Governor Earl Ray Tomblin

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Citing technical errors, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed a bill letting public entities accept private donations to display the phrase "In God We Trust" on their buildings.

The bill would have required the State Building Commission to develop guidelines for displaying the national motto and the POW-MIA flag.

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  Some signature goodies are up for grabs in a friendly wager between the governors of West Virginia and Kentucky ahead of the Sweet 16 matchup between the states' two flagship universities.

West Virginia's Earl Ray Tomblin said Tuesday he's wagering a small basket of Mountain State favorites, including pepperoni rolls, while his Kentucky counterpart, Gov. Steve Beshear, is offering a selection of bourbons.

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  Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed next year's state budget after reducing about $11 million set aside for a variety of grants and programs.

The Democrat's vetoes Tuesday made it possible to take only about $15 million from state reserves in a difficult budget year. The budget passed by the Republican-led Legislature depended on about $23 million from the Rainy Day Fund.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed a provision in a spending bill that required him to sell bonds for two state park projects.

Tomblin used a line-item veto to remove the provision from the legislation. Lawmakers inserted the provision into the bill before passing it on March 14.

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West Virginia lawmakers have cleared a bill to help the state's craft beer industry.

On Friday, the House of Delegates voted 86-11 to approve a bill letting brewers give out samples at their breweries. Many more businesses could sell up to four growlers of beer a day, including brewers, brewpubs, retailers and bars.

The bill also lowers licensing fees for brewpubs, and sets up a tiered fee system for brewers, instead of the current $1,500 flat fee.

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Gov. Tomblin provided statements Thursday on the signing of three bills passed by the state legislature.

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At a ceremonial signing Monday, Governor Tomblin signed Senate Bill 335 into law.

Short titled the Opioid Antagonist Act, the bill allows emergency responders, medical personnel, family and friends to administer a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose and can save a person’s life. 

Opioids are drugs like heroine, morphine and oxycodone, drugs that are commonly abused in West Virginia.

At the legislature today, the House made some major changes to the senate’s campaign finance reform bill.  And two senators say the bill will not be approved by the Senate with those changes intact.  A rally over the weekend brings six thousand citizens to the capitol to speak out against the Republican-led initiatives they say will hurt workers across the state.  And we’ll talk about senior citizen’s issues with representatives of the AARP on The Legislature Today.

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A special joint-session of the legislature was held in the House chamber Friday in response to the recent crises caused from this week’s storm. Officials wanted to explain Governor Tomblin’s State of Emergency declaration and to update lawmakers about current conditions and what they can tell their constituents affected by the storm.

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For the first time in more than twenty years, members of the legislature are on their way to overturning a gubernatorial veto.

According to Speaker Tim Armstead's office, the last time such a vote was taken was in 1987 under the late Governor Arch Moore.

The two thirds vote of both chambers overturned his decision on a portion of the 1988 budget, but lawmakers this year have a slightly different situation on their hands as they consider a vote to overturn the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

Update March 4, 2015, 4:55 p.m.:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael said the Senate did not receive the House of Delegate's message of a vote to override the governor's veto before their morning floor session preventing them from taking up the bill Wednesday.

Carmichael said the chamber, however, is under no time crunch to reconsider House Bill 2568. Members of the Senate have until the final day of the session, March 14, to consider a veto override.  

  Pleasants County has joined an organization that promotes West Virginia's plastics and polymer industries.

An executive order signed recently by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin added Pleasants County to the Polymer Alliance Zone. The organization also serves Mason, Jackson and Wood counties.

Pleasants County Development Authority executive director J. McGoldrick says in a news release that the authority and the Polymer Alliance Zone will cooperatively market the county to plastics and polymer companies.

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It was a rather important day for the prevailing wage issue yesterday as Democratic leaders tried to prevent the scaling back of wages for construction workers. On this West Virginia Morning, we bring you the latest on this and other stories.

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With safe crude oil transportation on everyone’s minds, Dave Mistich sat down with Peter Goelz a former managing director of the National Transportation Safety Board. We also take a look at some activity on the Senate floor that took place over a bill to cap damages for certain lawsuits.

Abortion Bill Approved

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On this West Virginia Morning, Liz McCormick brings us the story on how the Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act was ultimately passed, and Ashton Marra brings us up to date on a potential breakthrough for businesses like Uber to operate in WV.

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The House of Delegates has passed a bill letting lawmakers approve state plans to meet proposed federal carbon emission standards.

Delegates passed a proposal 93-3 Friday requiring the GOP-led Legislature's vote before the state sends compliance plans to the EPA. It requires a state feasibility report 180 days after EPA's rule is finalized.

Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said legislative approval would restrict environmental regulators. Coal industry groups said lawmakers should be included.

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Coming up on West Virginia Morning, Newly-elected republican representatives seek to change the way supreme court justices are appointed, and Clark Davis brings us new information on body cameras for policeman all around the state.

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Governor Tomblin has signed another bill from this legislative session.  Senate Bill 280 supports the oil and gas drilling industries.  

Prior to its passage, companies acquiring assets from existing operations in West Virginia were required to re-apply for permits. This legislation eliminates the reapplication process and authorizes the transfer of existing permits with approval from the Department of Environmental Protection.  

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Coming up on West Virginia Morning, Three senators have removed their names from a bill once they realized that it would make religious belief a valid reason for exemption from vaccines that are required for children to attend school.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today signed House Bill 2001, repealing the West Virginia Alternative Renewable Energy Portfolio Act. "In 2009 when the Legislature approved West Virginia's Alternative Renewable Energy Portfolio, the Act had overwhelming support from business and industry," Gov. Tomblin said. "We understand economic drivers and factors change over time, and the Act as it was passed in 2009 is no longer beneficial for our state.

  Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has appointed an Elkins attorney to succeed a circuit court judge who resigned after admitting having an affair with a corrections official.

Tomblin announced David H. Wilmoth's appointment to the Randolph County judgeship Friday. Wilmoth succeeds Jaymie Wilfong, who resigned in November.