Legislative review: Wednesday, March 7

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDTV) -- It's down to crunch time for our lawmakers. With the regular session slated to end Saturday, Governor Jim Justice announced Wednesday he'd add one day to make sure the budget passes before the end of the session.

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Senators had the budget on a second reading Wednesday even before that extension was announced.

Lawmakers advanced measures to curb the state's drug crisis while rejecting two amendments aimed at punishing drug companies that flooded the state with painkillers. The house agreed to hold a final floor vote on Senate-passed legislation that would limit new painkiller prescriptions for patients to supplies for three, four or seven days, depending on who writes them.

The Senate Finance Committee voted down a bill that would have expanded school systems' ability to hire teachers who received certificates through alternative programs.