Gov. Justice calls Special Session of Legislature on Monday, April 25, 2022

4/22/2022

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UPDATE: 4/25/22
CHARLESTON, WV –
Gov. Jim Justice has issued a proclamation, amending his call for the West Virginia Legislature to convene in Special Session to include an additional item for consideration.

The additional item is a supplemental appropriation for $250 million to the Economic Enhancement Grant Fund, created by HB 4566, which is managed by the West Virginia Water Development Authority. Working together with the West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council and the West Virginia Department of Economic Development, the fund will provide matching grants to municipalities for use in upgrading infrastructure such as water and sewer systems.

“These are major dollars that, with the support of the Legislature, will help make life better for so many West Virginians in all kinds of ways,” Gov. Justice said. “Unfortunately, we still have places where access to these utilities isn’t as reliable as it should be. It’s a problem that goes back decades – long before I walked in the door as Governor. With this Legislation, we’d be taking a huge step forward. These funds will allow us to improve water and wastewater systems in communities across the state, providing more reliable and efficient utilities where they’re needed most.”
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The Special Session will commence today at 12:00 p.m.

Gov. Justice formally issued his call for a Special Session on Friday last week to give the Legislature the opportunity during April Legislative Interim Meetings to address bills from the Regular Session that were vetoed for purely technical reasons, among other items.
Click to view the original Special Session call
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ORIGINAL STORY: 4/22/22
CHARLESTON, WV –
 Gov. Jim Justice has issued a proclamation, calling for the West Virginia Legislature to convene in Special Session on Monday April 25, 2022, at 12:00 p.m.

Last month, Gov. Justice announced that he would call a Special Session, coinciding with April Legislative Interim Meetings, to give the Legislature the opportunity to address bills from the Regular Session that were vetoed for purely technical reasons, among additional legislation.
Click to view the Special Session Call
Also last month, Gov. Justice vetoed a bill generally relating to broadband, which was found to contain fatal flaws and provisions which are prohibited by federal law. In his veto message, the Governor said that he had directed the Department of Economic Development to work with Legislative leadership, the sponsors of this bill, and all interested and knowledgeable parties to revisit and perfect the legislation. That work is still ongoing and, as such, a revised version of this important legislation will be included in a future call, rather than the call for April 25.

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