W.V. Senate Kills Magistrate Education Bill

CHARLESTON, W.V. (AP) - The Senate killed a bill that would require elected magistrates to have an associate's degree, likely ending efforts to increase education requirements.

The bill would have grandfathered in sitting magistrates and would have taken effect in 2015. The Senate voted 19 to 15 to defeat the measure Tuesday without any debate or effort to amend the bill.

No similar bill has been introduced in the House of Delegates this year.

Legislators attempted to increase the minimum requirements for the lowest level of West Virginia's court system previously. But the issue hasn't garnered enough support in both chambers to send a bill to the governor.

Sponsor Sen. Evan Jenkins says he was surprised by the vote. The Cabell County Democrat says magistrates today have more authority and better education is needed.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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