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WV House fast-tracks medical marijuana
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WV House fast-tracks medical marijuana

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Less than 24 hours after a medical marijuana measure cleared the West Virginia Senate, it was put on the fast track in the House of Delegates, ending a day filled with pressure from constituents for House members. Senate Bill 386 is the West Virginia Cannabis Act, which […]

WV House fast-tracks medical marijuana bill
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WV House fast-tracks medical marijuana bill

By ERIN BECK Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill that would permit marijuana to be used for medicinal purposes in West Virginia was read for a first time on the House of Delegates floor Thursday evening. Delegate Michael Folk, R-Berkeley, asked for unanimous consent to dispense with committee references and give the bill immediate […]

House votes to bypass committees, take up medical marijuana bill Friday
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House votes to bypass committees, take up medical marijuana bill Friday

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — After arguments that the House has not prioritized the issue of legalizing medical marijuana, delegates approved a procedural move Thursday that sends the bill to the full chamber. Delegate Michael Folk, R-Berkeley, made the motion during Thursday night’s floor session to bypass sending the bill, which was […]

Marshall University has day at Legislature amid threat of more cuts
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Marshall University has day at Legislature amid threat of more cuts

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Standing on white marble underneath a blue-and-gold dome, Marshall University students, faculty and staff donned their kelly green and brought the university’s culture, credo and history to Charleston on Thursday during Marshall University Day at the West Virginia Capitol. Marshall Day annually is a chance for representatives of […]

WV House to vote on Narcan accessibility in schools
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WV House to vote on Narcan accessibility in schools

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the West Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday voted to make some changes to a bill that would allow teachers and school staff who are certified to carry and administer opioid antagonists in school facilities if they so choose. The 100 members of the House will […]

Photo finish on Greyhound Breeders’ Fund in West Virginia Legislature:  Local delegates not sure of fate of the bill
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Photo finish on Greyhound Breeders’ Fund in West Virginia Legislature: Local delegates not sure of fate of the bill

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING — A bill to eliminate the West Virginia Greyhound Breeding Development Fund is set for a possible third reading and vote in the House of Delegates today, but there is a dead heat to the finish as a close vote is expected. Senate Bill 437 has […]

Vote to cut funding for greyhound racing looms in WV House
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Vote to cut funding for greyhound racing looms in WV House

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A vote Friday in the House of Delegates could mark the end of greyhound racing in the state, but supporters of the industry appear ready to go out with a fight. Legislation to eliminate some $15 million a year of state subsidies for greyhound racing purses is […]

Legislature sweeping more revenue accounts
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Legislature sweeping more revenue accounts

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Legislature continues to sweep state revenue accounts looking for money to help plug an estimated $450 million deficit in the upcoming state budget. On Thursday, March 30, the House of Delegates approved Senate Bill 362, which would transfer into the general revenue fund […]

WV Senate passes school tax increase bill; local school officials are concerned
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WV Senate passes school tax increase bill; local school officials are concerned

BY KAILEE E. GALLAHAN The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va.  — Area school officials are concerned that a bill passed by the state Senate would devastate county school systems, programs, personnel and budgets. Senate Bill 609 would reduce state education funding by $79.3 million and automatically raise counties’ regular levy property tax rates to make up […]

WV lawmakers target water authority board pay
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WV lawmakers target water authority board pay

By ERIC EYRE Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State lawmakers advanced a bill Thursday that would slash salaries of board members who oversee a state agency that handles financing for water and sewer projects in West Virginia. The House Government Organization Committee voted unanimously to drop Water Development Authority members pay to about $150 a […]