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At the WV Legislature: Senate Workforce Committee gets feedback on soft jobs for seniors program

By Autumn Shelton, WV Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – In an effort to increase the state’s workforce participation rate, members of the Senate Workforce Committee met on Friday to hear from various agency leaders regarding their potential participation in a soft jobs for seniors program.  This program, first presented in[Read More…]

At the WV Legislature: Senate Judiciary considers aerial drones, advances five bills

By Matt Young, WV Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Senate Judiciary Committee, on Thursday, advanced five pieces of legislation, including the “Motorsports Responsibility Act,” and the creation of requirements regarding aerial drones.  First on the committee’s agenda was consideration of HB 3448.  As explained by Senate Counsel Hank Hager,[Read More…]

At the WV Legislature: Senate Pensions Committee advanced bills, including legislation addressing retired sheriff deputies and Municipal Police Officer and Firefighter Retirement System

By Autumn Shelton, WV Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Senate Pensions Committee advanced five bills on Wednesday, including one allowing retired deputy sheriff’s to become re-employed, yet still receive their full retirement benefits, and one allowing members of the Municipal Police Officer and Firefighter Retirement System to use annual[Read More…]

WVU outlines next steps as state campus carry bill is signed into law

WVUToday MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia University President Gordon Gee sent a letter to University faculty, staff, students and parents on Wednesday (March 1) after Gov. Jim Justice signed Senate Bill 10, the West Virginia Self-Defense Act, into law. Read the letter below and at presidentgee.wvu.edu. Dear West Virginia University Students, Faculty, Staff and[Read More…]

At the WV Legislature: Senate committee advances ‘Electronically Distracted Driving Act’

By Autumn Shelton, WV Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A bill to help eliminate distracted driving advanced out of the state legislature’s Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Monday.  This bill, the engrossed committee substitute for HB 2218, which passed the House on Feb. 10, rewrites sections of state code as[Read More…]

At the WV Legislature: Senate Government Organization Committee looks at locality pay legislation

By Autumn Shelton, WV Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Seven bills advanced out of the legislature’s Senate Government Organization Committee on Thursday, including one discussing possible locality pay for correctional officers, one that amends the sales prices for publicly auctioned lands, and one relating to raising the surcharge on fire[Read More…]

At the WV Legislature: House Committee on Economic Development and Tourism advances bills focused on attracting new businesses through varying taxation laws

By Autumn Shelton, WV Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The legislature’s House Committee on Economic Development and Tourism advanced seven bills on Tuesday – most of which focus on attracting new businesses to the state through varying taxation laws.  The first bill advanced, House Bill 3403, would provide both personal[Read More…]

At the WV Legislature: House Committee on Finance advances six bills to reallocate state funds

By Matt Young, WV Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A total of six bills relating to the reallocation of funding were advanced Monday, during an expedited meeting of the House Committee on Finance.  HB 3013, which seeks to authorize Jefferson County Commissioners to levy a “special district excise tax,” was[Read More…]

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