HUNTINGTON — Funding from the West Virginia Broadband Investment Plan is being used to expand internet access to West Virginians who lack connectivity.
"Are you worried about the safety of these people?:" Lawmakers hear update on corrections staffing shortage
The staffing shortage in West Virginia’s jail and prison system was at the front of discussion again Monday during interim legislative committee meetings at Marshall University.
The state’s independent pharmacies are heading toward an “access cliff,” pushed toward the edge by poor reimbursement rates paid by pharmacy benefit managers, according to testimony Sunday during interim legislative committee meetings at Marshall University.
HUNTINGTON — Frontier Communications’ senior vice president acknowledged the company’s “reputational challenges” and discussed the benefits of deploying fiber optic internet during a West Virginia Legislature interim committee meeting at Marshall University.
West Virginia does not have enough behavioral health workers to meet the needs of its population, state lawmakers were told Sunday.
Lawmakers advanced a working copy of a bill to increase funding for West Virginia volunteer fire departments and emergency medical services Sunday during interim legislative committee meetings at Marshall University.
A critical shortage of funding for West Virginia’s volunteer fire departments and emergency medical services will headline discussions during May’s legislative interim committee meetings, which begin Sunday in Huntington.
Gov. Jim Justice appointed Anitra Hamilton this week to the West Virginia House of Delegates 81st District to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Danielle Walker.
Form Energy’s planned iron-air battery manufacturing facility in Hancock County is one of dozens of new facilities or facility expansions for clean energy manufacturing announced since the Inflation Reduction Act became law.
Public Energy Authority still preparing to govern under new law requiring its approval for decommissioning fossil fuel-fired plants
At its monthly meeting Wednesday, the West Virginia Public Energy Authority got an update on work under a new law poised to thrust it into a key role in the possible shutdown of a coal-fired plant slated to shutter soon.
New state law could mean longer wait for statewide flood plan, sparks calls for flood resiliency funding
West Virginia lawmakers passed a law last month aimed at increasing the state’s flood resiliency. But because of that law, Senate Bill 677, officials might have to wait longer for a flood plan without money secured for a newly created flood resiliency trust fund.
Low prescription reimbursement rates that result in net losses have West Virginia’s independent pharmacists questioning whether they can continue to accept coverage plans through the Public Employees Insurance Agency, according to testimony this week before the Legislature.
The state’s career and technical education programs are posting positive numbers and the plan is to keep that momentum going, a West Virginia Department of Education official said Tuesday.
The lack of funding for West Virginia’s volunteer fire departments and emergency medical services has reached a crisis level, according to testimony Tuesday during an interim legislative committee meeting.
The interim superintendent of the West Virginia State Police on Monday fielded questions about ongoing investigations into the agency from the West Virginia Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance.
The state of emergency declared last August in the West Virginia jail and prison system will need to continue past the one-year mark, the state corrections commissioner said Sunday.
The critical shortage of correctional officers in West Virginia has put the Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation high on the agenda for interim legislative committee meetings starting this weekend at the Capitol in Charleston.
Bill providing severance tax exemption for rare earth elements, critical minerals becomes law without Justice's signature
A bill exempting rare earth elements and critical minerals essential to technology products and national security from severance tax for nearly a decade has become law without Gov. Jim Justice’s signature.
Gov. Jim Justice has signed into law two bills that will lower political contribution transparency in state elections.
Gov. Jim Justice has signed into law legislation that bans the Parks and Recreation Section of the Division of Natural Resources from establishing all-terrain, off-road or utility-task vehicle trail systems within state parks and state forests.
Gov. Jim Justice has signed into law a bill that Department of Environmental Protection’s general counsel called “our big success” of the legislative session in a meeting Thursday.
Gov. Jim Justice has signed off on legislation aimed at strengthening flood resiliency in deluge-prone West Virginia.
Justice lets bill capping noneconomic damages for workers deliberately endangered by employer become law without signature
Legislation capping how much workers and their families can recover in compensation for noneconomic damages like pain and suffering when their employer is found to have deliberately endangered them on the job has become law.
Gov. Jim Justice has signed into law a bill supporters say will encourage chemical and other companies to provide aid when disaster strikes.
The West Virginia Senate has signed off on a bill that would prohibit the Parks and Recreation Section of the Division of Natural Resources from establishing all-terrain, off-road or utility-task vehicle trail systems within state parks and state forests.
Legislature sends solar bill raising power purchase agreement caps for residential and commercial customers to governor
The West Virginia Senate has signed off on a substantial change the House of Delegates made to a Senate bill to expand solar energy for residential customers, advancing the bill to the governor.
West Virginia lawmakers could not agree on legislation to regulate timber-related carbon capture agreements on the final day of the 2023 regular legislative session, resulting in the bill’s failure.
Hours after a CSX train derailed in Summers County, a former CSX conductor rose before a West Virginia legislative committee to keep his bill on track.
The West Virginia Senate passed two bills Friday designed to benefit the state’s coal industry.
WV Senate approves bill that would boost Office of Oil and Gas funding with new cap on severance tax-derived support
The West Virginia Senate has approved a bill that would boost revenue for the state’s understaffed, underfunded gas and oil industry inspection unit, but the bill didn’t get through the chamber without a key limit on funding support.
WV House advances bills that would decrease political contribution transparency to governor, including one it had just rejected
The West Virginia House of Delegates has sent two bills to the governor that would lower political contribution transparency in state elections — including one it rejected just 101 minutes earlier.
A state senator was escorted out of the Senate chambers Friday for shouting objections as lawmakers rushed to pass bills before the end of the legislative session.
A religious freedom bill signed into law this week by Gov. Jim Justice is causing concern among some lawmakers and activist groups, who say the law is a “license to discriminate.”
Bills addressing broad changes to public charter school code and to school safety fund distribution to all schools passed the Senate Friday evening.
WV Senate advances bill capping noneconomic recovery damages for workers deliberately endangered by employer to governor
The West Virginia Senate has advanced a bill to the governor that would cap how much workers and their families can recover in compensation for noneconomic damages like pain and suffering when their employer is found to have deliberately endangered them on the job.
Bills aimed at addressing student safety provisions and another that would increase the number of institutions eligible to receive Promise Scholarship students moved through the Legislature on Thursday and Friday.
The West Virginia House of Delegates approved creation of the Charter School Stimulus Fund on Friday, legislation that would allow public charter schools to apply to the state’s Professional Charter School Board for up to $300,000 to help cover start-up costs.
Gov. Jim Justice has signed into law a bill that expands eligible use of electric bicycles in West Virginia.
Justice signs bill requiring Public Energy Authority approval for decommissioning power plants into law
Gov. Jim Justice, a coal magnate, quickly signed into law a bill that would require approval from a board he rebooted to develop coal plants for decommissioning or deconstruction of fossil fuel-powered plants.
The West Virginia Senate has passed legislation that would create a task force to study hydrogen energy in the state’s economy and energy infrastructure, after the House of Delegates changed the bill to make the task force more fossil fuel-oriented.
The West Virginia Senate is on the verge of approving more bills designed to aid the state’s declining coal industry days after its coal magnate governor signed into law a bill crafted with the same aim.
The West Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday approved bills relating to pay for certain social workers and audits of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission.
The West Virginia Senate moved closer Thursday to approving a bill that would restrict access to puberty blockers and hormone therapy for West Virginia youths seeking treatment for gender dysphoria.
After the House Education Committee wiped a system of literacy and numeracy supports and interventions for early childhood students from a Senate-approved bill on Monday, the Senate on Thursday answered by making wholesale changes to similar piece of House legislation.
After delaying the vote for nearly a week, the West Virginia House of Delegates signed off on a bill Thursday that would change the regulatory process for health care providers seeking to expand services.
The West Virginia Senate voted without opposition Thursday to approve legislation aimed at laying groundwork for protection against a class of industrial chemicals with a toxic legacy in the state.
A bill that would target shareholder votes on behalf of a state retirement benefit asset management board that factor in environmental and social principles is a step away from the governor’s desk.
Full WV House to consider bill aimed at strengthening flood resiliency after post-acquisition open-space requirement removed
A bill meant to bolster West Virginia’s flood resiliency is nearing passage in the state House of Delegates.
The West Virginia Senate on Wednesday advanced a bill that would restrict access to puberty blockers and hormone treatment for West Virginia youths being treated for gender dysphoria.