WEST VIRGINIA FAMILY FOUNDATION
1999 PRO-FAMILY VOTING RECORDS
Explanation of Votes & Sponsorship
1999 WV Senate Ratings | 1999 WV House of Delegates Ratings
1. VOTERíS 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 Voterís Rights, including Initiative (the right to place citizen supported legislation on the ballot) and Referendum (the voterís right to confirm or reject legislation which has been passed by the state government.)
2. % PRO-LIFE VOTES PRO-LIFE VOTING RECORD
- From West Virginianís 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 Womenís 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. New legislators have been rated by Questionnaire response.
3. ANTI-ABORTION LTR. 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-H. NO RECORD OF VOTES (House Only) HR-14
- by Overington, Prunty, Armstead, Wright, Azinger, Louisos, Harriosn, McGraw, Modesitt and Evans. Amending Rule No. 42 of the House requiring recorded votes on passage of all House bills. Roll call votes are seldom requested on all but the most controversial of votes. No roll call votes were requested during the first half of the 60-day legislative session. Leadership in opposing the proposal, said it would slow the process down, and was not needed on many votes. They also claimed roll calls are available already by any member requesting it. This despite failed attempts by up to 9 delegates to get other roll call votes. HR 14, 2/15/99 RC#12 (Shall the measure be rejected? 81-14)
4-S. RESTRICT ELECTIONS (Senate Only) UNFAIR 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.
5. STUDENT E-FILES REPEALED HB 2855
- By Del. Williams, Stemple, Houston, Willis, Stalnaker, Armistead and Harrison. Repealing that portion of Senate Bill 300 of 1996 entitled "School to Work", which required an electronic computer file for all school students. It also contains beneficial procedures to audit policies of the State Board of Education. As well as the R.C. Beach Agriculture credit. An Amendment provides for an "opt-out" provision from "School to Work" so that college preparatory students do not have to participate in vocational "Career Majors" requirements. HB 2855 passed the House by voice vote (vv) on 2/23/99 and passed the Senate by unanimous vote RC 17 on 3/13/99. However, Student "Electronic Portfolios" are reportedly still being compiled by the state through the WV Educational Information System (WVEIS).
6. DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT D.O.M.A.
- is the re-codification of Marriage Law HB-2865 legislation which defines marriage as "the Union between one man and one woman." This bill will protect the government and families of West Virginia from out of state same sex marriages, which must be recognized, if this law is not passed. Similar provisions in the Domestic Relations Law Revisions have passed the Senate in 1997 and the House in 1997, 1998 and 1999, only to die in Conference Committee.
7. COIN DROP VIDEO SLOT MACHINES "COIN DROP" VIDEO LOTTERY AUTHORIZATION
- at the four race tracks (Charles Town Races/Jefferson, Tri-State Greyhound Park/Kanawha, Wheeling Downs/Ohio, Mountaineer/Hancock). This complete the transition at the race tracks from video lottery to casino gambling slot machines at the four tracks by allowing coins to drop from the machines rather than the winners being given a paper voucher they cash in. This change is estimated to bring in $30 million more in gambling revenues. (H.B. 2740 3/5/99 RC#197 by Delegates Doyle, Pettit, Davis, L. White, Hutchins.
8. GREENBRIER CASINO GAMBLING SB 380
- By Sen. Schoonover- authorization of a new video lottery and table gaming facility at a historic resort hotel. Passed Senate 3/5/99, RC-3: passed House 3/13/99 by Voice Vote (vv). This bill may legalize casinos throughout West Virginia due to Constitution 14th Amendment equal access clause. It will also make WV government even more dependent on gambling money with associated campaign contributions and the appearance of corruption.
Were based on the following 1998 & 1999 bills
A = ABORTION related bills; - Bans Partial Birth Abortion. Advised Consent for Abortion, - Parental Consent for Minors
M = MARRIAGE related; - (DOMA) Defense of Marriage Act Traditional "Marriage" Defined as the union of one man and one woman, bans homosexual unions.
V = VOTERS RIGHTS; Proposed Constitutional Resolution requiring all votes to be recorded, - Amendment for Initiative and Referendum. - Bill to require all votes to be recorded.
C = CHILD related bills; WV Child Protection Act Disseminating Indecent Material to Minors, Child Abuse Investigations, Medical Exam Required for Child Abuse, Evidence of Child Abuse and Neglect, Grandparent Rights, Offense of False Child Abuse Reports, Adoption Proceedings.
E = EDUCATION REFORM; Amendments to Jobs Through Education Act. - Repeals Jobs through Education Act, Require State Board of Education Election by Senatorial District, Education Tax Credit "School Choice", Religious Freedom and Heritage Education. WV Literacy Act to require teaching of phonics. Repeal Student Electronic Files.
J = JUSTICE related bills; Self Defense Immunity from Civil and Criminal Liability, - Capital Punishment for 1st Degree Murder, - Restrict Violent Offenders, - Deny Bail to Sex Offenders, - Prohibiting Nude Dancing, and Victims Rights.
Were based on the following 1998 & 1999 bills
H = HOMOSEXUAL RIGHTS BILLS; Were based on the following 1998 AND 1999 BILLS - Sexual Orientation Rights to Employment and Accommodations, - Prohibiting Discrimination for Sexual Orientation, -Prohibiting Violation of Civil Rights due to Sexual Orientation.
G = GAMBLING BILLS; Video Lottery act Continuation, Increase Lottery Sales Commission, - Racetrack Televised Simulcast, - Greenbrier Casino Bill, - Video Lottery Pay Options (Coin Drop), - Lottery Income to Cities, - Horse & Dog Racing Tax Exemption, - On Line Computer Lottery, - Racetrack Video Lottery Coin Drop Slot Machines.
C = CHILD RELATED ISSUES; Allows Hearsay Evidence in Child Abuse Hearings, - Jail Parents Who Remove Children from School,- Terminate Parental Custody for False Statements.
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