BY: TAYLOR BENNETT, POLICY COORDINATOR, THE HUB
This week has seen a number of hot button issues come forward, here are the ones that we’ve been watching the closest:
In the House:
- This bill says that all representatives to the WV House of Delegates would be elected from 100 single member districts. These 100 districts would be redrawn based on information which will be collected during the 2020 census.
- The bill was referred to the House Judiciary Committee this week.
- Because this would significantly change the way representatives are elected, it’s important to ask who would be in charge of drawing the lines for the 100 new districts. Currently, it is not mandated that the responsibility rest with a bipartisan committee. That means that whomever is in control of the House is in charge of drawing the boundaries.
In the Senate:
- This bill creates incentives for the consolidation of municipalities and/or counties (we’ve mentioned this one before).
- The bill has made its way through the Senate and is currently under review by the House Committee on Political Subdivisions.
- This bill, which we’ve also mentioned before, would lay out methods for creating regional recreational authorities to assist with managing large scale recreational projects like ATV and hiking trails.
- This week, the bill was approved by the Senate’s Committee on Natural Resources. It is now on to the Senate Committee on Finance.
- Discussed last week, this bill would create a tax credit for businesses choosing to locate on former coal mine sites.
- It has been passed through the Senate and has been referred to the House Committee on Energy where it has yet to be put on the agenda.
- A bill which relates to the sale of property tax liens. This bill would increase the amount of money that tax lien purchasers are able to spend on title searches from $200 to $500. This fee would be added to the amount the original property owner would have to pay back in order to clear the title on their property.
- This bill was introduced this week and was referred to the Senate Committee on Government Organization.
- It’s worth mentioning that we’re tracking this bill because it relates to the tax sale process. This bill would not change the process at all.
For a complete list of bills we’re tracking, check out our bill tracker here.
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