Bill to eliminate helmet requirement for motorcyclists rejected

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill that would have eliminated the requirement for people older than 21 to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle failed on the Senate floor Wednesday. After a lengthy debate with supporters citing personal freedom while opponents cited personal safety, Senate[Read More…]

State Senate rejects repeal of Motorcycle Helmet Law

By JIM ROSS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s motorcycles riders will have to wear their helmets for at least another year, as a bill in the State Senate to allow some riders to go without helmets failed Wednesday, March 29. Senate Bill 549 would have allowed riders[Read More…]

Around the Rotunda: Legislative, Committee Schedule for Thursday, March 30

W.Va. Legislative Committee Meeting Schedule – Subject to change Watch WV Legislature Live each day at SENATE:                       Thursday, March 30, 2017 REVIEW BILLS INTRODUCED The Senate will convene at 11 a.m. RESOLUTIONS SR 62: Designating March 30, 2017, as Marshall University Day SR 63: Congratulating Wyoming[Read More…]

House of Delegates votes to increase substance abuse treatment opportunities

Release from W.Va. House of Delegates: CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The House of Delegates today voted unanimously to enable the creation of additional substance abuse treatment facilities to provide more treatment options for those suffering with addiction. House Bill 2428<> would require the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources[Read More…]

Proposed budget bill amendment sparks heated debate in WV Senate

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A day after suggestions of increased optimism over negotiations for a potential compromise on the 2017-18 budget bill, West Virginia Senate leadership tossed in what could be a major setback Tuesday with a proposed amendment to a governor’s bill — an amendment[Read More…]

House passes bill nixing RESAs, OEPA, 180 separate school days mandate

By RYAN QUINN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia House of Delegates voted 76-24 Tuesday to pass on to the Senate a bill that eliminates the eight Regional Education Services Agencies, the state Office of Education Performance Audits and the mandate that public school year calendars have at least 180[Read More…]

Education funding bill could force tax levy raise

By JIM McCONVILLE The Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Local school officials are concerned an education funding bill making its way through the state Legislature could force local school boards to raise their school levy rate, effectively raising residents’ property taxes, but might have a chilling effect on a local school[Read More…]

WV Senate bill would increase property tax rates

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Senate on Wednesday will vote on a bill that will place a greater burden on taxpayers to support their local public school systems and a burden on their local boards of education to choose between maximizing funds for their school[Read More…]

Justice vetoes right-to-work fix

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has vetoed a bill intended to fix technical problems with right-to-work legislation passed by the state Legislature last year. Justice announced Tuesday, March 28 he had vetoed Senate Bill 330. The bill attempted to clean up ambiguous language that[Read More…]

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