W. Va. Governor Adds Two Items For Special Session

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has added two items for West Virginia lawmakers to consider during the current special session.

Tomblin says in a news release that he wants the Legislature to look at a Department of Environmental Protection rules bill that didn’t pass during the regular session. It addresses new water standards for selenium limits.

Tomblin also included a supplemental bill to allow the Boone County Board of Education to continue to meet its payroll while addressing funding shortfalls caused by a drop in local property tax collections.

The governor says he’s also concerned about lawmakers’ lack of progress on the state budget. Tomblin called the Republican-led Legislature into session May 16. Without a budget, state government would shut down July 1. A $270 million budget gap remains.