WV House Approves Bill for Public Radio, TV Agency's Fundraising

West Virginia's House of Delegates has approved continuing the fundraising practices of the state's public radio and television agency.

The Educational Broadcasting Authority routinely holds fundraising drives using its own staff and facilities. But it has also created a pair of private nonprofit corporations to oversee these efforts.

A recent legislative audit found that state law does not permit this mix of public and private. A bill passed 93-6 Monday by the House would change the law and allow this arrangement.

House Government Organization Chairman Jim Morgan said public broadcasting raises around $4 million a year, for 40 percent of its annual budget.

Monday's vote advances the bill to the state Senate.

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