CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A financial audit of the state Supreme Court will highlight a brief schedule of interim committee meetings for the state legislature Monday at the state capitol.
The legislature’s Post Audits Subcommittee will meet beginning at 9 a.m. in the Senate Finance Committee room. What’s considered as Part 1 of the audit will be discussed.
Legislative auditors began looking at Supreme Court spending after reports of a $32,000 couch in former Chief Justice Allen Loughry’s office, a $7,500 wooden West Virginia medallion inlaid into Loughry’s floor, $28,194 spent on rugs in Justice Robin Davis’s office and the $130,654 for extensive renovations of Justice Beth Walker’s chambers, even though those chambers were upgraded just seven years ago.
State lawmakers passed a resolution during the regular session that, if approved by voters, will put the Court’s budget under direct control of the legislature. A change in the state constitution is required for that to happen.
There are only two other meeting scheduled this interim session and both are on Monday. The Commission on Special Investigations will meet at 11 a.m. and the Joint Committee on Government and Finance will receive reports from state agencies at 1:30 p.m.
The legislature is expected to be busier at May interims scheduled for May 20-22 when there is also expected to be a special session.