West Virginia lawmakers OK water, marijuana, contrast bills

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers have voted to lift water-pollution limits, legalize medical marijuana, finish propagandize standardised contrast aligned with a Common Core curriculum and reason a voter referendum this year on arising $1.6 billion in holds to reconstruct state highways and bridges.


The House and Senate, that finished their two-month event Sunday, also upheld a $4.1 billion ubiquitous account check with no taxation increases and steeper cuts to aloft preparation and Medicaid than Gov. Jim Justice wanted. The pierce sets adult a probable halt and additional event before a new mercantile year starts Jul 1.

Bills to correct sales, income and gasoline taxes all modernized though nothing were finally passed. A check to sanction healthy gas producers to cavalcade when three-fourths of those with kingship rights determine also foundered.

Justice has already sealed new laws to finish law of about 2,300 above-ground storage tanks and to let industrial plants liberate cancer-causing and other chemicals formed on a normal upsurge in a stream instead of a low flow, permitting incomparable discharges from particular sites. It also allows “mixing zones,” overlapping discharges from mixed sites.

“Water peculiarity standards are a protected levels of pollutants that are authorised in a streams,” a West Virginia Manufacturers Association said, propelling a change. “The standards are set so that such exposures are not damaging over prolonged bearing periods.”

The West Virginia Rivers Coalition pronounced there are issues generally with different formula from blending wickedness discharges and not one instance offering of a specific business that indispensable a change. “I did not see one pro-environment magnitude even given care let alone passed,” Executive Director Angie Rosser pronounced of a legislative session.

A check corroborated by spark producers that upheld both houses also would change measurements of associated tide health, relying essentially on fish populations instead of insects.

Chris Hamilton, comparison clamp boss of a West Virginia Coal Association, pronounced a opinion was strenuous in support of a bill, that also mutated regulations on diesel engines used subterraneous and combined some state slip boards.

The House and Senate concluded to legalize medical pot by medication for patients who are terminally ill or who have seizures, cancer, ongoing pain, post-traumatic highlight disorder, AIDS and other specified conditions. Gov. Jim Justice pronounced he’ll pointer it. The check doesn’t sanction smoking or patients flourishing their possess plants. Patient marker cards could be released starting Jul 1, 2019.

Both houses voted to criminalize “revenge porn,” posting someone’s insinuate or intimately pithy images though their consent.

Both also voted to finish $14 million in annual support for greyhound racing during a state’s dual tracks. Justice vetoed that bill.

Lawmakers overrode an progressing Justice halt of legislation dictated to explain a West Virginia right-to-work law enacted final year. He pronounced it’s now before a state’s tip justice and that routine shouldn’t be interfered with.

The check certified by a Republican-controlled Legislature removes supplies from a law that would seem to free building and construction trade unions.

Enforcement has been blocked by a justice claim in a lawsuit brought by unions. They say a law illegally takes their resources given they still have to paint all employees in a kinship shop, including those that a law would concede to stop profitable kinship dues.

Lawmakers voted to anathema a stream Smarter Balanced standardised tests in open schools that are aligned a Common Core curriculum.

They also certified holding a referendum on $1.6 billion in fastening for Justice’s signature highway reformation module that would pursue relating sovereign supports as well. The administrator pronounced it would put thousands of West Virginians to work.

He due lifting a gas taxation 4.5 cents a gallon to support a bonds. The Senate upheld a bill, though it died in a House.


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