A bill that bans state elected officials from using trinkets paid with taxpayer dollars goes into effect today. The legislation originating in the House of Delegates passed both chambers unanimously and was signed by the Governor on March 14.
Specifically, H.B. 2457 prohibits the use of elected or appointed officials from using public funds to purchase, distribute or disseminate certain items and publications.
For more than 10 years, Del. Kelli Sobonya (R-Cabell) sponsored the bill, but until this year, her previous efforts were stalled.
“I want to thank Speaker Tim Armstead (R-Kanawha) and House Judiciary Chairman John Shott (R-Mercer) for moving this good government initiative forward and I am pleased it was ultimately signed by the Governor.”
Sobonya added, “As the House Chair of the Rule-Making Review Committee, I look forward to approving the rules that govern this law so we may finally stand up for the taxpayers by putting an end to the unethical practice of shameless self-promotion on the public dime.”