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Statehouse Reporters Recap Discussions Over Cannabis Use, Voting Rights, Foster Care Crisis


This week lawmakers debated tax breaks, sought remedies for a foster care system in crisis, passed a resolution calling for a convention of states and much more. Host Suzanne Higgins is joined by statehouse reporters to recap a week of legislative action.

Higgins is joined by Brad McElhinny of WV MetroNews, Emily Allen of West Virginia Public Broadcasting and Ryan Quinn of The Charleston Gazette-Mail.

Highlights from the roundtable:

  • Debate over recreational use of cannabis
  • SB 94 – providing persons with physical disabilities ability to vote by electronic absentee ballot
  • Education related issues – what’s moving in committees?
  • Foster care issues; homeless children


West Virginians living with disabilities gathered at the Capitol this week to advocate for their needs and their rights. Randy Yohe reports.

Monday on the Legislature Today, we'll visit with a Greenbrier County resident who has waited years to get back into his home following the floods of June 2016. And we'll get an update on the recovery program from lawmakers.

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