W.Va. House passes altered education bill

Senate will decide whether to accept changes

Photo by Steven Allen Adams House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, announces the vote total for SB 451, the education omnibus.

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia House of Delegates passed a shrunk-down education reform package Thursday, sending it back to the Senate and a likely conference committee to iron out differences.

The House passed Senate Bill 451, the education omnibus bill, 71-29 during its Thursday floor session.

The House version of the bill will go to the Senate, which will have to decide whether to accept the changes made by the House. The Senate could amend it further or reject it. House leaders expect rejection, which will require both senators and delegates to come together as a conference committee make changes to the bill.

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