\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_26815" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]<img class="size-full wp-image-26815" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2017\/05\/Stephen-Baldwin.jpg" alt="" width="1024" height="683" \/> Delegate Stephen Baldwin[\/caption]\r\n<h1>Delegate Stephen Baldwin introduced a bill to during last week\u2019s special session to limit legislator pay.\u00a0 Special sessions of the legislature are only necessary for very specific purposes, such as has been the case the last few years when they failed to pass a budget during the regular session. Last year, the special session cost $600,000.<\/h1>\r\nArguing special session costs are a waste of money, Baldwin explained, \u201cI don\u2019t think legislators should get paid twice when they failed to do the job right the first time.\u201d He also said he was tired of hearing arguments about whose fault the special session was and how much it was costing.\r\n\r\nIn his speech on the floor, he told the House, \u201cI want to take this issue off the table right now so we can stop arguing about who is to blame for these costs and start focusing on the real issue - passing a budget.\u201d\r\n\r\nHouse leadership referred Baldwin\u2019s bill to the Finance Committee, where it currently sits. There is no indication as to if or when it will be taken up for a vote.\r\n\r\n\u201cIf I don\u2019t see any movement by the end of next week, you can bet I\u2019ll raise the issue again,\u201d Baldwin said of the timing related to his bill moving forward. \u201cThere\u2019s no sense in wasting money like this. We got elected to do a job, and we need to do it.\u00a0 With so much uncertainty about the budget, people are worried. We need to focus on solving that problem. Period.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe legislature is currently recessing from the special session for budget negotiations. They reconvene next week on May 15.\r\n\r\nBaldwin represents District 42 including Greenbrier, Monroe and Summers counties.