West Virginia House of Delegates

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West Virginia's House is considering Senate-passed legislation to authorize natural gas producers to drill when three-fourths of those with royalty rights agree.

At a House hearing Monday, witnesses were divided over whether the bill would unconstitutionally involve the state in private contracts and represents an economic boom for more than out-of-state energy companies.

W.Va. House Cuts Greyhound Racing Subsidy

Apr 3, 2017
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, Liz McCormick reports from the House of Delegates where lawmakers voted to stop subsidizing greyhound racing and a group of advocates is fighting to stop the Legislature from implementing major budget cuts.  

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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The West Virginia House of Delegates has passed a Senate bill that changes the eligibility for unemployment benefits for workers who go on strike.

Does Hemp Have a Place in West Virginia?

Mar 27, 2017
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, we take a look at hemp's place in the state. Also Vice President Mike Pence pays a visit to Putnam County. And the West Virginia House has a new budget proposal.

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On June 23, 2016, West Virginia experienced some of the worst flooding in the state’s storied history. During the past 52 years, 282 West Virginians have died in floods, including the 23 who perished last summer after historic water levels led to a federal disaster declaration in 12 counties.

Nine months later, communities are still recovering from the high water. 

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West Virginia's House has voted down legislation that would have reduced the number of potential jurors that a defendant can remove before trial while increasing the number prosecutors can strike.

Under current law, defendants can reject six jurors while prosecutors can reject two.

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The West Virginia Courtesy Patrol is a state funded roadside assistance service. But as members in the House continue to look for places to cut to balance the 2018 budget, delegates have set their sights on the program’s $5 million budget.

The courtesy patrol has been around for almost 20 years. It’s a non-profit of the Citizens Conservation Corp through a contract with the West Virginia Division of Highways.To-date, the patrol has received over 3 million calls and employs nearly 100 people.

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West Virginia lawmakers are weighing whether to stop requiring state registration of nearly 27,000 storage tanks that can hold up to 210 barrels of brine water and crude oil produced in drilling for oil and natural gas.

At a House hearing Monday, a dozen oil and gas producers say their tanks contain harmless organic materials far from water system intakes, unlike the massive 2014 spill from a chemical tank that shut down the Charleston area's water supply for nine days. They say that they already comply with other similar regulations.

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The West Virginia House has voted to permit political signs and other electioneering closer to voting sites, one of several bills advanced by the House or Senate this week.

Sponsors say the measure, which applies to early voting as well as Election Day, would reduce the required distance for campaign activity to 100 feet from the entrance to a polling place.

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The West Virginia House has approved legislation to establish stiffer prison sentences for trafficking in fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid sometimes added to heroin and blamed for many recent overdoses in the state.

Under the bill, trafficking in less than 5 grams of the narcotic could mean a felony with a minimum of two years and up to 10 years in prison.

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West Virginia's House is set to vote on legislation that would allow larger pollution discharges into the state's waterways.

The proposal would authorize the Department of Environmental Protection to calculate water pollution limits for cancer-causing chemicals using an average-flow figure — called the "harmonic mean" — rather than the state's current practice of using low-flow water volume to determine allowable discharge amounts.

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West Virginia's House of Delegates has agreed unanimously to prohibit nepotism in government hiring and working conditions.

The House, voting 98-0, has voted for an amendment to the state Ethics Act Another that would prohibit public officials or employees from favoring relatives or people they live with in awarding or influencing government jobs.

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The leader of West Virginia's House of Delegates says state government cuts are on the agenda for the legislative session starting next week.

Speaker Tim Armstead says a projected budget deficit up to $600 million next year is on everyone's minds.

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West Virginia House Speaker Tim Armstead has announced leaders of the Republican-controlled chamber for the 60-day legislative business session that begins in February.

Lawmakers are next scheduled to convene Wednesday to formally install leaders.

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A Monongalia County state delegate who won his Republican primary unopposed is no longer seeking re-election.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Delegate Brian Kurcaba cited family reasons for why he won't seek a second term in the House of Delegates.

The Morgantown lawmaker said that in the long term, he can't shoulder the 60-day session, special sessions, a full-time job and leading a family.

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After more than three months of a budget impasse and 16 days until a potential shutdown of state government, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. That light comes in the form of Monday's completion of a tobacco tax increase and the passage of the budget in the House of Delegates.

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With a deadline of July 1 to avoid a government shutdown, the West Virginia House of Delegates passed its version of a budget Friday on a 61 to 37 vote.

The bill passed despite anticipation that -- even if it clears the Senate intact -- it’s likely to be met with a veto when it lands on the Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's desk.

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After the House of Delegates passed its first measures of the special session Thursday, the slightest sense of progress on the budget has finally arrived. Nine days in and with no revenue measures passed to help cover a $270 million shortfall, the House took its budget bill up on second reading. 

 

All but one of the amendments to the bill were shot down. One set that called for catastrophic cuts to some higher education institutions, eliciting emotional responses.

Religious Freedom Restoration Act Passes House In WV

Feb 12, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, we’ll hear from lawmakers about the controversial religious freedom restoration act, which was passed by the house of delegates yesterday.

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A West Virginia religious-exemptions bill that opponents say would allow for discrimination has cleared the Republican-led House of Delegates.

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The West Virginia House Judiciary Committee approved a bill Friday that would make West Virginia a right-to-work state.  

The committee began debating Senate Bill 1 Friday morning and continued the discussion into the afternoon lasting more than 6 hours.

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Members of the West Virginia House of Delegates voted 55 to 44 Wednesday to repeal the state's prevailing wage as dozens of union members looked on from the gallery.

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The West Virginia Legislature sent its members home early Friday because of the inclement weather in the Kanawha Valley.

Both the House and Senate chambers met earlier than usual Friday morning. The House at 9:00 a.m. and the Senate at 10:00 a.m. Normally, both chambers would meet for a floor session at 11:00 a.m., but this weekend’s storm has all members taking extra precautionary measures.

House Democrats Outline 2016 Agenda

Jan 13, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, Senate democrats say that Senator Daniel Hall’s replacement should be a member of their party, even though that would create a split in the Senate.

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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Two state lawmakers say they are planning to resign within about a week.

Democrat Linda Goode Phllips says she will resign on Dec. 31 and won't seek another term in the House of Delegates. Republican Amanda Pasdon says she's resigning Jan. 1 from the House.

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Martin "Rick" Atkinson III of Reedy has been appointed to fill a vacancy in the West Virginia House of Delegates.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Atkinson's appointment to the 11th District seat on Sunday. The 11th District covers Roane County.

Atkinson replaces former Delegate Bob Ashley, who was appointed to the West Virginia Senate on Sept. 15.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has appointed Steven Shaffer, the former mayor of Tunnelton, to fill a vacancy in the state House of Delegates.

The vacancy in the 52nd District was created when long time Delegate Larry Williams resigned. Williams took a new position at the state Department of Agriculture overseeing deer and elk farming in northern West Virginia.

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West Virginia delegates have approved an abortion ban after 20 weeks conception, despite last year's veto on a similar bill.

The House of Delegates passed the proposal 87-12 Wednesday. The bill provides some exemptions for women in medical emergencies. Rape and incest aren't exempted.

Proponents cited moral, religious grounds. Opponents deemed the proposal likely unconstitutional and intrusive into doctor-patient relationships.

The 2014 Democratic-run Legislature passed a similar proposal.

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West Virginia House lawmakers have approved a bill opening up teacher certification to more people without education degrees.

The push is aimed at allowing programs like Teach For America to start up in the state.

On Tuesday, the Republican-led House of Delegates voted 60-35 in favor of the reform.

Bill proponents said the option would be essential to fill hundreds of teaching vacancies across the state.

Opponents said formal education training prepares teachers for situations they otherwise may not be able to handle.

Floor Session Remarks Spark Debate

Jan 30, 2015
West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, remarks spark a not-so-respectful debate lasting nearly an hour at the end of the floor session yesterday and Liz McCormick will bring us up to date on that.

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