There are some handy tips and tricks you can use to keep track of the workings of the state legislature from your own home or office. We’ll be highlighting the best tricks over the next couple weeks in our Legislative Hubbub eNewsletters (sign up here – it’s free and easy!)
Here’s a few useful shortcuts for the wonks:
1. The first and best resource to keep up to date on legislative activity is the State Legislature’s website, www.legis.state.wv.us
West Virginia has an excellent legislative website, and the technology on the site is improving dramatically each year. On the website you can:
2. Listen in to floor sessions and committee meetings. Streaming audio is available for all committee meetings and floor sessions on the Legislature Live website. You can also now watch the Senate and House floor sessions each day at (usually) 11am. Here’s the website for the House, and here for the Senate.
3. Want to know what committee meetings are scheduled for this week? The House lists their committee schedule for much of the week each Monday. The Senate lists its schedule every couple of days on the Bulletin Board website.
4. The Bulletin Board is a great resource to keep track of bills that are on the agenda to be introduced each day. If you’re looking to go deeper into finding a bill and following its movement, the Bill Status site is a wealth of information.
5. Want the quick and easy to read summary of what happened each day and what’s on the schedule for tomorrow? Read the Today in the Legislature blog. This short daily blog details which bills are passed each day, major bills that are introduced, and lists upcoming committee schedules. It also has great candid shots from each day!