The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

Local News

March 6, 2013

From the House

Finding solutions to state’s problems through legislation

— The third week of the 1st Regular Legislative Session has begun here in Charleston and there is a lot of important legislation being introduced and passed between chambers. I am humbled and blessed to be serving as a West Virginia delegate for another session and I am excited and optimistic about the potential this 60-day session holds.

As you may have heard, the West Virginia Legislature has many important concentrations this year including education, prison overcrowding, firearms, and drug abuse. I, along with my fellow lawmakers, will be working diligently to find solutions to these problems by introducing and passing legislation to help correct and improve the state of West Virginia.

During the 60-day session, I will be serving on three committees: Judiciary, Senior Citizens’ Issues, and will be serving as Vice Chairman on the Natural Resources Committee.

The Judiciary Committee has already passed legislation which continued on to get passed out of the House and is now ready to be considered by the Senate. Some of this legislation includes House Bill 2434, which would propose to eliminate the two-tiered salary structure that exists for magistrates and the support staff which serves the magistrate court system, and establish a single equalized salary structure; also, House Bill 2471 was passed in the House which would protect citizens’ rights to carry lawful weapons and firearms during a state of emergency.

As Vice Chairman of the Committee on Natural Resources, I am excited to introduce and pass legislation that will benefit hunters, fishermen, and outdoor enthusiasts throughout the state. Currently, there are many introduced bills that are pending in the Committee on Natural Resources to authorize the Division of Natural Resources to issue legislative rule in areas including deer hunting, falconry, special fishing, general fishing, and to give the Division of Natural Resources the authority to define terms used in all hunting and trapping rules.

I look forward to the improvements that will be made to benefit West Virginia during the remainder of the session and will continue to work hard to serve the great people of this state.

I welcome the input of my constituents and encourage your involvement in the legislative process. Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns regarding the issues and bills presented in the Legislature. My capitol phone number is 304-340-3170 and my email address is john.pino@wvhouse.gov. Letters should be addressed to Delegate John Pino, State Capitol, Building 1, Room 202-E, Charleston, WV 25305.

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