Governor Tomblin Will Call Special Session

Special to HNN from a Provided Press Release
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced that he will be calling legislators into a special session on August 1, 2011, for the House of Delegates and the State Senate to pass legislation related to redistricting and other topics.
"After consulting with both Acting Senate President Jeff Kessler and House Speaker Rick Thompson, I have been informed that both chambers will be prepared on August 1 to go into a special legislative session to consider and pass legislation for the redistricting of legislative and congressional districts," Gov. Tomblin said. "Special committees have been diligently working on this important task and I am pleased that they are prepared to proceed now."

In addition to redistricting, the special session agenda is expected to include the following pieces of legislation:
  • Tax changes including the reduction of the food tax and reallocating and distributing a certain portion of coal severance tax revenue.
  • Supplemental appropriations related to meth lab cleanups, highway paving and other improvements, forensic and substance abuse issues, and the state's age and disability waiver program, among others.
  • P20 Data Sharing to provide WorkForce West Virginia flexibility to participate in data sharing with certain state departments.

The special session is expected to begin August 1, 2011 at noon.

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