The Legislature Today http://wvpublic.org en Does W.Va.'s Governor Have Too Much Power? http://wvpublic.org/post/does-wvas-governor-have-too-much-power <p>The question of gubernatorial power in West Virginia was forced into the spotlight after two decisions by Governor Tomblin following the 2014 legislative session; two vetoes, to be more specific. Now lawmakers, the Governor’s Office and even the Attorney General are trying to figure out what’s next for these rejected bills.</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:42:56 +0000 Ashton Marra 10510 at http://wvpublic.org Does W.Va.'s Governor Have Too Much Power? Morrisey Files Motion to Dismiss Charleston Gun Lawsuit http://wvpublic.org/post/morrisey-files-motion-dismiss-charleston-gun-lawsuit <p>Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has filed motions to intervene in and dismiss a Kanawha County Circuit Court case challenging a new state gun control law.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:53:06 +0000 Ashton Marra 10461 at http://wvpublic.org Morrisey Files Motion to Dismiss Charleston Gun Lawsuit Study: West Virginia Ranks Low in Election Performance, Shows Signs of Improvement http://wvpublic.org/post/study-west-virginia-ranks-low-election-performance-shows-signs-improvement <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 04:24:00 +0000 Ashton Marra 9876 at http://wvpublic.org Study: West Virginia Ranks Low in Election Performance, Shows Signs of Improvement U.S. Chemical Safety Bill Passes Senate Committee http://wvpublic.org/post/us-chemical-safety-bill-passes-senate-committee <p></p><p>Although it’s only the first step in a long road on Capitol Hill, Senator Joe Manchin’s Chemical Safety and Drinking Water Protection Act was passed unanimously by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Thursday.<br /><br />&nbsp;“He knows full well what happens when a community is upended because some kind of chemical gets into the drinking water supply and he went to work,” said Committee Chair Sen. Barbara Boxer of Calif. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:33:49 +0000 Ashton Marra 9736 at http://wvpublic.org U.S. Chemical Safety Bill Passes Senate Committee W.Va. Budget Deal Reached After Days of Debate http://wvpublic.org/post/wva-budget-deal-reached-after-days-debate <p></p><p>The House and Senate have come to an agreement on the state's budget for the next fiscal year.&nbsp;The process was stalled earlier in the week.</p><p><br />Negotiations between legislative leadership and the governor centered on two issues: how much money to pull from the state Attorney General's Consumer Protection Fund and how&nbsp;much money they could use to expand the Aged and Disabled Waiver Program for seniors.</p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 23:01:08 +0000 Ashton Marra 8585 at http://wvpublic.org W.Va. Budget Deal Reached After Days of Debate Miley to House: Prepare for Special Session http://wvpublic.org/post/miley-house-prepare-special-session <p>House Speaker Tim Miley has told members of the West Virginia House of Delegates to prepare for a special session at the end of the week.</p><p>Wednesday Governor Tomblin announced an extension of the budget session which would have ended Thursday.</p><p>Miley told members they will instead put a compromised budget bill to a vote Friday afternoon and adjourn. Then, he believes, the governor will call the extraordinary session.<br /><br />Here is a list of bills Miley said will likely be taken up during that session:</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:20:11 +0000 Ashton Marra 8498 at http://wvpublic.org Miley to House: Prepare for Special Session The Three Bills Lawmakers Need to Balance the Budget http://wvpublic.org/post/three-bills-lawmakers-need-balance-budget <p></p><p>Members of the legislature are feeling the backlash of bills that failed on the final night of the session. There are three specific bills that are putting not only this year’s, but also next year’s budgets in jeopardy. Jeopardy of a lowered bond rating, something lawmakers do not want to let happen.</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:02:24 +0000 Ashton Marra 8412 at http://wvpublic.org The Three Bills Lawmakers Need to Balance the Budget The Bills that Failed: What Happens Now? http://wvpublic.org/post/bills-failed-what-happens-now <p>Senators and Delegates worked late into the night, as usual, on the final day of the session voting on bills. The frenzy, however, was too much for some issues. Here are a few of the bills that got lost in the mix and didn’t pass before the midnight deadline.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/bills_history.cfm?INPUT=6&amp;year=2014&amp;sessiontype=RS">SB 6</a><br /> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:20:19 +0000 Ashton Marra 8410 at http://wvpublic.org The Bills that Failed: What Happens Now? The Legislature Today: Final Hours Live Blog http://wvpublic.org/post/legislature-today-final-hours-live-blog <p></p><p>At midnight on Saturday, March 8, The 81st West Virginia Legislature will adjourn. This post will be the home for <a href="http://wvpublic.org/programs/legislature-today"><strong>The Legislature Today</strong>'</a>s online coverage right up until the final moments.</p><p>News Director Beth Vorhees, Senate Reporter Ashton Marra, House Reporter Aaron Payne, and Digital Editor Dave Mistich will curate this post by aggregating tweets, posting audio of important moments on the chamber floors.</p><p>Be sure to keep refreshing this page to see the latest.</p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 15:02:49 +0000 Beth Vorhees, Ashton Marra, Aaron Payne & Dave Mistich 8243 at http://wvpublic.org The Legislature Today: Final Hours Live Blog Four Senate Bills the House Passed on the Next-to-Last Day of the Regular Session http://wvpublic.org/post/four-senate-bills-house-passed-next-last-day-regular-session <p>With today being the next-to-last day of the regular session, time is running out for lawmakers to complete legislation to be sent to the governor. The House voted on 23 Senate items ranging from rules bills, to education and assisting veterans.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:59:45 +0000 Aaron Payne 8262 at http://wvpublic.org Four Senate Bills the House Passed on the Next-to-Last Day of the Regular Session The Water Protection Bill, State Budget, Healthcare Lobbyist Thom Stevens, & More http://wvpublic.org/post/water-protection-bill-state-budget-healthcare-lobbyist-thom-stevens-more <p>The House passed the Water Resources Protection and Management Act on Wednesday. The Senate passes their version of the budget bill and calls for $125 million to be used from the Rainy Day Fund. Healthcare lobbyist Thom Stevens outlines some of the more than 200 bills this session relating to healthcare, including the late-term abortion bill and a bill that would make pseudoephedrine available by&nbsp; prescription only.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:15:02 +0000 Dave Mistich 8222 at http://wvpublic.org The Water Protection Bill, State Budget, Healthcare Lobbyist Thom Stevens, & More Bill to Require Construction Workers to Participate in Safety Program Passes http://wvpublic.org/post/bill-require-construction-workers-participate-safety-program-passes <p> Senate Bill 376 would require onsite employees at certain works construction projects to complete an Occupational Safety and Health Administration approved ten-hour construction safety program.<br /><br />Similar measures have been struck down in the past due to fears the program would decrease worker productivity.</p><p></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:36:56 +0000 Aaron Payne 8200 at http://wvpublic.org Bill to Require Construction Workers to Participate in Safety Program Passes Senate Budget Uses $125 Million from Rainy Day Fund http://wvpublic.org/post/senate-budget-uses-125-million-rainy-day-fund <p></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:39:56 +0000 Ashton Marra 8194 at http://wvpublic.org Senate Budget Uses $125 Million from Rainy Day Fund Legislative Coverage, Incubator Schools, and Inspiring Paleoclimatologists http://wvpublic.org/post/legislative-coverage-incubator-schools-and-inspiring-paleoclimatologists <p>On this West Virginia Morning we revisit an Inspiring West Virginian segment that profiles two of the world’s leading paleoclimatologists; that, legislators debate everything from deer farming to golf courses, and Cabell County School Board officials hope their new school is the next step in education.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:23:44 +0000 Glynis Board 8157 at http://wvpublic.org Legislative Coverage, Incubator Schools, and Inspiring Paleoclimatologists Five Things That Happened Before W.Va. House Passed the Water Resources Protection & Management Act http://wvpublic.org/post/five-things-happened-wva-house-passed-water-resources-protection-management-act <p>There is little doubt that the bill aimed to protect water resources in the state, in response to the Jan. 9 spill of MCHM into the Elk River by Freedom Industries, has been the most closely watched and widely discussed bill of the session.</p><p>Although the Senate passed SB 373 less that two weeks after its introduction, its passage&nbsp;&nbsp;in the House took far longer--a result of a triple committee reference that offered a chance for roughly 60 delegates to offer amendments to the bill. Delegates also labored over 20 amendments on the bill's Third Reading Wednesday night before deciding to send the bill back to the Senate.</p><p>Here's a few highlights from Wednesday night's floor session leading up to SB 373's passage:</p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 06:40:42 +0000 Aaron Payne 8147 at http://wvpublic.org Five Things That Happened Before W.Va. House Passed the Water Resources Protection & Management Act House Judiciary on Future Fund and Crime Victim Compensation, Local Issues in Senate, & Frack Waste http://wvpublic.org/post/house-judiciary-future-fund-and-crime-victim-compensation-local-issues-senate-frack-waste <p>The House Judiciary Committee deals with a constitutional amendment to partner with the establishment of a Future Fund and also deals with a bill that would change awards given from the Crime Victim's Compensation Fund, Members of the Senate bring their local issues to the floor and the Natural Resources Committee sees controversy over a bill relating to deer farming. Glynis Board delivers a special report on frack waste and what researchers think is best to do with it.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:54:12 +0000 Dave Mistich 8146 at http://wvpublic.org House Judiciary on Future Fund and Crime Victim Compensation, Local Issues in Senate, & Frack Waste Committee Approves Constitutional Amendment, Bill to Adjust Crime Victim Compensation Awards http://wvpublic.org/post/committee-approves-constitutional-amendment-bill-adjust-crime-victim-compensation-awards <p>While the House Judiciary Committee was unable to get through all 19 items in the morning session, they were able to approve a <a href="http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/bills_text.cfm?billdoc=SJR14%20SUB1.htm&amp;yr=2014&amp;sesstype=rs&amp;i=14&amp;houseorig=s&amp;billtype=jr">constitutional amendment</a> that would partner with Senate President Jeff Kessler’s Future Fund bill.<br /><br />The resolution would put the specific parameters of the fund into West Virginia’s constitution.<br /> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:58:17 +0000 Aaron Payne 8123 at http://wvpublic.org Committee Approves Constitutional Amendment, Bill to Adjust Crime Victim Compensation Awards Senate Takes on Late-Term Abortions, Water Protection Bill Heads to House Floor, & WVU President Gee http://wvpublic.org/post/senate-takes-late-term-abortions-water-protection-bill-heads-house-floor-wvu-president-gee <p>The Senate Health and Human Resources Committee amends and passes a House bill that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks. The House Finance Committee removes an amendment to the water protection bill that would force the state Bureau for Public Health to monitor the health those affected by the January 9 spill by Freedom Industries. West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee speaks about his appointment as permanent chief of the school and his vision for its future.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 00:51:08 +0000 Dave Mistich 8086 at http://wvpublic.org Senate Takes on Late-Term Abortions, Water Protection Bill Heads to House Floor, & WVU President Gee Water Resource Protection Bill Passes Final House Committee Reference http://wvpublic.org/post/water-resource-protection-bill-passes-final-house-committee-reference <p>The House Finance Committee removed several of the sections added by the other House committees in the water resource protection bill.</p><p><br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0TBignBfA0&amp;feature=youtu.be</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 20:56:00 +0000 Aaron Payne 8069 at http://wvpublic.org Water Resource Protection Bill Passes Final House Committee Reference Update on the Governor's Legislative Agenda, Future Fund, Teacher Raises, & WVCBP's Ted Boettner http://wvpublic.org/post/update-governors-legislative-agenda-future-fund-teacher-raises-wvcbps-ted-boettner <p></p><p></p><p>An update on Governor Tomblin's legislative agenda and members of the Senate Government Organization Committee discuss a House bill that would reform the state Ethics Commission and reduce the number of members it requires. House committees discuss bills from the Senate, including the Future Fund and pay raises for teachers. Ted Boettner of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy about various issues, including taxes, the future fund, and the state budget.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 00:08:44 +0000 Dave Mistich 8015 at http://wvpublic.org Update on the Governor's Legislative Agenda, Future Fund, Teacher Raises, & WVCBP's Ted Boettner