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Coal industry-backed bill clears House

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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 th...

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

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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 f...

W.Va. GOP lawmaker faces ethics complaint

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A union worker has filed an ethics complaint against Delegate Eric Householder, R-Berkeley, alleging that Householder’s heating, cooling and ventilation business stands to profit from legislation the GOP lawmaker ...

Senate OKs bill to exempt casinos, gambling parlors from smoking bans

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Buckling to the gambling industry, the West Virginia Senate opened the door Wednesday for smoking at all casinos and video slot parlors in the state.

State senators voted 20-12 to pass a bill that allows county co...

GOP-backed bill would make it criminal to enforce ACA in W.Va.

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In another salvo against the federal Affordable Care Act, some Republicans in West Virginia’s House of Delegates want to make it a crime for state and federal officials to enforce the health-care law.

Under ...

Delegate with HVAC business pushes to repeal regulations

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A Republican state lawmaker who owns a heating, ventilation and cooling business in the Eastern Panhandle is pushing a bill that would repeal all state laws that regulate HVAC technicians.

Delegate Eric Householder...

GOP bills would exempt W.Va. casinos, slot parlors from smoking bans

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Over objections from doctors, public health officials, business leaders and cancer survivors, the Republican-controlled West Virginia Legislature is advancing bills that could undo smoking bans across the state.

On...

W.Va. bill to build $78M rural broadband network advances

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A West Virginia Senate committee advanced legislation Wednesday that aims to expand affordable high-speed Internet service to rural communities across the state.

The bill (SB459) would authorize the construction of...

Morrisey and Tomblin at odds over Medicaid fraud unit bill

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey wants to take over the state’s Medicaid fraud unit — a power grab that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s administration strongly opposes.

The Republican-co...

House buckling to Frontier, Republican delegate alleges

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A Republican lawmaker is accusing the GOP-controlled House of Delegates leadership of refusing to run any bills designed to improve high-speed Internet service because the legislation could harm Frontier Communications.<...

Deer farming expansion bill headed to governor

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West Virginia lawmakers paved the way Thursday for the expansion of deer farming across the state.

Legislators passed a bill (SB237) that transfers regulatory control of deer farms from the Division of Natur...

Lawmakers pass bill to curb W.Va. drug overdoses

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A life-saving medication that reverses the effects of heroin and prescription pain-pill overdoses could soon be in the hands of addicts across West Virginia.

The House of Delegates unanimously passed a bill Wednesd...

House approves bill to allow Teach for America in W.Va.

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Teach for America, an education program that puts recent college graduates from non-education backgrounds in low-performing schools, has its first invite to West Virginia.

The House of Delegates approved an alterna...

House approves bill that limits workplace injury suits

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West Virginia’s House of Delegates passed legislation Tuesday that will make it more difficult for workers to sue their employers for on-the-job injuries.

The legislation (HB2011), which now goes to the Sen...

GOP bill hits snag with volunteer firefighters

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The Republican-controlled House of Delegates delayed a final vote on a bill that restricts worker injury lawsuits, after a Democratic lawmaker alerted the House on Monday that volunteer firefighters oppose the legislatio...

Frontier asks judge to dismiss class-action suit

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Frontier Communications says its customers have no right to file a class-action lawsuit that alleges the company failed to provide the high-speed Internet services it advertised.

Frontier has asked Lincoln County C...

GOP bill that limits worker injury lawsuits set for final vote

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Legislation that would restrict workers’ compensation recipients and their families from collecting lawsuit damages from on-the-job injuries will move to final passage stage Monday, after Repu...

W.Va. GOP ramrodding radical bills, Democrats say

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Three weeks into West Virginia’s legislative session, Democratic lawmakers accused Republicans Thursday of “steamrolling” a series of bills that are “radical and wrong.”

“I...

W.Va. House passes bill to make judges’ elections nonpartisan

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Judicial candidates in West Virginia could no longer run as Republicans or Democrats, under a bill that passed Wednesday in the House of Delegates.

By a 90-9 vote, House members approved legislation (HB2010) that w...

Tomblin opposes Morrisey’s plan for second Medicaid fraud unit in W.Va.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s office is opposing Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s plan to start a second Medicaid fraud unit in West Virginia.

Tomblin’s aides said West Virginia already has an agg...

State Senate OKs straight-ticket voting ban

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Straight-ticket voting could become a thing of the past in West Virginia.

The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would prohibit straight-party voting in elections. The legislation next moves to the House of Delegate...

Senate passes bill that gives addicts access to medicine that reverses overdoses

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The West Virginia Senate unanimously passed a bill Monday that would put a drug overdose-reversing medication in the hands of addicts.

The legislation (SB335) would authorize doctors to prescribe the medicine ...

Manchin, state Republicans at odds on meth eradication

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U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is urging West Virginia legislators to pass a bill that would require a prescription for a cold medication that’s used to fuel illegal methamphetamine labs.

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ACA ‘kill-bill’ advances

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In their first swipe at the federal Affordable Care Act, West Virginia Republican lawmakers advanced a bill Tuesday that would take away Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s power over any future changes in how West Virginians...

W.Va. lawmakers to take up ACA ‘kill bill’

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West Virginia’s Republican-controlled Legislature has fired its first salvo against the federal Affordable Care Act.

Lawmakers plan to take up a GOP-backed bill today that would repeal a 2010 state law that ...

State lawmakers seek contract ban on businesses owned by state officials

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West Virginia lawmakers are sharpening a bill that would bar companies owned by government officials or their immediate family members from doing business with many state agencies.

Fundraisers held during legislative session targeted

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Republican lawmakers in West Virginia are picking up right where Democrats left off when it comes to at least one popular pastime — holding campaign fundraisers during the legislative session.

Delegate Chris...

GOP lawmakers skip gay rights rally

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Two Republican state senators scheduled to speak at a gay rights rally at the state Capitol Monday were no-shows.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, and Sen. Daniel Hall, R-Wyoming, snubbed a press...

Morrisey gives pay raises

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The West Virginia Attorney General has handed out promotions and salary hikes to his high-ranking staff members, following a major exodus of lawyers who departed to work for the Legislature.

Earlier this month, Pat...

Fired W.Va. education official wants job back

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Tammy McGraw wants her job back.

The former executive director of instructional technology at the West Virginia Department of Education has filed a grievance, alleging she was fired for no good reason after just th...

GOP lawmakers says Tomblin lifting part of their agenda

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After Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin talked about education reform and jobs in his State of the State address Wednesday night, some Republican lawmakers were left wondering whether Tomblin was trying to steal a page from their pl...

GOP takes control of W.Va. Legislature for 1st time in 8 decades

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After more than 80 years of being on the outside looking in, Republicans officially took control of the West Virginia Legislature on Wednesday,...

W.Va. education official misused funds at former Va. job, report says

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A former high-ranking administrator at the West Virginia Department of Education misused public funds and falsified travel records while working at a similar post in Virginia, according to a report released this week.

Legal reform on GOP legislative agenda

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Incoming West Virginia Senate leaders gave a glimpse into their legislative agenda Monday, saying they plan to push through bills that reform the state’s legal system, but they expect to...

Judge orders suit against pain pill distributors to proceed

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A lawsuit that seeks to hold a dozen drug distribution companies accountable for West Virginia’s prescription pain pill problem has cleared a major hurdle.

Boone County Circuit Judge William Thompson rejecte...

Morrisey hires former Delegate Suzette Raines as legislative liaison

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has hired former Republican Delegate Suzette Raines as his legislative liaison.

In August, Raines withdrew as a candidate in the 35th House of Delegates race, citing ...

W.Va. Republican lawmakers to probe spending

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After seizing control of the West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates, Republican lawmakers have started a review of wasteful spending in state government.

GOP legislators have directe...