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April-01-2019

By Steven Allen Adams, The Intelligencer: Wheeling News-Register

CHARLESTON — Despite both having more work to do, the work of the task force looking at state employee health insurance and the commission looking at higher education appear to be done unless Gov. Jim Justice breathes new life into these committees.

Both the Blue Ribbon Commission for Four-Year Higher Education and the Public Employees Insurance Agency Task Force were slated to wrap up their work in December. Both...

March-29-2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Gov. Jim Justice says he vetoed Senate Bill 624, which would have let counties use exams other than the SAT as their 11th-grade standardized test, partly because it “directly conflicts” with existing West Virginia law.

His written veto message, released Thursday, says: “The comprehensive statewide student assessment adopted prior to the testing window of the 2017-2018 school year shall continue to be used for at least a total of four...

March-27-2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Gov. Jim Justice has signed the free community college tuition bill. West Virginia students may be able to benefit from it in the upcoming academic year.

Senate Bill 1 will guarantee students free tuition when pursuing certain certificates and associate’s degrees at in-state, public community colleges and those public, primarily four-year colleges that also offer associate’s degrees.

Matt Turner, executive vice chancellor for...

March-26-2019

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice has until midnight Wednesday to make a decision on the bills passed by state lawmakers during the 60-day regular legislative session. His office received final enrolled copies of 105 bills in the last two business days.

“We received 59 bills on Friday and we got 46 bills yesterday and we’re still waiting one, so that’s a big chunk right there,” Justice administration Chief Counsel Brian Abraham...

March-25-2019

By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A small number of West Virginia’s 50,000 total retired teachers and other state workers will see increases in their monthly retirement benefits beginning this June.

Governor Jim Justice has signed into law SB 3095 which applies to the retirees in those two categories with at...

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