Legislature

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West Virginia teacher, state employee pay raise bill heads to full Senate

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  – A bill calling for pay increases for teachers and state employees is on its way to the Senate floor with a change that codifies the raise over a five-year period for teachers and a two-year period for all other state employees. The Senate Committee on Finance passed Senate Bill […]

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Raleigh County school employees express concerns over current West Virginia legislation issues

By JORDAN NELSON The Register-Herald BECKLEY, W.Va. — More than 100 Raleigh County school employees, concerned they are “being hit from all sides,” discussed remedies to counter the effects of legislative decision-making under way in Charleston, including not ruling out the thought of a walk-out or strike. All tables of Woodrow Wilson High School’s cafeteria were filled with […]

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Elected office vacancy bill passes West Virginia House

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill Thursday codifying a 2016 court ruling that tilted control of the state Senate to the Republican Party. House Bill 3004 states that, if any officeholders resign in the midst of their term, they must be replaced with a […]

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Bill would add additional protections for LGBTQ in West Virginia hate crime law

By COURTNEY HESSLER The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill introduced in the West Virginia House of Delegates on Wednesday seeks to broaden the state’s hate crime law to extend protections for the LGBTQ community and add provisions to build better relationships with people accused of such offenses and their community. The West Virginia civil […]

West Virginia firefighters could be packing heat; House bill on way to Senate
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West Virginia firefighters could be packing heat; House bill on way to Senate

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — Legislation permitting properly trained first responders to carry firearms unanimously passed the West Virginia House of Delegates Thursday, and is now on its way to the Senate. House Bill 2916, introduced by Delegate David Pethtel, D-Wetzel, would allow emergency service personnel, ambulance drivers and […]

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Legislators consider natural gas bills

By DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Legislative committee took up three natural gas industry bills on Jan. 25 — co-tenancy, royalty deductions and royalty check-stub transparency — and passed one of them. The remaining two were laid over for further deliberation. House Energy took up the co-tenancy and transparency bills, HB 4268 […]

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Abortion bill approved by House Health Committee

By DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The House Health Committee approved — quickly and with little discussion — a bill to prohibit Medicaid funded abortions, except in emergencies. HB 4012 passed in an overwhelming voice vote Jan. 25, with Republicans and Democrats voting yes; there was no head count, but it appeared […]

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Debate continues over West Virginia film office, tax credit program

By DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — What was expected to be a slam-dunk passage of the governor’s bill to end the state Film Office and Film Tax Credit Program on Jan. 25 turned into a bit of a boondoggle on the House floor. A surprise groundswell of support for the program led […]

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Roundup from West Virginia Legislature

By WENDY HOLDREN CNHI Reporter CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Several bills were passed or referred out Thursday by House and Senate Committees. Here’s a look at some of the bills. Medicaid The House Health and Human Resources Committee passed a bill Thursday to eliminate Medicaid coverage of abortions. HB 4012 specifically amends the definition of “medical services” […]

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State Sen. Beach to run for re-election

By CARTER WALKER Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va.  — State Senator Bob Beach, D-13, filed to run for re-election on Tuesday, and said he wants to continue working for his district. Beach is the senator for District 13, which encompasses parts of Marion and Monongalia counties. He has been the district’s senator since 2011, and […]