The amendment failed by a 52-45 margin.
Other failed attempts include:
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A unanimous West Virginia Legislature wants the government to face lawsuits if it ever tries to confiscate guns or ammunition during declared states of emergency.
The bill receiving final approval Thursday updates a 2007 law meant to protect firearm ownership during such times. The Senate backed off proposed changes to the House-passed measure after delegates objected.
Spokeswoman Amy Shuler Goodwin said Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin would sign the legislation.
A number of states enacted such laws after New Orleans police confiscated guns while trying to restore order following 2005's Hurricane Katrina. The National Rifle Association has championed such measures. Lawmakers say the group endorsed the West Virginia bill.
The updated law would apply both to federal- and state-declared emergencies.
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West Virginia public retirees who return to government work may get more pay along with their pensions.
The state now caps annual pay at $15,000 for most retirees who become temporary public employees, if they want to continue receiving retirement benefits. The Senate Finance Committee approved a House-passed bill Thursday increasing that maximum amount to $20,000.
That's already the limit for what the Legislature pays returning retirees hired during sessions. The measure now heads to a full Senate vote.
The bill comes after legislative audits scrutinized the practice of state, county and local government agencies rehiring retirees as temporary or contract workers. A report released in September counted 35 such people who were paid $1.2 million in addition to their pensions.
Compiled from staff, wire reports