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Senate Leadership Makes Historic Move with Education Reform Bill

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The omnibus education reform bill is the talk of the Capitol’s halls. A historic move was made by Senate leadership Monday to have the bill, SB 451, reported to the floor and be considered by “the committee as a whole” – meaning all 34 senators would consider the bill from the floor in the same manner as if it were still in committee.

Senior Statehouse Reporter Dave Mistich joins host Suzanne Higgins to outline the latest on SB 451.

Senate Majority Leader Tom Takubo, R-Kanawha, and Senate Minority Leader Roman Prezioso, D-Marion, also join our show to add their thoughts on the motion to move SB 451 to the full Senate and bypass the traditional committee process.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uesw-ZBursE

It was Higher Education Day at the Capitol, and the state's two and four-year colleges and universities were recognized for their many contributions. But significant questions remain about oversight and a future funding formula. Reporter Randy Yohe updates us on Gov. Jim Justice’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education.

On Tuesday’s show, we’ll have a conversation with the new Director of the Office of Drug Control Policy Robert Hansen and the Chair of Governor's Advisory Council on Substance Use Disorder Brian Gallagher.

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