Right to Work, Tax Reform & Water Quality: Lawmakers Work Through Controversial Legislative Issues

Feb 27, 2017

On The Legislature Today, the governor releases an alternative plan to balance the 2018 budget-- one legislative leaders seem more open to considering.


In the Senate, a bill to clarify the state’s right to work law gets a passing vote and in the House, delegates hold a public hearing to address changed to the state's water quality standards.

The Senate’s Select Committee on Tax Reform is beginning its work revising a bill to overhaul West Virginia's tax code and repeal the personal income tax, a revenue source that generates nearly $2 billion each year.

When it comes to education, members of the House are looking for ways to give both public schools and higher education institutions more flexibility. Though a bill to do just that caused sparked a major debate in the chamber.

Newly elected Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt discusses the legislation he's backing this session, including one to expand the state's industrial hemp program.