The West Virginia Legislature officially starts at noon on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, followed by the Governor’s State of the State address on Wednesday evening at 7:00, which will be broadcast live on West Virginia Public Broadcasting.
“This is a very busy and exciting time of the year for us,” said Delegate Barbara Evans Fleischauer, D-Monongalia. Except for those who live near Charleston, most Delegates and Senators stay in Charleston during the week and return home on weekends, so this week they are occupied with making last-minute changes to bills to be introduced and unpacking belongings.
Fleischauer said she has been busier than usual updating her website. “Every year I think a lot about my priorities, but this year, I have also tried to make my website more interactive and user-friendly,” she said.
Her website address is www.FriendsofBarbara.com.
“My top four priorities for the session are 1) Good Jobs, 2) Roads & the Budget, 3) Safety, and 4) Fairness,” she said. “I invite people to let me know what they think of my priorities, and what they think the Legislature should focus on.”
In addition to contacting Delegate Fleischauer through her website, she can be reached via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at the Capitol, 304-340-3127, or at her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/barbara.fleischauer.
She also has interns staffing her Morgantown office, 304-296-7035.
“I do my best to return emails, letters and phone calls as quickly as possible,” she said,” but towards the end of the session, we get pretty overwhelmed.”
The Legislative session is 60 days long and ends at midnight on March 12, 2016. Bills have to go through the committee process, pass both houses and be signed by the Governor before they can become law.
Fleischauer said she welcomes visitors to come and watch the Legislature in session – all meetings are open to the public - and visit our beautiful Capitol building. She especially enjoys having children serve as pages.
“One mother told me her son said he felt so important after serving as a page,” Fleischauer said. “I want all children in our state to feel valued and important,” she said. Information about the Page program is on her website, under the Get Involved tab.