"There was never any negative feedback I received about the bill," he said. "It was just a matter that it got hooked into the other issue, and that became a distraction."
Proponents of the 1,400-acre development, which will include a new exit off Interstate 79, a 100,000-square-foot primary care complex for West Virginia University Hospitals, retail space, restaurants, lodging, class A office space, and a $16.2 million ballpark for WVU, say it will provide about 1,100 construction jobs and at least 1,500 permanent positions.
Also passed during the special session Thursday:
• Legislation making the state Tax Division responsible for administering sales tax collections in TIF districts and in cities that have municipal sales taxes through the home-rule pilot project (HB105).
However, Sen. Brooks McCabe, D-Kanawha, said he is wary of a provision that allows the state to charge a management fee of up to 5 percent of revenue collected, saying that's 10 times higher than typical charges.
"In my opinion, 5 percent is far too high, and too much of a burden on municipalities," said McCabe, who said a 5 percent fee would cost Charleston $250,000 a year.
• The $17.7 million supplemental appropriation bill (SB1005) that House Democrats had held up Wednesday. Besides providing $1.86 million for technology upgrades for the attorney general's office, the bill transfers $10 million to the governor's civil contingency fund for future disaster response, and $3 million to Health and Human Resources. Part of that appropriation will go to provide court-ordered pay increases for employees at the state's two psychiatric hospitals.
Even after spending an additional day in special session, House Majority Leader Brent Boggs, D-Braxton, called the 2013 legislative session successful, and noted that the extended session actually wrapped up earlier than usual.
"In other years, we've usually had to stay in extended session for six or seven days to get the budget done," he said.
The House and Senate approved the $11.41 billion state spending plan (HB2014) Wednesday evening, four days after the end of the 60-day regular session.Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.