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Senate Approves Four Bills

Martin Valent
WV Legislative Photography

Members of the West Virginia Senate approved four pieces of legislation Friday without a nay vote. They include:

SB 250- Relating to Conservation Agency financial assistance applications from district supervisors

The bill allows local conservation district supervisors to apply for West Virginia Conservation Agency financial assistance programs, but in order to avoid conflicts of interest and ethical questions, provides local agents' grants must be considered by the West Virginia Conservation Agency at the state level instead of the local districts. 

SB 261- Clarifying definition of "owner" of dam

The bill clarifies the difference between the owner of the dam and the owner of the land upon which its located.

SB 374- Permitting in absentia parole hearings in certain instances

The bill allows parole hearings to continue when an inmate has waived his or her right to appear in person at the hearings because of an inability to attend or terminal illness.

SB 375- Specifying who receives parole hearing notices via regular or certified mail

The bill specifies who is to receive notice of parole hearings and how. Prosecutors and victims must still receive notification through certified mail 45 days prior to the hearing, but the bill says police officers and detectives involved in the case can receive their notice through regular mail.

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