Opinion

Legislative session was productive

An editorial from The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register  

WHEELING, W.Va. — Republicans newly in control of the West Virginia Legislature were disappointed in some of their initiatives this winter – but still put together an important package of reforms. It needs to be noted that while Democrat lawmakers fought tooth and nail on some issues, many adopted a praiseworthy attitude of bipartisanship.

Important improvements were made in the state’s business climate, especially in regard to the courts. Republican-sponsored bills should restore some common sense in lawsuits.

Lawmakers worked hard during their regular session, sending 261 bills to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. By Wednesday, he had signed 58 of them and was expected to approve most others.

Again, conservatives were frustrated at some losses during the session, especially regarding public school reform. And action to get state spending under control apparently will have to wait until another day.

All in all, however, the legislative session was a good start for Republican lawmakers – who should keep up the good work.

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