Legislature

By March 21, 2019 Read More →

W.Va. Democrat legislators requesting veto of campaign finance legislation – SB 622

CHARLESTON, W.Va. —Legislators from the State Senate and House of Delegates joined together today to call on Governor Jim Justice to veto Senate Bill 622, the campaign finance reform bill recently passed by the Legislature. Senators Glenn Jeffries, D-Putnam and Richard Lindsay, D-Kanawha, along with Delegates Andrew Byrd, D-Kanawha; Joe Canestraro, D-Marshall;  Amanda Estep-Burton, D-Kanawha; […]

Opinion: Senator Blair – WV Senate Bill 622 is true campaign finance reform 
By March 21, 2019 Read More →

Opinion: Senator Blair – WV Senate Bill 622 is true campaign finance reform 

By Senator Craig Blair, R-Berkeley During the past four years, one of the Legislature’s top priorities has been to modernize West Virginia’s laws and to take outdated and burdensome regulations off our books. We have succeeded in making West Virginia friendlier to businesses and in adopting policies that are competitive with those of our neighboring […]

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By March 20, 2019 Read More →

Some Republicans call on W.Va. Senate to stand #18Strong

By MICHAEL ERB The Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va.  — Some Republicans are taking a page from the playbook of West Virginia teachers and service personnel, calling for the state Senate to stay #18Strong as they look forward to the coming legislative special session on education reform. A handful of Republican consultants and legislators […]

Opinion: WVSOS – Campaign finance legislation – SB 622 – provides greater transparency
By March 19, 2019 Read More →

Opinion: WVSOS – Campaign finance legislation – SB 622 – provides greater transparency

By Mac Warner WV Secretary of State Let the sunlight shine into political campaigns in West Virginia Transparency is the key component of good campaign finance policy. As we progress through the 21st Century, easily accessible and complete information is not only possible, it’s absolutely necessary for citizens to stay informed on how government is spending […]

W.Va. Sen. Patricia Rucker: Omnibus bill should be brought back in special session
By March 18, 2019 Read More →

W.Va. Sen. Patricia Rucker: Omnibus bill should be brought back in special session

By MICHAEL ERB The Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va.  — The chair of the West Virginia Senate Education Committee says she plans to bring all of the items in the defeated education omnibus bill back to the table during the upcoming special session. State Sen. Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson, spoke Friday morning at Golden Corral […]

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Opinion: W.Va. Delegate Robinson calling on Governor Justice to veto of SB 622
By March 18, 2019 Read More →

Opinion: W.Va. Delegate Robinson calling on Governor Justice to veto of SB 622

Delegate Robinson calling for veto of 622 By Delegate Andrew Robinson D-Kanawha, 36th District On Friday, March 8, 2019, late in the night after most of the news media had finished their stories for the day, Senate Bill 622, also known as, “The 2019 Bought and Paid for Act,” was forced through its last step […]

By March 13, 2019 Read More →

Marion County, WV, delegates, state senator reflect on 2019 legislative session

By JOHN MARK SHAVER The Fairmont Times CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — After a long, back-and-forth for two months, the 2019 West Virginia legislative session is over, and Marion County representatives are reflecting on the triumphs, defeats and controversies that have come out of the Capitol. Although Marion County’s legislators worked toward some of their goals, Del. […]

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Secondary road repair led to WV transportation chief’s firing
By March 12, 2019 Read More →

Secondary road repair led to WV transportation chief’s firing

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A difference of opinion with Gov. Jim Justice over how to fix crumbling secondary roads in West Virginia apparently led the governor to fire veteran highways engineer Tom Smith as state Transportation secretary on Sunday night. One day after the regular legislative session concluded without resolving concerns […]

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Southern West Virginia lawmakers worry over education
By March 12, 2019 Read More →

Southern West Virginia lawmakers worry over education

By JORDAN NELSON The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — While education policy was one of the most-debated topics during the legislative session, many local lawmakers said they are leaving the chambers with a sense of disappointment, feeling like an opportunity to improve public education in West Virginia was wasted. Senate Bill 451, the omnibus education bill that failed, […]

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By March 12, 2019 Read More →

West Virginia delegates allocate $1.1 million for MARC commuter train service

By DANYEL VanREENEN The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va.  — The West Virginia state legislature has approved $1.1 million to fund the MARC commuter train service in Berkeley and Jefferson counties for the 2019-2020 year. The MARC train, which connects the Eastern Panhandle to the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area, has faced funding issues and declining ridership in […]

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