West Virginia House of Delegates News

State's largest teacher union also seeks info from Putnam about decision to stay open

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 22, 2019

WINFIELD – The state’s largest teacher union has joined the chorus of those seeking information from the Putnam County Board of Education regarding its decision to keep schools open during the recent two-day strike.

Another attorney files second FOIA request about Putnam schools' decision to stay open during strike

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 22, 2019

WINFIELD – Another attorney has delivered another Freedom of Information Act request to the Putnam County Board of Education.

Attorney files FOIA request seeking info about Putnam schools staying open during strike

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 21, 2019

WINFIELD – A former attorney for the state Supreme Court has filed a Freedom of Information Act request regarding the decision by Putnam County’s school superintendent to be the lone system in the state to keep doors open during the recent two-day teacher strike.

Bill that would create intermediate appeals court passes Senate, now waits in House Judiciary

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 21, 2019

CHARLESTON – A bill that would create an intermediate court of appeals is headed to the House of Delegates after barely passing the state Senate. Senate Bill 266 passed the Senate on a 17-16 vote Feb. 18. It was sent to the House of Delegates and referred to the Judiciary Committee.

Shock for Republicans: A strike for schools as teachers refuse to sell out students

By Christopher J. Regan | Feb 20, 2019

The Republicans designed Senate Bill 451 as straightforwardly as any protection racket. A 5 percent raise for West Virginia’s educators, inextricably linked to a series of proposals to weaken her public schools. The text of the bill explicitly stated that if any part of its “omnibus” provisions were found unconstitutional or illegal, the raise would be taken away.

Fewer school districts would mean real education reform

By Steve Canterbury | Feb 19, 2019

Eliminating the 55 school districts and replacing them with about a dozen would dramatically drop the cost of administration to the point that every teacher could get a raise and the taxpayers would still save money.

Opposition to charter schools doesn't make sense

By Gary Dungan | Feb 19, 2019

It is puzzling to us that there could be such great acceptance of public charter schools in New Orleans and such total opposition from the unions and the school boards, including the State School Board, in West Virginia, where our public schools rank near the bottom in achievement.

Insuring cars that don’t exist

By The West Virginia Record | Feb 12, 2019

Have government employees taken the same cavalier attitude toward state vehicles that some state Supreme Court justices have taken toward furniture and other property belonging to the taxpayers?

UPDATE: House speaker sets public hearings for education reform bill

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 7, 2019

CHARLESTON – House Speaker Roger Hanshaw has requested a public hearing on the comprehensive education reform bill. The hearings for Senate Bill 451 are scheduled for 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in the House Chamber at the state Capitol. The second hearing was added later to allow teachers to attend.

State owns 8,380 vehicles -- about 4,000 fewer than what was being insured

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 6, 2019

CHARLESTON – The state of West Virginia owns 8,380 vehicles, according to the chairman of the House Committee on Government Organization. That number is about 4,000 fewer than the number of vehicles that have been insured by the state.

It's time to put our foster children first

By Amy Summers | Feb 5, 2019

To remedy the foster care crisis and ensure the health and well-being of nearly 7,000 little Mountaineers, the state Department of Health and Human Resources has dramatically increased staff and raised salaries to fill the department’s vacancies. But this is not enough.

Morrisey opinion says education bill likely passes 'single-object' question

By Chris Dickerson | Feb 1, 2019

CHARLESTON — As the state Senate's education omnibus bill heads to the House of Delegates, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed an opinion regarding one aspect of the measure.

High-profile education reform bill passes full Senate committee on 18-16 vote

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 31, 2019

CHARLESTON – The education omnibus bill that has been the center of attention for the state Senate has passed the Committee of the Whole by a slim margin.

House passes broadband bill on 97-2 vote

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 28, 2019

CHARLESTON – The House of Delegates has passed a comprehensive bill meant to encourage development and expansion of broadband ​​​​internet and high-speed wireless technologies across the state.

Survey says most residents want intermediate court, trial lawyers group calls it unnecessary

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 25, 2019

CHARLESTON – A recent survey by a legal reform group shows that a majority of West Virginia residents support the idea for an intermediate court of appeals. Meanwhile, a group for trial attorneys continues to say the new court isn’t necessary.

Community, technical college bill passes state Senate on unanimous vote

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 23, 2019

CHARLESTON – The state Senate unanimously has passed a bill meant to increase the number of West Virginia students gaining career education and workforce training.

Let the debate on an intermediate court of appeals continue

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 23, 2019

This alternative bill codifying the state Supreme Court rule guaranteeing appeals as a matter of right seems like a step in the right direction. Whether or not it obviates the need for an intermediate court, however, is debatable – and should be debated.

Broadband expansion bill advancing through House of Delegates

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 18, 2019

CHARLESTON. – A House of Delegates committee has sent a comprehensive bill meant to make it easier to develop and expand broadband and high-speed wireless technologies in West Virginia.

House proposal would force a runoff in Supreme Court races

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 17, 2019

CHARLESTON – A bill forcing a runoff if no candidate for a state Supreme Court seat garners 40 percent of the vote in the election is headed to the House of Delegates.

Bill to make state Supreme Court appeals guaranteed by law passes House

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 17, 2019

CHARLESTON – A bill codifying the state Supreme Court’s rule guaranteeing appeals as a matter of right unanimously has passed the House of Delegates and is headed for the Senate. And one House leader – as well as the leader of a group for trial lawyers – thinks the bill answers concerns about the need for an intermediate appellate court.

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