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West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

State lawmakers wrapped up the 2020 legislative session this weekend in Charleston. We’ll hear about what lawmakers did and didn’t accomplish this year on this West Virginia Morning, plus more…


The 60-day legislative session heads to an end at midnight, and lawmakers are putting the final touches on their scheduled work for the year. While most of Republican leadership's priorities have been settled, hundreds of bills still have a chance of making it across the finishline before the Senate and House of Delegates gavel out sine die.

The House of Delegates’ foster care bill was up for a vote in the Senate Friday, while the Senate's Intermediate Court of Appeals bill was up for a vote in the House. We recap that action and more in our weekly reporter roundtable.

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West Virginia senators passed a bill from the House of Delegates on Friday, in an attempt to reform various aspects of the state’s overwhelmed foster care system

Host Suzanne Higgins has a conversation with House Finance members for a breakdown of the budget bill that passed out of the House chamber Wednesday night – a budget with some key differences in spending priorities than that of the Senate.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, we visit the small town of Ona, West Virginia to learn about the Ona Speedway racetrack. We also hear from high school students in Fayette County, and we hear a conversation on higher education challenges in the state.

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A bill for foster care reform in the West Virginia Legislature was amended further Wednesday night, before it was sent to the full Senate for consideration. 

Host Suzanne Higgins speaks with Interim Chancellor of the Higher Education Policy Commission and Chancellor of the West Virginia Community and Technical College System, Dr. Sarah Armstrong Tucker for a discussion on higher education funding issues, secondary education attainment and financial aid requirement challenges.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, we remember a bit about Appalachia as experienced by Bobby Kennedy.

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A committee in the West Virginia Senate has passed a bipartisan bill from the House of Delegates that would reform the foster care system, but not without significant amendments to the bill’s financial items. 

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With just a handful of days before the end of the Legislature's regular  session, some West Virginia lawmakers in the minority party are making final efforts to push their priorities through. Some of those maneuvers came Tuesday in the House Judiciary Committee.

We explore criminal justice reform legislation from this session, and we bring you an in-depth report and follow-up conversation on the issue. We also bring you the latest news from West Virginia’s statehouse.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

As coronavirus continues to spread in the United States, people in West Virginia are starting to wonder -- how at risk am I? Health reporter Kara Lofton spoke with Dr. Jennifer Horney, an epidemiologist at the University of Delaware about what we know about Coronavirus so far and what we might be able to expect.

 

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A bill that would allow homeschool students in West Virginia to participate in public school sports and other extracurricular activities is on its way to becoming law. The measure, which has failed to get across the finish line in recent legislative sessions, cleared the Senate Monday and now heads to Gov. Jim Justice for a signature.

Senators voted 32-1 Monday to approve House Bill 3127. Sen. Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, was the lone vote in opposition to the measure.

We have updates on gun legislation, a renewable energy bill, and we bring you the latest on the Senate’s version of the budget bill.

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A committee in the West Virginia House of Delegates narrowly voted against passing a Republican bill to protect West Virginians with preexisting conditions, should a federal law currently providing these rights be repealed. 

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A bill to create an intermediate court of appeals in West Virginia passed the House Judiciary Committee Friday with a few noteworthy changes and, ultimately, a favorable recommendation.

Host Suzanne Higgins is joined by Brad McElhinny of West Virginia MetroNews and Steven Allen Adams of Ogden Newspapers for a reporter roundtable featuring an update on both the Senate and House proposed state budgets.

It was Arts Day at the Capitol. We spotlight the activities from the day, and we bring you a special report on an educational effort by the West Virginia Humanities Council.

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In honor of Crossover Day, the deadline for legislators to pass their bills out of their respective chambers and send them to the next body for consideration, West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s legislative team is taking a step back to review where some of the bill’s we’ve been monitoring stand now. 

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Shortly before the full House was scheduled to vote on it, members of the chamber’s Rules Committee voted to remove a ‘Ban the Box’ bill from the agenda, effectively killing the bill for the session. 

It was Crossover Day at the West Virginia Legislature, which means it was the final day for bills to be read a third time in their house of origin. Host Suzanne Higgins speaks with senior reporter Dave Mistich and reporter Emily Allen for updates from both the House and Senate. We also bring you updates on several health-related bills and issues.

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The West Virginia Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that seeks to protect West Virginians with preexisting health conditions, in the event the federal law that currently provides those protections is repealed. 

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West Virginia public high schools could soon offer their students elective courses on the Bible. 

Ahead of Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Day at the Capitol this week, we bring you a special report and update on several bills aimed at helping survivors.

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A committee of West Virginia lawmakers agreed Monday evening to recommend a bill to the full Senate that would prohibit discrimination based on hair type. 

A sweeping tax proposal calls for the elimination of manufacturing machinery, equipment and inventory taxes on motor vehicles and other personal property. It also calls for hikes to tobacco and consumer sales taxes. The legislation has passed in the Senate, but a joint resolution that would make the bill constitutional was held over in that chamber for one day.

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West Virginia could be one of more than 30 states to “ban the box” and prohibit certain employers from asking applicants about their criminal history, after lawmakers considered House Bill 4905 Friday evening. 

We recap this week’s legislative action with statehouse reporters, and we take a special look at bills seeking to bar discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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The West Virginia House of Delegates is closer to a vote on House Bill 4176, which would add the existing West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center into state law.

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