Legislature

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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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By March 14, 2018 Read More →

Justice allows West Virginia election vacancy bill he vetoed in 2017 to become law

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill Gov. Jim Justice vetoed last year as a Democrat quietly became law without his signature on Saturday. The West Virginia Legislature passed House Bill 3004, which says when certain politicians vacate office, they must be replaced by a member of their party at the time […]

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Medical marijuana bill rejection leaves some concerned about future of program
By March 13, 2018 Read More →

Medical marijuana bill rejection leaves some concerned about future of program

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Medical Cannabis Advisory Board member says he is concerned about affordability for patients after a bill involving the state’s medical marijuana program failed to make it through the Legislature. Jesse Forbes, a Charleston attorney, said he was surprised the bill did not pass. It died in the House in […]

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With teachers gone and budget passed, last night of West Virginia session undramatic
By March 12, 2018 Read More →

With teachers gone and budget passed, last night of West Virginia session undramatic

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With a teacher pay raise struggle resolved Tuesday and teachers back in the classroom Wednesday, much of the legislative drama evaporated before Saturday, the last night of the 2018 regular session. On top of that, lawmakers for the first time in 36 years passed the state budget […]

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Cabell Del. Chuck Romine leaves wisdom behind in West Virginia House
By March 12, 2018 Read More →

Cabell Del. Chuck Romine leaves wisdom behind in West Virginia House

By TAYLOR STUCK The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As he addressed the House of Delegates for the final time as a legislator, Del. Chuck Romine (R-Cabell) put his time at the West Virginia Capitol in perspective. “When I was first elected, I had a two-week old daughter,” Romine said. “Now, she is about to turn […]

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At the Capitol: Conclusion of 2018 W.Va. legislative session anticlimactic
By March 11, 2018 Read More →

At the Capitol: Conclusion of 2018 W.Va. legislative session anticlimactic

By Phil Kabler For West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. — While the 60-day 2018 regular session of the Legislature ended Saturday night, in many ways, it seemed the session really ended four days earlier, with passage of a 5 percent across-the-board pay raise for teachers, school service personnel and state employees that helped end […]

WV Legislature reports 260 bills completed process in 2018
By March 11, 2018 Read More →

WV Legislature reports 260 bills completed process in 2018

Review all completed legislation here CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Legislative Website reports 260 bills completed the legislative process during the 2018 session. Of that total, 129 were bills originating the WV Senate and 131 in the WV House. Of those bills, 31  have been signed by Governor Jim Justice, others await his signature. As of this point, […]

By March 11, 2018 Read More →

WV Legislation ends 2018 session with budget, without Rainy Day Fund raid

By TAYLOR STUCK The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington CHARLESTON, W.Va. – On the final day of what will be known as a historic session, the West Virginia Legislature worked well into the night to pass the final bills of the 2018 session. All agreed the atmosphere Saturday was different than past final days, mainly due to the […]