The three days it took for lawmakers to complete a new state budget was the shortest amount of time in recent memory, and a subsequent special session called by the governor lasted less than 24 hours.
Yet the four days of meetings beyond the regular legislative session will cost the state more than $100,000.
The 60-day regular session came to a close last weekend. As is traditional, Tomblin authorized an extended session for lawmakers to approve a state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
The budget bill can be affected by bills passed during the regular session.
On Wednesday afternoon Tomblin also called a special session for lawmakers to take up several measures.
Leaders of the two political parties blamed each other for the extra time needed for that session, saying each of the five bills approved could have been handled during the regular session that ended Saturday.
"It's unreasonable when you have discussions throughout session on this bill, you have had the Democrats meeting and talking about this for the last week and not including any Republicans, and they expect us to know what's in it and vote on it within three hours. It's unreasonable," said House Minority Leader Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, regarding a contentious magistrate pay bill.
Republicans said Democrats extended the special session to get a pay raise for elected officials. Democrats said Republicans could have ended the session Wednesday night by voting on the bill.
At different points, members of both parties in the House voted against motions to forgo legislative rules so the bill approval process could be expedited.
Both chambers met for roughly 30 minutes Thursday to complete the special session. All 34 senators were present, while six of the 100 delegates were absent.
Special sessions cost $150 per day for each legislator in attendance. It costs another $30,000 to $35,000 per day for legislative staff and other expenses.
Legislators who live more than 50 miles from Charleston can also claim up to $131 per day for food, travel and hotel expenses, said House Clerk Greg Gray.
Those who live within the radius can claim up to $55 per day, said Delegate Patrick Lane, R-Kanawha.
Of the 134 delegates and senators, 14 actually work on the budget.
However, the full chambers meet each day, and the finance chairmen announce when the joint budget committee will convene. The full Senate and House must approve the work of the budget committee.