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WV Senate passes medical marijuana bill to House
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WV Senate passes medical marijuana bill to House

By ERIN BECK Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would permit marijuana to be used for medicinal purposes in West Virginia. Senate Bill 386, sponsored by Sen. Richard Ojeda, D-Logan, would create the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Commission, a group of lawyers, medical professionals, members of […]

Schools risk funding loss with new bill
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Schools risk funding loss with new bill

Staff reports The Dominion Post MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  — A local Senate bill could have a big impact on local schools, the county’s top school adminstrator warned at the Community Leadership meeting on March 29. Monongalia County School Superintendent Frank Devono said the state’s Senate passed a bill – SB 609 – on March 29 that […]

Senate passes marijuana, tax bills
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Senate passes marijuana, tax bills

By DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Tax reform, gas well mineral interest and medical marijuana bills all succeeded in the Senate March 29. But a bill to permit motorcyclists to ride without helmets crashed and burned. The latest version of SB 409, the tax bill, passed on party lines 22-12. SB 576 […]

Senate passes medical marijuana act; measure moves to House
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Senate passes medical marijuana act; measure moves to House

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — At the end of a marathon 11-hour session, the West Virginia Senate passed a bill Wednesday that will legalize medical marijuana. Known as the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act, Senate Bill 386, passed in a 28-6 vote. The vote was postponed several times during the day, winding […]

Coal bill passes WV Senate
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Coal bill passes WV Senate

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Senate on Wednesday evening approved a bill that makes relatively minor changes in West Virginia’s mine safety laws, but rewrites the state Department of Environmental Protection’s definition of a healthy stream to remove language that requires the DEP’s goal to be for each of […]

WV Senate passes bill to help gas industry force drilling on unwilling owners
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WV Senate passes bill to help gas industry force drilling on unwilling owners

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Natural gas producers would be able to force holdout mineral owners to allow drilling, under an industry-backed bill that passed the West Virginia Senate on Wednesday and now heads for the House with a little more than a week left in this year’s legislative session. Senators […]

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 […]