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Around the Rotunda: Legislative, Committee Schedule for Saturday, March 25
By March 25, 2017 Read More →

Around the Rotunda: Legislative, Committee Schedule for Saturday, March 25

Around the Rotunda: Legislative, Committee Schedule for Friday, March 24 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, March 25, 2017 REVIEW BILLS INTRODUCED The Senate will convene at 10 a.m.   THIRD READING Eng. Com. Sub. for SB 74: […]

Essential health benefits suddenly at center of health care debate, but what are they
By March 24, 2017 Read More →

Essential health benefits suddenly at center of health care debate, but what are they

Lisa Schwetschenau, who has multiple sclerosis, shown in a photo in Omaha, Nebraska on March 16. She worries that she could lose some of her essential health benefits under the new proposed health care law. Nati Harnik/AP By Simon Haeder West Virginia University Republicans have tirelessly campaigned to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act […]

America East offers something for everyone; Pre-registration ends March 31
By March 24, 2017 Read More →

America East offers something for everyone; Pre-registration ends March 31

EDITOR’S NOTE: The deadline to pre-register for America East is next Friday, March 31. America East offers full-time, single-day and exhibits only passes in order to best fit busy schedules. Discounts are available for group registrations of 10 or more. Call 717-703-3069 for details or email us. Register online.   HARRISBURG, Pa.,  – The America East Media Business and Technology Conference, administered by […]

New WV Senate bill leaves mine safety enforcement, targets water standards
By March 24, 2017 Read More →

New WV Senate bill leaves mine safety enforcement, targets water standards

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A new coal industry bill unveiled Thursday in a West Virginia Senate committee meeting would preserve the ability of state inspectors to enforce mine-safety standards, but still attempts to give companies another tool to fight federal lawsuits over water pollution from mountaintop removal mining. The bill […]

WV Senate bill would eliminate civil service for state employees
By March 24, 2017 Read More →

WV Senate bill would eliminate civil service for state employees

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — All West Virginia state employees could be fired at any time under a bill up for consideration by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday. Senate Judiciary Chairman Charlie Trump, R-Morgan, lead sponsor of the bill (SB 408) to end civil service protection for employees, said it would […]

School testing amendment divides senators
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School testing amendment divides senators

By DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Senators divided sharply on March 23 over an amendment to a bill to abandon Common Core-related school testing. The testing bill is SB 18. As amended, it requires an 11th-grade college admission assessment that complies with Every Student Succeeds Act requirements and a career readiness assessment […]

Resolution could lead to elected WV state school board members
By March 24, 2017 Read More →

Resolution could lead to elected WV state school board members

By RYAN QUINN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A majority of voting members on the West Virginia Board of Education would be elected by the general public, under a resolution approved by the House Education Committee this week. The resolution (House Joint Resolution 24) would also let the state Legislature approve or reject the rules […]

Bill to eliminate RESAs advances
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Bill to eliminate RESAs advances

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — School districts in West Virginia would get an extra year to form cooperative agreements for services presently provided by the state’s eight regional service education agencies under legislation now on its way to the House Finance Committee. House Education Committee members Wednesday night advanced […]

Senate clashes over education bill
By March 24, 2017 Read More →

Senate clashes over education bill

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Debate in the West Virginia Senate devolved into a free-for-all Thursday, March 23, as Senators clashed over an education bill. The legislation, Senate Bill 18, would require the state school board to come up with ACT-style testing for high school students to replace the former Smarter […]

Gas drilling bill emerges from Senate committee
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Gas drilling bill emerges from Senate committee

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Legislation to help natural gas companies force holdout mineral owners to allow drilling emerged from committee late Thursday night, and is headed for the floor Senate late in the session, but still with plenty of time for the industry to win passage of a bill that’s […]