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Bill introduced would legalize marijuana

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill introduced earlier this week would legalize the manufacture, sale and possession of marijuana and would provide a system of regulation for growing and selling it. Saying his goal is to reduce opioid overdoses and help address the state’s budget shortfall, Delegate Sean Hornbuckle, D-Cabell, introduced […]

House passes right-to-work bill
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House passes right-to-work bill

By DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The House of Delegates narrowly passed a bill amending last year’s right to work legislation March 16. Last year’s bill, the Workplace Freedom Act, is in litigation in Kanawha County Circuit Court, where the judge placed it under a temporary injunction in December pending answers to […]

West Virginia universites and colleges weigh in on employee ‘bumping’ bill
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West Virginia universites and colleges weigh in on employee ‘bumping’ bill

By JOCELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Northern Community College won’t petition to establish its own hiring policies if legislation pertaining to seniority and “employee bumping” is signed into law, according to WVNCC President Vicki Riley. West Liberty University President Stephen Greiner, meanwhile, said the school has not discussed the issue, […]

Governor pledges support for teachers
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Governor pledges support for teachers

BY JIM MCCONVILLE The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va.  — Attention will be paid to West Virginia teachers, according to Gov. Jim Justice. Speaking before an estimated audience of 150 at the Citizens Fire Company in Charles Town on Thursday, Justice said the state has to pitch in to help public school systems to compensate teachers by […]

Representatives agree that proposed Senate Bill 335 would impact businesses
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Representatives agree that proposed Senate Bill 335 would impact businesses

By JONATHAN WEAVER The Exponent Telegram CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A West Virginia Senate proposal to repeal the state sales tax and several other taxes would affect small businesses and buying habits, elected leaders agree. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Robert Karnes, R-Upshur, said several updates and revisions have been made to proposed Senate Bill 335 since […]

Common Core repeal bill stalls in Senate
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Common Core repeal bill stalls in Senate

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Senate delayed its second reading Thursday on a bill that would block the use of Common Core academic standards and implement standards borrowed from other states. Although the bill, Senate Bill 524, blocks Common Core standards in West Virginia, it mandates the use of […]

Committee approves tougher requirements for adolescent abortions
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Committee approves tougher requirements for adolescent abortions

By ERIN BECK Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With almost no discussion Thursday afternoon, the House of Delegates Health and Human Resources Committee approved a bill that would eliminate one way minors can access abortion without parental notification in West Virginia. House Bill 2002, sponsored by Delegate Kayla Kessinger, R- Fayette, removes physicians’ authorization to […]

Bill allowing dealers to sell cars ‘as is’ without warranties returns
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Bill allowing dealers to sell cars ‘as is’ without warranties returns

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A nearly perennial bill has resurfaced in the Legislature this session, to allow car dealers to sell older, higher mileage vehicles “as is,” without warranties (SB216). On Thursday, attorney Dave McMahon told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he’s been lobbying on behalf of low-income West Virginians since […]

Committee strips abortion bill
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Committee strips abortion bill

By DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The House Health Committee took a bill to expand physician notification requirements for performing an abortion on an unemancipated minor, stripped everything out of it and left a bill that makes a few tweaks to existing law. HB 2002 defines unemancipated minor to mean someone under […]

Speed limit bill introduced in Charleston
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Speed limit bill introduced in Charleston

The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Here are some Senate bills and a resolution introduced March 16. Local lead sponsors and co-sponsors are noted. SB 622, sets conditions for the tax commissioner to withdraw or release tax liens. SB 624, to decrease the minimum number of live racing days that a horse racing licensee must […]