Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

House bill would relax university meal plan mandate

Both the House and Senate have now passed the bill. Governor Bryant's office tells us he does plan to sign it into law. It would take effect July 1. Source WLBT House bill would relax university meal plan mandate
Melinda Barton | 07 March, 2018, 20:03

Teacher and service personnel unions have not yet announced whether a statewide work stoppage, now in it's ninth day, will end.

"We are constantly looking at ways to make sure that we make that time up", Arvon said. We brainstormed for hours and looked at every line. 'Decisions involving a minor child should be made by a parent, not the court'. But one Democrat, a longtime friend of Stanley's, was so bothered by the hardball tactic that he tipped him off and then persuaded fellow Democrats to approve the bill.

Hanger, who says he would like to see Medicaid expansion, objects to the hospital tax and is concerned that the House budget doesn't put enough money into a new cash reserve to protect Virginia's triple-A bond ratings. "But the way the Senate arrived at 4 percent was to cut things". Senator Plymale is expected to make a motion Tuesday morning for the 5-percent raise.

The cuts Ferns referred to would come from commerce and tourism, Blair said. "I can only go on history, and I will say that it's going to be there".

"Very exciting, I've never been a part of anything like this before and I'm just I'm very glad to be a part of it", described Rikki Fraley, a public employee herself here to support teachers. "I stood rock solid on the 5 percent teacher pay raise and delivered", he tweeted.

State Rep. Nadine Nakamura, who supports the bill, spoke about the loss of her father and brother. He offered no additional details on the compromise, saying House members had yet to caucus on the proposal. "I don't understand why we don't have that sense of urgency".

House Speaker David Ralston has said the House version of the Fiscal Year 2019 budget will include $8 million in bond funding for school security.

Talk about contrast: House is only hearing two gun-related bills (red flag and bump stock ban).

Vanessa Brown, a teacher from Cledenin W.Va., holds a sign with her hat as she waits to get into a teacher rally Monday, March 5, 2018, at the West Virginia Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Hundreds of teachers from 55 counties are on strike for pay raises and better health benefits. Justice established a task force for the Public Employees Insurance Agency and froze the plan at the current fiscal year's structure.

Many in the room were cautiously optimistic, including Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association and Christine Campbell, president of American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia. It was the second time the bill had been pulled. It will be up for amendments Tuesday and Wednesday, due to an agreement to allow for amendments on third reading.

Confusion spread throughout the Senate chambers, as House members walked across the hall to watch some of their counterparts sort out what some kept calling a "clerical error".