HOME RULE LEGISLATION WV Cities Keep An Eye On Home Rule Legislation
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Mar. 10, 2013 8:39 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 11, 2013 9:06 AM EDT
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
Officials are in several West Virginia cities are keeping an eye on a home rule bill moving through the Legislature.
The bill passed Thursday by the Senate would extend the Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program for another five years and open it up so towns with 2,000 or fewer people could also apply. The program shifts more government power to the local level.
Acting Ranson City Mmanager Andy Blake and Martinsburg City Manager Mark Baldwin said their cities are interested in participating. But it would depend on what final shape the legislation takes.
Clarksburg City Manager Martin How says the city will apply if the program is expanded. He said it puts government back to the local level.
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