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Governor signs 96 bills into law
By April 20, 2017 Read More →

Governor signs 96 bills into law

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Gov. Jim Justice has signed 96 bills into law so far, including one that changes age guidelines for children to start pre-K and kindergarten and another that would increase penalties for child abuse causing injury or death. Senate Bill 186 changes the birthday by which children are […]

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By April 20, 2017 Read More →

Justice signs ‘Emmaleigh’s Law’

By BRETT DUNLAP The Parkersburg News and Sentinel CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill that was brought about after the death of a 10-month-old girl in Jackson County last fall was signed into law. This week Gov. Jim Justice signed bills passed by the West Virginia Legislature during its last session, which came to a close […]

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Budget compromise bill may combine Justice’s revenue plans, Republican tax reform
By April 19, 2017 Read More →

Budget compromise bill may combine Justice’s revenue plans, Republican tax reform

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A proposed budget compromise that is currently on the table might combine key aspects of Democratic West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s revenue framework with tax reform proposals favored by Republicans in the West Virginia Legislature. Justice spokesman Grant Herring confirmed Tuesday, April 18 that budget discussions […]

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By April 19, 2017 Read More →

WV Gov. Justice signs bill raising kindergarten, pre-K enrollment age

By RYAN QUINN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The dates by when West Virginia children must enter kindergarten and must be offered free kindergarten and pre-kindergarten are set to change in the coming years. Gov. Jim Justice on Tuesday signed into law Senate Bill 186, which will eventually move from Sept. 1 to July 1 […]

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By April 18, 2017 Read More →

Justice meets with GOP leaders, no announcement on budget, special session

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Four days after Gov. Jim Justice vetoed the Legislature’s version of the budget bill, theatrically comparing it to bovine excrement, the Justice administration resumed budget talks with legislative leaders Monday. Justice spokesman Grant Herring said Justice and chief of staff Nick Casey had a number of meetings […]

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Legislature considered and passed fewer bills than in 2016
By April 17, 2017 Read More →

Legislature considered and passed fewer bills than in 2016

By JIM ROSS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A member of the West Virginia Legislature must know that a bill he or she introduces has a small chance of ever becoming law. This year, that chance was about one in seven. According to numbers compiled on the Legislature’s website, 262 of the 1,802 bills […]

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Special session looming: Local lawmaker optimistic but unsure budget compromise can be reached
By April 17, 2017 Read More →

Special session looming: Local lawmaker optimistic but unsure budget compromise can be reached

By CHARLIE BOOTHE Bluefield Daily Telegraph CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — With a legislative session now under his belt, state Sen. Chandler Swope, R-6th District, is ready for a looming special session on the budget, but not sure if a reasonable compromise can be reached. A balanced budget is required, he said, so one must be passed. […]

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Breakfast and Bills: Lawmakers meet with constituents to discuss legislative session
By April 17, 2017 Read More →

Breakfast and Bills: Lawmakers meet with constituents to discuss legislative session

By JEFF McCOY The Journal SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Senators, delegates and constituents alike sat down for an intimate breakfast hosted by the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County on Saturday, which allowed legislative leaders to discuss issues of interest. “It’s the league’s mission to foster interaction and activity from its members and to educate citizens. […]

Governor vetoes budget bill
By April 14, 2017 Read More →

Governor vetoes budget bill

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Calling the budget passed by the West Virginia Legislature “a bunch of bull-you-know-what,” Gov. Jim Justice signed his veto on the bill. Justice vetoed the budget in a press conference Thursday, using several props, with several agency and university representatives gathered around a table with him. “This […]

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WV Gov. Justice vetoes budget, calling it ‘bull you-know-what’
By April 14, 2017 Read More →

WV Gov. Justice vetoes budget, calling it ‘bull you-know-what’

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice on Thursday vetoed a budget bill passed by West Virginia lawmakers last weekend, saying it would be like “signing our death certificate” and unveiling his latest prop — an actual piece of bull excrement, hidden under a covered dish and revealed as a metaphor […]

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