House-Senate budget conferees met briefly in public Wednesday afternoon, but did not take up the DEP budget.
It was the second meeting of the committee during the extended session, which began Sunday. At the current pace, the full Legislature is not likely to vote on passage of the budget bill until Saturday or Sunday.
Also Wednesday, Tomblin reiterated that he does not intend to call a special session following passage of the budget bill to act on a funding plan to pay down an $8 billion unfunded liability for future health care benefits for retired state and public school employees, known as the OPEB liability.
However, he said resolution of the liability could be close to reality.
"We may have something that will work in the near future out there," said Tomblin, who opposed the House's proposal to use $250 million of state Rainy Day emergency reserve funds to start to pay down the long-term debt.
However, Tomblin said he does expect legislators to take up veto messages during the weeklong extended session for the budget bill, to make corrections to bills that had to be vetoed for technical errors.
As of Wednesday, the governor's office had identified two bills that will need to be vetoed because of errors: A bill to toughen the state Ethics Act (HB2464), and a bill to require at least one member of the Public Service Commission attend any public hearings on rate increases (HB2663).
Both bills passed Saturday, after being in House-Senate conference committees. Omissions reportedly occurred in transferring the conferees' reports into bill form.
Tomblin said that, as of Wednesday afternoon, he has not seen any bills he intends to veto for substantive issues. However, he noted that a number of bills passed in the waning hours of the session have yet to reach the governor's office.
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