Sen. Herb Snyder

10:33 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

Will Lawmakers Repeal the Unfair Trade Practices Act?

Sen. Herb Snyder listens to a presentation during legislative interims.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A debate that started during the 2014 legislative session continued during interim meetings in Charleston Sunday. State lawmakers are still questioning if a 1939 law affects today’s gas prices.

Jan Vineyard, president of the West Virginia Oil Marketers and Grocers Association or OMEGA, addressed lawmakers during a Joint Government Organization and Operations meeting in the House Chamber about the state's Unfair Trade Practices Act which has been in state law for more than 70 years.

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Drilling Waste
4:39 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Senate Approves Bill for Frack Waste

Sen. Ron Stollings discuss a bill with Senators David Nohe, Chris Walters and Bill Cole.
Credit Ashton Marra

Members of the state Senate unanimously passed a bill Friday allowing for the drill cuttings from natural gas fracking sites to be disposed of in county or privately owned landfills.

Currently, the drill cuttings can either be disposed of by burying them on site or deposited in landfills, but Senator Herb Snyder said landfills are the most environmentally friendly option.

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Gas Prices
4:14 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Senate Debates Bill on Unfair Trade Practices

Senate President Jeff Kessler at the podium during a floor session.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Legislators stood Thursday to speak to legislation that has not yet made it to the floor. Senate Bill 368 was introduced by Senator Herb Snyder early in the session repealing unfair trade practices.

The bill focuses on a section of code written in the late 1930s. At the time, many states and the federal government put laws in place that prevented major retailers from undercutting the prices of mom and pop stores, forcing them out of business.

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3:43 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Senator Calls Gasoline Discount Unconstitutional

Senator Craig Blair used a map showing gasoline prices around the state to show the difference in prices both regionally and in surrounding states. The map shows prices at the highest in the Eastern Panhandle at $3.55 and the lowest in Huntington at $3.15 as of Jan. 21, 2014.
Credit Janet Kunicki

A bill introduced in the Senate is meant to repeal a section of code giving discounts to gasoline wholesalers.

Senator Herb Snyder is the lead sponsor of Senate Bill 421. He said in researching areas of state code dealing with gasoline prices, he found a section that essentially gives a rebate to oil and gas companies who own wholesale terminals, only one of which is located in West Virginia.

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