The U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and the Committee on Environment and Public Works advanced 4 bills yesterday. Two of those bills, co-sponsored by WV Republican Senator Shelly Capito, included the Opioid Addiction Recovery Fraud Prevention Act which would allow the Federal Trade Commission to hand down addition penalties for opioid treatment scams and state attorneys the power to enforce provisions for protecting consumers.

The same committee passed the Rural Reasonable and Comparable Wireless Act of 2018, which is aimed at closing the digital divide between urban and rural communities. The Federal Communications Commission would be responsible for establishing standards to determine if broadband and wireless services between areas are equitable.