Gas royalty bill stalls, wire bill passes in special session of WV Legislature

By Scott Finn 

Gov. Joe Manchin got almost everything he wanted out of the special session of the Legislature that ended yesterday. Lawmakers passed bills to appropriate millions of surplus dollars to repair roads and pay for a new orthopedic program at Marshall University. Another bill will give an income tax break to commuters on the West Virginia Turnpike who buy EZ-Pass cards. And a third high-profile bill will help police be able to wire confidential informants to gather evidence in drug cases. 

But lawmakers refused to take up a bill that would affect oil and gas royalties for thousands of West Virginia landowners. They said the bill was too complex for a three-day special session. Manchin says he’ll put the issue before lawmakers again in January.

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