Gov. Tomblin signs West Virginia OPEB funding bill (video)

By WV Watchdog on February 20, 2012

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signs SB469, providing a funding mechanism for West Virginia’s $5 billion OPEB debt. (Photo/Steven Allen Adams)
By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog
CHARLESTON — With the stroke of a pen, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed a bill making West Virginia the first state to deal with its multi-billion dollar retiree health [...]

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Gov. Tomblin’s substance abuse bill passes Senate Heath and Human Resources

By WV Watchdog on February 16, 2012

By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog
CHARLESTON — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin‘s substance abuse bill passed one committee today on the West Virginia Senate side, but still has two more committees to go through.
The Senate Health and Human Resources Committee passed SB437, Tomblin’s proposal that would create a regulatory framework in place to monitor [...]

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West Virginia House of Delegates passes Gov. Tomblin’s fix for OPEB (audio)

By westvirginia on February 9, 2012

By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog
CHARLESTON — If senators agree with changes to the legislation, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin can add finding funding for the state’s multi-billion dollar retiree health care debt to his list of successes since officially becoming Governor in November.
The West Virginia House of Delegates passed SB469, Gov. Tomblin’s proposal [...]

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House Republicans raise concerns about bill paying down West Virginia’s OPEB debt

By westvirginia on February 8, 2012

By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog
CHARLESTON — Republicans in the West Virginia House of Delegates tried to amend Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin‘s legislation to pay down the state’s retiree health care debt after raising concerns about the bill’s specifics.
House Republicans offered five amendments to SB469, with all five failing. Two failed by voice [...]

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AFL-CIO and UMWA back Fairness West Virginia’s anti-discrimination bills (video)

By westvirginia on February 8, 2012

By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog
CHARLESTON — Supporters of two anti-discrimination bills in the West Virginia Legislature have some new allies.
Fairness West Virginia held a press conference this morning promoting two bills that would amend the state Human Rights Act by adding sexual orientation to the list of protections.
“This is an issue of [...]

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Texting bill passes West Virginia Senate (audio)

By westvirginia on February 6, 2012

By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog
CHARLESTON — A bill making texting while driving a primary offense is now on its way to the West Virginia House of Delegates after passing the state Senate.
Senators passed SB211 unanimously today, after the penalties in the bill were changed. SB211 would make it a primary offense to [...]

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WatchBlog: Some praise and some criticism of Gov. Tomblin

By westvirginia on February 3, 2012

By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog
CHARLESTON — Another week has gone by, inching us closer to the halfway mark of the West Virginia Legislature’s 2012 general session. Feb. 9 will be the 30 day mark of the 60-day session.
As of today 1,608 bills have been introduced between the House of Delegates and the [...]

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West Virginia Senate passes Gov. Tomblin’s OPEB fix (audio)

By westvirginia on February 1, 2012

By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog
CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Senate put Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s public retiree health care funding proposal on the fast track to full passage by the Legislature later this week.
The state Senate suspended the rules requiring a bill be read on three separate days before passage and sent [...]

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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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West Virginia public employee pensions see improvement

By westvirginia on January 25, 2012

By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog
CHARLESTON — The state’s unfunded public pension liabilities are shrinking after taking hits during the recent recession.
Officials with the state Consolidated Public Retirement Board (CPRB) gave a presentation to members of the House Pensions and Retirement Committee today.
The CPRB manages nine pension plans: The Public Employee Retirement System [...]

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