Tomblin said his education reform bill wouldn't mandate a specific school calendar on West Virginia's 55 county school systems. Instead, school boards will design their own calendars, which may include year-round schooling.
"To move decisions to the local level is a very good idea," Thompson said.
Delegate Daryl Cowles, R-Morgan, said he looks forward to seeing Tomblin's education bill, which the governor's office continues to sharpen.
"He hit the highlights in his speech, but I'd like to see some details," Cowles said.
On jail overcrowding, Tomblin mentioned no specifics, but he made it clear that he supports legislation to overhaul the state's prisons.
Tomblin's bill is expected to target offenders with substance abuse problems and seek to reduce the number of inmates who get released from prison but commit crimes again.
Thompson said he supports such proposals, but doesn't agree with some recommendations in a recent about West Virginia's prison system that Tomblin mentioned in his address Wednesday night.
The report, for instance, recommends releasing non-violent offenders six months early to reduce jail overcrowding.
"We should not try to reduce our prison population by letting people out early," Thompson said.
During his speech, Tomblin also proposed legislation to make it easier for police to pull over motorists suspected of driving under the influence of drugs.
"This will give law enforcement more tools to do their jobs," Thompson said.
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