CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State lawmakers quickly voted in favor of several pieces of legislation offered by the Justice administration during special session.
The legislation included measures to create a new arts department and to make increased death benefits for firefighters killed in the line of duty retroactive to Jan. 1.
Gov. Jim Justice wanted to create a new arts department after signing a bill that eliminated the Department of Education and the Arts, sending some of its duties to other state agencies.
“The arts has a strong presence in his (the governor’s) administration. That’s what this legislation is trying to address,” said House Education Chairman Paul Espinosa, R-Jefferson.
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