West Virginia’s 2019 legislative session begins in less than a week.
That means some bills that failed in the legislature last year will get a fresh perspective as incoming lawmakers take over some key positions on Jan. 7.
7News caught up with State Senator elect William Ihlenfeld about his goals for the upcoming session.
He believes there’s a lot to be done in Charleston.
He hopes to cut taxes on social security benefits, clean up corruption and nail down some answers on the I-70 bridge project.
Ihlenfeld’s other goals include restoring funding for tobacco education in schools and even raising the age to purchase tobacco products.
He said he’s just ready to get started.
“I’m excited to get down there, to serve on the committees, and work with my colleagues, especially across the aisle. I think that’s what the people of the Northern Panhandle expect of me. Regardless of party, I’m going to work hard to do what’s right for the Northern Panhandle,” Ihlenfeld said.
Ihlenfeld said he’s also excited to work with other lawmakers in combating the opioid crisis and creating better roads for West Virginians.