Parliamentary procedure leaves West Virginia Senate Democrats with a newfound, although limited, amount of leverage going into Saturday’s special legislative session on education.
Republicans have proposed a sweeping education overhaul, which would ordinarily require a simple majority of senators and three legislative days to pass that chamber, per the state constitution. However, if more than 80 percent of the members (all Senate Republicans and at least eight Democrats) agree, this rule can be waived.
Thus, Republicans likely have the votes to pass any bill they propose, but Senate Democrats have the ability to slow down the process until Monday.
Senate Minority Leader Roman Prezioso, D-Marion, said he thinks Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson,