Sticky Saturday night session in Charleston; schools closed Monday

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BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV) - Some Senate Republicans made amendments to the bill regarding public workers and teachers pay dropping it to 4% across the board.

The bill was passed but rules were broken in the process of transferring the bill to the House. The House did not concur on the bill. Some Democrats and Republicans are voicing their frustrations.

"If the Republicans in the Senate don’t wake up and back down from their position, it’s only going to make matters worse. We could be looking at an extended session or a special session in the very near future. It’s the Governor, the House and the majority of West Virginians against nineteen stubborn Senators," said Republican Delegate Guy Ward.

Many from both parties seem to be on the same page.

"Last night was really a disappointment to me and to the entire state. Not only did the Senate Republicans try to reduce the teacher's pay raise from 5 percent to 4 percent but they also managed to not get the amendment right. Our teachers should be offended because they've lost 11 percent of their pay to inflation over the last four years," said Democratic Senator Mike Romano.

There is only one week remaining in the legislative session.