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Delegates prepare for Senate passage of West Virginia education omnibus

By STEVEN ALLEN ADAMS

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, center, Delegate Jim Butler, R-Mason, left, and House Majority Leader Amy Summers, R-Taylor, right, Friday night watch from the back of the Senate chambers during debate on amendments to the education omnibus bill.
(West Virginia Legislative Photography photo)

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — As members of the West Virginia Senate met into the early evening Friday, voting amendments up and down for their sweeping education reform package, the speaker of the House of Delegates was watching and listening from the back of the Senate chambers.

If Senate Bill 451, the education omnibus bill, passes Monday, it is Speaker Roger Hanshaw and members of the House of Delegates who are going to inherit the bill, the drama and the controversies.

“We, too, have been following developments in the state Senate and will deliberately review any legislation they send our way,” the Clay County Republican said in a statement released in anticipation of passage of SB 451. “Meanwhile, we continue to have discussions with our members and other interested parties about how best to improve our state’s education system. We have and will continue to accept input from all sides, including teachers, parents, administrators and teacher and service employee unions.”

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