W.Va. House Concerned about Bills Passed in the Senate

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Time is limited for lawmakers at the West Virginia Capitol as the legislative session continues.

The recent succession issues are top of mind, placing other important pieces on the backburner.

"We're just going ahead cautiously," Delegate Brady Paxton, D-Putnam, said.

It’s less than a week into the legislative session, and lawmakers already have a big question mark hovering over them.

"There is some controversy about the legality of the situation in the Senate and how to handle the bills they send to us," Paxton said.

Some members of the House are concerned that any bill passed by the Senate may be unconstitutional. With Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin now serving as acting governor, the Senate now has an acting president. This leaves some to wonder if passing bills in the Senate is even legal.

Duane Maxey is helping take a motorcycle safety bill on a ride through the Senate. It asks for experienced riders to have a choice about wearing helmets. He says lives depend on it.

"The helmet adds weight to your head and to your neck and makes it easier for you to break your neck," Maxey said.

It's one of many bills that, if passed by the Senate, could hit the brakes in the House.

"I would hate for us to put all that work into everything, committee meetings and late at night, and then come up that the whole thing is illegal," Paxton said.

The succession issue is in court now. The House plans to look at Senate bills as usual. But, if it's decided that those bills are unconstitutional, they would have to go back to square one.

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