Oliverio was particularly upset about the appearance of the grounds -- noting that one of his degrees is in landscape architecture.
General Services employees are at a loss for what led to Oliverio's ouster. There had been some isolated issues with employees abusing overtime or using vehicles for personal use, but nothing like what was going on prior to Oliverio's tenure.
More recently there had been controversy over the installation of GPS tracking devices on General Services vehicles, as well as an ill-conceived meeting where Oliverio berated employees for allegedly tampering with those devices.
Magic bus: State Automobile and Truck Dealers lobbyist Ruth Lemmon confirms renting a limo to take freshmen senators to dinner at Café Cimino in Sutton Wednesday evening.
She said it was a good opportunity to meet with the new senators in a conversational atmosphere, away from the pressures of Charleston.
Not all freshman senators attended. For one, Sen. Donald Cookman, D-Hampshire, (an early front-runner for freshman of the year) sent regrets so he could attend the Select Committee on Children and Poverty's meeting in Oak Hill that evening.
Finally, Governor's Highway Safety Program Director Bob Tipton used simple physics to explain why people should wear seat belts: In an crash, Tipton noted, unbelted occupants will continue to travel at the speed the vehicle was traveling until they hit something, and the human body just wasn't designed to absorb 30-mph to 70-mph-plus impacts.
That's why 75 percent of people ejected from vehicles are killed instantly, said Tipton, whose job requires that he review all state accident reports involving traffic fatalities.
Tipton said that, while he's heard anecdotal stories about persons being unable to get out of flooding or burning vehicles because they could not unbuckle their belts, he's never seen a single accident report out of the hundreds he's reviewed where that actually occurred.
(Apparently, his explanation wasn't simple enough: The bill to make failure to wear seat belts a primary offense (HB2108) remains dry-docked on the House inactive calendar.)
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