BY: TAYLOR BENNETT, POLICY COORDINATOR, THE HUB
As the wheels of the Legislature turn faster and faster, we’re seeing motion on a number of bills we’ve been tracking. Here’s what’s moving, what’s not, and some thoughts on how that might impact WV communities:
Bills in our bill tracker: 119
With more than one week of inaction: 50
Introduced this Week:
SB 412 – Litter Officers
- This bill would give litter control officers who with active law enforcement official certifications the same authority as any other law-enforcement officer when enforcing all litter laws. This could impact communities which rely on litter control officers for code enforcement related to litter, building dilapidation, and property abandonment.
- It was introduced Monday and referred to the Senate Committee on Government Organization.
SB 416 – “Noodling”
- This bill proposes the legalization of “noodling” (the practice of catching catfish with one’s bare hands), and was introduced on Tuesday.
- Possible community impacts include opening up some pretty unique possibilities in the realms of tourism, sport, and community events.
- It has been referred to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources.
SB 422 – Liquor on Sunday
- This bill would allow the sale of liquor on Sundays anytime after 1pm. It would also give the legislature the responsibility of setting the amount by which retailers could mark up the sales price of liquor.
- It was introduced Tuesday and has been referred to Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
SB 426 – Farm Wineries
- This bill provides updates to regulations around the farming, production, and sale of wine and similar fermented beverages. It regulates sanitary practices for production and explains partnerships that farmers and fermenters might enter into.
- Because this bill specifically talks about small “farm wineries” and opens up the possibility of multi-owner partnerships, it could positively impact potential owners of these businesses.
- It was introduced Tuesday and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
HB 4340 – Coalfield Community Development
- The bill requires the Office of Coalfield Community Development to conduct a community impact review; which outlines community assets that may be developed as well as land and infrastructure needs in area. This bill would also require WV to meet all standards established by the U.S. Mine Safety & Health Administration.
- This bill was introduced Monday and has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and the House Committee on the Judiciary
Previously Identified Bills:
HB 4002– Redistricting for House of Delegates
- Has passed through the House, moved to the Senate and was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee where it is waiting to be put on the agenda.
SB 285 – Creating Regional Recreational Authorities
- Has passed through the Senate, move to the House and was referred to the Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on Wednesday. It is waiting to be put on the agenda.
SB 300 – Creating a 5 Year Tax Credit for Businesses Located on Former Mine Sites
- Still waiting to be put on House Energy Committee agenda.
See the rest of the bills we’re tracking in our bill tracker.
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