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By Jeff Jenkins
WV MetroNews

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued a proclamation Wednesday afternoon extending the extended session of the Legislature until Friday to allow a House and Senate conference committee to complete work on the new state budget.

House of Delegates Speaker Tim Miley said he expects a vote on the new budget Friday along with a special session, which would allow lawmakers to take votes on several bills that failed to pass on the last night of the regular session last Saturday.

The bills on agenda will likely include two supplementary appropriation bills that will help the current state budget along with a measure that sets up the framework for salary increases for county elected officials.

The so-called “bucket bill” having to do with allocations from Excess Lottery Funds will also likely make the agenda along with the bill that has to do with the disposal of drill cuttings from work in the Marcellus Shale.