But it's not easy moving an entire legislative body from one city to another. Gray said he plans to take two of his IT people to Wheeling next week, in case lawmakers have problems with their iPads. The lawmaking process went largely paperless this year.
Committee staff members also have a lot of work ahead of them. They must transport records to Wheeling, set up meeting spaces and coordinate members' schedules.
"There's more behind-the-scenes work to put these things on than is imaginable," Gray said. "It's a very big job."
Next week will be even busier for members of the House of Delegates, who also will convene in Charleston to elect a new speaker of the House.
House Assistant Majority Whip Michael Ferro, D-Marshall, said he likely will make the two-and-a-half-hour drive to Charleston on Monday, vote for a new speaker sometime after noon on Tuesday and then drive back to the Northern Panhandle on Tuesday evening.
His first committee meeting begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Luckily, he lives only a few miles from downtown Wheeling.
"It's going to be hectic, and it's going to be that way for a lot of folks. A lot of the delegation was going to come into Wheeling on Tuesday," he said.
Still, Ferro is excited about getting to work in the state's original capital city.
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