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By March 30, 2018 Read More →

Governor vetoes bills including one limiting settlement funds

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Gov. Jim Justice vetoed a bill that would limit the Attorney General’s use of settlement funds, saying the bill would “significantly delay any implementation of correcting the problem or redress of the damages awarded.” House Bill 4009 would have required the award or recovery of funds or assets as a […]

By March 30, 2018 Read More →

Governor signs West Virginia correctional officers pay raise bill

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Gov. Jim Justice signed a bill on Thursday that will provide an $8,000 pay raise for correctional officers over the next three years, bumping starting pay to $32,000 a year. Starting July 1, officers of the Division of Corrections, Division of Juvenile Services and the West Virginia […]

By March 29, 2018 Read More →

Governor signs bill eliminating West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice signed off Wednesday on eliminating the Department of Education and the Arts, but in doing so said he will create the Department of the Arts and Culture and History that will answer to him. Justice said no programs will have federal funding reduced and […]

By March 29, 2018 Read More →

West Virginia House Speaker asks for death benefit bill to be retroactive following Pratt tragedy

By CARLEE LAMMERS Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — House Speaker Tim Armstead has called for a bill that will double the death benefits for emergency personnel who die in the line of duty to be retroactively effective Jan. 1, in light of a crash that killed two members of the Pratt Volunteer Fire Department. In a […]

By March 29, 2018 Read More →

West Virginia S.N.A.P. measure draws ire, praise

Staff reports The Parkersburg News and Sentinel CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The governor Wednesday signed a bill eliminating the cabinet level Department of the Arts and Education. Meanwhile, a bill imposing the federal 20-hour weekly work requirement for many food stamp recipients in West Virginia is going to hurt people, a state research group said on […]

By March 22, 2018 Read More →

W.Va. State Tax Department releases list of additional W.Va. municipalities Imposing sales and use taxes  

Release from the W.Va. State Tax Department: CHARLESTON, W.Va. — W.Va. State Tax Department has announced that, effective July, 1, 2018, four additional municipalities in West Virginia will impose a local sales and use tax: Athens, Davis, Elizabeth and Elkins. Those four are in addition to the 39 municipalities that currently impose sales and use taxes. This […]

By March 19, 2018 Read More →

West Virginia lawmakers say special session on sports betting unnecessary

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — Republicans and Democrats in the West Virginia Legislature agree no changes are needed to sports betting legislation passed during the recent legislative session, and there is no need for Gov. Jim Justice to call a special session to amend it. Representatives of the National […]

By March 19, 2018 Read More →

Former educator Criado running as Democrat for West Virginia House of Delegates

By EDDIE TRIZZINO Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va.  – After retiring with more than 30 years of education experience, John “Mike” Criado recently decided to enter the race for the West Virginia House of Delegates. Criado, 70, who filed in January, will be running as a Democrat looking to get the nomination for the primary. […]

West Virginia’s legislative session could have been better, senators say
By March 16, 2018 Read More →

West Virginia’s legislative session could have been better, senators say

By FRED PACE HD Media CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It was the last day of the 83rd session of the West Virginia Legislature and there are always mixed feelings, according to some southern Democrat Senators. “It could have been worse, but it could have been a whole lot better,” said Senator Ron Stollings, D-Boone. Stollings, along with […]

By March 16, 2018 Read More →

West VIrginia’s sports betting law: Model legislation or ‘fatally flawed’?

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In a month when the American Gaming Association is projecting that Americans will bet $10 billion on the NCAA men’s basketball tournament — 97 percent illegally — states are looking to follow West Virginia’s lead in legislation to legalize sports betting, with advocates in at least one […]