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While a new law lets people 21 and older to carry covered-up guns without permits, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says 16 states will recognize West Virginia's expanded permits for 18- to 20-year-olds.

Morrisey says the states gave written assurances about provisional concealed carry permits for the 18- to 20-year-olds eligible under this year's law. Previously, people needed to be 21 or older to get a state concealed carry permit.

House Committee Passes Welfare Drug Testing Bill

Mar 7, 2016
West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning we'll learn about West Virginia lawmakers overriding Governor Tomblin's veto of the concealed carry bill, a bill that would require drug testing for TANF recipients as well as a bill that would allow home-schooled kids to participate in school athletic teams. Also, Clark Davis brings us a story about Lily's Place, which has now cared for more than 90 babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome.

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Senators joined the House of Delegates in a vote to override Governor Tomblin's veto of a bill that would allow anyone over the age of 21 to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. 

The Senate voted 23 to 11 during a Saturday morning floor session. The House had voted on the measure Friday.

The Legislature Today
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A Kanwaha County Circuit Judge has ruled that West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin should not be given state dollars to fund his re-election campaign.

The lawsuit was brought against Benjamin by Beth Walker, one of four challengers in the race. Benjamin was attempting to participate in the state’s public campaign financing program, a program that is only available to candidates running for Supreme Court seats, but this is the first time a candidate’s participation has been challenged.

Charleston attorney Anthony Majestro from the firm Powell & Majestro discusses the implication of the case.

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A bill to remove the permitting and safety training requirements to carry a concealed weapon in West Virginia is just one vote away from becoming law.  

Delegates voted 64 to 33 to override Governor Tomblin's veto of House Bill 4145 Friday morning.

Tobacco Tax Increase Dies in Committee

Mar 4, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, Dr. Rahul Gupta talks about a tax increase on tobacco products that was killed by the finance committee. We also look into a veto from the Governor on a concealed carry bill, a new program aimed at helping children in West Virginia, and we hear a clip from a Johnathan Edwards tune for our Mountain Stage song of the week.

The Legislature Today
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After members of the House Finance Committee voted to kill a bill that would have increased the state's taxes on tobacco products, including a $1 increase per pack of cigarettes, Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health and West Virginia Chief Health Officer Dr. Rahul Gupta reacts to the legislative decision.

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Surrounded by law enforcement officers from across the state, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a bill that would allow anyone over the age of 21 in West Virginia to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. 

The bill approved by lawmakers last month also removes the requirement to take a safety training course in order to carry a concealed handgun.

The Legislature Today
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Del. Mick Bates of Raleigh County discussed his party's proposals in the House to increase road funding. Those proposals have failed so far this session, but now Bates and other members of the House are waiting to see what Senators will do with a bi-partisan bill that would increase some fees in order to generate revenue.

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Members of both the House and Senate approved the final version of a bill Wednesday to remove the permitting and safety training requirements for anyone over the age of 21 to carry a concealed weapon in West Virginia.

House Bill 4145 now heads to Gov. Tomblin's desk. It includes a compromised tax credit of $50 for completing the optional permitting and safety training that will remain in place. 

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Governor Tomblin was hesitant to say Tuesday whether he’d sign a Senate-approved bill that removes the permitting and safety training requirements to carry a concealed weapon in West Virginia.

The bill was approved by the upper chamber Monday and was expected to be reconsidered by the House of Delegates Tuesday; however the bill did not come up on the floor.

Senators cast their final votes on a bill to remove the permitting and safety training requirements to carry a concealed weapon in West Virginia. Members of the body also discuss a possible tobacco tax increase.

In the House, Delegates vote to allow West Virginia University Institute of Technology to transfer its headquarters out of Fayette County.

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Members of the West Virginia Senate voted  24 to 9 Monday to approve a bill allowing West Virginians over the age of 21 to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. 

The bill has already been approved by the House of Delegates, but Senators included changes that will now need to be reconsidered by the lower chamber before it heads to Governor Tomblin for a signature. 

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Over two days, the Judiciary Committee considered and approved some changes to House Bill 4145. 

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Senators on the Judiciary Committee are still considering amendments to a bill that would allow West Virginians to carry a concealed weapon without a permit after a meeting Tuesday. 

The West Virginia Religious Freedom Restoration Act's approval in the House of Delegates caused a firestorm on social media as many businesses spoke in opposition, but groups backing the bill say its important to West Virginia.

Jill Rice with Opportunity West Virginia and Allen Whitt with the Family Policy Council of West Virginia debate the bill that's now being considered in the Senate. 

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, We look into the new debate over concealed carry permits and drug testing some West Virginians who receive public assistance.

The House of Delegates approves a controversial gun bill, one similar to legislation Governor Tomblin vetoed in 2015.

A special report tonight on West Virginia’s Division of Tourism and what they’ve done with $4 million lawmakers committed to a new advertising campaign.

Also, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant joins us to discuss the progress of the state’s public campaign financing program and a proposal to increase contribution limits in the middle of an election cycle.

 

  At the legislature today: Should West Virginians be able to carry a concealed weapon without a permit? That was the subject of a public hearing this morning.

West Virginia is on track to join 18 other states who do not have prevailing wage laws after Delegates approved a repeal this afternoon.

Also, the chairs of the House and Senate Energy Committees discuss the ailing coal and natural gas industries. Coming up on The Legislature Today.

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West Virginia lawmakers are hearing from the public this morning about a proposal to lift permitting requirements to carry concealed handguns.

The House of Delegates Judiciary Committee will scheduled the public meeting for this morning at 8:30 a.m.

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