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By Jeff Jenkins, Wv MetroNews

January 8, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The 60-day regular legislative session begins Wednesday at the state Capitol building.

One hundred members of the House of Delegates and 34 members of the state Senate will be on hand when the gavel comes down in both chambers at noon. They will spend the next two months introducing and debating bills with a few hundred gaining final approval.

Most of what happens...


By Steven Allen Adams, The Weirton Daily Times

January 5, 2020

CHARLESTON — Top legislative leaders told members of the media Friday what they plan to focus on during the 2020 legislative session starting this week.

Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, and House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, spoke at the West Virginia Press Association’s annual Legislative Lookahead, Friday, at the Cultural Center in Charleston.

Carmichael, who first...


By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Murmurs arose in a Charleston ballroom in September, about an hour into education attorney Howard Seufer Jr.’s presentation.

The crowd of county board of education members from across West Virginia had just been directed by Seufer to look at all the information the state’s new charter school law requires to be in any application to create such a school. The school board members would have to review all this if someone applied to...


By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Public Employees Insurance Agency’s plan for the coming year includes no rate increases and no benefit cuts, but the plan might have to dip into a Rainy Day Fund.

Lawmakers asked about what happens if that fund, which was established last year by Gov. Jim Justice and the Legislature, is spent down.

“I will be here asking for more revenue,” PEIA Director Ted Cheatham said, “or we’ll be...


WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education has adopted changes to the standards for school board members, shifting more focus to student accountability.

The board last week approved new standards tied to two other policies on flexibility and accountability; Policy 2510 would give local schools more control over schedules and the credits needed to graduate, while Policy 2322 would establish goals focused on student outcomes....