Senate passes amended ‘Child Bride Act’

By Matthew Young, RealWV CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Senate concluded a wild day with an equally wild night on Friday, as bill after bill was hurried through the legislative process. Among the more contentious of those bills was HB 3018, which would establish 18 as the age of consent for marriage regardless of parental permission.  […]

Families of deceased rally for justice

By BlackByGod On Friday, March 10, 2023, the West Virginia Poor People’s Campaign held a rally demanding accountability and justice for the 100+ unexplained deaths in West Virginia state jails at the State Capitol. Families of individuals who died at Southern Regional Jail joined the National Co-Chair, Bishop William Barber II, to present a petition […]

State Senate advances appropriations bills on third reading

Senator Karnes removed from floor session By Matt Young, West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia State Senate, on Friday, began the final hours of the 2023 legislative session with a morning that saw Sen. Robert Karnes, R-Randolph, removed from the Chamber. The contention, it seemed, centered around Karnes’ objection to the […]

Delegates defeat ‘dark money’ bill, before changing course to pass it

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV At 3:25pm on Friday, the House of Delegates voted 61-35 to reject SB508. The bill increases how much money lobbying groups can raise without publicly reporting their donors. By 5:06pm, delegates reconsidered their previous action and voted 49-41 to approve the bill.  SB508 was sponsored by Senator Mike Azinger. It passed […]