Secular Coalition for West Virginia Monthly Conference Call

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 13:00 - 13:30
Call In Details: 
530-881-1400 code: 978895

 

Secular Coalition for America - West Virginia Chapter Conference Call
Call in number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895
Wendesday, October 18th at 1pm ET

 

Welcome Message

  • Who is here and who is not here that needs to be?
  • Agenda available at West Virginia chapter page at secular.org
  • Explanation of conference call style and recording
    • No one is required to speak up, but there will be opportunities to do so.
  • Thank you for joining us for the Secular Coalition for West Virginia monthly conference call!
  • The Secular Coalition for America is the only 501(c)(4) lobbying organization representing secular and nontheistic Americans.
  • Based in Washington DC, we are working to make sure that you are heard on Capitol Hill, on the federal level, yet some of the most egregious violations of separation of church and state are being promoted and passed at a state level.
  • The Secular Coalition for America is forming state chapters across the country to bring together secular and nontheistic Americans in each state to lobby on secular issues.

 

State Government 

  • Capital city is Charleston
  • Governor Earl Ray Tomblin
    • Democrat, first elected in 2011 in special election after Joe Manchin won the U.S. Senate seat
    • Running for re-election against Bill Maloney (R)
  • West Virginia State Legislature
    • In 2012, the State Senate was in session from February 13 through March 9
    • West Virginia State Senate
      • 34 senators serving 4 year terms
      • 17 seats up for election in November
      • Controlled by the Democratic Party with a 28-6 marjoity
    • West Virginia House of Delegates
      • 100 members serving 2 year terms
      • All 60 seats up for election in November
      • Controlled by the Democratic Party with a 65-35 marjoity
  • U.S. Senate
    • The election will fill the Class 1 Senate seat, which is currently held by Joe Manchin (D). First elected in a special election in 2010, Manchin is running for re-election in 2012.
    • Political reports predict Manchin is likely to keep his seat against challenger John Raese (R)
  • U.S. House of Representatives
    • West Virginia's 3 seats in the U.S. house are up for election in November
    • Currently held by: David McKinley (R), Nick Rahall (D), and Shelley Moore Capito (R)

 

Issues/Events

  • WV HB 2126 -Would exempt children receiving an exemption from compulsory school attendance, in favor of church school, from standardized testing requirements.
    WV HB 2564- Would designate the first Thursday in May the West Virginia Day of Prayer.
    WV HB 2662- Would exempt existing churches from paying tax on propane and other forms of heating oil.
  • Marriage amendment not on the ballot
  • National issues sweeping the states
    • Reframing discrimination as “religious freedom” or “religious liberty” 
    • Similar authorization of discrimination, this time by medical professionals with “Rights of Conscience” bills
  • Any other issues we should know?


Chapter Model Overview

Wrap Up

 

Next Conference Call Date and Time

  • November 15th at 1pm ET
  • Third Thursday of the month
  • Same call in number and code

 

Contact Information

Thank You!

 

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