CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Kanawha County Commission's legislative agenda is moving forward this session, with all of its proposed bills having a sponsor.
Commissioners identified nine priorities they wanted the state Legislature to address during its 2014 session.
One of those goals was for the state to adopt the recommendations set forth by the Kanawha County Substance Abuse Task Force, which were issued last fall.
The task force offered a number of recommendations, one of which was to make most pseudoephedrine-containing medications available only by prescription. Tamper-resistant forms of pseudoephedrine, those that cannot be used to make methamphetamine, were exempt.
The prescription-only proposal is moving through the Legislature as Senate Bill 6. Sen. Greg Tucker, D-Nicholas, is the lead sponsor.
"It's getting a lot of buzz," Commission President Kent Carper said.
Sens. Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, Robert Plymale, D-Wayne, Ron Stollings, D-Boone, and William Laird, D-Fayette, are co-sponsors.
The commission's legislative agenda also included:
* Amending canvass procedures for elections. The county commission wants to eliminate a state requirement that five percent of the precincts in a county are hand-counted following an election. Commissioners wanted the law changed in light of the use of electronic voting machines.
The related bills are Senate Bill 359 and House Bill 4198. The senate version has already been passed and was sent to the House.
* A law clarifying what entity serves as the board of canvassers for an election called by a county school board. This issue arose when commissioners had to serve as canvassers for the special school board and libraries levy election last year.
The related bill in the Legislature is House Bill 4302.
* Redistributing proceeds from county excise taxes on the transfer of real property so that collected taxes will go to the respective county instead of the state.
The related bills are Senate Bill 34 and House Bill 2308.
* Prohibiting special elections within six months of a regularly scheduled election and prohibiting "re-runs" of special levy elections within a year of the original election.
The related bills are Senate Bill 374 and House Bill 4399.
* Setting the due date for preparation, publication and disposition of financial statements to a fixed date of Oct. 15.
The related bill is Senate Bill 415, which has passed the senate and is currently in the House of Delegates.
* Naming the W.Va. 61 bridge over Paint Creek the "W.T. (Big Bill) Elswick Memorial Bridge."
The related bill is House Resolution 38.
The commission also supports eliminating transportation brokers for non-emergency medical transport and making autopsy reports public record.
Carper said in some ways, the county has ended up on the "defensive" end of some issues.
For example, the commission opposes Senate Bill 385, Carper said, which effectively reduces the amount of revenue counties and municipalities get from casinos by 15 percent.
Carper said the commission is also against Senate Bill 465, which directs library systems to be funded by a special levy or by counties, without a choice by county governments.