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West Virginia legislature establishes Department of Arts, Culture and History

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GREENBRIER COUNTY (WVVA) -

Governor Jim Justice called a special session on May 20th. One of the items on the agenda was a bill establishing the Department of Arts, Culture and History.

The bill reconstituted the existing Division of Culture and History as a Department of Arts, Culture and History. The bill also creates the position of curator to lead the department and report directly to the governor. This comes after the governor had signed a bill eliminating the Department of Education and the Arts.

Governor Jim Justice said, "There was redundancy that we could get rid of. And just waste. And we could still back-fill and do the job of the of the educational component."

The bill passed in the House 78-20 and the bill passed in the Senate 28-1.

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