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The Legislature Today
26 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
The Legislature Today Discusses Criminal Justice Reform, State Budget, Personal Income Tax Repeal
House Judiciary Chair Moore Capito, R-Kanawha, and House Judiciary Minority Chair Chad Lovejoy, D-Cabell, discuss criminal justice reform, election, and pandemic-related bills. We also take a look at the state budget process and the personal income tax repeal plans.
26 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
The Legislature Today Discusses Personal Income Tax Repeal, Fiscal Policy, Medicaid Coverage, Criminal Justice
This week, The Legislature Today takes a deep dive into the various plans for the elimination of the state’s Personal Income Tax. Phil Kabler of the Charleston Gazette-Mail and Steven Allen Adams of Ogden Newspapers join host Dave Mistich to discuss multiple proposed fiscal policy changes. June Leffler provides updates on a bill to expand Medicaid coverage for new moms, and Emily Allen reports on HB 2017, which rewrites the state’s criminal code.
26 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
The Legislature Today Explores Governor's Personal Income Tax Repeal Proposal, Education Savings Accounts
This week on The Legislature Today, senior reporter Dave Mistich speaks with House Finance Committee Vice Chair Vernon Criss, R-Wood, and House Finance Minority Chair Brent Boggs, D-Braxton, about Gov. Jim Justice’s plan to reduce the state’s personal income tax, while increasing consumer sales and other taxes. Liz McCormick gives us an update on House Bill 2013, which would establish education savings accounts.
26 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
The Legislature Today Discusses Broadband Expansion, Education Bills, Personal Income Tax Repeal Proposal
Del. Daniel Linville, R-Cabell, Chair, House Technology & Infrastructure Committee, and Sen. Robert Plymale, D-Wayne, join WVPB's The Legislature Today to discuss broadband expansion legislation, HB 2002. Friday evening’s broadcast will also include an update on several major education bills and the governor’s personal income tax repeal proposal.
26 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
W.Va. Lawmakers Discuss The Hope Scholarship Bill, Charter School Legislation
Senate Education Chair Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson, and House Education Minority Chair Sean Hornbuckle, D-Cabell, join WVPB’s The Legislature Today from the Capitol building. The lawmakers discuss the Hope Scholarship bill, charter school legislation, and the needs of students following almost a year at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
26 minutes | Feb 20, 2021
House, Senate Leaders Talk Legislative Process During COVID
It has been a week of snow, ice and power outages, but the work of the West Virginia Legislature continued at a brisk pace. This week on The Legislature Today, we speak with House and Senate leadership, and we have updates on numerous bills.
26 minutes | Feb 13, 2021
Minority Leaders Respond To Governor’s 2021 State Of The State Address
This week, Gov. Jim Justice has outlined his legislative agenda for the 2021 session in his State of the State address. Host Suzanne Higgins speaks with minority leadership who share reaction to the governor’s address, and Senior Reporter Dave Mistich comments on the changes this year to the legislative process due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
27 minutes | Mar 6, 2020
Senate Passes Massive Foster Care Bill, House Rejects Intermediate Court Of Appeals
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.
27 minutes | Mar 5, 2020
Key Differences Between House, Senate Budgets As Clock Ticks On 2020 Session
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.
27 minutes | Mar 4, 2020
A Conversation On Higher Education Challenges In W.Va.
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.
27 minutes | Mar 3, 2020
Jail Overcrowding, Rehabilitation, Jobs – An Overview Of Criminal Justice Reform Bills
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.
27 minutes | Mar 2, 2020
Senators Outline Details Of Budget Bill
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.
27 minutes | Feb 28, 2020
Statehouse Reporters Breakdown Both House And Senate Budget Bills
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.
27 minutes | Feb 27, 2020
‘The Return Is Immense,’ Curator Says Arts Change Lives, Builds Culture
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.
27 minutes | Feb 26, 2020
Senators Weigh In On Moving And Stalled Health Related Legislation
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.
27 minutes | Feb 25, 2020
Delegate Highlights Domestic Violence Legislation, But Argues More Needs Done To Help Survivors
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.
1 minutes | Feb 25, 2020
Lawmakers Pass Bills To Lure Petrochemical Industry To W.Va.
The West Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday passed two bills that would provide tax cuts to the natural gas industry in an effort to boost petrochemical and plastics manufacturing.
27 minutes | Feb 24, 2020
Two-Pronged Tax Overhaul Proposal Now Halfway Complete
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.
27 minutes | Feb 20, 2020
Lawmakers Outline Goals To Expand, Enhance Broadband In W.Va.
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.
27 minutes | Feb 19, 2020
Updates On Bills To Aid W.Va.'s Distressed Water Systems, Enhance Solar Utilities
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.
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