2016 Legislative Session

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The West Virginia House Judiciary Committee approved a bill Friday that would make West Virginia a right-to-work state.  

The committee began debating Senate Bill 1 Friday morning and continued the discussion into the afternoon lasting more than 6 hours.

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On the House floor Friday, Delegates were set to consider a bill recently approved by the Senate - a bill to help balance the 2016 budget. Senate Bill 364 was on second reading until members of the GOP majority made a tactical move to block a Democratic amendment.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, we’ll look into The Religious Freedom Restoration Act and a new program in the eastern panhandle that is saving lives by reversing the effects of an overdose.

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Representatives from the Our Children, Our Future Campaign are lobbying lawmakers for the fourth year at the statehouse. The group, which has no paid lobbyists, advocates for children’s issues.

This year, their priorities include providing mental health services in public schools and increasing access to locally grown, healthy foods, but the campaign will also have to fight budget cuts to child and family services.

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, we’ll hear comments from Senator Greg Boso and Delegate Woody Ireland about what they think West Virginia can do to address our changing energy climate.

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Members of the West Virginia House of Delegates voted 55 to 44 Wednesday to repeal the state's prevailing wage as dozens of union members looked on from the gallery.

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The West Virginia Senate unanimously approved four supplemental appropriations bills Wednesday that aim to balance the 2016 budget.

All four bills were presented to the chamber at the request of Governor Tomblin in the hopes of making up for the state's $384 million budget gap. The gap is partially due to declining income from the state's severance taxes on coal and natural gas.

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The Senate's Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has approved a bill that aims to expand access to broadband internet services across West Virginia, even though industry representatives continue to express opposition to the bill. 

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, we take a closer look at West Virginia’s budget issues and a new plan to expand broadband capabilities in the state.

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AARP and Generation West Virginia co-hosted a press conference at the capitol Tuesday focused on the future of broadband in the state.

AARP is a group that represents retired West Virginians and Generation West Virginia is a group aimed at getting young people engaged in West Virginia’s future.

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, we look at a positive outcome for a situation that had the potential to turn deadly at a Philippi school where faculty, a pastor and a state trooper were able to convince student to surrender his weapon.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed Brenton, W.Va., resident Sue Cline to fill the vacancy left in the West Virginia Senate after Daniel Hall's resignation.

Cline's appointment comes after a decision from the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Friday ordering Tomblin to appoint a Republican to the seat. 

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, we take a closer look at the debate over the controversial Right to Work bill and hear what Senators on both sides have to say about the recently-passed legislation.

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West Virginia is one step closer to becoming the 26th state with a Right-to-Work law after a vote in the state Senate today. Senators approved the West Virginia Workplace Freedom Act on a vote of 17  to 16, on party lines.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, House Speaker Tim Armstead defends the repeal of the prevailing wage and the controversial right-to-work bill and says both measures will bring new business to West Virginia.

On the latest episode of The Legislature Today, Speaker Tim Armstead discusses  two bills union members across the state are speaking out against: Right-to-Work and a repeal of the state's prevailing wage. Both are measures the Republican supports.  

The Legislature Today
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On this episode of The Legislature Today, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Tuesday in the case to replace former state Senator Daniel Hall. 

The Legislature Today
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In the first episode of The Legislature Today of 2016, host Ashton Marra sits down with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to discuss how he is proposing the state close a $381 million budget gap expected by the end of the fiscal year. 

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A bill aimed at repealing the prevailing wage has surfaced again this session, and it’s causing just as much debate this year as it did in 2015.

On just the third day of the 2016 session, dozens of people came out to the capitol early Friday morning to attend the House Government Organization’s public hearing on House Bill 4005, repealing prevailing wage.

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In a party-line vote, a Republican-led Senate panel has cleared a push to make West Virginia the 26th right-to-work state.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the measure Friday to prohibit requiring paying union dues as a condition of employment.

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