Governor Manchin will give the Legislature about 24 hours next week to consider and pass a long-awaited bill targeting sexual offenders who prey on children.
The governor held a news conference today to outline the
special session he will convene next Tuesday.
Manchin praised the bipartisan working group for crafting
the sex offender bill, which will be the centerpiece of the special
The proposed bill would lengthen prison sentences for the most
heinous child sex crimes.
Its other measures include mandatory sentences for certain
offenders, closer monitoring of released offenders and a stricter
sex offender registry program.
Manchin says he's giving lawmakers only about a day because he
does not want the bill to unravel as a similar measure did during
the end of the regular session earlier this year.