Friday, 23 June, 2017

Justice to veto legislation eliminating greyhound racing

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Arthur Frazier | 10 April, 2017, 02:37

Justice acknowledged that he still needs the support of the House of Delegates if and when his deal with Carmichael makes its way through the Senate. "West Virginians would not be able to smoke marijuana under the current amendment either, and from what I understand, smoking marijuana has specific medical benefits for treating cancers and other conditions".

At a hearing Monday, two dozen West Virginia residents and environmentalists opposed the change, saying it would lower the standard by measuring fish instead of insect life. The measure now awaits action from Democrat Gov. Jim Justice, who has previously expressed support for permitting qualified patients access cannabis therapy.

The House has voted 92-5 for the bill that bars counties from prohibiting Sunday hunting. No smokable or edibles will be included in this bill, but pills and creams will be allowed.

Both also voted to criminalize "revenge porn", posting someone's intimate or sexually explicit images without their consent.

It would expand spending cuts to $50 million, "but it doesn't hurt us", Justice said.

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Earlier Saturday, Justice potentially added another $13 million hole to the legislative budget plan with a ceremony in Wheeling in which he vetoed a bill that would eliminate an annual state subsidy for greyhound racing purses at racetracks in Wheeling and Nitro (SB 437).

State Revenue Secretary Dave Hardy said that gain was partly offset by corporate net income tax, consumer sales tax and business and occupation taxes that were more than $8 million below estimates altogether. It would reduce funding for West Virginia University and Marshall University by almost 9 percent and by 4 percent or less to other state colleges, contained no pay raise for public school teachers and continues funding for West Virginia Public Broadcasting, said Sen.

"In a time when we need to invest in higher education to kick-start this economy, we're turning around and are going to cut", Prezioso said. Justice said getting rid of greyhound racing would "mean job losses and fewer people coming to West Virginia".

Justice acknowledged that lawmakers may have to return for a special session to resolve the budget impasse.

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