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The Legislature Today: Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Senate Case

The Legislature Today
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this episode of The Legislature Today, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Tuesday in the case to replace former state Senator Daniel Hall. 

Elected as a Democrat in 2012, Hall switched parities in 2014 to give the GOP a majority in the chamber, but the switch has state political leaders questioning whether a Republican or Democrat should replace him.

Despite their lack of a member, Senators are continuing to move forward with a bill to make West Virginia a Right-to-Work state. The controversial proposal will be up for a vote in the upper chamber Thursday.

Gov. Tomblin has once again proposed budget cuts for the state's public college and universities, this time asking them to cut as much as $14 million. House education leaders are looking for ways to avoid the cuts, but say in a tight budget year, finding the dollars will be tough. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BfTHPw4fZ0

Ashton Marra covers the Capitol for West Virginia Public Radio and can be heard weekdays on West Virginia Morning, the station’s daily radio news program. Ashton can also be heard Sunday evenings as she brings you state headlines during NPR’s weekend edition of All Things Considered. She joined the news team in October of 2012.