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W.Va. Senate advances constitutional amendment on abortion

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The Senate has advanced a resolution proposing a constitutional amendment on abortion. In Wednesday’s floor session, the Senate advanced Senate Joint Resolution 12 to second reading, at which stage it can be amended. The resolution proposes a constitutional amendment to clarify that nothing in that document secures […]

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House panel adds 2 percent raise to W.Va. teacher pay bill

By TAYLOR STUCK The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia House of Delegates Finance Committee on Wednesday amended a bill that would give teachers, service personnel and State Police troopers an increase in pay. The committee unanimously passed an amended version of Senate Bill 267, which passed the Senate last Friday. The Finance Committee’s version of […]

Resolution urging PEIA finance board to maintain funding plan OK’d in West Virginia House
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Resolution urging PEIA finance board to maintain funding plan OK’d in West Virginia House

By ANDREA LANNOM   CNHI/Bluefield Daily Telegraph CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Raleigh County Delegate Mick Bates was the lone vote cast against a House of Delegates resolution Wednesday recommending the Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board to maintain its current financial plan for the coming fiscal year. House Resolution 5 recommends the board suspend implementation of […]

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West Virginia House resolution recommends rethinking PEIA changes

By DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Even a feel-good resolution can come with controversy — especially when the resolution deals with the Public Employees Insurance Agency. That was the case Wednesday in the House of Delegates passed HR5, to encourage the PEIA Finance Board to abandon its planned changes to the program, continue […]

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West Virginia House of Delegates urges PEIA Board to freeze rates for 2018

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — The House of Delegates on Wednesday passed a resolution requesting the Public Employee Insurance Administration board take action to freeze PEIA rates at current levels, but the move doesn’t yet have local teachers jumping for joy. Gov. Jim Justice on Tuesday directed the board […]

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Casino sports betting bill clears major hurdle in W.Va. House Judiciary

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With proponents seeing a chance to get a financial head start over neighboring states, the West Virginia House and Senate Judiciary committees began consideration Wednesday of bills to legalize sports betting at the state’s casinos. The legislation cleared a major hurdle Wednesday afternoon in the normally gambling-averse […]

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West Virginia University SGA works with legislators to create virtual library

By DOUGLAS SOULE The Daily Athenaeum MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The WVU Student Government Association worked with state legislators to introduce a bill into the House of Delegates creating a temporary Virtual Library Study Commission. “I would consider them partners in this,” said Delegate Joshua Higginbotham, R-Putnam, the lead sponsor of House Concurrent Resolution 41. Higginbotham […]

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WV Senate Workforce Committee passes bill allowing WV Jobs Act confidentiality

By Jim Workman West Virginia Press Association   CHARLESTON, W.Va. — During a West Virginia Senate Workforce Committee meeting Wednesday morning at the State Capitol, Senate Bill 474 passed through the committee, abruptly, when a senator made a motion to go to vote, prior to most members of the public present being able to address the […]

Around the Rotunda: Legislative, committee schedule for Thursday, Feb. 8
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Around the Rotunda: Legislative, committee schedule for Thursday, Feb. 8

Watch WV Legislature Live each day at http://www.legis.state.wv.us/live.cfm Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 30th Day of the Legislative Session Rotunda and social activities: Fairness West Virginia, Lower Rotunda (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.); WV School of Osteopathic Medicine, Upper House and Upper Senate Rotundas; WV Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Upper Well Area;  Professional Firefighters of WV Legislative Reception, 6-8 p.m., Embassy Suites.   SENATE:   Senate […]

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Agreement reached to freeze West Virginia teachers’ health premiums

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — Gov. Jim Justice on Tuesday informed public school teachers and other state employees their health insurance premiums won’t increase after July 1, as rates will be frozen at their current level for the next fiscal year. Teachers across the state have been protesting proposed […]