Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Opinion

February 12, 2010

Bills, bills and more bills in W.Va., Va.

The city of Bluefield has hired several new employees. Former city board member Pete Sarver will become the city’s new Director of Parks and Recreation. Lloyd Benson will be coming to Bluefield from Lebanon, Ohio, to be the city’s Building Code Inspector and Mike Reed of Bluewell will become the city’s maintenance supervisor.

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Bluefield, Va., Mayor Don Harris extends his thanks, appreciation and gratitude to the employees of the town, Tazewell County, and VDOT for their “round-the-clock” efforts to keep the streets, roads and highways clear during the recent snow storms. Harris said, “These employees have done a tremendous job dealing with the problems these storms have brought.”

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The Virginia General Assembly convened Jan. 13. Among the bills introduced is a bill to allow the Superintendent of State Police to establish a Volunteer Chaplaincy Program and establish guidelines regarding the selection, conduct and supervision of volunteers. Delegate Anne B. Crockett Starke, R-Wythe, by request, was the chief patron of the bill.

Delegate Charles W. Carrico Sr., R-Galax, sponsored a bill in the General Assembly that, if passed and enacted into law, will declare that firearms, firearms accessories, and ammunition made in Virginia and retained within the borders of Virginia are not subject to federal law or regulation under the authority of Congress to regulate interstate commerce

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Among the bills that have been introduced by the West Virginia Legislature is one that would require school principals to take greater authority and control over teachers’ classroom teaching performance. Toward this goal, the bill requires the State Board of Education to propose rules for legislative approval designed to develop and implement a program to train principals to act with greater control and authority over the teachers in their schools, in a manner similar to corporate CEOs, in order to maintain higher standards in the classroom and promote constant professional improvement of teachers.

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