Upon expiration of the recess, the Senate reconvened.

The hour of 7 p.m. having arrived, that being the time set for the joint assembly to hear the address of His Excellency, the Governor, the Senate recessed until fifteen minutes after adjournment of the joint assembly. Members of the Senate then repaired in a body to the hall of the House of Delegates.

(NOTE: For formal procedure in the joint assembly and the address of His Excellency, the Governor, the Honorable Joe Manchin III, see the Journal of the House of Delegates for this day.)

Night Session

The joint assembly having been dissolved, the Senate returned to its chamber and resumed its regular session.
Executive Communications

Senator Tomblin (Mr. President) presented the following communication from His Excellency, the Governor, submitting the executive budget and annual budget bill, which was received and read by the Clerk:



January 9, 2008

Senate Executive Message No. 1
The Honorable Earl Ray Tomblin
President, West Virginia Senate
State Capitol
Charleston, West Virginia
Dear President Tomblin:
I herewith submit, pursuant to the Constitution of the State of West Virginia, a budget and budget bill for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2008.
With warmest regards,
Joe Manchin III,
Subsequently, Senator Tomblin (Mr. President) laid before the Senate the aforementioned annual budget bill,
By Senators Tomblin (Mr. President) and Caruth (By Request of the Executive):
Senate Bill No. 150--A Bill making appropriations of public money out of the Treasury in accordance with section fifty-one, article VI of the Constitution.
Which was read by its title and referred to the Committee on Finance.
On motion of Senator Chafin, leaves of absence for the day were granted Senators McKenzie and Sharpe.
Thereafter, on motion of Senator Chafin, the Senate adjourned until tomorrow, Thursday, January 10, 2008, at 11 a.m.