West Virginia State Senate News

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.

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.

Education is the state's greatest responsibility

By Mitch Carmichael | Jan 22, 2019

CHARLESTON – There is no greater responsibility of state government than to provide a thorough education for our children.

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.

How long must we wait for an intermediate appellate court?

By The West Virginia Record | Jan 14, 2019

A bill to establish an intermediate appellate court was introduced again last week at the opening session of the Legislature. In his address to the assembly, Gov. Jim Justice endorsed the measure and encouraged the lawmakers to pass it.

AG: Permanent fix to state's medical marijuana funding issue must come from feds

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 11, 2019

CHARLESTON – A permanent fix to questions about West Virginia handling money form medical marijuana must come from the federal government, according to state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

Justice wants intermediate appeals court, but trial lawyers say it isn't needed

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 10, 2019

CHARLESTON – Gov. Jim Justice is calling for the creation of an intermediate court of appeals in his annual State of the State address.

Intermediate appeals court, judicial runoffs, other legal issues on 2019 legislative agenda

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 9, 2019

CHARLESTON – The 2019 Legislature now is in session, and those who follow the legal system are ready for a lively session.

House wants U.S. Supreme Court to review impeachment decision

By Kyla Asbury | Jan 8, 2019

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia House of Delegates filed a petition Tuesday with the U.S. Supreme Court asking the court to review the decision from October when the state Supreme Court halted impeachment proceedings in the state Senate.

New chairs of education committees will have their hands full

By Hoppy Kercheval | Jan 1, 2019

MORGANTOWN – When the 2019 legislative session begins later this month, we should watch even more closely than usual what happens on the education front, particularly with two new committee chairs.

Leaders praise Hutchison's Supreme Court appointment

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 13, 2018

CHARLESTON – Members of the state Supreme Court and others are praising the appointment of John Hutchison as the state’s newest justice.

State Supreme Court won't rehear case involving impeachment of justices

By Chris Dickerson | Nov 23, 2018

CHARLESTON – The state Supreme Court will not rehear a case in which it blocked the impeachment trials of four current and former state Supreme Court justices.

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