Lawmakers in interim sessions

CHARLESTON – West Virginia lawmakers are meeting in Charleston this week to gear up for the upcoming session, but many local lawmakers said little was accomplished Monday as many attended meetings and listened to presentations.

Legislators are in interim sessions Monday through Wednesday.

Delegate Dan Poling, D-Wood, said legislators attended meetings Monday.

He attended a meeting regarding an economic development study, including the possibility of creating an ATV trail in the central part of the state; another meeting related to the possibility of lowering taxes for retirees.

”We are down there gathering information on a lot of things,” Poling said. ”We are doing a lot of study groups to look at what we can do during the upcoming session.”

Delegate Anna Border, R-Wood, said she had one meeting Monday for the Goverment Organizational Subcommittee C, but it was not able to do official business because of a lack of quorum of members. They listened to presentations on Chapter 30 money for agencies.

”All we could do was listen,” she said. ”From what I heard, it was like that in other committees.”

Legislators were expecting to have items taken care of, such as office assignments, new committee assignments and seating assignments in the main House chamber, but Border said they got none of those Monday.

Poling acknowledged that certain assignments did not get made, but said there was a lot of turnover following the last election. They are going to have around 18 new people coming in.

People will request to be on certain committees and that has to be considered with their available time and scheduling as committee assignments are being put together.

”It is taking longer than usual,” Poling said, adding, however, he did not see anything out-of-the-ordinary about how things were being taken care of.

Poling expects they will have those assignments soon.

Sen. David Nohe, R-Wood, said he had one meeting Monday and will look at a proposal today for a bill relating to trespassing and a landowner’s rights.

”We just haven’t done much yet,” he said. ”It was pretty quiet.”

Nohe said he hasn’t gotten all his committee or seating assignments, but expects those to come soon.

On Wednesday, the Legislature will have committee meetings and both houses will assemble for general business before adjourning until Feb. 13 when the Legislature’s regular 60-day session begins. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is tentatively scheduled to deliver his State of the State address that evening.