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Registering for Legislative Lookahead includes extra opportunities

WVPA advises member newspapers to have staff attend Lookahead, Legislative Interims and obtain Legislative Press Credentials during Jan. 6 visit to Charleston

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Newspapers sending staff members to the Jan. 6 Legislative Lookahead —  sponsored by The Associated Press, AP member editors and the West Virginia Press Association — can get a great start on the upcoming 2014 legislative session.

In addition to the 2014 Legislative Lookahead, reporters and editors can attend January Legislative Interims at the state Capitol and get their press passes for the West Virginia Legislature.

The interim schedule — supplied by Aaron Allred, Legislative Manager & Legislative Auditor West Virginia Legislature is http://www.legis.state.wv.us/committees/interims/intcomsched.cfm

Legislative Press Credentials are issued in the basement of the Capitol, across from the Pressroom. The form is available online: Legislature Press Pass002

To register for the Legislative Lookahead, visit  http://www.eventbrite.com/org/4651605897?s=19959941

Topics for the  2014 Legislative Lookahead. include  energy, transportation, gambling and prescription drugs. Please review the tentative agenda below.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey will be the lunch speaker. In addition, there will be panels on the Future

The event is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 6, at Marshall University’s South Charleston campus.

The registration fee is $15 and includes lunch. The event is open to members of The Associated Press and the West Virginia Press Association.

Early registration is necessary to ensure the room is large enough and the catering.

To register:


Deadline for registration is Jan. 2, 2013.

The agenda is as follows:

9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. – Registration/Coffee.

9:30 to 10:15: Future Fund / Energy – Moderator Rob Byers.

Panelists are as follows:

  • Senate President Jeff Kessler
  • Corky DeMarco, executive director of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association
  • Ted Boettner, executive director, West Virginia Center for Budget and Policy
  • Bill Raney or Chris Hamilton, West Virginia Coal Association


10:30 to noon: Transportation – Heather Henline to moderate and line up speakers. Speaker plans are as follows:

  • Sen. Bob Beach, chairman of the West Virginia Senate Transportation Committee
  • West Virginia Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox
  • Randolph County Commissioner Mike Taylor of the West Virginia Blue Ribbon Highway Commission
  • Keith Burdette, cabinet secretary, West Virginia Department of Commerce


Noon to 1 p.m. Lunch – Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to speak.


1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Prescription drugs – Moderator John McCabe, who will line up speakers. Speaker plans are as follows:

  • Del. Don Perdue
  • Dr. Dan Foster
  • Either Mike Goff, the controlled substances monitoring program administrator, or David Potts, the executive director of the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy
  • Carlos Gutierrez with the Consumer Healthcare Products Association


2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Gambling – We’ll hold off on setting up this panel in case there’s a significant development in the news that prompts us to switch topics. Chris Kinsler will handle and arrange speakers. Planned speakers are as follows:

  • John Cavacini, West Virginia Racing Association
  • Sam Burdette of the West Virginia Greyhound Breeders Association.
  • A representative from the West Virginia Department of Revenue. (unconfirmed)

To register: http://www.eventbrite.com/org/4651605897?s=19959941

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