18 February 2010

Legislature 2010: Day 37

  • The aforementioned vacant building registry proposal from Gov. Joe Manchin goes to the Senate after passing the House, The Associated Press reports. "Wednesday's 79-17 vote followed GOP-led concerns over increasing local government power," the article said.
  • The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington also reports on the registry bill, while Wheeling Mayor (and ex-GOP lawmaker) Andy McKenzie tells The Intelligencer that "anything that gives local governments a chance to deal with problems like this is good."
  • A Senate Committee has advanced a measure that would create "a special commission to help West Virginia play a major role in plotting America’s energy future," The Register-Herald of Beckley reports.
  • The Charleston Daily Mail reports that senators are weighing "a plan that would strengthen the state's Higher Education Policy Commission and take autonomy back from Marshall and West Virginia universities."

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