02 June 2009

Quick End to Special Session?

The Legislature could wrap up Gov. Joe Manchin's special session Tuesday or Wednesday, after "the Senate unanimously passed six of its 14 items Monday to the House, with few changes, after suspending the rules to allow early votes," The Associated Press reports.

"Since the special session began Sunday, at least one House or Senate committee has reviewed and endorsed each of the remaining seven bills," the article said.

But not all of Manchin's bills have had smooth sailing. "Legislators appeared to have the most concerns about a proposed tax break for parents of children with autism," AP reports. "Other measures spurring debate included proposals to change license bidding for stand-along liquor stores, issue up to $150 million in capital improvement bonds and encourage Jefferson County to adopt racetrack table games."

Others reporting on the session's rapid clip include MetroNews, The Charleston Gazette and The Register-Herald.

The Beckley paper reports as well on the racetrack bill, as does the Charleston Daily Mail.

Articles on the agenda's proposal to limit strip club locations come from the Daily Mail, The Register-Herald and The Journal of Martinsburg.

The Gazette reports on the governor's liquor store licensing bill, while Public Broadcasting examines Manchin's post-mining land use measure (with audio).

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