Associated Press Published

Legislative Lookahead Slated for Today


Lawmakers, lobby groups and university researchers are gathering to preview the upcoming state legislative session.

The 2016 West Virginia Associated Press Legislative Lookahead will take place Friday at Marshall University’s South Charleston campus.

Panelists will discuss regional issues facing the Northern and Eastern Panhandles and the southern part of the state.

Another group will talk about the resurgence of a bill to impose forced pooling of oil and natural gas mineral rights when owners are missing or unwilling to participate. The proposal died on a tie vote in the state House last year.

The final two panels will talk about the Common Core educational standards and efforts to expand broadband Internet service across the state.

The Republican-led Legislature begins the 60-day annual lawmaking session on Jan. 13.