Likewise, the outcomes-based funding for higher education (SB326), which would have rewarded colleges and universities for meeting goals for student retention and graduation, died at the behest of those institutions that would have lost funding because they are not able to meet those standards.
If they gave a Legislator of the Session award, safe to say Delegate Patrick Lane, R-Kanawha, would not be in the running for it at this point.
Besides pandering to the gun lobby with a purported Second Amendment bill that actually has nothing to do with gun rights but would attempt to force Charleston to repeal an ordinance that has served the city well with few objections for two decades, Lane also pandered to anti-abortion advocates by attempting to amend the state budget to eliminate state funding for Medicaid coverage of abortions.
As a lawyer and a legislator in his fifth term, Lane had to know it is unconstitutional to use the budget bill to affect state policy.
Speaking of the gun ordinance nullification bill (HB2760), our Wetzel County correspondent, H. John Rogers advises that the West Virginia Citizen Defense League rally against Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, in New Martinsville was a bust.
(A photo in the Wetzel Chronicle would seem to support Rogers' assertion, showing about a dozen people at the roadside rally, although the cutline indicates about 80 people participated.)
Rogers said it appeared most of protesters were from out-of-town, and that he saw only one other Wetzel Countian.
Meanwhile, Rogers brought a protest sign which sign read, "I prefer my Kessler in a bottle," referring to the brand of whiskey.
Finally, Bill Maloney, who may go down in state history as the only person to lose two gubernatorial elections in consecutive years, stopped by the Capitol pressroom last week after staying in town overnight to judge an FBLA contest.
Maloney made an interesting observation, noting that he had gone out for a morning jog along Kanawha Boulevard, and was taken aback that there was no one else out jogging or walking - completely opposite of what he's experienced on the equivalent running area in Morgantown, the Caperton Trail along the mighty Mon...
I advised there are more joggers on the Boulevard on evenings and weekends, including me, slogging along from time to time.
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.