Jan 10, 2012- W.Va. Republicans Lay Out Legislative Agenda

By: Michael Hyland
By: Michael Hyland

House Republicans announced their goals for the 2012 legislative session.

As a side note, we'll have live coverage of the State of the State address tomorrow on MyZ at 7 p.m.

I'll be in the House Chamber and bring you lawmakers' thoughts on the address on MyZ at 10 and WSAZ at 11. Jessica Ralston will have a breakdown of the speech itself.

The legislative session starts tomorrow.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia's Legislature should estimate the number of jobs gained or lost from each regulation it passes.

That's one of several proposals that the Republican minority in the House of Delegates plans to pursue this session.     

An intermediate appeals court and drug testing for people receiving welfare-type benefits are also on the agenda.

GOP delegates unveiled their proposals Tuesday. The Legislature's 60-day regular session begins Wednesday.

The House Republican agenda proposes cutting taxes. Increased revenues expected from Marcellus shale natural gas drilling would offset revenue losses.

They're also targeting the federal health care overhaul, and a state law that aims to increase electricity production by alternative and renewable energy sources.

GOP delegates must seek at least some bipartisan support for their proposals. Democrats occupy 65 of the House's 100 seats.

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