Legislature

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

Justice hosts press conference on budget
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Justice hosts press conference on budget

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Gov. Jim Justice said Thursday that he hopes the final budget bill will include either an increase in the sales tax or an increase on cigarettes and soft drinks — either one, he said would bring in $45 million to state coffers. Justice and his chief of […]

WV Senator amends telemedicine bill to restrict access to abortion
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WV Senator amends telemedicine bill to restrict access to abortion

By ERIN BECK Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With a little more than a week to go, a second bill to restrict access to abortion is moving in the West Virginia Legislature. The first, House Bill 2002, would originally have prohibited physicians from waiving parental notification in adolescent abortions and required minors to go to […]

WV House fast-tracks medical marijuana
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WV House fast-tracks medical marijuana

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Less than 24 hours after a medical marijuana measure cleared the West Virginia Senate, it was put on the fast track in the House of Delegates, ending a day filled with pressure from constituents for House members. Senate Bill 386 is the West Virginia Cannabis Act, which […]

WV House fast-tracks medical marijuana bill
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WV House fast-tracks medical marijuana bill

By ERIN BECK Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill that would permit marijuana to be used for medicinal purposes in West Virginia was read for a first time on the House of Delegates floor Thursday evening. Delegate Michael Folk, R-Berkeley, asked for unanimous consent to dispense with committee references and give the bill immediate […]

House votes to bypass committees, take up medical marijuana bill Friday
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House votes to bypass committees, take up medical marijuana bill Friday

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — After arguments that the House has not prioritized the issue of legalizing medical marijuana, delegates approved a procedural move Thursday that sends the bill to the full chamber. Delegate Michael Folk, R-Berkeley, made the motion during Thursday night’s floor session to bypass sending the bill, which was […]

Marshall University has day at Legislature amid threat of more cuts
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Marshall University has day at Legislature amid threat of more cuts

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Standing on white marble underneath a blue-and-gold dome, Marshall University students, faculty and staff donned their kelly green and brought the university’s culture, credo and history to Charleston on Thursday during Marshall University Day at the West Virginia Capitol. Marshall Day annually is a chance for representatives of […]

WV House to vote on Narcan accessibility in schools
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WV House to vote on Narcan accessibility in schools

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the West Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday voted to make some changes to a bill that would allow teachers and school staff who are certified to carry and administer opioid antagonists in school facilities if they so choose. The 100 members of the House will […]

Photo finish on Greyhound Breeders’ Fund in West Virginia Legislature:  Local delegates not sure of fate of the bill
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Photo finish on Greyhound Breeders’ Fund in West Virginia Legislature: Local delegates not sure of fate of the bill

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING — A bill to eliminate the West Virginia Greyhound Breeding Development Fund is set for a possible third reading and vote in the House of Delegates today, but there is a dead heat to the finish as a close vote is expected. Senate Bill 437 has […]