West Virginia Week in Review - March 4, 2023


West Virginia Week in Review
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State of Emergency remains in effect after Friday's hazardous weather in West Virginia

Gov. Jim Justice declared a State of Emergency on February 16, 2023, for all 55 counties in response to hazardous weather. The same State of Emergency has been in effect since then and will continue to last following severe weather in the state on Friday, March 3.

State agencies, external partners, and resources remain on standby to respond quickly if assistance is needed. The Governor urges everyone to continue to proceed cautiously over the weekend and keep up with local weather reports. 

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Gov. Justice signs bill to strengthen 2nd Amendment protections in West Virginia
Gov. Justice held a signing ceremony earlier this week for Senate Bill 10, the Campus Self-Defense Act. This bill allows law-abiding West Virginians, who already have a concealed carry permit, to carry concealed on the campus of a state institution of higher education beginning July 1, 2024.

“I’m proud to sign the Campus Self-Defense Act which will strengthen 2nd Amendment protections in West Virginia,” Gov. Justice said. “West Virginia now joins 11 other U.S. states, including Texas and Utah, that have had this legislation for years. I’ve always said I will do everything I can to protect West Virginia's 2nd Amendment rights, and with this law, West Virginia will continue to be a national leader. I sincerely thank the Legislature for passing this bill overwhelmingly and the National Rifle Association for their support.”
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Gov. Justice signs architectural and engineering contract for new veterans nursing facility in Beckley
Gov. Justice ceremonially signed a contract earlier this week that launches the design and engineering work on West Virginia’s second veterans nursing home, a Southern West Virginia facility that state veterans have been seeking for longer than a decade.
The 120-bed facility will be built on a 12-acre plot of land adjacent to the Jackie Withrow Hospital, off Eisenhower Drive in east Beckley. The first state veterans nursing home, in Clarksburg, was opened 15 years ago and primarily serves veterans in North Central West Virginia.
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Gov. Justice, First Lady issue statement on death of coal miner in Mingo County
Gov. Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice offered their condolences after learning of the death of a coal miner in Mingo County earlier this week.

William Mapes, of Freeburn, KY, was fatally injured Sunday afternoon while working as a contractor for LSM Contracting near Central Appalachian Mining LLC’s Grapevine South Surface Mine, located in Mingo County. Mapes was 73 years old, and had 53 years of mining experience.

“Any time we lose a brave coal miner, it’s a tragedy beyond belief,” Gov. Justice said. “We should all be eternally grateful to Mr. Mapes for his 53 years as a coal miner, just as we should always be grateful to all coal miners across our state. Cathy and I will keep this man and his loved ones in our prayers and ask all West Virginians to join with us.”
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West Virginia surpasses one billion surplus for fiscal year 2023
Gov. Justice announced earlier this week that West Virginia’s General Revenue collections for February 2023 are $111.8 million above estimates and 5.7% ahead of prior year receipts. Year-to-date record collections are $1.1 billion above estimate. 
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Gov. Justice thanks the West Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association for invitation to speak
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Gov. Justice issues proclamations for the arts, music, and the Red Cross for March
Earlier this week, Governor Justice celebrated West Virginia Arts Day, designed to promote creativity among West Virginia residents and honor the artists making amazing things across the state.
In addition, the Governor recognized that the entire month of March is Music in Our Schools Month. This campaign raises awareness of music's lasting positive impact on our academic, personal, and community lives.
Finally, Gov. Justice proclaimed March as Red Cross Month. This celebration acknowledges the humanitarian spirit of West Virginians and reaffirms our commitment to helping ensure that no one faces a crisis alone.
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Jordan Damron, jordan.l.damron@wv.gov; CJ Harvey, cj.harvey@wv.gov


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