Justice calls lawmakers into special session

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice has called state lawmakers into special session beginning Monday at the state capitol.

Governor Jim Justice

The governor’s call includes 34 items. At the top of the list is the redistricting issue. Lawmakers are working on redrawing congressional, senatorial and delegate district lines after new population numbers from the 2020 Census.

Neither the Senate nor House committees working on the redistricting issue have made any formal decisions. There are a number of maps being circulated.

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The session agenda also includes several budget supplemental bills. Most of them have to do with federal money state agencies have received in connection with pandemic relief. The agency’s are required to receive spending authority from the legislature.

The governor’s call also includes a couple of bills related to the state Supreme Court and its work to establish a new Intermediate Court of Appeals.

Justice’s proclamation says the special session will begin Monday at 11 a.m. State lawmakers are already scheduled to report to Charleston Sunday for three days of monthly interim committee meetings.

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