West Virginia Legislature Wraps First GOP-led Session In 8 Decades

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Lawmakers have concluded a 60-day session under Republican leadership for the first time in more than eight decades.
A charter school push died Saturday without a vote.
In a 49-49 tie, House delegates killed a forced pooling bill, which would have allowed horizontal drilling from missing or unwilling mineral rights owners when 80 percent of the surrounding mineral owners had drilling agreements.
Several proposals passed this session would scale back laws. Proponents called them pro-business.
That included limiting legal protections, storage tank regulations to prevent chemical spills and the state’s prevailing wage for public construction projects.
Lawmakers expanded teacher certification, which would permit programs like Teach for America.
They overrode Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto on a 20-week abortion ban.
The Legislature stays in Charleston until Wednesday for budget work.