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March 18, 2019 Edition

Under the Dome delivers a review of the issues being considered by State Government and the 84th West Virginia Legislature during its First Regular Session. It provides information on matters that affect WVU and higher education. This edition covers updates on the final week of regular session, the announcement of a special session, details on the budget, and major issues that passed and did not pass the Legislature.

House Bill 2519, the Campus Self Defense Act, which passed the House on February 27 by a vote of 59-41, died for the year in the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 5 when it was rejected on a 7-9 vote.

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March 8, 2019 Edition

Under the Dome delivers a review of the issues being considered by state government and the 84th West Virginia Legislature during its first regular session. It provides information on matters that affect WVU and higher education. This edition covers updates on major issues being debated by the Legislature.

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February 18, 2019 Edition

Under the Dome delivers a review of the issues being considered by state government and the 84th West Virginia Legislature during its first regular session. It provides information on matters that affect WVU and higher education. This edition covers updates on major issues being debated by the Legislature.

House Bill 2519, the Campus Self Defense Act, was introduced on January 18. The bill would prevent our Board of Governors, except in some sensitive areas, from prohibiting individuals with a concealed carry permit from carrying a concealed weapon on our campuses or in our buildings. WVU leadership is engaged with the Legislature on this issue and will continue to advocate for the best interests of our campus.

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February 6, 2019 Edition

Under the Dome delivers a review of the issues being considered by state government and the 84th West Virginia Legislature during its first regular session. It provides information on matters that affect WVU and higher education. This edition covers updates on major issues being debated by the Legislature.

House Bill 2519, the Campus Self Defense Act, was introduced on January 18. Sponsors include Delegates Jim Butler (R-Mason), Zack Maynard (R-Lincoln), Scott Cadle (R-Mason), Geoff Foster (R-Putnam), Caleb Hanna (R-Webster), Paul Espinosa (R-Jefferson), Joshua Higginbotham (R-Putnam), Pat McGeehan (R-Hancock), Eric Householder (R-Berkeley), Joe Canestraro (D-Marshall), and Randy Swartzmiller (D-Hancock).

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January 23, 2019 Edition

Under the Dome delivers a review of the issues being considered by state government and the 84th West Virginia Legislature during its first regular session. It provides information on matters that affect WVU and higher education. This edition covers updates on the State of the State Address and the introduction of bills and major issues.

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November 13, 2018 Edition

Under the Dome delivers a review of the issues considered by State Government and the 83rd Legislature during its Second Session and provides information on matters that affect WVU and higher education. This edition covers updates on the 2018 election.

Almost 48% of West Virginia’s registered voters went to the polls on November 6. The turnout eclipsed the 2014 midterm by 10%.

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October 4, 2018 Edition

Under the Dome delivers a review of the issues considered by State Government and the 83rd Legislature during its Second Session and provides information on matters that affect WVU and higher education. This edition covers updates on several issues.

Governor Justice announced that West Virginia’s General Revenue Fund collections continue to exceed estimates, and the first-quarter surplus for Fiscal Year 2019 is nearly $120 million. That is the highest first-quarter surplus in the state’s history.

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August 22, 2018 Edition

Under the Dome delivers a review of the issues considered by the 83rd Legislature during its Second Session and provides information on matters that affect WVU and higher education. This edition covers updates on several issues.

In June, Governor Justice announced the creation of the Blue Ribbon Commission of Four-Year Higher Education to study and evaluate ways that the State can create a more efficient and meaningful higher education system. The commission was tasked with finding bold and unique solutions and presenting those findings and recommendations to the Legislature by the December 2018 interim meetings.

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March 15, 2018 Edition

Under the Dome delivers a review of the issues considered by the 83rd Legislature during its Second Session and provides information on matters that affect WVU and higher education. This edition covers the final days of the session and details action on bills passed by the Legislature and signed or vetoed by the Governor.

Following two years of extended sessions to deal with the State budget, the Legislature passed the budget unanimously on the last day of the regular session. This is the first time in 36 years that a budget has passed during the 60-day session.

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March 7, 2018 Edition

On March 6, the West Virginia Legislature passed a bill to give teachers, school service personnel and state police officers a five-percent pay raise. The governor held a press conference to sign the bill, ending the nine-day teacher strike. The bill (HB 4145) passed unanimously in both the House and the Senate. As part of the agreement between the governor and legislators, other state employees will receive a five-percent pay raise via the FY 2019 budget bill. Additionally, the Legislature has approved a pay raise for correction officers in separate legislation.

Watch a video of Vice President for Strategic Initiatives Rob Alsop explain what this will mean for WVU faculty and staff.

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