House Republicans want a special session to remove what they say is an unfair burden on police officers.
Republicans announced today they want a law passed allowing any circuit judge to issue a court order allowing electronic
surveillance in drug investigations.
In February, the state Supreme Court of Appeals ruled that a
special court order is required for electronic surveillance in such
cases. Police throughout West Virginia criticized the ruling,
saying it would jeopardize hundreds of open cases.
Only five circuit judges are allowed to issue such orders.
Republicans say that ties the hands of police in drug
If a special session isn't called before the end of the year,
Republicans want Governor Manchin to call one specifically for the
electronic surveillance issue.