W.Va. Senate, House Exchange 1st Bills of Session

By: West Virginia AP Email
By: West Virginia AP Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Harsher penalties for graffiti, rules for disqualifying potential jurors and magistrate court pay raises are the first bills crossing over in the West Virginia Legislature.

The Senate and House of Delegates exchanged three bills Wednesday, the first since their session began last week.

Two passed the Senate. One of those would disqualify potential jurors who have been found guilty of a crime punishable by more than one year in prison.

The other would separate graffiti from the more generic offense of crimes against property. It would increase penalties for repeat offense, making a third conviction a felony.

The House sent the Senate a proposal raising annual salaries for dozens of elected county magistrates as well as their assistants, court clerks and deputy clerks. That measure narrowly passed, 53-45.

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