Wednesday, March 16, 2011


[Mr. Speaker, Mr. Thompson, in the Chair]

The House of Delegates met at 12:00 meridian, and was called to order by the Honorable Richard Thompson, Speaker.
Prayer was offered and the House was led in recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
The roll being called (Roll No. 483), and 85 members having answered to their names, the Speaker declared the presence of a quorum.
The Clerk proceeded to read the Journal of Tuesday, March 15, 2011, being the first order of business, when the further reading thereof was dispensed with and the same approved.
Committee Reports

Chairman Poore, from the Joint Committee on Enrolled Bills, submitted the following report, which was received:
Your Joint Committee on Enrolled Bills has examined, found truly enrolled, and on the 16th day of March, 2011, presented to His Excellency, the Governor, for his action, the following bills, signed by the Acting President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Delegates:
(Com. Sub. for S. B. 121), Authorizing DEP promulgate legislative rules,
(Com. Sub. for S. B. 234), Revising Municipal Economic Opportunity Development District Act,
(Com. Sub. for S. B. 235), Revising County Economic Opportunity Development District Act ,
(Com. Sub. for S. B. 263), Relating to special plates for testing of vehicles operated by certain nonprofit corporations,
(Com. Sub. for S. B. 282), Continuing Highway Design-Build Pilot Program,
(Com. Sub. for S. B. 295), Authorizing DHHR promulgate legislative rules,
(S. B. 349), Requiring bittering agent be placed in certain engine coolants and antifreezes,
(S. B. 413), Changing title of Racing Commission's racing secretary,
(S. B. 514), Authorizing legislative rule for Higher Education Policy Commission regarding authorization of degree-granting institutions,
(S. B. 538), Creating Learn and Earn Cooperative Education Program.
Leaves of Absence

At the request of Delegate Boggs, and by unanimous consent, leaves of absence for the day were granted Delegates Craig, Crosier, Ellington, Ferns, Hamilton, Householder, Ireland, Manchin, Michael, Reynolds, Sigler, Staggers, Talbott, Varner and White.
At 12:13 p.m., the House of Delegates adjourned until 4:00 p.m., Thursday, March 17, 2011.