Government

Delegate tries to amend municipal traffic control bill

By DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Delegate Rodney Pyles, D-Monongalia, stirred some debate on the House floor March 30 with an attempt to amend his municipal traffic control bill into a Senate traffic bill. The bill Pyles attempted to amend is SB 164. It increases the length[Read More…]

House substance abuse bills now before Senate

By Lexi Browning For the West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. —  Efforts to curb the statewide substance abuse epidemic took precedence in the House chamber Wednesday as both House Bills 2428 and 2195 were passed onto the Senate with unanimous support. H.B. 2428, lead-sponsored by Delegate John Kelly, R-Wood,[Read More…]

WV House bill shelved, may amend Senate tax reform bill

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Proposals to lower state income taxes, making up some of the lost revenue with broader — and in one case, higher — sales taxes remain alive for the final 10 days of the regular session after the West Virginia Senate passed its[Read More…]

Schools risk funding loss with new bill

Staff reports The Dominion Post MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  — A local Senate bill could have a big impact on local schools, the county’s top school adminstrator warned at the Community Leadership meeting on March 29. Monongalia County School Superintendent Frank Devono said the state’s Senate passed a bill – SB 609[Read More…]

Senate passes marijuana, tax bills

By DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Tax reform, gas well mineral interest and medical marijuana bills all succeeded in the Senate March 29. But a bill to permit motorcyclists to ride without helmets crashed and burned. The latest version of SB 409, the tax bill, passed on[Read More…]

Senate passes medical marijuana act; measure moves to House

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — At the end of a marathon 11-hour session, the West Virginia Senate passed a bill Wednesday that will legalize medical marijuana. Known as the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act, Senate Bill 386, passed in a 28-6 vote. The vote was postponed several[Read More…]

Coal bill passes WV Senate

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Senate on Wednesday evening approved a bill that makes relatively minor changes in West Virginia’s mine safety laws, but rewrites the state Department of Environmental Protection’s definition of a healthy stream to remove language that requires the DEP’s goal[Read More…]

Senate approves medical marijuana framework bill

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Senate approved a bill Wednesday evening that would establish the framework for medical marijuana to become available in West Virginia. The Senate approved Senate Bill 386, the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act, by a 28-6 margin at 8:20 p.m. The[Read More…]

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