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House committee advances sales tax changes
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House committee advances sales tax changes

By ASHTON MARRA West Virginia Public Broadcasting CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the House Finance Committee have advanced their bill to “broaden the base and lower the rate” of the state’s sales tax, a bill that the chamber is relying on to balance its 2018 budget. Members were initially presented the latest version of Senate […]

Legislators look to hash out budget before session closes
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Legislators look to hash out budget before session closes

By CHARLIE BOOTHE Bluefield Daily Telegraph CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A local legislator said a budget will be hashed out this week in Charleston before this legislative session closes April 8, but the details remain “in flux.” Del. Marty Gearheart, R-Mercer County, has been spending long hours in the finance committee as legislators try to come […]

SNAP asset test bill takes flak at hearing
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SNAP asset test bill takes flak at hearing

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill designed to impose an asset test on applicants for government assistance programs received a near-unanimous shellacking during a public hearing Monday. Senate Bill 60, which the Senate passed last week, yielded comments from 19 audience members in the chambers of the House of Delegates. Of […]

State Republican Party comes out against medical marijuana bill
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State Republican Party comes out against medical marijuana bill

By ERIN BECK Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Republican Party asked its members in the House of Delegates to vote no on a bill, up for second reading Monday, that would permit the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes in the state. The letter, which is from the West Virginia Republican Platform Committee […]

Senate Finance Committee presented with leadership budget
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Senate Finance Committee presented with leadership budget

By ASHTON MARRA West Virginia Public Broadcasting CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Senators on the chamber’s Finance Committee were given their first look at the body’s proposed budget bill Monday, April 3, which the chamber’s finance chairman says relies almost solely on cuts to find a balance. This Senate budget largely relies on cutting all state agencies […]

House advances changed tax reform bill
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House advances changed tax reform bill

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A House committee advanced to the floor Monday a bill dealing with broadening and lowering the sales tax rate. Questions surfaced in an afternoon floor session about whether a bill was passed to the full House dealing with broadening and lowering the sales tax rate; members voted […]

Governor anticipates special session to balance budget
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Governor anticipates special session to balance budget

By WENDY HOLDREN The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With only five days remaining in the regular Legislative session, Gov. Jim Justice criticized West Virginia lawmakers at a press conference Monday for failing to balance the state’s budget. “I thought we were really close, but we’re not,” Justice said. While he commended the efforts made toward […]

Medical pot bill amended, now prohibits smoking, growing own plants
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Medical pot bill amended, now prohibits smoking, growing own plants

By ERIN BECK Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill that would permit the use of medical marijuana, which was on second reading in the West Virginia House of Delegates, was amended on Monday so that it no longer allows patients to grow their own plants, prohibits smoking, and sets hefty fees for companies that […]

House of Delegates approves amendments to medical marijuana bill
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House of Delegates approves amendments to medical marijuana bill

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia could be on the verge of legalizing the medical use of marijuana. The movement came after a 4 1/2-hour debate in the House of Delegates that ended at about 11 p.m. Monday. The House agreed late in the afternoon to a strike-and-insert amendment to […]

House takes up medical marijuana bill
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House takes up medical marijuana bill

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON — After several hours of debate over two amendments, the West Virginia House approved a more restrictive change to a bill that would legalize medical marijuana and advanced the bill to a third reading today. Delegate John Shott, R-Mercer, described his amendment as “putting a toe in the water” instead […]