Today in the Legislature

Tuesday, March 06, 2012 - 01:36 PM

House Honors Long Time Sergeant-at-Arms, Oce Smith Jr.
The House honored long time Sergeant-at-arms Oce W. Smith Jr. today during floor session. House Resolution 36 paid tribute to the long and colorful career of Smith, who has served as the 43rd Sergeant-at-Arms for over 40 years. Upon receiving the resolution, Smith was also presented with a third Distinguished West Virginian Award, along with a distinguished Legislative pin and medal. Smith's colorful character and love of recounting the thousands of stories that make up the fabric of his life will truly be missed at the Capitol.

Additionally, the House completed legislation on Senate Bill 365, which will increase membership of the PEIA Fianance Board. The House also passed Senate Bill 191 on third reading. This particular bill relates to personal safety orders.

A total of 13 bills were read on second reading. Senate Bill 186, which will provide salary equity supplement payments to teachers and service personnel and Senate Bill 191, which relates to Employee Suggestion Award Programs, were among bills read on second reading.

Twenty five bills were also read on first reading. Senate Bill 215, which would specify unobligated moneys in Industrial Access Road Fund revert to State Road Fund, and Senate Bill 204, which relates to removal of vehicles from highways in emergency situations, were among bills read on first reading.

The following meetings will be held this afternoon:
Finance- 2 p.m.- 460M
Judiciary- 2:30 p.m.- 410M
Education- 3:30 p.m.- 434M
Constitutional Revision Public hearing regarding Senate Joint Resolution 9 following the afternoon floor session.

The House is in recess until 5:30 this evening.


The House briefly met this afternoon following a recess in order to receive committee reports.

The House concurred on several Senate amendments and completed legislation on the following bills: House Bill 4001, which authorizes boards to establish fees by legislative rule, and House Bill 4351, which relates to mine safety.

The following committees will meet immediately following the conclusion of the evening floor session:
Judiciary Committee - 410M
Health and Human Resources - 215E
Constitutional Revision Public hearing regarding Senate Joint Resolution 9 also will follow the afternoon floor session in the House Chamber.

The following meetings will be held tomorrow morning:
Judiciary 9 a.m. - 410M
Finance 9:30 a.m. - 460M

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow

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