6 am: 66°FMostly Cloudy

8 am: 65°FCloudy

10 am: 69°FCloudy

12 pm: 72°FMostly Cloudy

More Weather

Resurgent GOP in W.Va. House herald session agenda

Feb. 12, 2013 @ 05:30 PM

CHARLESTON — A new appeals court and a constitutional amendment targeting property taxes are on the wish list for Republicans in West Virginia’s House of Delegates.

GOP lawmakers on Tuesday outlined general goals for the session that begins Wednesday. They also include improving education and West Virginia’s business climate.

Republicans now hold 46 of 100 House seats.

House Minority Leader Tim Armstead offered specifics. The Kanawha County Republican said his caucus will seek an intermediate appeals court and a repeal of taxes on non-real estate property.  

Requiring voters to show photo identification is also on the agenda. That proposal drew immediate criticism from West Virginia’s elections chief, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant.

Republicans also will propose defining marriage as between one man and one woman in the state constitution.

(u'addcomment', u'nobuy')


The Herald-Dispatch welcomes your comments on this article, but please be civil. Avoid profanity, obscenity, personal attacks, accusations of criminal activity, name-calling or insults to the other posters. Herald-dispatch.com does not control or monitor comments as they are posted, but if you find a comment offensive or uncivil, hover your mouse over the comment and click the X that appears in the upper right of the comment. If you do not want your comment to post to your personal Facebook page, uncheck the box below the comment.