12:48 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Morrisey Received 10,000 Pages of Abortion Comments

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As Lori Kersey of The Charleston Gazette reports, a spokesperson for Morrisey said it appears that far more comments came from outside of West Virginia than from within and the office has not yet explained how they plan to use the information collected.
  • Source: Wvgazette
  • | Via: The Charleston Gazette
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office collected more than 10,000 pages of comments about abortion regulations during an approximately one-month period last summer, but officials aren't saying how many people wrote in favor of increasing regulations versus how many wrote against doing so.
1:00 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Teacher Planning, Abortion Ban Among W.Va. Vetoes

Credit West Virginia Legislature

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed about 200 bills and vetoed eight this year, leaving teachers and abortion opponents unsatisfied.
Tomblin vetoed a bill to keep school administrators from scheduling tasks for teachers during planning periods. Tomblin said the bill would have blocked collaborative planning among teachers and principals.
Pro-life groups opposed Tomblin's decision to veto a ban on abortions after 20 weeks gestation.

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2:00 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

Gov. Tomblin Vetoes 20-Week Abortion Ban Bill

Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed a bill that would have banned abortion in West Virginia after 20 weeks.

The Democratic governor said he vetoed the legislation because of constitutionality issues raised by his legal team and attorneys for the Legislature.

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The Legislature Today
7:51 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Senate Takes on Late-Term Abortions, Water Protection Bill Heads to House Floor, & WVU President Gee

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.

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Abortion Legislation
4:15 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Senate Committee Amends House Abortion Bill

Women's organization West Virgina Free and supporters protest House Bill 4588 outside of the Senate Chamber.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The women’s organization West Virginia Free gathered more than 50 supporters outside the state Senate Chambers to protest House Bill 4588, the pain capable unborn child protection act.

The bill was taken up in the Senate Health and Human Resources Committee and amended Tuesday, changing the felony charge for performing an abortion to a misdemeanor with a possible fine of up to $4,000.

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The Legislature Today
7:18 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Controversial House Bills Now in The Senate, Pretrial Release Programs, Sen. Brooks McCabe, & More

Bills relating to abortion, drilling waste, and the attorney general's office that were controversial in the House now make their way through the Senate. The House Judiciary Committee discusses expanding pretrial release programs. Soon-to-be-retiring Senator Brooks McCabe discusses the future of West Virginia through his thoughts on teacher pay raises, sustainable water quality, and the future fund.

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5:33 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Abortion, Drilling Waste, Attorney General: Where Does the Senate Stand?

Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Bills that were hotly debated in the House are expected to receive just as much attention in the Senate as members of the Legislature near their final week of the session.

One of those includes a bill allowing commercial solid waste authorities to dispose of solid waste and drill cuttings from the Marcellus shale industry.

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House of Delegates
8:33 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Bill to Restrict Abortion Past 20 Weeks Passes House

The House passed H.B. 4588, protecting unborn children who are capable of experiencing pain by prohibiting abortion after twenty weeks.

A motion to discharge House Bill 2364 or the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act from committee and put it up for immediate vote was rejected on February 11th.

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2:15 pm
Sat February 22, 2014

Second W.Va. House Panel OKs Late Abortion Ban Bill

Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A proposal to ban abortions in West Virginia after 20 weeks of pregnancy has passed a second legislative panel with no discussion.

The House of Delegates Judiciary Committee cleared the bill on a split vote Friday, potentially setting up a contentious debate on the House floor. Committee chairman Tim Manchin didn't allow debate on the bill.

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The Legislature Today
9:10 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

The Future of Toll Collections, Teacher Pay Raises, & Capitol Reporters Eric Eyre and Erin Timony

The House of Delegates deal with a bill relating to conflicts of interest with the Attorney General's office and hold a public hearing on the future of toll collections in West Virginia. Senators in the Finance Committee decide to return to Gov. Tomblin's plans of a two percent pay raise for teachers after flirting with the idea of giving them a raise of $1,000. Capitol reporters Eric Eyre of The Charleston Gazette and Erin Timony of The State Journal talk with host Ashton Marra about the bill to limit sales of pseudoephedrine to prescription only and a bill that would prevent abortions after 21 weeks.  

5:15 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

W.Va. House Health Committee OKs Bill to Limit Abortions

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A West Virginia House of Delegates committee has voted to pass a bill to limit abortions after 20 weeks.
The proposal passed Monday in the Committee on Health would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks unless a physician deems a woman's medical complications pose a risk to her life or would cause irreversible physical impairment. This does not include a woman's psychological or mental condition.
The bill would also compel physicians who perform abortions after 20 weeks to do so in such a way that provides the best opportunity for the unborn child to survive.

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The Legislature Today
10:47 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Gov. Tomblin Announces In-Home Water Testing, Abortion Bill Gets Rejected, Sin Taxes, & More

Gov. Tomblin announces plans for in-home water testing, an abortion-restricting bill is rejected with a tie vote, the Senate looks to increase the sin tax to remedy a budget crunch, and The West Virginia Women's Commission outlines their legislative agenda.

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House Of Delegates
4:14 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Abortion-Restricting Bill Rejected With Tie Vote

The vote to discharge a bill restricting abortion from committee is rejected as the result is a tie.
Credit Daniel Walker

A vote resulting in a tie is a rarity in the legislature but one occurred Tuesday in the House of Delegates.

There were no bills up for passage but, with it being “Pro-Life Day” at the Capitol, there was an attempt made to discharge House Bill 2364 from committee to be put to a vote on the floor.

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The Legislature Today
7:13 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Minority Leaders Sen. Mike Hall & Del. Tim Armstead Discuss GOP Plans in 2014

The House of Delegates passes HB 4175, which would provide funding to small businesses in the wake an emergency, Senate Majority Leader John Unger introduces a bill that would require above ground storage facilities of chemicals to be inspected, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey faces off with the Senate Finance Committee over abortion in a budget hearing, and Minority Leaders Sen. Mike Hall and Del. Tim Armstead speak about issues important to their party this session.

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