UPDATE: House Reconsiders Senate Succession Bill, Passes
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In a reversal of their earlier vote, the House of Delegates reconsidered House Bill 201 and passed the bill 46-37, but the bill was not made effective from passage, meaning it doesn’t go into effect for 90 days.
The House rejected H.B. 201, 45-42 with 13 Delegates either absent or not voting. The bill would have amended West Virginia Code relating to U.S. Senate vacancies, as well as provided for a 2010 special election and primary.
Lawmakers expressed concerns at the confusing nature of the bill, as well as the scope. Some lawmakers feel succession and vacancy issues need to be dealt with comprehensively in the 2011 general session. You can listen below as Del. Don Perdue (D-Wayne) explained why he opposed the bill.
The State Senate yesterday passed their version of the bill, S.B. 2001. It is currently in the House, where it sits at second reading. The House reconvenes today at 2 p.m.
Picture courtesy of the West Virginia Legislature‘s Office of Information and Reference.
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