W.V. Lawmakers Returning To Capitol For Interims

CHARLESTON, W.V. (AP) - West Virginia's share of the Marcellus shale field is again on the agenda for legislative interim meetings.

Lawmakers will resume work on a number of study topics while at the Capitol from Tuesday through Thursday.

One special House-Senate committee hopes to complete a draft proposal for regulating Marcellus natural gas drilling. It's scheduled to meet both Wednesday and Thursday.

Other interim topics include state health care programs, inmate crowding and substance abuse.

These monthly interim meetings lead up to the 2012 regular session that begins in January. The goal is to research major topics and draft bills when possible in advance of that 60-day session.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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