West Virginia Supreme Court Votes to Give Legislature Budget Oversight

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The West Virginia Supreme Court voted this week to support a constitutional amendment that would give the state legislature more oversight of the court system’s finances, the West Virginia Record reports.

This Monday, the Court voted in an administrative conference to support the amendment that will appear on the state’s general ballot in November. According to Ballotpedia.org, “Amendment 2” would give the legislature the power to reduce the court’s budget and also call the chief justice to appear before either chamber. Currently, the legislature does not have the power to reduce the judiciary’s budget. West Virginia is the only state with such rules.

The Supreme Court’s finances have been given more attention this year after the legislature voted to impeach the entire Court over alleged improper spending practices.

October 17, 2018