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Senators backtrack after accidentally voting on wrong bill, giving teachers 5 percent pay raise

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UPDATE: According to Jared Hunt, the Communications Dir. for the House of Delegates, the Senate followed House and Senate rules when it recalled the pay raise bill on Saturday:

"The first version of the bill was delivered to the Clerk's office, however -- and this is key -- under the rules, a message from the Senate is not officially received until it has been read aloud on the floor, the Speaker has ordered it received, and then noted in the Journal. And it is the practice of the two houses to honor any recall requests for a bill before it has been received on the floor.  In fact, this had just happened a few hours earlier when the House voted to reconsider its action on SB 451. That bill had to first be recalled from the Senate, which it was, before a vote of reconsideration could occur. "

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UPDATE: The West Virginia House and Senate adjourned until Monday after appointing a conference committees to iron on differences between the two pay raise bills. Meanwhile, there are questions and possibility of challenges by House and Senate Democrats over whether lawmakers can legally recall a bill that passed on third reading.

The following representatives were appointed to the conference committee:

Senators Ferns, Blair and Plymale and Delegates Anderson, Espinosa and Boggs.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVVA) After a clerical error on Saturday night, Senators accidentally voted in favor a House bill that would raise teacher, service personnel, and state police pay by five percent. They had intended to vote on a bill that passed in the Finance Committee Saturday afternoon that would bring the raise down to four percent while raising pay for state workers.

Late Saturday evening, Senators voted on a rule that will allow them to recall the bill sent to the House of Delegates and consider the four percent legislation.

According to a social media update by House Democrats at 10 p.m: 

"We are hearing the House will refuse to concur and ask the Senate to recede with the Senate position. Once the Senate refuses to recede, each body will appoint a conference committee to negotiate a resolution."

Governor Jim Justice, (R) West Virginia, responded to the mixup late Saturday with the following release: 

"We are hearing the House will refuse to concur and ask the Senate to recede with the Senate position. Once the Senate refuses to recede, each body will appoint a conference committee to negotiate a resolution."

“While everyone is focused on the mistakes, my focus is solely on getting our children back to school,” said Gov. Jim Justice.
 
After the State Senate on Saturday rejected his proposal to raise the pay for teachers, school service personnel and the state police to 5 percent and reduce it to 4 percent, Gov. Jim Justice said it’s time “to quit playing politics” and “get our kids back in school.”
 
“This wrangling needs to stop right now,” Gov. Justice said. “For crying out loud, we are putting our children at risk. I will not be a party to pitting our state employees against our teachers. I strongly feel we are blessed to have both.”
 
Gov. Justice went on to say, “Education should be our centerpiece and I have worked tirelessly to get our teachers the 5 percent pay raise. Additionally, I truly want goodness for all of our state employees and all West Virginians. If revenues continue to improve, I will move quickly working with the Legislature to bring the remaining state workers from 3 percent to the 5 percent raise level. But again, the bottom line is we have to be able to fill teacher classroom vacancies and we MUST get our kids back in the classroom.”

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