CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Legislative leaders plan to meet with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin this morning to discuss a possible special session to reconsider several contentious measures that weren't resolved in the regular 60-day session that ended Saturday.
House of Delegates leaders officially asked the governor to consider calling a special session to address three bills in particular, said House Majority Leader Brent Boggs, D-Braxton.
Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, said he was in contact with the governor's office all day Monday.
"I think everyone can sit down for a few moments and probably come to an agreement within a very short period of time," Boggs said Monday. "Get them introduced, get them out of here and get them passed."
The regular session ended this weekend with debate and haggling lasting to the very end.
Two bills dominated last-minute discussions: a measure that would create a special tax district in Morgantown to build a baseball stadium and a bill to increase pay for magistrates.
House leadership wanted pay raises for a large group of state magistrates, but the Senate changed the bill so only a small group of magistrates whose salaries had recently been reduced because of population losses in their counties would benefit.
In return, House leaders delayed action on the Morgantown Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, bill.
The House declined to take up the altered magistrate bill, and late Saturday moved the TIF bill off its active agenda.
In his letter Boggs said he asked for the governor to consider calling a special session to consider both bills.
A bill to provide more funding for workers' compensation coverage for volunteer fire departments also was mentioned in the letter, he said.