The texting bill is his, as is a bulk of the mine safety bill.
The only major proposal Tomblin backed that is being hung up is an amendment that would create a lieutenant governor who would run in tandem with a governor and serve as a cabinet secretary in the administration. The lieutenant governor would also become governor if the governor died, resigned or was impeached or otherwise removed from office
The measure is designed to change the gubernatorial succession process, which resulted in a bit of confusion and discord in Nov. 2010 when Gov. Joe Manchin resigned to join the U.S. Senate.
Senate President Jeff Kessler said the new lieutenant governor position is unnecessary and the plan is "not going anywhere."
Kessler said he thinks the position dilutes the power of the governor if the lieutenant governor forces "ticket balancing" during an election "The governor, when there is campaigns, is the center of attention, not whether or not his lieutenant governor is out there taking contrary stances or whatever because they are not going to have much to do in the day-to-day operations anyway, other than running the DMV or something," Kessler said.
Unger and Boggs have kept weekly sit-downs with one another, and Boggs expected the meetings to become more frequent in the final days. They also keep an eye on each other's work. The House, for instance, has a staffer who watches events in the Senate.
Unger said the Senate was doing a better job advancing bills than it had last year, a year that began with tumult as the Senate leadership changed hands as Tomblin moved into Manchin's vacant chair.
Unger attributed some smoothness to the use of iPads, which reduce paperwork and confusion. In the past, a pile of paperwork faced lawmakers as they tried to figure out what version of a bill was being discussed and what language was in the newest version.
Unger also said the Senate had abandoned an attitude he'd observed where one chamber would pass a bill that had technical problems or unresolved political issues and hope the other chamber would solve the problems.
"Our goal is to for it to be as perfect as we can make it," Unger said.