2023 West Virginia Vacation Guide Unveiled

  First state travel guide in the country to feature cover image that changes at different viewing angles  CHARLESTON, WV –– Gov. Jim Justice today unveiled the new West Virginia Vacation Guide, a free travel inspiration magazine dedicated to promoting Almost Heaven, West Virginia. The Department has received close to 8,000 pre-orders since November 11, 2022.  […]

House Health Advances Patient Safety and Transparency Act

The Health and Human Resources Committee met this afternoon to advance several bills. House Bill 2436 creates the Patient Safety and Transparency Act by implementing an acuity-based patient classification system. House Bill 2854 requires the DHHR to seek a federal waiver to pay child-care providers for enrollment rather than the attendance of the child. The bill also […]

House Economic Development and Tourism Advances E-Bike Definition Update

The Committee on Economic Development and Tourism met this evening, advancing three bills. House Bill 2510 creates the Critical Mineral Investment Tax Credit Act of 2023. The bill exempts rare earth elements, critical minerals, and carbon-based products from being taxed. The amount of credit is dependent on the cost of the qualified investment property and the […]

Senate Passes Campus Self-Defense Act

The Senate passed Senate Bill 10 this morning, legislation that would allow the concealed carry of handguns on the state’s university campuses so long as carrier has a current and valid conceal carry permit. The bill prohibits the state Higher Education Policy Commission, the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia or college/university governing boards from […]

DHHR Reminds Residents that SNAP Emergency Allotments are Ending in March

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Family Assistance is reminding residents receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits that the last issuance of COVID-19 SNAP Emergency Allotments (EA) will be in February 2023 due to the funding being discontinued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Since April 2020, […]

WVDOT Bridge Design and Build Contest accepting entries from middle and high school students

CHARLESTON, WV – Students in West Virginia middle schools and high schools have until March 1 to enter the 2023 WV Bridge Design and Build Contest, hosted by West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) for more than 20 years, registration is entirely free and available on the website wvbridgedesignandbuildcontest.com.  “We have schools that have come back to the competition for […]

Slow ride; Roads to Prosperity replaces iconic Spencer Colonel Ruby Bradley Bridge

CHARLESTON, WV – On a drizzly night in Spencer, West Virginia, with the weather threatening to spit snow, contractors for Rock Forge Bridge Company began sliding the Colonel Ruby Bradley Bridge into place. It’s a process that will take a few days to complete. Eight inches at a time. “This particular project is a good example of […]

Two DMV Bills Advance to Senate

Monday, the House passed two bills. House Bill 2530 extends the expiration of temporary registration plates from 60 days to 90 days. House Bill 2533 allows for a permanent windshield placard to be valid for the duration of the applicant’s life, instead of them having to renew regularly. Temporary placards are still only valid for 6 months. […]

Senate Passes Bill to Restructure Unemployment Benefits

The Senate passed a bill to revamp the state’s unemployment system during Monday morning’s floor session. Senate Bill 59 would allow workers to collect unemployment benefits for a maximum of 12 weeks, provided the state unemployment rate for the prior quarter is below 5.5 percent, which is considered full employment. For each half-percent increase above 5.5 […]