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State Lawmakers Discuss Recreational Marijuana, Bathroom Restrictions In Schools And DNA Freedoms


On this episode of The Legislature Today, lawmakers in the House considered increasing oversight of three new health agencies that were formerly one. They also debated whether the first amendment protects your DNA. Randy Yohe has this story.

In the Senate, lawmakers passed a bill that would allow dental hygienists to provide tobacco cessation education. Lawmakers said this marks an initial step in boosting awareness on the dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes. Senate Bill 357 now awaits a vote from the House of Delegates.

Also, the House Committee on Education spent the better part of a two-hour meeting Wednesday discussing two bills. One would restrict bathroom use in schools based on sex, and another would help arm teachers. Chris Schulz has more.

The I-73 highway corridor is currently under construction in southern West Virginia. Meanwhile, state legislators are looking to translate the project into an economic opportunity. Jack Walker has more.

And, it was Veterans Visibility Day at the Capitol as lawmakers are considering several bills focused on veterans, active military and their families. Randy Yohe has more.

Finally, Emily Rice sat down with Rusty Williams, a patient advocate on the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board, and Del. Mike Pushkin, D-Kanawha, to discuss the future of marijuana in West Virginia.

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