Times West Virginian – Last year, freshman state delegate Mike DeVault, R-Marion County, was eager to get to work in Charleston, but like a high school student fighting sleep after a long night slumbering, the legislative process itself was less than ready to hit the ground running.
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“When we got there, there wasn’t a lot in the pipeline,” DeVault said. “So the first week, week and a half, we had bills that were being introduced. But they had to go through the committees, had to go through the whole process. So it was a couple of weeks, and we only have a 60-day session.”
This year’s legislative session kicks off next Wednesday, Jan. 10. However, this time legislators are changing up the way they do things so they can start considering bills right from the jump, in order to fully capitalize on every working day during the session.