State Road Commission v. West Virginia Bridge Commission

In State Road Commission v. West Virginia Bridge Commission, 112 W. Va. 514, 166 S.E. 11 (1932), the Court reaffirmed the non-restrictive nature of the specific language used by a governor in a proclamation, finding that the abolishment of the Bridge Commission during an extraordinary session of the Legislature was consistent with the language contained within the proclamation which called for an emergency measure "to balance the state budget." As the Court stated: "It is settled law that the contemplation or recommendation of a Governor is "regarded as advisory only," which the Legislature may accept or reject at its discretion. In authorizing a Governor to state the business of an extraordinary session, and in limiting legislative action to that specific business, the Constitution does not confer on him one jot of legislative power."