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Del. Derrick Evans has announced his resignation from the West Virginia Legislature. This comes after being arrested and charged for his part in storming the U.S. Capitol Building. Evans was set to serve his first term as delegate for West […]

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November 4, 2020  •  

Justice Comfortably Secures Second Term

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Gov. Jim Justice defeated Democratic challenger Ben Santiago to win reelection in West Virginia. Justice, who ran as a Democrat in 2016 narrowly defeating incumbent Bill Cole before switching party affiliations, comfortably secured his second term receiving twice as many […]

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On April 1, Gov. Jim Justice issued an executive order postponing the state’s primary election scheduled for May 12. The election is postponed until June 9 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order also suspends the rules and regulations regarding […]

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The Second Session of the 84th Legislature adjourned sine die on March 7 at noon after 60 days in session. Legislators passed 74 bills, including the budget bill that was a priority for legislators and Gov. Jim Justice. Lawmakers also […]

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A bill has been introduced in the Senate setting new limits on political contributions. Senate Bill 566 would reduce current limits on contributions to candidates from $2,800 to $1,000 per election. Additionally, contributions to a PAC related to a particular […]

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December 18, 2019  •  

West Virginia House Adjourns Special Session

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The House of Delegates adjourned the Second Extraordinary Session of 2019 on December 16 after reconvening the same day. Before adjourning, the House passed Senate Bill 2001. Senate Bill 2001 extends tax credits for tourism development projects through December 2025.

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November 21, 2019  •  

West Virginia Special Session Adjourns

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While the West Virginia Senate approved three bills during the special legislative session, the House is leaving one measure for the December interim meetings. The Senate adjourned the special session sine die after quickly passing versions of all three bills […]

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Gov. Jim Justice issued a proclamation calling for the West Virginia Legislature to convene in special session on Monday, November 18. The session will coincide with regularly scheduled interim committee meetings. The purpose of the special session is to consider […]

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September 23, 2019  •  

West Virginia Special Session Ends

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The Senate adjourned on Monday, bringing an end to the special legislative session. Gov. Jim Justice called the special session after legislators failed to agree on education proposals following a two-day teacher strike in February. The Senate adjourned its half […]

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Gov. Jim Justice has appointed Trenton Barnhart to the vacant District 7 seat. The seat became vacant when Del. Jason Harshbarger resigned to become Dominion Energy’s state policy director. Gov. Justice made the selection from a list of three people […]

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Gov. Jim Justice is adding an additional 12 bills for the Legislature to consider during the special session originally focusing on education. Gov. Justice amended his original proclamation by adding 10 new supplemental appropriation bills. One bill relates to the […]

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Gov. Jim Justice amended his proclamation for the First Extraordinary Session of 2019, adding a bill relating to the West Virginia Business Ready Sites Program. The special session was originally called to address improvements to public education and pay raises […]

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The Elections Commission adopted legislative rules to enforce the provisions in Senate Bill 622. Provisions include increasing campaign contribution limits and disclosure requirements for PACs and independent expenditure groups. The commission worked on language to better clarify what committees and […]

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Gov. Jim Justice signed Senate Bill 622 on March 27, with an effective date of June 7. The bill increases campaign contribution limits allowing $2,800 to candidates, $5,000 to political action committees (PACs), and $10,000 to party committees. The current […]

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