2019 Legislature

Gov. Jim Justice, R-W.Va., delivers his annual State of the State speech, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Charleston, W.Va.
Tyler Evert / Associated Press

In his third State of the State address, Gov. Jim Justice promised to capitalize on West Virginia’s recently reported economic turnaround -- focused on education, roads, the state’s drug problem and rollbacks on taxes.

Pipeline ready for construction.
Seth Perlman / Associated Press

A top lobbyist for a major natural gas pipeline outlined a series of priorities to West Virginia lawmakers Tuesday, which included calling on the Legislature sign a resolution condemning "rogue environmental groups."

"I think it's important for West Virginia to go on record that the end result of their tactics hurt the state economy of West Virginia," Dominion Energy’s West Virginia State Policy Director Bob Orndorff said in an address to the Joint Committee on Natural Gas Development. "That's important, for the pipeline industry to have that type of support from the West Virginia Legislature."

Courtesy of the Governor's Office

One day ahead of the 2019 legislative session, Gov. Jim Justice announced another month of revenue surpluses. But with proposed increases to spending and hopes to rollback some sources of tax revenue, the overall budget picture remains unclear.

WVPB Continues Nightly Legislative News from the Capitol

Jan 2, 2019

West Virginia Public Broadcasting will return to the state Capitol to deliver nightly coverage of the 2019 legislative session, beginning with Gov. Jim Justice’s State of the State Address, Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7pm.

The Legislature Today is West Virginia’s only nightly program devoted to covering the state’s 60-day regular legislative session.

The Capitol building in Charleston, West Virginia.
Jesse Wright / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Some bills that failed in the West Virginia Legislature last year will get a fresh perspective in the upcoming session with the appointment of lawmakers to several key positions.

Republican Mitch Carmichael, who returns as Senate president in January, has appointed Dr. Tom Takubo of Kanawha County as the Senate’s new majority leader and homeschool and private-school advocate Patricia Rucker of Jefferson County to head the Senate Education Committee.