The Legislature Today Podcast

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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
Charleston Activist Says Legislative Priorities Are Tackling Achievement Gap, Disciplinary Issues
1607
We look at the 2020 West Virginia Legislative session through the lens of civil rights and social justice on this Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We also bring you the latest news from the Capitol as we begin the second full week of the 2020 session.
Jan 20, 2020
Reporters Explore Trade Deal With China, Lawsuit Over Obamacare, And Latest Foster Care Legislation
1603
Host Suzanne Higgins speaks with statehouse reporters to recap a week of legislative action. We also bring you a story looking at the newly created West Virginia Narcotics Intelligence Unit.
Jan 17, 2020
Justice Defends His Work As Governor, Shares Goals For 2020
1604
Host Suzanne Higgins sits down with Gov. Jim Justice to discuss his proposed budget, his work over the last four years as governor, and his thoughts for the future. Higgins also speaks with Reporter Emily Allen and Senior Reporter Dave Mistich about the latest news from the Capitol building.
Jan 17, 2020
House Finance Committee Members Discuss Gov. Justice's Proposed Budget
1606
The House of Delegates passed a bill known as the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. It calls on doctors to use "reasonable medical judgement" in the event of an unsuccessful abortion, and it passed with bi-partisan support.
Jan 15, 2020
Speaker Hanshaw Says Job Creation And Growing W.Va.’s Workforce Major Priority This Year In House
1607
There’s a new focus on hunger at the West Virginia Legislature. We'll hear about the newly formed Hunger Caucus, and host Suzanne Higgins sits down with the Speaker of the House of Delegates, Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay.
Jan 14, 2020
Sen. President Carmichael Outlines Goals For 2020 Session
1606
Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, joins host Suzanne Higgins to discuss the Republican agenda for the 2020 West Virginia Legislative session. Senior Reporter Dave Mistich also joins Higgins on set to discuss the latest news and legislative action from the statehouse.
Jan 14, 2020
Reporter Roundtable Discusses First Three Days Of 2020 Session
1605
The halls of the Capitol are now quiet. Lawmakers have gone home for the weekend, and the session has gotten off to a low-key start. We discuss the first three days of the 2020 West Virginia Legislative session with statehouse reporters, and we look at some of the legislation introduced this week in both the House and Senate.
Jan 10, 2020
Minority Leaders Respond To Governor’s 2020 State Of The State
1603
We launch our nightly coverage of the 2020 West Virginia Legislative session with reaction to Gov. Jim Justice's State of the State Address.
Jan 10, 2020
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