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Cabell Del. Chuck Romine leaves wisdom behind in West Virginia House
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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
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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
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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, […]

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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 […]

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Following two years of impasses, WV Legislature passes 2018-19 budget bill early

2018-2019 budget at  $4.38 billion By Phil Kabler The Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — For the first time in 36 years, the Legislature passed the budget bill Saturday before the end of the 60-day regular session, avoiding the traditional extended session to complete work on the state spending plan. “This is a momentous moment here,” Senate Finance […]

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Medical marijuana bill dies in House in final minutes of WV legislative session

By Andrea Lannom and Jordan Nelson The Register-Herald of Beckley CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill involving the state’s medical marijuana program died in the West Virginia House of Delegates in the final minutes of the legislative session and advocates are worried about the future of the program. The Senate amended the bill earlier Saturday, the final day of […]

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Priorities of session changed, but leaders satisfied with outcome

By Andrea Lannom and Jordan Nelson The Times West Virginian of Fairmont CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — As the 2018 legislative session drew to a close, leaders agreed the priorities going into session shifted into something they weren’t expecting, all of which made history along the way. Senate President Mitch Carmichael, who was the target of vitriol […]

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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 […]