SB657 SFAT #1 Rucker 2-9
Senator Rucker moved to amend the bill by striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:
Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill 657—A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §5B-1-9, relating to authorizing the Department of Commerce to assist qualifying tourism development projects and tourism development expansion projects in the creation of tourism development districts by approved companies; prohibiting certain municipalities from restricting tourism development projects and tourism development expansion projects in a tourism development district and from imposing or enforcing ordinances concerning such districts and tourism development projects and tourism development expansion projects therein; limiting certain rights of a municipality’s home rule powers; establishing requirements of application for and designation of tourism development districts; providing that decision of development office regarding establishment of tourist development district is final; restricting number of such districts; providing for termination of tourism development districts; exempting districts and projects within them from certain municipal regulation and requirements; establishing that projects within tourism development districts are required to pay various taxes and fees and comply with certain state laws, state building code, and inspection standards of development office; allowing Department of Transportation to participate in tourism development projects; providing that failure to continue the Tourism Development Act does not affect the provisions of this section and created tourism development districts; requiring rulemaking and promulgation of emergency rules; and providing severability.