"Whoever has that bill determines its life or its consistence or where it goes. If we choose not to run a bill, that's the end of it. If they choose not to run a bill, that's the end of it," he said.
Tomblin spent almost half of his State of the State address emphasizing the need for education reform. While he called on the state Board of Education to execute some of his recommendations, many of his proposals require legislative action.
Senate Education Chairman Bob Plymale, D-Wayne, said Thursday he expected all reform ideas to come in the form of one large bill.
Plymale downplayed the idea that the Senate would consider the education package first because the House Education Committee might stifle change.
"You've got to look at it: this is a completely new committee from what we've had before," Plymale said. "We've got four or five new members, they've got new members. I don't know that there's any stumbling block."
Thompson said splitting the bills saves time and makes it easier for the governor's staff to track any changes, problems or suggestions. However, committees could start working on the bills even if it's not technically that chamber's duty to address them first, he added.
The majority of Tomblin's 24 bills have been introduced, but those that remain are some of the most highly anticipated.
In addition to the education package, the governor's measures addressing prison overcrowding, purchasing reform and amendments to the Wage Payment Collection Act have not been introduced, Tomblin spokeswoman Amy Shuler Goodwin said late Thursday.
A bill relating to the final wage payment for discharged employees is slated for introduction in the House and Senate today at the governor's request.
Tomblin pledged to introduce all of his bills within 10 days of his State of the State address, a traditional deadline for governors. However, Thompson said he remembers years when it has taken two weeks for the bills to come to either floor. Sometimes it just takes a while to work out all the details, he said.
This is the first time in his memory the legislative leadership has divided the bills before the 10-day deadline. The division should speed up discussion once the bills are introduced.
"It's generally nice to get them in so we can have plenty of time to work on the legislation, since the one house basically waits on the other for half of it," Thompson said. "The earlier, the better."
The House will also take up the governor's bills on enforcing drugged driving offenses and increasing the dollar amount for fines the Public Service Commission can levy for pipeline safety violations.
The Senate is scheduled to consider Tomblin's bills related to a tax credit for vehicles using alternative fuels and funding for public-private partnerships on transportation projects.
Writer Zack Harold contributed to this report.