WatchBlog: West Virginia’s education system is in need of fundamental reform

By westvirginia on January 27, 2012

By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog
CHARLESTON — It’s been over two weeks since the start of the West Virginia Legislature’s 2012 general session, but there has been very little talk about education reform.
That is, until yesterday and in an unusual place.
Instead of hearing school officials questioned in one of the two education committees, […]

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Republican Bill Maloney files for second run for Governor of West Virginia (video)

By westvirginia on January 26, 2012

By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog
CHARLESTON — Republican businessman Bill Maloney filed candidacy papers today for another run for Governor of West Virginia, hoping to close the three-point gap that saw him fall to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.
Maloney was joined by his wife Sharon and several supporters at the Secretary of State’s office; […]

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Legislation making pseudoephedrine prescription-only aimed at busting meth labs, not curbing demand

By westvirginia on January 26, 2012

By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog
CHARLESTON — Two lawmakers who support requiring prescriptions for cold medicines containing ingredients used in the making methamphetamine say the bill will put the hurt on local meth labs, but can’t guarantee that demand for the powerful narcotic will decease.
Last week, lawmakers introduced SB 346, called the Larry […]

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Natural gas cracker tax incentive becomes first bill passed by West Virginia Legislature in 2012 (video)

By westvirginia on January 25, 2012

By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog
CHARLESTON — Both chambers of the West Virginia Legislature came together to pass a tax incentive aimed at luring major natural gas manufacturing facilities to the state.
The state Senate passed HB 4086, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin‘s natural gas cracker tax incentive bill, unanimously 33-0, with Sen. John Pat […]

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West Virginia Senate set to pass natural gas cracker incentive bill tomorrow

By westvirginia on January 24, 2012

By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog
CHARLESTON — Tax incentives to lure a natural gas manufacturing facility to West Virginia is set to go before the West Virginia Senate tomorrow.
The Senate Finance Committee passed HB 4086 today a day after the House of Delegates passed the legislation. The bill will go to the full […]

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Governor Tomblin’s texting-while-driving bill makes its way through the West Virginia Legislature

By westvirginia on January 24, 2012

By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog
CHARLESTON — A bill that will make using a cell phone in a moving vehicle illegal, either by talking on it or texting, passed its first committee today.
SB 211 would make it a secondary offense to text or talk on a cell phone when driving. It would make […]

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Gov. Tomblin’s natural gas cracker incentive bill on fast track to passage

By westvirginia on January 23, 2012

By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog
CHARLESTON — Legislation the could lure a major natural gas manufacturing facility to West Virginia could be in the Governor’s hands by the end of the week at latest.
In a rare move, the West Virginia House of Delegates voted to suspend the rules and pass Gov. Earl Ray […]

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WatchBlog: West Virginia Capitol odds & ends

By westvirginia on January 23, 2012

By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog
CHARLESTON — We’re almost two weeks into the West Virginia Legislature‘s 2012 regular session. So far there are 1,319 bills introduced between both the House of Delegates and the state Senate. The House passed five bills last week, while the Senate has three bills on third reading today.
Last […]

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U.S. Supreme Court approves stay in West Virginia congressional redistricting case

By westvirginia on January 20, 2012

By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog
CHARLESTON — The U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of a lower court’s ruling against West Virginia’s congressional redistricting plan, meaning the current plan will stay put while lawmakers appeal the earlier ruling.
Chief Justice John Roberts issued the ruling this morning. Senate President Jeff Kessler (D-Marshall), House Speaker […]

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West Virginia natural gas cracker incentive passes Senate, House committees

By westvirginia on January 20, 2012

By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog
CHARLESTON — A tax incentive aimed at luring a major natural gas manufacturing facility to the state made it through committees in the West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates today.
Members of the Senate Economic Development Committee took up SB 206, sponsored by Senate President Jeff Kessler (D-Marshall) […]

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