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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...


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Calling it the “landmark” legislation of this legislative session, members of the House of Delegates Education Committee passed a bill Thursday morning making major changes to the public school calendar when it comes to when students start and end school.

The bill, HB 2433, was originally drafted to mandate the school year for students take place between Labor Day and Memorial Day. The committee amended to make it date specific. The bill would now...


West Virginia teachers unions call strike as Senate brings back charters, ESAs

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia teachers unions called for the second statewide strike in 13 months during an announcement in front of the state Senate on Monday night.

“We are taking action,” said Fred Albert, president of the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia, eliciting cheers. “We are given no other choice. As of tomorrow we...


By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A showdown is about to start on the big education bill.

The state Senate is set to receive the House’s version of the bill on Monday. Then it has three choices: accept the House’s changes, amend the bill or refuse to concur with the House.

 “The provisions the House has changed about the bill trouble us somewhat,” Senate President ...


By Lori Kersey, WV Charleston Gazette-Mail

County school boards would have to provide feminine hygiene produces to students who need them under a bill that passed the Senate Health and Human Resources Committee on Thursday.

A committee substitute for Senate Bill 86 would require school boards to provide the products to girls in grades 6 through 12...