CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Legislature passed six bills during its special legislative session, which concluded Tuesday evening.
Lawmakers passed measures that:
— Increases civil penalties for violations of the West Virginia Jobs Act, the measure which requires contractors to hire at least 75 percent of its workforce from local labor markets;
— Allows the sharing of certain information between the state Division of Highways and the Tax Commissioner;
— Decreases the time period for hiring personnel for both the Division of Highways and the Tax Division;
— Exempts military pensions from the state personal income tax;
— Increases the tax credit for the rehabilitation of historic structures; and
— Approves technical corrections to payments to the state Court of Claims.
Gov. Jim Justice said it is gratifying to see lawmakers come together to pass the legislation.
“During the last few months as I’ve traveled across the state and listened to our citizens, these pieces of legislation were critical for us to do the will of the people — which is to put West Virginians back to work as quickly as possible, to take care of our Veterans and to provide incentives to those who will preserve and redevelop our historical areas,” he added.
The special session was the result of the passage of the road bond referendum, in which voters approved of the state issuing bonds to fund road construction projects.
Justice will speak more about the special session during a press conference Wednesday at the West Virginia State Capitol.
The House of Delegates has adjourned sine die, and the Senate has adjourned until November 13 for appointment confirmations.