Legislature

Media Alert: Delegate Jason Harshbarger, R-Ritchie, announces planned resignation
By August 14, 2019 Read More →

Media Alert: Delegate Jason Harshbarger, R-Ritchie, announces planned resignation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia House of Delegate’s Clerk’s office has received a resignation letter from Delegate Jason Harshbarger, R-Ritchie, announcing his planned resignation. House Communications Director Jared Hunt issued the following statement on the process to replace a delegate: For those who have not been through this process before. Here is the applicable […]

Opinion: Back to school means even more this year as real education reform brings much-needed changes to W.Va.
By August 12, 2019 Read More →

Opinion: Back to school means even more this year as real education reform brings much-needed changes to W.Va.

By Senator Mitch Carmichael President of the West Virginia Senate When I became Senate President three years ago, one of my highest priorities was changing the trajectory of our state’s K-12 education system. My colleagues and I have big dreams for West Virginia: a stronger economy, more and better jobs, healthier citizens and communities. But […]

By August 9, 2019 Read More →

W.Va. GOP Delegates pledge to protect Second Amendment rights

Release from the W.Va. House of Delegates: CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A group of Republican delegates Thursday vowed to stand firm to protect West Virginians’ Second Amendment rights. The pledge comes in response to yesterday’s announcement by two Democrat delegates, who announced they intend to introduce gun control legislation in the state Legislature. Delegates Tom Bibby, R-Berkeley; […]

By August 9, 2019 Read More →

Gov. Justice: W.Va. revenue surplus provides millions of dollars to Medicaid and Rainy Day Fund

Press Release from the Office of the Governor: CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Jim Justice announced Thursday that West Virginia’s adjusted FY2019 General Revenue surplus total of $36.8 million will be used to provide a multimillion-dollar boost to both West Virginia’s Medicaid program and the state’s Rainy Day emergency reserve fund. “We’ve worked really hard, lifting […]

By August 7, 2019 Read More →

Editorial: Delegate Ellington’s fresh eyes may be what W.Va. education system needs

From The Journal of Martinsburg: A new chairman has been named for the West Virginia House of Delegates Education Committee. House Speaker Roger Hanshaw’s choice to lead the panel is being criticized already — because he lacks a background in education. Hanshaw, R-Clay, selected Del. Joe Ellington, R-Mercer, for the education chairmanship. Ellington has said […]

By August 7, 2019 Read More →

Opinion: At the Capitol

By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail For the West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In what was anticipated to be the first full schedule of monthly legislative interim meetings of the year instead shared the spotlight with the continuation of the ongoing special session, focused this time on a tax bailout intended to keep a […]

Interim Brief: WVDOF’s Cook provides update to Forest Management Review Commission
By July 28, 2019 Read More →

Interim Brief: WVDOF’s Cook provides update to Forest Management Review Commission

By Alex Bunn WVPA Legislative Reporter CHARLESTON, W.Va. — W.Va. Division of Forestry State Forester and Director Barry Cook provided an update on future plans for DOF during a recent Forest Management Review Commission meeting at the West Virginia Legislature’s July interim meetings. Cook offered his report at a meeting at the Capitol on July […]

WVPA Financial Snapshot Graphic: Do you know the government rules?
By July 26, 2019 Read More →

WVPA Financial Snapshot Graphic: Do you know the government rules?

CHARLESTON, W.VA. — Do you under the rules that direct the operation of state government agencies? This week’s West Virginia Press Association’s Financial Snapshot Graphic and links work to explain the complicated process. The WVPA, in cooperation with the W.Va. Senate Finance Committee, prepares and distributes a Financial Snapshot Graphic each week. They are shared with […]

WVU College of Law professors McGinley and Weise fought to disclose opioid pill data
By July 24, 2019 Read More →

WVU College of Law professors McGinley and Weise fought to disclose opioid pill data

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Two professors at West Virginia University College of Law helped to secure the recent release of data that is shedding light on the national distribution of opioids.  Patrick McGinley and Suzanne Weise represented pro bono the Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette-Mail and its parent company, HD Media, in a year-long federal court legal battle to force the public release of […]

By July 24, 2019 Read More →

W.Va. tax break for FirstEnergy Solutions comes while company is in court battle with coal company owned by Gov. Justice

By STEVEN ALLEN ADAMS, Parkersburg News and Sentinel CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As a $12 million tax break requested by Gov. Jim Justice to save the Pleasants Power Station passed the Legislature Tuesday, the plant’s owner and a Justice-owned coal company are in a legal battle. FirstEnergy Solutions Corp., the operators of Pleasants Power Station, filed […]