Tuesday, May 31, 2016





            The House of Delegates met at 1:00 p.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.

Delegate Cowles arose to suggest the absence of a quorum, the Clerk opened the machine for the roll to be taken (Roll No. 688), and 78 members being present, the Speaker declared the presence of a quorum.  The absent being as follows:

Absent:  Bates, Ellington, Fast, Flanigan, Folk, Gearheart, Hicks, Hill, Hornbuckle, Ireland, Kurcaba, Manchin, Marcum, Miley, Moffatt, Moore, Reynolds, Rohrbach, Sponaugle, Trecost, Upson and B. White.

            The Clerk proceeded to read the Journal of Friday, May 27, 2016, being the first order of business, when the further reading thereof was dispensed with and the same approved.

Messages from the Senate

            A message from the Senate, by

            The Clerk of the Senate, announced concurrence in the amendment of the House of Delegates and the passage, as amended, to take effect from passage, of

            S. B. 1002, Expiring funds from various accounts to unappropriated balance in State Fund, General Revenue.

Bills Introduced

            A bill was introduced, pursuant to House Rule 92, and referred as follows:

            By Mr. Speaker, Mr. Armstead

            [By Request of the Executive]:

H. B. 116 - “A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §5-1-30, relating to authorizing the Governor to issue executive orders to furlough state employees and pay certain obligations in the event of a fiscal emergency”; to the Committee on the Judiciary then Finance.

Leaves of Absence

At the request of Delegate Cowles, and by unanimous consent, leaves of absence for the day were granted Delegates Bates, Ellington, Flanigan, Folk, Gearheart, Hill, Hornbuckle, Ireland, Kurcaba, Manchin, Marcum, Miley, Moore, Reynolds, Rohrbach, Sponaugle, Trecost and Upson.

Miscellaneous Business

Delegate P. White asked and obtained unanimous consent that the remarks of Delegate Eldridge on May 26, 2016, regarding Com. Sub. for S. B. 1005 be printed in the Appendix to the Journal.

Delegates B. White, Fast, Hicks and Moffatt were also present for part of the session.

             At 1:17 p.m., the House of Delegates adjourned until 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 1, 2016.