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The Legislature Today: RFRA Makes First Appearance in Senate

The Legislature Today
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The West Virginia Religious Freedom Restoration Act was approved in the House more than two weeks ago and, in that time, Senate leaders have said little about the bill. The chamber's Judiciary Committee took up the legislation Friday evening, but some Senators say they’re waiting to see a final bill before throwing their support behind it.


The House of Delegates approved a bill Friday to repeal Common Core based education standards and prohibit aligned assessments. After three hours of debate over amendments Thursday, not a single delegate stood to speak to the bill before the vote.

Businesses are calling on lawmakers to approve a bill that would allow the sale of alcohol on Sunday mornings, but leadership in the House says the brunch bill is not a priority.



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.