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March-28-2016

WV Governor Tomblin approves bill increasing penalties for passing stopped school buses
The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, West Virginia — West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has approved increased penalties for passing stopped school buses.

Tomblin signed the bill Thursday.

On a first offense, drivers passing a school bus that stopped to pick up or drop off students could be guilty of a misdemeanor, fined $250 to $500, imprisoned up to six months...

March-24-2016

PEIA shortfalls hinge on budget debate
By Chris Lawrence, MetroNews

The Finance Board of the Public Employees Insurance Agency is slated to meet next week in an emergency session. It’s likely the board will restore more than $120 Million in cuts the agency originally presented to insured state workers and retirees last year.

The lack of a budget for next fiscal year left the Finance Board with no other option.

“Fiduciarily they do have to do that,...

March-24-2016

Commentary: PEIA predicament brings pressure on lawmakers, governor

By Hoppy Kercheval
WV MetroNews

One of the critical pressure points in the ongoing discussions between the Tomblin administration and legislative leaders over a budget for next fiscal year is funding for the Public Employees Insurance Agency. PEIA is the state’s health insurance program for 220,000 public employees and retirees.

Last year, the PEIA finance board proposed a series of controversial...

March-23-2016

PEIA Finance Board could revisit cuts after budget collapse

By Hoppy Kercheval
WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The state Public Employees Insurance Agency finance board has called a special meeting for next week where the board may again impose a series of controversial benefit reductions for school teachers and state workers and premium increases for retirees.

The finance board approved $120 million in cuts last year, but rescinded them in January after Governor...

March-22-2016

Martirano wants Tomblin to veto school calendar bill

By Shauna Johnson
WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Opposition to the bill allowing for new ways to meet West Virginia’s school instructional requirement of 180 days is coming from Dr. Michael Martirano, state superintendent of schools.

“It should be vetoed the way it’s written currently,” Martirano said of the school calendar bill on Tuesday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

“I think that, right now, with the state...

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