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February 9, 2016

Gun bill passes WV House, on to Senate
By LACIE PIERSON, Herald-Dispatch

The West Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill Tuesday that would make it legal for citizens of the state to carry concealed weapons without a permit, as long as they meet certain requirements.

Delegates debated for about three hours through 14 proposed amendments before passing the bill by a vote of 68-31 with one member not present.

The bill will advance to the Senate...

February 12, 2016

Governor vetoes right to work, repeal of prevailing wage
By Pamela Pritt Register-Herald Reporter

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued vetoes Thursday on SB1, the right to work bill, and HB 4005, repealing the prevailing wage, both measures high on the GOP agenda this year. 

Tomblin said he disputed that the state needed a right to work law.

“The issue of right to work has been discussed for a number of years, but I have never had a company cite right to...

February 12, 2016

Tomblin’s vetoes short-lived; right to work, repeal of prevailing wage now law
By Jeff Jenkins, WV Metronews

The House of Delegates and state Senate made quick work of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s vetoes on the bills that will repeal the state’s prevailing wage and make West Virginia a right to work state in votes taken during Friday’s floor sessions.

The Republican-controlled Senate overrode both vetoes on an  18-16 party line vote while the House voted 55-44...

February 12, 2016

More discussion on common core before return to agenda
By Jeff Jenkins, WV Metronews

The status of the bill that would repeal the Common Core teaching standards in West Virginia remains unclear heading into next week.

The bill was taken off the House Education Committee’s agenda before its Friday meeting.

Del. Dave Perry (D-Fayette) questioned committee chair Paul Espinosa (R-Jefferson) at the end of Friday’s meeting about the move. Espinosa told...

February 13, 2016

Legislature overrides vetoes of right to work, prevailing wage repeal bills
By Pamela Pritt Register-Herald Reporter

A day after Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed legislation high on the GOP agenda, the state Legislature took action to override his disapproval of the measures. 

The vote to override in the State Senate was an 18-16 party line vote on both right to work, SB1, and the repeal of the state's prevailing wage rate, HB 4005. 

Senate Majority...

February 14, 2016

Mucking up education

Republicans should stop playing politics and let the professionals do their jobs
Editorial Register-Herald

If you thought the Republican majority in Charleston couldn’t top itself with bad legislation, well, we’re here to tell you that it is trying.

So give them an A for effort.

Under Republican majorities in both houses, the West Virginia Legislature is pushing an extreme right-wing political...

February 15, 2016

House to examine bill to set aside class time to fill out FAFSA
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

A bill passed by the House Education Committee last Friday would make it a priority for high school students to learn how to properly fill out the FAFSA form.

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for the state Higher Education Policy Commission Dr. Adam Green said the bill would set aside class time for completion of the form.

“This really puts an emphasis...

February 15, 2016

“The hard work begins” following right to work passage
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

While supporters of West Virginia’s right to work legislation are looking forward to new opportunities to grow the state’s economy, opponents say they’re disappointed with how the debate over the bill was carried out.

“Not only would they vote to pass right to work, but it’s the manner in which some of the people like Senator (Robert) Karnes (R-Upshur,11) and others...

February 16, 2016

West Virginia leads nation again in school breakfast participation
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

The Food Research & Action Center announced Tuesday for the second year in a row West Virginia is doing better than any other state in the nation getting school kids to eat breakfast at school.

It wasn’t always that way, Richard Goff, executive director of the Office of Child Nutrition at the West Virginia Department of Education, told MetroNews.

“...

February 17, 2016

Senate finance committee gets started on Tomblin’s tobacco tax increase bill
By MetroNews Staff

The Senate Finance Committee began debate Tuesday on legislation that will raise the prices of cigarettes, other tobacco products and e-cigarettes.

The bill (HB 420) is Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s proposal to raise additional tax money to help balance the state’s budgets for this fiscal year and next.

The bill raises the tax on a pack of cigarettes from the...

February 17, 2016

Common Core repeal bills stalled in House Education Committee
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

With just more than three weeks left in the 2016 Regular Legislative Session, several bills introduced to cut ties between West Virginia’s educational standards and Common Core standards remain pending in the House Education Committee.

“While the state Board and others claim that these (Common Core) standards are better, that’s absolutely false. They’re worse...

February 18, 2016

Justice leads pack in governor’s race
By Hoppy Kercheval , WV MetroNews

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