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The Legislature Today is West Virginia's source for daily legislative news and information. The only live program covering the West Virginia Legislature, the broadcast features reports from the Senate, House and committee meetings with in-depth interviews and analysis of the legislative process in West Virginia. The Legislature Today Podcast allows you to listen to entire show at your convenience.

Episode Date
Reporters Recap Week of Budget Talks, Contentious Legislation and What’s to Come in the Final Hours
1603
We're potentially just one vote away from having a budget sent to Gov. Jim Justice. It's been a week of early mornings, late evenings and the passage and failure of some notable legislation – and a call for a special session. We’ll bring you the latest in our weekly reporter roundtable.
Mar 08, 2019
University Presidents Urge More Investment Into Higher Education
1605
In a session dominated by an omnibus education bill that ultimately died, lawmakers know officially now that they'll be back for a special session on education. We bring you the latest, and we also speak with the presidents of two state universities.
Mar 08, 2019
A Closer Look at Criminal Justice Reform Legislation
1606
Assistant News Director Glynis Board leads a discussion with activist Robert Grossman of Morgantown on one of several criminal justice reform bills that have been considered this session. We also bring you the latest updates from the House of Delegates and Senate.
Mar 06, 2019
Delegates Outline Status of Funding Formula for Higher Education
1605
A long-sought funding formula for higher education will have to wait even longer. Host Suzanne Higgins speaks with two delegates – both members of Gov. Jim Justice’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education – who provide us with an update. We also bring you the latest legislative action from the statehouse.
Mar 05, 2019
Faith Leaders Share Frustrations Over Friday’s Incidents in the House of Delegates
1604
The fallout continues from an anti-Muslim poster and materials displayed Friday during West Virginia’s GOP Day at the Capitol. Host Suzanne Higgins speaks with leaders of three religions – Islam, Judaism, and Christianity – who all say the issues of racism and discrimination go far deeper than Friday's events.
Mar 04, 2019
Reporters Recap Sparks in the House and the Budget Outlook
1603
An inflammatory poster displayed outside of the House of Delegates’ chamber by participants of West Virginia GOP Day at the Capitol, launched a firestorm of remarks Friday morning. Just as the Speaker of the House called the body to order, Del. Mike Pushkin stood and launched what would be a series of remarks - Democrats condemning hate speech, while Republicans defending freedom of speech.
Mar 01, 2019
Campus Carry, Foster Care, Tobacco – Major Bills Move As We Hit Final Days of 2019 Session
1605
Emotions ran high in the House of Delegates late Wednesday evening as HB 2519 – the Campus Self Defense Act – came to the floor after a day of procedures that took it off and then back on the House’s active calendar. We recap the night’s action, and we take a special look at foster care.
Feb 28, 2019
Chancellor of W.Va. CTC System Hopeful for ‘Last Dollar In’ Bill to Survive
1603
It’s Day 50, Crossover Day, and the last day for Senate bills to get out of the Senate, and for House bills to get out of the House. This determines whether those bills are to survive this session. We recap the day’s action, and we also look at the latest on SB 1 – the “last dollar in” community and technical college bill.
Feb 27, 2019
Sen. President Carmichael Says He Is ‘Hesitant’ on Pay Raise Without Education Reform
1603
Wednesday is crossover day, meaning it’s the last day for the West Virginia House of Delegates and Senate to consider bills on third reading, or voting stage, in their chamber of origin. Host Suzanne Higgins speaks with Senate President Mitch Carmichael and Senate Minority Leader Roman Prezioso about legislation they hoped would make it out and on legislation they still hope to consider.
Feb 26, 2019
Medicaid Bill to ‘Get People Back to Work’ Concerns Some in Health Community
1606
Lawmakers are working weekends and evenings now as we enter the seventh week of the 2019 West Virginia Legislative session. We'll discuss a controversial Medicaid bill that originated in the House Finance Committee. It was reported to the floor at almost the last possible moment for consideration.
Feb 25, 2019
Reporters Recap a Week of Twists and Turns at the W.Va. Legislature
1605
This week, we've seen a teacher and school workers strike, the death of a massive controversial education bill, and a campus-carry gun bill zoom through the House of Delegates. We bring you up-to-date on all these issues and more.
Feb 22, 2019
Bill to Allow Guns on W.Va. College Campuses Moving Rapidly in House
1606
With SB 451 – comprehensive education reform – effectively dead, attention now turns to another bill that’s stirring up controversy at the statehouse and around West Virginia. HB 2519 – the Campus Self Defense Act – is on the fast track. The bill would allow people with concealed carry licenses to carry their guns on college campuses.
Feb 21, 2019
Second Day of Teacher Walkout While ‘Clean’ Pay Raise Bill On the Move
1605
It was the second day of a statewide teacher and service personnel walkout over a comprehensive education reform bill. We bring you up-to-date on the latest action, and we also bring you special reports on black lung-related legislation, economic development, and tourism.
Feb 20, 2019
‘Omnibus’ Education Reform Bill is Dead, Or Is It?
1606
Teachers and school workers were on strike in 54 of West Virginia’s 55 counties Tuesday. But shortly after 12:30 p.m., the controversial education bill, which drove them out of school, was postponed indefinitely by a motion in the House of Delegates. Host Suzanne Higgins and Senior Statehouse Reporter Dave Mistich discuss the action on the bill, and the leaders of the teachers and school service personnel unions join the show to discuss whether the bill could have another shot at passage.
Feb 19, 2019
Senate Considers House Amended Education Reform Bill, But With Changes
1608
Late in the afternoon on Monday, the West Virginia Senate took up SB 451 – comprehensive education reform – as amended by the House of Delegates. But the upper chamber provided its own amendment to the House’s version. Host Suzanne Higgins and Senior Statehouse Reporter Dave Mistich break down the day’s floor action over the bill and what could come next. We also hear from the chairman and minority chairman of the House Select Committee on Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse.
Feb 18, 2019
Reporters Recap Contentious Week at the Capitol
1605
SB 451 – comprehensive education reform – is now back in the Senate, and the chamber is expected next week to consider the massive bill as amended by the House of Delegates. In this reporter roundtable, host Suzanne Higgins speaks with fellow statehouse reporters on the evolution of SB 451, and we explore other issues moving through the legislative process.
Feb 15, 2019
Education Reform Bill Passes House
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The comprehensive education reform bill passed out of the House of Delegates on a vote of 71 to 29. We’ll recap the day’s action on the bill, and host Suzanne Higgins talks with Randall Reid-Smith, Curator of the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History.
Feb 15, 2019
Cancer Treatment, Tobacco Use, Foster Care - An Overview of Healthcare Legislation
1605
The House of Delegates considered amendments to SB 451 – comprehensive education reform – all day, and they’ve continued their work into the evening. We break down the day’s proceedings, and we have a discussion with the Senate Health Committee over several healthcare bills that are moving through the legislative process.
Feb 13, 2019
Dept of Agriculture Says Hemp Could Be a Booming Industry in W.Va.
1611
We turn our attention to agriculture needs in West Virginia. Host Suzanne Higgins chats with Jennifer Greenlief, Assistant Commissioner at the West Virginia Department of Agriculture about the hemp industry in West Virginia, agriculture jobs, and funding needs to the department’s facilities.
Feb 12, 2019
A Conversation with House Education on the ‘Omnibus’ Education Bill
1603
Updated on Tues. Feb. 12, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. to include the TV broadcast of "The Legislature Today" from Feb. 11, 2019.
Feb 11, 2019