Legislature

By August 23, 2017 Read More →

Legislature may revive contract wage bill

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — West Virginia state lawmakers may try to resurrect a bill that would exempt details of wages paid on state construction projects from disclosure under the state’s Freedom of Information Act. Under current law, what contractors pay to workers hired for state construction projects is considered public […]

Justice says he does not expect cabinet-level position changes
By August 22, 2017 Read More →

Justice says he does not expect cabinet-level position changes

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Gov. Jim Justice said during a Monday press conference that he does not anticipate any cabinet-level position changes because of his switch to the Republican Party, but does anticipate staffing shake-ups. Justice hosted the press conference with newly-appointed Chief of Staff Mike Hall and covered several topics […]

By August 21, 2017 Read More →

Legislative sub-committee: DOH still working with contractor despite kickback scheme conviction

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va.  —Officials with the West Virginia Division of Highways continued to enter into contracts with an electrical contractor even after the company’s president pleaded guilty to taking part in a highway construction kickback scheme that cost the state $1.5 million, state lawmakers were told. The news came at […]

West Virginia Senator Ryan Weld’s bills to focus on addiction treatment
By August 21, 2017 Read More →

West Virginia Senator Ryan Weld’s bills to focus on addiction treatment

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va. — Recent efforts by the West Virginia Legislature to curb drug addiction have focused on punishment for offenders, and Sen. Ryan Weld says the next move by lawmakers should be to start looking at improving drug treatment policies in the state. During the Legislature’s off […]

WV legislator pushes bill to recall politicians
By August 9, 2017 Read More →

WV legislator pushes bill to recall politicians

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Less than a week has passed since Gov. Jim Justice switched his registration to the Republican Party, and one state Senate Democrat is already thinking about the path to a recall vote. Sen. Richard Ojeda, D-Logan, is drumming up support for a bill he wants to introduce […]

Relationship remains strained between Justice, Legislature
By August 1, 2017 Read More →

Relationship remains strained between Justice, Legislature

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — During his first seven months in office, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has dumped cow manure on a budget passed by state lawmakers, called some of them names, including “poodle,” and accused members of walking away from the needs of seniors, veterans and the […]

By July 30, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Putting toll booths on I-70 a bad idea

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling: Charging motorists tolls for using Interstate 70 through Ohio County, even if local drivers could be exempted, is a bad idea. As we reported last weekend, some local legislators worry state officials may consider charging tolls, perhaps to help cover the cost of a major repair project on local I-70 […]

W.Va. Senate President Carmichael disputes Governor’s claim the Legislature abandoned state’s citizens
By July 26, 2017 Read More →

W.Va. Senate President Carmichael disputes Governor’s claim the Legislature abandoned state’s citizens

From the Office of the Senate President: CHARLESTON, W.Va.  – Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, today disputed Governor Jim Justice’s claim before a crowd in McDowell County that the Legislature “walked away from miners, seniors, the disabled, and vets” as simply false. On June 15, the Senate passed (30-2) the Tax Reform Act of 2017 […]

Longtime Delegate Bill Hamilton to challenge for 11th District Senate seat held by Sen. Robert Karnes
By July 25, 2017 Read More →

Longtime Delegate Bill Hamilton to challenge for 11th District Senate seat held by Sen. Robert Karnes

By Amanda Hayes The Record Delta BUCKHANNON, W.VA. — After more than 14 years in the House of Delegates, Bill Hamilton has declaring his candidacy for a State Senate seat in the 11th District, which includes Upshur County. The seat is currently held by Sen. Robert Karnes, R-Upshur, who was elected to his first term in […]

W.Va. Sen. Charles Clements to push Gov. Jim Justice on road projects
By July 17, 2017 Read More →

W.Va. Sen. Charles Clements to push Gov. Jim Justice on road projects

By JOSELY KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — West Virginia Sen. Charles Clements, R-Wetzel, thinks now is the time to push for roads projects, as the state looks at starting $2.8 billion in highway construction during the next four years. Clements said he will travel to Charleston this week to meet with […]