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House OKs plan to use drug settlement funds to add beds at treatment centers
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House OKs plan to use drug settlement funds to add beds at treatment centers

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia lawmakers moved a step closer Wednesday with their plan to seize $24 million in recent drug lawsuit settlement funds and use the money to add beds at drug treatment facilities across the state. The House of Delegates voted unanimously to pass a bill (HB 2428) […]

Senate passes bill giving governor authority to furlough state employees
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Senate passes bill giving governor authority to furlough state employees

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A bill passed by the Senate would give the governor the authority to furlough state employees in the executive branch if there is a fiscal emergency. Under Senate Bill 446, if the governor could declare a fiscal emergency if there is a deficit or overdraft in the […]

Senate passes bill giving Parkways Authority ability to issue revenue bonds
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Senate passes bill giving Parkways Authority ability to issue revenue bonds

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill giving give the West Virginia Parkways Authority the abilities is moving to the House after it passed the Senate Wednesday in a 26-8 vote Senate Bill 482 would give the agency the authority to study, investigate, evaluate and, if feasible, develop a single fee program […]

Moving and shaking In the WV Senate: Day capped with commissioner being kicked out of chamber
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Moving and shaking In the WV Senate: Day capped with commissioner being kicked out of chamber

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — A resolution suggested by Marshall County Commissioner Bob Miller that could lead to the financing of an expansion of Interstate 68 unanimously passed the West Virginia Senate Wednesday — but not before Miller found himself mistakenly called out for “lobbying” by one Senate member and banned […]

Bill requiring asset test for food-stamp recipients heads to WV House
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Bill requiring asset test for food-stamp recipients heads to WV House

By LORI KERSEY Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Senate has passed a bill that would, among other things, require an asset test for food-stamp recipients. Senate bill 60 has been referred to the House Health committee and then to House Judiciary committee. The bill would limit assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to households with […]

Bill to eliminate helmet requirement for motorcyclists rejected
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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 Bill 549 was rejected in […]

State Senate rejects repeal of Motorcycle Helmet Law
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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 age 21 and older to […]

Around the Rotunda: Legislative, Committee Schedule for Thursday, March 30
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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 http://www.legis.state.wv.us/live.cfm 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 East High School golf team […]

House of Delegates votes to increase substance abuse treatment opportunities
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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<http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/bills_history.cfm?INPUT=2428&year=2017&sessiontype=RS> would require the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources to ensure that by July […]

Proposed budget bill amendment sparks heated debate in WV Senate
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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 that critics argued was merely […]