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Monday, February 24, 2014 - 03:16 PM

Senate Passes Bill Making DUI Causing Serious Bodily Injury a Felony Offense

Today the Senate passed 21 bills on third reading that now move to the House for further consideration. Senate Bill 95 was passed after it was read a third time. The bill would make a DUI that causes serious bodily injury or death a felony offense.  

One of the bills passed, Senate Bill 431, relates to the increase of the renewal cycle of driver's licenses and federal identification cards. Senate Bill 623, another bill that passed, would require mining company employers to notify the director if mine personnel test positive on a substance abuse screening and other circumstances regarding substance abuse screening. 

On third reading Senate Bill 468, providing for Veterans Medal and Service Cross, and Senate Bill 553, relating to filing deadlines for independent candidates in municipal elections, will lie over for one day and will remain on third reading. Also on third reading, Senate Bill 317, which relates to municipal firearm laws and Senate Bill 552, which would increase penalties for transporting illegal controlled substances into the state, were moved to the foot of the calendar and will be taken up when the Senate reconvenes this afternoon.

There were 26 bills and one joint resolution read for a second time today. Senate Joint Resolution 12 proposes the constitutional amendment Claiming WV Water Resources for Use and Benefit of its Citizens Amendment. One of the bills advanced to third reading was Senate Bill 409, which relates to education reform. Another bill advanced to third reading was Senate Bill 455, which would create the Move to Improve Act. 

Senate Bill 592, which would make it a felony to knowingly leave the scene of a crash that caused bodily injury, was read a first time prior to its second committee reference to the Judiciary Committee.  

The following committees will meet today:

  • Banking and Insurance will meet at 2 p.m. in room 208W 
  • Finance will meet at 3 p.m. in room 451M
  • Judiciary will meet at 3 p.m. in room 208W 

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • Interstate Cooperation will meet at 9 a.m. in room 208W
  • Military will meet at 10 a.m. in room 208W
  • Transportation and Infrastructure will meet at 10 a.m. in room 451M 

The Senate is in recess until 4:30 p.m. 



The Senate reconvened this evening to receive committee reports and read 10 bills a first time. Senate Bill 317 and Senate Bill 552, both on third reading, were lied over one day. 


The following committee will meet tomorrow:

  • Finance will meet at 9:30 a.m. in room 451M


The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.

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