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Senate approves tax increase, state ed cuts
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Senate approves tax increase, state ed cuts

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Senate on Wednesday evening narrowly approved a bill that will cut state support to county school districts and increase property taxes to make up the difference. After about an hour of debate, Senate Bill 609 was approved Wednesday evening by a margin of 17-16, with […]

WV House votes to sell Hopemont Hospital
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WV House votes to sell Hopemont Hospital

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The House of Delegates voted Wednesday to begin the process of selling Hopemont Hospital in Preston County. Without a legislator to spare, HB 3102 passed via a 51-49 decision. Following the roll call, Wednesday’s legislation will join a similar bill passed by the House last week to divest from Jackie Withrow […]

House votes 51-49 to sell Hopemont, bill moves to the Senate
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House votes 51-49 to sell Hopemont, bill moves to the Senate

Staff reports The Preston County News & Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Hopemont Hospital is one step closer to being sold. The West Virginia House of Delegates on Wednesday voted by a narrow margin – 51 for to 49 against – to pass a bill that will sell the state hospital in Terra Alta. Delegates Terri […]

Legislators push substance abuse bills, tax reform against deadline
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Legislators push substance abuse bills, tax reform against deadline

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Wednesday started with two major tax reform measures in the West Virginia Legislature, but only one survived the cutoff date for bills to be passed in their chamber of origin. The West Virginia Senate approved its 2017 Tax Reform Act before lunchtime Wednesday, but the House of Delegates […]

Kelly measure regarding drug treatment facilities passes in W.Va. House
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Kelly measure regarding drug treatment facilities passes in W.Va. House

By BRETT DUNLAP The Parkersburg News and Sentinel CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The West Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill, originally sponsored by a Wood County delegate, which can lead the way for the establishment of additional substance abuse treatment facilities in the state. The House of Delegates voted unanimously, 90-0, in favor of H.B. […]

House OKs plan to use drug settlement funds to add beds at treatment centers
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House OKs plan to use drug settlement funds to add beds at treatment centers

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia lawmakers moved a step closer Wednesday with their plan to seize $24 million in recent drug lawsuit settlement funds and use the money to add beds at drug treatment facilities across the state. The House of Delegates voted unanimously to pass a bill (HB 2428) […]

Senate passes bill giving governor authority to furlough state employees
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Senate passes bill giving governor authority to furlough state employees

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A bill passed by the Senate would give the governor the authority to furlough state employees in the executive branch if there is a fiscal emergency. Under Senate Bill 446, if the governor could declare a fiscal emergency if there is a deficit or overdraft in the […]

Senate passes bill giving Parkways Authority ability to issue revenue bonds
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Senate passes bill giving Parkways Authority ability to issue revenue bonds

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill giving give the West Virginia Parkways Authority the abilities is moving to the House after it passed the Senate Wednesday in a 26-8 vote Senate Bill 482 would give the agency the authority to study, investigate, evaluate and, if feasible, develop a single fee program […]

Moving and shaking In the WV Senate: Day capped with commissioner being kicked out of chamber
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Moving and shaking In the WV Senate: Day capped with commissioner being kicked out of chamber

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — A resolution suggested by Marshall County Commissioner Bob Miller that could lead to the financing of an expansion of Interstate 68 unanimously passed the West Virginia Senate Wednesday — but not before Miller found himself mistakenly called out for “lobbying” by one Senate member and banned […]

Bill requiring asset test for food-stamp recipients heads to WV House
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Bill requiring asset test for food-stamp recipients heads to WV House

By LORI KERSEY Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Senate has passed a bill that would, among other things, require an asset test for food-stamp recipients. Senate bill 60 has been referred to the House Health committee and then to House Judiciary committee. The bill would limit assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to households with […]