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Congratulations to newly elected Regional Jail Authority Chairman, Commissioner Gary Ellyson and newly appointed RJA member Commissioner Tim McCormick.Together with Commissioner Tony Veltri, counties are well represented!

CCAWV Essay Contest Winners have been announced and I’ve been on the road presenting the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners with their prize money! This year’s winners came from Mingo, Harrison, and Wood Counties! Congrats to all.


The National Association of Counties announces its class for the 2013 County Leadership Institute!

Twenty-Four county leaders from across the United States have been selected to participate in the Tenth Annual County Leadership Institute, a rigorous four-day program offered in partnership with Cambridge Leadership Associates. The leadership program will take place June 2-6, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Another legislative session enters the history books! Over 1800 bills were introduced in the regular session, but only 215 bills actually made it through both houses and have been sent to the Governor for signature.  Following the close of the regular session on April 13th at midnight, the Governor called a special session that ended on April 19th and produced 5 more bills for the Governor to sign. 

At the writing of this newsletter we are just entering the third week of Legislative Session. The CCA is tracking some 148 bill so far, with more to come!

We had a wonderful turnout for the Annual Legislative Conference this week in Charleston. Over 125 members attended and were treated to a great lineup of guest speakers and presenters.

CCAWV President McCormick and I just returned from Washington DC, attending NACo's Presidents' and Executive Directors' annual conference, along with about 75 others from across the nation. We met with key congressional staff, internal affairs staff in the White House and updates from NACo's top executives.

The Governor 's work group for Justice Reinvestment meets on January 22nd for final policy recommendations on the jail and prison overcrowding issues. Policy recommendations will be in three areas, 1) Strengthening Community Supervision; 2) Improving Accountability; and 3) Reducing Substance Abuse. CCAWV is a participant on the working group and will keep you posted. During January interims, the Government Organization committee discussed proposed legislation that would continue the current

Municipal Home Rule pilot project until July 1, 2018 and expand it from 4 cities to 8 cities. All current ordinances enacted prior to July 1, 2012, will remain in effect, except tax ordinances. Tax ordinances will be null and void. It also prohibits any future ordinances that create, modify or amend pensions, retirement plans, annexation, or state or federal crimes and punishment. No action was taken on the draft legislation because they did not have a quorum. Further discussion is delayed until February interims.

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