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House of Delegates District 63

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    DANIEL BENNETT
    (Dem)

  • JOHN HARDY
    (Rep)

  • BRETT ROGERS
    (Lib)

Biographical Information

Biography.

How would you prioritize using the funds provided to WV by the CARES Act and other COVID-19 relief funds?

What changes in current election laws would you favor to make voting safer and more accessible?

Lack of broadband access limits employment and educational opportunities in many parts of West Virginia. What should be done to make broadband available statewide?

Given COVID-19, how do you propose we protect our students, teachers and school service personnel while at the same time providing equal access to a quality education across the state?

What experience, training or education do you have that would make you an effective state legislator?

Campaign Phone (304) 449-4263
Campaign Email daniel@teamwv63.org
https://www.teamwv63.org/about
First we should have made sure that all of the health providers, the doctors, nurses and techs were kept paid without furloughs and pay cuts. Then we should have made sure to provide that the hospitals, clinics and other institutions were provided with any additional PPE and testing equipment that was needed. I would have by early march started sending masks and made sure sanitizer and other safety items were provided to all of the public, small businesses and essential services. I would have immediately created a grants program sufficient for small businesses to their employees wages paid and pay for COVID protective systems. My campaign in March started a program, Sue's Masks, in honor of my late wife, to provide 100s of masks.
First, we should have mailed the absentee ballot request forms in the general as was done in the primary. The HAVA Act was a good start, but West Virginia must better provide for counties to come up to date with secure and adequate technology. On the federal level, I passed a key law which has made citizen access light years better (GPEA). We need to do the same in West Virginia. The online form for absentee ballots is not easy to use (they had to do a video to explain it). And the counties had difficulty dealing with the online system. Also, I believe that voter registration cards should be as durable as drivers licenses and have photos of faces and be made free upon registration. I will introduce legislation to make this happen.
There is federal money collected through the FCC's Universal Service Fund and there should be additional federal funding for states like West Virginia which due to our rural nature need more infrastructure. Then we need state government to put pressure on companies better meet the needs of our communities. Here in Berkeley County, many residents are stuck with Frontier and aging wires that must be replaced. The state government must use regulatory and other legal avenues to push all providers with providing 100Mbps speeds at a minimum. And the FCC must fix their coverage maps to be accurate so we can get better mobile. Whether telehealth, remote learning, remote work/telecommuting, and access to emergency services, we must address this now.
Unfortunately, both the current state of low pay and insufficient care for education makes providing quality education in the best of times difficult. So we need to immediately protect the teachers and school service personnel PEIA and raise wages. Second we need to make sure the schools are improved to meet the needs of the additional requirements of safety. This may be expensive upfront, but will lead to better schools even post-COVID and can lower maintenance costs going forward. I will support finding additional funding for counties to afford to follow the guidelines and protect children, school staff, teachers, and parents. I will also demand broadband and mobile access needed for remote learning. (sorry kids, no more snow days :-)
While a staff person for a member of Congress, I came up with, drafted, and led the effort to pass the Government Paperwork Elimination Act of 1998 (GPEA). This law is saving taxpayers and businesses billions of dollars every year by forcing the federal government to put up almost all forms online so that they can be signed and submitted online. Based on that legislation, I co-drafted the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act of 2000 (ESIGN). Both laws passed with overwhelming support by the Republican leadership and the Democratic White House. Thanks to a provision of ESIGN that carved out a states’ right of jurisdiction, West Virginia passed SB204 in 2001.
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