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The Legislature Today: Poll of W.Va. Voters Tells Story of 2016 Session

The Legislature Today
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The GOP majority in both chambers have received plenty of criticism and support this legislative session for taking on controversial issues like Right-to-Work and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.


West Virginians on either side of the issue have made their stances known through social media campaigns and rallies at the statehouse, and many opposed are turning those feelings into political fuel for the upcoming primary and general elections.


Curtis Wilkerson with Orion Strategies discusses a poll recently conducted by the firm about both legislative and political issues.

A bill to ban a commonly-used abortion method is making its way to Governor Tomblin’s desk after a vote of approval in the House, but a vote in the Senate kills a bill that would have allowed pipeline surveyors on private property without permission.
Two West Virginia groups combined efforts today at the statehouse to show their support and opposition to bills they say will affect minority groups in the state.

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.