Archive for October, 2017

West Virginia’s greyhound breeders fund on the chopping block
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West Virginia’s greyhound breeders fund on the chopping block

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — Delegate Erikka Storch said she and legislative colleagues will work to send a bill that would eliminate the West Virginia Greyhound Breeding Development Fund “to a fiery death” in the House. Senate Bill 437 passed the state Senate Monday by a vote of 19-15 despite opposition […]

West Virginia legislators concerned about greyhound breeders fund impact on Wheeling
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West Virginia legislators concerned about greyhound breeders fund impact on Wheeling

By CASEY JUNKINS The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va. — Rehabilitation of the Capitol Theatre, construction of the Lowe’s store in Center Wheeling and the clearing of dilapidated structures to make way for The Health Plan’s new headquarters are some of the projects for which city leaders have relied on tax increment financing related […]

Senate narrowly passes bill to eliminate greyhound subsidy
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Senate narrowly passes bill to eliminate greyhound subsidy

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Legislation to eliminate a $15 million a year state subsidy to greyhound racing purses passed the Senate by a narrow 19-15 margin Monday, with opponents contending elimination of greyhound racing could have devastating economic impacts, particularly in the Wheeling area. “We might save money today at the […]

Legislature faces long sessions in preparation of Crossover Day
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Legislature faces long sessions in preparation of Crossover Day

By DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A bill that could lead to an extension of Interstate 68 and another that opponents fear will empower “dark money” in political campaigns were among the long list that passed March 27. And a bill to end the Greyhound Breeding Development Fund stirred some bitter debate […]

Water pollution bill heads for final passage
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Water pollution bill heads for final passage

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail A controversial bill that could allow increased pollution discharges into West Virginia’s rivers and streams moved one step closer to passage late Monday night, as senators rejected amendments that would have limited the legislation’s scope. House Bill 2506 is expected to be up for third reading — passage stage […]

WV Senate passes “dark money” bil
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WV Senate passes “dark money” bil

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill passed by the West Virginia Senate would make it easier or harder for so-called “dark money” to influence state elections, depending upon which side of the aisle lawmakers sit. Democrats think Senate Bill 539, passed by the Senate on Monday, March 27, would raise […]

WV Senate passes campaign finance overhaul
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WV Senate passes campaign finance overhaul

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Senate passed a bill Monday designed to overhaul campaign finance laws in the state. Key provisions of the legislation, Senate Bill 539, increase the maximum amounts that citizens can donate to individual campaigns, political action committees (PACs), caucus committees, state parties and ballot issue committees. […]

Committee sets aside tax reform bill
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Committee sets aside tax reform bill

By DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Senate Finance Committee took up a new version of the new tax reform bill — SB 409 — and set it aside for a while after encountering some unanswered questions and troubling financial projections. Elizabeth Pardue, acting director of research in the Department of Revenue […]

WV lawmakers seek control of drug settlement funds
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WV lawmakers seek control of drug settlement funds

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia lawmakers want the final say over how to spend $24 million from recent lawsuit settlements with some of the nation’s largest prescription drug distributors. The House of Delegates plans to take a final vote this week on a bill (HB 2428) that would use all […]

Senate approves bills to help sexual assault victims
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Senate approves bills to help sexual assault victims

Staff report The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Senate on Monday passed two bills that their lead sponsor, a senator from Cabell County, said will systematically improve sexual assault victims’ chances of finding justice. Both of the bills – Senate Bill 69, creating the Sexual Assault Victims’ Bill of Rights; and Senate Bill 167, […]