Under the Dome is an update on actions and activities of the West Virginia Legislature, provided during the regular legislative session and interim sessions for West Virginia University faculty and staff by WVU’s Office of State, Corporate and Local Relations. This issue provides a review of the 2016 legislative session, the key accomplishments critical to WVU, the high-profile bills passed and defeated, and the budget proposals unveiled by the governor and legislature.
The second session of the 82nd Legislature concluded at midnight on March 12. Governor Tomblin extended the 60-day regular session through Tuesday, March 15, in order to deal with the budget. There was no agreement between the two chambers on the final budget. Therefore, it is expected that the legislature will reconvene in late spring to further consider the budget before the new fiscal year begins on July 1, 2016. A balanced budget must be signed by the governor before that date.