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‘Cookie Lobbyist’ tries sweet-tooth approach to sway W.Va. legislators
MARTA TANKERSLEY HAYS | Gazette photos
‘Cookie Lobbyist’ tries sweet-tooth approach to sway W.Va. legislators

Lori Jo Magana is a citizen lobbyist with a sweet touch.

A literally sweet touch.

For more than a year, the Charleston woman has been lobbying West Virginia state legislators with blue-frosted cookies in the shape of water droplets,...

Statehouse Beat: Discharge motion dangerous precedent

For those of us fascinated by the procedural side of the legislative process, last week offered a graduate-level seminar in Parliamentary Maneuvers 401.

First, in Senate Finance Committee, Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, took...

Why does W.Va. have so few women in elected office?

There are 19 women in the 100-member West Virginia House of Delegates.

There is one woman in West Virginia’s five-member congressional delegation.

Out of West Virginia’s six statewide elected constitutional officers, there is ...

W.Va. Senate OKs bill to allow concealed carry without permit
W.Va. Senate OKs bill to allow concealed carry without permit

Senators approved a bill Friday that could make West Virginia the sixth state to allow residents to carry a concealed firearm without a permit.

After reading aloud from the Second Amendment of the ...

After hours of debate, House passes prevailing wage revamp
After hours of debate, House passes prevailing wage revamp

A bill to revamp and roll back West Virginia’s longstanding prevailing wage rate for construction workers on many publicly funded projects (SB361) moved closer to final passage Saturday after passing the House of Delegates on a 56-39 vote....

Bill would create task force to study child sexual abuse

With about two weeks left in the 2015 Legislative session, a bill that would create a task force to study the issue of child sexual abuse has passed the House of Delegates but sits idle in the state Senate.

The bill is titled “Erin...

Tomblin: Morrisey has facts wrong in Supreme Court ACA brief

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take away the federal subsidies that about 30,000 West Virginians receive to buy health coverage on the insurance exchange set up by the Affordable Care Act.

But ...

House votes to repeal Common Core

A day after the state Board of Education announced its unanimous opposition to repealing the state’s Common Core-based education standards, the West Virginia House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly to repeal those standards.

Strictly...

W.Va. Senate leader: ‘Right-to-work’ bill dead

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael says a push to make West Virginia a right-to-work state is dead this session.

The Jackson County Republican, who sponsored a right-to-work bill, made the comments to The...

W.Va. state school board unites to oppose Common Core repeal

West Virginia Board of Education members announced their unanimous opposition Friday to a bill that would repeal Common Core math and English/language arts standards in the state, and possibly throw out teaching requirements in...

Coal industry-backed bill clears House

A coal industry-backed bill that rewrites rules on mine safety and the environment could soon be headed to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s desk.

On Friday, the West Virginia House of Delegates voted 73-25 to pass the “Coal Jobs and Safety...

Bill that would ban local LGBT anti-discrimination actions called ‘dead’

After voting earlier this week for a bill preventing local governments from passing ordinances to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, a West Virginia House of Delegates committee unanimously voted Friday afternoon to...

Statehouse Beat: Where are these bills coming from?

I think my favorite bill this session is the one to promote growth of the state’s young craft beer brewing industry (SB273), and not only because I’ve been known to enjoy a craft beer or two.

Like most good pieces of legislation,...

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