Beckley, WV - Delegate Mick Bates, D-Raleigh, said he believes the recently-passed House education bill goes against the one-object rule under the state constitution. Late Wednesday night, the House passed House Bill 206, an originating bill, as part of the special session on education betterment.
"In the last hour before West Virginia turned 156 and following an 11-hour floor session and eight hours of debate, I joined in bipartisan opposition voting against House Bill 206, which is the most recent reincarnation of Senate Bill 451," Bates said. "There were several good reasons to vote for the bill and many to vote against. I was a no vote, not on the content, but construction of this omnibus bill, which I believe to be a clear violation of the state constitution," Bates further said. Bates cited Article Six Chapter 30 of the state constitution.
"I challenge any reasonable person to conclude this bill deals with a single object when it is more than 140 pages long, the title runs 5 pages long and the abstract is 10 pages long," Bates said. "One can conclude that House Bill 206 is simply Senate Bill 451 bundled up and packaged in a way to gain enough votes to pass the House in an attempt to get something the Senate would accept and the governor could sign," Bates added.