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8:16 am
Fri February 6, 2015

New Gun Rights at the Capitol Complex Under House Passed Bill

On this West Virginia Morning, We take a look at a bill that passed the house yesterday that allows loaded firearms to be stored in vehicles parked near the capital complex for anyone who is visiting and has the proper licensing. Also we have some highlights from the prevailing wage issue being discussed in the senate.

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Legislature
5:00 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is Discussed in the House

State lawmakers are again pushing the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in West Virginia, despite last year's veto.

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Legislature
4:05 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Addition of Parents on the Education Board Has Overwhelming Support in the House

Credit West Virginia Legislature

Anyone visiting the state capitol who is licensed to carry concealed weapons would be allowed to keep loaded firearms in their motor vehicles that are parked near the complex. This bill overwhelmingly passed the house Thursday.

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Legislature
5:33 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Liability, Non-Partisan Elections, & Labor Cause an Uproar in the House

Delegate Mike Caputo speaks against House Bill 2117.
Credit Daniel Walker / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

For years, Republicans have called for nonpartisan election of Supreme Court Justices. But the Democrats never put the issue on the agenda. Now having taken control of the House, Republicans finally got their wish.

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Legislature
4:10 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

House Bills Move to Next Stage Without a Hitch

Credit Daniel Walker / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A number of bills were on the floor Tuesday from child welfare to the election of judges to the qualifications of the labor commissioner; all of them passed to their next stages without much of a hitch.

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News
4:33 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Strangling Could be Seen as a Felony Offense

The House Judiciary Committee is struggling with the definition of the word “strangling” as it relates to domestic violence and sexual offense laws.

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Legislature
5:23 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Role of Labor Commissioner Argued in House Committee

Delegates hear from the Commissioner of Labor, John Junkins.
Credit Daniel Walker / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The Government Organization Committee met Friday to discuss a number of bills, one of which was House Bill 2217, relating to the qualifications of the Commissioner of Labor. With a bill that’s been getting a lot of attention, it was relatively quiet in committee today, with only one vocalized vote against it progressing to the floor.

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Legislature
6:34 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

North v. South, Republican v. Democrat, Drugs v. Education: Heated Debate in the House

Delegate Patrick McGeehan
Credit Daniel Walker / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

At the end of every floor session, senators and delegates are allowed to give remarks to the entire body.  In the House Thursday, these remarks led to extended debate about jobs in the north and the lack of them in the south; about drug addiction and education, and the debate lasted for nearly an hour.

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Legislature
6:00 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Confusion in the House Government Organization Committee

Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

What started out as a simple committee meeting to examine the progression of a bill turned into an hour of confusion in the House Government Organization Committee Wednesday.

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Legislature
6:00 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Tort Reform is Discussed on the House Floor

Minority Leader, Tim Miley
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

When a vehicle accident occurs, who is at fault? And how much should those at fault pay in damages? These are questions the House of Delegates grappled with Tuesday as they discussed abolishing joint liability and implementing comparative fault.

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Legislature
7:00 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

More Upset Over Energy in the House Chamber

Credit West Virginia Legislature

A controversial bill that gives employers some immunity from lawsuits over work place accidents is off the agenda for the House Judiciary committee for now. Committee chairman, John Shott, announced today that stakeholders are meeting to find some agreement to the bill. House Bill 2011 deals with the issue of deliberate intent.  It was the subject of a public hearing earlier this week.

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Legislature
6:00 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Repealing the Alternative & Renewable Energy Portfolio Act Passes in the House

Emotions were high in the House Chamber Thursday as House Bill 2001 was on its third reading and up for a vote.

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Legislature
3:47 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

A Tense First Day in the House of Delegates

Credit West Virginia Legislature

January 14th marked the first day of the 82nd Legislative Session. For the first time in 80 years, Republicans took majority in the House, but on that first day, the Democrats, now in the minority, came out swinging.

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Legislature
5:58 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Delegate Miley Says Jobs Are Available in Harrison County

Credit West Virginia Legislature

As the legislature begins its session, the Republicans now holding the majority tout job creation as their main focus for the next eight weeks. On the House floor today, Delegate Miley of Harrison County noted that there are plenty of jobs in the north region of the state.

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Legislature
11:32 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Three Senior Deputies Leaving W.Va. Attorney General's Office

Credit West Virginia Legislature

The West Virginia Attorney General's Office has lost three top staff members to the Legislature.

The Charleston Gazette reports that senior deputy attorney general Marty Wright has accepted a job as the House Judiciary Committee's head lawyer.

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Public Education
7:15 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

BOE Recommends Lawmakers Revisit State Aid Formula

Tom Campbell, a member of the WV Board of Education, addresses the committee.
Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A committee appointed by the West Virginia Board of Education has spent the past 18 months studying how they can better provide services regionally to the county school systems. They presented the final report to lawmakers yesterday which included a recommendation for the upcoming session.

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2014 Elections
7:31 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Meet Delegate-Elect for the 65th District, Jill Upson

Credit Jill Upson / Twitter

On Election Day last week, Republican Jill Upson defeated Democrat Tiffany Lawrence for the House of Delegates in the 65th District.

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Viewpoint
10:52 am
Fri October 3, 2014

What the Third Parties Have to Offer in the Race for U.S. Senate

When voters take to the polling place this November, they'll decide between five candidates vying for Sen. Jay Rockefeller's seat in the U.S. Senate. Most will recognize the names 'Tennant' and 'Capito,' but what about Baber, Buckley, and Hudok?

The three third party candidates for Senate, Bob Henry Baber of the Mountain Party, John Buckley of the Libertarian Party and Phil Hudok of the Constitution Party, talk about what they have to offer West Virginians when representing them at the federal level. 

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News
3:21 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Our Children, Our Future Wraps Up Two-Day Symposium

Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The Our Children Our Future campaign wrapped up a two day symposium by taking over the West Virginia House of Delegates chamber. 

The final session of the symposium asked participants to act as delegates and advocate for the issues they want to see the legislature take up next year.

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Politics
11:55 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Delegate Raines to Withdraw from House 35th District Race

Credit West Virginia Legislature

A member of the House of Delegates will withdraw from the race for the 35th district amidst recent legal troubles and allegations related to her living situation.

Republican Kanawha County Delegate Suzette Raines was accused by the state Democratic Executive Committee for lying about where she lives. The committee also accused her of not filing campaign finance reports with the Secretary of State’s office or campaign disclosures with the state Ethics Commission.

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