By DAVID BEARD
The Dominion Post
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Legislature returned Feb. 8 to Charleston for its 60-day 2017 session.
The House and Senate convened at noon, and the big attraction in the Senate chamber was two new 9-foot computerized LED screens on the wall behind the president’s podium. The screens, hung vertically, are used to display bills and votes.
They replaced the old, black electronic ones that could do nothing more than display text. Senate spokeswoman Jacque Bland said the old screens had aged to the point that replacement parts couldn’t be found.
The new screens are essentially giant computer monitors. Before the floor session began, and animated state seal spun round and round. During the Pledge of Allegiance, giant flags waved.
The Senate introduced 198 bills — many of them carryovers form last year — and eight resolutions.
In the House of Delegates, 211 bills were introduced, most of them carryovers.
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