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The Legislature Today: Do Religious Freedoms Need More Protection in W.Va.?


The West Virginia Religious Freedom Restoration Act's approval in the House of Delegates caused a firestorm on social media as many businesses spoke in opposition, but groups backing the bill say its important to West Virginia.

Jill Rice with Opportunity West Virginia and Allen Whitt with the Family Policy Council of West Virginia debate the bill that's now being considered in the Senate. 

Members of the Senate get their first look at a bill to allow West Virginians over the age of 21 carry a concealed weapon without a permit during a public hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The House votes to allow ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to operate in West Virginia, and on Corrections Day at the Legislature, we focus in on the training required to become a West Virginia Correctional Officer.


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.