West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Governor Releases Legislation for the Upcoming Special Session

7/13/2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Joe Manchin today released the special session legislation, which will clarify the state code on the succession process for the vacant senate seat left due to the passing of longtime U.S. Senator, Robert C. Byrd.  

The Governor’s legislation coincides with the West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw’s statement last week, which stated the Seventeenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives the governor the authority to call a special primary and special general election to coincide with the regular general election this November. The legislation also includes a provision to require the state to pay for the entire costs of both special elections.

“The governor’s bill is very simple,” Jim Pitrolo, Manchin’s director of legislative affairs and policy, said. “We are taking the Attorney General’s opinion and clarifying state code so there can be no doubt as to how the law should be interpreted.  This bill would merely clarify the state code so that there is no question that we could have a special primary and special general election.”

If the legislation is passed, then the governor can proclaim an election this November to fill the U.S. Senate seat, which would include a special primary election, probably to be held in August or September.

“We are releasing the bill to legislators and the public today for discussion and comment,” the governor said. “Releasing the bill early should give legislators enough time to give it a full and thorough review. Secretary of State Natalie Tennant informs us that absolutely every day counts if we are going to be able to have a special primary election.”

There are various election deadlines, some that are in federal law and cannot be waived, that the state must follow in order to hold a valid special election that includes a primary. The governor and the secretary of state have been meeting with a bipartisan group of county clerks to outline the process for a special primary and special general election.

“If we wait too long, all West Virginians will not be able to select their party nominee at the polls, and we would be forced to utilize a party convention or other form of candidate selection to choose nominees for the election. Because of this, Gov. Manchin will ask the Legislature to consider suspending its rule that a bill must be read on three separate days so that the legislation can go into effect quickly and the state can begin preparing for a special primary,” Pitrolo explained.

Gov. Manchin will call the Legislature into special session to consider the legislation starting noon Thursday, July 15. In addition, The governor is expected to make an appointment, to fill the seat temporarily, by 5 p.m. this Friday.

To review the draft legislation, please see the following link:

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To review the bill summary, please see the following link:

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To review Attorney General’s opinion, please see the following link:

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Contact Information

Sara Payne Scarbro
304-558-2000