MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – State Sen. Randy Smith has asked Gov. Jim Justice to call a special session of the Legislature in order to pass a bill to prohibit a statewide vaccine mandate.
Smith, R-Tucker, sent the letter on Friday, with a copy to Senate President Craig Blair, R-Berkeley.
Smith didn’t specify the reason for his request in the letter. He posted a copy of it on Instagram on Tuesday and wrote in the caption, “The purpose of this letter was to request the governor call us into session so we can protect the freedoms of the citizens of West Virginia. Hopefully the governor will put as much effort into fighting for our freedoms as what he does to hand out taxpayer dollars.”
In the letter, Smith cited Article 6 Section 19 of the state Constitution, which says, “The governor may convene the Legislature by proclamation whenever, in his opinion, the public safety or welfare shall require it. It shall be his duty to convene it, on application in writing, of three fifths of the members elected to each house.”
The Dominion Post spoke to Smith on Tuesday about his request…