Promises Kept

Septe​mber 13, 2019

"When I'm elected to the West Virginia Legislature, I will always uphold our fundamental right to keep and bear arms!"​​

Protecting 2nd Amendment Rights 

  • Josh voted for HB2694, "Second Amendment Preservation and Non-Commandeering Act" which protects West Virginians from federal gun laws and unconstitutional executive orders. 
  • Josh voted for HB2499, "Reduction of sales tax for ammo and ammo manufacturers"
  • Josh voted for HB2793, "Allowing out of state residents to obtain concealed carry"
  • Josh voted for SB458, "Relating to possession of firearms by individuals during a state of emergency"

Investing in Economic Development

  • Josh sponsored and voted for HB2002 which is an expansion of Broadband Internet expansion to free broadband providers from burdensome regulations and establish further connection throughout the state.
  • Josh voted for SB42 “Creating the Zombie Property Remediation Act” which allows municipalities and the county commission to go through a legal process to clean up/remove abandoned properties to clean up our district. 
  • Josh voted for HB2011 “Eliminating any Time Requirements for Part Time Personnel to Work During a Working Year” which frees up part time workers to expand their employment opportunities.
  • Josh voted for HB2001 “Creating the WV Jumpstart Savings Program”
  • Josh voted for Economic Development Tax Credits for hiring more West Virginians for manufacturing jobs.
  • Josh voted for HB2019 “Creating Economic Development and Tourism Cabinet Secretaries” while not increasing government spending or expanding a department.
  • Josh voted for HB3010, “To extend the special valuation method for cellular towers to towers owned by persons not subject to regulation by the Board of Public Works”.
  • Josh voted for HB2290, “Initiating a State Employment First Policy to facilitate integrated employment of disabled persons”. 

January 26, 2020

"I will work with legislators and business leaders to discuss removing restraints to attract jobs to our district!"

September 9, 2019

"I am 100% Pro-Life and will never vote for Pro-Abortion Legislation like some politicians do!"

Protecting All Forms of Life

  • Josh Sponsored and Voted for HB2830 “Relating to Sex Trafficking”, expanding services and accessibility to information for child victims of sex trafficking. 
  • Josh voted for HB2671 “Relating to financial exploitation of elderly persons, protected persons or incapacitated adults”.
  • Josh voted for SB658, “Requiring sheriff's departments to participate and utilize Handle With Care Program for trauma-inflicted children”.
  • Josh Sponsored and Voted for HB2982, "Second Chances at Life Act of 2021" which informs mothers seeking a chemical abortion of an abortion reversal pill option if they change their decision within the appropriate window of opportunity.

Actually Doing Something About the Drug Crisis

  • Josh sponsored and voted for HB2918, "Family Treatment Drug Court Expansion" which expanded the drug court system throughout West Virginia.

February 3, 2020

"I will work with rehabilitation leaders, medical professionals, and those in recovery to find the best solutions for our people."

January 26, 2020

"I will work to free the coal industry of burdensome regulations and work toward more effective ways to produce coal with miner safety as a top priority."

Coal Miners and the Coal Industry

  • Josh Sponsored and Voted for HR18, "Recognizing the Importance of Coal-Fired Power Plants and Coal Resources to WV’s Future”
  • Josh voted for SB542, “Relating generally to public electric utilities and facilities fuel supply for existing coal-fired plants”
  • Josh voted for SB542 "Coalfield Communities Amendment"

Law Enforcement, Firefighters, and First Responders

  • Josh was the Lead Sponsor of resolution condemning the Defund the Police movement
  • Josh voted for HB2770 “Including Home Confinement Officers in Definition of Law-Enforcement Officers”.
  • Josh voted for HCR84 “Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the declining population of military service veterans in West Virginia”.
  • Josh voted for HB3107 “Declaring that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder diagnosed by a licensed psychiatrist is a compensable occupational disease for first responders”.

Protecting Individual Rights

  • Josh voted for HB2368, "Mylissa Smith Patient Protection Act" which protects the right of hospitalized individuals to visitation by a family member or minister. 

Lowering Prescription Drug Costs 

  • Josh voted for HB2263 "Updating the Regulation of Pharmacy Benefit Managers" which significantly lowers prescription drug costs.
  •  Josh voted for HCR86 “Study the recruitment and retention of Health Care Workers in West Virginia”
  • Josh voted for HB2024 “Expanding the use of telemedicine to all medical personnel”

  • Josh voted for price transparency for hospitals and prescription drugs so consumers can see where they can get the best deal possible.

  •  Josh voted for Health Department Oversight and rule approval by county commissions during a state of emergency.

July 18, 2020

"I support lowering prescription drug costs by removing government bureaucracy!"​

Promoting Education Reform

  • Josh voted for HB2013, "Relating to the Hope Scholarship Program" to the taxpayer's money back into their hands for the educational choice that is best for their child. This program is heavily regulated by the Treasurers office and each purchase must be approved by the Treasurer's office.

  • Josh voted for SB636, "Requiring Certain Civics and History Courses be Required in Schools"

  • Supported Teachers by Voting NO on devaluing teaching requirements by loosening requirements to become a teacher. 

  • Supported Teachers by Voting YES on HB2145 “Student Aide Titles” to open up pay grades for these titles. 

  • Supported Teachers by Voting NO on bill to fire and penalize teachers who strike.

  • Josh voted for Virtual and In-Person public charter school opportunity for students if these schools decide to invest in West Virginia to expand access to quality education in our state which spends near top and ranks near the bottom in education.

  • Josh voted to prohibit discrimination of homeschool or private school students applying for public vocational school. 

  • Josh voted for SB356, "Allowing for Written Part of Driver's Exam Given in High School Driver's Education Course"

January 26, 2020

"I support Public and Private school choice because parental decision making is key to educational success!"

February 27, 2020

"If government can be removed, remove it. If it doesn't have to be involved, don't involve it. Working families deserve to keep their earnings and not be taxed for the thoughtless spending of politicians."

Lowering Taxes

  • Josh voted for HB3300 (House Version) Income Tax Plan that raised NO taxes and cut government spending and stood against other plans that simply shifted taxes.
  • Josh voted for HB2760 “Economic Development Incentive Tax Credits”

Protecting Free Speech

  • Josh voted for SB657, "Relating to Free Expression on State Institution of Higher Education Campuses", which establishes a coherent plan for protecting free speech on campuses. 

Transparency

  • Josh voted for HB2573, "Relating Generally to the Transparency and Accountability of State Grants to Reduce Waste, Fraud, and Abuse"

Broadband Internet

  • Josh sponsored and voted for HB2002, "Related to Broadband Internet Expansion"

September 11, 2019

"I will fight for Broadband Internet in areas across our district where there is limited or no access."

Criminal Justice Reform

  • Josh voted for HB2363 “Best Interests of the Child Protection Act of 2021” which establishes that 50/50 custody of children should be the goal barring preventing circumstances. 
  • Josh voted for SB434, “Requiring Training for Law-Enforcement Officers Responsible for Investigating Crimes of Sexual Assault”
  • Josh voted for HB3304 “Authorizing the Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation to establish a Reentry and Transitional Housing Program”
  •  Josh voted for and sponsored HB2830, "Relating to Sex Trafficking"
  • Josh voted for HB2094, "Juvenile Restorative Justice Programs"
  • Josh voted for SB361 "Extending Supervision for Conviction of Soliciting a Minor and Using Obscene Matter with Intent to Seduce a Minor"

Term Limits

  • Josh voted for HCR9 "Term Limits for Congress" as promised

January 25, 2020

"I have proudly signed the Term Limits for Congress pledge and will vote accordingly!"

June 14, 2020

"I believe in loosening burdensome regulations, wasteful government departments, and reducing wasteful spending"

Being Fiscally Responsible

  • Josh voted to fully fund the state budget without raising any taxes on the people of West Virginia. 

Standing up to President Biden

  • Josh was the Lead Sponsor of resolution honoring the legacy of President Donald J. Trump and his commitment and love for West Virginia.
  • Josh signed Del. Kessinger’s Letter urging Senator Joe Manchin to cast his deciding vote against Biden’s cabinet appointment of Anti-Israel Colin Kahl.
  • Josh signed a letter urging President Biden to take control of the crisis on our southern border.
  • Josh drafted a letter to Senator Manchin and the West Virginia Congressional Delegation with over 50 legislators from across the state, urging against DC statehood.

January 21, 2021

"I will stand strong against the radical agenda of the Biden Administration and their attempts to erase the legacy of President Donald J. Trump!"

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