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Media Alert: WV Press Legislative Lookahead Resource Page updated from Friday’s presentations

Video will be available on Saturday for Leadership presentations, panels on key economic indicators for 2023, workforce issues and education

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Photos and links are available from the annual West Virginia Press Association Legislative Lookahead on Friday at the West Virginia Culture Center on the Capitol Complex in Charleston. 

Video will be available of the daylong preview of the 2023 Legislative Session includes four panels, including leadership presentations; however, it will not be accessible until Saturday.

The event was open to all media – newspapers, television, radio and online – and guests.

This post includes the available links and resources for today’s panels and additional information, photos and the video will be added to this post to assist the media. Materials are below the related panels.

The agenda, and confirmed participants, is as follows. Additional panelists are possible.

10 a.m. — West Virginia Legislative Leadership: Senator Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, president of the West Virginia State Senate; Delegate Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates; Delegate Doug Skaff, D-Kanawha, minority leader, West Virginia House of Delegates.

Summary — up to 75 minutes: The panel will discuss areas of focus and legislation they expect in the 2023 session. Each speaker will make a presentation. There will be questions from the media. 

11:15 a.m. — Key Economic Indicators for 2023: John Deskins, director of the Bureau of Business & Economic Research at the WVU Chambers College of Business and Economics.

Summary — 45 minutes: The discussion will focus on key economic indicators for 2023, an update on the West Virginia economy, and possible impacts to the state’s budget. There will be questions from the media.

Noon — Lunch and networking: A time for refreshments, checking emails, conversation, and sponsor recognition.

1 p.m. — Workforce: Senator Rollan Roberts, R-Raleigh, chair, Senate Workforce Committee chair; Jane Marks, president, AARP West Virginia; Fred Albert, president, American Federation of Teachers – WV; Justin Williams, WV State Building & Construction Trades Council; Clinton Burch, Technical Education Officer, West Virginia Department of Education.

Here is the link to the AARP WV report and a video on the WV Direct Care Taskforce Presentation to the Legislature:

WV Direct Care Taskforce Sends Recommendations To Legislature

Summary — up to 90 minutes: The panel will discuss workforce needs, expected legislation, and what legislation can do to improve the situation. Each speaker will have 10 minutes for a statement. There will be questions from the media.  

2:30 p.m. — Education: Senator Amy Grady, R-Mason, chair, Senate Education Committee; George M. Zimmerman, Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management, West Virginia University; Fred Albert, president, American Federation of Teachers – WV; Dr. Carla Warren, Director, Educator Development and Support Services, West Virginia Department of Education; Matt Turner, Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

Summary — up to 75 minutes: The panel will discuss proposed legislation, methods of increasing higher education participation, education funding, and the future of higher education in West Virginia. There will be questions from the media. 

Among confirmed media covering the event:

Matt Young, WV Press Association Network

Autumn Shelton, WV Press Association Network

Steven Allen Adams, Ogden Newspapers

Christina Myer, Parkersburg News and Sentinel

John McCabe, The Intelligencer & Wheeling News-Register

Mark Curtis, WOWK-TV13

Curtis Johnson, WSAZ News

John Raby, The AP

Leah Willingham, The AP

David Hedges, The Times Record and Roane County Reporter

David Beard, The Dominion Post

Charles, Young, WV News & The Exponent Telegram

Ian Karbal, Mountain State Spotlight

Amelia Knisely, The Register-Herald

Lee Wolverton, The Gazette-Mail

Roger Adkins, The Gazette-Mail

Scot Refsland, West Virginia Daily News

Crystal Good, Black By God, The West Virginian

Joe Stevens, WMOV News

Chris Schulz, West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Randy Yohe, West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Eric Douglas, West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Jim Workman, West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A video of the event will be shared later Friday – by 6 p.m. – and available to the public.

The WVPA has also announced the dates of its other major events in 2023:

Feb. 2, 2023West Virginia Press Association Legislative Media Social: Media and legislators will gather at the West Virginia Culture Center at the State Capitol in Charleston on Thursday, Feb. 2, from 4 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. This media social will replace the traditional WVPA Legislative Breakfast.

Aug. 11-12, 2023 – West Virginia Press Association Convention: The summer convention and awards presentation will be held Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11-12, at Four Points in Charleston

The WVPA also plans to host regional meetings around the state in 2023, but those dates are not confirmed.

For additional information and questions, contact Smith at 304-550-0454 or [email protected]

John Deskins’ Presentation PDFs:

WV Direct Care Taskforce Sends Recommendations To Legislature

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