West Virginia House of Delegates

Del. Joshua Higginbotham, R-Putnam.
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West Virginia Delegate Joshua Higginbotham is traveling to Taiwan on a trade promotion trip this week.

The House said in a news release that the Putnam County Republican and some other lawmakers were leaving Friday and returning Aug. 4. The Taiwan Economic Cultural Representative Office is organizing the trip.

West Virginia House of Delegates, January 2018.
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Republican Sharon Lewis Malcolm has been appointed to a West Virginia House of Delegates seat.

Gov. Jim Justice announced Malcolm's appointment Thursday. The 39th District seat represents Kanawha County.

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A longtime West Virginia lawmaker has resigned in the final week of the 2018 legislative session.

The 39th District seat in the House of Delegates held by 67-year-old Ron Walters is vacant following the Republican insurance agent's resignation Wednesday after more than 20 years.

On The Legislature Today, the West Virginia House of Delegates passed a salary bill providing pay raises for state police, teachers, and school service personnel. But will it be enough to avert a teachers' strike amid growing frustrations over salaries, problems with the state's insurance provider and teacher vacancies? We hear from the presidents of both the West Virginia Education Association and the West Virginia chapter of the American Federation of Teachers to help answer these questions.

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The West Virginia House has voted to make it a crime to waste game by leaving carcasses or just taking trophies such as heads, claws or feathers.

The bill, passed 56-39 on Monday, would set fines ranging from $500 to $2,500 for big game, meaning deer, bear, boars and turkeys. Hunting and fishing licenses would be suspended for five years.

West Virginia House of Delegates, January 2018.
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West Virginia's House has voted to let nursing aides give various prescription medications to patients at nursing homes.

Supporters of the bill, approved 55-44 on Tuesday, say the certified nurse aides would have to be trained every two years, work under the direction of a registered nurse, couldn't give opioids and other drugs listed as having high potential for abuse and could give injections only with pre-filled insulin.

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The West Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill that would create 100 single-member legislative districts following the 2020 U.S. Census. In an hour long debate on the House floor, Republican delegates argued that the bill creates equity and a closer relationship between lawmakers and their constituents. Democrats, however, gave a wide variety of opposing arguments.

Tim Armstead
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West Virginia House Speaker Tim Armstead announced he will step down from his work in the Legislature in 2019 and could be looking to sit on the West Virginia Supreme Court.

In a statement from the West Virginia Republican Party, chairwoman Melody Potter said Armstead has been a leader for the Republican party as both the speaker of the House and as the former-minority leader.

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West Virginia lawmakers have begun advancing proposals for redistricting House of Delegates seats and providing free community and technical college during their first full week of their 2018 session.

Hundreds of other bills have been freshly introduced, several at the request of the Justice administration.

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Gov. Jim Justice has filled a vacancy in West Virginia's House of Delegates.

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D.R. "Buck" Jennings has been appointed to the West Virginia House of Delegates.

Gov. Jim Justice announced Jennings' appointment Tuesday to the 53rd District seat formerly held by Tony Lewis, who died last month of cancer. The district covers Preston and Tucker counties.

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West Virginia House Speaker Tim Armstead says Delegate Tony Lewis has died of cancer. The Preston County Republican was 59.

Armstead says in a news release that Lewis died Sunday.

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Gov. Jim Justice has named Republican Dianna Graves to fill a vacant seat in the House of Delegates.

A West Virginia House of Delegates leader has asked state agencies to review the licenses of four men who have admitted to taking part in a kickback scheme involving the Division of Highways.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports House Government Organization Chairman Gary Howell sent letters last week to the Board of Registration for Professional Engineers, the Contractors Licensing Board and the state Purchasing Division.

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Attorney and presidential candidate John W. Davis was born in Clarksburg on April 13, 1873. The Democrat launched his political career in the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1899, and was elected to Congress in 1911. He resigned shortly into his second term to become U.S. solicitor general and later served as President Woodrow Wilson’s ambassador to England.

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A. James Manchin was born in Farmington on April 7, 1927. He’d become perhaps the most colorful politician in West Virginia history.

During his one term in the House of Delegates in the late ’40s, he fought for civil rights issues, which possibly led to his re-election defeat. After stepping away from government for a decade, he returned as state director of the Farm Home Administration in the ’60s.

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West Virginia lawmakers have voted to allow Sunday hunting on private land across the state with the written consent of the owner.

The House has voted 92-5 for the bill that bars counties from prohibiting Sunday hunting.

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West Virginia's House has voted to make it a crime to publicly display, distribute or threaten to disclose sexually explicit or intimate images of someone else without their consent.

Judiciary Committee Chairman John Shott says the purpose is to criminalize "revenge porn."

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Attorney and politician William T. Brotherton Jr. died on April 6, 1997, at age 70. During his long career, he’d risen to the top position in two of West Virginia’s three branches of government.

Tim Armstead, Eric Nelson
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Members in the House of Delegates have approved their budget bill for fiscal year 2018 – bringing $140 million additional dollars in revenue and making $75 million in cuts to government agencies. The House’s budget is largely based on revenue brought in under a Senate bill that was drastically changed by the chamber’s finance committee.

Tim Armstead, Steve Harrison
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The House of Delegates has passed a Senate bill that would legalize medical marijuana in the state. But the bill has seen a number of changes since the 28 to 6 vote last week in the upper chamber.

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Members of the House Finance Committee have advanced their bill to "broaden the base and lower the rate" of the state's sales tax, a bill that the chamber is relying on to balance its 2018 budget.

Members were initially presented the latest version of Senate Bill 484 Saturday and took the bill up once again Monday morning.

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West Virginia's House of Delegates has followed the Senate and voted to eliminate the state requirement that construction and mining companies post bonds to protect worker wages if they've operated in West Virginia less than five years.

The House Bill, approved 85-14 on Monday, would remove the bonding requirement but increase one possible criminal penalty for employers who knowingly relocate or dispose of assets to deprive workers of wages and fringe benefits.

Tower for drilling horizontally into the Marcellus Shale Formation for natural gas, from Pennsylvania Route 118 in eastern Moreland Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, USA
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West Virginia's House is considering Senate-passed legislation to authorize natural gas producers to drill when three-fourths of those with royalty rights agree.

At a House hearing Monday, witnesses were divided over whether the bill would unconstitutionally involve the state in private contracts and represents an economic boom for more than out-of-state energy companies.

W.Va. House Cuts Greyhound Racing Subsidy

Apr 3, 2017
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, Liz McCormick reports from the House of Delegates where lawmakers voted to stop subsidizing greyhound racing and a group of advocates is fighting to stop the Legislature from implementing major budget cuts.  

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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The West Virginia House of Delegates has passed a Senate bill that changes the eligibility for unemployment benefits for workers who go on strike.

Does Hemp Have a Place in West Virginia?

Mar 27, 2017
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, we take a look at hemp's place in the state. Also Vice President Mike Pence pays a visit to Putnam County. And the West Virginia House has a new budget proposal.

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On June 23, 2016, West Virginia experienced some of the worst flooding in the state’s storied history. During the past 52 years, 282 West Virginians have died in floods, including the 23 who perished last summer after historic water levels led to a federal disaster declaration in 12 counties.

Nine months later, communities are still recovering from the high water. 

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West Virginia's House has voted down legislation that would have reduced the number of potential jurors that a defendant can remove before trial while increasing the number prosecutors can strike.

Under current law, defendants can reject six jurors while prosecutors can reject two.

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The West Virginia Courtesy Patrol is a state funded roadside assistance service. But as members in the House continue to look for places to cut to balance the 2018 budget, delegates have set their sights on the program’s $5 million budget.

The courtesy patrol has been around for almost 20 years. It’s a non-profit of the Citizens Conservation Corp through a contract with the West Virginia Division of Highways.To-date, the patrol has received over 3 million calls and employs nearly 100 people.

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