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By January 27, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: Proposed WV legislative change to single-member districts is logical

From the Bluefield Daily Telegraph: Lawmakers in West Virginia’s House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly this week to reorganize the state’s electoral map into 100 single-member delegates districts, a move that could provide stronger representation for the deep south counties. At the present time, the House’s 100 members together represent 67 districts. The Republican-sponsored bill, which passed the House by a vote […]

By January 27, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: West Virginia needs to increase tourism promotion

From The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington: West Virginia has many wonderful places to visit and vacation. But probably most people in the eastern half of the United States know very little about what the state has to offer. So, if there is a “no-brainer” in Gov. Jim Justice’s proposed budget, increasing the funding for tourism promotion […]

W.Va. House of Delegates bill would make cyberbullying a crime
By January 26, 2018 Read More →

W.Va. House of Delegates bill would make cyberbullying a crime

Delegates Blair and Higginbotham – class of 2014 – two of bill’s sponsors By Jim Workman West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Cyberbullying is a problem for minors in West Virginia, which often leads to poor self-esteem, substance abuse and even suicide. The state legislature is taking on the issue this session with House […]

This week in the West Virginia House of Delegates: Jan. 22-26
By January 26, 2018 Read More →

This week in the West Virginia House of Delegates: Jan. 22-26

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia House of Delegates this week passed a long-debated reform to ensure equal representation among state’s delegate districts, while also passing 17 other bills, including measures to protect citizens’ privacy and boost consumer protections against deceptive telemarketers. On Monday, the House passed House Bill 4002<http://www.wvlegislature.gov/Bill_Status/bills_history.cfm?INPUT=4002&year=2018&sessiontype=RS>, which would break up the […]

By January 26, 2018 Read More →

At the Capitol: W.Va. Governor, legislators to improve 1 percent pay raise for teacher, state employees?

By Phil Kabler For the West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With representatives of teacher and state employee groups fuming that a proposed 1 percent pay raise is more of an insult than a reward, legislators worked to sweeten the deal on the pay raise package. Senate Finance Committee members amended the bill (SB267) […]

By January 26, 2018 Read More →

Conservation groups disappointed in W.Va. Commerce Secretary Thrasher’s response on state park logging bill

Release fromWVPublicLands.org:  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Conservation groups working on solutions to the maintenance backlog in state parks are disappointed that W.VA. Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher is standing by a bill to allow commercial logging operations in the parks. Organized under the name, Save Our State Parks, or SOS Parks, the groups met with Thrasher Jan. […]

West Virginia Board of Public Works rejects Appalachian Power’s tax cut request
By January 26, 2018 Read More →

West Virginia Board of Public Works rejects Appalachian Power’s tax cut request

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Without discussion, the West Virginia Board of Public Works on Thursday unanimously approved previously recommended 2018 assessed values for property owned by utilities operating in the state — effectively rejecting a request by Appalachian Power Co. to lower its assessment on the grounds that unusually mild weather […]

West Virginia Senate committee opts for series of 1-percent pay hikes
By January 26, 2018 Read More →

West Virginia Senate committee opts for series of 1-percent pay hikes

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A day after teachers and public employee groups rallied at the Capitol to protest Gov. Jim Justice’s proposed 1 percent pay raises, Senate Finance Committee members sweetened the deal, locking in a series of 1 percent pay hikes. Committee members amended the pay raise bill (Senate Bill […]

West Virginia Senate, House discuss gas bills
By January 26, 2018 Read More →

West Virginia Senate, House discuss gas bills

By RUSTY MARKS NCWV Media CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Energy committees in both the state Senate and House of Delegates postponed action Thursday on bills that would affect the oil and gas industry. The Senate Committee on Energy, Industry and Mining discussed Senate Bill 360 Thursday. The legislation would change the way gas companies pay royalties. […]

By January 26, 2018 Read More →

West Virginia teacher, state employee pay raise bill heads to full Senate

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  – A bill calling for pay increases for teachers and state employees is on its way to the Senate floor with a change that codifies the raise over a five-year period for teachers and a two-year period for all other state employees. The Senate Committee on Finance passed Senate Bill […]