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UPDATE: WV Legislature adjourns from special session

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UPDATE 6:15 p.m. March 14:

The West Virginia Legislature adjourned from its special session at about 6 p.m. March 14, leaving lawmakers free to leave town after a week-long extended budget session that followed the 60-day regular legislative session.

The special session addressed several funding bills to make possible the Fiscal Year 2015 budget bill lawmakers had passed earlier in the day.

A bill that would give county officials a pay increase passed both bodies of the West Virginia Legislature and will be sent to the governor.

A bill nicknamed the Haircut Bill because it would trim the budget the state gives for funding certain agencies.

The measure, House Bill 101, reduces the state's Rainy Day Fund expenditures by $21 million, cuts $1 million from infrastructure and 10 percent from all totals to every "bucket" lawmakers used as a metaphor for the areas of funding cuts.

"Basically, all the buckets were in statute, the Legislature had no oversight," said Sen. Roman Prezioso, D-Marion, and the Senate Finance Committee chairman. 

And because Lottery Commission funding was previously placed in state code, the Legislature couldn't alter how much money had been appropriated.

Some funding from the Lottery Commissioner would remain the same for seniors, higher education, the school building authority and promise scholarships.

The Legislature also passed four supplements, two for FY 2014 and two for FY 2015.

A bill that would allow for the disposal of drill cutting also was passed in the final hours of the special session.

Original Story, 1 p.m. March 14:

Lawmakers aren't leaving town just yet.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued a proclamation for a special legislative session to begin "immediately upon the conclusion of its extended regular session" March 14.

An extraordinary, or special, session must be called by the governor, and specific subjects must be outlined for lawmakers to address.

The proclamation lists 10 items for legislators to work on, most of which address funding and the budget lawmakers adopted March 14.

The special session bills include measures that would: establish a regulatory system for sexual assault forensic examinations; authorize increased annual deposits into the Department of Agriculture's Land Division special revenue account; provide lottery revenue bonds for Cacapon and Beech Fork State Park; authorize drill cuttings and associated drilling waste from well sites be disposed into certain commercial solid waste facilities under specific conditions; redirect certain revenue from lottery activities; adjust the local share in the public school aid formula; and supplement expired funds to several other accounts.

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