West Virginia Legislative Session Likely to be Extended - State and Federal Communications

April 5, 2017  •  

West Virginia Legislative Session Likely to be Extended

West Virginia State CapitolAn extended session appears likely for West Virginia’s Legislature.

Lawmakers have yet to approve a budget and the regular session is set to adjourn April 8. The state currently faces a $500 million shortfall in the 2018 fiscal year budget and there is little consensus among lawmakers on how to address the deficit.

The constitution requires the Governor to issue a proclamation extending the session if the Legislature has not passed a budget bill by the 57th day of the 60-day regular session. Wednesday, April 5, is the 57th day of the session.

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