BREAKING: Gov. Justice vetoes SB 239, other key bills

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BREAKING: Gov. Justice vetoes SB 239, other key bills
​By WVEA Communications Staff

Gov. Jim Justice vetoed key pieces of legislation this evening.

Most notably, he vetoed Senate Bill 239 (payroll deductions).

Wednesday was the final day for Gov. Justice to veto or sign bills. If he didn’t veto a bill today it will become law.

For a complete rundown of key bills that passed or failed during the session, see our final Legislative Update here.

Senate Bill 239 was nothing more than a partisan political attack on labor organizations making it more burdensome for an employee to have union dues, charitable deductions and credit union savings deducted from their paychecks.

SB 239 would have weakened our ability to make positive changes for teachers and service personnel at the Legislature, the state board, PEIA, CPRB, and in local counties. Choosing what to do with your money is your business. WVEA had asked Gov. Justice to veto the bill.

In his veto message, Gov. Justice said SB 239 would have created “a significant hardship on employers and employees for a convenient practice that has become commonplace in today’s society, authorizing employee payroll deductions.”

He later added: “It places an unnecessary burden on businesses, and an inconvenience on employees and organizations receiving deductions, by mandating the creation of a new wage assignment every year to continue the authorization.”

Further, Justice vetoed HB 2196 (homeschooled and private school students able to play sports at public schools) and also HB 2589 (private and homeschooled students at vocational centers). WVEA also had asked Gov. Justice to veto those bills.

HB 2196 was generally known as the “Tim Tebow” bill. It would have allowed homeschooled students to play sports and any other WVSSAC-sanctioned activity. It also allowed private and parochial school students to participate in those interscholastic activities if their school didn't offer the sport or activity.

HB 2589 would have allowed students from private schools and those who are homeschooled to attend a county or multi-county vocational school. By placing those students on equal footing with public school students, the bill could have allowed the bumping of public school students from enrollment in a vocational school program in favor or non-public school students.