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Cannabis bill passes the House
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Cannabis bill passes the House

By DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The medical cannabis bill completed its legislative journey April 6 and heads to the governor, where a signature is expected. Also, during second readings of bills in the Senate, the bill to sell Hopemont Hospital in Terra Alta saw a significant amendment to benefit the patients. […]

House passes bill creating coalition on diabetes care
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House passes bill creating coalition on diabetes care

By WENDY HOLDREN The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill creating a coalition on diabetes management was unanimously passed Thursday by the West Virginia House of Delegates. Senate Bill 360 tasks the coalition with finding conclusions and recommendations to the Legislature for a better means of diabetes management for state residents. The dean of the School of […]

WV Sen. Woelfel battles for sexual assault bills
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WV Sen. Woelfel battles for sexual assault bills

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With a few days left in the West Virginia legislative session, Sen. Mike Woelfel, D-Cabell, isn’t waiting until the last minute to see through two bills he crafted to help sexual assault victims achieve justice. Woelfel expressed his exasperation from the Senate floor Thursday afternoon that his bills […]

WV House passes bill changing rules for replacing elected officials
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WV House passes bill changing rules for replacing elected officials

Staff report Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill Thursday that would restrict who the governor can appoint to replace statewide elected officials if they leave office before their term ends. Under the bill (SB 255), the governor would have to select a replacement for attorney general, secretary […]

House passes bill creating coalition to study chronic pain management
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House passes bill creating coalition to study chronic pain management

By WENDY HOLDREN The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia House of Delegates unanimously passed a bill Thursday creating a coalition to study chronic pain management in the state and report its findings to the legislature. While pain treatment is an important element in health care, Senate Bill 339 said, pain is a subjective experience. “There […]

Bill on industrial hemp heads to governor’s desk
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Bill on industrial hemp heads to governor’s desk

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A bill that would allow licensed individuals to lawfully grow hemp is heading to the governor’s desk. The West Virginia Senate unanimously voted to pass House Bill 2453, which expands the list of people who are currently allowed to grow hemp to individuals who have satisfied the […]

House passes ‘revenge porn’ bill
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House passes ‘revenge porn’ bill

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The West Virginia House unanimously passed a bill that would make it a crime to distribute sexual images without consent. The measure has been referred to as the “revenge porn” bill. Under Senate Bill 240, a person convicted on a first offense would be guilty of a misdemeanor […]

Senate Judiciary Committee OKs abuse, voting bills
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Senate Judiciary Committee OKs abuse, voting bills

By DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Senate Judiciary Committee amended and approved a handful of House bills on March 6, dealing with child abuse, drug abuse and voting. All came to the Senate floor later Thursday and had their first reading. All passed with little or no discussion. They are on […]

Senate supports House measures on drugs, education
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Senate supports House measures on drugs, education

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With the end of the regular legislative session for the 83rd West Virginia Legislature less than 72 hours away, make-or-break time has come and gone for hundreds of bills. The majority of members of the GOP-led Senate and House of Delegates approved their budgets in their respective chambers […]

Bill to eliminate Regional Education Service Agencies Resurrected in West Virginia Legislature
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Bill to eliminate Regional Education Service Agencies Resurrected in West Virginia Legislature

Staff reports The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — A bill to eliminate regional education service agencies in West Virginia has regained life and is moving again in the state Legislature. Many wondered if House Bill 2711 was dead after it was pulled from the Senate Education Committee’s agenda on Wednesday. But Thursday morning, […]