The Legislature Today

The Legislature Today
9:10 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

The Future of Toll Collections, Teacher Pay Raises, & Capitol Reporters Eric Eyre and Erin Timony

The House of Delegates deal with a bill relating to conflicts of interest with the Attorney General's office and hold a public hearing on the future of toll collections in West Virginia. Senators in the Finance Committee decide to return to Gov. Tomblin's plans of a two percent pay raise for teachers after flirting with the idea of giving them a raise of $1,000. Capitol reporters Eric Eyre of The Charleston Gazette and Erin Timony of The State Journal talk with host Ashton Marra about the bill to limit sales of pseudoephedrine to prescription only and a bill that would prevent abortions after 21 weeks.  

The Legislature Today
6:54 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Drug Overdose Protection, False Claims Act, & Dr. Rahul Gupta on the Need for Medical Monitoring

The Senate amends a bill that would protect those seeking emergency medical attention for someone else experiencing a drug overdose and also discusses a bill that aims to reduce the variance gas prices across the state. The House  Judiciary Committee takes another look at the False Claims Act. Dr. Rahul Gupta of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department talks medical monitoring and Gov. Tomblin's request to the CDC for more studies on the chemicals involved in the Jan. 9 chemical spill.

The Legislature Today
7:11 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Senate on Corrections and Roads, Schools for the Deaf and Blind, Ag Commissioner Helmick, & More

The Senate tackles issues related to corrections as well as roads. The  House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee takes a look at bills related to timber theft and fertilizers. Department of Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick talks about farming issues around the state and Cecelia Mason highlights the work of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind. Also, the students of those schools give a performance for Senate members to close out our show.

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The Legislature Today
7:17 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Senate Passes Rx-Only Pseudoephedrine Bill, House Tries to Prevent Layoffs, & Dr. James Phares

The Senate passes a bill that would make pseudoephedrine available by prescription only. Committees in the state legislature's upper house also took up bill pertaining to the budget and drug testing of coal mine employees who work in safety-related positions. Members of the House consider legislation allowing businesses to reduce the number of hours an employee works to avoid layoffs. Also, state Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Phares talks with Ashton Marra about a teacher hiring bill passed in the House, another bill that would limit the timeline for the state to take control of a county school system, and how schools are ensuring the safety of students after the Jan. 9 spill into the Elk River.

The Legislature Today
7:17 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Rx-Pseudoephedrine Amendments Fail, Brunch Bill Passes House, Sens. Green & Hall on Wyoming Water

Senators vote on seven bills, reject one, and also down amendments to the prescription-only pseudoephedrine bill. The House of Delegates passes a bill to expand the hours of alcohol sales at some businesses to include Sunday brunch. Senators Mike Green and Daniel Hall talk about Wyoming County's own water issues and what they're hoping to do to solve the problem.

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The Legislature Today
11:47 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

House Approves Launch Pad Act, Corrections Honored by Senate, and Jonathan Mattise & Mandi Cardosi

The House of Delegates approves a bill that would provide benefits for businesses working with technologies not currently in West Virginia if they locate or expand in launch pads areas in the state. The Division of Corrections is honored through a resolution in the Senate, and  Jonathan Mattise of the Associated Press & Mandi Cardosi of The State Journal speak with Friday host Ashton Marra about the latest on the status of the chemical spill bill in the House, as well as the Attorney General's actions after reports of price gouging during the water crisis.

The Legislature Today
7:15 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

House Takes on E-Cigarettes and Sexual Abuse, Senate Moves Bills From Interims, & Child Poverty

The House of Delegates passes a bill to make the sale e-cigarettes illegal to minors and addresses the issue of sexual abuse of minors. The
Senate deals with two issues--state purchasing and pseudoephedrine--that have been in mind since interims. Representatives of the Our Children, Our Future campaign to end child poverty discuss their legislative priorities with Beth Vorhees.

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The Legislature Today
11:57 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Veterans and PTSD, Firefighters and Gas Drilling Sites, & Marshall University Pres. Dr. Stephen Kopp

A 2012 study finds that many of the state’s veterans report suffering from symptoms of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, and 20% reported giving serious thought to suicide. The Senate discusses firefighters who respond to well site fires and explosions. Marshall University president Dr. Stephen Kopp talks finances, the privatizing of public education and more.

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The Legislature Today
10:47 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Gov. Tomblin Announces In-Home Water Testing, Abortion Bill Gets Rejected, Sin Taxes, & More

Gov. Tomblin announces plans for in-home water testing, an abortion-restricting bill is rejected with a tie vote, the Senate looks to increase the sin tax to remedy a budget crunch, and The West Virginia Women's Commission outlines their legislative agenda.

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The Legislature Today
9:26 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

The Congressional Field Hearing on the Chemical Spill, Minimum Wage, & DHHR Sec. Karen Bowling

The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee holds a field hearing on the Jan. 9 chemical spill into the Elk River, the House of Delegates considers a bill that would increase the minimum wage, and Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Karen Bowling talks about her agency's response to the water crisis.

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The Legislature Today
7:19 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Statehouse Reporters Dave Boucher & Pam Pritt Talk Water Crisis, Medical Marijuana

Members of the West Virginia Senate and Jimmy Gianato of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management respond to Wednesday's news conference with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency and  the House of Delegates passes bills to make land record electronic, adds requirement to consumer transactions. Dave Boucher of The Charleston Daily Mail and Pam Pritt of Beckley's The Register-Herald talk about the water crisis and other issues making their way through the statehouse.

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The Legislature Today
7:06 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

SNAP Benefits, Soliciting Public Employees Via Email, & The West Virginia Community Development Hub

The House Finance Committee considers a bill that would prohibit candidates from using email to solicit public employees, Sen. Ron Stollings wants Congress to change SNAP benefits to exclude junk food, and Kent Spellman and Stephanie Tyree of the West Virginia Community Development Hub discuss blueprint communities and HUB Cap.

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The Legislature Today
7:31 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Gov. Tomblin Gives Briefing with CDC and EPA, Water Commission Hears from Health Officials, & More

The House passes a bill known as the Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act--but not without fierce debate over an amendment that sought to include "fetus" in the bill's language, The Joint Legislative Oversight Commission on State Water Resources hears from Kanawha-Charleston Health Depart chief Dr. Rahul Gupta and the state Bureau for Public Health's Dr. Letitia Tierney. Also, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin provides an update on the chemical spill and water crisis with officials from the CDC and EPA.

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The Legislature Today
7:14 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Talks Chemical Spill Investigation, Legislative Audits, & More

The Senate moves a bill to make pseudoephedrine prescription-only, the House of Delegates weighs public comments in regards to the Senate's water protection and above-ground storage tank regulation bill, and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey talks about a his office's investigation on the chemical spill, price gouging, and the need for more legislative audits.

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The Legislature Today
8:09 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Special Extended Broadcast: Public Hearing on Water Crisis, SB 373

The House of Delegates' Health, Judiciary, and Finance Committees held a joint public hearing Monday evening about the Elk River chemical spill.

On this special extended edition of The Legislature Today,  citizens tell lawmakers how they’ve been affected by the chemical contamination of their drinking water. 

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The Legislature Today
7:29 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

George Hohmann Talks 'Move to Improve' & Minimum Wage, Eric Eyre Discusses Rx-Only Pseudoephedrine

The House of Delegates responds to accusations that the triple committee reference of the Senate's chemical spill bill means certain demise. The Senate plans to get children exercising, rehabilitation programs to quell prison overcrowding, and a bill to create a future fund for mineral severance taxes. Former Charleston Daily Mail business editor and current West Virginia Press Association writer George Hohmann talks Senator John Unger's 'Move to Improve' initiative and minimum wage. Eric Eyre of The Charleston Gazette discusses prescription-only pseudoephedrine legislation aimed at stifling meth production.

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4:52 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Video: Water Crisis Public Hearing from House of Delegates

Water distribution in Kanawha County

Watch the public forum the WV House of Delegates held Monday evening about the Elk River chemical spill.

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The Legislature Today
9:38 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Senator Unger Talks Child Poverty and Education, Chemical Spill Bill

The Senate focuses on the health of children around West Virginia, Senator John Unger talks issues regarding children and poverty, improving education,  as well as movement on the bill to protect water resources from another chemical spill. Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox discusses poor road conditions and funding with the House Finance Committee.

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The Legislature Today
7:05 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Reports of Formaldehyde, House Rejects a Legislative Absentee Resolution, & Innovation Day

Legislators, state public health officials, and West Virginia American Water react to reports of formaldehyde found in the water of a Charleston business, the House rejects a resolution that would have allowed those absent while serving in the military to vote in the legislature, and Anne Barth og TechConnect and  Marjorie Darrah of eTouchSciences discuss how the legislature can help spur economic innovation.

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The Legislature Today
8:35 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Senate Passes Water Protection Bill, House Debates Constitutionality, & AARP Outlines Agenda

After well over an hour of discussion the Senate passes SB 373, which seeks to protect water resources from chemical spills by establishing regulations for above-ground storage facilities,  the House of Delegates debates constitutionality of a bill from the governor dealing with appropriations of funds for Volunteer Fire Departments and Public Services accounts, and Gaylene Miller and Angela Vance of the West Virginia AARP outline their legislative agenda.

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