Legislature

West Virginia House leaders back bill amending Ethics Act to include volunteers
By December 15, 2017 Read More →

West Virginia House leaders back bill amending Ethics Act to include volunteers

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Leaders from both parties in the West Virginia House of Delegates are backing legislation to counter Gov. Jim Justice’s decision to bring on a sitting board member of EQT Corp., a publicly traded natural gas driller, onto his senior staff as a volunteer. House Speaker Tim Armstead, […]

West Virginia Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns: Budget woes will give way to reform
By December 15, 2017 Read More →

West Virginia Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns: Budget woes will give way to reform

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — West Virginia Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns said unlike the last two years, budget concerns shouldn’t consume the time and energy of state lawmakers when they return to Charleston next month — but they still could have a taxing time reforming the state’s tax […]

West Virginia legislator announces biills that seek to protect sexual assault survivors
By December 13, 2017 Read More →

West Virginia legislator announces biills that seek to protect sexual assault survivors

The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Sen. Mike Woelfel, D-Cabell, on Monday announced two bills enhancing protections for survivors of sexual assault to be introduced on the first day of the 2018 regular session. Together, the bills would ensure survivors in West Virginia receive timely and free access to medical forensic examinations and that proper DNA evidence […]

By December 9, 2017 Read More →

WV Legislative lookahead: Eastern Panhandle lawmakers offer wish list for 2018

By JIM MCCONVILLE The Journal of Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — State legislators from the Eastern Panhandle are ready to roll up their sleeves. To that end, state lawmakers representing the Eastern Panhandle offered up their personal grocery lists to what they see will be important legislative issues examined next year at the 2018 Legislative Outlook […]

By December 8, 2017 Read More →

Media Alert: Register now for 2018 W.Va. Legislative Lookahead, Jan. 5 in Charleston

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Each year the media of West Virginia gathers for the West Virginia Legislative Lookahead: A preview of key topics expected at the upcoming West Virginia Legislative session. The Lookahead is a day-long series of seminars.. This year the topics include taxes, education, oil and gas legislation, and WV Forward. The 2018 event is Friday, Jan. 5, and will be held at the […]

State and local officials consider meals tax bill
By November 2, 2017 Read More →

State and local officials consider meals tax bill

By CHARLIE BOOTHE Bluefield Daily Telegraph CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — When the 2018 session of the West Virginia Legislature opens, one bill Del. John Shott (R-Mercer County) may once again try to push through is the local meals tax option. But it will depend on support from municipal organizations. “If the County Commissioners Association (CCAWV) and […]

Jeff Campbell selected to fill Delegate District 42 seat
By October 31, 2017 Read More →

Jeff Campbell selected to fill Delegate District 42 seat

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Gov. Jim Justice appointed Jeff Campbell, a teacher and radio broadcaster in Greenbrier County, to the House of Delegates District 42 seat left vacant when Stephen Baldwin was named to the District 10 Senate seat. The round of changes started when former Sen. Ron Miller resigned in […]

Senate gives up on forced pooling, may consider other gas industry reform bills
By October 31, 2017 Read More →

Senate gives up on forced pooling, may consider other gas industry reform bills

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — State Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, said the Senate has given up on trying to pass legislation allowing for the forced pooling of natural gas resources. “Forced pooling has no chance,” Carmichael said Monday. But that doesn’t mean the state Legislature will not pursue bills aimed […]

By October 26, 2017 Read More →

Candidate names sent to governor

By TINA ALVEY The Register-Herald BECKELY, W.Va. — A field of eight applicants was narrowed to three Wednesday night, as the West Virginia Legislature’s latest game of musical chairs now awaits Gov. Jim Justice’s decision on who will complete Stephen Baldwin’s two-year term in the House of Delegates. In a span of less than a […]

Justice praises passage of six special session bills
By October 19, 2017 Read More →

Justice praises passage of six special session bills

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice celebrated the passage of all of the bills he requested on the special session call, saying approved legislation is “just the beginning.” Justice called the Legislature into special session last week and session started on Monday. Both chambers passed the six bills on the […]