West Virginia Legislative Update

On the last day of the 2015 regular session, when several key bills crashed and burned, much of the fireworks in the final hours were over a bill that originally intended to legalize fireworks in the state but had been “Christmas treed” in the Senate to include multiple provisions, including exemptions from smoking bans at racetrack casinos and veterans’ organizations and a two-year phase in of a $1-per-pack increase in cigarette taxes. Ultimately, the fireworks bill (HB2646) also went up in smoke, but not without several attempts to salvage it. – See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150314/GZ01/150319446#sthash.DObUEtJ9.dpuf

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