By Jean A. Flanagan
The Hardy County Commission voted Tuesday to oppose two pieces of legislation being considered by the West Virginia Legislature.
The commission met on Wednesday, March 8.
Senate Bill 226 changes the disposition of money and sale of property in forfeiture cases from law enforcement to the treasurer of the state.
“We used forfeiture money to fund housing for the Hardy County Drug Task Force,” said Sheriff Bryan Ward.
The commission also voted to oppose House Bill 2605, which would authorize the West Virginia Public Service Commission to combine state 911 Centers. The legislation instructs the WV PSC to present a plan to the legislature by Jan. 1, 2018 to consolidate into no fewer than three and no more than six centers. The plan would be implemented within four years.
“I understand this bill is dead, but we should still oppose it in case it comes back,” said Hardy County Office of Emergency Management and 911 Center Director Paul Lewis.