WV Legislative Interims: Human trafficking and foster care discussed, said major problems

By Matt Young, WV Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Human trafficking and foster care were on the agenda this week as the Joint Committee on Children and Families met during the second day of January’s Interim Legislative Session. The meeting’s first presenter, West Virginia House of Delegates Counsel Robert Leslie,[Read More…]

Legislative Interims: Needs, challenges of West Virginia EMS departments reviewed

By Matt Young, WV Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The legislative priorities of West Virginia’s first responders were discussed during this week’s meeting of the Joint Committee on Volunteer Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services. While the absence of a quorum prevented the interim committee from furthering any business during[Read More…]

WV Legislative Interims: Division of Forestry restricted from enacting or modifying rules, regulations of state’s Managed Timberland Program

By Matt Young, WV Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Legislature’s Post Audits Subcommittee learned Sunday that the Division of Forestry is restricted from enacting or modifying any rules or regulations which govern the state’s Managed Timberland Program.  The subcommittee met on Sunday during the first day of[Read More…]

Legislative LookAhead: Couldn’t attend? See videos of all four panels

WV Press News Sharing CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Press Association, to assist those who could not attend Friday’s Legislative LookAhead, has compiled the videos from all four panels: Legislative Leadership, Economic Indicators, Workforce and Education. The videos, below, are products of Studio@WVPress, the newspaper industry association’s video production facility.[Read More…]

Legislative LookAhead: Lawmakers must consider ‘demographic cliff’ and declining ‘college-going rate’ when looking at higher education in West Virginia

Expert: Prospective companies want ‘skilled, highly educated workforce’ but lack of teachers, encouragement and costs impact college enrollment By Autumn Shelton, WV Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Education is a main concern for state legislators as they prepare for their 60-day session beginning on Wednesday, but it’s not just K-12[Read More…]

Legislative Lookahead: WVU’s Deskins says West Virginia won’t reach economic prosperity potential unless state gets more people into the workforce

By Autumn Shelton, WV Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s continued short-term economic growth remains uncertain for 2023; however, as the 86th Legislature prepares to convene on Wednesday, there are several indicators that leaders should watch as they guide the state through this economic “turbulence,” according to Dr. John[Read More…]

Legislative LookAhead: Education, West Virginia workforce issues to receive legislative attention

By Steven Allen Adams, Parkersburg News and Sentinel CHARLESTON, W.Va. —  With West Virginia students struggling with reading and math and the state attracting major manufacturers in need of a workforce, lawmakers and stakeholders are looking at addressing these concerns during the 60-day legislative session beginning next week. During the[Read More…]

Legislative LookAhead: West Virginia Legislature leaders agree on need for tax reform

By Steven Allen Adams, Special for The Journal of Martinsburg CHARLESTON, W.Va. —  Leaders of the West Virginia Legislature agree on tax reform, though what that specific tax reform will look like is unclear. Members of the West Virginia press heard from legislative leaders, interest groups and public policy experts[Read More…]

Legislative LookAhead: ‘Impactful’ tax cuts and bold DHHR changes discussed at WV Press Association event

By Roger Adkins, CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Leaders of the West Virginia House and Senate promised “impactful” tax cuts for residents and bold change in the Department of Health and Human Resources during panel discussions Friday at the West Virginia Press Association’s Legislative Lookahead at the Culture Center. Press Association Director[Read More…]