CHARLESTON – Democratic lawmakers are asking Republican Gov. Jim Justice to veto a bill that would reform state campaign finance laws. Senate Bill 622 would increase numerous caps on campaign contributions for individuals and political action committees. It also would allow federal PACs to continue to receive contributions from undisclosed donors.
CHARLESTON – A federal court has ordered a West Virginia-based natural gas pipeline construction management company to pay $3.7 million for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.
WILLIAMSON – Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has filed a $12 billion lawsuit claiming saying national media outlets and leading Republicans intended to defame him in his 2018 U.S. Senate bid.
CHARLESTON – A statewide legal reform group is blaming House leadership for a lack of meaningful legal reform during the recently completed legislative session.
On March 7, the House of Delegates voted 58-42 to pass Senate Bill 318. It would move the state’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit from the state Department of Health and Human Resources to the Attorney General’s office.
INSTITUTE — Newly appointed West Virginia State University Board of Governors member Kenneth D. Gray is looking forward to serving on the board and helping the school move forward.
CLARKSBURG — The West Virginia Bar Association is hosting a networking event later this month that doubles as a continuing legal education credit event.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said this week he was opposed to President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, Chad Readler.
CHARLESTON – A Washington, D.C., political consultant says former state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry lacks humility and that he should have accepted responsibility for his actions.
CHARLESTON – A Kanawha Circuit judge has ruled major parts of the state’s 2016 right-to-work law are illegal.
CHARLESTON – Three circuit judge openings remain vacant, and the governor's deadline to fill one of them has passed.
Ohio Co. judge denies teacher's request for immediate injunction, but says he'll conduct hearing later
WHEELING – An Ohio County judge has denied a teacher's request for immediate injunctive relief regarding the county school board's decision to go into executive session to discuss matters related to the recent teacher strike.
WHEELING – An Ohio County teacher has filed a complaint and restraining order against the county’s school board to keep it from holding “an illegal hearing” this evening following the suspension of the controversial state Senate omnibus education reform bill and another alleged illegal school board hearing last week.
PRINCETON — Del. Gary Martin "Marty" Gearheart (R-Mercer) is suing the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC), seeking to remove the commission's interim chancellor.
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
WINFIELD – Another attorney has delivered another Freedom of Information Act request to the Putnam County Board of Education.
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.
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.