Governor Earl Ray Tomblin

Politics
2:00 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

Gov. Tomblin Vetoes 20-Week Abortion Ban Bill

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  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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Workforce Development
3:40 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Donation Will Expand Marcellus Training Program at W.Va. CTCs

Dr. Martin Olshinksy, Dr. Doreen Larson, Gov. Tomblin, Noble Energy's Gary Willingham and Chancellor James Skidmore pose for a photo with a check symbolizing Nobel's $250,000 donation.
Ashton Marra West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Governor Tomblin, alongside two state community and technical colleges, announced the donation of $250,000 to the Appalachian Petroleum Training Center Wednesday, meant to enhance and expand the program.

Tomblin made the announcement at the Capitol with Noble Energy Senior Vice President Gary Willingham

The company has committed the one time dollars to Pierpont and Northern Community Technical Colleges, the two schools that host the petroleum training center.

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Legislature
8:30 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Governor Signs Gun Bill Opposed By Charleston Mayor

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed a bill that makes municipal gun ordinances uniform around the state. The legislation was met with harsh opposition by Charleston Mayor Danny Jones, who expressed concerns over some of the bill's provisions.

The law allows those with concealed-carry permits to bring guns into municipally-owned recreational facilities, but requires them to store guns securely out of view and access to others. However, guns could be brought to venues where children might be present, such as some after-school programs.

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Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act
6:12 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Bill Protecting Pregnant Workers Receives Signature

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin
Credit Office of the Governor

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has approved a measure to help accommodate pregnant women in the workplace.

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Crime Victim's Compensation
4:36 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Governor Signs Bill Eliminating Meth Lab Clean Up Aid

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The governor has signed off on changes made to the West Virginia crime victim compensation awards.
 
Changes signed into law Monday no longer allow for property owners to seek compensation for meth lab cleanup. In the past, up to $10,000 in compensation was granted per site.
 
The bill increases victim relocation reimbursements from $2,000 to $2,500.
 

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Law & Order
12:52 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Gov. Tomblin's Brother Pleads Guilty to Drug Charge

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The brother of West Virginia's governor faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to a federal drug charge.
 
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says 50-year-old Carl Tomblin of Chapmanville pleaded guilty Tuesday to distribution of oxymorphone. Tomblin's sentencing is set for June 25.
 

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Budget Priorities
8:55 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Child Advocacy Groups Question Priorities in Governor Tomblin's Vetoes

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Child abuse and poverty prevention advocates are questioning Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s priorities.

Among the $67 million worth of cuts from the budget bill Thursday was about a $1 million reduction in funding for programs meant to prevent child abuse and child poverty.

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W.Va. Budget Reactions
3:59 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Child Advocacy Groups Question Governor's Priorities

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Child abuse and poverty prevention advocates are questioning Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s priorities.

Among the $67 million worth of cuts from the budget bill Thursday was about a $1 million reduction in funding for programs meant to prevent child abuse and child poverty.

Governor Tomblin started the 2014 session with a budget that cut funding for programs like In Home Family Education, Family Resource Networks, Child Advocacy Centers and other child abuse prevention programs.

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Budget Vet
12:53 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Gov. Tomblin Cuts or Vetoes Nearly $67 Million in Budget

Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The budget bill signed Thursday by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin makes line item vetoes and cuts totaling nearly $67 million. Programs affected include those for seniors, children, libraries, State Police, higher education workforce development, and the newly formed Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Commission.

In a letter to Secretary of State Natalie Tennant dated Wednesday, March 19, Tomblin outlined 42 objections to the budget that was passed by the legislature last week.

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State Budget
10:48 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Gov. Tomblin Signs Budget that Taps Reserves

Credit Office of the Governor

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed a budget that dips into millions of dollars in state reserves.     

Tomblin approved next year's budget Wednesday with some vetoes and reductions. It's not immediately clear which spending items were deleted or lessened.
 

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Legislature
1:23 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Governor Tomblin Calls for Special Legislative Session

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Friday called for a special session of the state legislature. The proclamation, which follows the passage of the state budget, calls for ten bills to be taken up by the legislature. They are as follows:

1. A supplemental appropriations bill expiring funds to the unappropriated balance in the State Fund, General Revenue.

2. A supplemental appropriations bill expiring funds to the unappropriated surplus in the State Fund, General Fund.

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Chemical Leak
9:40 am
Thu March 13, 2014

W.Va. Delegation Urges President, FEMA to Support Governor Tomblin’s Appeal

Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

This week, Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with Representatives Nick Rahall, Shelley Moore Capito, and David McKinley, asked President Obama and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator W. Craig Fugate to reconsider a recent decision by FEMA and appealed this week by Governor Earl Ray Tombin, which denied West Virginia’s request for federal assistance and emergency protective measures following the January 9 chemical spill in the Elk River.

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Legislature
3:51 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

W.Va. Lawmakers Finalizing Budget, Tapping Reserves

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West Virginia lawmakers are working out kinks in a budget that gives public workers raises and digs into reserves.
 
The House of Delegates and Senate are meeting this week to finalize the state spending plan for next fiscal year.
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The Legislature Today
7:08 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Update on the Governor's Legislative Agenda, Future Fund, Teacher Raises, & WVCBP's Ted Boettner

An update on Governor Tomblin's legislative agenda and members of the Senate Government Organization Committee discuss a House bill that would reform the state Ethics Commission and reduce the number of members it requires. House committees discuss bills from the Senate, including the Future Fund and pay raises for teachers. Ted Boettner of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy about various issues, including taxes, the future fund, and the state budget.

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Drugs
12:55 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Plea Hearing Sought in Drug Case of Gov. Tomblin's Brother

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Federal prosecutors are seeking a plea hearing for the brother of West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in a drug distribution case.

Assistant U.S. Prosecutor C. Haley Bunn filed the motion Thursday in U.S. District Court in Charleston in the case involving 50-year-old Carl Tomblin of Chapmanville.

Bunn asked the court to schedule a hearing at which Carl Tomblin is expected to plead guilty to a federal information charging him with illegally distributing oxymorphone, a prescription painkiller, in December.

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Drugs
1:17 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Gov. Tomblin's Brother Faces Drug Charge

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West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's brother is facing a federal drug distribution charge.
 
A federal information charges 50-year-old Carl Tomblin of Chapmanville with illegally distributing oxymorphone, a prescription painkiller, on Dec. 6, 2013, at or near Chapmanville.
 

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Teacher Pay Raises
11:35 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Improving Education in W.Va. "You Get What You Pay For"

Teacher Edward Evans gives a lesson on electricity during class at Mt. View Middle in McDowell County.
Credit Jessica Lilly

The legislative session last year is often referred to as the "year of education reform" as lawmakers looked for ways to improve education quality.

West Virginia is ranked 48th in teacher pay and right around the middle of the road compared to other states for cost of living. Educators say there is a connection to quality.

Although West Virginia teachers get a 1.5 percent pay increase each year until they reach 35 years, teacher salaries are among the lowest paid in the nation.

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Chemical Leak
6:08 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Department of Education Says Gov. Tomblin Taking Proactive Steps to Ensure Student Safety

Credit West Virginia Department of Education

The West Virginia Department of Education said through a news release that they are working with the West Virginia National Guard following a directive from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. Tomblin has called for additional water testing to confirm that all schools in the counties impacted by the chemical leak on Jan. 9 are under 2 parts per billion (ppb).

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Legislature
3:47 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

W.Va. Statehouse at Odds on Budget

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The House of Delegates and Senate are at odds on how best to balance West Virginia's budget.
 
Senate propositions to raise sales and cigarette taxes were dismissed by the House in a closed meeting Thursday.
 

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Chemical Leak
1:31 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

CDC to Talk with W.Va. About Lab Studies on Spilled Chemicals

Credit Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Federal health experts say they'll talk with West Virginia officials about what lab studies are needed on little-known chemicals that spilled into a water system last month.
 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokeswoman Bernadette Burden said Wednesday the CDC will reach out to the state about possibly conducting more studies.
 

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