CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More than 20 bills from this year’s legislative session will go into effect on Wednesday.
Most of the twenty-one bills address the state’s finances and taxes on goods and services. Wednesday also marks the start of a new fiscal year in West Virginia.
Through House Bill 4004, the state establishes the West Virginia Sentencing Commission; the body will be responsible for reviewing and research issues related to the justice system, including sentencing lengths, parole eligibility and alternatives to incarceration.
The commission will be able to seek grants to fulfill its mission.
A retirement system for West Virginia Division of Natural Resources police officers will also begin Wednesday. The program will be similar to the system for sheriff’s deputies. DNR police most recently were part of the Public Employee Retirement System with other state employees.