Charlotte R. Lane (R)
Education: Marshall University, A.B.; West Virginia University College of Law, J.D.
Q: What would you do to ensure that West Virginia protects communities from adverse environmental and public health impacts of the rising natural gas industry?
A: Current laws and regulations need to be enforced and we need to adequately fund the agencies that oversee these laws and regulations.
Q: What legislation would you push to diversify West Virginia’s economy?
A: Supporting broadband expansion will attract new businesses and supporting free tuition for students attending community and technical schools will provide a skilled workforce for existing and new businesses.
Q: How should West Virginia fund PEIA?
A: PEIA has been funded from general revenue and I continue to support that.
Daily Mail Opinion:
Q: Do you support the current practice of “civil asset forfeiture,” whereby state law enforcement can seize property from citizens even if they are never charged with a crime?
A: The present civil asset forfeiture law needs to be changed to exclude people who have not been charged with a crime.
Q: Should West Virginia join the 43 other states that allow students to attend public charter schools?
A: I support charter schools.
Q: Should the severance tax on natural gas (currently at 5 percent) be raised, lowered or kept the same?
A: The severance tax should be lowered so our natural gas industry can be competitive with other states.