By Phil Kabler
WV Press Association
November interims at the Capitol were highlighted by a legislative audit of the Hatfield McCoy Regional Recreation Authority, an audit that found the authority, which manages a network of ATV trails in southern West Virginia, has been highly successful operating as a non-profit corporation.
Just one problem: Under the 1995 law creating the authority, it actually is a quasi-government agency, and should have been complying with state regulations for purchasing, employment and ethics for the past 18 years.
“Either through ignorance, misinterpretation, or for some other reason, HMRRA has conducted its business as if these laws do not apply to it,” Legislative Auditor Aaron Allred said in the preliminary audit.