Review: Week Five in the Legislature

By Delegate Jonathan Pinson - Contributing columnist



Week five marked the halfway point for the 2022 legislative session.

It is hard to believe that our 60 day regular lawmaking session is half finished in West Virginia!

On Monday of this week, I had the opportunity to present a bill that I have cosponsored and have been working on for the last two years relating to the drug epidemic in our communities.

If signed into law, House Bill 2257 would mandate an extended supervision period for a drug dealer found guilty of second offense distribution of fentanyl. I advocated that this should apply to first offense crimes as well but was unsuccessful.

Extended supervision is the same monitoring program that we use for sex offenders. After a drug dealer has been found guilty and has completed their prison sentence, they would be under strict supervision to make sure that they do not go back to selling drugs.

As I mentioned, we currently use extended supervision for sex offenders because we understand how dangerous they can be, and we understand the danger of the high recidivism rate; these two dangers also apply to drug dealers. We must do everything within our power to continue combating this problem that is running rampant throughout West Virginia.

On Thursday we considered House Bill 4578 relating to the West Virginia Handle with Care Program. This program was created and designed to train law-enforcement personnel when responding to emergency calls involving children.

This effort has become a “flagship program” throughout the country. The West Virginia State Police travel throughout our state and the entire nation training other police departments on how to carefully and appropriately interact with children during emergent situations. I am thankful to serve as a cosponsor and an advocate of this legislation!

Every week we deal with dozens of pieces of legislation that affect a variety of West Virginians. However, the final piece of legislation that I will mention in this update could be one of the most far reaching that we have considered yet this year.

TAX RELIEF! House Bill 4007 passed the House of Delegates with overwhelming support on Friday! This bill calls for a 10% reduction in personal income taxes for every tax bracket in West Virginia.

Quite simply, what this means is every West Virginia resident would get 10% of their money back in their pocket! This would positively impact every earner in our State.

This is the second year in a row that I have voted for a tax reduction to the citizens of our state. West Virginia is experiencing record surplus in regard to our state budget. It has been reported that we will soon have over ONE BILLION dollars of excess tax money in our surplus fund. In my estimation, that is money that needs to be returned to our citizens! This important legislation has been sent out of the House of Delegates and it’s now on to the State Senate. I am hopeful that they will support this personal income tax reduction!

When I first ran for the House of Delegates in 2020 I promised that I would fight for government accountability and lower taxes. I plan to continue doing just that!

Thank you for allowing me to serve you.

Until next week, keep smiling!

Jonathan Pinson


By Delegate Jonathan Pinson

Contributing columnist

Delegate Jonathan Pinson (R) represents the 13th District in the West Virginia House of Delegates.

Delegate Jonathan Pinson (R) represents the 13th District in the West Virginia House of Delegates.