Charleston, W. Va., Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Senate met at 11:30 a.m.

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

Prayer was offered by Bishop Joe Thomas, Nondenominational Fellowship Pentecostal Ministries, Charleston, West Virginia.

The Senate was then led in recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance by the Honorable Mike Hall, a senator from the fourth district.

Pending the reading of the Journal of Wednesday, May 18, 2016,

At the request of Senator Woelfel, unanimous consent being granted, the Journal was approved and the further reading thereof dispensed with.

The Senate proceeded to the eighth order of business.

Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill 1005, Increasing tax rate on cigarettes and tobacco products.

On third reading, coming up in regular order, was read a third time and put upon its passage.

On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Ashley, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Cline, Ferns, Gaunch, Hall, Maynard, Mullins, Palumbo, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Walters and Cole (Mr. President)—17.

The nays were: Beach, Facemire, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Miller, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Unger, Williams, Woelfel and Yost—16.

Absent: Karnes—1.

So, a majority of all the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for S. B. 1005) passed with its title.

Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.

Senator Woelfel arose to a point of inquiry.

Pending announcement of meetings of standing committees of the Senate,

On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate adjourned until tomorrow, Friday, May 20, 2016, at 11:30 a.m.