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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...


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,...


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...


RFRA bill killed by Senate; opponents claim victory
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

An unlikely coalition killed an amended version of the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act Wednesday night in the state Senate.

Democrats who opposed the legislation to begin with, and GOP Senators who preferred the original House bill and didn’t think the amended bill went far enough, combined to vote down the bill on third reading, 27-7.



Senate approves bill changing makeup of PEIA Finance Board
By WV MetroNews

The State Senate has approved along party lines a bill changing the makeup of the Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board. Republican backers say SB 622 is a response to the financial problems with the state’s health insurance program.