A sampling of bills introduced Jan. 17

CHARLESTON – Here is a sampling of bills introduced Jan. 17. The governor’s bill to exempt Social Security income from taxation is among them. Monongalia-Preston-Marion-area lead sponsors and co-sponsors, if any, are noted.

SB 338, to exempt pepper spray form classification as a dangerous weapon. Sens. Randy Smith, R-Tucker, Dave Sypolt, R-Preston, Mike Maroney, R-Marshall, co-sponsors.

SB 339, to allow people over age 16 to carry pepper spray on Capitol grounds, Sypolt, co-sponsor.

SB 342, the governor’s Social Security taxation bill.

HB 2473, to prohibit privately owned prisons.

HB 2477, to establish different tobacco tax rates for certain border counties.

HB 2481, to allow liquor stores to operate form 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays.

HB 2482, from the governor, to reorganize state emergency and disaster planning agencies; same as SB 326.

HB 2483, the governor’s bill to address the math teacher shortage. Provides a one-time $2,000 salary supplement to teachers who take a specialized math course. Same as SB 327.

HB 2487, to require the Division of Highways to develop a free pothole map app for phones and tablets. Delegate John Williams, D-Monongalia, lead sponsor.

HB 2491, to provide raises for certain DOH employees. Delegate Barbara Evans Fleischauer, D-Monongalia, lead sponsor; Williams and  Delegates Rodney Pyles, Danielle Walker, Evan Hansen, all D-Monongalia, Dave Pethtel, D-Wetzel, Mike Caputo and Michael Angelucci, both D-Marion, and Buck Jennings and Terri Sypolt, R-Preston, co-sponsors.

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