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UPDATE: 23 W.Va. Cities Apply For 16 Home Rule Slots

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 6/3/2014 1:40 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - More than 20 West Virginia cities are seeking to participate in a program that would give them a larger say in how they govern.

Monday was the deadline for cities to submit applications to the West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Program. Sixteen cities will be chosen to join the program's four existing participants.

The Home Rule Board will interview representatives from each of the 23 new applicants.

Board chairman Patsy Trescot says the board will meet June 13 by telephone to discuss where and when interviews will be conducted.

The program shifts power from the state to the local level. It began as a five-year pilot in Bridgeport, Charleston, Huntington and Wheeling.

In 2013, the Legislature allowed up to 20 municipalities to participate.

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SHINNSTON, W.Va. (AP) - The number of cities seeking to participate in West Virginia's Municipal Home Rule Program is growing.

Shinnston City Council voted Monday to allow the city to submit an application to the Home Rule Board.

Last week, city councils in Martinsburg and Nitro approved similar ordinances. Other cities seeking participation in the program include Bluefield, Clarksburg, Fairmont, Morgantown, Buckhannon, Elkins, Vienna and Parkersburg.

The program shifts power from the state to the local level and gives municipalities a larger say in how they govern. It began as a five-year pilot program in Bridgeport, Charleston, Huntington and Wheeling.

In 2013, the Legislature continued the program until July 1, 2019, and allowed up to 20 municipalities to participate.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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