It's been an historic session of the West Virginia Legislature, and West Virginia Public Broadcasting is proud to announce expanded, live coverage during the final two weeks of the regular session.
On what is known as Crossover Day at the legislature, West Virginia Public Broadcasting will provide live coverage of the Senate and House on Wednesday, March 4 beginning at 11:00 a.m. on WVPB 2. The broadcast will end at 2:00 p.m.
"Crossover Day has become as important as the final night," said Beth Vorhees, Director of News and Public Affairs at West Virginia Public Broadcasting. "Legislators are working on a deadline to debate and vote on many very important pieces of legislation, the last pieces of legislation to be acted on at this session. Our audience will see how legislators handle this important deadline live from the chambers at the state capital."
In addition to three hours of live coverage on Wednesday, March 4, West Virginia Public Broadcasting will provide live coverage of two very important public hearings.
On Thursday, March 5, the House Judiciary Committee will hear public comments about Senate Bill 35, to provide that any person 18 years of age or older may carry a concealed weapon within the boundaries of the state, including on or within municipally owned or controlled buildings, recreation centers or properties, without first obtaining a license to carry concealed deadly weapons.
On Friday, March 6, the House Judiciary Committee will hear public comments about Senate Bill 423, Amending Aboveground Storage Tank Act. This act was passed in the 2014 legislative session as a reaction to the water contamination that made tap water unusable to 300,000 citizens in the Kanawha Valley.
Both the public hearings and the live broadcast on WVPB 2 will begin at 8:30 a.m.