Legislature

Legislature to continue belt-tightening, legal reform
By September 11, 2017 Read More →

Legislature to continue belt-tightening, legal reform

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Republican-controlled West Virginia Legislature will keep trying to rein in state spending and continue to work on legal reforms to make the state more attractive to business when lawmakers reconvene in January, members of the state Chamber of Commerce were told. A preview of what […]

W.Va. Legislative Auditor releases September interim meeting schedule
By September 9, 2017 Read More →

W.Va. Legislative Auditor releases September interim meeting schedule

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Legislative Auditor Aaron Allred has released the schedule for the Legislature’s September interim meetings: Use this link to see the schedule, which is also attached below: General Schedule link: http://www.legis.state.wv.us/committees/interims/intcomsched.cfm In PDF form: Interim Committee Schedule    

Justice to receive compliance plan for federal education mandate
By September 8, 2017 Read More →

Justice to receive compliance plan for federal education mandate

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Gov. Jim Justice is expected to sign off on the state’s plan for compliance with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which he will receive on Monday. Public comment on the compliance plan ended Aug. 30. Justice has until Sept. 18 to sign off on the […]

Drennan appointed to fill District 4 Senate seat
By September 6, 2017 Read More →

Drennan appointed to fill District 4 Senate seat

The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice has appointed Mark A. Drennan to fill the Senate seat in District 4. The seat became vacant last month when former Sen. Mike Hall was named chief of staff for the Justice administration. Since 2011, Drennan has served as executive director of the West Virginia Behavioral Health […]

West Virginia Senator Ryan Weld to be named Senate Majority Whip
By August 30, 2017 Read More →

West Virginia Senator Ryan Weld to be named Senate Majority Whip

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — West Virginia Sen. Ryan Weld will be the Senate’s next majority whip, giving the Northern Panhandle a second voice among the chamber’s top three leaders. Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, is expected to announce the appointment officially today. The No. 2 position in the […]

Justice chief of staff to push for road bond approval
By August 25, 2017 Read More →

Justice chief of staff to push for road bond approval

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With just three days on the job, newly appointed Justice chief of staff Mike Hall has a tall assignment: organizing a campaign to promote passage of the “2017 Roads to Prosperity” road bond referendum, with just six weeks until the Oct. 7 vote. Hall said he believes […]

Mineral County delegate to propose legislation making ‘spoofing’ illegal
By August 25, 2017 Read More →

Mineral County delegate to propose legislation making ‘spoofing’ illegal

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A Mineral County delegate said he plans to draft legislation that would make using false caller ID information illegal. Delegate Gary Howell, R-Mineral, said he plans to introduce the bill in the next regular legislative session that would ban “spoofing,” according to a Thursday news release. Some […]

Blair named new state Senate finance chairman
By August 24, 2017 Read More →

Blair named new state Senate finance chairman

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, said Wednesday he has selected Sen. Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, as the new Senate Finance Committee. Blair succeeds Sen. Mike Hall, R-Putnam, who resigned to serve as Gov. Jim Justice’s chief of staff. Hall replaces Nick Casey, a former state Democratic chairman […]

Despite party switch, WV GOP to oppose Justice’s road bond referendum
By August 23, 2017 Read More →

Despite party switch, WV GOP to oppose Justice’s road bond referendum

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Despite Gov. Jim Justice’s recent flip to the Republican party, the state GOP executive committee voted to oppose Justice’s road bond referendum. The party met in Princeton on Saturday and passed a resolution to oppose the referendum for a constitutional amendment in a nearly-unanimous voice vote, according […]

DHHR Secretary says W.Va. Experiencing child welfare crisis
By August 23, 2017 Read More →

DHHR Secretary says W.Va. Experiencing child welfare crisis

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Bill Crouch said the state is experiencing a child welfare crisis. In a Tuesday presentation to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Health and Human Resources Accountability, Crouch said the DHHR is experiencing a record number of child protection referrals and removals […]