19 January 2010

Legislature 2010: Day 7

Highlights from the unfolding, 60-day regular session:

  • The Associated Press reports that the House Education Committee is poised to advance Gov. Joe Manchin's school calendar bill "as is." Both it and its Senate counterpart had each heavily amended last year's version, and were unable to arrive at a compromise. (Update: the bill advanced to the full House without amendments, AP reports.)
  • The Charleston Daily Mail reports on a planned presentation on child exploitation that the State Police hopes "will persuade legislators to provide them with assistance and funding needed to combat the problem."
  • The Daily Mail also previews a GOP-sponsored bid to convert the PROMISE college scholarship into a forgivable loan program meant to encourage recipients to stay in West Virginia.
  • Pharmacists and pharmacy students lobbied lawmakers Monday "for a Senate bill aimed at defining them as health care providers for liability insurance purposes," The Register-Herald reports.
  • The Beckley newspaper also hears from the state Municipal League, which says it supports Manchin's proposals aimed at helping cities and towns deal with vacant, abandoned and ruined buildings.
  • The state's two main teachers' groups outline their session goals to MetroNews.

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