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Lawmakers Discuss Flooding Challenges And Goals


On this episode of The Legislature Today, heavy rainfall late last week prompted Gov. Jim Justice to declare a state of emergency for all 55 counties in West Virginia. Flooding is common in West Virginia and Assistant News Director Caroline MacGregor brings us this perspective on the problem.

And to discuss what the state legislature can do about it, MacGregor sits down with the Co-Chair of the Joint Legislative Oversight Commission on State Water Resources Del. Clay Riley, R-Harrison, and the Co-Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Flooding Sen. Chandler Swope, R-Mercer.

Also, a public hearing is set for Friday on a bill relating to forbidding government limitations on the exercise of religion. The contentious proposal failed in 2016. Randy Yohe reports on the debate.

Finally, the Senate passed five bills Thursday related to elections in the state, as well as issues around diabetes. Chris Schulz has this story.

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