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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.

As we enter this new year, we are faced with challenges, some known and some unknown, that we must overcome to the best of our ability as elected officials.  The voters have placed their trust and faith in us to do what is best for them.  We are expected to improve the quality of life for our constituents and we must deliver.  And we WILL!  Working together, as the County Commissioners’ Association of West Virginia, we can overcome the hurdles we face, and go over, around, or under them.  Whatever it takes to get the job done!  There will be disagreements, discussions, and even heated “debates”, but we will work together to achieve our goals!

I know you all have the passion necessary, as I do, to move forward.  Not only as an Association, but as human beings that care for other human beings.  Everything we do revolves around the idea that we work for and with others to make their lives better, as well as our own.  We must set aside personal differences, work together, and do what is right to help move our Counties and our State in a positive direction.  We have done so in the past, and we  will continue to do so.

Vince Lombardi once said, “the only place success comes  before work is in the dictionary.”  If we work hard, work together as a unit, stay positive and motivated, we can accomplish a great deal for our citizens!  The only thing left to say is:  Let’s get to work!!

Tim McCormick, President

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