6 Tips on How to Stay Tuned in to the Legislature

Senate President Mitch Carmichael speaks on popular radio show Talkline with Hoppy Kercheval during the 2017 Regular Session. Photo credit: Will Price, Legislative Photographer

BY KATELYN CAMPBELL, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT POLICY VISTA, THE HUB

There’s a lot happening under that gold and blue capitol dome this year, and we want you to have access to the best information.

Whether you’re a seasoned advocate or getting your feet wet for the first time, here are some tips and tricks for keeping tabs on the 2018 Legislative Session.

  1. Sign up and check your inbox.
    The Hub produces a weekly newsletter dedicated to cutting through the noise and getting you the latest on what you’d like to know about the Legislature and community development. Sign up here – it’s easy and free!
  2. Be a bill bloodhound.
    Nearly 2,000 bills were introduced in the 2017 Legislative Session – comb through this year’s batch for yourself on the Legislature’s website. 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. You can also check out our guide for how to create your own list of bills to track.
  3. Watch out or listen up.
    You can stream audio or video of floor sessions and committee meetings from the comfort of your home or office on the Legislature Live website. You can typically expect a floor session each day around 11am (although this is subject to change).
  4. Mark your calendar.
    Make sure to stay tuned to the committees and bills you care about by keeping up to date with both chambers’ schedules. 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.
  5. Skim it.
    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.
  6. Tune in.
    Follow coverage from West Virginia Public Broadcasting, the Charleston Gazette-Mail, and WV Metro News for up to the minute updates on the big bills everyone’s talking about.

 

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