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April 1 marked the 48th day of the 2013 regular legislative session, and in the morning Senate session, two bills that originated in the House of Delegates completed legislation.

House Bill 2487, which would ban the cancer drug laetrile in West Virginia, and House Bill 3013, which would authorize the establishment of job creation work groups, both unanimously passed the Senate, making them the fourth and fifth bills to complete legislation.

Senate Health and Human Resources Committee Chairman Ron Stollings, D-Boone, told lawmakers that the FDA has restricted the transportation of laetrile through state lines and it's not manufactured in West Virginia.

He explained that the drug had "fallen out of favor," with physicians because of its dangers and ineffectiveness in treating cancer.

The idea behind job creation work groups would be to gather information to help the Legislature take action to increase and attract jobs within the state, according to the bill.

The president of the Senate may establish one or more Senate job creation work groups, according to the bill, made up of one or more members of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Delegates could do the same.

Each group would work under the direction of their presiding officer independently or along with the Department of Commerce, the West Virginia Development Office or another executive office or agency of the state, according to the bill.

The bill has a sunset provision that would cause it to expire after Dec. 31, 2014.

Both bills will be given to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin for action.