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Photos: West Virginians rally to discuss why they support Sanders
F. BRIAN FERGUSON | Gazette-Mail photos
Photos: West Virginians rally to discuss why they support Sanders

WV House leaders sponsoring Common Core repeal bill

State lawmakers who’ve previously pushed for repealing West Virginia’s math and English language arts K-12 education standards have filed another bill to do so, this one with House Education Committee Chairman Paul Espinosa and House...

WV Dept. of Education and Arts officials dispute budget waste study

West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts representatives took umbrage Thursday over a recent report that declared state funding for the arts is wasteful.

WV House passes right-to-work, sends bill back to Senate
WV House passes right-to-work, sends bill back to Senate

West Virginia is ever-so-close to becoming the 26th state to pass a right-to-work law, allowing employees in unionized workplaces to opt out of paying union fees and potentially striking a major ...

WV’s prevailing wage repeal goes to Tomblin
WV’s prevailing wage repeal goes to Tomblin

A repeal of West Virginia's 81-year-old Prevailing Wage Act is headed to the governor, after passing the Senate Thursday on a party-line 18-16 vote.

Re-tooled ‘religious freedom’ bill passes through committee

The same day a pro-business coalition was announced to oppose a bill that claims to “restore” religious freedom in West Virginia, the House Judiciary Committee approved the bill.

WV House committee bans photography, video by public
WV House committee bans photography, video by public

In the middle of Wednesday morning’s meeting of the House Judiciary Committee, Delegate John Shott, the chairman, made an announcement.

Election panel reviews public financing complaints in Supreme Court campaign

State Election Commission members spent all day Wednesday reviewing 155 challenges of contributions to Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin’s re-election campaign — objections that could disqualify him from participating in public...

Prevailing wage: WV Senate nixes using federal Davis Bacon Act rates
Prevailing wage: WV Senate nixes using federal Davis Bacon Act rates

Legislation to repeal West Virginia's 81-year-old Prevailing Wage Act (HB 4005) is one 18-16 vote away from heading to the governor, after the Senate rejected Wednesday, on party-line 18-16 votes, amendments intended to temper the repeal.

Teamsters to sue ahead of right-to-work vote
Teamsters to sue ahead of right-to-work vote

As the full House of Delegates prepares for a vote on the right-to-work bill on Thursday, the Teamsters Union announced it will file a lawsuit seeking full copies of redacted emails concerning a disputed-West Virginia University study of right-to-work ...

Legislators reject financial impact request for prevailing wage bill

Democrats in the Legislature could be feeling like Bill Murray in “Groundhog Day,” reliving the same day over and over, as leadership on Tuesday again rejected their requests for data on the financial impact of...

Hospital rate review repeal would increase costs, agency chief says

State Health Care Authority Chairman Jim Pitrolo didn’t pull any punches Tuesday when state lawmakers asked what would happen if they pass a bill that would stop his agency from regulating hospital rates in West Virginia.

Legislative panels at odds on WV Turnpike tolls
Legislative panels at odds on WV Turnpike tolls

Two legislative committees are taking opposing positions on the question of West Virginia Turnpike tolls: Should they stay or should they go?

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