Legislature

Broadband Council
10:45 am
Mon June 9, 2014

W.Va. Broadband Council to Disband at End of Year

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West Virginia's Broadband Deployment Council plans to disband at the end of year.

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Government
10:23 am
Tue June 3, 2014

23 W.Va. Cities Apply for 16 Home Rule Slots

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More than 20 West Virginia cities are seeking to participate in a program that would give them a larger say in how they govern.
 

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West Virginia Morning
10:29 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Senator Raises Questions Over Funding Amendment, Wheeling School Builds Learning Lab & Matewan

The legislature passed seven bills in their special session that ended yesterday but, one senator questions whether one of those bills they passed is legal. Wheeling Catholic Central High School is making bold moves to deal with their aging library by instituting a learning lab based on a concept from MIT. Also, we take a visit to Matewan, whose rich history might play a part in how they 'Turn This Town Around.'

West Virginia Morning
10:11 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Lawmakers Review Bills from Previous Session, Impact of EPA's New Regulations, Documenting Fracking

  Lawmakers decide to take more time to review bills, as they get called in for a special session. The Environmental Protection Agency's new regulations on carbon emissions from coal fired power plants will be released next week, leaving concerns for many in the industry. Also, a couple from Elkins who specialize in oral histories are taking a look at all sides of fracking. 

Government
4:18 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Gov. Tomblin Calls Legislature Into Special Session

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  Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has called the Legislature back into session to deal with funding and other measures.

The special session begins Monday.

Tomblin's agenda includes a supplemental appropriations bill that would allocate up to $4.7 million to the Courtesy Patrol. The funding would come from the Tourism Promotion Fund.

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State Budget
2:13 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Child Advocates Still Seek Funding Restoration

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  Child advocates throughout the state are stepping up their campaign to convince Governor Tomblin to restore the budget cuts he made to social services.  

Members of the Our Children, Our Future Campaign have asked to meet with the governor multiple times. Jamie Gudiel who volunteers at a family resource center in Morgantown would like to know why the governor vetoed the funding in the first place.

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Legislature
1:00 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Teacher Planning, Abortion Ban Among W.Va. Vetoes

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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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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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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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West Virginia Morning
10:41 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Recap of W.Va. Legislature's Special Session, Students Enter Rocket Challenge, & Ginseng Hunting

The West Virginia Legislature clears ten bills in a one-day special session after finishing budget negotiations on Friday. With a rich history in the state behind them, a group of students from north central West Virginia is hoping a rocket will also launch them to the very top. And, lastly, does the History Channel's Appalachian Outlaws accurately depict the practice of ginseng hunting in West Virginia?

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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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Legislature
7:01 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

W.Va. Budget Deal Reached After Days of Debate

House Speaker Tim Miley, House Majority Leader Harry Keith White, and Gov. Tomblin's Chief of Staff Jason Pizatella meet at the Speaker's podium on Thursday, March 12, 2014.
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The House and Senate have come to an agreement on the state's budget for the next fiscal year. The process was stalled earlier in the week.

Negotiations between legislative leadership and the governor centered on two issues: how much money to pull from the state Attorney General's Consumer Protection Fund and how much money they could use to expand the Aged and Disabled Waiver Program for seniors.

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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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West Virginia Morning
11:15 am
Mon March 10, 2014

The Legislature's Final Hours Recap, & New Species of Crayfish,

The staff of The Legislature Today--news director and anchor Beth Vorhees, Senate reporter Ashton Marra, and House reporter Aaron Payne--give a recap of the final hours the West Virginia Legislature's final hours on Saturday.  And hear from researcher at West Liberty University who discovering new species of crayfish in West Virginia.

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West Virginia Morning
8:40 am
Fri March 7, 2014

WV Morning: Legislative Coverage, Brain Research, and Del McCoury

On this West Virginia Morning, the Senate deals with minimum wage, the budget, and fracking waste while the House considers construction worker safety. We also have a special report on brain research from West Virginia University. And the Del McCoury Band is our featured musical guest in this week's Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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Beckley facility
2:47 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Senate Considers New Nursing Home for Veterans

A bill to construct a new skilled nursing home for veterans has been introduced in the state Senate.
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State Senator Mike Green (D., 9th District) has introduced a bill to designate funds for the construction of a veterans skilled nursing facility in Beckley.

Senate Bill 523 proposes using money from the Veterans Facilities Support Fund and bonds provided by the West Virginia Hospital Finance Board.

The 120-bed veterans skilled nursing facility would be located on more than 17 acres adjacent to the Jackie Withrow Hospital, formerly known as Pinecrest Hospital.

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West Virginia Morning
9:39 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Marshall Football Pushing Ahead, A Bill to Prevent Gas Price Hikes

  On this West Virginia Morning, a special program in Huntington is looking at the concept of steam. Also, Marshall Football is looking ahead to its future, and more.

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West Virginia Morning
12:26 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Water Flushing Begins After Thursday's Chemical Leak, The Legislature & The Public Pitch In

West Virginia American Water begins to the flushing process after Thursday's chemical spill at Freedom Industries, the West Virginia Legislature takes advantage of a lack of a quorum to help those in need, residents in areas outside those affect also pitch in, and WNYC's (and former West Virginia Public Broadcasting reporter) Anna Sale asks an important question: What does West Virginia have to do to get your attention?

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West Virginia Morning
9:46 am
Wed January 8, 2014

An 11-Point Plan For Healthy Kids & Families, House GOP Members Outline Their Wants, & More

A statewide organization focused on issues related to child poverty presented their 11-point platform to legislators before the 60-day session opens Wednesday, Republicans in the House of Delegates want lower taxes and less regulation, community members in Lochgelly, West Virginia express concerns over a proposed waste-pit-turned-injection-well, and our friends at The Allegheny Front talk about a new initiative in Pennsylvania that brings together watershed advocates, regulators, and a mining company to clean up an orange stream.

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Legislature
2:38 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

W.Va. House GOP Wants Lower Taxes, Less Regulation

House Minority Leader Tim Armstead reveals his party's platform for the 2014 legislative session surrounded by his fellow delegates.
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Forty-eighth in job creation, 50th in median household income, 49th in K-12 achievement--all statistics House Minority Leader Tim Armstead said his party is looking to improve upon this legislative session during a press conference at the Capitol Tuesday.

This year, the Republican caucus is focused on growing the state’s economy through tax reform, setting priorities for existing revenue sources and strengthening education.

“They need to focus on putting people back to work,” Armstead said of the Democratic leadership in his chamber.

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