The Legislature Today

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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The Legislature Today
7:03 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Health Chairs Sen. Stollings & Del. Perdue on Chemical Leak Effects, Rx-Only Pseudoephedrine, & More

The Senate amends the most widely discussed bill of the session thus far, Senate Bill 373--that seeks to protect water resources, the House passes a bill that would increase penalties for the possession of child pornography, and Health & Human Resources Committee Chairs Senator Ron Stollings and Delegate Don Perdue talk a wide range of issues related to medicine and public health--from the health effects of the  chemical spill to moves to make pseudoepedrine available by prescription only.

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The Legislature Today
7:01 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Capitol Reporters Dave Boucher & Jonathan Mattise on Chemical Leak Remediation, Freedom Bankruptcy

The Joint Legislative Oversight Commission on State Water Resources continues to hear testimony about the ongoing investigation into the January 9 chemical  spill. The House of Delegates wonders how proposed legislation would affect the Department of Environmental Protection financially and statehouse reporters Dave Boucher of The Charleston Daily Mail and Jonathan Mattise of The Associated Press discuss the latest on Freedom Industries' bankruptcy filing and the remediation of the Elk River spill site. 

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The Legislature Today
7:21 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant on Candidate Filing, Freedom Industries, & Small Businesses

The House of Delegates passes a bill known as "Felicity's Law", which would allow for the euthanization of an animal that causes harm to a person. Senator Herb Snyder introduces a bill meant to repeal a section of code giving discounts to gasoline wholesalers and the Senate Finance Committee hears a budget presentation from the Division of Corrections. Also, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant talks about the looming deadline for the candidate filing period for the 2014 election, as well as the bill which would provide emergency funding to small businesses in the event of a disaster.

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The Legislature Today
7:18 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Angela Rosser, West Virginia Rivers Coalition: Need to Look at 'Bigger, Systemic' Issues

The Senate proposes many questions to the House Bill that would allow for funding for small businesses following an emergency, the House of Delegates focuses on emergency preparedness in the event of future disasters,  and Angela Rosser of the West Virginia Rivers Coalition outlines her organization's policy recommendations following the chemical spill.

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The Legislature Today
7:06 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Judiciary Chairs Sen. Palumbo & Del. Manchin React to Picture of W.Va. as 'Anti-Regulation'

The House Judiciary Committee holds an informational meeting to hear more about the chemical spill and hears recommendations from Downstream Strategies President Evan Hansen, the Governor's legislative agenda pushes through the Senate, the House passes a bill to create a West Virginia Day of Prayer, and Judiciary Chairs Sen. Corey Palumbo and Del. Tim Manchin respond to arguments that West Virginia is "anti-regulation."

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The Legislature Today
7:31 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Finance Chairs Sen. Roman Prezioso & Del. Brent Boggs Agree: 'It's Not All Doom & Gloom'

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin joins Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and other state legislative leaders to discuss proposed state and federal legislation following the January 9th chemical spill, the Senate expresses concerns over the small business recovery bill passed by the House last week, the House passes a bill to increase penalties for littering, and Finance Chairs Sen. Roman Prezioso and Del. Brent Boggs discuss various aspects of the state's finances.

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The Legislature Today
8:30 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Statehouse Reporters Ann Ali & Dave Boucher Discuss The Chemical Leak and Related Legislation

Ashton Marra makes her debut as the Friday host of The Legislature Today and brings us more on the Joint Commission of State Water Resources holds it's first hearing since the January 9 chemical leak at Freedom Industries, the House Finance Committee hears a budget presentation related to senior citizens, and The State Journal's managing editor Ann Ali and The Charleston Daily Mail's statehouse reporter Dave Boucher discuss the chemical leak and related legislation as well as other issues.

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The Legislature Today
7:13 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Minority Leaders Sen. Mike Hall & Del. Tim Armstead Discuss GOP Plans in 2014

The House of Delegates passes HB 4175, which would provide funding to small businesses in the wake an emergency, Senate Majority Leader John Unger introduces a bill that would require above ground storage facilities of chemicals to be inspected, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey faces off with the Senate Finance Committee over abortion in a budget hearing, and Minority Leaders Sen. Mike Hall and Del. Tim Armstead speak about issues important to their party this session.

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