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W.Va. House passes home rule permanency bill

March 7, 2019

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A bill that would make West Virginia’s home rule pilot program permanent has been passed in the House of Delegates.

The House approved the bill Thursday on an 87-11 vote. The bill now goes back to the Senate, which passed it earlier and must concur with House changes.

The pilot program was created in 2007 to allow participating cities to operate outside state code to address specific issues. More cities were added in 2014, and the program was slated to end this year.

The bill would allow more cities to participate.