Some lawmakers in West Virginia say they expect the State Legislature to revisit the succession plan for the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) at a special session planned for next month.
Earlier this week, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant said there would be no special election to fill Byrd’s seat until November 2012, when two elections would be held: one to fill the roughly five weeks of Byrd’s unexpired term and a second for the full six-year term. An appointee of Gov. Joe Manchin’s (D) would occupy the seat until 2012.
The Legislature has a special session scheduled for mid-July to tackle education issues, but in a radio interview Wednesday, Charleston Mayor Danny Jones (D) said he expects Manchin to put the special-election issue on the Legislature’s agenda for that session.