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Sen. President Carmichael Says He Is ‘Hesitant’ on Pay Raise Without Education Reform


Wednesday is crossover day, meaning it’s the last day for the West Virginia House of Delegates and Senate to consider bills on third reading, or voting stage, in their chamber of origin. Host Suzanne Higgins speaks with Senate President Mitch Carmichael and Senate Minority Leader Roman Prezioso about legislation they hoped would make it out and on legislation they still hope to consider.

Highlights from the interview:

  • Crossover Day on Wednesday
  • Will the “clean” pay raise bill, HB 2730, be taken up by the Senate?
  • The Campus Self Defense Act, HB 2519
  • Medicaid work requirements bill, HB 3136

On Tuesday, senators considered an amendment to SB 348. The bill would raise the legal buying age of tobacco products, including vape products, from 18 to 21.
Sen. Ron Stollings, D-Boone, offered an amendment that he states would protect the existing clean indoor air regulations. This ignited a debate over freedoms, especially as it pertains to veterans.

Senior Statehouse Reporter Dave Mistich also joins the show to share more of the latest from both the House and Senate.


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