West Virginia Blue Book Published each year, the Blue Book is an extensive guide containing information on current officials in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government; federal officers, including the president, congressional representatives and judges; and, political leaders, including party committee chairs and members. The books published in odd-numbered years and the 2000 edition include photographs and biographies of these officials. This publication also contains information on state and federal agencies; postal information; the Constitutions of the United States and West Virginia; and, considerable information on counties, municipalities and various organizations. Legislative Manual A more abbreviated publication than the Blue Book, this manual is updated every two years and contains photographs and biographies of the current governor and legislators. It also contains the names of congressional representatives, elected state officials, judicial officers, legislative staff, members of the press, former governors and past legislators. In addition, each manual includes statistical information on population, legislative rules, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitutions of the United States and West Virginia. A Commemorative History of the West Virginia Capitol First printed in 1982 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Capitol’s dedication, this publication contains archival pictures, photographs and detailed accounts of the Statehouse’s history - from its early locations and a devastating fire to Cass Gilbert’s vision, its awe-inspiring construction in Charleston and the intricate details that citizens continue to enjoy today. The book also includes information on the Governor’s Mansion and a summary of statistical figures concerning the Capitol. Page Program Book Created as a guide for students participating in the Legislature’s Page Program, this book provides valuable information on the members of the Senate and House of Delegates, including their photographs and seating charts. It also details students’ responsibilities while serving as pages and important rules to follow while in the Chambers. In addition, the book includes Capitol maps, an explanation of the legislative process and historical information on West Virginia. House Journals Printed daily, this is the official record of the proceedings that take place each day while the House of Delegates is in session. The Journal follows the Order of Business and details floor actions on any legislation up for introduction, amendment or passage. It also records any requested remarks by members on the floor. For added convenience, the daily Journals are now available on the Web site. Senate Journals Printed daily, this is the official record of the proceedings that take place each day while the Senate is in session. The Journal follows the Order of Business and details floor actions on any legislation up for introduction, amendment or passage. It also records any requested remarks by members on the floor. For added convenience, the daily Journals are now available on the Web site. House Index & Abstract Updated each day during the regular sessions, the House Index contains a list of all bills introduced by subject and includes the short titles of each measure. The House Abstract, also updated daily, is a numerical listing of all bills introduced and includes both the short titles and the sponsor(s). These publications also are available online. Senate Index & Abstract Updated each day during the regular sessions, the Senate Index contains a list of all bills introduced by subject and includes the short titles of each measure. The Senate Abstract, also updated daily, is a numerical listing of all bills introduced and includes both the short titles and the sponsor(s). These publications also are available online. Legislative Directory Updated for each new Legislature, this publication contains photographs and contact information for all members of the West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates. In addition, the directory lists the leadership of each chamber and memberships of all standing committees. The pocket-sized booklet also contains general information regarding the Senate and House; the toll-free telephone number and official Web site address for the Legislature; and, an address format for constituents to use when writing their representatives. A Bill Becomes Law Often used for educational purposes, this pamphlet illustrates the process through which legislation advances before it becomes a state law as it walks the reader through each step. Complete with photographs of the Senate and House Chambers, this publication contains detailed summaries of the various stages of the legislative process, including introduction of the bill, committee study, floor action and action by the Governor. It also includes a table with graphics depicting each of the steps. Internship Brochure Profiling the Legislature’s five internship programs, which provide opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students from in-state institutions, this brochure includes descriptions of interns’ duties, eligibility requirements, the duration of each program and the number of available positions. For students wishing to receive application deadline information or ask any questions about the programs, this publication contains telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and mailing addresses for each program’s contact person. Wrap-Up - The Official Newsletter of the West Virginia Legislature Published weekly throughout each regular session, this newsletter provides summaries of current legislation advancing through the legislative process and includes lead stories that often highlight recent activities at the Capitol. Individuals can access Wrap-Up online or contact the Office of Reference and Information to be placed on the mailing list. A more in-depth final edition, which includes summaries of all bills passed, is produced after the Legislature adjourns. Although Final Wrap-Up is not mailed to regular subscribers, copies can be obtained online or requested through this office. A Guide Through the Legislative Process A publication provided to enhance understanding of the lawmaking branch of state government, this brochure not only provides a detailed explanation of how a bill becomes law, but also it explains the composition, terms and sessions of the Legislature; describes the roles of presiding officers and floor leaders; illustrates the purposes of joint, concurrent and simple resolutions; outlines the different methods of voting; and, defines legislative terminology used in the process. A Bill Becomes Law for Children Assuring kids that the legislative process is important to understand because it results in the laws that protect them and their families, this brochure features Professor Bill B. Kamalaw, who walks young readers through the steps a bill takes as it becomes law - from the initial idea to floor readings and the Governor’s signature. In addition to illustrating the legislative process, this pamphlet also defines legislative terms and includes an easy-to-follow table with graphics portraying each of the steps. Children's Activity Book Designed to engage young readers in learning about state government and the lawmaking process, this book contains detailed descriptions of the three branches of government, along with educational quizzes and games to test children on what they’ve read. It also has a page for the pupil to write a letter to their representative about any ideas they have for state law, as well as facts about the State Capitol, state trivia, a map of the 55 counties and descriptions of West Virginia’s state symbols. Interim Highlights Produced once a month during the Legislature’s interim period, which is the time between regular sessions, this publication contains summaries of the committee meetings that take place during three days each month. These meetings often entail in-depth studies of various topics in preparation for future legislation, as well as updates from state agencies that allow lawmakers to hear any concerns and monitor the progress of legislation that has passed. Although this publication is not mailed to the public, copies can be downloaded online. Chronology of Women in the West Virginia Legislature Recently updated, this book contains the names, parties and home counties of all women who have served in the West Virginia Senate or House of Delegates. This publication begins in 1922, when just one woman served in the House, and spans through the years to the present Legislature, in which 21 women currently serve - three in the Senate and 18 in the House. Information Packet A comprehensive reference tool for any interested citizens or Capitol visitors, this packet contains a map of the Capitol, which includes room numbers for all legislators; seating charts for the Senate and House Chambers; Senate, House and Congressional district maps; photographs and contact information for all members of the Legislature; and, phone numbers and addresses for Congressional representatives. Also included are toll-free telephone numbers and Web site addresses for state agencies, colleges and universities. This packet can be downloaded online.
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