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Number of W.Va. cities seeking participation in home rule program grows
Reported by: Associated Press
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 7:17 AM EDT
The number of cities seeking to participate in West Virginia's Municipal Home Rule Program is growing.
Last week, city councils in Martinsburg and Nitro approved similar ordinances. Other cities seeking participation in the program include Bluefield, Clarksburg, Fairmont, Morgantown, Buckhannon and Elkins.
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.
Information from: WDTV-TV, http://www.wdtv.com