House passes bill to fund PEIA, tensions rise at Senate

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDTV) -- The House has passed a bill to immediately transfer $29 million to fully fund PEIA for the coming year.

Leading up to that today, teachers rallied and spoke out against the PEIA funding situation, proposed pay raises, and a host of other education-related bills that they described as "disrespectful".

After a heated floor debate over process on a bill that actually had nothing to do with teacher pay or health benefits, the Senate suddenly moved and voted to recess until 6 p.m. Teachers and service personnel in the gallery started to shout. Senators got up in each other's faces and, as the doors to the senate opened, the crowd outside began to chant that they will strike, and that the senators needed to do their jobs. In terms of the bill that just passed the house, It now must pass the Senate.