The 2018 session of the West Virginia Legislature was very successful according to Governor Justice’s Deputy Chief of Staff/Senior Policy Advisor Donnie Adkins. He was the WVSAE guest speaker on April 10 at the Summersville Arena and Conference Center.
“For the first time in 32 years, the budget was passed during the 60-day session,” Adkins said. Other accomplishments during the session included no new taxes, pay raises for state employees, regulatory reform, lottery bond financing, mining rules and safety issues, substance abuse bills and government agency reforms, in addition to a cotenancy bill in the oil and gas industry, plus timely payment of royalties and removal of post-production costs.
He said they now have the majority of a year to develop priorities for the 2019 legislative session.