Senate Eyes Governor's Bills on Education, Furlough

Feb 24, 2017

On The Legislature Today, Gov. Jim Justice has presented lawmakers with several legislative proposals, including an overhaul of the state's education system aimed at pushing control back to the local level. 

Although he said he hasn't worked through the full proposal, Senate President Mitch Carmichael supports the overarching plan of more flexibility.

"That’s what his initiative in broad terms does," he said. "We support that and we’ll reserve right to comment on the details, but I’m very anxious to work with him on that goal of returning control to the local entities.”

In the House, delegates are considering a bill to get rid of the West Virginia Women's Commission, an agency with just two employees, one of whom works part time. With a $150,000 annual budget, the bill is seen as a cost saving measure, but the lead sponsor said it's also unnecessary.

There are more than 30 new faces in the West Virginia House of Delegates this year and more than a few of them fit into the nation’s largest generation. Millennials are growing in numbers at the Capitol and are pushing their more senior counterparts to think a little differently.