The 2015 legislative session ended last Saturday. Like most folks following state policy, we are happy to have a break from the high-energy session!
West Virginia's part-time Legislature means that we have the benefit of citizen-representatives leading decision-making at the Capitol. We elect representatives who have other jobs for 10 months out of the year. This is intended to help them maintain a closer connection with their community allowing a better understanding of the community's needs. But it also means that we have a very short period of time to get a lot of things done each year. And this year, just like every other year, it was pretty exhausting! In this final issue of the Legislative Hubbub, we're going to look back over what happened during the session and share two stories of advocacy efforts that led to success this year.We also want to let you know what happens next - now that the session is over how can we get ready for next year and continue to see success in community-based policy-making?
We hope you enjoy this last issue of the 2015 Session's Legislative Hubbub!
The Good & The Bad - 2015 Session a Mixed Bag
Photo courtesy Martin Valent/WV Legislative Photography
Depending on your perspective, you might have considered this year's Legislature a success - a real, significant step in a positive direction - or you might have considered it a disaster. Here at The Hub, we don't find ourselves in either camp entirely.
On the up side, we were extremely impressed with the number of public hearings on various bills this year and the public engagement in those bills.