The state Racing Commission on Tuesday voted to put a new animal cruelty policy out for public comment. Although the commission punished three dog breeders for abuse in recent months, it’s the first time the body has considered a policy specifically addressing animal cruelty.
The three-paragraph policy was supposed to be posted on the commission’s website, but I can’t seem to find it. According to Dave’s story in today’s paper, the policy gives the commission authority to nvestigate all reported acts of animal cruelty, mistreatment, neglect, abandonment or abuse, and then pursue administrative punishments. Those could include fines or revoking the offender’s racing permit.
In other news…
- Ex-House Speaker Rick Thompson made his first appearance before lawmakers in his new job as Secretary of Veterans Assistance. The man who used to wrangle 100 delegates on the House floor now has just eight people in his Charleston office.
- The Racing Commission is facing a $900,000 deficit heading into the 2014 fiscal year.
- Speaking at an interim meeting Tuesday, Division of Energy Director John Herholdt told lawmakers West Virginia’s five year energy plan was, in a phrase, to “produce more energy for the nation’s use.” Easier said than done.
- State superintendent of schools Jim Phares on Tuesday defended his department’s adoption of the Common Core Standards, which are meant to standardize the curriculum of all U.S. schools. Critics say the standards remove local schools’ autonomy. Phares said the standards still allow West Virginia to tailor education to its students’ needs.