Drug Court Legislation Moving Through Legislature

On this West Virginia Morning, both the state House of Delegates and Senate are considering legislation that would expand adult drug court in West Virginia. Senate Bill 62 would require participation before the discharge of certain first-time drug offenses. And House Bill 2686 would implement a pilot program for family drug courts in five counties. The Legislature Today Executive Producer Suzanne Higgins brings us an in-depth look at the largest adult drug court in the state, through the eyes of administrators and participants.

Also on today's show, the West Virginia Senate has passed a sweeping and controversial bill that seeks to overhaul the state’s public education system. As Dave Mistich reports, the measure includes the establishment of charter schools and education savings accounts allowing for more choice in where parents send their children to school.

And this week, the federal Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will begin its term with a new top Democrat: West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin. Manchin’s ascension to ranking member of the Senate energy committee has drawn concern from environmental groups and more left-leaning members of his own party. As Brittany Patterson reports, the senator from coal country says he plans to use his newfound post to promote the Ohio Valley’s energy resources.

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