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February 11, 2021

Legislators may Assert More Authority over Federal Emergency Appropriations

West Virginia MetroNews – A first bill aimed at refining the governor’s emergency powers is headed for a vote in the House of Delegates. Read the full article.

For months, lawmakers have been watching Gov. Jim Justice’s use of CARES Act relief funding. West Virginia received $1.25 billion in federal relief, and Gov. Jim Justice has held millions of that in reserve.

Members of the Legislature, with the constitutional power of the purse, have been talking about their involvement in overseeing how that money is used. But over months of discussion, no special session was called for such oversight.

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