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Most of 200 bills passed await governor’s signature

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Final tally for the 2014 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature: Of the 1,876 bills introduced this session, 201 passed both houses and, to date, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed 27 into law.

Another 37 bills are pending the governor’s action, while the other 137 are being proofed, printed and enrolled for presentation to the governor, who has until April 1 to either sign or veto bills passed in the regular session. After April 1, any bills Tomblin has not acted on will become law without his signature.

“We probably have about 40 bills that are still out that haven’t been received from the printers,” House Clerk Greg Gray said Wednesday. “After that, we have to proofread them, and four copies of each bill have to be signed by six people before they are presented to the governor.”

While less than 11 percent of all bills introduced during the session actually passed the Legislature, a number of bills that drew publicity during the session failed in the final days and, in some cases, the final hours of the session.

Among those that died were bills to:

• Mandate daily physical activity for all public school students. The “Move to Improve Act” (SB455) died in House Education Committee…

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