- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 23, 2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia’s House has voted unanimously to allow filing lawsuits against state agencies and officials in any county in addition to Kanawha, the capital’s venue where suits currently must be filed.

It would authorize circuit court claims against the state government in any county where the plaintiff lives or the alleged wrong occurred.

Judiciary Committee Chairman John Shott says it reflects technology advances like video depositions and remote hearings.

Delegate Michael Folk, lead sponsor, says people who think the government’s not following the law could better hold it accountable

The House has also voted to prohibit non-residents from bringing civil cases in West Virginia courts unless “a substantial part” of the acts or omissions at issue occurred in the state.

Shott says it would prevent non-residents from clogging the courts.

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