CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Lawmakers would get a sense of how a bill might help or harm West Virginia's economy before casting a vote, under a measure proposed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin this session.

The Democratic governor's call for a jobs impact statement, to accompany legislation upon request, closely mirrors proposals sought for more than a decade by lawmakers of both parties. With identical versions introduced in the House and Senate on Friday, Tomblin's bill boosts the issue's profile and chances for success.

"We're excited that the governor agrees with us that we need this type of information," said House Minority Leader Tim Armstead, who with fellow Republicans has championed a jobs impact statement. "We hope his added support to it will make sure it passes."

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