Legislature

State Senate rejects repeal of Motorcycle Helmet Law
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State Senate rejects repeal of Motorcycle Helmet Law

By JIM ROSS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s motorcycles riders will have to wear their helmets for at least another year, as a bill in the State Senate to allow some riders to go without helmets failed Wednesday, March 29. Senate Bill 549 would have allowed riders age 21 and older to […]

Around the Rotunda: Legislative, Committee Schedule for Thursday, March 30
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Around the Rotunda: Legislative, Committee Schedule for Thursday, March 30

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:                       Thursday, March 30, 2017 REVIEW BILLS INTRODUCED The Senate will convene at 11 a.m. RESOLUTIONS SR 62: Designating March 30, 2017, as Marshall University Day SR 63: Congratulating Wyoming East High School golf team […]

House of Delegates votes to increase substance abuse treatment opportunities
By March 29, 2017 Read More →

House of Delegates votes to increase substance abuse treatment opportunities

Release from W.Va. House of Delegates: CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The House of Delegates today voted unanimously to enable the creation of additional substance abuse treatment facilities to provide more treatment options for those suffering with addiction. House Bill 2428<http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/bills_history.cfm?INPUT=2428&year=2017&sessiontype=RS> would require the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources to ensure that by July […]

Proposed budget bill amendment sparks heated debate in WV Senate
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Proposed budget bill amendment sparks heated debate in WV Senate

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A day after suggestions of increased optimism over negotiations for a potential compromise on the 2017-18 budget bill, West Virginia Senate leadership tossed in what could be a major setback Tuesday with a proposed amendment to a governor’s bill — an amendment that critics argued was merely […]

Bill to defund West Virginia Regional Education Service Agencies passed by House of Delegates
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Bill to defund West Virginia Regional Education Service Agencies passed by House of Delegates

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — A bill to defund West Virginia’s eight regional education service agencies is now on its way to the Senate. House Bill 2711 passed the House on Tuesday by a vote of 76-24, with local delegates on both side of the issue. Voting “yes” on the measure […]

House passes bill nixing RESAs, OEPA, 180 separate school days mandate
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House passes bill nixing RESAs, OEPA, 180 separate school days mandate

By RYAN QUINN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia House of Delegates voted 76-24 Tuesday to pass on to the Senate a bill that eliminates the eight Regional Education Services Agencies, the state Office of Education Performance Audits and the mandate that public school year calendars have at least 180 separate instructional days. RESAs are […]

Education funding bill could force tax levy raise
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Education funding bill could force tax levy raise

By JIM McCONVILLE The Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Local school officials are concerned an education funding bill making its way through the state Legislature could force local school boards to raise their school levy rate, effectively raising residents’ property taxes, but might have a chilling effect on a local school board’s ability to get bonds […]

WV Senate bill would increase property tax rates
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WV Senate bill would increase property tax rates

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Senate on Wednesday will vote on a bill that will place a greater burden on taxpayers to support their local public school systems and a burden on their local boards of education to choose between maximizing funds for their school districts or lowering local property […]

Justice vetoes right-to-work fix
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Justice vetoes right-to-work fix

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has vetoed a bill intended to fix technical problems with right-to-work legislation passed by the state Legislature last year. Justice announced Tuesday, March 28 he had vetoed Senate Bill 330. The bill attempted to clean up ambiguous language that raised questions about whether the […]