(10/31/2008)
The Silver Haired Legislators (SHL) have adopted 10 resolutions and presented them to a staff member of Gov. Joe Manchin.

The presentation followed a three-day 2008 session in Charleston.

High on the list for approval was the resolution to encourage the state to establish more technical/vocational schools to train students that may not desire to attend college.

Another was related to issuing a restricted/conditional vehicle operators permit for those over the age of 55 that do not qualify for a regular license for the purpose of driving only during daylight hours for doctor's appointments and local errands.

A resolution called to make it unlawful to use a cell phone while driving a vehicle.

Homestead Property Tax Exemptions was the subject of a resolution in which the homeowner would not lose the exemption for a year because they have moved to another residence.

The annuities of retired public employees being exempted at an equal rate that could possibly prompt former residents in returning to live in the state was also approved.

Although a proposal dealing with the qualifications of magistrates failed to be approved, a resolution seeking to have local magistrates elected for a four-year term on a staggered basis was passed.

A resolution asking the West Virginia Legislature to fund the expansion and upgrade the handicapped accessibility to public stream areas was adopted.

In addition, the importance of getting the senior population to visit statewide recreation areas and state parks, a resolution was penned to allow for free entrance to any of these places.

Carl Shaw from the Village of Hur, represented Calhoun County.


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