Yes, despite its absence from the Saturday morning "newspaper," the West Virginia legislature is still in session. Here are two bills making their way that I though you might find interesting:
Religious Freedom Bill
The House of Delegates has already passed the bill and yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee passed it and moved it along to the full senate. According to Metro News:
Several hours of discussion and debate led to many amendments being proposed, and most being struck down. One of those was a disclaimer proposed by Sen. Corey Palumbo (D-Kanawha) stating that the bill doesn’t promote discrimination. That was rejected on a party line vote, 9-7.
Senator Palumbo obviously didn't understand that, as Delegate Stephen Skinner noted earlier, the whole purpose of the bill is to promote discrimination.
Just a hunch (or maybe it's wishful thinking) but I think the Senate will wait until the end of the session to pass it. The governor will then veto it and the legislature will then be unable bring it up for an override. The legislators can then go home and tell their narrow-minded constituents "Hey, I did my best!"
House of Delegates throws out science standards
According to this morning's Charleston Gazette-Mail:
The West Virginia House of Delegates completed its latest attack on the state’s education standards Friday, blocking new science standards from taking effect because they mention climate change.
The Republican-controlled House voted 73-20 for legislation (HB 4014) that delays implementation of the science standards at least a year.
House members have complained that the standards don’t reflect both sides of the global warming debate, even though a majority of studies, science organizations and climate scientists say global warming stems largely from man-made sources.
Yes, the actions by our "job-creating" legislature loudly proclaims "We discriminate and we don't believe in science and we're proud of it." Why would any 21st century company want to locate here?