- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Legislature is set to begin its annual 60-day legislative session.

The Republican-led state House of Delegates and Senate will gavel in for an election year session Wednesday.

Republicans hold a 17-16 Senate majority, with ambiguity about how one vacancy will be filled. The state Supreme Court will interpret which political party will replace a senator who was elected a Democrat, switched Republican and then recently resigned.

The GOP holds a wider House majority.

The state is staring down a $353 million hole in this year’s budget. Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will release next year’s proposed budget Wednesday.



Republicans have an ambitious agenda, including right-to-work and a repeal of the state prevailing wage.

Tomblin will cap day one with his State of the State address at 7 p.m.

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State of the State: https://www.governor.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx

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