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Senate approves medical marijuana framework bill
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Senate approves medical marijuana framework bill

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Senate approved a bill Wednesday evening that would establish the framework for medical marijuana to become available in West Virginia. The Senate approved Senate Bill 386, the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act, by a 28-6 margin at 8:20 p.m. The bill was the last bill […]

By one vote, WV Senate passes school tax increase bill
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By one vote, WV Senate passes school tax increase bill

By RYAN QUINN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va .— By a hair, the West Virginia Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would cut state pre-K through 12 public education funding by $79.3 million and automatically raise counties’ regular levy property tax rates to make up for the loss. Senate Bill 609 also would enable county school […]

Debt paydown, teacher raise bill doesn’t progress out of WV House
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Debt paydown, teacher raise bill doesn’t progress out of WV House

By RYAN QUINN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia House of Delegates adjourned Wednesday evening without passing to the Senate a bill that would have extended the paydown period for the Teachers’ Retirement System debt and also granted a statewide pay raise for classroom teachers. “It is dead,” House Finance Committee Chairman Eric […]

WV House postpones action on tax bill, plans to work Senate version
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WV House postpones action on tax bill, plans to work Senate version

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the West Virginia House of Delegates postponed action on a tax reform bill Wednesday, March 29, preferring to work on a tax bill passed earlier in the day by the state Senate. House Bill 2933, which would have lowered the state sales tax from […]

Gas drilling bill passes Senate on Crossover Day
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Gas drilling bill passes Senate on Crossover Day

By JIM ROSS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The bill that would allow for consolidation of drilling rights for natural gas passed the State Senate by a vote of 19-14 Wednesday with one member absent. The bill passed on “Crossover Day,” the legislative session deadline set in statute for bills to pass in their […]

Senate approves tax increase, state ed cuts
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Senate approves tax increase, state ed cuts

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Senate on Wednesday evening narrowly approved a bill that will cut state support to county school districts and increase property taxes to make up the difference. After about an hour of debate, Senate Bill 609 was approved Wednesday evening by a margin of 17-16, with […]

WV House votes to sell Hopemont Hospital
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WV House votes to sell Hopemont Hospital

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The House of Delegates voted Wednesday to begin the process of selling Hopemont Hospital in Preston County. Without a legislator to spare, HB 3102 passed via a 51-49 decision. Following the roll call, Wednesday’s legislation will join a similar bill passed by the House last week to divest from Jackie Withrow […]

House votes 51-49 to sell Hopemont, bill moves to the Senate
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House votes 51-49 to sell Hopemont, bill moves to the Senate

Staff reports The Preston County News & Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Hopemont Hospital is one step closer to being sold. The West Virginia House of Delegates on Wednesday voted by a narrow margin – 51 for to 49 against – to pass a bill that will sell the state hospital in Terra Alta. Delegates Terri […]

Legislators push substance abuse bills, tax reform against deadline
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Legislators push substance abuse bills, tax reform against deadline

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Wednesday started with two major tax reform measures in the West Virginia Legislature, but only one survived the cutoff date for bills to be passed in their chamber of origin. The West Virginia Senate approved its 2017 Tax Reform Act before lunchtime Wednesday, but the House of Delegates […]

Kelly measure regarding drug treatment facilities passes in W.Va. House
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Kelly measure regarding drug treatment facilities passes in W.Va. House

By BRETT DUNLAP The Parkersburg News and Sentinel CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The West Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill, originally sponsored by a Wood County delegate, which can lead the way for the establishment of additional substance abuse treatment facilities in the state. The House of Delegates voted unanimously, 90-0, in favor of H.B. […]