Pain capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Constitutional Powers
3:42 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Does W.Va.'s Governor Have Too Much Power?

Gov. Tomblin signed a ceremonial bill after the completion of the 2014 legislative session.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Part one of a three part series.

The question of gubernatorial power in West Virginia was forced into the spotlight after two decisions by Governor Tomblin following the 2014 legislative session; two vetoes, to be more specific. Now lawmakers, the Governor’s Office and even the Attorney General are trying to figure out what’s next for these rejected bills.

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Abortion Legislation
4:15 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Senate Committee Amends House Abortion Bill

Women's organization West Virgina Free and supporters protest House Bill 4588 outside of the Senate Chamber.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The women’s organization West Virginia Free gathered more than 50 supporters outside the state Senate Chambers to protest House Bill 4588, the pain capable unborn child protection act.

The bill was taken up in the Senate Health and Human Resources Committee and amended Tuesday, changing the felony charge for performing an abortion to a misdemeanor with a possible fine of up to $4,000.

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