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Justice: Veto, Special Budget Session Inevitable


On The Legislature Today, Gov. Jim Justice has extended the regular session by one day to allow lawmakers more time to work on a budget bill, but he says its unlikely the House and Senate will be able to complete a budget in that time that he would actually sign. 

The governor discusses a likely special budget session, the bills he'll present lawmakers on a session call, and his gasoline tax increase that Justice says has been "childishly" pulled from consideration in the House.

Senators have approved a bill that was the subject of intense debate in the House earlier in the session—ending the West Virginia Women’s Commission. Once again, the chamber’s female members took a stand supporting the measure.


With the passage of their budget bill yesterday behind them, members of the House are working their way through a number of bills left on their agenda this legislative session. Liz McCormick brings us a look at three of the bills approved in the chamber.




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Ashton Marra covers the Capitol for West Virginia Public Radio and can be heard weekdays on West Virginia Morning, the station’s daily radio news program. Ashton can also be heard Sunday evenings as she brings you state headlines during NPR’s weekend edition of All Things Considered. She joined the news team in October of 2012.