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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on May 30 announced he signed all six bills given to him as a result of the West Virginia Legislature’s second special session.

Tomblin signed three senate and three house bills including one that reinstating funding to children and family programs.

Bills signed included:
  • Senate Bill 2003 – supplementing and amending Title II Appropriations from the State Excess Lottery Revenue Fund. 
  • Senate Bill 2004 – authoring transfer of moneys to Courtesy Patrol Fund to expenditure schedule set by the budget office.
  • Senate Bill 2006 – extending the time for Richwood Common Council to meet as a levying body.
  • House Bill 201 - raised the minimum wage in the Mountain State to $8 in 2015 and $8.75 in 2016.
  • House Bill 202 - efective date of the affirmation to an action to enforce a mechanic lean.
  • House Bill 203 - boat dock and marina safety.

The minimum wage bill, House Bill 201, was also passed during the special session. Tomblin’s office said the original bill put restrictions on overtime requirements and could have potentially hurt thousands of businesses in the state. The bill was cleaned up and passed by the Legislature in May. Read more about it HERE.

Tomblin also signed into action a bill that gives funding back he originally vetoed during the regular Legislative session. By including it in his line-item veto, Tomblin took away funding for programs including statewide domestic violence initiatives and after school programs for children. The Legislature included the money back into the budget after the conclusion of the special session. Read more about where the funds came from HERE.