Victim's funds no longer include meth clean-up

Local - 3/7/2014 4:57 PM by Stuart Hammer

CHARLESTON – The House judiciary committee keeps a bill intact this week which will limit meth lab clean-up costs.

The bill will prohibit the state Crime Victim's Fund from paying for the clean-up of meth labs as it currently does.

Delegates say before meth became an issue in the Mountain State, there were enough resources to provide for the costly clean-ups, which can range from $5,000 to $10,000. Now with meth running rampant, funds for victims of other crimes is running dry.

Delegate John Shott, a Republican from Mercer County says this is an important step to provide for victims of other crimes.

“The money was running out. And if it kept at the pace it was going here recently there wouldn't be any money to pay anybody's medical bills.”

Shott adds that insurance sometimes doesn’t cover everything.

“For instance, if you had been mugged and you had medical bills that weren't covered by insurance, there would be no money to compensate you for that.”

In this fiscal year the fund is on pace to pay out more than $1 million on nearly 200 claims.


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