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Senator Drops Lawsuit Over Sunday Session

Martin Valent
West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Sen. John Unger and Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael on the Senate floor Friday.

Berkeley County Democrat Sen. John Unger has dropped his lawsuit against Senate President Bill Cole after "reaching an agreement" with Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael Thursday.

Unger filed a lawsuit in Kanawha County Circuit Court after Senate leadership announced they would hold floor sessions, including votes on bills, both Saturday and Sunday this week.

Unger is the pastor of three churches in Berkeley County and said Cole was forcing him to choose between his parishioners and his constituents, violating his religious freedom, but a deal was reached Thursday causing Unger to drop the suit. 

"The Majority Leader gave me his word that there will be no floor votes on Sunday," Unger said in a written statement Thursday evening. 

A court hearing about the injunction was schedule before Kanawha County Circuit Judge James Stucky 11 a.m. Friday, but has been canceled.

Senators are expected to meet both Saturday and Sunday.

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