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Interims planned in Berkeley

June 06, 2007|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The West Virginia Legislature will hold its September interim meetings in Martinsburg, State Sens. John Yoder and John Unger announced Tuesday.

The decision to hold the session from Sept. 9 to 11 in Berkeley County came about after Yoder, R-Jefferson, said he had a discussion with Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin earlier this year, then drafted a letter and asked Unger, D-Berkeley, to sign it as part of a bipartisan effort. Area members of the House of Delegates signed a similar letter drafted by Del. Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, Yoder said. The Joint Committee on Government and Finance, a panel of the Legislature's most powerful lawmakers in both chambers, chose Martinsburg over Snowshoe, W.Va., Yoder said.

"The last time we had it (in Shepherdstown, W.Va., in 2004), it opened up a lot of eyes," Unger said.

Yoder said fellow lawmakers' direct exposure to the region's problems generated by growth - burgeoning schools and needed infrastructure - might make them more sympathetic to the area's needs.

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