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Legislative session ends in WV, charter schools measure fails

 CHARLESTON, WV (AP) -- Lawmakers have concluded a 60-day session under Republican leadership for the first time in more than eight decades.

A charter school push died Saturday without a vote. Delegates took the charter school bill off the calendar for a Friday evening vote. Charter schools generally have more flexibility with public money. West Virginia is one of eight states that don't allow them. The measure would have allowed two charter schools annually for the first five years. County school boards would have had the final say.

In a 49-49 tie, House delegates killed a forced pooling bill, which would have allowed horizontal drilling from missing or unwilling mineral rights owners when 80 percent of the surrounding mineral owners had drilling agreements.

Several proposals passed this session would scale back laws. Proponents called them pro-business.

That included limiting legal protections, storage tank regulations to prevent chemical spills and the state's prevailing wage for public construction projects.

Lawmakers expanded teacher certification, which would permit programs like Teach for America.

They overrode Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's veto on a 20-week abortion ban.

The Legislature stays in Charleston until Wednesday for budget work.

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