Legislature

WVPA Financial Snapshot Graphic: Surplus Revenue
By August 26, 2019 Read More →

WVPA Financial Snapshot Graphic: Surplus Revenue

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Press Association is sharing a WVPA Financial snapshot graphic for media consideration. It’s provided as a stand alone feature or to be used with coverage of State government.

W.Va. Senate still not officially out of special session
By August 26, 2019 Read More →

W.Va. Senate still not officially out of special session

By Eddie Trizzino | Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va. – With the agenda for the session completed, the West Virginia House of Delegates adjourned its special session on July 23 after weeks of extra discussion on education. Despite its adjournment, the West Virginia Senate did not officially adjourn the session, meaning that its representatives could […]

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Judge questions motions in W.Va. Gov. Justice residency case
By August 23, 2019 Read More →

Judge questions motions in W.Va. Gov. Justice residency case

By Steven Allen Adams, The Intelligencer of Wheeling CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Kanawha County judge is seeking more information from attorneys for Gov. Jim Justice and the Pendleton County lawmaker in a residency dispute over where the governor spends his time. Kanawha County Circuit Judge Charles King held a hearing Wednesday with Justice’s legal team […]

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By August 16, 2019 Read More →

W.Va. Senators, Delegates discuss locality pay for teachers

By Eve Larsh, The Journal of Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Some West Virginia and Eastern Panhandle legislators say they believe locality pay will help teachers stay in the state. Locality pay, which allows teachers to earn an appropriate wage based on what county they live in, was passed by Senate Bill 451 earlier this summer. […]

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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 […]