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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 64 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 64

(By Delegates Manchin, Doyle, Lawrence, Longstreth, Louisos, D. Poling, Ross, Susman, Williams, Anderson, Duke, Ellem, Schadler, Cowles, and Sumner)

[Originating in the Committee on Political Subdivisions

on April 2, 2009]



Requesting that the Joint Committee on Government and Finance authorize the study of taxi service and whether local regulation may provide for more efficient taxi service.

WHEREAS, Currently, in order for taxi service to be established in this state, the Public Service Commission must issue a certificates of need; and
WHEREAS, A certificate of need never expires, essentially creating a perpetual monopoly for the certificate holder; and
WHEREAS, If taxi service is already established in an area, an outside taxi service requesting to take part in the same market must demonstrate a high standard of proof that additional services are needed; and
WHEREAS, The code section dealing with the regulation of motor vehicle carriers by the Public Service Commission has not been revisited since 1963; and
WHEREAS, The Legislature has received complaints that areas in our state do not have adequate taxi service; and
WHEREAS, Four of our surrounding five states regulate taxi service at the local levels of government; and
WHEREAS, Counties and municipalities may be more aware of the transportation needs of their citizens than a state agency; and therefore be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the regulation of taxies and taxi stands and whether local regulation may provide for more efficient taxi service; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the Regular Session of the Legislature, 2010, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Legislative expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.
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