Besides that, I'm not a lawyer like Lane, but it would appear to me the amendment is not germane to the bill. The bill pertains to Chapter 8 of state code -- municipalities and municipal government; the amendment addresses Chapter 61, Section 7 -- crimes and their punishment-deadly weapons.
Besides, the bill as amended in House Government Organization already prospectively bars municipalities from enacting firearms ordinances.
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* Morgantown sales tax TIF district (SB125). Approval of a $96 million economic development project providing a new interstate exit in the traffic-congested city, opening up 1,400 undeveloped acres of property for retail, Class A office space and light industrial facilities development ... oh, and building a $16 million ballpark to be shared by West Virginia University and a New York-Penn League minor league ball club, all at no cost to taxpayers would seem to be a no-brainer.
However, legislators tend to be provincial, and if a bill benefits one region of the state, but not their region, they often need a lot of incentive to support it.
(Former Gazette Editor Don Marsh used to illustrate that attitude with a story about a genie granting a wish to an American, a Frenchman, and a Russian.
Both the American and Frenchman admired possessions of their wealthy neighbors and wished for the same, be it a house in Aspen or a vineyard and chateau. The Russian noted that his neighbor owned a herd of goats, and he wished that the goats would die.)
Apparently, the only notable opposition is from Bridgeport Mayor Jim Christie, whose criticism of the project surfaced about the time the New York-Penn League team affiliation with Morgantown was announced.
That very likely kills plans to put an independent Frontier League team in a proposed ballpark for Bridgeport's own TIF district, Charles Pointe. After all, for the same ticket price, are fans of the region going to go to Morgantown to watch top major league prospects, or to Bridgeport to watch players would never drew the interest of major league scouts or who washed out at the rookie or A-league level?
I think Marsh would agree Christie is the Russian in this variation on the parable.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Tim Miley, D-Harrison, indicates the bill is just being held up for good old-fashioned horse trading with the Senate, as leverage to get House bills pending there on committee agendas -- but otherwise is not in trouble.
More on the final week of the session on Monday ...
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