: LegislationLogging
Newsletter article Ben Kessler February 22, 2019
A Victory for Public Lands- and Something to Worry About.
Senate Democrats fought twice in as many days to protect public lands in West Virginia. After public outcry killed a bill last year that would have allowed logging in state parks, we were wondering when we’d see bills this session that would be introduced that might have the same effects–or worse. More
Issues: LegislationLogging
Action Alerts WVEC February 20, 2019
Take Action to Update Human Health Protection in WV’s Water Quality Standards – SB 163
Water quality and the rules that govern it have become a focus of the 2019 legislative session. One of the most controversial and contentious bills this session deals with outdated human health protections in West Virginia’s water quality standards. More
Issues: LegislationPollutionWater
Newsletter article Karan Ireland February 15, 2019
West Virginia Coal Association Bill Originated in Committee
The long awaited “Coal Bill” originated yesterday in Senate EIM. “Coal bill” is the colloquialism for the bill, usually originated in committee and pushed straight to the floor, that is written by the West Virginia Coal Association and encompasses all of their legislative goals for the year. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksCoalLegislation
Newsletter article Frank Young February 15, 2019
Shameless Appeal for Funds
As we are at the midway point of the 2019 regular session of the Legislature, the WV Environmental Council Treasurer reminds readers that we are incurring heavy costs each day the legislature is in session. More
Issues: Legislation
Action Alerts WVEC February 4, 2019
The Modern Jobs Act (MOJO Act)
HB 2589, The Modern Jobs Act (MOJO Act), would enable large energy producers to access cheaper renewable energy so they can create and protect manufacturing jobs in the state. It would also invite modern tech companies to the state who have renewable energy targets. More
Issues: LegislationRenewable energy
Newsletter article Kayla Young February 1, 2019
Pro-Democracy, Anti-Corruption Platform
The Pro-Democracy, Anti-Corruption Platform is a set of common sense policy solutions that can help put our government on a path to solve problems that affect us all. This is not about Democrat vs. Republican; this is about fixing a broken system, and moving toward a government that’s more transparent, accountable, and responsive to the needs of ALL West Virginians. More
Issues: Clean electionsLegislation
Newsletter article Karan Ireland January 25, 2019
Special thanks to our cookie lobbyist!
Since 2014, Lori Magana has been working hard for clean, safe water in unique and creative ways. She is known by her fans as “The Cookie Lobbyist” because of the delicious, waterdrop-shaped sugar cookies that she hands out to legislators, urging them to “Protect Our Water!” More
Issues: LegislationWater
Newsletter article Kayla Young January 25, 2019
Senate EIM Chairman Randy Smith, R-Tucker, says including 60 DEP updates to Water Quality Standards was the “right thing to do.”
The Water Quality Standards Rule (SB167) moves onward to Senate Judiciary! After being pulled from the agenda to allow for a DEP Public Hearing on Water & Human Health, the senate EIM committee reconvened twice on Tuesday to debate and question the rule and its implications. More
Issues: LegislationPollutionWater
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