West Virginia Public Broadcasting is returning to the state Capitol to deliver nightly coverage of the 2020 legislative session, beginning with Gov. Jim Justice’s State of the State Address, Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m.
The Legislature Today is West Virginia’s only nightly television/radio simulcast devoted to covering the state’s 60-day regular legislative session.
The State of West Virginia faces several issues as the 2020 legislative session approaches, from lagging state revenue collections, a substance use disorder epidemic, a child welfare system in crisis and the lowest labor force participation rate in the nation.
"Covering the legislature has been a decades-old commitment of West Virginia Public Broadcasting,” said CEO and Executive Director, Chuck Roberts. “We’re extremely grateful to the Legislature for helping us broadcast this program from the Capitol across our statewide network. Our flagship program, The Legislature Today, and our live coverage of the floor sessions on the West Virginia Channel provide a first-hand account of the process of lawmaking to all West Virginians. This is a civic duty that we at WVPB are proud to continue.”
The half-hour broadcast features coverage of Senate, House of Delegates, and committee action with in-depth video stories, interviews and analysis. Senior reporter Dave Mistich will be stationed again at the statehouse, contributing investigative reports, often joining producer and host Suzanne Higgins on-set for a breakdown of the most recent action. WVPB reporter Emily Allen is joining the crew at the Capitol while reporters from WVPB’s news bureaus around the state contribute video stories of both regional and statewide interest. In addition, connection with the network’s Morgantown studio will broaden potential guest participation.
“We’re committed to in-depth reporting that follows the issues and bills lawmakers are considering, reporting that provides multiple perspectives, background and context,” said WVPB Executive Producer Suzanne Higgins. “Our goal is to provide a better understanding of public policy and the legislative process.”
WVPB also provides gavel-to-gavel live broadcasts of Senate and House floor sessions daily online and on The West Virginia Channel.
The Legislature Today can be seen weekdays at 6 p.m. beginning Jan 9, with a repeat at 11 p.m. On The West Virginia Channel, the program can be seen weekdays at 7 p.m., with a repeat the following morning at 6 a.m.
The broadcast also will air on WVPB’s radio network weeknights at 6 p.m. In addition, broadcasts of The Legislature Today are archived at http://wvpublic.org/programs/legislature-today.