Senator Mike Hall

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As part of a continuing effort exploring possible changes to the state tax code, members of the Joint Select

Committee on Tax Reform held a day-long public hearing at the capitol Tuesday. The hearing allowed West Virginia citizens to share their suggestions for ways to improve the state’s tax structure, and while at least a dozen citizens showed, few lawmakers filled the seats to listen. That, however, didn't stop members of the public from openly sharing what they think are the right steps for West Virginia.

At the legislature today, there was confusion in the House Government Organization Committee this morning as lawmakers discuss a bill about an airport located in West Virginia but apparently governed by officials in Maryland.  

We also continue to meet the new leaders at this legislative session.  Joining us tonight the chairs of the powerful finance committees on The Legislature Today. 

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Bills that were hotly debated in the House are expected to receive just as much attention in the Senate as members of the Legislature near their final week of the session.

One of those includes a bill allowing commercial solid waste authorities to dispose of solid waste and drill cuttings from the Marcellus shale industry.

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.