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February-28-2019

The following is a press release sent out after the governor signed SB 267. 

BECKLEY, WV – Gov. Jim Justice held a ceremonial bill signing today for Senate Bill 267 at Cranberry-Prosperity Elementary School in Beckley, WV. The new law makes West Virginia the first state in the nation to require that students receive computer science education before graduating high school.
 
“I’ve said all along that we need to make education our centerpiece here in West...

February-27-2019

By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Two bills intended to fulfill Gov. Jim Justice’s pledge to set aside $150 million to offset future cost increases for PEIA health insurance benefits were headed to the Senate on Tuesday after passing the House of Delegates by wide margins — despite concern that one of the bills poses a $16 million unfunded mandate for state colleges and universities.

The governor’s bill to transfer $105 million in 2018-19 budget surplus into the new...

February-26-2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia students could see the number of instructional days they receive each school year reduced from 180 to 170 under House Bill 2433, which is being considered by the House of Delegates.

County boards of education also would be banned from starting classes before Sept. 1 or ending them after May 31, although schools operating on “balanced,” often called year-round, calendars would be exempt.

The legislation would keep the...

February-25-2019

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill that would allow home school students to participate in public school sports is now lined up to pass the House of Delegates this week.

Delegate Joe Ellington, R-Mercer, made a motion during Monday’s House floor session that HB 3127, also known as the Tim Tebow bill, be discharged from the House Education Committee where it stalled last week. The motion was approved on a voice vote.

“It’s something...

February-22-2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The House Finance Committee passed two bills aimed at generating the $150 million that Gov. Jim Justice promised to shore up the Public Employees Insurance Agency.

One of the bills would revamp the PEIA reserve fund while also creating a new PEIA Rainy Day Fund.

They are meant to be savings accounts for the Public Employees Insurance Agency to prevent cuts or premium increases in hard times. The PEIA...

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