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Monday, February 11, 2019 - 05:38 PM

Judiciary Committee Passes Right to Farm Bill, Reports Three Other Bills to Senate

The Senate Judiciary Committee met Monday morning to discuss a right to farm bill; along with three other bills on the agenda.

Senate Bill 393 would protect the rights to farm. It would also protect agricultural operations from nuisance litigation if the facility has been in operation for more than one year.  It provides language that an agricultural operation which has been in operation for a period of more than one year shall not be considered a nuisance, either public or private, as a result of any changed condition in or about the locality where the agricultural operation is located.

The proposed legislation was unanimously passed by the Committee and will be reported to the Senate.

Senate Bill 516 would to require the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to make payment of attorney fees as allowed by law directly to the attorney instead of to the adoptive parent, in order to end acts of fraud. The bill also requires the department to make timely payment.  

Senate Bill 518 would restrict the sale and trade of dextromethorphan, common in congestion medicine. The bill sets age limits. The bill defines a term. The bill establishes a penalty. People under the age of 18 could buy not buy dextromethorphan.

Senate Bill 563 would prohibit a victim in sexual offense prosecutions from being subjected to certain physical examinations.

The Committee approved all bills, and will be reported to the Senate to be voted upon.

Following the approval of SB 563, a committee member made a motion to suspend the rules of the Committee to immediately consider Senate Bill 391, which would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the categories covered by the Human Rights Act, prohibiting discrimination in employment and places of public accommodation, and report it to the Senate. The Committee voted 10-5 against the motion, but committee members from both sides agreed and suggested to the Chair the Committee takes under consideration SB 391 in the coming weeks.


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