2017 Legislative Session Wrap-up

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On Thursday morning dozens of business owners sat down face to face to learn more about how they may be impacted after the 2017 legislative session. The discussion was apart of the Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast.

I was a little disappointed. Senate Bill 27.. would have essentially allowed people to sell their home processed foods like salsa and things at the farmers market..That died on the last day,” said West Virginia Senator Patricia Rucker of the 16th Senatorial District.

Aside from Senate Bill 27, bills like Medical Marijuana and the Farm to Food Bank Tax Credit were also passed, as many legislators were happy to see the progress with social issues.

As you know we passed Medical Marijuana and I think that was something that was going to happen no matter what, but the fact that we were able to get it through this year, it’s going to take us a couple years to implement it but again more options to physicians,” Sen. Rucker stated.

While some were enlighten to see certain bills go through, others had question about topics like Medicaid and taxes within West Virginia.  

“There are a lot of us that don’t agree with the governor’s tax increases that the governor is proposing. He has proposed hundreds and millions of dollars in taxes and there is a lot of us that don’t support those when it hurts job creations and makes us less competitive in the eastern panhandle,” said West Virginia Delegate John Overington.

Legislators out of the Eastern Panhandle will be heading back to Charleston next week to discuss tax increases.  

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