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Governor anticipates special session to balance budget
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Governor anticipates special session to balance budget

By WENDY HOLDREN The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With only five days remaining in the regular Legislative session, Gov. Jim Justice criticized West Virginia lawmakers at a press conference Monday for failing to balance the state’s budget. “I thought we were really close, but we’re not,” Justice said. While he commended the efforts made toward […]

Medical pot bill amended, now prohibits smoking, growing own plants
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Medical pot bill amended, now prohibits smoking, growing own plants

By ERIN BECK Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill that would permit the use of medical marijuana, which was on second reading in the West Virginia House of Delegates, was amended on Monday so that it no longer allows patients to grow their own plants, prohibits smoking, and sets hefty fees for companies that […]

House of Delegates approves amendments to medical marijuana bill
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House of Delegates approves amendments to medical marijuana bill

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia could be on the verge of legalizing the medical use of marijuana. The movement came after a 4 1/2-hour debate in the House of Delegates that ended at about 11 p.m. Monday. The House agreed late in the afternoon to a strike-and-insert amendment to […]

House takes up medical marijuana bill
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House takes up medical marijuana bill

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON — After several hours of debate over two amendments, the West Virginia House approved a more restrictive change to a bill that would legalize medical marijuana and advanced the bill to a third reading today. Delegate John Shott, R-Mercer, described his amendment as “putting a toe in the water” instead […]

Medical marijuana makes progress in House
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Medical marijuana makes progress in House

By DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The House of Delegates spent about three hours late April 3 debating two alternate new versions of the medical cannabis bill, SB 386. In a 51-48 vote, they chose a Republican leadership version about three times as long and far different from the original Senate bill. […]

House votes for more restrictions to medical marijuana
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House votes for more restrictions to medical marijuana

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The West Virginia House of Delegates advanced the West Virginia Cannabis Act following a major overhaul of the bill Monday night. Members of the House approved an amendment following a nearly three-hour long debate over two amendments that restructured the bill, one with a lead sponsor in […]

Alecto confident Certificate of Need Bill will be signed in West Virginia Legislature
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Alecto confident Certificate of Need Bill will be signed in West Virginia Legislature

By LINDA COMINS The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — Alecto Healthcare Services officials are confident West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice will sign a bill that could provide a certificate of need exemption for Alecto’s purchase of Ohio Valley Medical Center. Alecto, based in Irvine, Calif., hopes to complete a transaction by mid- to late […]

Gas well mineral interest pooling bill divides room
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Gas well mineral interest pooling bill divides room

By DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The gas well mineral interest pooling bill drew mixed reviews during a House Energy Committee public hearing April 3. Eleven people rose to support SB 576 and 18 opposed all or part of it. Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher said his job is to generate jobs by […]

House passes water authority pay cut
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House passes water authority pay cut

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the West Virginia Water Development Authority could soon be facing a major pay cut. The House of Delegates voted 96-3 Monday to pass legislation (SB 172) that would lower board members’ pay from $12,000 a year to about $150 a meeting. The water authority typically […]

Around the Rotunda: Legislative, Committee Schedule for Tuesday, April 4
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Around the Rotunda: Legislative, Committee Schedule for Tuesday, April 4

W.Va. Legislative Committee Meeting Schedule – Subject to change Watch WV Legislature Live each day at http://www.legis.state.wv.us/live.cfm SENATE:                       Tuesday, April 4, 2017 REVIEW BILLS INTRODUCED The Senate will convene at 11 a.m. RESOLUTIONS   SCR 54: Requesting study of allowing teachers to post online schedule of calendar of activities SCR 55: Requesting […]