An update from Senator Sam Cann
Your elected officials will be in Charleston three days this week for monthly Interim Committee meetings. The Committees meet each month when not in regular session (typically May to December) and use what they learn from the interim studies to construct recommendations that are used in drafting legislation and making future decisions.
West Virginia has a 60-day “regular legislative session” beginning in January each year. During each legislative session, your elected officials identify issues they want to study in more depth. The House and Senate leadership decides who will be on the interim committees, with every committee having representatives from both the House of Delegates and the Senate to conduct studies during the monthly meetings. The committees often invite experts to present information and members of the public may be invited to appear or present on a subject. These meetings are open to the public.
As a Senator from the 12th District, I have been selected to serve as the vice chair of the Economic Development Committee. This year we have heard about the WV Division of Energy Review, which is part of the Governor’s five year energy plan, the “2013-2017 West Virginia State Energy Plan”. We have also discussed Project Launchpad (which is legislation that I have sponsored), solar energy, become more aware of alternative fuel options and Natural Gas Vehicle Conversion and learned more about the Effectiveness Opportunities of the WV Port Authority. And that is just one committee.
Additionally, I serve as a member of the Agriculture and Rural Development committee, on three different Government Organization subcommittees, and three Judiciary subcommittees, plus the Government Operations, Pensions and Retirement committee and the Intern committees.
We pack a lot of meetings into three days each month, all are informative and important in helping to create well-informed legislation to benefit our residents, environment and economic development.
The public is welcome and invited to attend any of our committee meetings and floor sessions during Interims and Regular Session. I encourage you to visit our Capitol to learn more about our legislative branch. Please stop in my office in the West Wing, room 218, for a chat and share your thoughts about how to make our district and state better!