WEST VIRGINIA LEGISLATURE
FIRST EXTRAORDINARY SESSION, 2017
Charleston, West Virginia, Monday, May 15, 2017
Pursuant to the adjournment of May 5, 2017, under authority of
Senate Concurrent Resolution 101, Providing for adjournment of Legislature until May 15, 2017.
The Senate reassembled in extraordinary session in its chamber in the state capitol in the City of Charleston, at eleven o’clock a.m., and was called to order by its President, the Honorable Mitch Carmichael.
Prayer was offered by the Honorable Gregory L. Boso, a senator from the eleventh district.
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 Friday, May 5, 2017,
At the request of Senator Plymale, unanimous consent being granted, the Journal was approved and the further reading thereof dispensed with.
The Senate proceeded to the second order of business and the introduction of guests.
The Clerk presented the following communication from a state agency as required by the provisions of law:
Senior Services, Bureau of (§16-5P-14)
The Senate proceeded to the third order of business.
Senator Carmichael (Mr. President) laid before the Senate the following supplement to the proclamation dated May 3, 2017, from His Excellency, the Governor, which was read by the Clerk:
STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA
A P R O C L A M A T I O N
By the Governor
I, JIM JUSTICE, by virtue of the authority vested in the Governor by Section 7, Article VII, of the Constitution of West Virginia, do hereby AMEND the Proclamation dated the third day of May, Two Thousand Seventeen, calling the Legislature of West Virginia to convene in Extraordinary Session at eleven a.m. on the fourth day of May, Two Thousand Seventeen, by adding items six and seven, as follows:
SIXTH: A bill increasing the consumer sales and use tax on motor vehicles; and
SEVENTH: A bill authorizing the furlough state employees in the event of certain fiscal emergencies, as declared by the Governor.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of West Virginia to be affixed.
DONE at the Capitol in the City of Charleston, State of West Virginia, this fifteenth day of May, in the year of our Lord, Two Thousand Seventeen, and in the One Hundred Fifty-Fourth year of the State.
By the Governor
SECRETARY OF STATE
Senator Carmichael (Mr. President) then laid before the Senate the following communication from His Excellency, the Governor, consisting of executive nominations for appointees:
Governor of West Virginia
May 15, 2017
Senate Executive Message 2
First Extraordinary Session 2017
TO: The Honorable Members of the
West Virginia Senate
Ladies and Gentlemen:
I respectfully submit the following nominations for your advice and consent:
1. For Member, West Virginia University Board of Governors, Elmer F. Coppoolse, Bethesda, Maryland, for the term ending June 30, 2018.
2. For Member, Aeronautics Commission, Gerald Sites, Petersburg, Grant County, for the term ending June 30, 2020.
3. For Member, Aeronautics Commission, Brian Thompson, Huntington, Cabell County, for the term ending June 30, 2018.
4. For Member, Aeronautics Commission, Tracy Karin Miller, Bridgeport, Harrison County, for the term ending June 30, 2019.
5. For Member, West Virginia Public Employees Grievance Board, Holly S. Planinsic, Wheeling, Ohio County, for the term ending June 30, 2017.
Notice of these appointments was previously provided to the appropriate legislative staff at the time the appointments were made.
cc: Clerk of the Senate
Assistant Clerk of the Senate
Senate Confirmations Chair
On motion of Senator Boley, consideration of the nominations immediately hereinbefore reported was made a special order of business for Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at 11 a.m.
The Senate proceeded to the sixth order of business.
At the request of Senator Plymale, and by unanimous consent, Senators Plymale and Woelfel offered the following resolution from the floor:
Senate Resolution 103—Recognizing the City of Huntington for being named the grand prize winner in the America’s Best Communities competition.
Whereas, Launched in September 2014 to inspire revitalization and growth in small towns and rural communities across the country, America’s Best Communities challenged local leaders to bring their neighbors together to envision a stronger future and build a strategy to improve lives and livelihoods; and
Whereas, About 350 communities entered and advanced in the competition based on the effectiveness of the revitalization plans developed, fine-tuned and implemented over the course of three years; and
Whereas, Huntington’s revitalization plan, known as the Huntington Innovation Project (HIP), will transform neighborhoods and blighted spaces where the old manufacturing and coal-sector economy has declined into hip hubs for advanced making, innovative manufacturing and healthy community improvements, all connected by high-speed broadband. Huntington will spark this revitalization through key initiatives in its three most distressed neighborhoods: The West End, Fairfield and Highlawn; and
Whereas, After an exhaustive three-year process, the City of Huntington, West Virginia, was named the grand prize winner in the America’s Best Communities competition and was awarded $3 million in cash to implement the Huntington Innovation Project; and
Whereas, The City of Huntington has demonstrated a strong desire and will to revitalize its community for the betterment of its citizens and is shining example to the people of West Virginia of what can be accomplished with dedication, innovation and spirit; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate hereby recognizes the City of Huntington for being named the grand prize winner in the America’s Best Communities competition; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Senate extends its sincere congratulations to the City of Huntington and its people for this outstanding accomplishment; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Senate extends its best wishes to the City of Huntington as it implements the Huntington Innovation Project; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Mayor of the City of Huntington, Steve Williams.
At the request of Senator Plymale, unanimous consent being granted, the resolution was taken up for immediate consideration, reference to a committee dispensed with and adopted.
Thereafter, at the request of Senator Ferns, and by unanimous consent, the remarks by Senators Plymale, Woelfel and Hall regarding the adoption of Senate Resolution 103 were ordered printed in the Appendix to the Journal.
On motion of Senator Ferns, the Senate recessed for one minute.
Upon expiration of the recess, the Senate reconvened.
On motion of Senator Ferns, the Senate recessed until 3 p.m. today.
Upon expiration of the recess, the Senate reconvened.
Senator Trump then moved that the Senate adjourn until tomorrow, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at 11 a.m.
The question being on the adoption of Senator Trump’s aforestated motion, and on this question, Senator Trump demanded the yeas and nays.
The roll being taken, the yeas were: Azinger, Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Clements, Cline, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, Hall, Jeffries, Karnes, Mann, Maynard, Mullins, Ojeda, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Rucker, Smith, Stollings, Swope, Sypolt, Trump, Weld, Woelfel and Carmichael (Mr. President)—30.
The nays were: Unger—1.
Absent: Maroney, Miller and Takubo—3.
So, a majority of those present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the President declared Senator Trump’s motion had prevailed.
In accordance with the foregoing motion, the Senate adjourned until tomorrow, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at 11 a.m.