The Legislature Today

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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The Legislature Today
7:32 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

House Speaker Tim Miley on the New Small Business Committee, Prescription-Only Pseudoephedrine

Senator Ron Stollings discusses potential health and environmental regulations that could come as a reult of last week's chemical spill by Freedom Industries, the House Banking and Insurance Committee holds their first meeting of the session,  and an interview with the new Speaker of the House of Delegates, Tim Miley.

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The Legislature Today
7:32 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Senate President Jeff Kessler Talks Chemical Leak, Future Fund

Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox talks funding and construction for roads to the Senate Committee on Transportation, the Office of Legislative Information stays busy while the House of Delegates reorganizes plans in the aftermath of last week's chemical spill, and Senate President Jeff Kessler touts his plans for a future fund with hopes to keep the state in sound financial shape.

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The Legislature Today
7:07 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Interview with Governor Tomblin kicks off The Legislature Today

The recent chemical spill and water crisis were the focus of The Legislature Today. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and General James Hoyer discuss the current situation with Beth Vorhees. 

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Season Premiere
2:51 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Governor Tomblin to Discuss Chemical Leak & Water Emergency on The Legislature Today

Credit West Virginia Legislature

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin will be the first guest on this season of The Legislature Today. He will discuss the recent chemical leak.

The episode will be taped live today, and will air this evening at 6:30 on West Virginia PBS. The show airs Weekdays while the the legislature is in session.

You can also hear the show at 6:30 on West Virginia Public Radio, or listen live on the internet.

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Pressroom
9:02 am
Thu January 9, 2014

20th Season of The Legislature Today to be Simulcast on WV PBS and WV Public Radio

Contact: Shawn Patterson (304) 556-4908

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The Legislature Today begins Monday, January 13

Broadcast date(s):.Live Monday through Friday at 6:30 on WV PBS and West Virginia Public Radio

Rebroadcasts: Monday through Friday at 11:30 p.m. on WV PBS and at 6 a.m. on WV PBS.2

Follow the show on Twitter with hashtag #wvlegtoday

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Governor's Address
9:37 am
Wed January 8, 2014

The State of the State 2014

Governor Tomblin delivered the State of the State address Wednesday, January 8 at 7 p.m. You can watch the archived video of the address right here.

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