Making the Case for Broadband Expansion in W.Va.

Mar 23, 2017

On The Legislature Today, there are several pieces of legislation making their way through the statehouse to expand broadband internet access in West Virginia.

According to the Federal Communications Commission, 30 percent of West Virginians do not have access to federally defined broadband internet. That's why two West Virginia groups have joined together to promote expansion in any way possible.

Natalie Roper, executive director of Generation West Virginia, a group that represents the interests of young business people in the state, and Gaylene Miller, state director of AARP West Virginia, a nonprofit that represents the interests of West Virginians 50 and older, discuss their lobbying efforts for broadband expansion.

Senators are once again debating how much control lawmakers should have over the state’s public education system. Some Republican lawmakers say the Legislature should have input on any and all changes to education standards and standardized testing. An amendment that would make that authority clear in code sparked extended debate on the floor. Delegates are re-considering a current law that will require West Virginians to bring some form of identification with them when they go to cast a ballot. Liz McCormick reports a new voter ID bill would have gutted that law, but a house subcommittee is working on a compromise.