Latest West Virginia State Legislature News

Redistricting committees named in West Virginia legislature

Jun. 11, 2021 04:55 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia legislative leaders on Thursday named the committees in charge of the state's redistricting process. Members of the Senate and House redistricting committees will host public hearings across the state this summer to hear feedback...

ACLU in West Virginia sues House over open meetings law

Jun. 11, 2021 04:48 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia is seeking to void four laws that it claims were passed in violation of open meetings laws during the pandemic. A lawsuit filed this week argues lawmakers knowingly violated a transparency law...

W.Va. lawmakers approve using federal aid, spending on roads

Jun. 07, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers Monday poured federal funds and extra state cash into road repairs, health care, and education programs such as school lunches. It was the Republican-led legislature's first special session of the year, called by the...

West Virginia lawmakers to begin special session next week

Jun. 04, 2021 19:00 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has called a special session of the Legislature aimed at allocating federal COVID-19 relief funding and increasing funds for road improvements. Justice announced that the session will begin Monday at noon....

West Virginia road named for native, musician Bill Withers

May. 24, 2021 05:10 AM EDT

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia native Bill Withers has been honored with a road named in his honor. “Bill Withers Memorial Road” is the new name for Slab Fork Road from the Lester Highway to the Coalfields Expressway in Raleigh County, the state Department of...

West Virginia Delegate Mick Bates switches from Dem to GOP

May. 12, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Democratic member of the West Virginia House of Delegates has switched to the Republican Party. Raleigh County Delegate Mick Bates changed his voter registration Wednesday, increasing the GOP's supermajority in the House to 78-22. ...

West Virginia lawmakers approve needle exchange regulations

Apr. 10, 2021 23:41 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia bill that would regulate needle exchange programs gained final approval in the Republican-controlled legislature on Saturday amid a spike in HIV cases in the state. Critics have said its more stringent requirements for the...

WVa lawmakers pass $4.5 billion budget with cuts to colleges

Apr. 10, 2021 23:18 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers approved a $4.5 billion budget on Saturday that leaves the state's two top universities with a combined $28 million cut, unless future surpluses can kick in to cover it. The 23-11 vote in the Senate came on the final day...

West Virginia transgender athlete bill heads to governor

Apr. 09, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Transgender athletes in West Virginia would be banned from competing in female sports in middle and high schools and colleges under a bill that won approval from the legislature Friday. The bill heads to the desk of Republican Gov. Jim Justice,...

West Virginia House passes syringe exchange regulation bill

Apr. 09, 2021 18:56 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates has passed a bill to regulate needle exchange programs. Critics say the measure may constrain the number of providers amid a spike in HIV infections. It was approved on Friday in a 85-13 vote. The Senate will...