Legislature

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Education roundup: What passed in WV Legislature and what didn’t

By Ryan Quinn The Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Following pushback against them, including from public school employees who flooded the state Capitol during the nine-school-day-long strike, several education-related bills like ones affecting union dues failed to survive this year’s regular legislative session, which ended Saturday. Also dying was a bill, pushed early in the […]

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Editorial: Investing in teacher pay right thing for West Virginia

From The Herald Dispatch of Huntington: Days into a statewide strike of teachers and school service personnel, Gov. Jim Justice returned to his campaign theme of “investing in education” and promised teachers a 5 percent pay raise. Even though the state Senate was not initially aboard on that commitment, it came around days later. By […]

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Editorial: Solving W.Va. PEIA dilemma

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling: Members of a task force appointed by Gov. Jim Justice to find “a permanent solution” to the Public Employees Insurance Agency are to hold their initial meeting on Tuesday. Let us hope their first step is to agree to find a real solution, not just a way to throw more […]

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Several bills await reconciliation as WV legislative session nears end

By Jake Zuckerman The Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — This year’s regular legislative session ends Saturday at midnight, and a stack of bills have passed both chambers in different form. Before bills arrive on the desk of Gov. Jim Justice, the House of Delegates and the Senate must pass identical versions of the legislation. If […]

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WV Senate votes to dismantle Dept. of Ed and Arts; final decision on Saturday

By Ryan Quinn Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Senate narrowly passed a bill Friday afternoon to do away with the state Department of Education and the Arts. House Bill 4006 passed 18-15, with Senate Education Chairman Kenny Mann, R-Monroe, absent. All Democrats voted against it, as did three Republicans: Sens. Mark Drennan, […]

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Sports betting bill will become law in West Virginia

Work on state’s budget continues into final day of legislative session By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer of Wheeling WHEELING, W.Va.  — Gov. Jim Justice said Friday he will allow the sports betting bill adopted by the Legislature to become law, which means West Virginia’s four racetracks and The Greenbrier resort — which he owns — may […]

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WV House of Delegates deals with 32 bills, resolutions Friday

BY DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A resolution to allow West Virginia voters to decide if the Legislature should control the state Supreme Court’s budget moved one step closer to reality on Friday, as the House of Delegates approved an amended version of it and sent it back to the Senate. Meanwhile, […]

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WV House Democrats delay passage of budget

By TAYLOR STUCK The Herald Dispatch of Huntington CHARLESTON, W.Va.  – The West Virginia Legislature got one step closer to passing a budget Friday night, with the House of Delegates wrapping its budget into the Senate’s. The House moved to suspend constitutional rules Friday night in order to advance the bill to third reading, but […]

By March 9, 2018 Read More →

WV Gov. Jim Justice signs natural gas co-tenancy bill

From the office of Governor Jim Justice: CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice today signed HB 4268 that will allow oil and gas development to occur in cases where there are seven or more royalty owners and at least 75 percent of the undivided interest owners of the oil and gas that consent to development. […]

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West Virginia Senate passes cyberbullying bill

By Jim Workman West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill making cyberbullying directed at minors a crime passed the Senate unanimously Friday at the State Capitol. Senator Lynne Arvon, R-Raleigh, rose in support of Senate Bill 2655, saying she personally became keenly aware of cyberbullying as recently as the past couple of weeks. “I […]