Charleston, W. Va., Thursday, March 13, 2014

    The Senate met at 1 p.m.

(Senator Kessler, Mr. President, in the Chair.)

    Prayer was offered by the Honorable Brooks F. McCabe, Jr., a senator from the seventeenth district.

    Pending the reading of the Journal of Wednesday, March 12, 2014,

    On motion of Senator Boley, the Journal was approved and the further reading thereof dispensed with.

    The Senate proceeded to the third order of business.

Executive Communications

    The Clerk then presented a communication from His Excellency, the Governor, advising that on March 13, 2014, he had approved Enr. Committee Substitute for Committee Substitute for Senate Bill No. 499.

    The Senate proceeded to the twelfth order of business.

    Remarks were made by Senator M. Hall.

    Thereafter, at the request of Senator Walters, and by unanimous consent, the remarks by Senator M. Hall were ordered printed in the Appendix to the Journal.

    Senator Unger then moved that the Senate recess until 5 p.m. today.

    The question being on the adoption of Senator Unger’s motion, and on this question, Senator Unger demanded the yeas and nays.

    The roll being taken, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Carmichael, Cole, Cookman, Edgell, Facemire, Fitzsimmons, Green, D. Hall, M. Hall, Jenkins, Kirkendoll, Laird, McCabe, Miller, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Tucker, Unger, Walters, Wells, Williams, Yost and Kessler (Mr. President)--31.

    The nays were: None.

    Absent: Barnes, Cann and Chafin--3.

    So, a majority of those present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the President declared Senator Unger’s motion had prevailed.

    In accordance with the foregoing motion, the Senate recessed until 5 p.m. today.

    Upon expiration of the recess, the Senate reconvened and, at the request of Senator Unger, and by unanimous consent, returned to the fourth order of business.

    Senator Cookman, 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 13th day of March, 2014, presented to His Excellency, the Governor, for his action, the following bills, signed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Delegates:

    (Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 58), Relating to basis for voidable marriages and annulments.

    (Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 90), Creating criminal offense for interfering or preventing call for assistance of emergency service personnel.

    (S. B. No. 314), Appropriating hotel occupancy tax proceeds to counties with no more than one hospital.

    (Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 322), Providing state compensate officials, officers and employees every two weeks with certain exceptions.

    (S. B. No. 327), Updating terms in Corporation Net Income Tax Act.

    (S. B. No. 328), Terminating Strategic Research and Development Tax Credit.

    (Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 387), Clarifying duly authorized officers have legal custody of their prisoners while in WV.

    (S. B. No. 456), Extending expiration date for health care provider tax on eligible acute care hospitals.

    (S. B. No. 470), Providing completed grand jury questionnaires are confidential.

    (S. B. No. 483), Renaming administrative heads of Potomac campus of WVU and WVU Institute of Technology.


    (H. B. No. 4445), Modifying the definition of "battery" and "domestic battery".

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Donald H. Cookman,

                                 Chair, Senate Committee.

                               Danny Wells,

                                 Chair, House Committee.

    On motion of Senator Unger, the Senate recessed until 7 p.m. tonight.

Night Session

    Upon expiration of the recess, the Senate reconvened and proceeded to the fifth order of business.

Filed Conference Committee Reports

    The Clerk announced the following conference committee report had been filed at 7:08 p.m. tonight:

    Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 306, Budget Bill.

    On motion of Senator Unger, the Senate adjourned until tomorrow, Friday, March 14, 2014, at 11 a.m.