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By Vivian Parsons, Executive Director

Well the dust has settled and here are the surviving bills of county interest.  Nine days and counting.....   As always, call me if you have questions, 304-415-1608.

Especially Notice these bills:

HJR 113 - "County Option Homestead Exemption Bill"
SB 487 - expanding definitions of county economic development authority so counties can receive the monies in the Coalbed Methane Gas Distribution Fund
SB 526 - permissive authority for county commission to impose additional transfer tax for dedication to regional jails and drug treatment.
SB 167 - allowing county to accept credit card payments
SB 437 - Governor's Substance Abuse bill
SB 468 - Allowing Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority to issue bonds
HB 4547 - Creating the West Virginia Innovation Free-Trade Business Technology Property Valuation Act and the West Virginia Innovation Free-Trade Tax Credit Act - Allows for the use of (5% ) salvage value tax credits
HB 4030 prioritizes payments of fees from court costs which could cost counties revenues

By Vivian Parsons, Executive Director

Today is the last day for the House to pass House Bills and the Senate to pass Senate Bills.  Any bill not passed by its house of origin, is a dead bill.

The County Official Pay Raise bill (SB 168) is still in Senate Finance and most likely dead.  It is highly unlikely that the committee would meet, pass the bill, send it to the floor, suspend rules and read the bill three times in one day and pass it.  The only hope now would be if some bill dealing with the same section of the code is still alive that the raise could be amended into, again, not likely.

SB 347 - the Transfer tax bill is also dead in Senate Finance.  The committee did pass a version (SB 526) that we will continue to follow.  SB 526 does NOT return any of the transfer tax now collected and sent to the State, but rather gives permissive authority to County Commissioners to impose an "additional" transfer tax up to $1.10 per $500 of transfer, that would be dedicated to regional jails and drug prevention/treatment programs.  This would work like the current authority allowing County Commissioners to impose an additional transfer tax for farmland prevention.

I have attached a list of those bills of County interest that have passed one house or the other and those that will likely pass today.  I'll go through tonight and give you a better picture of what's left and where it lands, by Friday!  Now, I'm off to the capital for "CROSS-OVER DAY!"  More later....

By Vivian Parsons, Executive Director

Hi folks, Day 37 of the Legislative Session..... Remember, Monday, February 20th is the last day to introduce bills in the Senate and the House (Does not apply to originating or supplementary appropriations bills or House or Senate Resolutions) February 26, 2012: Bills due out of committees in house of origin to ensure three full days for readings. Wednesday, February 29, 2012: Last day to consider bill on third reading in house of origin. (Does not include budget or supplementary appropriation bills.)   As always, if you have questions or concerns, just call (304) 345-4639 or cell (304) 415-1608.

By Vivian Parsons, Executive Director

Hi folks, Day 30 of the Legislative Session.....half way there!  Remember, February 20th is the last day to introduce bills in the Senate and the House (Does not apply to originating or supplementary appropriations bills or House or Senate Resolutions)  February 26, 2012: Bills due out of committees in house of origin to ensure three full days for readings.  February 29, 2012: Last day to consider bill on third reading in house of origin. (Does not include budget or supplementary appropriation bills.)

By Vivian Parsons, Executive Director

Hello CCAWV...We are now in the 22nd day of the 2012 Legislative Session.  February 20th is the last day to introduce new bills in the House and Senate.  Following is a quick up date on some bills of county interest:

Calls to Action

SB 167 - Authorizing counties and municipalities accept credit or check card as payment.  This bill passed out of the Senate and goes to the House.  Will keep you posted on House committee assignment.
SB 168 - The county officials compensation increase bill is pending in Senate Finance.   Support for the bill needs to be expressed to members of Senate Finance.  Comments from several legislators is that the amounts are likely to be adjusted if the bill progresses.
SB 347 - Allowing counties to keep all the transfer taxes they currently collect to be used for regional jail costs.  Currently half is sent to the State.  This bill is also in Senate Finance.  Calls of support to Senate Finance is needed to get this bill moving.

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