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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
Action Alerts WVEC January 23, 2019
Good Day For Water at the WV Legislature
It was a tension-filled day at the Capitol when the Senate Energy, Industry and Mining Committee met on Tuesday to take up SB 167, revisions to West Virginia's Water Quality Standards. At stake were updated protections for toxins harmful to human health. More
Issues: LegislationPollutionWater
Action Alerts WVEC January 17, 2019
WV DEP To Hold Water Quality Standards Human Health Criteria Meeting
Every three years the state DEP reviews rules surrounding the toxins in our drinking water. This last year, they recommended 56 updates, compared to the federal EPA’s recommended 94 updates. More
Issues: LegislationPollutionWater
Newsletter article Karan Ireland January 12, 2019
Hello from the 1st Session of the 84th WV Legislature
It’s great to be back under the dome–except: there is no dome! At least not one we can see from inside the building. There is no standing around the well, eavesdropping on conversations between committee meetings this year, as the rotunda undergoes repairs. More
Issues: DEPLegislationLoggingOil and gasRenewable energyWater
Newsletter article WVEC January 12, 2019
Meet the Lobby Team
Karan Ireland is back for her second year as the lobby team coordinator. Prior to her work for the Environmental Council, Karan was the executive director of WV Solar United Neighbors More
Issues: Legislation
Blog WVEC January 7, 2019
2019 West Virginia Environmental Council lobbying priorities
Water protection including updating state water quality standards with EPA recommended human health criteria, Advance renewable energy options including Power Purchase Agreements (PPA), Protect public lands, including prohibiting commercial logging in State Parks to preserve the integrity and intent of State Parks... More
Issues: Clean electionsLegislationOil and gasRenewable energyState parksWater
Action Alerts WVEC November 7, 2018
Lobbyist positions available
The WV Environmental Council (WVEC) is seeking lobbying proposals for full time legislative lobbying during the 2019 regular Legislative Session, which runs from January 9th through March 9th, 2019. More
Issues: Legislation
Action Alerts WVEC October 5, 2018
Reminder: WV Environmental Council Annual Meeting
This Saturday, October 6, 2018 for our annual meeting and fall Green Picnic. We will be selecting legislative priorities for 2019 and selecting officers and committees. The plan is to meet from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm and then gather for food and fellowship – and good music! More
Issues: LegislationWVEC event
Action Alerts WVEC September 25, 2018
Survey and Annual Meeting Reminder
In case you haven't had the opportunity, please take a minute to fill out the survey we have linked here. The WV E-Council wants to know what specific issues you want the lobby team to focus on in the lead up to, and especially during, the legislative session. Please complete this survey by this Sunday, September 30th. More
Issues: LegislationWVEC event
Action Alerts WVEC September 7, 2018
Survey of Environmental Lobbying Issues of Interest
In anticipation of our October 6 annual meeting, we have created a brief survey to find out what your organization cares about going into the 2019 legislative session. More
Issues: LegislationWVEC event
Newsletter article Crystal Good March 12, 2018
KILL BILL: Legislative Wrap Up
In the movie “Kill Bill” the lead blonde character is called, 'The Bride”. She is played by actor Uma Thurman. The Bride was a member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. The Bride decides to get out of the assassin profession but is quickly reminded that once you TRY to get out of the DVAS you can’t ! Perhaps as it is in the world of assassins it is in lobbying, once you get in politics you can’t get out -- nobody leaves the squad. The Bride reminds me of Karan Ireland during this legislative Session. More
Issues: Forced poolingLegislationLogging
Newsletter article Karan Ireland March 12, 2018
Legislative Wrap-Up
On the 10th day of the legislative session, I remember thinking, “wow, this is going to be a long sixty days.” But, as with anything, time flies when you’re having fun. Today is the last day of the 2nd session of the 83rd West Virginia Legislature, or “sine die.” The environmental bills we’ve been watching have either passed or died and all that’s left is to wait for the crack of the gavel at midnight. More
Issues: CoalEnergyForced poolingLegislationLogging
Legislative Updates WVEC March 12, 2018
GREEN, Volume 28 Issue 9
On the 10th day of the legislative session, I remember thinking, “wow, this is going to be a long sixty days.” But, as with anything, time flies when you’re having fun. Today is the last day of the 2nd session of the 83rd West Virginia Legislature, or “sine die.” The environmental bills we’ve been watching have either passed or died and all that’s left is to wait for the crack of the gavel at midnight. More
Issues: Forced poolingLegislationState parks
Newsletter article Karan Ireland March 3, 2018
Logging In Parks Bill (SB 270) OFFICIALLY Dead
We mentioned last week that Senator Mike Woelful released a statement that SB 270 appeared to be dead. While we were cautiously optimistic, we didn’t want to start shoveling dirt on the coffin until we knew for sure. Now that crossover has come and gone, we want to shout it from the rooftops: “THE BILL IS DEAD; NO LOGGING IN STATE PARKS thanks to YOU!! More
Issues: LegislationLogging
Newsletter article Karan Ireland March 3, 2018
Bad Utility Bill Dies on Senate Floor
In a dramatic turn of events, SB 600 which would have allowed discounted utility rates for large industrial energy users, but would have raised residential rates, was defeated on the Senate floor on crossover. More
Issues: Energy efficiencyLegislation
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