West Virginia legislative session concludes

Charleston, WV (AP)—West Virginia’s legislature has concluded a session marked by budget disputes and controversial social issue bills that advanced but ultimately failed to pass.   

On Saturday, lawmakers agreed to a budget of just under $5 billion, bills cutting unemployment benefits, a social security tax cut, and a 5% raise for teachers and other state workers.  

Those proposals now head to Governor Jim Justice for final approval.  

Earlier in the session, the House of Delegates passed bills that would have restricted healthcare for transgender adolescents and allowed teachers to carry guns on school campuses, but the Senate did not take up the bills. 

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