Friday, May 20, 2016
[MR. SPEAKER, MR. ARMSTEAD, IN THE CHAIR]
The House of Delegates met at 11:00 a.m., and was called to order by the Honorable Tim Armstead, Speaker.
Prayer was offered and the House was led in recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Clerk proceeded to read the Journal of Thursday, May 19, 2016, being the first order of business, when the further reading thereof was dispensed with and the same approved.
Delegate Cowles arose to suggest the absence of a quorum, the Clerk opened the machine for the roll to be taken (Roll No. 670), and 83 members being present, the Speaker declared the presence of a quorum. The absent being as follows:
Absent: Campbell, Caputo, Duke, Ellington, A. Evans, Guthrie, Hicks, Hornbuckle, Ihle, Manchin, Perdue, Perry, Phillips, Reynolds, Shott, Stansbury and Trecost.
Delegates Guthrie and Reynolds were also present for part of the session.
Delegate E. Nelson, Chair of the Committee on Finance, submitted the following report, which was received:
On motion for leave, a bill was introduced (Originating in the Committee on Finance and reported with the recommendation that it do pass), which was read by its title, as follows:
By Delegates E. Nelson, Butler, Frich, Canterbury, Gearheart, Miller, O’Neal, Walters, Waxman and Westfall:
H. B. 106 - “A Bill to amend and reenact §29-22-18d of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to the West Virginia Infrastructure Fund; reducing the distributions to the West Virginia Infrastructure Fund to $20 million for fiscal year 2017.”
The following bill on first reading, coming up in regular order, was read a first time and ordered to second reading:
Com. Sub. for S. B. 1005, Increasing tax rate on cigarettes and tobacco products.
Leaves of Absence
At the request of Delegate Cowles, and by unanimous consent, leaves of absence for the day were granted Delegates Campbell, Caputo, Duke, Ellington, A. Evans, Hicks, Hornbuckle, Ihle, Manchin, Perdue, Perry, Phillips, Shott, Stansbury and Trecost.
Remarks by Members
Delegate Lane asked and obtained unanimous consent that the remarks of Delegates Butler, E. Nelson, Fast, Zatezalo, Householder, J. Nelson and Sobonya regarding the Committee on Finance be printed in the Appendix to the Journal.
Delegate Fleischauer asked and obtained unanimous consent that the remarks of Delegates Sponaugle regarding the extraordinary session and Morgan regarding the budget be printed in the Appendix to the Journal.
At 11:45 a.m., the House of Delegates adjourned until 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 23, 2016.