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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

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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. 

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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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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bill to protect West Virginians with preexisting conditions, should a federal law currently providing these rights be repealed.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.

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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. 

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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with preexisting health conditions, in the event the federal law that currently provides those protections is repealed.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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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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This is a developing story and may be updated.

As lawmakers consider a bill to establish the existing West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center in state code, civil liberty advocates are calling on the Legislature to use this as an opportunity to add more privacy and civil liberty protections for West Virginians. 

Natural gas pipe for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline sits in a yard Feb. 27, 2019, near Morgantown, W.Va.
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Three days after a public hearing on the implications of a bill to protect critical infrastructure sites in West Virginia, the House of Delegates has passed House Bill 4615, which will create “a criminal offense of trespass upon property containing a critical infrastructure facility.” 

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Following an incident in Mineral County last year, a bill to create a Religious Liberties in Schools Act has passed the West Virginia House of Delegates in a 76 to 22 vote and will move on to the state Senate for consideration.  

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A bipartisan bill seeking to cap what some insured West Virginians pay for insulin is going to the full House of Delegates for consideration. This comes after eight amendments and several hours of discussion in the House Judiciary Committee on Friday.  

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An alternative solution to West Virginia’s substance use epidemic and foster care crisis already is “off the ground and running,” according to the Boone County Circuit Court Judge William Thompson.

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The West Virginia House of Delegates has yet again passed a bill seeking to plug some of the thousands of abandoned oil and natural gas wells that go unreclaimed every year, endangering the environment.

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A bill requiring an official declaration of war from U.S. Congress to deploy members of the West Virginia National Guard overseas remains inactive, despite a robust conversation on the West Virginia House floor Tuesday.  

Capitol, West Virginia State Capitol
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In its $6.1 billion budget request for the upcoming fiscal year, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has proposed increasing funds for child welfare programs, the recruitment and retention of staff, efforts to improve state-run hospitals and the elimination of a waitlist for the state IDD waiver program. 

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Correction: House Bill 4543 to cap insulin copays at $25 was referred to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration on Monday. An earlier version of this article on Feb. 4, 2020, stated it was moving to the full House of Delegates. 

Capitol, West Virginia State Capitol
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The West Virginia House Health and Human Resources Committee is sending a bill focused on recovering runaway and missing foster care children to the full House with a favorable recommendation.

The aftermath of flooding that occured in June 2016, in Clendenin, W.Va.
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A bill seeking to speed up post-disaster construction efforts, particularly post-2016 flood recovery construction, is heading to Gov. Jim Justice’s desk Thursday after both chambers of the West Virginia Legislature approved the legislation. 

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Bills to regulate the legal use of, taxation, and decriminalization of recreational marijuana are budding in the West Virginia House of Delegates, according to its Democratic members.

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The West Virginia House of Delegates very narrowly rejected a bill to create a statewide school calendar starting after Labor Day and ending before June 7.

The vote followed a lengthy debate on whether House Bill 2433 interferes with a county's ability to establish a school schedule that takes into account snow days, holidays and — yes — deer hunting season. 

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In an effort to address overcrowding in regional jails, the West Virginia House of Delegates has passed a bill to release pretrial inmates that have been charged with certain misdemeanor crimes, on their own recognizance. The bill now goes to the state Senate for consideration, where previous bills with a similar mission have failed. 

Charleston Area Medical Center

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would authorize private hospitals to employ police officers.

Del. Mike Caputo speaks on the House floor.
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Misdemeanor battery charges against Del. Mike Caputo, D-Marion, for an incident that happened toward the end of the last legislative session were dismissed on Monday, Jan. 27. 

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The West Virginia House of Delegates has passed a bill that would allow voters with certain disabilities to vote electronically in the upcoming election. 

Downtown Richwood, WV, at dawn after hours of heavy rain flooded the little town.
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The West Virginia House of Delegates unanimously passed a bill Tuesday, Jan. 21, from members of its interim committee on flooding, hoping to speed up the process for rebuilding homes after natural disasters. 

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