Wednesday, May 25, 2016





            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 Tuesday, May 24, 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. 674), and 92 members being present, the Speaker declared the presence of a quorum.  The absent being as follows:

Absent: Bates, Ellington, Kurcaba, Marcum, Perdue, Reynolds, Storch and Trecost.

Delegates Perdue and Reynolds were also present for part of the session.

House Calendar

Third Reading

            H. B. 106, Reducing the distributions to the West Virginia Infrastructure Fund; on third reading, coming up in regular order, was, on motion of Delegate Cowles, postponed one day.

Second Reading

            S. B. 1002, Expiring funds from various accounts to unappropriated balance in State Fund, General Revenue; on second reading, coming up in regular order, was read a second time.            At the request of Delegate Cowles, and by unanimous consent, the bill was advanced to third reading with the general right to amend, and the rule was suspended to permit the offering and consideration of amendments on that reading.

            Com. Sub. for H. B. 105, Ending transfers to the Licensed Racetrack Modernization Fund, closing the Licensed Racetrack Modernization Fund and the Historic Resort Hotel Modernization Fund, and transferring remaining funds to the General Revenue Fund; on second reading, coming up in regular order, was read a second time and ordered to engrossment and third reading.

First Reading

            Com. Sub. for H. B. 101, Budget Bill, making appropriations of public money out of the treasury in accordance with section fifty-one, article six of the Constitution; on first reading, coming up in regular order, was read a first time and ordered to second reading.

Delegate Rowe inquired whether Com. Sub. for H. B. 105 was within the scope of the Governor’s Proclamation for the Extraordinary Session.  The Speaker replied and indicated that if a point of order is made on Third Reading, he plans to put the question to a vote as has been a prior practice of the House.

Remarks by Members

Unanimous consent was requested and obtained to print in the Appendix to the Journal the remarks made by Delegates Morgan, Frich, Shaffer, Blackwell, Ireland and Summers during this Order of Business.

At 12:04 p.m., on motion of Delegate Cowles, the House of Delegates recessed until 5:30 p.m.

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Evening Session

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            Delegate Cowles addressed the House regarding the anticipated schedule for the next few days.

            Delegate Bates was present in the evening session.

Leaves of Absence

            At the request of Delegate Cowles, and by unanimous consent, leaves of absence for the day were granted Delegates Ellington, Kurcaba, Marcum, Storch and Trecost.

Miscellaneous Business

            Delegate Folk filed forms with the Clerk’s Office per House Rule 94b to be added as a cosponsor of H. B. 110 and H. B. 113.

             At 5:43 p.m., the House of Delegates adjourned until 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 26, 2016.