FALLING WATERS, W Va.--With the West Legislative session in progress, a local delegate is hoping to help seniors by making changes to Social Security taxes. In this day and age, Seniors in the Mountain State are having a tough time living on fixed incomes, so Delegate Larry Kump says he's going to propose a bill to eliminate taxing social security benefits, especially with the higher cost of living in the Eastern Panhandle."They are having a very difficult making ends meet in fact West Virginia, as a whole state actually has exodus in population people are fed up with the situation," says Del. Larry D. Kump (R - Berkeley, District 59.)
However, Senator Herb Snyder doesn't think it possible due to budget shortfall.
"This is the worst budget year we have seen in two decades, so passing any type of exempting, or any type of income is highly unlikely," says Sen. Herb Snyder (D-Jefferson, District 16.)
Kump says he's going to focus on changing Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's Drugged Driving Bill which was passed last year. He says when you are pulled over by a law enforcement officer, and asked to take a blood test, it's a violation of the fourth amendment. Kump feels a court warrant should be handed before a test is administered.
"The State of Missouri had a very similar law that was declared unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court, yet West Virginia passed that law," says Kump. "The Supreme Court ruled on the Missouri, before Governor Tomblin signed that bill into law, but he signed it anyway."
One bill that might be gaining track, is to require people to have prescriptions for Sudafed, due to mass purchases leading to production of Crystal Meth in the state. However, Kump is against it saying those purchases should be monitored.
"You have to show some ID and they have to be tracking these large quantities of buyers of Sudafed, these are the drug abusers," says Kump.Kump says another expected proposed bill he's going to vote against is to install speed cameras along the highways and congested areas.