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Open Transparency In West Virginia? Are You Kidding? Never……….. – 2013 Eastern Panhandle News #2

From Delegate Lary Kump of District #59:

Original Message—–

From: []

Sent: Monday, February 25, 2013 2:12 PM

Subject: 2013 Eastern Panhandle News #2

Meeting this morning in the Eastern Panhandle Legislative Caucus were Delegates Paul Espinosa, Ruth Rowan, Larry D. Kump, Steven Skinner, Mike Folk, Jason Barrett, Gary Howell, John Overington, Daryl Cowles, and Eric Householder as well as Senators Don Cookman, Craig Blair, John Unger, and Herb Snyder.

Issues discussed by the caucus, but not limited to, included:

*Education. Concern was expressed by some legislators about mandates from Charleston that restrict county school boards’ autonomy. Higher education issues, as well as Board of Education elections (HB 2555), were included in the discussion.

* The possible impact of the recent State Supreme Court overturning of the mandate for the Kanawha County Board of Education to provide a specified amount of funding to their local libraries and how that would affect other county libraries, especially in Berkeley County.

* Problems with the tremendous differential between the cost of housing in the Eastern Panhandle and some other regions of West Virginia, especially in regard to the salaries of state employees and teachers.

* The possibility of another circuit and family judge for the Eastern Panhandle.

* The Common Interest Ownership Act (Homeowners’ Associations) legislative proposal, which still is pending introduction but will be forthcoming.

* The possibility of a formal agreement with the Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) train which would give West Virginia a voice in the MARC operating decisions.

* Bar closing hours.

* Local home rule for cities and counties.

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From: []

Sent: Monday, February 25, 2013 2:50 PM

To: Calvert Mail

Subject: Closed doors make for Bad Governance


 Over my protest, the caucus voted to keep their discussions closed to the public, allowing the public into the meeting only after our internal discussions are concluded.

 It would NOT make me unhappy if constituents protested this closed door policy by emailing all the Senators and Delegates in the Eastern Panhandle about this issue.


My Comment:

To Delegate Larry Kump in Response:

This is absolutely the most absurd thing that a Government can do to the People, take away the Rights of a Transparent Government, the allowance of myself of Berkeley County is livid about, having my Rights to a Transparent Government impeded upon.  This will be met with repercussions in the next election and I will be sure to let the other Delegates constituents be aware that their Representative is preventing them to see what is taking place under their noses.  I am livid over this, not only did I have this Right taken from me in Maryland, I am now having to deal with it here?  I may have my gun rights and personal freedoms, but to keep me from seeing what is taking place regarding my family and the future of others is absolutely disgusting. 


Larry is not my Delegate, but he is a good friend who has always advocated for the People, By The People, we need an “Open” Transparent Government in our Districts so we, the “Constituents” can see what is taking place.  Shame Shame Shame on those who take these rights from us.  Remember come next election. 


Jeff Werner

Falling Waters, WV




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