Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today, joined by Senator John Unger, D-Berkeley, and Senator Herb Snyder, D-Jefferson, signed Senate Bill 663 known as Feed to Achieve Act, Senate Bill 103 known as Commuter Rail Access Act, and Senate Bill 596 which relates to grant awards for Chesapeake Bay and Greenbrier River Watersheds, during a visit to the Eastern Panhandle.
Gov. Tomblin joined Berkeley Heights Elementary students during their lunch to sign Feed to Achieve Act legislation.
"I want to thank Senator Unger for sponsoring the legislation because while many kids across the state receive free breakfast and lunch through established programs, there are thousands more who do not," Gov. Tomblin said. "In fact, more than 20 percent of our kids who qualify for these programs skip the meal opportunity. Through the Feed to Achieve Act, which encourages private investment into our schools' nutritional programs, we're ensuring our children receive the nutritious food they need in order to be prepared to learn."
"The Feed to Achieve Act is an important step forward in education reform to ensure that all students have their stomachs filled, so that the teachers can effectively fill their minds. No child should go hungry. This bill empowers communities and gives them the tools necessary to ensure that no child in West Virginia goes hungry," said Senate Majority Leader John Unger, Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Children and Poverty.
Gov. Tomblin traveled to Caperton Station in Martinsburg to sign both S.B. 103 and S.B. 596 where he was joined by city leaders and Sen. Snyder.
"I want to thank Senator Snyder for helping support our hardworking families. The Commuter Rail Access Act is an important step toward securing railroad service at a reasonable cost for the many hard-working commuters who rely on this line of transportation," Gov. Tomblin said.
"The Commuter Rail Access Act will ensure the long-term future of the MARC train service in the Eastern Panhandle. I look forward to working with Governor Tomblin in crafting an interstate agreement with Maryland that will be beneficial to both states," said Chair of the Senate Committee on Government Organization, Herb Snyder.
The governor also signed S.B. 596 which aims to preserve and improve the environment and aquatic life by supporting the Chesapeake Bay and Greenbrier River watersheds.
"This bill will help these watersheds receive funding for their conservation efforts," Gov. Tomblin said. "I'm thankful for all of those who roll up their sleeves and get the job done so our children can continue to enjoy the beauty of the Mountain State for years to come."
S.B. 596 requires the Water Development Authority to re-examine the grant process and award monies in proportion to the total cost among all applicants who qualify.