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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
Senate Passes Massive Foster Care Bill, House Rejects Intermediate Court Of Appeals
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The House of Delegates’ foster care bill was up for a vote in the Senate Friday, while the Senate's Intermediate Court of Appeals bill was up for a vote in the House. We recap that action and more in our weekly reporter roundtable.
Mar 06, 2020
Key Differences Between House, Senate Budgets As Clock Ticks On 2020 Session
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Host Suzanne Higgins has a conversation with House Finance members for a breakdown of the budget bill that passed out of the House chamber Wednesday night – a budget with some key differences in spending priorities than that of the Senate.
Mar 06, 2020
A Conversation On Higher Education Challenges In W.Va.
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Host Suzanne Higgins speaks with Interim Chancellor of the Higher Education Policy Commission and Chancellor of the West Virginia Community and Technical College System, Dr. Sarah Armstrong Tucker for a discussion on higher education funding issues, secondary education attainment and financial aid requirement challenges.
Mar 05, 2020
Jail Overcrowding, Rehabilitation, Jobs – An Overview Of Criminal Justice Reform Bills
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We explore criminal justice reform legislation from this session, and we bring you an in-depth report and follow-up conversation on the issue. We also bring you the latest news from West Virginia’s statehouse.
Mar 04, 2020
Senators Outline Details Of Budget Bill
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We have updates on gun legislation, a renewable energy bill, and we bring you the latest on the Senate’s version of the budget bill.
Mar 02, 2020
Statehouse Reporters Breakdown Both House And Senate Budget Bills
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Host Suzanne Higgins is joined by Brad McElhinny of West Virginia MetroNews and Steven Allen Adams of Ogden Newspapers for a reporter roundtable featuring an update on both the Senate and House proposed state budgets.
Feb 28, 2020
‘The Return Is Immense,’ Curator Says Arts Change Lives, Builds Culture
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It was Arts Day at the Capitol. We spotlight the activities from the day, and we bring you a special report on an educational effort by the West Virginia Humanities Council.
Feb 28, 2020
Senators Weigh In On Moving And Stalled Health Related Legislation
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It was Crossover Day at the West Virginia Legislature, which means it was the final day for bills to be read a third time in their house of origin. Host Suzanne Higgins speaks with senior reporter Dave Mistich and reporter Emily Allen for updates from both the House and Senate. We also bring you updates on several health-related bills and issues.
Feb 26, 2020
Delegate Highlights Domestic Violence Legislation, But Argues More Needs Done To Help Survivors
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Ahead of Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Day at the Capitol this week, we bring you a special report and update on several bills aimed at helping survivors.
Feb 26, 2020
Two-Pronged Tax Overhaul Proposal Now Halfway Complete
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A sweeping tax proposal calls for the elimination of manufacturing machinery, equipment and inventory taxes on motor vehicles and other personal property. It also calls for hikes to tobacco and consumer sales taxes. The legislation has passed in the Senate, but a joint resolution that would make the bill constitutional was held over in that chamber for one day.
Feb 24, 2020
Lawmakers Outline Goals To Expand, Enhance Broadband In W.Va.
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We explore a major broadband bill that passed the House of Delegates, and we have a discussion with two West Virginia lawmakers who are involved in broadband and technology expansion in the state.
Feb 21, 2020
Updates On Bills To Aid W.Va.'s Distressed Water Systems, Enhance Solar Utilities
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We bring you updates on the energy and environment legislation we've been following, and we also meet some students who visited the Capitol to participate in the page program for their local lawmakers.
Feb 19, 2020
Foster Care, Medicaid, Adverse Childhood Experiences – A Conversation On Health Related Legislation
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We bring you a special report on the state's Medical Cannabis program and a bill this session to expand it to further accommodate patients. We'll also bring you an update on other major health bills from members of the House Health and Human Resources Committee.
Feb 18, 2020
Lawmakers, Public Celebrate 100 Years Of Women’s Right To Vote
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There were events all day at the Capitol celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment – guaranteeing women the right to vote. We hear about West Virginia’s suffragists and the need for West Virginia women to engage more actively in the political process.
Feb 18, 2020
Statehouse Reporters Recap Legislation On Solar, Charter Schools, Foster Care
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We’ve passed the deadline for bills to be introduced in the House of Delegates this session. On Monday, that same cut-off will be in the Senate. Host Suzanne Higgins sits down with statehouse reporters Ryan Quinn of The Charleston Gazette-Mail, Taylor Stuck of the Huntington Herald-Dispatch, and Brad McElhinny of WV MetroNews for this week’s roundtable.
Feb 14, 2020
Lawmakers Outline Merits Of Two Bills That Aim To Protect Coverage For Pre-Existing Conditions
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We look at two bills aimed at protecting health insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions – one offered by West Virginia Senate Republicans, and one offered by Senate Democrats.
Feb 14, 2020
Senators Weigh In On Complicated Impacts Of Eliminating W.Va. Greyhound Breeding Development Fund
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We explore support and opposition to a bill that would cut funding for greyhound racing at two West Virginia tracks, and we bring you the latest in West Virginia Legislative news.
Feb 12, 2020
Agriculture Commissioner And Senate Ag Committee Chair Talk Goals To Help The W.Va. Farmer
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We bring you a special report and discussion on the challenges faced by West Virginia’s farmers. We also bring you the latest news from the Capitol.
Feb 11, 2020
Newly Formed Bipartisan Tech Caucus Aims To Diversify W.Va.’s Economy, Workforce
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We learn about a state program that’s helping thousands of West Virginia grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, and we have a conversation with the co-chairs of a new bipartisan Tech Caucus.
Feb 11, 2020
Equipment Tax And Intermediate Courts Remain Hot Button Issues At W.Va. Statehouse
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It’s Friday, and that means we look back at a week of West Virginia Legislative action. We’ve also officially reached the half-way mark of the 2020 session. Host Suzanne Higgins is joined by statehouse reporters Phil Kabler of The Charleston Gazette-Mail, Emily Allen of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, and Steven Allen Adams of Ogden Newspapers.
Feb 07, 2020
Newly Formed Public Health Caucus Seeks To Combat Traumatic Childhood Experiences In W.Va.
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We discuss West Virginia’s children in crisis with members of a newly formed Public Health caucus. Also, West Virginia’s veterans were honored at the Capitol, and we bring you the latest in legislative action.
Feb 07, 2020
How The Opioid Crisis Has Altered The Mindset, Resources For First Responders
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On The Legislature Today, we explore the growing responsibilities of West Virginia’s Emergency Medical Services. Host Suzanne Higgins speaks with two members of West Virginia’s EMS Advisory Council.
Feb 06, 2020
Thousands Of Elderly West Virginians Face Hunger, Isolation
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As the senior population grows in West Virginia, more of the state's elderly are living alone, with disability, and facing hunger. We focus on the cost of addressing these needs – and not addressing these needs. We also hear the latest updates from the West Virginia Legislature.
Feb 05, 2020
A Discussion On Veterans Issues - Challenges And Legislation That May Help
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We highlight the multiple challenges West Virginia’s active military members and veterans face, and we explore legislation addressing many of those concerns. We also bring you the latest news from the West Virginia Legislature.
Feb 03, 2020
Reporters Recap Bills Related To Equipment Tax, Intermediate Courts, Criminal Justice Reform
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The West Virginia Legislature has completed its third full week of the 2020 session. Several issues have stirred up debate so far, including a bill that would repeal a tax on manufacturing equipment and inventory and another that would create an Intermediate Court of Appeals. We bring you the latest on these issues and more on this week’s reporter roundtable.
Jan 31, 2020
An In-Depth Discussion On W.Va.'s Substance Use Recovery Efforts; Treatment, Support, Stigma
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Over the last few years, West Virginia lawmakers have passed dozens of bills, creating policy and changing existing code, in an effort to respond to the state’s drug crisis. We take a closer look at that epidemic and at the work that continues to address it.
Jan 31, 2020
Lobbyists Weigh In On Bill To Create Intermediate Court Of Appeals
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A proposal to establish an intermediate court system has passed the Senate Judiciary and is now in Senate Finance. Senior reporter Dave Mistich speaks with Danielle Waltz of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Jonathan Mani, President-Elect of the West Virginia Association for Justice to explore both sides of the issue.
Jan 30, 2020
W.Va. Lawmaker Details Bills On Solar, Water Quality
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It was E-Day at the West Virginia Legislature – a focus on the environment when advocates gather to lobby on behalf of environmental policy. Host Suzanne Higgins speaks with a lawmaker who is also an environmental scientist, to review several environmental related bills.
Jan 29, 2020
Hundreds Of Families Still Displaced After 2016 Flood, State Lawmakers Update On Legislative Efforts
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RISE is the state-run and federally funded Flood Recovery Program. The state received $150 million to assist low-income residents needing repair or replacement of their homes following the flood of June 2016. Today, hundreds are still displaced. We bring you the latest on this program and a discussion with state lawmakers who sit on the Joint Committee on Flooding.
Jan 28, 2020
Statehouse Reporters Recap Discussions Over Cannabis Use, Voting Rights, Foster Care Crisis
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This week lawmakers debated tax breaks, sought remedies for a foster care system in crisis, passed a resolution calling for a convention of states and much more. Host Suzanne Higgins is joined by statehouse reporters to recap a week of legislative action.
Jan 24, 2020
Thousands Of Children In Foster Care, W.Va. Lawmakers Discuss How To Tackle It
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On The Legislature Today, we discuss West Virginia children in crisis and a foster care system under the microscope. The new Senate Select Committee on Children and Families had its first meeting where the dire needs of the state's 10,000 homeless students and 7,000 foster children are the focus. Reporter Roxy Todd also joins our program to lead a discussion with state lawmakers on the issue.
Jan 24, 2020
State Lawmakers Say Alternative Uses For Coal A Must In W.Va.
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West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s energy and environment reporter Brittany Patterson returns to lead a conversation on West Virginia’s struggling coal industry. We’re also joined by senior reporter Dave Mistich and reporter Emily Allen to discuss the latest news from the Capitol.
Jan 23, 2020
Advocates Weigh In On How To Protect Environment, Property Rights As Natural Gas Grows
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We begin a two-part series on West Virginia’s energy sectors. West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s energy and environment reporter Brittany Patterson looks at the forecast for oil and natural gas production and includes perspective from environmentalists and private property owners. Also, host Suzanne Higgins speaks with statehouse reporter Emily Allen for the latest in legislative action.
Jan 22, 2020
Charleston Activist Says Legislative Priorities Are Tackling Achievement Gap, Disciplinary Issues
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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?
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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