CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- I wish my colleagues a successful second session of the 81st Legislature.
As a resident of the great state of West Virginia, I am proud to serve as delegate for its 32nd District. I am extremely grateful and feel privileged to be a part of this legislative team. Moreover, I currently serve on the Forest Management Review Commission, the Interim Committee, the Judiciary and its Subcommittee C, the Small Business Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Committee and serve as chairperson of the Natural Resources Committee. I also serve on the PEIA Seniors and Longterm Care Committee. I am looking forward in serving the citizens of West Virginia.
Recently, as you probably know, nine counties were faced with a state-of-emergency water catastrophe. A coal-cleaning agent called MCHM leaked into the Elk River, contaminating its subsequent rivers. This was, and still is, a tragic event. Though this was a terrible issue -- some 300,000 people were affected -- the camaraderie amongst our fellow West Virginians still shines.
However, this put a damper on getting started, here at the Legislature; it derailed a lot of regular-schedule plans and resulted in the slight discord of its workers. In other words, the work was abbreviated but was still accomplished. I am confident that the Legislature will be well on its way amid the healing of this most recent state of emergency. Remember, I encourage all people, both near and far, to stay calm, vigilant and look out for each other.
Currently, we are working on legislating a clause to accommodate small businesses who may be affected by various types of disasters. Both Sen. John Unger and Delegate Mike Manypenny speak very strongly about the implementation of such a clause but urge that such a clause would need close monitoring both monetarily and administratively.
In particular, this bill will grant the governor authority to enact the strategy necessary to supply small businesses with the aid they need to sustain themselves.
Anyone with questions or comments regarding any issues or legislation may contact me at my Charleston office, Building 1, Room 202E, State Capitol, Charleston, WV 25305, or call 304-340-3111, or toll-free at 877-565-3447. I encourage all my constituents to remain active and become part of the legislative process.Pino is a delegate from Fayette County.