W.Va. House Advances Single-Member Districts Bill

Jan 23, 2018

Credit West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, the West Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill that would create 100 single-member legislative districts following the 2020 U.S. Census.

Republican delegates argued that the bill creates equity and a closer relationship between lawmakers and their constituents during an hour-long debate on the House floor Monday. Democrats, however, gave a wide variety of opposing arguments. Dave Mistich was on the House floor and brings us his report.

Also on today's show, West Virginia passed the Medical Cannabis Act in April 2017, qualifying patients with a written doctor’s certification to use medical cannabis and buy it from registered dispensaries. The bill was a big shock - no one thought it would actually pass. But as Kara Lofton reports, supporters of the bill say it didn’t go nearly far enough, while opponents say it went too far.