There were 79 delegates in the House on Monday and 76 on Tuesday. Of the 34 senators, 32 were in the chamber on both Monday and Tuesday.
Every senator attended Wednesday to approve the budget. There were 93 delegates present Wednesday for budget approval.
The House and Senate both completed action minutes after noon Thursday. Because they meet after noon, lawmakers were able to claim another day of expenses if they wanted to, Gray said. He thought many members might have been locked in to their hotel reservations by that time.
Legislators can catch up on work in the time leading up to the budget vote, said Delegate Barbara Fleischauer, D-Monongalia. She said many lawmakers not directly involved with the budget process respond to constituent emails or finish cleaning their offices.
Beyond that, there's little to do for lawmakers who aren't on the budget committee, Fleischauer said.
She's not a member of the budget committee and said she was exhausted and decided to stay home Monday and Tuesday.
"I haven't had a weekend since mid-February. I just wanted to be at home for two days," Fleischauer said.
"It was a beautiful spring: I washed clothes, I got stuff ready to come back down . . . and I just decided I wanted to see my husband."
Many of the delegates who did not attend Monday or Tuesday live outside the Charleston area. Freshman Republican Delegate Suzette Raines was the only Kanawha County representative who didn't attend Monday or Tuesday.
The extra sessions were more exciting than the regular session, said Delegate George Ambler, R-Greenbrier.
The freshman delegate said he stayed in Charleston all week.
"Well, my apartment was paid for anyway, so there was no additional as far as that part," Ambler added.
A social studies teacher, he also said he thought it was easier on his students to maintain consistency with the substitute who has been with them since the regular session started. Ambler said he planned to be in the classroom today.
Sens. Truman Chafin, D-Mingo, and Bob Cole, R-Mercer, did not attend Monday or Tuesday.