CHARLESTON — Committees in the West Virginia Senate are running short of time to vet bills as the end of the annual legislative session draws near.
The Senate and House of Delegates are holding both morning and evening floor sessions in order to get as many bills as possible moving through the pipeline in time to be voted on before the end of the 60-day legislative session at midnight Saturday. As a result, some afternoon committee meetings are having to be cut short for committee members to make it back to the Senate floor for the evening sessions.
On Tuesday, the Senate Government Organization Committee had to put off recommendations for two bills on its agenda until Wednesday morning in order for committee members to attend the evening floor session.
On Wednesday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Trump, R-Morgan, decided to postpone consideration of several bills until Thursday.
That decision came after the committee meeting ran past the time the evening floor session was scheduled to start. Most of the bills on the