Thursday, June 8, 2017
[MR. SPEAKER, MR. ARMSTEAD, IN THE CHAIR]
The House of Delegates met at 3:00 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. The Clerk proceeded to read the Journal of Wednesday, June 7, 2017, being the first order of business, when the further reading thereof was dispensed with and the same approved.
Delegate Shott, Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary, submitted the following report, which was received:
Your Committee on the Judiciary has had under consideration:
H. B. 117, Relating to West Virginia Health Care Authority,
And reports back a committee substitute therefor, with a new title, as follows:
Com. Sub. for H. B. 117 B AA Bill to amend and reenact §16-2D-11 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; to amend and reenact §16-29B-3 and §16-29B-8 of said code; and to amend said code by adding two new sections, designated §16-29B-24 and §16-29B-25, all relating to West Virginia Health Care Authority; defining terms; clarifying an exemption to the certificate of need; prohibiting the department from limiting the transfer of skilled nursing beds; authorizing legislative rulemaking; establishing an assessment on acute care hospitals; requiring entities file certain information with the authority; permitting the assessing of a penalty for failing to file reports; authorizing the authority to coordinate the collection of health data; requiring the authority to provide access to data; requiring the authority to charge a fee to obtain data; requiring a report to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Health and Human Resources; permitting the secretary to assume control of the data repository if certain conditions are met; authorizing emergency rules to implement the provisions of new article,@
With the recommendation that the committee substitute do pass.
At the respective requests of Delegate Cowles, and by unanimous consent, the bill (Com. Sub. for H. B. 117) was taken up for immediate consideration, read a first time and ordered to second reading.
S. B. 1014, Relating generally to physician assistants; on third reading, coming up in regular order, was read a third time.
The question being on the passage of the bill, the yeas and nays were taken (Roll No. 639), and there were--yeas 87, nays none, absent and not voting 13, with the absent and not voting being as follows:
Absent and Not Voting: Baldwin, Bates, Ellington, A. Evans, N. Foster, Hollen, Hornbuckle, Moye, Phillips, Queen, Rohrbach, Westfall and White.
So, a majority of the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the Speaker declared the bill (S. B. 1014) passed.
Ordered, That the Clerk of the House communicate to the Senate the action of the House of Delegates and request concurrence therein.
Leaves of Absence
At the request of Delegate Cowles, and by unanimous consent, leaves of absence for the day were granted Delegates Baldwin, Bates, Ellington, A. Evans, N. Foster, Hollen, Hornbuckle, Moye, Phillips, Queen, Rohrbach, Westfall and White.
Delegate Howell filed a form with the Clerk's Office per House Rule 94b to be removed as a cosponsor of H. B. 119.
Delegate Caputo asked and obtained unanimous consent that the remarks of Delegates Fluharty and Pushkin during Remarks by Members today be printed in the Appendix to the Journal.
Delegate Sobonya asked and obtained unanimous consent that the remarks of Delegate Summers during Remarks by Members today be printed in the Appendix to the Journal.
Delegate Butler asked and obtained unanimous consent that the remarks of Delegate Frich regarding H. B. 119 on Monday, June 5, 2017 be printed in the Appendix to the Journal.
At 3:53 p.m., the House of Delegates adjourned until 1:00 p.m., Friday, June 9, 2017.