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March-06-2016

Crunch time: Lawmakers down to the wire for state budget
By Pamela Pritt Register-Herald Reporter

With a mandate to balance a budget and only six days left to go to pass bills to move that process along, lawmakers are still searching for ways to make the numbers fall in line. Since one major revenue measure failed in a House of Delegates committee this week, they're left with few options.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin presented a balanced budget to the...

March-06-2016

Senate overrides veto of permitless carry bill
By Pamela Pritt Register-Herald Reporter

The state Senate joined with the House of Delegates Saturday in overriding the constitutional carry bill that allows all state residents 21 and older to carry a gun without a permit or training. The vote was 23 to 11.

The bill does not change the law concerning people who are prohibited from carrying firearms.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed SB 4145 Thursday with...

March-04-2016

Bus passing bill close to final approval
By Jeff Jenkins | WV MetroNews

Drivers caught illegally passing a school bus loading or unloading kids would initially spend 24-hours in jail in a bill that passed the House of Delegates Friday.

The bill (SB 13) will be on its way to the governor for consideration if the Senate agrees to the changes the House made to its bill.

House Judiciary Committee Chair Patrick Lane (R-Kanawha) explained the 24-hour...

March-04-2016

House Speaker: There are other ways to fill budget shortfall without tobacco tax bill
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Tobacco tax increases are no longer in the mix of possible funding sources as state lawmakers continue work at the State Capitol to close an estimated shortfall of between $160 million and $180 million in the next West Virginia budget.

House Speaker Tim Armstead (R-Kanawha, 40) said all was not lost,...

March-03-2016

Severance tax cuts for coal, natural gas advance in legislature
By MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Senate has passed and sent to the House a bill that lowers the severance tax on coal and natural gas. SB 705 lowers the current five percent tax by one percent a year for two consecutive fiscal years...

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