24 March 2010

Post-Session Roundup (Updated)

Gov. Joe Manchin has so far signed 61 bills from the just-completed regular session.

The Journal of Martinburg notes his approval of a House-sponsored Caregivers Consent Act. "As a result of serious drug and alcohol issues that some parents may have, the lack of consent medical centers are given to treat children had become a major problem," one health official told the newspaper.

The Charleston Gazette reports that some Lottery Commission members want Manchin "to veto a bill that would change the way that 10-year limited video lottery licenses will be re-bid next year." The measure's sole sponsor defends it to MetroNews (with audio).

The News and Sentinel of Parkersburg hears from area educators about the school-related measures that did and did not emerge from the session.

The Associated Press
noted earlier that before adjourning over the weekend, the Legislature had passed corrected versions of all five bills that Manchin had vetoed because of technical flaws.

Update: Manchin has vetoed a sixth bill, which aimed to add 120 or so troopers to the State Police by mid-2016. The governor objected to the time frame and to the bill's overall approach to increasing their ranks. The Gazette has details.

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