CHARLESTON – House Bill 4239 was a piece of legislation that would begin the process of building a modern highway from Mingo County to Beckley, West Virginia. The Bill would give West Virginia the necessary tools required to build this modern highway thus connecting southern West Virginia, including Route 73/74 and the King Coal Highway with the rest of America. Mingo, Wayne, McDowell, Wyoming, and all of the southern counties would benefit from this Bill.
Delegate Justin Marcum was the lead sponsor of this Bill and it passed the House 98-1. The road would have ran right through Senate President Bill Cole’s District but he took no action to get the Bill passed.
Senator Bob Plymale (Wayne) was unhappy and worked to get the Bill pulled from the Senate Finance Committee’s agenda. Chairman Mike Hall caved in to the pressure from Plymale and refused to meet again and hear the Bill. Marcum said he worked hard on this Bill and is very frustrated by the lack of action by the Senate to help southern West Virginia.
“I can’t believe, at the last day, Bob Plymale and Mike Hall, would fight against such a good Bill. This was a job Bill that had bipartisan support. I even worked on this with Kentucky Speaker Greg Stumbo and Congressman Evan Jenkins to get this done,” stated Marcum. Marcum commended Senator Art Kirkendoll for all his help with the Bill. He said Senator Kirkendoll worked hard and helped him with this Bill and was frustrated that the Bill didn’t run in the Senate.
“Bill Cole, Plymale, and Hall show they don’t care for us,” stressed Marcum. He added that he would keep up the fight for southern West Virginia.
“Senator Kirkendoll and I are working with the Governor to get this Bill on his agenda when he calls the Legislature back into Special Session,” stated Delegate Marcum. “I won’t give up.”