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In the present day’s legislator is discussing broadband growth, training payments and the proposal to abolish earnings tax

This week at The Legislature Today we are investigating an issue with overwhelming support from both parties for this session – broadband deployment. We also have updates on other bills that may affect needle exchange programs, the state constitution, and education.

Presenter Suzanne Higgins is joined on the set by Dave Mistich, Senior Reporter, and Emily Allen, WVPB Report For America Corp. member.

SB 334 would set new licensing requirements for harm reduction programs that operate syringe exchanges. Bill sponsors want to address the discarded needles issue, but opponents say it is so strict that it is likely to ban or end most needle exchange programs in the state. Health reporter June Leffler reports.

The broadband expansion is the goal of HB 2002, which is now in the Senate. Emily Allen spoke to Del. Daniel Linville, R-Cabell, chairman of the House Technology & Infrastructure Committee, and Senator Robert Plymale, D-Wayne. Both have been masters of the issue for many years.

Significant measures were taken in major education bills this week, including a voucher program that could send more than $ 100 million in public education funds to private or home schools. Education reporter Liz McCormick has this update and more.

Legislation today – March 5, 2021

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