Introduced Version Senate Resolution 50 History

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(By Senators Tomblin (Mr. President), Boley, Bowman, Browning, Caruth, Chafin, Deem, Edgell, D. Facemire, K. Facemyer, Foster, Green, Guills, Hall, Helmick, Jenkins, Kessler, Laird, McCabe, Minard, Oliverio, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Wells, Williams, Yost and Fanning)

Recognizing the importance of the coal mining industry in West Virginia and requesting West Virginia's congressional delegation to support the coal industry.

Whereas, The Legislature works tirelessly to improve the quality of life for the citizens of the Mountain State; and
Whereas, Coal mining has been, and continues to be, one of the primary industries responsible for the economic success of West Virginia and its citizens; and
Whereas, Before the national economic downturn, severance tax collections from coal were at record levels, contributing to a budget surplus at the state and county levels; and
Whereas, All 55 counties continue to receive a local share of coal severance dollars to support county, local and municipal budgets; and
Whereas, County governments and county school systems throughout the state rely on the taxes from coal companies and coal miners to fund many valuable programs, including public education, ambulance services and law enforcement; and
Whereas, Thousands of West Virginians are employed, either directly or indirectly, by the coal mining industry which generates payrolls totaling over $2 billion; and
Whereas, The loss of any of West Virginia's coal mines and the loss of any mining-related employment ultimately results in significant harm to all West Virginians; and
Whereas, Surface coal mining, including the practice of mountaintop removal, currently represents forty-two percent of the total coal production in West Virginia; and
Whereas, Engrossed Senate Bill No. 375 provides for master land use plans to be developed in all counties where surface mining takes place, with greater focus provided by the Coalfield Economic Development Office on renewable and alternative fuel sources, highways and residential areas; and
Whereas, Actions and inactions by federal regulatory agencies which have had the effect of closing surface coal mines are more frequent and result in the loss of hundreds of mining and other jobs in West Virginia; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate hereby recognizes the importance of the coal mining industry in West Virginia and requests West Virginia's congressional delegation to support the coal industry; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Senate supports the continued mining of coal in West Virginia, including surface mining by all methods recognized by state and federal law, and is prepared to cooperate with all federal agencies in an effort to resolve quickly any outstanding issues which are preventing the mining of coal and which are contributing to the loss of jobs in West Virginia; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Senate requests West Virginia's congressional delegation to make every effort possible to assist in securing the needed cooperation from federal agencies to allow the continuation of the mining of coal and to protect the jobs of coal miners and others who derive their employment from the coal industry; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the West Virginia Coal Association and West Virginia's congressional delegation.
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