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On The Legislature Today, we chat with state Department of Health and Human Resources Cabinet Secretary Bill Crouch about a massive reorganization bill that was introduced in the House of Delegates. The bill would divide DHHR into four separate agencies.

On The Legislature Today, we bring you a special focus on West Virginia’s opioid epidemic. First, we take you to the small town of Kermit where the tragic toll of the epidemic has weighed heavily on residents, and then, host Andrea Lannom chats with two lawmakers who outline legislation addressing the issue on multiple fronts.

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The West Virginia House Education Committee has advanced a resolution that could amend the state constitution. The amendment would reduce the number of state Board of Education members and call for the election of some members.

On The Legislature Today, host Andrea Lannom talks with House Finance Committee Chairman Delegate Eric Nelson and Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns on the current budget situation in West Virginia – where we are now and where we’re headed.

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection says 21 organizations around the state are receiving grants to help protect the quality of the state's rivers and streams.

On the Legislature Today, Senate President Mitch Carmichael and House Speaker Tim Armstead join host Andrea Lannom to discuss some of the biggest issues so far this session:

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A bill that would create 100 single-member districts after the 2020 U.S. Census is headed to the floor of the West Virginia House of Delegates.

 

The House Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 4002 during a Monday afternoon meeting.

On The Legislature Today, some noteworthy action has already taken place, and it's only day three of the 2018 state Legislative session.

From chocolate kisses replacing last year's platter of manure, to a senator’s resignation, to the Chief Justice's appearance before lawmakers – we’ll break it all down.

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Some West Virginia lawmakers say they'll introduce legislation intended to better protect children from sex abuse following a task force report indicating one in 10 are victims before they turn 18.

The group's recommendations include training all public school personnel to recognize and respond to suspected abuse and clarifying the state's mandatory reporting laws.

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State Sen. Jeff Mullins, a Republican representing a swath of southern West Virginia, says he's resigning because of business and family obligations.

Mullins, who has held the seat since 2015, chairs the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee.

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Gov. Jim Justice has filled a vacancy in West Virginia's House of Delegates.

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Updated: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 3:48 p.m.

 

A member of the House of Delegates has pledged to introduce a resolution to determine whether impeachment proceedings against state Supreme Court Chief Justice Allen Loughry are appropriate.

Democrat Delegate Mike Pushkin called for the resolution during a floor session Thursday. It follows a string of reports on what he called “irresponsible spending” by the West Virginia Supreme Court, as well as the discovery of the “Cass Gilbert” desk in Loughry’s home office.

The resolution would call for the House Judiciary Committee to investigate the matter.

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On this West Virginia Morning, in his second State of the State address, Gov. Jim Justice provided a message of optimism that repeatedly pointed back to the state’s dire economic outlook just one year ago.

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In his second State of the State address, Governor Jim Justice provided a message of optimism that repeatedly pointed back to the state’s dire economic outlook just one year ago.

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Updated on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 4:45 p.m.

 

West Virginia lawmakers kicked off their regular session at Wednesday and handled procedural business, including authorizing a State of the State address from Governor Jim Justice.

 

In the House’s opening floor session, Del. S. Marshall Wilson moved to vacate the chair and elect a new speaker.

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Starting this year, West Virginians must show identification before they can vote in an election.

A law passed by the Legislature last year took effect Monday. For any election, voters in West Virginia have to present a valid form of ID or have another registered voter vouch for them under oath.

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The West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office is presenting a training session on a tax credit program and changes that become effective in January.

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During a special session of the West Virginia Legislature in October, lawmakers passed a bill that makes redeveloping historic buildings in the state more viable, financially. The bill had widespread support from both sides of the aisle, but some are concerned it doesn’t go far enough.

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Governor Jim Justice has appointed a teacher and radio broadcaster from Lewisburg to West Virginia's House of Delegates.

October 27, 1879: W. Va. Attorney General Howard Lee Born in Wirt County

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West Virginia Attorney General Howard B. Lee was born in Wirt County on October 27, 1879. After graduating from Marshall College, now Marshall University, Lee taught school in Putnam County. Then, while studying law at Washington and Lee University, he was elected as a Republican to the West Virginia Legislature.

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The West Virginia Legislature has passed a bill to exempt military retirees from paying personal state income taxes.

The bill easily passed the House of Delegates and later the Senate on Tuesday, Oct. 17, during the Legislature’s special session. It would exempt from state income tax any federal retirement income from the regular armed services, reserves and National Guard.

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A West Virginia legislative committee dedicated to flooding has been warned the state needs a more comprehensive way to fund stream gauges, which provide data needed to help warn residents of impending high waters.

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D.R. "Buck" Jennings has been appointed to the West Virginia House of Delegates.

Gov. Jim Justice announced Jennings' appointment Tuesday to the 53rd District seat formerly held by Tony Lewis, who died last month of cancer. The district covers Preston and Tucker counties.

Sept. 22, 1893 - Legislator Elizabeth Simpson Drewry Born in Virginia

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Legislator Elizabeth Simpson Drewry was born in Virginia on September 22, 1893. As a young girl, she moved with her family to Elkhorn, where her father owned a barbershop. 

She was educated in the segregated schools of McDowell County and graduated from Bluefield Colored Institute—today’s Bluefield State College. Through her work with national organizations and her church, Drewry advanced community programs for needy children and adults. She stressed issues related to blacks in American society, including the importance of education as a means of racial uplift.

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Gov. Jim Justice has named Republican Dianna Graves to fill a vacant seat in the House of Delegates.

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West Virginia's Board of Funeral Service Examiners fails to protect the public against unscrupulous operators and should be disbanded, according to the Legislature's auditors.

They cited four cases in the past few years where they say the board delayed for many months suspending or revoking funeral directors' licenses despite evidence they had taken customers' advance payments that should have been held in trust.

Sept. 8, 1841: Clarksburg Convention Highlights Education Inequalities

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On September 8, 1841, one of the most important education conventions ever held in present West Virginia convened in Clarksburg. At the time, a formal education was virtually unheard for families without money.

In 1829, the Virginia General Assembly had authorized counties to establish school systems but provided little funding. Monroe County opened a free school under this plan but soon discontinued it.

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West Virginia’s first black legislator, Christopher Payne, was born in Monroe County on September 7, 1848. He was raised near Hinton, where he worked as a farmhand. Although he was born a free person of color, he was forced as a teenager to serve as a servant in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

After the war, Payne attended night school in Charleston and taught school in Monroe, Mercer, and Summers counties. He became a Baptist minister and earned a doctor of divinity degree from the State University in Louisville.

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A member of the West Virginia House of Delegates says she is resigning to tend to her family and her business.According to a release, House Delegate Nancy Reagan Foster announced Sept. 1 that she is stepping down.

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed state Sen. Mike Hall as his new chief of staff.

Justice says in a news release that the Putnam County Republican "has a reputation for being able to work with everybody."

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