House leaders noncommittal on omnibus education bill, unimpressed by Justice remarks

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By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — House of Delegates leaders aren’t immediately embracing an omnibus education bill passed out of the Senate, but the House majority whip is mincing no words about the role of the governor.

“With all due respect to the governor, his lack of leadership on public education reform has been disappointing,” said Delegate Paul Espinosa, R-Jefferson.

The state Senate passed a broad-reaching education bill during special session on Monday. The bill now goes to the House of Delegates, which plans to reconvene June 17.

Passage came a day after Gov. Jim Justice expressed reservations about how the special session is going. Justice spoke to the Republican and Democratic caucus in the Senate and then to reporters.