Legislature

W.Va. Chamber of Commerce backs part of Justice budget plan
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W.Va. Chamber of Commerce backs part of Justice budget plan

Release from the Office of Gov. Jim Justice: business organization supports .00045 Commercial Activities Tax CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce announced today that it is supporting the Governor’s  .00045 Commercial Activities Tax (CAT) on businesses. This contribution from business will approach $45 million. “It’s time to solve this budget crisis and give West […]

House kills helmet amendment
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House kills helmet amendment

BY DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post   CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The House of Delegates passed a number of Senate bills April 1, and crushed an amendment on another that would have allowed motorcyclists to go helmetless. SB 173, to allow autocycle riders to hit the road without obtaining a motorcycle endorsement or wearing a helmet, […]

WV House of Delegates hearing discusses bill that would alter DUI laws
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WV House of Delegates hearing discusses bill that would alter DUI laws

By Michelle DillonThe Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va. — The West Virginia House of Delegates is considering a bill that would change the state’s drunk driving laws.  The House had a hearing on SB 212 on Friday morning. Law enforcement officials, judges, lawyers, the group Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and others spoke at the hearing. […]

Senate Judiciary addresses issues with hemp oils in HB 2526
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Senate Judiciary addresses issues with hemp oils in HB 2526

By Lexi Browning For The West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Senate Judiciary Committee this week made strides to clarify language in House Bill 2526 that would allow FDA-approved hemp-derived cannabidiol oils – which are often used to treat pediatric epilepsy – to be sold, distributed and prescribed in West Virginia. H.B. 2526, lead-sponsored […]

Action on marijuana bill postponed
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Action on marijuana bill postponed

By Andrea Lannom The Register-Herald of Beckley CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Saying they wanted extra time to study some concerns of a bill that would legalize medical marijuana, especially regarding edibles, the House of Delegates voted unanimously to postpone further action until Monday. Lawmakers acted Friday morning on a motion from Delegate John Shott, R-Mercer, to […]

W.Va. Chamber of Commerce endorses Justice tax proposal
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W.Va. Chamber of Commerce endorses Justice tax proposal

The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON – The president of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce endorsed one of Gov. Jim Justice’s tax proposals that’s aimed at helping to balance the nearly $500 million shortfall in the state’s 2018 budget. The chamber has thrown its endorsement behind the governor’s proposed Commercial Activities Tax, commonly called CAT, Chamber President […]

Budget impasse continues as legislative session nears end
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Budget impasse continues as legislative session nears end

By Jim Ross The Exponent Telegram of Clarksburg CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With a week left in the regular session of the Legislature, the question remains whether the House of Delegates will agree to a tax increase or if it will hold firm to a promise of no new taxes. The State Senate this week passed a […]

At the Capitol: House continues consideration of medical marijuana
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At the Capitol: House continues consideration of medical marijuana

By Phil Kabler For the West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Going into the final week of the 2017 regular session, as legislators and the Justice administration continued to struggle to come up with a state budget plan, the buzz (pun intended) at the Capitol was over legislation to legalize medical marijuana. In a […]

Around the Rotunda: Legislative, Committee Schedule for Saturday, April 1
By March 31, 2017 Read More →

Around the Rotunda: Legislative, Committee Schedule for Saturday, April 1

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:                       Saturday, April 1, 2017 REVIEW BILLS INTRODUCED The Senate will convene at 9 a.m. THIRD READING Eng. Com. Sub. for HB 2329: Prohibiting the production, manufacture or possession of fentanyl (Amend. and title amend. […]

Justice: Budget talks with WV House stall
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Justice: Budget talks with WV House stall

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice said he “got right to the altar” in budget negotiations with West Virginia House leadership Wednesday evening but couldn’t tie the knot on the last $45 million in tax increases he says are needed to balance the 2017-18 state budget bill. “We couldn’t get […]