West Virginia State Government“Week in the Know” October 20, 2017




Gov. Justice appoints Greenbrier delegate to vacant state Senate seat
A first-term Greenbrier County delegate has been appointed to fill a vacancy in the state Senate. 

Gov. Jim Justice appointed Stephen Baldwin to replace Ron Miller, who left the Senate to work as an agricultural liaison for Justice. All three men are from Greenbrier County.




West Virginia Lawmakers Pass Military Retiree Exemption Bill
The West Virginia Legislature has passed a bill to exempt military retirees from paying personal state income taxes. 

The bill easily passed the House of Delegates and later the Senate on Tuesday, Oct. 17, during the Legislature’s special session. It would exempt from state income tax any federal retirement income from the regular armed services, reserves and National Guard.


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Legislature wraps up special session, approves bills related to road bond
The West Virginia Legislature wrapped up a two-day special session late Tuesday, approving several bills intended to ease implementation of Gov. Jim Justice’s roads program, despite misgivings about one piece of legislation.




Survey Shows W.Va. Wants to be a Leader in Combating Opioid Crisis
Shepherd University hosted an event Monday exploring the possibility of more efficient ways for universities, industry, government, and scientific researchers to work together to combat the opioid epidemic. And a recent public opinion survey indicates West Virginians want to see the state be a leader on this issue.
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West Virginia Posts Online Medical Marijuana Survey
West Virginia health officials have released an online survey for people interested in obtaining medical marijuana. 

A Department of Health & Human Resources news release says the survey results will be shared with the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board in December.


Results of medical cannabis survey to be presented at advisory board meeting in December




WV broadband panel wants detailed reports on internet service
A state board that oversees broadband expansion in West Virginia is asking the federal government to require internet providers to give more detailed reports about where they offer high-speed broadband service to consumers.The data would be used to help state leaders determine where reliable internet service is needed most.


The West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council requested the more precise broadband service reports in a recent letter to the Federal Communications Commission, saying current practices allow companies to paint a misleading and inaccurate picture of where they make broadband service available.





Scott CoscoHartman Harman Cosco, LLC





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