- Associated Press - Friday, December 1, 2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Gov. Jim Justice is calling the Legislature back on Monday to address legislation to authorize selling bonds following the recent approval by voters for the state to issue $1.6 billion of new bonds to repair and build roads and bridges.

Legislative committees already were scheduled to meet from Sunday through Tuesday.

Records show 122,419 votes cast in the referendum, with almost 73 percent in favor.

The state has listed more than 600 planned projects.

The Republican-controlled Legislature early this year approved taxes and fees to support bond repayments, which Gov. Jim Justice signed into law.

Lawmakers were called back in October and voted to strengthen penalties for violations of a law that requires 75 percent of the workforce on a state-contracted construction job be from the local labor market.

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