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WV Senate will start work on Tomblin’s education bills Monday

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Ten days into the regular 60-day legislative session, and the most anticipated bills had not yet been introduced.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin spent an entire half of his State of the State Address Feb. 13 talking about education reform, but his formal proposals for the Legislature took time to prepare.

Sen. Bob Plymale, D-Wayne, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, said Tomblin's education legislation will be officially introduced Feb. 25.

Plymale said the education committee staff is already working on aspects that they expected to see in the bill, but they won't know what's in it for sure until it's officially introduced.

Plymale said once the legislation is introduced in the Senate, it will be put on the education committee's agenda the following week – probably either March 5 or 7.

And he said his committee members are ready.

"I think we've handled some of the things of what would be in a comprehensive bill," Plymale said.

But, Plymale said the committee wouldn't rush.

"We will go through it thoroughly," he said. "Probably one full committee meeting to go through it without a vote.

"We want to let committee members ask as many questions as they want."

Plymale said members of the Legislature have had plenty of information to look at in the past year and a half, with various study results and the recommendations of the education efficiency audit.

"We want to improve it," Plymale said. "We'll spend the time necessary to get it done."

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