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Legislators Coming to Town

June 18, 2013
By JOSELYN KING Political Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin kicks off West Virginia's 150th anniversary in Wheeling Wednesday during events at West Virginia Independence Hall.

Tomblin is set to attend a historical re-enactment of the debate leading to West Virginia's independence from Virginia at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Afterward, he will address members of the West Virginia Legislature, said spokeswoman Amy Shuler-Goodwin.

The ceremony Wednesday at Independence Hall is closed to the general public, she said, but Tomblin will meet with the public when he attends a block party in downtown Wheeling following the Independence Hall events. The block party is set to begin at 5 p.m. on 14th Street near River City restaurant.

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The seats of West Virginia Independence Hall will be filled with lawmakers this week to mark West Virginia’s 150th year of statehood.

After spending Wednesday evening in Wheeling, Tomblin will return to Charleston on Thursday morning for statehood anniversary celebrations at the State Capitol Complex.

"But the official kickoff to West Virginia's 150th birthday is in Wheeling - as it should be," Goodwin said. "It was our first capital."

She said many sesquicentennial events will be happening across West Virginia this week.

Fact Box

W.Va. Legislature to Hold Committee Meetings

Members of the West Virginia Legislature will be holding interim session meetings in Wheeling this week. Meetings are open to the public and are scheduled for the following times and places:

WEDNESDAY

  • 10-11:00 a.m.: Joint Standing Committee on the Judiciary at West Virginia Independence Hall
  • 11 a.m. to noon: Legislative Oversight Commission on Health and Human Resources

Accountability at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack

  • 11 a.m. to noon: Select

Committee on Veterans' Affairs

at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack

  • Noon to 1 p.m.: Joint Standing Committee on Finance at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack
  • Noon to 1 p.m.: Select Committee on Minority Issues at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack
  • 1-2 p.m.: Joint Committee on

Government Operations at West

Virginia Northern Community

College

  • 1-2 p.m.: Joint Standing

Committee on Government

Organization at West Virginia Northern Community College

  • 1- 2 p.m.: Post Audits

Subcommittee at West Virginia Independence Hall

  • 2-3 p.m.: Joint Committee on Technology at West Virginia Northern Community College
  • 2-3 p.m.: Joint Standing

Committee on Education at West Virginia Northern Community

College

  • 3-5 p.m.: Select Committee on Children and Other Issues at Catholic Charities of West

Virginia, 2000 Main St.

  • 4-5 p.m.: Select Committee on Infrastructure at West Virginia Northern Community College

THURSDAY

  • 8:30-10:30 a.m.: Joint

Committee on Government

Operations and the Joint Standing Committee on Government

Organization tour the Grave Creek Mound

  • 9-10 a.m.: "Labor and Worker Safety Issues" discussion at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack
  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Subcommittee tours Grand Vue Park
  • 10 a.m. to noon: Joint Standing Committee on Education, West

Virginia Northern Community

College

  • Noon to 2:00 p.m.: Joint

Standing Committee on the

Judiciary at West Virginia

Independence Hall

  • 1-2 p.m.: Commission on

Special Investigations, Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack

  • 1- 2 p.m.: Joint Commission

on Economic Development at West Virginia Northern

Community College

  • 2-3 p.m.: Employee Suggestion Award Board at West Virginia Northern Community College
  • 2-3 p.m.: Joint Standing

Committee on Finance tours Independence Hall

  • 3-4 p.m.: Joint Standing

Committee on Pensions and Retirement at West Virginia Northern Community College

  • 3-4 p.m.: Select Committee on Infrastructure at West Virginia Northern Community College
  • 4-5 p.m.: Joint Committee on Health at West Virginia Northern Community College
  • 4-5 p.m.: Legislative Oversight Commission on Workforce

Investment for Economic

Development at West Virginia Northern Community College

FRIDAY

  • 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.:

Agriculture and Rural

Development committee

members tour the Watershed Dam

  • 9-10 a.m.: Joint Standing

Committee on Finance at

Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack

  • 9 a.m. to noon: Joint Standing Committee on Education at Iron Workers Local #549, 2350 Main St., Wheeling
  • 10 -11 a.m.: Joint Committee

on Government Operations at

Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack

  • 10-11 a.m.: Joint Standing Committee on Government

Organization at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack

  • Noon to 1 p.m.: Joint Standing Committee on the Judiciary at West Virginia Independence Hall
  • 1-2 p.m.: Joint Committee on Government and Finance at West Virginia Independence Hall

"It's a very exciting time for our state," Goodwin said. "West Virginians are coming out in full force to celebrate because we have a lot to be proud of in our state. It's always a wonderful thing to look backward and watch how we came from there to here."

Travis Henline, site manager of Independence Hall, said when Tomblin addresses members of the Legislature in Wheeling Wednesday, it will be only the second time in 150 years that West Virginia's governor and Legislature have met together at West Virginia Independence Hall. The last time was in June 1963, when Gov. William W. "Wally" Barron and state lawmakers convened in Wheeling for a session to commemorate the state's 100th birthday, according to Henline.

"This is our generation's celebration of our statehood, and there will not be another celebration like this for another 50 years," he said. "In another 50 years, people will look back at how we celebrated. And I have no doubt that in another 50 years, our descendants will celebrate in a similar fashion."

 
 
 

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