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House votes to end patrol, Senate OKs education bill

By DAVID BEARD
The Dominion Post
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In a somewhat close vote, the House of Delegates approved a bill March 14 to end the Courtesy Patrol.

In the Senate, a House higher education bill that stirred bitter debate and accusations of being anti-labor passed with no debate and little opposition.

HB 2007 is the Courtesy Patrol bill. It terminates the patrol and the Courtesy Patrol Fund and transfers any fund balances into the Road Fund. A separate section terminates the patrol for the parkways Authority.

The bill passed 68-31, mostly along party lines, and goes to the Senate.

HB 2542 passed the Senate 27-7 and goes to the governor.

The bill abolishes the Higher Education Policy Commission chancellor for human resources and gives the institutions more autonomy; for layoffs, it preserves seniority but adds other criteria such as performance evaluations; it eliminates mandatory recall when positions are re-staffed; it allows WVU, Marshall and the osteopathic school to adopt their own personnel rules and policies.

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