Abortion rights groups are holding a rally at the Capitol today to protect Attorney General Patrick Morrisey‘s inquiry into state abortion providers’ policies and procedures. Follow Daily Mail health reporter Candace Nelson for live updates.
Delegate Stephen Skinner, D-Jefferson, is mirroring Morrisey’s inquiry by sending letters to 37 “pregnancy crisis centers.” These centers are not abortion providers but try to discourage the procedures, sometimes offering expectant mothers baby clothing and information about adoptions. Skinner believes the centers are misleading pregnant women, who might show up believing they are visiting an abortion clinic.
In other news…
- The state Supreme Court is on track to issue more than 1,300 written decisions this year, an exponential increase after the court changed its appellate procedure rules in 2010. Justices agreed in 2010 to release a written explanation each time they reject an appeal without a hearing. Previously, the court denied requests without any explanation.
- Mingo County Delegates Harry Keith White and Justin Marcum want another circuit judge for their county. It’s an issue Sen. Truman Chafin, D-Mingo, has been pressing for years. “I am glad that members of Thornsbury’s Team Mingo, who have fought me at every turn in my efforts to secure a second judge for our county, have now suddenly decided to issue a press release calling for a second judge after the federal indictment of the county’s only judge,” Chafin said in an emailed statement. You’ll recall Mingo’s sole circuit judge, Michael Thornsbury, was suspended last week following a federal indictment.
- With court fees dwindling, the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority is having to depend on inmate phone calls and commissary sales to pay back its bond debt.
- Changes to governmental accounting procedures will require states and cities to place their unfunded pension liabilities — the amount of money still owed on employee retirement plans — front and center in their financial statements. That could damage some municipalities’ reputation with lenders, but officials say West Virginia is in good shape.
- Lawmakers are leaving tomorrow for their $20,000 field trip to North Dakota.
- In an attempt to keep the West Virginia Air National Guard’s 130th Airlift Wing in Charleston, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Monday announced Coonskin Park will get a new entrance and bridge.