WV Governor may call special session of Legislature to discuss opioid epidemic

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) Recently, Gov. Jim Justice has hinted at another special session of the West Virginia Legislature this year.

This time, part of the focus is on the opioid epidemic.

The governor still wants lawmakers to approve a 5% fee on road construction contractors.

The money would be used for drug addiction and treatment programs.

But Wood County Delegate John Kelly doesn't believe the governor will actually call that session until after October 7th.

That's the date set for a special election when voters will decide on a bond issue to fund road projects..

"We have an interim meeting scheduled in October for three days," Kelly said Wednesday. "If the special session is held concurrently with the interim session for three days, then there's no additional cost to the taxpayers."

Kelly adds, depending on the outcome of the special election, the state should know by mid-October how much money will be available for road projects, and the money coming in from the fee.

Del. Kelly was a major supporter of a bill approved by lawmakers in this year's regular session, increasing the number of long-term addiction treatment beds in the state.

If the governor's proposal is approved, Kelly says he hopes the money will go to a fund set aside for treatment programs.