The West Virginia House of Delegates began its work Wednesday afternoon with new Speaker Tim Miley leading the proceedings.
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The West Virginia House of Delegates began its work Wednesday afternoon with new Speaker Tim Miley leading the proceedings.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State lawmakers are off and running.

The pounding of gavels in both the West Virginia Senate chamber and the West Virginia House of Delegates chamber marked the start of the 2014 Regular Legislative Session at the State Capitol in Charleston on Wednesday afternoon.

Senate President Jeff Kessler (D-Marshall, 2) called the Senate to order shortly after 12 p.m. while House Speaker Tim Miley (D-Harrison, 48) did the same on the other side of the State House.

“The Legislature has assembled for the second regular session of the 81st Legislature and is ready to proceed to the business of the session,” Miley announced.

Miley was chosen to replace former House Speaker Rick Thompson when Thompson resigned to become Secretary of the state Department of Veterans Assistance last May.  This will be Miley’s first regular session as House Speaker.

The first bill introduced on the House side, before members adjourned Wednesday, was the False Claims Act.

Kessler has lead the Senate since current Governor Earl Ray Tomblin became acting governor in 2010 before later being elected.

Members of both the House and Senate will gather in the House chamber at 7 p.m. Wednesday to hear Governor Tomblin deliver his fourth State of the State Address.  MetroNews will provide coverage of the speech on the MetroNews Radio Network and online.

The 60 day session will continue through Saturday, March 8.

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  • Joe

    Cannot wait to hear Earl Ray yell, "Hey ! I did not get a horumph out of you"!

  • State Lawmakers

    Will other lawmakers follow Sen. Pres. Kessler and say "At the end of the day".
    "That being said" it's better than "At this point in time".

  • TheFungoKnows

    The Embassy Suites, the Marriott, and the Red Carpet bar are the biggest beneficiaries of this boondoggle. And a couple of escort services that crop up this time of year.

  • Docbegone

    The inmates are running the asylum.

  • Packman

    This is the biggest annual waste of money EVER...Why have an annual session? why four or five special sessions? Not to mention the money lost on parking at the complex, all the luncheons and nightly parties on the taxpayers dime and then they get per-Diem to boot. All the while cutting the budgets of the programs for the working class. You want to save some money? cut out this annual circus .

  • Jim Bob

    If you want to start saving some money.Cut the legislative pay and reimbursements. Our legislature is in the top half of pay and reimbursements in the United States. Meanwhile, most state workers and teachers are the lowest paid in the US. Make the legislative pay equal to comparable to the rest of the govt. workforce in WV. Let this legislators show the citizens of they are in it for the LOVE OF OUR STATE. NOT JUST THE MONEY. I think that's what they always tell the teachers

    • stophating

      I had that conversation with legislators in the past. The response I have always gotten is that people wouldn't run for the offices for that pay level........

      • Jim Bob

        But they are supposed to be in it for the LOVE OF OUR STATE. At least they that what they always say to the teachers. And I don't buy that crap that no one would run. They ran in the past before their they voted themselves 2 big fat pay raises. So that dog wont hunt.
        A South Carolina legislator salary is less than 10000 and they don't have any empty seats. Our legislature is very self serving, and too many are strictly in it for the lucrative second salary and the fringe benefits.

        • stophating

          Just repeating what has been said in the past....

        • Wowbagger

          How's this for a starting point:

          New Hampshire legislators are paid $200.00 for a two year term and NO per diem.

          New Mexico legislators are paid no salary and a per diem based on the federal per diem rate.

          Serving in the legislature should be an honor, not a profitable second job.

          BTW:

          Our legislators are also in the state retirement system so the Governor can appoint the leaders to be a Super Secretary or other highly paid job at the end of their career so they can bump up their retirement as a reward for being the party faithful. Rick Thompson and Keith Burdette, for example. State retirement is based on the highest salary of their last ten years so just three years of well over 100K can leave them with really fat retirement payments while the poor stiffs who pay in for 20 or 30 at a low salary contribute a lot more and get a LOT less.

          • Wowbagger

            Oops, one more time:

            Our legislators are also in the state retirement system so the Governor can appoint the leaders to be say, a super secretary or other highly paid job at the end of their career so they can bump up their retirement as a reward for being one of the party faithful or other services. Rick Thompson and Keith Burdette, are examples. State retirement is based on the highest three years salary of an employee's last ten years plus a factor for total years of service, so just three years of well over 100K can leave the good ole boys with really fat retirement payments while the poor stiffs who pay in for 20 or 30 years at a low salary contribute a lot more and collect a LOT less.

  • cutty77

    Oh, The Clowns are all back in Town. How bout enforcing The Zillions of Laws we have already on The Books. Allmost forgot All the Daily night parties are starting again. Let me guess,nothing will be done untill just before midnight of the last Sat of the session. lol

  • Wowbagger

    Why not just pass a budget and go home? Maybe we have enough laws and just need to enforce the laws on the books.