“Effective From Passage” is West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s ongoing, occasional radio and web series that explores the greater impact of bills passed by the West Virginia Legislature and signed by the governor.

Join Government Reporter Randy Yohe and the WVPB newsroom as they take a deeper dive into approved legislation ranging from government, education, health and science, energy and environment, arts and culture, and the economy.


Randy Yohe,Sep. 16, 2022

Justice Signs Abortion Bill Into Law

Gov. Jim Justice has signed House Bill 302 into law, a measure banning abortions, with limited exceptions, in West Virginia.

Jessica Lilly,Apr. 21, 2022

Mingo Mayor’s Expectations After Coalfield Communities Grant Bill Passes 

West Virginia House Bill 4479 established the Coalfield Communities Grant Facilitation Commission. Its purpose is to help struggling coal communities access federal dollars.

Randy Yohe,Apr. 20, 2022

Grant Commission Targets Funding Help To Coalfield Communities

As part of our ongoing, occasional series "Effective from Passage," we take a closer look at a bill intended to bring relief to our coalfield region.The passage of House Bill 4479 establishes the Coalfield Communities Grant Facilitation Commission. The objective is funneling federal dollars to revitalize coalfield communities.

Randy Yohe,Apr. 08, 2022

Revised W.Va. Film Tax Credit Has Hollywood Calling

As part of our ongoing, occasional series "Effective from Passage," we take a closer look at a bill that reinstates West Virginia’s film tax credit. House Bill 2096 creates a filmmaking incentive that is expected to put thousands to work and bring millions into the state economy.

Randy Yohe,Mar. 23, 2022

Meghan’s Law Requires W.Va.School Education In Self-Harm And Eating Disorders

Beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, a new West Virginia school program requires teachers and school staff to receive training and education in self-harm behaviors and eating disorders.

New State Requirements for Caregiver Designation, Education, Instruction Take Effect Today

A new law goes into effect June 8, 2015 that allows hospital patients to designate their caregivers.  House Bill 2100, the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable Act or CARE Act was passed by the 2015 West Virginia Legislature.  As part of our occasional series “Effective …

Ashton Marra,May. 11, 2015

Tomblin Signs Two Bills Promoting Tourism in W.Va.

Gov. Tomblin was joined by members of the state Legislature, Division of Tourism representatives and craft brewers from around the state for the ceremonial signing of two bills Monday.He signed Senate Bill 581, transferring oversight of the state Courtesy …

Ashton Marra,May. 11, 2015

Schools for Deaf and Blind Struggling for Funding Solutions after Gubernatorial Vetoes

Lawmakers from the Eastern Panhandle tried two separate times to aid the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind during the 2015 legislative session. The schools are struggling to maintain their buildings, some of which are more than 100 years, and looked to the Legislatu…

Liz McCormick,Apr. 16, 2015

Revising W.Va.'s Net Metering Standards: A Boon or Bust for the Solar Industry?

In the first days of the 2015 Legislative session, energy was the focus of legislators’ attention. A bill that first began as a total repeal of the alternative and renewable energy portfolio act soon became only a partial repeal as lawmakers’ attempted to leave in place cu…