(05/15/2001)
The Associated Press

The Legislature this year gave West Virginia's 55 county assessors help in identifying residents and business owners who don't register their motor vehicles in the state. The law (SB511):

Allows assessors to post notices on vehicles they suspect are not properly registered.

Gives people who receive the notice 15 days to verify that they are not a state resident.

Establishes a residency test, including whether the person is registered to vote in the state, has children enrolled in public school or in home school in the state, is receiving public assistance, has continuously lived in the state for more than 30 days, has filed for a homestead tax exemption, subscribes to utilities, or has an in-state mailing address.

Creates a residency exemption for individuals who work in the state for more than 30 days but live in another state.

Allows assessors to forward cases to prosecutors.

Makes it a misdemeanor punishable with a fine of up to $500 and possible jail sentence for failure to properly register a vehicle.


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