Governor Earl Ray Tomblin

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  Communications professional Chris Stadelman will become Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's top spokesman.

Stadelman has more than 20 years of experience in the communications field. He also served as communications director for Tomblin's 2011 and 2012 campaigns.

Stadelman will start May 16 as Tomblin's communications director.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has announced an “After Action Review” of the state’s  response to the January 9 Elk River chemical spill. 

The Review hopes to highlight the many ways in which state agencies, county and local emergency management offices, volunteer and charity organizations, the West Virginia National Guard, and other entities responded to the nine-county State of Emergency.

Tomblin’s office says the review will also address ways the state can improve its emergency response systems. 

Governor's Office

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Thursday he will appoint Amy Shuler Goodwin as Deputy Secretary of Commerce and the Commissioner of Tourism for the State of West Virginia. For the past two years, Goodwin has served as the Director of Communications for Tomblin.

 

"Like many, I have been continually impressed by Amy's energy, talent and passion for improving opportunities for our state," Gov. Tomblin said in a news release issued Thursday.

Gov. Tomblin, DHHR Urge Threat Preparedness

Apr 29, 2014
Prepareathon
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is asking all West Virginians to prepare for a possible national disaster by participating in Prepareathon Day on Wednesday. National disasters have affected the state over the last few years, like a derecho and Hurricane Sandy in 2012, which left most of the state without power for lengthy periods of time.  Governor Tomblin wants West Virginians to think about those and other potential events and talk to one another what they can do to be better prepared if a similar situation would happen.

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Office of the Governor

Child advocates are beginning a campaign to convince Governor Tomblin to restore the cuts he made in his line-item veto of the state budget.

When he made his initial budget proposal to the legislature in January, the governor cut over one million dollars in funding for organizations that provide programs to address domestic violence, child abuse prevention, family resource centers, child advocacy centers and in home family education programs.

A West Virginia homeland security official thinks responders for a Jan. 9 chemical spill into the water supply could receive $2 million in federal help.
 
Homeland security official Greg Myers says the estimate covers state and local agencies, and select nonprofits, like volunteer fire departments. He says the total could grow.
 

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Division of Motor Vehicles Acting Commissioner Steve Dale announced Tuesday that many DMVs throughout the state may see less foot traffic as some West Virginians may now have the option to go to the web for vehicle services.

Dale says some customers can now renew their vehicle registration and request a duplicate registration card online. The  DMV’s online service portal is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

West Virginia Legislature

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed about 200 bills and vetoed eight this year, leaving teachers and abortion opponents unsatisfied.
 
Tomblin vetoed a bill to keep school administrators from scheduling tasks for teachers during planning periods. Tomblin said the bill would have blocked collaborative planning among teachers and principals.
 
Pro-life groups opposed Tomblin's decision to veto a ban on abortions after 20 weeks gestation.

Cecelia Mason

Members of West Virginia's congressional delegation have joined Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in questioning a sharp drop in federal funding for the state's black lung clinics.
 
State officials say grants for the federal Black Lung Clinic program were recently capped without notice at $900,000 per state. West Virginia had been the only state to receive more than that annually. The state received $1.4 million last year.

Black lung is a deadly disease caused by exposure to dust underground.
Department of Labor

 Federal funds for black lung benefits in West Virginia were cut about 44 percent. The United States Department of Health and Human Services Black Lung Clinic program now limits awards to $900,000 per grantee.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed a bill that would have given teachers more freedom in using daily planning periods.
 
The proposal would have generally prohibited administrators from making teachers attend training, work-related events, parent-teacher conferences, individualized education program meetings or teacher evaluation conferences during planning periods. The bill says teachers could have done so voluntarily.
 

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Lawmakers will be called into a special session slated for May to deal with a newly signed bill to increase the minimum wage, according to a press release issued Tuesday evening by Governor Tomblin’s office.

The bill will raise the current $7.25 an hour minimum wage to $8 on Jan. 1, 2015, and again to $8.75 the following year.

Tomblin signed the minimum wage bill Tuesday after stating earlier in the day he had some concerns about overtime provisions and maximum hours in the bill. Those provisions could unintentionally costs cities thousands, he said.

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On the same day West Virginia American Water workers began changing carbon filters at their Charleston filtration plant, Gov. Tomblin signed a bill designed to prevent future chemical leaks, like the one that affected that company’s customers, from ever happening again.

Evan Osnos of The New Yorker runs through the timeline of January's chemical spill into the Elk River by Freedom Industries, the state's reaction to the situation, and how industry and politics played a part in the decades leading up to the spill as well as in the aftermath.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed a bill that would have banned abortion in West Virginia after 20 weeks.

The Democratic governor said he vetoed the legislation because of constitutionality issues raised by his legal team and attorneys for the Legislature.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Governor Tomblin, alongside two state community and technical colleges, announced the donation of $250,000 to the Appalachian Petroleum Training Center Wednesday, meant to enhance and expand the program.

Tomblin made the announcement at the Capitol with Noble Energy Senior Vice President Gary Willingham

The company has committed the one time dollars to Pierpont and Northern Community Technical Colleges, the two schools that host the petroleum training center.

Capitol
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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed a bill that makes municipal gun ordinances uniform around the state. The legislation was met with harsh opposition by Charleston Mayor Danny Jones, who expressed concerns over some of the bill's provisions.

The law allows those with concealed-carry permits to bring guns into municipally-owned recreational facilities, but requires them to store guns securely out of view and access to others. However, guns could be brought to venues where children might be present, such as some after-school programs.

Office of the Governor

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has approved a measure to help accommodate pregnant women in the workplace.

Drug Enforcement Agency

The governor has signed off on changes made to the West Virginia crime victim compensation awards.
 
Changes signed into law Monday no longer allow for property owners to seek compensation for meth lab cleanup. In the past, up to $10,000 in compensation was granted per site.
 
The bill increases victim relocation reimbursements from $2,000 to $2,500.
 

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The brother of West Virginia's governor faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to a federal drug charge.
 
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says 50-year-old Carl Tomblin of Chapmanville pleaded guilty Tuesday to distribution of oxymorphone. Tomblin's sentencing is set for June 25.
 

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