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The Legislature Today: Cole Says Balancing Budget With Reserve Funds OK in Tight Budget Year

The Legislature Today

  As the 2017 budget deficit looms, members of both chambers are looking for ways to balance the budget in a tight fiscal year. 

Senate President Bill Cole says additional agency cuts should come from the Governor, but says using the state’s Rainy Day Fund to help fund the deficit is a reasonable measure.

Members of both the House and Senate vote to override Governor Tomblin’s veto of a bill to ban certain second-trimester abortion methods.

In the Senate, a floor debate over the budget questions if the chamber will have a strong position going into negotiations in the House without any revenue increasing measures while in the House, members are one step closer to allowing voters to choose if alcohol in their county should be sold on Sunday mornings.