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Justice calls lawmakers back for May 4 budget session
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Justice calls lawmakers back for May 4 budget session

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday evening he will call the West Virginia Legislature into special session on May 4 to approve the state’s 2017-18 budget plan. “I think we’re on a pathway to pass a budget that’s going to be really special,” Justice said during a news […]

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WV Gov. Justice signs bill eliminating RESAs, banning Common Core

By RYAN QUINN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday signed a bill eliminating the current Regional Education Service Agencies and the state Office of Education Performance Audits. After Wednesday night, bills that Justice has neither signed nor vetoed will automatically become law. House Bill 2711 also will ban the current Common […]

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Justice signs broadband bill

By MAX GARLAND Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginians will soon have more options when it comes to getting a broadband connection. Gov. Jim Justice signed into law House Bill 3093, a bill designed to incentivize competition among internet providers and expand broadband access through various methods, ranging from co-ops to easier access to […]

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Justice signs virtual ed bill, vetoes non-public student vocational access bill

By RYAN QUINN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday signed a bill allowing public school systems to offer home-schoolers and other students full-time K-12 virtual education, and vetoed legislation that would’ve let home and private school students attend public vocational education schools without being charged more than public schoolers. Justice signed […]

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Justice signs industrial hemp bill

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A bill that allows licensed individuals to lawfully grow hemp has been signed into law by the governor. Gov. Jim Justice signed House Bill 2453 on Wednesday. The bill expands the list of people who are allowed to grow hemp to people who have satisfied the application […]

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Justice signs the Second Chance for Employment Act

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Gov. Jim Justice has signed the Second Chance for Employment Act, which would allow people convicted of nonviolent felonies to petition a judge to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor. The West Virginia Legislature passed Senate Bill 76 with time down to the wire. It was the […]

Bill gives ‘more autonomy’ to higher education
By April 26, 2017 Read More →

Bill gives ‘more autonomy’ to higher education

By KELSIE LeROSE Times West Virginia MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  — Gov. Jim Justice visited West Virginia University Tuesday to sign House Bill 2815 pertaining to higher education governance. The legislation will give greater freedom and flexibility to West Virginia University including Potomac State College and West Virginia University Institute of Technology, along with Marshall University and […]

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WV governor takes flak for ATV trail veto
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WV governor takes flak for ATV trail veto

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice vetoed a bill Friday that would have allowed adjacent West Virginia counties to establish regional authorities to manage ATV trail systems, similar to the Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Authority. The veto has drawn criticism from those who allege that Justice rejected the bill to prevent […]

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Closing Concord?: Delegates call Justice’s comments a political ploy
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Closing Concord?: Delegates call Justice’s comments a political ploy

By CHARLIE BOOTHE Bluefield Telegraph BECKLEY, W.Va.  — Gov. Jim Justice kicked a hornet’s nest when he said Monday that the GOP-proposed cuts to higher education would have meant closing Concord University and Fairmont State University. Justice made the comments at an editorial board meeting with Beckley’s Register-Herald. “If I would have just signed the […]

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Governor signs “revenge porn” bill

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A bill that makes it a crime to knowingly and intentionally distribute a private image without consent has been signed by the governor. The measure has been referred to as the “revenge porn” bill. Gov. Jim Justice signed the bill into law on Tuesday. Under Senate Bill 240, […]