CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A bill giving three-and-half percent raises to the state's teachers is almost ready to be sent to Governor Manchin.
Both the House of Delegates and the Senate have approved the measure, but continue to pass it back and forth with relatively minor amendments.
The House approved the bill originally. In fact, the three-and-half percent raise was a House addition. But the Senate made two slight changes to the bill, so the House had to vote on the bill again.
The House approved the Senate's amendments Thursday night, but added a minor amendment of its own. The bill now goes back to the Senate.
Manchin says he expects to approve the three-and-a-half percent raises. His original bill proposed a two-and-a-half percent raise.