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Around the Rotunda: Legislative, Committee Schedule for Friday, March 24
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Around the Rotunda: Legislative, Committee Schedule for Friday, March 24

W.Va. Legislative Committee Meeting Schedule – Subject to change Watch WV Legislature Live each day at http://www.legis.state.wv.us/live.cfm SENATE:                       Friday, March 24, 2017 REVIEW BILLS INTRODUCED The Senate will convene at 11 a.m. RESOLUTIONS   SR 51: Designating March 24, 2017, as Jefferson County Day (Rucker) SR 52: Designating March 24, 2017, […]

W.Va. Legislature honors Civil Air Patrol
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W.Va. Legislature honors Civil Air Patrol

By Lexi Browning For The West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Senate adopted a resolution this week recognizing members of the Civil Air Patrol and dedicated Wednesday, March 22, 2017, as Civil Air Patrol Day.   The West Virginia Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is comprised of 16 units with approximately 600 volunteer […]

Senate Ag Committee acts on industrial hemp
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Senate Ag Committee acts on industrial hemp

Committee also looks at food production   By Lexi Browning For West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Committee on Wednesday passed a resolution to redefine the federal definition of industrial hemp. Senate Concurrent Resolution 35, which aimed to increase production of industrial hemp with stronger concentrations of hemp seed oil, […]

Opinion: Nine-tenths of coal miners are gone 
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Opinion: Nine-tenths of coal miners are gone 

By James A. Haught Editor Emeritus The Charleston Gazette-Mail . America’s coal industry is sinking sadly.  Tonnage, usually above 1 billion, dropped to 749 million tons in 2016.  Employment, which exceeded 800,000 in the 1920s, has fallen below 66,000. Four large mining corporations went bankrupt in the past couple of years. The decline is glaringly visible in West Virginia. . […]

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Water pollution bill moves forward to Senate floor
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Water pollution bill moves forward to Senate floor

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A controversial bill that could allow more toxic chemicals to be discharged into West Virginia’s rivers and streams cleared another hurdle Wednesday night, on its way to giving business and industry lobbyists a long-sought change in state water pollution rules. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee […]

Senate Judiciary Committee passes bill on water quality
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Senate Judiciary Committee passes bill on water quality

By DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post CHARLESTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee heard several hours of testimony for and against the water quality bill opponents have dubbed the “Cancer Creek Bill” before approving it and sending it to the Senate floor. While a Department of Environmental Protection official defended the bill, two Morgantown water experts […]

House Education Committee passes governor’s K-12 bill
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House Education Committee passes governor’s K-12 bill

By RYAN QUINN Charleston Gazette-Mail After about four hours of discussion, questions and amendments, the West Virginia House Education Committee passed at 11 p.m. Wednesday Gov. Jim Justice’s wide-ranging K-12 education bill. Wednesday was the first appearance of the bill in a legislative committee. It now heads to the House Finance Committee. The committee discussed […]

Legislators take Justice to task for lighting emergency lantern
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Legislators take Justice to task for lighting emergency lantern

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Delegates and senators criticized Gov. Jim Justice’s lighting the State of Emergency lantern on top of the Capitol dome Wednesday, calling it a political ploy and disrespectful to victims of last summer’s floods. The governor ordered the lantern lit Tuesday to highlight the state’s continuing budget crisis. […]

House bill puts settlement money in general revenue
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House bill puts settlement money in general revenue

By WENDY HOLDREN The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill was introduced last week in the West Virginia House of Delegates which would require the Attorney General to put settlement money and recovered funds into the state’s general revenue fund. House Bill 3062, sponsored by Delegate John Shott, R-Mercer, establishes the “Settlement and Recovered Funds […]

Citizens talk broadband, other issues with Justice
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Citizens talk broadband, other issues with Justice

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. —  While legislators stayed in session in Charleston, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice continued his statewide tour talking to West Virginians during a town hall event in Huntington on Wednesday. Within the span of an hour Wednesday evening, Justice answered questions about everything from broadband to medical marijuana and […]