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West Virginia Senate ends last day of 2022 session with 10 minutes of chaos; Anti-Racism Act dies in final seconds

By David Beard, The Dominion Post

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The final chaotic minutes in the state Senate Saturday night saw stumbles, miscommunication, two controversial bills passed in a rush and one – the Anti-Racism Act – apparently pass only to learn it hadn’t.

At 11:52 p.m., the Senate took up SB 468, the Unborn Child with Down Syndrome Act. The House amended and passed it 81-17 at 3:51 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Tom Takubo, R-Kanawha, moved that the Senate concur in the amendments and described them.

Confusion began when Finance chair Eric Tarr, R-Putnam, called the question (to end debate and vote) after the vote already occurred. Sen. Mike Caputo, D-Marion, asked what was going on because they didn’t vote on Tarr’s motion.

Presdient Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, told him, “I’m trying to push through these bills for you guys. … We’re burning the clock. We’re voting on the bill.” And they voted again at 11:55. It passed 27-5 and heads to the governor…

To read more: https://www.dominionpost.com/2022/03/13/senate-ends-last-day-of-2022-session-with-10-minutes-of-chaos-anti-racism-act-dies-in-final-seconds/

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