Home » Podcasts » The Legislature Today

The Legislature Today

The Legislature Today is West Virginia’s only television/radio simulcast devoted to covering the state’s 60-day regular legislative session. In addition to the weeknight television broadcast throughout the session, WVPB reporters will deliver news from the session daily on the network’s radio news program West Virginia Morning, and on our website wvpublic.org. WVPB will also provide gavel to gavel live broadcasts of Senate and House floor sessions daily online and on The West Virginia Channel.

Monday-Friday at 6 p.m. during the state legislative session. On WVPB TV, Radio & Digital.

Thanks to our sponsors for The Legislature Today:

Marshall University | Segra | West Virginia University | Embassy Suites by Hilton

Ways to Subscribe

Follow The Legislature Today

Our Sponsors

Episodes

WVPB Staff, About 24 hours ago

A Look At Education Challenges And Proposals

On this episode of The Legislature Today, from school safety to student success, there has already been a lot of discussion around the state’s educational system this legislative session. Education Reporter Chris Schulz sat down with two West Virginia teachers to discuss the state of our schools and some of the proposed changes.

WVPB Staff, Feb. 01, 2023

Gov. Jim Justice Talks Budget And Taxes

On this episode of The Legislature Today, government reporter Randy Yohe sat down with Gov. Jim Justice to discuss a number of issues facing the state, including budget surpluses and tax reductions.

WVPB Staff, Jan. 31, 2023

House Committees Advance ‘Anti-Racism’ Bill And Restrictions To Gender-Affirming Medical Care

On this episode of The Legislature Today, Government Reporter Randy Yohe speaks with Senate Finance Chair Eric Tarr, R-Putnam, and House Finance Committee member Del. Larry Rowe, D-Kanawha, to get the latest on the state budget.

WVPB Staff, Jan. 30, 2023

Lawmakers Discuss Needs In W.Va.’s Jails

On this episode of The Legislature Today, reporter Chris Schulz talks with Del. David Kelly, R-Tyler, and Sen. Mike Caputo, D-Marion, to get their take on the state’s jail challenges and how the West Virginia Legislature could help.

WVPB Staff, Jan. 27, 2023

Reporter Roundtable Talks Tax Reform, Campus Carry And Workforce Needs

On this episode of The Legislature Today, our WVPB reporters Randy Yohe and Chris Schulz sit down with fellow reporter Steven Allen Adams of Odgen Newspapers to discuss the past week at West Virginia’s statehouse.

WVPB Staff, Jan. 26, 2023

Building W.Va.’s Workforce And Fighting Hunger

On this episode of The Legislature Today, Government Reporter Randy Yohe talks with the chairmen of the Senate and House Workforce committees, Sen. Rollan Roberts, R-Raleigh, and Del. Evan Worrell, R-Cabell.

WVPB Staff, Jan. 26, 2023

W.Va. Delegates Talk Energy Issues

Energy & Environment Reporter Curtis Tate talks with Del. Bill Anderson, R-Wood, Chairman of the House Energy Committee, and Del. Kayla Young, D-Kanawha, Minority Vice Chair of the House Energy Committee.

WVPB Staff, Jan. 25, 2023

Lawmakers Consider Bills To Permit Campus Carry And Limit Governor’s Emergency Powers

On this episode of The Legislature Today, the Senate passed a bill that would allow the concealed carry of handguns on the state’s university campuses. Reporter Chris Schulz has more. Also, a bill that would clarify the authority of governor and legislature to proclaim and declare a state of emergency and preparedness, passed the House 93-3.

WVPB Staff, Jan. 24, 2023

PEIA, Unemployment And The Legislature Celebrates Tourism Day

On this episode of The Legislature Today, reporter Chris Schulz talks with Del. Charlie Reynolds, R-Marshall, and Fred Albert, the president of the American Federation of Teachers — West Virginia, to get their perspectives on the latest concerns surrounding PEIA — the health care benefit for state employees and teachers.

WVPB Staff, Jan. 20, 2023

Reporter Roundtable Reflects On First Full Week Of 2023 Session

On this episode of The Legislature Today, the pace is beginning to pick up at the West Virginia Legislature as bills are passing through their originating chambers. WVPB reporters Yohe and Chris Schulz are joined by Crystal Good, the founder and publisher of Black By God | The West Virginian, for a reporter roundtable.

Jan. 19, 2023

Campus Carry Legislation Advances In The Senate And Lawmakers Discuss Early Childhood Education Reforms

On this episode of The Legislature Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a bill to the Senate floor that would allow the concealed carry of handguns on the state’s university campuses. Reporter Chris Schulz has more.

Jan. 18, 2023

Governor Tests Positive For COVID-19, Delegates Pass Income Tax Reduction And A Policy Expert Talks Budget

On this episode of The Legislature Today, Gov. Jim Justice has tested positive for COVID-19. Appalachia Health News Reporter Emily Rice joins our host Bob Brunner to discuss what that means for the legislative session and the state.Also, in this show, the House o…

Jan. 17, 2023

Speaking With House Speaker Hanshaw And Education Priorities

On this episode of The Legislature Today, government reporter Randy Yohe sits down with House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay. We get his take on progress and problems in these early legislative general session days.

Jan. 16, 2023

An Interview With Senate President Blair And Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

On this episode of The Legislature Today, reporter Chris Schulz sits down with Senate President Craig Blair, R-Berkeley. The state Senate wasted no time in getting to work this year, passing 25 bills in the first two days of the legislative session. Republicans hold a supermajority, and despite an early start in the Senate, there’s still a lot of work to be done. Improvements to the state’s educational system, departmental restructuring and promised tax cuts are on Blair’s agenda this year.

Jan. 13, 2023

Pregnancy Center Funding, DHHR Restructuring And The Session’s First Reporter Roundtable

On this episode of The Legislature Today, reporter Chris Schulz spoke with Margaret Pomponio, CEO of reproductive health and rights advocacy group WV FREE, to learn more about HB 2002, which would create the West Virginia Mothers and Babies Pregnancy Support program. We also explore bills in the House and Senate calling for the reorganization of the state’s Department of Health and Human Resources and have our first reporter roundtable of the legislative session.

Jan. 12, 2023

Single Member Redistricting, State Of The State And Democrats’ Expectations As 2023 Session Begins

On today’s episode of The Legislature Today, the 2023 session started as the Senate got down to business on opening day and suspended rules to pass 23 bills and send them to the House of Delegates. Most of these were bills the upper chamber passed last year, but for one reason or another didn’t become law.

Mar. 11, 2022

Reporters Explore Broadband, Critical Race Theory, Forced Pooling And The Budget As Final Day Of Session Looms

Host Eric Douglas leads a reporter roundtable with Lacie Pierson, a political reporter with the Charleston Gazette-Mail, and Steven Allen Adams, the government reporter and columnist for Ogden Newspapers. They discuss the session so far, covering everything from jails to schools to broadband and the budget.

Mar. 04, 2022

The Legislature Today Explores Foster Care, Racism And Mine Safety Issues As 2022 Session Enters Final Week

On this week’s episode of The Legislature Today, it’s been a week full of activity, split floor sessions and Crossover Day – when all bills must make it out of their house of origin if they are to continue through the legislative process. This rule affects all bills except for the budget bill and supplementary appropriations bills.

Feb. 25, 2022

W.Va. Lawmakers Talk Personal Income Tax, Budget, Underground Carbon Storage And Climate Change

On this week’s episode of The Legislature Today, we explore taxes and energy, and we learn more about two bills related to children and child welfare.

Feb. 18, 2022

W.Va. Lawmakers Talk 'Anti-Stereotyping Act' And Critical Race Theory, Reporters Wrap Explores Abortion

On this week’s episode of The Legislature Today, we look at abortion access and a controversial education bill.

Feb. 11, 2022

Changes To Unemployment Benefits, Diabetes Costs And Lawmakers Talk Voting Rights

On this week’s episode of The Legislature Today, we explore election reform and the price of insulin, and lawmakers in the House of Delegates have approved a bill that would reduce all personal income tax brackets by 10 percent.

Feb. 04, 2022

Bill Lifting Nuclear Ban Heads To The Governor And Lawmakers Talk Health Issues

On this week’s episode of The Legislature Today, we hear about the push to allow nuclear energy in West Virginia. It is a move that was once unthinkable, but it is now awaiting a signature from Gov. Jim Justice.

Jan. 28, 2022

Minority Leadership Responds To State Of The State And Legislature Looks At Energy, Health Bills

On this week’s episode of The Legislature Today, reporter Curtis Tate brings us a recap of Gov. Jim Justice’s 2022 State of the State address. The governor was expected to give his speech two weeks ago but tested positive for COVID-19 the day before the scheduled event.

Jan. 21, 2022

W.Va. Economists Talk Jobs, Workforce Participation And Nucor

This week on The Legislature Today, West Virginians weigh in on a controversial piece of legislation. As health reporter June Leffler reports, pro-life and pro-choice residents spoke on two abortion bills at a public hearing Monday in front of state lawmakers.

Jan. 14, 2022

Leadership Talks Legislative Priorities, Economic Development And COVID Protocols As The Session Begins

On this episode of The Legislature Today, reporter Liz McCormick looks at a busy first week at the West Virginia Legislature, including a special session, economic development announcements and Gov. Jim Justice testing positive for COVID-19. Reporter June Leffler speaks with Senate President Craig Blair and House Speaker Roger Hanshaw about COVID protocols and what would make a successful legislative session.

Apr. 09, 2021

The Legislature Today Discusses Criminal Justice Reform, State Budget, Personal Income Tax Repeal

House Judiciary Chair Moore Capito, R-Kanawha, and House Judiciary Minority Chair Chad Lovejoy, D-Cabell, discuss criminal justice reform, election, and pandemic-related bills. We also take a look at the state budget process and the personal income tax repeal plans.

Apr. 02, 2021

The Legislature Today Discusses Personal Income Tax Repeal, Fiscal Policy, Medicaid Coverage, Criminal Justice

This week, The Legislature Today takes a deep dive into the various plans for the elimination of the state’s Personal Income Tax. Phil Kabler of the Charleston Gazette-Mail and Steven Allen Adams of Ogden Newspapers join host Dave Mistich to discuss multiple proposed fiscal policy changes. June Leffler provides updates on a bill to expand Medicaid coverage for new moms, and Emily Allen reports on HB 2017, which rewrites the state’s criminal code.

Mar. 19, 2021

The Legislature Today Explores Governor's Personal Income Tax Repeal Proposal, Education Savings Accounts

This week on The Legislature Today, senior reporter Dave Mistich speaks with House Finance Committee Vice Chair Vernon Criss, R-Wood, and House Finance Minority Chair Brent Boggs, D-Braxton, about Gov. Jim Justice’s plan to reduce the state’s personal income tax, while increasing consumer sales and other taxes. Liz McCormick gives us an update on House Bill 2013, which would establish education savings accounts.

Mar. 05, 2021

The Legislature Today Discusses Broadband Expansion, Education Bills, Personal Income Tax Repeal Proposal

Del. Daniel Linville, R-Cabell, Chair, House Technology & Infrastructure Committee, and Sen. Robert Plymale, D-Wayne, join WVPB's The Legislature Today to discuss broadband expansion legislation, HB 2002. Friday evening’s broadcast will also include an update on several major education bills and the governor’s personal income tax repeal proposal.

Feb. 26, 2021

W.Va. Lawmakers Discuss The Hope Scholarship Bill, Charter School Legislation

Senate Education Chair Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson, and House Education Minority Chair Sean Hornbuckle, D-Cabell, join WVPB’s The Legislature Today from the Capitol building. The lawmakers discuss the Hope Scholarship bill, charter school legislation, and the needs of students following almost a year at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feb. 20, 2021

House, Senate Leaders Talk Legislative Process During COVID

It has been a week of snow, ice and power outages, but the work of the West Virginia Legislature continued at a brisk pace. This week on The Legislature Today, we speak with House and Senate leadership, and we have updates on numerous bills.

Feb. 13, 2021

Minority Leaders Respond To Governor’s 2021 State Of The State Address

This week, Gov. Jim Justice has outlined his legislative agenda for the 2021 session in his State of the State address. Host Suzanne Higgins speaks with minority leadership who share reaction to the governor’s address, and Senior Reporter Dave Mistich comments on the changes this year to the legislative process due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Mar. 06, 2020

Senate Passes Massive Foster Care Bill, House Rejects Intermediate Court Of Appeals

The House of Delegates’ foster care bill was up for a vote in the Senate Friday, while the Senate's Intermediate Court of Appeals bill was up for a vote…

Mar. 06, 2020

Key Differences Between House, Senate Budgets As Clock Ticks On 2020 Session

Host Suzanne Higgins has a conversation with House Finance members for a breakdown of the budget bill that passed out of the House chamber Wednesday night…

Mar. 05, 2020

A Conversation On Higher Education Challenges In W.Va.

Host Suzanne Higgins speaks with Interim Chancellor of the Higher Education Policy Commission and Chancellor of the West Virginia Community and Technical…

Mar. 04, 2020

Jail Overcrowding, Rehabilitation, Jobs – An Overview Of Criminal Justice Reform Bills

We explore criminal justice reform legislation from this session, and we bring you an in-depth report and follow-up conversation on the issue. We also…

Mar. 02, 2020

Senators Outline Details Of Budget Bill

We have updates on gun legislation, a renewable energy bill, and we bring you the latest on the Senate’s version of the budget bill.The Senate passed its…

Feb. 28, 2020

Statehouse Reporters Breakdown Both House And Senate Budget Bills

Host Suzanne Higgins is joined by Brad McElhinny of West Virginia MetroNews and Steven Allen Adams of Ogden Newspapers for a reporter roundtable featuring…

Feb. 28, 2020

‘The Return Is Immense,’ Curator Says Arts Change Lives, Builds Culture

It was Arts Day at the Capitol. We spotlight the activities from the day, and we bring you a special report on an educational effort by the West Virginia…

Feb. 26, 2020

Senators Weigh In On Moving And Stalled Health Related Legislation

It was Crossover Day at the West Virginia Legislature, which means it was the final day for bills to be read a third time in their house of origin. Host…

Feb. 26, 2020

Delegate Highlights Domestic Violence Legislation, But Argues More Needs Done To Help Survivors

Ahead of Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Day at the Capitol this week, we bring you a special report and update on several bills aimed at helping…

Feb. 25, 2020

Lawmakers Pass Bills To Lure Petrochemical Industry To W.Va.

The West Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday passed two bills that would provide tax cuts to the natural gas industry in an effort to boost…

Feb. 24, 2020

Two-Pronged Tax Overhaul Proposal Now Halfway Complete

A sweeping tax proposal calls for the elimination of manufacturing machinery, equipment and inventory taxes on motor vehicles and other personal property.…

Feb. 21, 2020

Lawmakers Outline Goals To Expand, Enhance Broadband In W.Va.

We explore a major broadband bill that passed the House of Delegates, and we have a discussion with two West Virginia lawmakers who are involved in…

Feb. 19, 2020

Updates On Bills To Aid W.Va.'s Distressed Water Systems, Enhance Solar Utilities

We bring you updates on the energy and environment legislation we've been following, and we also meet some students who visited the Capitol to participate…

Feb. 18, 2020

Foster Care, Medicaid, Adverse Childhood Experiences – A Conversation On Health Related Legislation

We bring you a special report on the state's Medical Cannabis program and a bill this session to expand it to further accommodate patients. We'll also…

Feb. 18, 2020

Lawmakers, Public Celebrate 100 Years Of Women’s Right To Vote

There were events all day at the Capitol celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment – guaranteeing women the right to…

Feb. 14, 2020

Statehouse Reporters Recap Legislation On Solar, Charter Schools, Foster Care

We’ve passed the deadline for bills to be introduced in the House of Delegates this session. On Monday, that same cut-off will be in the Senate. Host…

Feb. 14, 2020

Lawmakers Outline Merits Of Two Bills That Aim To Protect Coverage For Pre-Existing Conditions

We look at two bills aimed at protecting health insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions – one offered by West Virginia Senate Republicans, and one…

Feb. 12, 2020

Senators Weigh In On Complicated Impacts Of Eliminating W.Va. Greyhound Breeding Development Fund

We explore support and opposition to a bill that would cut funding for greyhound racing at two West Virginia tracks, and we bring you the latest in West…

Feb. 11, 2020

Agriculture Commissioner And Senate Ag Committee Chair Talk Goals To Help The W.Va. Farmer

We bring you a special report and discussion on the challenges faced by West Virginia’s farmers. We also bring you the latest news from the Capitol.Host…

Feb. 11, 2020

Newly Formed Bipartisan Tech Caucus Aims To Diversify W.Va.’s Economy, Workforce

We learn about a state program that’s helping thousands of West Virginia grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, and we have a conversation with…

Feb. 07, 2020

Equipment Tax And Intermediate Courts Remain Hot Button Issues At W.Va. Statehouse

It’s Friday, and that means we look back at a week of West Virginia Legislative action. We’ve also officially reached the half-way mark of the 2020…

Feb. 07, 2020

Newly Formed Public Health Caucus Seeks To Combat Traumatic Childhood Experiences In W.Va.

We discuss West Virginia’s children in crisis with members of a newly formed Public Health caucus. Also, West Virginia’s veterans were honored at the…

Feb. 06, 2020

How The Opioid Crisis Has Altered The Mindset, Resources For First Responders

On The Legislature Today, we explore the growing responsibilities of West Virginia’s Emergency Medical Services. Host Suzanne Higgins speaks with two…

Feb. 05, 2020

Thousands Of Elderly West Virginians Face Hunger, Isolation

As the senior population grows in West Virginia, more of the state's elderly are living alone, with disability, and facing hunger. We focus on the cost of…

Feb. 03, 2020

A Discussion On Veterans Issues – Challenges And Legislation That May Help

We highlight the multiple challenges West Virginia’s active military members and veterans face, and we explore legislation addressing many of those…

Jan. 31, 2020

Reporters Recap Bills Related To Equipment Tax, Intermediate Courts, Criminal Justice Reform

The West Virginia Legislature has completed its third full week of the 2020 session. Several issues have stirred up debate so far, including a bill that…

Jan. 31, 2020

An In-Depth Discussion On W.Va.'s Substance Use Recovery Efforts; Treatment, Support, Stigma

Over the last few years, West Virginia lawmakers have passed dozens of bills, creating policy and changing existing code, in an effort to respond to the…

Jan. 30, 2020

House Democrats Tout Several Cannabis Bills For Medical, Recreational Use

Bills to regulate the legal use of, taxation, and decriminalization of recreational marijuana are budding in the West Virginia House of Delegates,…

Jan. 30, 2020

Lobbyists Weigh In On Bill To Create Intermediate Court Of Appeals

A proposal to establish an intermediate court system has passed the Senate Judiciary and is now in Senate Finance. Senior reporter Dave Mistich speaks…

Jan. 29, 2020

W.Va. Lawmaker Details Bills On Solar, Water Quality

It was E-Day at the West Virginia Legislature – a focus on the environment when advocates gather to lobby on behalf of environmental policy. Host Suzanne…

Jan. 28, 2020

Hundreds Of Families Still Displaced After 2016 Flood, State Lawmakers Update On Legislative Efforts

RISE is the state-run and federally funded Flood Recovery Program. The state received $150 million to assist low-income residents needing repair or…

Jan. 24, 2020

Statehouse Reporters Recap Discussions Over Cannabis Use, Voting Rights, Foster Care Crisis

This week lawmakers debated tax breaks, sought remedies for a foster care system in crisis, passed a resolution calling for a convention of states and…

Jan. 24, 2020

Thousands Of Children In Foster Care, W.Va. Lawmakers Discuss How To Tackle It

On The Legislature Today, we discuss West Virginia children in crisis and a foster care system under the microscope. The new Senate Select Committee on…

Jan. 23, 2020

State Lawmakers Say Alternative Uses For Coal A Must In W.Va.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s energy and environment reporter Brittany Patterson returns to lead a conversation on West Virginia’s struggling coal…

Jan. 22, 2020

Advocates Weigh In On How To Protect Environment, Property Rights As Natural Gas Grows

We begin a two-part series on West Virginia’s energy sectors. West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s energy and environment reporter Brittany Patterson looks…

Jan. 20, 2020

Charleston Activist Says Legislative Priorities Are Tackling Achievement Gap, Disciplinary Issues

We look at the 2020 West Virginia Legislative session through the lens of civil rights and social justice on this Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We also…

Jan. 17, 2020

Reporters Explore Trade Deal With China, Lawsuit Over Obamacare, And Latest Foster Care Legislation

Host Suzanne Higgins speaks with statehouse reporters to recap a week of legislative action. We also bring you a story looking at the newly created West…

Jan. 17, 2020

Justice Defends His Work As Governor, Shares Goals For 2020

Host Suzanne Higgins sits down with Gov. Jim Justice to discuss his proposed budget, his work over the last four years as governor, and his thoughts for…

Jan. 15, 2020

House Finance Committee Members Discuss Gov. Justice's Proposed Budget

The House of Delegates passed a bill known as the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. It calls on doctors to use "reasonable medical judgement"…

Jan. 14, 2020

Speaker Hanshaw Says Job Creation And Growing W.Va.’s Workforce Major Priority This Year In House

There’s a new focus on hunger at the West Virginia Legislature. We'll hear about the newly formed Hunger Caucus, and host Suzanne Higgins sits down with…

Jan. 14, 2020

Sen. President Carmichael Outlines Goals For 2020 Session

Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, joins host Suzanne Higgins to discuss the Republican agenda for the 2020 West Virginia Legislative session.…

Jan. 10, 2020

Reporter Roundtable Discusses First Three Days Of 2020 Session

The halls of the Capitol are now quiet. Lawmakers have gone home for the weekend, and the session has gotten off to a low-key start. We discuss the first…

Jan. 10, 2020

Minority Leaders Respond To Governor’s 2020 State Of The State

We launch our nightly coverage of the 2020 West Virginia Legislative session with reaction to Gov. Jim Justice's State of the State Address.Senior…

Oct. 30, 2019

An Overview Of West Virginia’s Domestic Violence Survivor Support Network

Beginning in the late 1970s, shelters and other resources began to become available for survivors of domestic violence in West Virginia. But navigating…

Mar. 08, 2019

Reporters Recap Week of Budget Talks, Contentious Legislation and What’s to Come in the Final Hours

We're potentially just one vote away from having a budget sent to Gov. Jim Justice. It's been a week of early mornings, late evenings and the passage and…

Mar. 08, 2019

Senate Resolution Would Study W.Va. Black Lung Epidemic

A bipartisan group of West Virginia Senators has introduced a resolution that would task a legislative committee with studying the state’s black lung…

Mar. 08, 2019

University Presidents Urge More Investment Into Higher Education

In a session dominated by an omnibus education bill that ultimately died, lawmakers know officially now that they'll be back for a special session on…

Mar. 06, 2019

A Closer Look at Criminal Justice Reform Legislation

Assistant News Director Glynis Board leads a discussion with activist Robert Grossman of Morgantown on one of several criminal justice reform bills that…

Mar. 05, 2019

Delegates Outline Status of Funding Formula for Higher Education

A long-sought funding formula for higher education will have to wait even longer. Host Suzanne Higgins speaks with two delegates – both members of Gov.…

Mar. 05, 2019

W.Va. Legislature Adopts Stripped Down Water Pollution Rule

The West Virginia Legislature has passed a bill containing a set of environmental regulations, including a controversial water pollution rule that was…

Mar. 04, 2019

Faith Leaders Share Frustrations Over Friday’s Incidents in the House of Delegates

The fallout continues from an anti-Muslim poster and materials displayed Friday during West Virginia’s GOP Day at the Capitol. Host Suzanne Higgins speaks…

Mar. 01, 2019

Reporters Recap Sparks in the House and the Budget Outlook

An inflammatory poster displayed outside of the House of Delegates’ chamber by participants of West Virginia GOP Day at the Capitol, launched a firestorm…

Feb. 28, 2019

Campus Carry, Foster Care, Tobacco – Major Bills Move As We Hit Final Days of 2019 Session

Emotions ran high in the House of Delegates late Wednesday evening as HB 2519 – the Campus Self Defense Act – came to the floor after a day of procedures…

Feb. 27, 2019

Chancellor of W.Va. CTC System Hopeful for ‘Last Dollar In’ Bill to Survive

It’s Day 50, Crossover Day, and the last day for Senate bills to get out of the Senate, and for House bills to get out of the House. This determines…

Feb. 26, 2019

Sen. President Carmichael Says He Is ‘Hesitant’ on Pay Raise Without Education Reform

Wednesday is crossover day, meaning it’s the last day for the West Virginia House of Delegates and Senate to consider bills on third reading, or voting…

Feb. 25, 2019

Medicaid Bill to ‘Get People Back to Work’ Concerns Some in Health Community

Lawmakers are working weekends and evenings now as we enter the seventh week of the 2019 West Virginia Legislative session. We'll discuss a controversial…

Feb. 22, 2019

Reporters Recap a Week of Twists and Turns at the W.Va. Legislature

This week, we've seen a teacher and school workers strike, the death of a massive controversial education bill, and a campus-carry gun bill zoom through…

Feb. 21, 2019

Bill to Allow Guns on W.Va. College Campuses Moving Rapidly in House

With SB 451 – comprehensive education reform – effectively dead, attention now turns to another bill that’s stirring up controversy at the statehouse and…

Feb. 21, 2019

Fallout 76: Turning 'Almost Heaven' Into a Post-Apocalyptic Tourist Destination

Tourism Day was recognized by the West Virginia Legislature this week. In light of that, we bring you a report on a video game that tourism officials…

Feb. 20, 2019

Second Day of Teacher Walkout While ‘Clean’ Pay Raise Bill On the Move

It was the second day of a statewide teacher and service personnel walkout over a comprehensive education reform bill. We bring you up-to-date on the…

Feb. 19, 2019

‘Omnibus’ Education Reform Bill is Dead, Or Is It?

Teachers and school workers were on strike in 54 of West Virginia’s 55 counties Tuesday. But shortly after 12:30 p.m., the controversial education bill,…

Feb. 18, 2019

Senate Considers House Amended Education Reform Bill, But With Changes

Late in the afternoon on Monday, the West Virginia Senate took up SB 451 – comprehensive education reform – as amended by the House of Delegates. But the…

Feb. 15, 2019

Reporters Recap Contentious Week at the Capitol

SB 451 – comprehensive education reform – is now back in the Senate, and the chamber is expected next week to consider the massive bill as amended by the…

Feb. 15, 2019

Education Reform Bill Passes House

The comprehensive education reform bill passed out of the House of Delegates on a vote of 71 to 29. We’ll recap the day’s action on the bill, and host…

Feb. 13, 2019

Cancer Treatment, Tobacco Use, Foster Care – An Overview of Healthcare Legislation

The House of Delegates considered amendments to SB 451 – comprehensive education reform – all day, and they’ve continued their work into the evening. We…

Feb. 12, 2019

Dept of Agriculture Says Hemp Could Be a Booming Industry in W.Va.

We turn our attention to agriculture needs in West Virginia. Host Suzanne Higgins chats with Jennifer Greenlief, Assistant Commissioner at the West…

Feb. 11, 2019

A Conversation with House Education on the ‘Omnibus’ Education Bill

Updated on Tues. Feb. 12, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. to include the TV broadcast of "The Legislature Today" from Feb. 11, 2019. SB 451 – comprehensive education…

Feb. 08, 2019

Education Reform Bill Continues to Stir Up Debate

This week’s reporter roundtable focuses on the week’s action over SB 451 – comprehensive education reform. We recap what happened with the bill since…

Stories

Curtis Tate, About an hour ago

House Passes Bill Limiting Medical Care For Transgender Youth

Two House committees approved HB 2007. A public hearing was held on the bill Thursday. On Friday, the chamber voted on final passage.

Eric Douglas, Feb. 02, 2023

Limits On Trans Youth Medical Care Move Through House

After a nearly two-hour public hearing on a bill that would prohibit transgender youth from obtaining gender affirming medical procedures, House Democrats tried to amend House Bill 2007.

Curtis Tate, Feb. 02, 2023

Lawmakers Hear From Medical Experts In Public Hearing On Trans Bill

It was the first time medical experts testified on a bill that would restrict gender-affirming treatments for transgender youth.

Chris Schulz, Feb. 02, 2023

Senate Education Discusses Financial Literacy, Free Period Products

The Senate Education Committee started the day off with a lively discussion of several topics, including history and hygiene.

Caroline MacGregor, Feb. 01, 2023

Focus Groups Identify Issues Causing W.Va’s Low NAEP Scores

he Solutions for Success focus groups were initiated in response to the most recent National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) test scores that ranked West Virginia near the bottom of the list. A series of focus groups were held in Morgantown, Wheeling, Charleston, Beckley and Martinsburg.

Chris Schulz, Feb. 01, 2023

TikTok Ban, Natural Gas Power And More Pass Senate

The Senate passed several bills Wednesday, including one designed to ban TikTok from government devices.

Chris Schulz, Feb. 01, 2023

Senate Finance Committee Quantifies Department Of Corrections Issues

Senators spent the first hour of what became a three hour Finance Committee meeting Tuesday night focusing on the budget of the Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which oversees the state’s prisons and jails. 

Curtis Tate, Feb. 01, 2023

Do Something About High Utility Bills, Local Officials Tell Lawmakers

Electric bills have gone up 200 percent in the past 15 years, the commissioners wrote members of the county’s delegation in the legislature.

Emily Rice, Feb. 01, 2023

Foster Care Ombudsman Authority Broadened In The House

The official advocate for foster children in the state system may soon have more power to look out for their rights.

Chris Schulz, Jan. 31, 2023

Retirement, Trails, Schools And Hunger: Senate Keeps Pace, Passes 10 More Bills

The Senate did not slow down Tuesday, passing another 10 bills ranging on topics from energy to education and public employee retirement.

Caroline MacGregor, Jan. 31, 2023

Expert: Addiction Is A Growing Public Health Crisis 

On Tuesday, the House of Delegates committee on the Prevention & Treatment of Substance Abuse heard that addiction continues to claim thousands of lives each year, but a bill that would have set up a pilot recovery program in Cabell County died in committee. 

Randy Yohe, Jan. 31, 2023

With W.Va. School Discipline At Crisis Stage, Remedies Offered

State education groups say school discipline is at a near crisis level. A bill debated in the West Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday is intended to offer educators a tool to limit disruption in the classroom. 

Randy Yohe, Jan. 31, 2023

House Committee Moves 'Anti-Racism Bill' Forward

According to the bill itself, Senate Bill 130, known as the Anti-Racism Act of 2023, prohibits teaching that one race is inherently, morally, or intellectually superior to another race, but nothing in the bill prohibits the discussion of those concepts in theory as part of an academic course. 

Emily Rice, Jan. 31, 2023

The DHHR Questioned On 2024 Budget

Representatives from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) presented their budget to the Senate Finance Committee Monday amid a flurry of questioning from senators.

Curtis Tate, Jan. 31, 2023

House Advances More Restrictive Transgender Youth Medical Care Bill

The House Judiciary Committee, along party lines, approved a bill that not only limits gender-affirming surgeries for anyone under 18, but also restricts hormone therapy and puberty blockers.

Chris Schulz, Jan. 31, 2023

Senate Starts Week By Passing A Dozen Bills

It was a busy day for the Senate as they passed a dozen bills, ranging from issues of schools to healthcare and substance use.

Chris Schulz, Jan. 27, 2023

Senate Workforce Hears Presentations of Workforce Participation

The Senate’s Workforce Committee met after the regular floor session Friday morning to hear two reports on the state’s workforce situation: one about what’s being done, and one about what could be done.

Randy Yohe, Jan. 27, 2023

Rural Health Assn. Plan To Recruit Out-of-state Medical Staff

Getting young, out-of-state professionals to make a life and career in West Virginia is an across-the-board challenge.

Chris Schulz, Jan. 26, 2023

Advocates Bring Hunger Issues To W.Va. Legislature As Senate Committee Advances Summer Feeding Program

According to food bank network Feeding America, one in eight people in West Virginia face hunger every day. Advocates brought the issue to the Capitol Thursday during the legislature’s Hunger Free Day.

Randy Yohe, Jan. 26, 2023

EMS Coalition Brings Concerns To W.Va. Legislature

A state coalition of Emergency Medical Service workers brought their causes and concerns to the West Virginia Legislature on Thursday. Recruitment and maintaining mental health loom as two challenges that need to be met.

Curtis Tate, Jan. 26, 2023

Lawmakers Hear What Went Wrong With The Grid Last Month

State lawmakers got more information Thursday about the electric power grid problems during Christmas weekend. The regional transmission operator that includes West Virginia, 12 other states and the District of Columbia experienced high demand and high generation failures from Dec. 23-25.

Curtis Tate, Jan. 26, 2023

Coal Industry Opposes Natural Gas Pipeline State Leaders Support

Coal Association President Chris Hamilton said the 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline would displace coal-fired electricity generation in North Carolina.

Eric Douglas, Jan. 26, 2023

Commission Recommends Legislative Pay Raise

The Citizens Legislative Compensation Commission is recommending a pay raise for members of the West Virginia Legislature. Members of the West Virginia Legislature currently make $20,000 a year with additional money for participating in interim meetings and travel expenses.

Chris Schulz, Jan. 26, 2023

Senate Passes Nine Bills On Police Training, School Athletics And More

The Senate had nine bills on third reading Wednesday, including a bill to improve law enforcement’s awareness of, and ability to interact with, citizens with certain mental health conditions. Also up for consideration were bills amending school athletics eligibility and new requirements for school board membership.

Chris Schulz, Jan. 23, 2023

Senate Passes Bill Changing State’s Unemployment Benefits

Senate Bill 59 makes several changes to the system of unemployment benefits in the state.