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Debates Continue Over Controversial Logging Bill

The Legislature Today

On The Legislature Today, we take a closer look at a bill that would allow logging in state parks – Senate Bill 270. It's an issue that's fired up lawmakers and citizens. We’ll hear from a director, a commissioner, a delegate, and a senator. Logging is currently permitted in state forests but not state parks.

First up, we hear from Sen. Mike Woelful, D-Cabell, who opposes the legislation.

Next, we hear from Del. Roy Cooper, R-Cooper, who supports it.

This issue has pitted a director within the Justice administration against a statewide elected commissioner. Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt is actively speaking against the bill, while the Director of the West Virginia Division of Forestry Mr. Barry Cook supports it.

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Also in this episode, the first wave of highway work from the "West Virginia Roads to Prosperity" plan is set to begin as soon as weather allows, according to the West Virginia Department of Transportation. While state hiring will start next month, Rebecca Turnbull reports from the Capitol that some private companies are already building up their workforce in anticipation.

The state Dept. of Transportation and the West Virginia Contractors Association have scheduled a job fair February 16 starting at 10:00 a.m. at the BridgeValley Community and Technical Center in Charleston. According to the department's website, they're looking for highway workers, engineers, accountants, and environmentalists.

Senior Reporter Dave Mistich also joins Lannom to discuss other issues brought up at the Capitol this week.

The Legislature Today is West Virginia's source for daily legislative news and information. The only live television program covering the West Virginia Legislature, the broadcast features reports from the Senate, House and committee meetings with in-depth interviews and analysis of the legislative process in West Virginia.

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Liz McCormick is WVPB's Eastern Panhandle and Education reporter/producer. Liz is a native of Charleston, West Virginia and received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and New Media from Shepherd University in 2014. You can connect with Liz via email at emccormick@wvpublic.org or on Twitter @LizMcCormickWV