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Justice touts plan to rebuild WV infrastructure
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Justice touts plan to rebuild WV infrastructure

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice returned to his alma mater Wednesday to push his infrastructure plan for the Mountain State, as a bill that would help finance his plan advanced in the state Senate. Justice stood in the structures lab of the Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex on […]

Economic development groups oppose West Virginia Certificate of Need bill
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Economic development groups oppose West Virginia Certificate of Need bill

By JANET METZNER The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Record WHEELING, W.Va.  — Economic development groups continue criticizing Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns’ bill that would eliminate West Virginia’s certificate of need program regulating who provides which health care services throughout the state. For example, Craig O’Leary, program director of the Regional Economic Development Partnership in Wheeling, […]

Bill advances to eliminate agency for surplus property
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Bill advances to eliminate agency for surplus property

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A bill that would eliminate the state agency for surplus property advanced through a House committee. The House Committee on Government Organization took up House Bill 2819 in its Wednesday meeting. Under the bill as amended, the Department of Administration would act as the state agency for […]

House OKs bill to close surplus property division
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House OKs bill to close surplus property division

Staff reports Charleston Gazette-Mail The West Virginia House of Delegates advanced a bill Wednesday that would eliminate the state’s surplus property division, which disposes and sells off older state-government-owned equipment and vehicles. Under the bill, individual state agencies would take over that responsibility in 2018. The state would hire an auction firm to sell retired […]

Cabell delegate wants state to alleviate jail bill burden
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Cabell delegate wants state to alleviate jail bill burden

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — One Cabell County legislator is a sponsor of two bills he says will help cut down on the county’s jail bill and help protect first responders. One bill that Del. Chad Lovejoy is a sponsor of, House Bill 2845, would defer some of the costs of regional jails […]

Lawmakers discuss state GOP budget proposition
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Lawmakers discuss state GOP budget proposition

By DANYEL VANREENEN The Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The GOP state budget proposal is in direct opposition to Governor Jim Justice’s, and Republican’s have said their proposal respects West Virginian tax payers. Delegate Paul Espinosa, R-Jefferson, said the GOP proposal is straight forward. The focus of the budget is to keep the state from living […]

Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley takes its concerns to Charleston
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Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley takes its concerns to Charleston

By JEFF BAUGHAN The Parkersburg News and Sentinel CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State officials were invited, noticed and paid a visit. The annual day, which Jill Parsons, chamber president and CEO, said was the seventh such day, received visits from local and state elected representatives. As things wound down, she said, “this day accomplished what we had […]

Measure would change billing for inmate costs
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Measure would change billing for inmate costs

By TIM MACVEAN The Inter-Mountain CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A bill proposed to the House Judiciary Committee that would change the date when the state Division of Corrections becomes responsible for costs associated with maintaining inmates could save counties across the state up to $5 million. House Bill 2845 would establish that the DOC is responsible […]

WV Senate committee passes bill to raise ex-cons’ employment chances
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WV Senate committee passes bill to raise ex-cons’ employment chances

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill designed to give convicted felons a better shot at stable employment was cleared by the Senate Committee on Economic Development on Wednesday. The West Virginia Second Chance for Employment Act, or SB 76, would give convicted felons the opportunity to request a court to expunge […]

Bill could end claims panel’s independence, clerk says
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Bill could end claims panel’s independence, clerk says

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill that would revamp the state Court of Claims into a legislative Claims Commission would jeopardize the independence and integrity of the panel, the longtime clerk of the court told Senate Judiciary Committee members Wednesday. Under the proposed legislation (HB 2447), the Senate president and House […]