WV EDUCATION BILL Education Bill Overshadows Lengthy Agenda For Tomblin
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Mar. 17, 2013 2:59 PM EDT
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
His proposed changes to West Virginia public schools are getting plenty of attention, but Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin also has nearly 30 other measures pending at the Legislature.
With the session now halfway over, the governor is counting on lawmakers to begin advancing his 29-item agenda.
Just two of the governor's bills have passed at least one chamber. Around a dozen more have cleared at least one committee. The rest are idling.
Tomblin has gotten traction with his call for jobs impact statements to accompany legislation. A Senate committee recently advanced his bid to cut Medicaid transport costs. But those lawmakers also added a major exemption.
Republicans remain wary of Tomblin's push to increase emergency reserves. Legislators also question his bill targeting drugged driving.
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