Thompson said he has received much more feedback about legislation than in years passed, and said the session would only get busier from this point onward.
House Minority Leader Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, also spoke about the education bill currently working its way through the Senate.
Armstead said West Virginia has 10 times more bureaucracy in its school system than Virginia, with one administrator for every 400 children in this state, and one for every 4,000 students in the commonwealth.
He said the education bill "doesn't go far enough," but praised Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin for making schools a top priority during this legislative session.
Armstead also said West Virginia is in an "economic crisis," and urged his fellow legislators to focus on job creation. He said government can't create jobs, but can create the right environment for businesses to thrive.
The minority leader also used his time at the podium to call for a revamp of state Freedom of Information Act laws. He said too many state documents, including internal letters and memos, are currently exempt from the law, hindering journalists in their reporting.
Speaking after the event, Armstead said he hopes to introduce a bill soon that would change state FOIA procedures.