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1998 PRO-FAMILY VOTING RECORDS

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RECORD OF VOTES & SPONSORSHIP

1. VOTER'S RIGHTS INITIATIVE & REFERENDUM

Based on questionnaire results from Concerned Citizens of WV and the WV Family Foundation. The legislators listed have publicly supported the passage of Voter's Rights, including Initiative (the right to place citizen supported legislation on the ballot) and Referendum (the voter's right to confirm or reject legislation which has been passed by the state government.)

2. % PRO-LIFE VOTES -- PRO-LIFE VOTING RECORD

From West Virginian's for Life. The percentage is based on from one to nine historic votes on legislation dealing with abortion dated from 1991 to 1997. The 1998 vote on Women's Access to Health Care, including the Partial Birth Abortion ban, was not used because the unanimity of the vote does not reflect the pro- abortion sentiment of may legislators.

3. ANTI-ABORTION LETTER -- A PRO-LIFE PETITION

Letter signed by 60 Delegates and Senators, was sent to Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-GA, and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole telling them to stop federal funding to West Virginia that could be used to promote abortion clinics or to counsel for abortions. Legislators who were not in office were given the opportunity to respond to their willingness to sign such a letter, via questionnaire.

4-S. RESTRICT ELECTIONS -- (Senate Only)
FAIR CAMPAIGN PRACTICES ACT
- SB573; Bill to require all state legislative campaign reports to be filed in Charleston. "The Fair Campaign Code included a political board which can issue censures. This law would regulate and require financial statements of any communications, with political overtones, within 60 days of an election and it would potentially stifle free speech. RCS# 207, 3/10/95, passed, 58 (Y) - 41 (N). WV for Life took the state to Federal court to challenge the constitutionality of this law due to "prior restraint of free speech." The law was found to be unconstitutional.

4-H. NO RECORD OF VOTES -- (House Only)

HR-11 VOTE TO REJECT RESOLUTION THAT WOULD REQUIRE ALL HOUSE OF DELEGATE VOTES TO BE RECORDED. Roll Call Votes - All bills on passage having recorded votes with Yeas and Nays thereby increasing public accountability of how legislators vote to represent their constituents. Most votes are not recorded in the House of Delegates (Senate requires recorded votes) as a way to avoid "hanging legislators out." 2/16/98 RC# 29 (15-83) by Del. Overington, Prunty, & Pulliam

5. FACULTY CONTROL SCHOOLS

HB-2492 - By Del. Staton (Originating in House Judiciary) - Any person who intentionally violates rights of school employees shall be guilty of a misdemeanor with criminal penalties. Failed 4/4/97 to pass without a 4/5 majority, by 48 nays to 51 yeas. School principals could be threatened or intimidated with criminal indictments, anytime they chose to fire or discipline school employees, thus allowing faculty senates and teachers unions further control of schools.

6-H. BINGO CASINOS (House Only)

HB 4337 EXPAND BINGO AND RAFFLES by Delegates Kiss, Michel, Mezzatesta, Williams, Givens, Willison and Beane. RC *51, 2/23/98 passed 67-31. This bill would have enabled out of state gambling consortiums to operate charitable bingo casinos, by; deleting the restrictions on the number of paid employees and it deleted the $50,000 prize cap so jack pots could go up into the millions. It also authorized electronic gambling machines.

6-S RACETRACK TV (Senate Only)

HB 2595 - By Del. Pettit, Doyle, Manuel, Seacrist and Faircloth - Relating generally to simulcasting of horse and dog races and pari-mutual wagering on simulcast races - Passed House 4/3/97 - Senate insisted that House concur 4/12 -Senate passed 4/12 - Approved by Governor 5/7/97. There is concern that linking all four state racetracks together through video communication will lead to strengthening the network of gambling interest who are seeking greater influence over our state.

7. VIDEO SLOT MACHINES

HB-4159 - An act which removes prohibition against, and now allows, at licensed horse and dog race tracks, a video lottery game, having a video display which graphically depicts traditional slot machines. Passage in House RCS#114 on 2/27/96, passage in Senate 3/6/96. This brings W Va. one step closer to casino style gambling at race tracks.

8. OFF TRACK SLOTS

HB-4632 BY Delegate Pettit 3/14/98 RC #609 (Passed House 53-45) - Allowing slot machines to be moved outside of race tracks - This bill amended the Senate version the Video Lottery Floor Attendant, allowing video slot machines to be placed in different locations off track, such as hotels. (Passed Senate 32-2, 3/13/98, RC #3)

9. PRO-FAMILY SPONSORS

WERE BASED ON THE FOLLOWING BILLS

A = ABORTION related bills; SB-326 and HB-2773 - Bans Partial Birth Abortion, HB-2131 Advised Consent for Abortion, HB-2042 - Parental Consent for Minors

M = MARRIAGE related; HB-2179 - Traditional "Marriage" Defined, bans homosexual unions.

V = VOTERS RIGHTS; HJR-5 Proposed Constitutional Amendment for Initiative and Referendum.

C = CHILD related bills; HB-2224 WV Child Protection Act Disseminating Indecent Material to Minors, HB-2141 Child Abuse Investigations, HB-2143 Medical Exam Required for Child Abuse, HB-2080 &2081 Evidence of Child Abuse and Neglect, SB-22 & 263 Grandparent Rights, SB-25 Offense of False Child Abuse Reports, SB-61 Adoption Proceedings.

E = EDUCATION REFORM; HB-2778 and HB 2746 and HB 2819 - Amendments to Jobs Through Education Act. SB- 309 and HB-2173 - Repeals Jobs through Education Act, HJR-3 Requires State Board of Education Election by Senatorial District, HB-2256 - Education Tax Credit "School Choice", HB-2488 - Religious Freedom and Heritage Education.

J = JUSTICE related bills; HB-2096 - Self Defense Immunity from Civil and Criminal Liability, SB-13, HJR-14 and HB 2309 - Capital Punishment for 1st Degree Murder, SB-2 - Restrict Violent Offenders, SB-8 - Deny Bail to Sex Offenders, SB-64 - Prohibiting Nude Dancing, SB-105 and SB-141 Victims Rights.

10. ANTI-FAMILY SPONSORS

H = HOMOSEXUAL RIGHTS BILLS; HB - 2505/SB- 495 - Sexual Orientation Rights to Employment and Accommodations, SB-369 and HB-2481 - Prohibiting Discrimination for Sexual Orientation.

G = GAMBLING BILLS; SB-93 Video Lottery act Continuation, SB-332 and HB-2668 Increase Lottery Sales Commission, HB 2595 and SB-494 - Racetrack Televised Simulcast, SB-531 & HB-2765 - Greenbrier Casino Bill, HB-2594 - Video Lottery Pay Options, HB-2531 - Lottery Income to Cities, HB 2631 & SB-498 - Horse & Dog Racing Tax Exemption, SB-419 - On Line Computer Lottery, SB- 465 - Racetrack Video Lottery Coin Slot Machines.

C = CHILD RELATED ISSUES;HB-2081 Allows Hearsay Evidence in Child Abuse Hearings, HB-2262, Jail Parents Who Remove Children from School, HB-2830 Terminate Parental Custody for False Swearing.