Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 57 History

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(By Delegate Caputo, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Thompson, and Delegates Boggs, Butcher, Campbell, Eldridge, Fragale, Hall, Klempa, Kominar, Lawrence, Mahan, Miley, Morgan, Paxton, Perry, Phillips, D. Poling, Ross, Shaver, Skaff, Stephens, Stowers, Swartzmiller and Varner)

[Introduced April 2, 2009.]

Requesting the Governor adopt a "West Virginia Coal Miner Appreciation Day" in the State of West Virginia.

Whereas, Coal miners are hard-working, dedicated, and loyal West Virginians who work to provide for their families; and
Whereas, Coal mining accounts for over 60,000 direct and indirect jobs in the West Virginia labor workforce; and
Whereas, Coal Miners expose themselves to dangerous risks everyday when they go to work; and
Whereas, Twenty-Six (26) West Virginia counties produce coal; and
Whereas, 99% of the electricity in West Virginia comes from coal; and
Whereas, Coal is responsible for more than $3.5 billion annually in gross state product; and
Whereas, Coal Miners are a vital asset to the State of West Virginia not only as laborers but as devoted citizens because they are known to stay in the state and economically support their communities, education programs, and their respective counties; and
Whereas, the safety of miners is of paramount concern and should be addressed through rigorous enforcement of existing mine safety and health administration (MSHA) regulations; and
Whereas, environmental challenges that face the coal industry should be addressed by enforcement of existing regulations that have been ignored by mine companies to the detriment of miners, miners' families, and mining communities; and
Whereas, West Virginia should adhere to the federal regulations and enforcement of them while adopting new approaches in favor of the environment; and
Whereas, that the West Virginia Young Democrats support clean coal technology which will increase the need of laborers such as coal miners; and
Whereas, The West Virginia Young Democrats recognize the mining tragedies that have affected the West Virginia Coal miners and there families; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the West Virginia Legislature recognizes the West Virginia Young Democrats support for Coal Miners and their families, respect their occupation, and urge the West Virginia Legislature to request the Governor to name "West Virginia Coal Miner Appreciation Day"; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a copy of this resolution to the Governor of the State of West Virginia, the United Mine Workers of America, the West Virginia Congressional Delegation.
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