* The Legislature made permanent public financing of political campaigns for the state Supreme Court. This amounts to an entitlement program for politicians with a "campaign reform" fig leaf slapped on it.
There is no evidence that the public went for judicial candidates who waged expensive campaigns; in fact, there is clear evidence the public does not fall for that.
* Another law will allow the Highways commissioner to negotiate public-private road projects without legislative approval. That includes permission to collect temporary tolls to help fund the work.
West Virginians will welcome efforts to speed road construction.
Two questions, though: How is the word "temporary" defined? And what is the public's recourse if it disagrees that a toll is reasonable?
* Lawmakers repealed several laws, including one that allowed the state to sterilize people it deemed to be mentally incompetent.
Lawmakers probably do far too little reviewing of state code.
It seems unlikely the sterilization law was the only candidate deserving of repeal.