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wvwa leg landWe maintain strong one on one contact with state and federal legislators and government leaders. We are proactive in our efforts for the benefit of our industry and members.

Position Statements

As always, there are issues that are very important to our industries, where we must be proactive in our approach. We have developed the following position statements to educate lawmakers, which concisely explain our views on these issues. We hope that you will use this information to educate your legislators about issues affecting our industries.

Fair Competition & Border Stability

We continue to seek an even playing field to conduct business.

Economic and Jobs Development

Build and sustain a business competitive environment.

Fiscal Responsibility

State government maintain prudent budgeting.

Responsible Government

We would like to see prudence, integrity and transparency in government.

Education

Have a responsible and work-ready workforce.

Legal Reform

Continued legal reform in needed in WV.


Legislative Summary 2021

April 12, 2021

The first regular session of the 85th Legislature is now in the books, as both the House and Senate adjourned at midnight Saturday April 10, 2021.  A total of 2,039 bills introduced, with 281 being sent to the Governor, 78 of which have already been signed into law.  

Obviously, COVID related legislation was at the top of agenda.  Capitol building access was limited due to capacity restrictions, social distancing and other CDC recommended protocols.  Several legislative initiatives were advanced to encourage remote workers, and much needed broadband expansion through House Bill 2002, as well as Senate Bill 277-Creating COVID-19 Jobs Protection Act, the Governor’s bill for COVID-19 liability reform.  This legislation provides a liability shield for employers in West Virginia for claims that may arise due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Once again education was a hot topic at the Capitol.  House Bill 2012 goes into effect June 1 and expands West Virginia’s charter school program.  House Bill 2013 creates the Hope Scholarship Program which will provide vouchers for private schools or homeschooling.  House Bill 2001 the Jumpstart Savings Program championed by Treasurer Riley Moore allows individuals, families and employers to contribute tax-free dollars to invest in the costs of pursuing a trade or an occupation.  This bill allows for monies to be spent for tools, equipment, supplies, tuition for a certificate, trade school or open a new business.

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