Bill would dissolve Department of Education and the Arts

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia House of Delegates has voted to dissolve the Department of Education and Arts and the position of its secretary.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the bill, known as House Bill 4006, passed 60-36 Wednesday with only one Republican voting against it. The Department of Education and Arts is separate from the Department of Education, and a part of the executive branch that maintains various programs including Division of Rehabilitation Services, which assists people with disabilities, and Energy Express, a child feeding and education program.

The bill would also move several of the department’s agencies to other departments, such as the state Library Commission.

This is the second year in a row the House has passed a bill of this nature. The bill now heads to the Senate.

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