The city must apply to the West Virginia Home Rule Board for permission to implement the half-cent sales tax.
The city committee voted to send the bill allowing for Charleston to apply for the amendment to the full council by a unanimous vote without discussing the House of Delegates' actions.
City Attorney Paul Ellis told committee members the bill should be read in front of council on Monday. If passed, the application for the changes to the plan would be sent to the state's Home Rule Board on Tuesday, Ellis said.
The Home Rule Board will meet on April 19.
Council would then have to pass a bill enacting the city sales tax if the state Home Rule Board approves the changes to the Charleston plan, Ellis said.
The city must pass the bill enacting the half-cent city sales tax before the home rule pilot program expires because the state Legislature has indicated that it will not allow new taxes, Jones said in past interviews.
Tom Lane added that he was very "upset" that the House passed the amendment to the home rule bill.
"I'm upset that they want to sacrifice public safety on a whim," he said.
Lane believes the amendment may jeopardize the extension and expansion of home rule in the state.
The amended bill must be sent to the state Senate, which has allowed other House attempts to pass laws restricting city gun ordinances to languish in committee.
Tom Lane was not the only councilman to express his displeasure at the House's actions after Wednesday's committee meeting.
Councilman Jack Harrison, a Democrat representing a ward along Corridor G, thinks the House of Delegates is playing politics with public safety.
"I think this is a step in the wrong direction," Harrison said about the House amendment.
Although he was unsure if the amended bill would "die" in the state Senate, Harrison believes that home rule has benefited Charleston and the other pilot cities. He also believes it will be a boon for other cities in the state.
The state measure would open home rule up to other cities in West Virginia.
"I can't say that home rule is worth dropping our city gun ordinance," Harrison said. "I'd have to see the final (state) bill before I could say anything."
Staff writer Dave Boucher contributed to this article.