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Funding, Tax Bills Clear W.Va. Special Session

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's attorney general and pharmacy schools are among the beneficiaries of a funding measure approved by the Legislature.

Lawmakers unanimously sent a bill to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Thursday adding $17.7 million to the current state budget.

More than $10 million of that will aid natural disaster relief. The attorney general's office will receive $1.9 million for a new phone system and related costs.

State mental health facilities will get $3 million. Another $1 million will fund scholarships for pharmacy students at West Virginia and Marshall universities.

The House of Delegates also voted 72-22 to update the Tax Department's rule-making authority. Both measures are part of a special session agenda largely meant to revive bills that died during the recent special session.


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