01 June 2009

Legislature 2009: Special Session

The House and Senate return Monday to resume work on the amended special session call from Gov. Joe Manchin that now spells out 13 bills and allows for as-yet-undetermined supplemental funding measures.

As The Associated Press reports, "ten of the bills also appeared in some form during the regular session. Each of those had passed at least one chamber. Six had passed both but fell short of final passage for various reasons."

The roster includes six bills that had been on Manchin's regular session agenda.

"Three of these bills involve education and focus on underachieving third- and eighth-graders, policy rule waivers for schools with standards-boosting 'innovation zone' plans, and teacher hiring," AP reports. "The House and Senate education committees advanced those bills late Sunday with minor amendments."

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