Many Cities Want In On Home Rule Program

More than 20 West Virginia cities want to be part of the home rule program. Monday was the deadline for cities to submit applications, and sixteen cities will be chosen to join the program's four existing participants. The Home Rule Board will interview representatives from each of the 23 new applicants. The Charleston Daily Mail says the board will meet June 13 by telephone to discuss where and when interviews will be conducted. The program shifts power from the state to the local level. It began as a five-year pilot in Bridgeport, Charleston, Huntington and Wheeling.