Latest West Virginia State Legislature News

Senate head: Company would help cover mine reclamation costs

Jan. 26, 2022 15:35 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers are thinking about creating an insurance program to cover the costs of cleaning up abandoned coal mines. Senate Bill 1 establishes a new private company that would issue performance bonds to help West Virginia's coal companies pay...

WVa Rep. Mooney's TV ad using House footage draws complaint

Jan. 25, 2022 16:26 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Republican primary campaign involving two incumbents for a newly consolidated congressional district in West Virginia has heated up after one U.S. House member attacked the opponent in a TV ad, drawing complaints of an apparent ethics violation. The...

Bill would allow West Virginians to make liquor at home

Jan. 25, 2022 04:08 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers are considering a proposal that would allow people to make liquor at home for themselves and for family members. According to West Virginia state law, it is already legal for people to make beer and wine at home. ...

Flags at half-staff to honor former WV Sen. Joe Minard

Jan. 24, 2022 03:01 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice said the West Virginia and U.S. flags at the state Capitol Complex will be displayed at half-staff Monday in honor of former state Sen. Joe Minard, who died earlier this month at age 90. Justice also ordered flags to be presented at...

WVa gov to wait on outcome of anti-school mask mandate bill

Jan. 21, 2022 15:50 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Friday questioned a bill moving through the Republican-led Legislature that would prohibit mask mandates in public schools in response to the coronavirus, saying that he will wait on the proposal's final outcome before deciding how to...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Jan. 20, 2022 15:59 PM EST

Bluefield Daily Telegraph. January 19, 2022. Editorial: A bad idea: W.Va. bill flawed out of the gate It happens just about every year. Once a new legislative session begins, a couple of bad ideas are introduced as bills that leaves the rest of us shaking our heads. ...

WVa lawmakers seek to ban school mask, testing requirements

Jan. 19, 2022 18:30 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A group of Republican lawmakers in West Virginia is trying to pass a law forbidding mask mandates in K-12 schools and restricting districts from requiring COVID-19 testing for people who don't have symptoms. The “Public School Health Rights Act” would...

West Virginia lawmakers introduce 15-week abortion ban

Jan. 18, 2022 18:53 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers have introduced a bill to ban abortion after 15 weeks — a proposal nearly identical to the Mississippi law currently under review by the U.S. Supreme Court. As the nation waits for the court to make a decision later this year in...

As pandemic looms over WVa Legislature, masks not required

Jan. 07, 2022 14:45 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The leaders of the West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates said Friday they won't require masks in their respective chambers at the start of the legislative session next week despite record numbers of COVID-19 cases in the hub of state government. ...

Media preview of WVa legislative session to be held remotely

Jan. 05, 2022 04:05 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An annual media preview of the upcoming West Virginia legislative session will be a virtual-only event. The West Virginia Legislative Lookahead scheduled for Friday at the state Culture Center will not have in-person attendance. It's the...