Legislature

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 […]

By June 24, 2019 Read More →

W.Va. Senate to reconvene at 5 p.m. today

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The W.Va. Senate will reconvene at 5 p.m. on Monday, June 24, 2019, to continue the First Extraordinary Session. Jacque Bland, director of communications for the Senate, issued the announcement. The Senate is expected to address education in West Virginia, including HB 206, an education bill that passed the West Virginia House of Delegates […]

WV Press Financial Snapshot Graphic now available: W.Va. Rainy Day Fund
By June 21, 2019 Read More →

WV Press Financial Snapshot Graphic now available: W.Va. Rainy Day Fund

NOTE: This graphic was updated at 5:19 p.m. Friday, June 21, to correct the total on the 2018 Rainy Day fund.

W.Va. House GOP furthers education omnibus, voucher bills
By June 18, 2019 Read More →

W.Va. House GOP furthers education omnibus, voucher bills

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Over the objections of Democrats and protesting public school workers, the Republican-controlled West Virginia House of Delegates pushed forward Monday with a sweeping education overhaul bill. The House technically dealt with two versions of the bill Monday, when it reconvened for the special legislative session on education. The […]

By June 18, 2019 Read More →

W.Va. teacher, personnel unions release poll critical of Student Success Act

By Steven Allen Adams, Parkersburg News and Sentinel CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, the West Virginia Education Association and the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association held a joint press conference Monday morning 30 minutes before the resumption of the special session on education betterment by the House […]

WV Press: WV snapshot financial graphic on SB 632 – Safe Schools Act
By June 17, 2019 Read More →

WV Press: WV snapshot financial graphic on SB 632 – Safe Schools Act

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Press Association is sharing its weekly West Virginia Financial Snapshot Graphic, build in conjunction with the W.Va. Senate’s Financial Committee. The graphic and this week’s Budget Bulletin looks at SB 632, the Safe Schools Act. The bill was signed into law on March 25, 2019. You can view this week’s […]

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Opinion: W.Va. Statehouse Beat: House and Senate not singing the same tune
By June 16, 2019 Read More →

Opinion: W.Va. Statehouse Beat: House and Senate not singing the same tune

By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail So here’s where we stand: The Republican-controlled Senate is feuding with the Republican governor, who seems to be feuding with everyone from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to his many creditors. Meanwhile, the Republican-controlled House of Delegates not only doesn’t seem to be on the same page as the Senate on […]

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