Legislative Session Closes with a Flurry of Activity

In something of a contentious last day, the state legislature wrapped up Friday sometime after 1:00 a.m. The overhauled adoption bill favored by local delegates William Ligon and Don Hogan was sent back to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The campus arms-carry bill was loaded with exemptions and passed. The 5.4 percent flat tax did not make the cut. A watered down version of the bill to create a state Department of Homeland Security was approved. State law enforcement officers will get a pay raise. Jeff Jones’ coal ash bill was sent to a study committee and legislation allowing legalized casino gambling was blocked.