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The Legislature Today: Court Enters Decision in Supreme Court Candidate Challenge

The Legislature Today
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A Kanwaha County Circuit Judge has ruled that West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin should not be given state dollars to fund his re-election campaign.

The lawsuit was brought against Benjamin by Beth Walker, one of four challengers in the race. Benjamin was attempting to participate in the state’s public campaign financing program, a program that is only available to candidates running for Supreme Court seats, but this is the first time a candidate’s participation has been challenged.

Charleston attorney Anthony Majestro from the firm Powell & Majestro discusses the implication of the case.

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A bill to remove the permitting requirements to carry a concealed weapon in the state is one step closer to becoming law after a vote in the House of Delegates to override Governor Tomblin's veto. Senators are expected to join with a vote Saturday.

Delegates also begin deliberating a bill to increase some taxes and fees to fund roads.

One Winfield family is anxiously awaiting the House’s approval of a Senate bill impacting their home schooled son. Senators approved Senate Bill 105 last month, a bill that would allow home schooled students to play sports at public schools.

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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.