2014 West Virginia Legislature Review

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Sixty days of work on the line.

The 2014 West Virginia Legislature came to a close Saturday night, passing several bills within the last hours, even controversial ones.

The House passed a bill prohibiting abortions later than 20 weeks after conception, despite efforts to move the ban to 24 weeks.

In addition, doctors are now required to report all abortions to the State Department of Health and Human Resources.

The bill's fate is unknown.

It now goes to the Governor's desk, but Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says he's concerned the ban is unconstitutional.

Also passed by the House Saturday, a bill that allows concealed carry permit holders to bring guns into city owned recreation facilitates, including swimming pools and after schools centers.

Carriers are required to store their guns securely out of view and from access of others.

Teachers will soon see a pay increase.

The Senate approved an across the board $1000 pay increase for all West Virginia teachers.

Service personnel will also see a 2% pay pump.

Lawmakers say the measure is an attempt to attract new teachers into the state.

Minimum wage workers will also see a pay hike.

The two chambers agreed to increase the current $7.25 rate by 75 cents a year for the next two years.

Plants and factories will now face tougher regulations when it comes to safeguarding water systems and storage tanks.

At 10 pm the House passed a bill requiring inspections and registrations to above-ground storage tanks.

Lawmakers say this is a direct response to January's chemical spill.

One of the most widely debated bills limited the drug pseudoephedrine, a main ingredient used to make meth.

It died in the legislature Saturday.

The bill would have allowed counties to adopt their own ordinances requiring prescriptions for cold medicines like sudafed, or limited their purchase.

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