W.Va. Lawmakers Begin 4th Special '09 Session

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Municipal pensions and the future of the state gas tax are on the agenda as West Virginia's legislature begins its latest special session.

Gov. Joe Manchin wants lawmakers to consider about a dozen items.

The session coincides with their three-day series of scheduled interim meetings that also began Tuesday.

The house unanimously passed a resolution honoring U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd.

The democrat becomes history's longest-serving member of Congress on Wednesday.

The proposed bills include one that would help restructure police and fire pension programs that face massive funding shortfalls.

The measure does not include any state spending.

Other items would limit the annual change to the state gas tax, and transfer money to the ailing state road fund.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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