Legislature

Governor, Senate President address Coal Forum
By June 30, 2017 Read More →

Governor, Senate President address Coal Forum

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Gov. Jim Justice and Senate President Mitch Carmichael said they believe the state missed out by not tiering severance tax, a concept the governor advocated that did not make it through the Legislature. Justice and Carmichael addressed Thursday’s Coal Forum at the Culture Center, both talked about […]

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Gov. Justice blames legislators for failures of special session, says road bond key to state’s future

By CHARLES YOUNG The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va.  — West Virginia’s governor is frustrated with the results of the Legislature’s special session, but he remains optimistic about the state’s prospects going forward. In a conversation with The Exponent Telegram via video conferencing Thursday, Gov. Jim Justice expressed his disappointment with the Legislature for not making […]

WV governor signs road-building bill into effect
By June 28, 2017 Read More →

WV governor signs road-building bill into effect

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice took a spin on the hyperbole highway Tuesday, declaring that his road-building initiative will lead the state to unprecedented heights. “Of everything that’s been done in this state forevermore … this is the biggest, this is the boldest, this will absolutely turn the state […]

Governor signs parkways bill, sets Oct 7 as date to vote on highway bonds
By June 28, 2017 Read More →

Governor signs parkways bill, sets Oct 7 as date to vote on highway bonds

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Gov. Jim Justice Tuesday signed a bill that would create a single-fee E-ZPass program and set the date to vote on highway bonds. In a late morning press conference, Justice signed Senate Bill 1003, which is part of his roads package. The bill establishes a one-time annual […]

Legislators adjourn without taking up state employee furlough bill
By June 27, 2017 Read More →

Legislators adjourn without taking up state employee furlough bill

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After 21 days over seven-and-a-half weeks, the special session of the Legislature came to an unceremonious end Monday — with one key issue left in limbo. The House and Senate adjourned sine die after brief floor sessions Monday morning with legislation to give the governor authority to […]

Jennifer Garner meets with lawmakers to discuss Save The Children program
By June 27, 2017 Read More →

Jennifer Garner meets with lawmakers to discuss Save The Children program

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Actress and member of the Save The Children Board of Trustees Jennifer Garner spoke with state lawmakers Monday to thank them for including funding in the budget and said she hopes money is not reduced in the future. In a Monday interview Garner discussed her program and her meetings […]

Legislative leaders reflect on special session, budget
By June 27, 2017 Read More →

Legislative leaders reflect on special session, budget

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Legislature adjourned its special session Monday after 21 days. Lawmakers passed eight bills, including the budget. and the governor vetoed one bill dealing with the sale of the Jackie Withrow longterm care facility in Beckley. House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, said he is glad […]

By June 27, 2017 Read More →

WV Legislature adjourns special session Monday

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The West Virginia Legislature put a close to the special legislative session Monday morning. Members of the Senate and the House of Delegates voted to adjourn Sine Die, or without a set date to return, until pre-scheduled monthly interim meetings and the next regular legislative session in […]

Justice administration still assessing potential roads bills impact
By June 26, 2017 Read More →

Justice administration still assessing potential roads bills impact

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Officials in Gov. Jim Justice’s administration are crunching numbers to try to figure out the possible economic impact of several roads bills passed by theLegislature. Justice spokesman Butch Antolini said the administration hopes to have a handle on the impact of the bills during the week […]

WV Senate leader sent invites to coalition’s event during special session
By June 26, 2017 Read More →

WV Senate leader sent invites to coalition’s event during special session

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — On the same day the state senate majority leader declined to sign a conference committee report that would have gone against slashing the state’s personal income tax rate, he sent out invitations to a “summer retreat” for a dark money organization with the same policy goal. In […]