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House panel alters Senate chief’s Future Fund bill

WHEELING, W.Va. – The House Finance Committee on Wednesday approved Senate President Jeff Kessler’s West Virginia Future Fund proposal, but not before making several significant changes that would bring coal revenue into play and only allow investment in the fund when financial times are good. The bill is scheduled to[Read More…]

Senate panel won’t take up concealed gun confidentiality

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Senate Judiciary Committee will not take up this session a bill that would make lists of people with conceal carry permits confidential, Chairman Corey Palumbo, D-Kanawha, said Thursday. The bill (HB4310) would also have made lists of applicants for those permits confidential. “There’s some interest among[Read More…]

State plans ‘pothole blitz’ to address road damage

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Division of Highways is readying a multimillion-dollar plan to mend the plague of potholes now pitting state roads. The winter snow removal and ice control season always leads to wear and tear on state roads. But the successive heavy winter storms this year have taken[Read More…]

West Virginia residents could see 4.4 precent electric rate increase

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Customers of Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power could see a 4.4 percent rate increase in their electric bills if a proposed rate increased in approved by the state Public Service Commission. Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power are seeking $68 million more from customers to make up for[Read More…]

Legislators reduce proposed teacher pay raise

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Lawmakers ratcheted back a proposed pay raise for teachers to $1,000 Wednesday. The House Education Committee changed the Senate bill earlier in the week from an $837 raise to a $6,000 raise over three years. Teachers unions did not expect the larger raise to stay in place.[Read More…]

Some hope to restore Rx requirement in meth bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Backers of a bill mandating a prescription for the purchase of most medications containing pseudoephedrine were working to reinstate that requirement Wednesday after a legislative committee removed the provision the day before. Del. Don Perdue, D-Wayne, and others on Wednesday had pending floor amendments after the House[Read More…]

W.Va. Senate panel re-tools minimum-wage bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Senate Finance Committee passed a re-tooled minimum-wage bill that spreads the proposed hike across three years instead of two. Finance chairman Roman Prezioso said the plan is the result of negotiations in his office among the various parties — business and labor — that whittled the[Read More…]

W.Va. House approves chemical storage tank bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After more than a month of debate by three committees, a half dozen hearings and about 100 amendments, the West Virginia House of Delegates has unanimously passed a bill in response to January’s Elk River chemical leak. Everyone agreed on the need for a bill — it[Read More…]

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