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Today in the Legislature

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 05:57 PM

House Passes Senate Bill 10

The House of Delegates met today at 11 a.m.

The House passed numerous bills today as the Delegates continue working diligently as session comes to an end. Senate Bill 10 passed which would create Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act.

House Bill 2826 also passed in the house today which would work to require the Commissioner of the Division of Highways to approve points of access to and from state highways to real property used or to be used for commercial, industrial or mercantile purposes; "Sarah Nott's Law." 

Among other bills passed were: House Bill 4279, 4317, 4234 and 4346. House Bill 4352 also passed which would relate to the selling of certain state owned health care facilities by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources.

House Bill 4448, 4502 and 4706 passed in the House today. House Bill 4463 was another bill passed which would permit the practice of telemedicine. Another bill that was passed by the House was House Bill 4505 which would allow power ball winners to remain anonymous. 

There were 43 bills advanced to third reading and 20 bills sent to second reading.

The following committees will meet this evening:

Judiciary: 6 p.m.

Education: 6:15 p.m.

 

The following committees will meet tomorrow prior to session:

Substance Abuse: 8 a.m.

Health and Human Resources: 8:30 a.m.

Rules: 8:45 a.m.

 

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 9 a.m.

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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 04:12 PM

Dismemberment Abortion Act Completes Legislation

Today the Senate held a session at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Senate Bill 10, creating the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act was passed in the House of Delegates with a title amendment. The Senate concurred and the bill completed legislative action. It now awaits the Governor's final approval.

Two House Bills passed in the Senate and have also completed legislation. House Bill 2852 relates to legalizing and regulating the sale and use of fireworks, the allocation of sales tax proceeds to special funds, and the modification of criminal penalties. The House of Delegates will need to concur with the Senate amendment for the title on this bill in order for it to complete legislation. House Bill 4366 provides the payment to certain claimants who provided commodities and/or services to the state, but were not paid due to the agency reaching budget limit. This bill awaits the Governor's approval. 

Among those bills passed on third reading was Senate Bill 287. The purpose of this bill is to create the West Virginia Safer Workplaces Act, which will permit employers to perform tests for drugs and alcohol on employees and prospective employees. Also passed, Senate Bill 303, provides that all hunting and fishing licenses are valid for one year from the date issued, rather than the last day of the calendar year in which they were issued. These two, in addition to Senate Bills 47, 344, 384, 399, 435, 594, 618, 626 and 637, will be sent to the House of Delegates for further consideration.

Senate Bill 596, which would permit natural gas companies to enter upon real property, and Senate Bill 700, which would authorize Berkeley County Council to own or operate a drug treatment or rehabilitation facility, were both rejected by the Senate on the third reading with an 11-23 Y/N vote.

Senate Bills 12, 545, 641, 670 and 691, in addition to House Bill 4228, were read for the second time and advanced to the third reading.

The following committees met today:

The Committee on Finance: 3:35 p.m. in 451M

The following committees will meet tomorrow before session:

The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: 10 a.m. in 451M

 

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 06:29 PM

Senate Meets to Accept Committee Reports

Senators briefly met on the floor today to receive committee reports. Today, the 47th day of the 2016 Regular Session, is the last day to receive committee reports in order to ensure three seperate days readings on the floor, according to the 2016 Legislative Calendar.

All bills on third, second and first readings on the Senate Calendar were laid over and retain their place on the calendar for the next floor session.

The Senate Judciary Committee continues it's previously scheduled meeting following the floor session.

The Senate stands adjourned until 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 29th.

Update - The Senate Judiciary Committee meeting for today has recessed during discussion of Senate Bill 646 and will reconvene tomorrow at 9 a.m. in 208W.



Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 05:01 PM

House Meets for Saturday Session

The House of Delegates met today at noon. 

During this Saturday session the House of Delegates had plenty to discuss with 24 bills on third reading. 

All 24 bills were passed the house including: House Bills 2110220528012960423742994315432143304334 (clarifying the requirements for a license to practice as an advanced practice registered nurse and expanding prescriptive authority), 433943804411446145544587460746584725472747304731 (requires a comprehensive drug awareness and prevention program in all public schools), 4732 and 4733.

Twelve bills advanced to third reading including Senate Bill 10, the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act. 

Thirty-four bills advanced to second reading. 

The following committees will meet  Monday prior to session:

Judiciary: 9 a.m.

 Finance: 10 a.m. 

Rules: 10:45 a.m. 

 

The House will reconvene Monday morning at 11 a.m. 

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Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 01:37 PM

Senate Passes Fourteen Bills During Saturday Session

The Senate held a session starting at 11 a.m. today.

A majority of bills read for the third time were passed. Senate Bills 116, 411, 421, 455, 461, 468, 542, 578, 595, 619, 627 and 634 were passed, along with House Bills 2444 and 4163. Senate Bill 411 creates the Second Chance for Employment Act,  although this will prohibit the expungement of certain felony convictions, including those causing serious injury, involving deadly weapons, certain assaults and batteries cases and domestic violence or sexual offenses. Senate Bills 344 and 618 were laid over one day on the third reading and will retain their place on the calendar.

There were equally as many bills on second reading today.  Senate Bills 47, 287, 303, 384, 399, 435, 594, 596, 626, 637 and 700 were advanced to third reading, along with House Bills 2852 and 4366 Senate Bill 700 would authorize the Berkely County Council to own and operate a drug treatment or drug rehabilitation facility.  The Legislature finds that there is an urgent need for drug treatment and drug recovery programs and facilities in the state of West Virginia.  Senate Bills 641 and 670, along with Senate Joint Resolution 1, were laid over one day on second reading and will retain their place on the calendar.

There were four bills that were advanced from first reading to second reading.

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow evening at 5 p.m.

The following committees will meet today:

Judiciary:  3:30 p.m. in 208W

Government Organization:  2 p.m. in 208W

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

Judiciary: 3p.m. 208W

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Friday, February 26, 2016 - 04:05 PM

Common Core Passes in House

The House of Delegates met today at 11 a.m.

Many bills were considered and passed through the House today. House Bill 2494 was one bill that passed which would create a provisional plea process in criminal cases. Another bill that passed, House Bill 4009, is also known as Letting Our Counties Act Locally.

After debate and consideration, House Bill 4014 passed in the House. This bill would prevent the State Board of Education from implementing common core academic standards and assessments with a vote of 73-20.

House Bill 4201, House Bill 4351, House Bill 4358 and House Bill 4433 also passed in the house today. House Bill 4487 also passed which relates to retirement systems.

House Bill 4519 was among the list of bills that passed. This bill would allow certain municipalities to elect to participate in the West Virginia Municipal Police Officers and Firefighters Retirement System.

Other bills that passed today were: House Bill 4558, 4612, 4636 and 4652.

There were 23 bills advanced to third reading and 11 bills sent to second reading.

 

The following committees will meet today:

Finance: 4 p.m.

Education: 4 pm.

Judiciary: 6:10 p.m.  

 

The following committees will meet tomorrow prior to session:

Finance: 9 a.m.

Judiciary: 9:30 a.m. 

Gov. Org.: 10 a.m.

Education: 10 a.m. 

 

The House will reconvene tomorrow at noon.

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Friday, February 26, 2016 - 03:25 PM

Senate Honors Red Dawson on Marshall University Day

The Senate convened this morning at 11 a.m.

The Senate honored William "Red" Dawson on Marshall University day in the Capitol. Dawson was hired as the Marshall Football team's receivers coach in 1968. On November 14, 1970 the Thundering Herd traveled to Kinston, North Carolina for a game against the East Carolina Pirates. Dawson was on a pre-planned recruiting trip with a fellow coach to see a linebacker in Virginia. Upon the plane's return, it clipped tree tops and crashed, killing all 75 members on board. Dawson accepted the assistant head coaching position and was a key factor in the 1971 rebuilding of the Marshall football team, which won two emotional games at home. This was his last season, as he resigned in 1972 and never returned to coaching. The resolution was presented to William "Red" Dawson to commemorate his great accomplishments throughout that difficult time for many all over.

The members passed five Senate Bills today; 106, 525, 538, 593 and 613. Senate Bill 525 relates to the Governor fixing the salaries of appointed officers. Senate Bill 613 defines the total capital for purposes of calculating state-chartered bank's lending limits.

Fifteen Senate Bills were read for the second time today and advanced to the third reading. House Bill 2444, which provides for the assignment of economic development office representatives to serve as Small Business Allies as facilitators for small business entities and individuals, and House Bill 4163, which provides the authority and procedure for municipalities to give notice to and publish the names of entities delinquent in paying business taxes, were also read for the second time and advanced to the third reading in the Senate.

The following committees will meet today:

Health & Human Resources at 1:50 p.m. in 451M

Education at 2:15 in 451M

Government Organizations at 2:15 in 208W

Finance at 3:15 p.m. in 451M

Judiciary at 3:15 p.m. in 208W

 

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow, Saturday February 16th, at 11 a.m.

The Judiciary Committee will meet prior to session at 9 a.m. 



Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 05:48 PM

Common Core Amended, Advanced to Third Reading

The House of Delegates met today at 11 a.m.

Senate Bill 419 relates to the termination of Workers’ Compensation Debt Reduction Act and was heavily discussed prior to passage.

Several other bills were taken to a vote today in the house. Among them were House Bill 2897, House Bill 4171 whcih relates to the public school calendar, House Bill 4295 which relates to the School Innovation Zone Act, House Bill 4365, House Bill 4572, House Bill 4594, House Bill 4617, House Bill 4651, House Bill 4674 and House Bill 4705.

House Bill 4014 was advanced to third reading after debating 10 potential amendments. The bill would prevent the State Board of Education from implementing common core standards.

Twelve other House Bills were advanced to third reading, along with two bills which were laid over on third reading. Twenty-three bills were advanced to second reading.

 

The following committees will meet today:

Finance: 6:30 p.m. 

Judiciary: 6:30 p.m. 

Health and Human Resources: 7 p.m. 

Substance Abuse: 8 p.m. 

 

The following committees will meet tomorrow prior to session:

Energy: 8:30 a.m.

Finance: 9 a.m. 

Judiciary: 9 a.m. 

Gov. Org.: 9:30 a.m. 

Rules: 10:45 a.m. 

 

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m. 

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Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 12:29 PM

Senate Passes Three Bills, Moves Five to Third Reading

The Senate convened today at 11 a.m.

There were three bills on third reading.  Those bills are: 94, 476 and 3019.  The three bills passed through the Senate and were reported to the House. 

Senate Bill 94 would designate the State Police Superintendent as the administrator and enforcer of motor vehicle inspection program.  Senate Bill 476 relates to driving restrictions in school zones.  It would allow a county board of education to expand a school zone with the appropriate request forms. House Bill 3019 would require official business and records of the state and its political subdivisions be conducted in English.

There were six bills on second reading.  Those bills are: 109, 525, 538, 593, 613 and 2511.  All of the bills on second reading were advanced to third reading, except House Bill 2511.  House Bill 2511 was referred to the Senate Committee on Rules.

The Senate will reconvene this evening at 5 p.m.

The following committees will meet today:

The Committee on Health and Human Resources: 1 p.m. 451M

The Committee on Energy, Industry and Mining: 1 p.m. 208W

The Committee on Education: 2 p.m. 451M

The Committee on Government Organization: 2 p.m. 208W

The Committee on Finance: 3 p.m. 451M

The Committee on Judiciary: 6:25 p.m. in 208W

 

The Judiciary Committee will meet tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. prior to session. 

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

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 03:18 PM

Conceal Carry Completes Legislation, Focus Turns to Budget

The House of Delegates met today at 11 a.m.

The message from the Senate on the amended House Bill 4145, relating to carry or use of a handgun or deadly weapon, was received in the House today. The House concurred with the Senate amendment, then added an amendment which would provide a $50 tax credit for people that choose to obtain a permit or participate in concealed weapon training. The bill passed with a 67-31 vote and the Senate concurred with the amendment, allowing it to complete legislation. It now awaits Governor Tomblin's approval.

A number of supplemental appropriation bills were passed today. Among those were: Senate Bills 449, 450 and 451.

Senate Bill 341 passed unanimously, which would expire funds from Insurance Commissioner, Examination Revolving Fund and Insurance Commission Fund to State Fund, General Revenue. Senate Bill 351 also passed, which dedicates severance tax proceeds. Both bills were voted to be made effective from passage. Senate Bill 462 passed in the House which calls to reduce deposit of excess lottery proceeds into WV Infrastructure Fund. House Bill 2823 was considered and passed in the House which would eliminate the street and interurban and electric railways tax.

A total of 14 bills were advanced to third reading and 14 bills were sent to second reading.

 

The following committees will meet today:

Finance: 3 p.m.

Judiciary:  3:15 p.m.

Education: 3:15 p.m.

Gov. Org.: 4 p.m.

Rules: 5:45 p.m.

 

The following committees will meet tomorrow prior to session:

Judiciary: 9 a.m. 

Roads: 9:30 a.m.

Finance: 10 a.m. 

Rules: 10:45 a.m.

 

The Health and Human Resources Committee will hold a Public Hearing tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the Government Organization Committee Room regarding Senate Bill 7.

The House will reconvene at tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 02:50 PM

Senate Bill Completes Legislation, 10 Bills Pass

The Senate convened today at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The Senate concurred with House amendments on Senate Bill 7, completing legislation. The purpose is to establish the wrongful conduct rule, which would prohibit the recovery of damages by a plaintiff whose injuries are caused by the plaintiff's commission of an illegal or immoral act or transaction. The bill now awaits the Governor's final approval.

Ten Senate Bills were passed today; 252, 274, 291, 376, 416, 438, 474, 575, 592 and 621. Senate Bill 416 allows terminally ill patients to have access to investigational products that have not been approved by the FDA, which other patients have access to when they participate in clinical trials. Senate Bill 438 requires that a representative from the Department of Health & Human Resources attend any judicial procedure where a mental hygiene commissioner, magistrate court or circuit court might commit an individual to the care and custody of the department for purposes of psychiatric evaluation and/or treatment.

Three bills were read for the second time and advanced to the third reading. Senate Bill 94 designates the State Police Superintendent as the administrator and enforcer of the motor vehicle inspection program. Senate Bill 476 authorizes the county boards of education to expand school zones to roads adjacent to the school's property. House Bill 3019 requires all official business and records of the state and its political subdivisions to be conducted in English.

 

The following committees met today:

Economic Development at 1:15 p.m. in 451M

Pensions at 2 p.m. in 208W

Natural Resources at 2 p.m. in 451M

Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M

Judiciary at 3:30 p.m. in 208W

 

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow morning at 11 a.m.

 

The following committees will meet tomorrow prior to session:

Agriculture & Rural Development at 9 a.m. in 208W

Finance at 9:30 a.m. in 451M

Judiciary at 9:30 a.m. 

Labor at 9 a.m.

 

 

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 03:37 PM

Cigarette and Tobacco Product Tax Passes Through the Senate

The Senate convened today at 11 a.m.

There were 5 bills that were on third reading and passed the Senate.  Those bills are: 420, 485, 508, 565 and 591.

Senate Bill 420 would increase the tax rate on cigarettes and tobacco products.  The tax on cigarettes would increase by $1.00 to a total on $1.55 and the tax on tobacco products increases to 12 percent of the wholesale value of the product.  Senate Bill 591 relates to voter registration list maintenance and combined voter registration and driver licensing fund.  The bill would authorize the Secretary of State to enter into agreement with Division of Motor Vehicles for Division of Motor Vehicles to provide certain information.

There were 10 bills on second reading in the Senate.  Those bills are: 252, 274, 291, 376, 416, 438, 474, 575, 592 and 621.  Those bills have been read and moved to third reading.

All bills on second reading have been moved to third reading.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 10 passed through the Senate and was communicated to the House.  The resolution urges Congress call convention to amend sections of the Constitution of the United States.

 

The following committees will meet today:

The Committee on Judiciary:  3:30 p.m. in RM 208W

The Committee on Finance:  3:30 p.m. in RM 451M

The Committee on Education:  5 p.m. in RM 451M

The Committee on Government Organization:  5 p.m. in RM 208W

 

The following committees will meet tomorrow before the 11 a.m. session:

The Sub Committee on SB 534:  10 a.m. in RM 208W

 

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 02:37 PM

Consuming Raw Milk Bill Completes Legislation

The House of Delegates met today at 11 a.m. 

House Bill 4175 passed the Senate with an amendment that reinstated the provisions that you must have a GED or Diploma, while allowing for options by which a homeschool teacher could meet the requirements. The House concurred wight the decision and passed the bill. Senate Bill 387 passed the house allowing it to complete legislation as well. The bill would allow shared animal ownership for the purpose of consuming raw milk, however, it would not allow the distribution of raw milk. The House voted to concur with the amendments made by the Senate on Senate Bill 146, which establishes instruction standards for early childhood education. Each of the bills will now await Governor Tomblin’s approval. 

The following bills were passed in the House of Delegates and will now await a Senate vote:

Senate Bill 7 would establish a wrongful conduct rule prohibiting recovery of damages in certain circumstances, House Bill 2794 would provide that when a party's health condition is at issue in a civil action, medical records and releases for medical information may be requested and required without court order, House Bill 4001 relates to candidates or candidate committees for legislative office disclosing contributions, House Bill 4360 would increase the criminal penalty for the unlawful practice of law and House Bill 4383 would make individuals responsible for the costs relating to the filing of excessive false complaints.

 House Bill 4388 relates to stroke centers, House Bill 4470 expands newborn testing to include Adrenoleukodystrophy (a brain disorder that destroys the protective shield that protects the brain’s neurons), House Bill 4489 relates generally to human trafficking and House Bill 4606 relates to the recusal of certain public officials from voting for appropriation of moneys to nonprofit entities. 

House Bill 4606 was allowed to be amended on third reading. An amendment presented by Delegate Caputo was adopted and would provide an exception for cities with populations under 2,000, to allow members of city council in those towns to also serve in other city positions. A second amendment presented by Delegate Shott was adopted and would open the opportunities presented in the prior amendment throughout the entire state regardless of city size, but via request through the ethics committee. 

Additionally, seven bills were sent to third reading, 14 bills were sent to second reading and two bills were postponed one day on second reading. 

The House voted to extend the conference committee made up of three Senators and three Delegates regarding House Bill 2800

 

The following committees will meet this evening:

Energy: 3 p.m. in Judiciary 

Health and Human Resources: 3 p.m. in Gov. Org.

Judiciary: 4 p.m. 

Rules: 5:50 p.m.

 

The following committees will meet tomorrow morning prior to session:

 

Gov. Org.: 9 a.m.

Finance: 9:30 a.m.

Judiciary: 9 a.m.

Rules: 10:45 a.m.

 

 

The House will reconvene at 11 a.m. tomorrow morning. 

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Monday, February 22, 2016 - 04:04 PM

WVU Tech Bill Passes House

The House of Delegates met today at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Many bills were passed today in the House. Among those bills were: Senate Bill 509, House Bill 2605, House Bill 4152 which would make a supplementary appropriation to the Division of Environmental Protection-Protect Our Water Fund, House Bill 4155, House Bill 4157, House Bill 4160 and House Bill 4197 which would allow required HIV and hepatitis testing for the protection of law-enforcement officers who may have been exposed.

Other Bills on third reading included: House Bill 4265, House Bill 4310 would relate to the West Virginia Institute of Technology and their request to move to Beckley, House Bill 4316, House Bill 4319, House Bill 4322, House Bill 4340, House Bill 4366, House Bill 4445, House Bill 4540, House Bill 4604, House Bill 4605 and House Bill 4618 which relates to limitation on use of a public official's name or likeness.

Seven bills were advanced to third reading.

House Bill 4161 relating to levies on classifications of property by the Board of Public Works completed legislation.

 

Following a recess, the House reconvened to take up messages and committee reports.

 

The following committees will meet today:

Finance: 3:15 p.m.

Judiciary: 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Education: 3:30 p.m.

Gov. Org.: 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Banking & Insurance: will meet after 5 p.m. session

 

The following committees will meet tomorrow prior to session:

Ag. and Natural Resources: 9 a.m.

Finance: 9:30 a.m.

Judiciary: 9 a.m.

 

The House of Delegates will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

 

 

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Monday, February 22, 2016 - 01:50 PM

Senate Passes Permitless Carry Bill and Three Others

The Senate met today at 11 a.m.

House Bill 4145, which regards to the carrying or use of a handgun or deadly weapon was passed in the Senate with an amended title. The House of Delegates will now need to concur with the Senate amendment for the bill to complete legislation.

Three Senate bills with House amendments and one House bill were passed in the Senate and have completed legislation. This includes Senate Bill 14, limiting successor corporation on asbestos-related liabilities, Senate Bill 150, authorizing the Department of Transportation to promulgate legislative rules, and Senate Bill 369, reducing legislative education reporting requirements. House Bill 4161 relates to the levies on the classifications of property by the Board of Public Works. These bills now await the Governor's final approval.

Seven Senate Bills were passed; 339, 478, 481, 500, 505, 520 and 581. Senate Bill 339 establishes Judicial Compensation Commission.  These will be sent to the House of Delegates for further consideration.

Read for the second time and advanced to the third reading were Senate Bills 420, 485, 508, 565 and 591.

The final bills to be introduced to the Senate for this legislative session were Senate Bills 663-699.

 

The following committees will meet today:

Banking & Insurance at 2 p.m. in 208W

Agriculture & Rural Development at 5 p.m. in 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

The Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure and the Committee on Labor will meet tomorrow prior to session at 10 a.m.

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Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 01:35 PM

Senate Passes Eleven Bills on Saturday

The Senate met today at 11 a.m.

Ten Senate Bills 259, 352, 431, 488, 552, 553, 573, 579, 582 and 597, were passed today. Senate Bill 431 authorizes that pharmacists and pharmacy interns dispense opioid antagonists, such as Narcan, as over-the-counter drugs, without prescription. These bills will be sent to the House of Delegates for further consideration.

House Bill 4175 which relates generally to home schooling, was passed and has completed legislation. Once the House concurs with Senate amendments the bill will await the Governor's final approval.

Eight Senate Bills were read for the second time and advanced to the third reading for Monday. This includes Senate Bills 218, 339, 478, 481, 500, 505, 520 and 581. In addition, two House Bills were read for the second time and advanced to the third reading; 4145 and 4161. House Bill 4145 relates to the carry or use of a handgun or deadly weapon and House Bill 4161 relates to the levies on classifications of property by the Board of Public Works.

The Committee on Judiciary will meet today at 1:45 p.m. in 208W 

The Senate will reconvene Monday, February 22 at 11 a.m.

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Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 12:55 PM

House Bill 4310 Advanced to Third Reading in House

The House of Delegates met today at 11 a.m.

Multiple bills were passed today in the House. Senate Bill 14 passed which would limit successor corporation asbestos-related liabilities. Senate Bill 146 also passed in the House today which would establish instruction standards for early childhood education. House Bill 4040 passed which would regulate step therapy protocols in health benefit plans. House Bill 4053 was another bill that passed which is the Department of Environmental Protection, Air Quality, rule relating to the control of annual nitrogen oxide emissions. Another bill that passed was House Bill 4060 which relates generally to the promulgation of administrative rules by Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. House Bill 4080 passed the House today which details the Department of Veteran's Assistance, rule relating to VA headstones or markers. House Bill 4521 was the last bill passed in the House today which would modify the requirements that allow a child witness to testify by closed circuit television.

A number of bills were then advanced to third reading. Among those were Senate Bill 7 and Senate Bill 509. House Bill 2605, 4001, 4152, 4155, 4157, 4160, 4197, 4265, 4310, 4316, 4319, 4322, 4340, 4366, 4377, 4445, 4540, 4604, 4605, 4606 and 4618 were also sent to third reading.

The House also sent a few bills to second reading. Senate Bill 387 was among the list. House Bill 2795, 4360, 4383, 4388, 4470 and 4489 also made the list of those bills that were advanced to second reading.

 

The following committees will meet today:

Banking & Insurance 12:45 p.m.

Gov. Org.  2 p.m.

 

The following committees will meet Monday prior to session:

Judiciary 9 a.m.

Finance 9:30 a.m.

 

The House of Delegates will reconvene Monday at 11 a.m.

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Friday, February 19, 2016 - 03:20 PM

House Passes Voter ID Bill

The House of Delegates met today at 11 a.m.

Today was West Virginia Day and 4-H Day, so the galleries were filled with 4-H students. WVU President Gordon Gee visited the House of Delegates to accept a citation on behalf of the first 4-H camp in West Virginia, Camp Goodluck, and celebrating 100 years of 4-H camping.

A citation was also presented to the Wayne County 4-H Ambassadors for outstanding youth leadership and innovation.

World War Two Veteran Robert L. Spriggs was honored as well for his brave service to the country in the United States Navy.

The House passed 13 bills during session today, among these were:

Senate Bill 309 relates to child-care center licensing and exempting county parks and recreation from licensure. This would allow county park and recreation centers to operate child-care centers without the requirement of obtaining a license. The bill was passed with a vote of 94 to 3. This bill has officially completed legislation and will now await Governor approval.

House Bill 2852 would create a new article which would govern the sale of fireworks. It would make it unlawful for sale of fireworks without a license. A retailer must also obtain a certificate from the State Fire-Marshall by showing proof of insurance, as well as obtain a permit. The bill was passed unanimously, and will proceed to the Senate for further consideration. The bill was voted effective from passage.

House Bill 4013 would require a person desiring to vote to provide documentation identifying the voter. The bill would make West Virginia a "non-strict photo ID” state. The bill was passed with a vote of 64 to 34.

The following 10 bills also passed the House: Senate Bill 150, Senate Bill 369, House Bill 2474, House Bill 4150, House Bill 4151, House Bill 4159, House Bill 4213, House Bill 4261, House Bill 4499 and House Bill 4520.

Eight bills were advanced to third reading. 

 

The following committees will meet today:

Education: 3:15 p.m.

Finance: 3:30 p.m.

Judiciary: 3:45 p.m.

Roads: 6 p.m.

 

The following committees will nee tomorrow prior to session:

Energy: 8 a.m.

Education: 9 a.m.

Substance Abuse: 9 a.m.

Finance: 9:30 a.m.

 

The Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing regarding Article V on tomorrow at 9 a.m. in the House Chamber.

The Health and Human Resources Committee will hold a public hearing regarding Senate Bill 68 tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. in room 215E.

The House will reconvene tomorrow morning at 11 a.m.

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Friday, February 19, 2016 - 02:53 PM

Senate Memorializes A. Keith Wagner

The Senate met today at 11 a.m.

The State Senate memorialized the Honorable A. Keith Wagner today. The former 6th district Senator was a graduate of Bluefield State College, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. His latest educational endeavors were spent at River View High School at Bradshaw, WV, where he was known as "The Voice of the Raiders." There, he was honored to direct the WVU Mountaineer Marching Band during their performance at his school. Senators Maynard, Plymale and Kessler stood to speak about the Honorable A. Keith Wagner, mentioning that he was a great man and he will be deeply missed.

Four Senate Bills passed; 54, 293, 313 and 434. Senate Bill 313 relates to the school calendar and allows limited use of available accrued instructional time. Senate Bill 434 allows home-based micro-processed foods sold at farmer's markets. These bills will now be sent to House of Delegates for further consideration.

House Bills 4148, 4158, 4244 and 4245 were also passed and have completed legislation. These bills now await the Governor's final approval. House Bill 4148 updates the meaning of federal taxable income and certain other terms used in the West Virginia Corporation Net Income Tax Act.

Ten Senate Bills and one House Bill were read for the second time and have advanced to the third reading. House Bill 4145 was laid over on the second reading and will retain its place on the calendar. This bill relates to the carry or use of a handgun or deadly weapon.

 

The following committees will meet today:

Judiciary at 1:45 p.m. in 208W

Health & Human Resources at 2:30 p.m.

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow, Saturday, February 20th at 11 a.m.

The following committees will meet tomorrow prior to session:

Judiciary at 9 a.m. in 208W

Finance at 9 a.m. in 451M

Education at 10 a.m. in 451M

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Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 02:09 PM

Broadband Bill Passes Senate

The Senate met today at 11 a.m.

Senate Bill 315, providing the construction of a statewide fiber-optic broadband infrastructure network, was passed. The construction of this infrastructure will be funded by federal grants and bonds, not requiring any money from the state, and could span 2,500 miles to every county in West Virginia.

Also passed this morning were Senate Bills 400, 424 and 529. Senate Bill 400 reduces the amount of sales tax proceeds that are dedicated to the School Major Improvement Fund, Senate Bill 424 allows fire departments to assess fees, and Senate Bill 529 makes certain sport and education fantasy games lawful. Each of these bills will now be sent to the House of Delegates for further consideration.

Senate Bills 54, 293, 313 and 434, in addition to House Bills 4148, 4158, 4244 and 4245 were read for the second time and advanced to third reading.

Introduced to the Senate today were bills 622-632. The last day to introduce bills to the Senate is Monday, February 22.

The following committees will meet today:

Health & Human Resources at 1:40-3 p.m. in 451M

Energy at 2 p.m. in 208W

Education at 5 p.m. in 451M

Government Organizations at 5 p.m. in 208W

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 02:01 PM

House Votes FASFA Applications to be Included in Secondary Education

The House of Delegates met today at 11 a.m.

A few bills were passed today in the House.  House Bill 2904 passed unanimously which would work to require the clerk of a county commission to maintain a county ordinance. House Bill 4174 also passed unanimously which would work to exempt activity at indoor shooting ranges from the prohibition of shooting or discharging a firearm within five hundred feet of any church or dwelling office. House Bill 4467 was the last bill that passed in the House today which would work to include financial aid planning and competition of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid in secondary school instruction in personal finance.

There were many House Bills advanced to third reading today. Senate Bill 150, 309 and 369 were among those sent to third reading. Quite a few House Bills passed second reading as well: House Bill 2474, 2852, 4013, 4150, 4151, 4159, 4213, 4261, 4499 and 4520.

A number of bills were also advanced to second reading. Among those were: Senate Bill 7 and Senate Bill 14. House Bill 4040, 4060, 4080 and 4521 were also sent to second reading.

 

The following committees will meet today:

Senior Issues 1:30 p.m.

Health & Human Resources 2 p.m.

Judiciary 3 p.m.

Substance Abuse 4 p.m.

Pensions & Retirement 4 p.m. 

Political Subdivisions 5 p.m.

 

The following committees will meet tomorrow prior to session:

Banking & Insurance 8:30 a.m. 

Finance 9 a.m.

Education 9 a.m.

Government Organization 9 a.m.

Judiciary 9 a.m.

 

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.                                                                                    

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 01:55 PM

One Bill Completes Legislation, 12 Bills Passed

The Senate met today at 11 a.m.

The Senate concurred with House amendments on Senate Bill 15 and the bill completed legislation. This regards the adoption of intermediary doctrine as defense to civil action due to lack of warnings or instructions and now awaits the Govenor's final approval.

12 Senate Bills were passed, including Senate Bill 10, which creates an Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, and Senate Bill 105 which establishes a Tim Tebow Act, allowing nonpublic school students to participate in SSAC member school athletics. Senate Bills 16, 267, 283, 351, 436, 439, 462, 504, 507 and 515 were also passed in the Senate and will be sent to the House of Delegates for further consideration. 

Senate Bill 356, which eliminates the consumer sales and service tax exemption for the 2016 fiscal year, was referred to the Rule Committee on the third reading. Senate Bill 400 was laid over on the third reading and will retain its place on the calendar.

Senate Bills 315, 424 and 529 were read for the second time and advanced to the third reading. Senate Bill 315 provides the construction of a statewide fiber optic broadband infrastructure network. Senate Bill 313 was laid over on the second reading and will retain its place on the calendar.

The following committees will meet today:

Pensions at 2 p.m. in 208W

Natural Resources at 2:15 p.m. in 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M

The Judiciary Committee will meet tomorrow at 9 a.m. prior to session.

 

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 01:45 PM

WV School for Deaf and Blind Delight Delegates with Song

The House of Delegates met today at 11 a.m. 

Students from the West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind touched the hearts of the Delegates today through song. The children of all ages came to show appreciation for their school, and prove that through the support and education they recieve, each of them can truly reach for the stars.

A total of seven bills were passed in the House today: 

HB 3019 would require official business and records of the state and its political subdivisions be conducted in English, HB 4209 relates generally to health care provider taxes, HB 4291 would increase penalties for teachers who commit sexual offenses against children, HB 4323 relates to the reporting of emergency incidents by well operators and pipeline operators, HB 4347 would provide pregnant women  priority to substance abuse treatment, HB  4378 relates to access to and receipt of certain information regarding a protected person by certain relatives of the protected person and HB 4417 woudl increase wages protected from garnishment.

A few bills were advanced to third reading. Among those bills were House Bills 29044174 and 4467.

 

The following committees will meet today:

Judiciary: 1:30 p.m. 

Finance: 2 p.m.

Education:  2 p.m. 

Banking and Insurance: 4 p.m. 

Veterans Affairs: 4 p.m. 

 

The following committees will meet tomorrow prior to session:

Political Subdivisions: 8 a.m. 

Small Business: 9 a.m. 

Banking and Insurance: 10 a.m. 

 

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m. 

 

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 01:55 PM

Senate Bill Completes Legislation, 16 Bills Pass

The Senate met today at 11 a.m.

Senate Bill 123, which allows for expedited partner therapy treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, completed legislation and will now be sent to the Governor's office for final approval.

Passed today were 16 Senate Bills. This includes Senate Bill 298 which allows restaurants, private clubs and wineries to sell alcoholic beverages on Sundays and Senate Bill 510 which establishes an Adult Drug Court Participation Fund.

14 Senate Bills were read for the second time and advanced to the third reading. Senate Bill 14 creates the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act and Senate Bill 105 creates a Tim Tebow Act, which allows nonpublic school students to participate in SSAC member school athletics.

Senate Bill 313, relating to school calendars and allowing limited use of available instructional time, and Senate Bill 424, allowing fire departments to assess fees, were laid over on the second reading and will retain their places on the calendar.

The following committees will meet today:

Health & Human Resources at 1:15 p.m. in 451M

Energy, Industry and Mining at 1:30 p.m. in 208W

Education at 2:15 p.m. in 451M

Government Organizations at 2:15 p.m. in 208W

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W

 

Finance at 3:15 p.m. in 451M

 

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 01:31 PM

House Bill 2800 Sent to Conference Committee

The House of Delegates met today at 11 a.m.

House Bill 2800 was sent to conference committee today. The committee made up of 3 Senators and 3 Delegates will meet to come up with an agreement for the bill between the two houses.

A few bills were presented on third reading today in the House. Senate Bill 15 passed, which would adopt learned intermediary doctrine as defense to civil action due to inadequate warnings or instructions. House Bill 2122 passed unanimously in the House, which would make it illegal for first responders to photograph a corpse also known as Jonathon's Law.

Many bills were sent to third reading. Among these were: House Bills 3019, 4209, 4291, 4323, 4347, 4378 and 4417.

 

The following committees will meet today:

Political Subdivisions: 1 p.m.

Health and Human Resources: 2 p.m.

Substance Abuse: 4 p.m.

 

The following committees will meet tomorrow prior to session:

Finance: 9 a.m.

Judiciary: 9 a.m.

Gov. Org.: 9 a.m.

The Education Committee will hold a public hearing on House Bill 4310 tomorrow at 9 a.m.

The House of Delegates will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Monday, February 15, 2016 - 02:24 PM

House Passes Transportation Network Companies Bill

The House of Delegates passed a bill to allow Uber, Lyft and like companies to do business in West Virginia.

House Bill 4228 would create transportation network companies. Under the measure, companies like Uber could participate in ride sharing in the Mountain State. A similar bill went through the Legislature last session, but ultimately was not passed. The bill goes to the Senate for consideration.

Two Senate bills were passed on Feb. 15. Senate Bill 123 – treatment for sexually transmitted diseases – also passed the House and now goes back to the Senate for communication before completing legislation. Senate Bill 261 – bringing state code relating to daylight savings time in conformity with federal code – also passed the House. SB 261 completed legislation.

The House passed five other House bills and discussed a bill that would make it illegal for first responders to photograph a corpse, House Bill 2122, or Jonathon’s Law.

Seven bills were read a first time and eight bills were introduced including a bill (HB 4534) to allow the sale and serving of alcoholic liquors at 11 a.m. on Sundays. Current law restricts the sale of alcohol until 1 p.m. on Sundays.

The following committees will meet today:

Finance: 2:30 p.m. in 460M

Judiciary: 3 p.m. in 410M

Education: 3 p.m. in 434M

Gov Org: 3:30 p.m. in 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow prior to session:

Labor: 9 a.m. in 215E

Agriculture: 10 a.m. in 215E

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Monday, February 15, 2016 - 01:31 PM

Senate Passes Nine Bills, Adavances 32 More

The Senate passed nine bills and advanced 32 more during a Monday morning floor session.

Senate Bill 299 creates the the Library Facilities Improvement Fund while Senate Bill 328 creates the West Virginia Veterans Program Fund. These bills now head to the House of Delegates for consideration along with Senate bills 403, 404, 459, 483, 517, 524 and 558.

Sixteen bills advanced to third reading, including Senate Bill 298, which would allow restaurants, private clubs and wineries to sell alcoholic beverages on Sundays. Sixteen bills also advanced to second reading, including Senate Bill 16, which would provide a tax credit for providing broadband service to unserved areas.

The Senate also refussed to concur in the House amendments for House Bill 2800, which would add  law-enforcement officers' contact information and names of family members to the list of exemptions from public records requests. A conference committee was appointed.

The Senate is adjourned until tomorrow at 11 a.m.

Agriculture and Rural Develompent will meet at 1:30 p.m. todday in 451M

Banking and Insurance will meet at 2 p.m. today in 208W

Finance will meet at 3 p.m. today in 451M

Judiciary will meet at 3 p.m. today in 208W

Transportation and Infrastructure will meet tomorrow at 10 a.m. in 451M

 

 


 

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Friday, February 12, 2016 - 03:08 PM

House and Senate Override Governor's Vetoes on Right to Work and Prevailing Wage

The State Senate and House of Delegates met today at 11 a.m.

Last week, the WV Workplace Freedom Act and the Prevailing Wage bill completed legislation and were sent to the Governor's office for final approval. The Governor vetoed these bills and returned them to the legislature. Today, both chambers overrode the vetoes, repassing the bills. These bills have officially completed legislation and will be in effect starting July 1, 2016.

The Senate also unanimously passed five Senate bills, Senate Bills 73, 429, 465, 469 and 501. Senate Bill 73 creates a felony crime from knowingly leaving the scene of a crash resulting in serious bodily injury, and Senate Bill 469 clarifies what personal funds are exempt from tax. 

Senate Bills on second reading include: 299, 328, 403, 404, 459, 483, 517, 524 and 558. Senate Bill 328 creates a West Virginia Veterans Program Fund and Senate Bill 524 rewrites the Board of Barbers and Commissioner. These bills were advanced to the third reading for Monday.

The House of Delegates unanimously passed House Bill 4147, which will make the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind eligible to participate in any and all funding administered or distributed by the West Virginia School Building Authority.

The House advanced multiple bills to the third reading today. Among these were: Senate Bills 123 and 261, and House Bills 2615, 4146, 4188, 4218, 4228 and 4309

House Bill 2122 and Senate Bill 15 were advanced to second reading for Monday's session.

The House Judiciary committee will meet today at 2 p.m. and Monday at 9 a.m. prior to session in 410M.

The Senate Judiciary committee will meet today at 1:30 p.m.

The Senate Judiciary will also hold a public hearing Monday at 9 a.m. prior to session in 208W regarding House Bill 4145.

The House of Delegates and the State Senate will reconvene Monday at 11 a.m. 

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 03:31 PM

Religious Freedom Restoration Act Passes House

The House of Delegates met today at 11 a.m. to discuss and vote on several pieces of legislation.

Among those was House Bill 4012, the West Virginia Religious Freedom Restoration Act. This bill would establish a test to be used by the court to determine whether the state has a compelling interest in a person's religious actions. The test requires that the court determine a compelling state interest, that a religious belief is sincerely held and that the state used the least restrictive means to deal with a concern.

The House passed the bill with a vote of 72 to 26. Additionally the House passed four other bills today, House Bills 4148, 4158, 4161 and 4362.

House Bill 4147 was sent to third reading, to be voted on during tomorrow's session, and six bills were sent to second reading.

 

The following committees will meet today:

Energy: 2:40 p.m. in Judiciary

Health and Human Resources: 3:30 p.m. in 215E

Judiciary: 3:45 p.m.

Pensions: 5 p.m. in Finance

 

The following committees will meet tomorrow prior to session:

Finance: 9 a.m.

Judiciary: 9 a.m.

Education: 9 a.m.

Gov. Org: 9 a.m.

 

The Health and Human Resources Committee held a public hearing today immediately after session in the House Chamber. The hearing discussed House Bill 4334.

 

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 01:36 PM

Senate Passed Eight Bills

The Senate met today at 11 a.m. 

Senate Bills 7, 341, 378, 419, 437, 449, 450 and 451 were unanimously passed today. Senate Bill 7 establishes a wrongful conduct rule prohibiting recovery of damages in certain circumstances and Senate Bill 419 terminates taxes imposed under the Workers' Compensation Debt Reduction Act of 2005. Senate Bill 509, which removes a 10-day requirement from the Division of Labor to inspect amusement rides and attractions, was passed with a 31-3 vote. These bills will now be sent to the House of Delegates for consideration. 

Senate Bills 73, 429, 465, 469 and 501 were read for the second time and advanced to the third reading. Senate Bill 73 creates a felony crime of knowingly leaving the scene of a crash that resulted in serious bodily injury. 

Two bills were laid over one day on the second reading and will retain their places on the calendar. This includes Senate Bill 517, which clarifies PEIA plans that are exempt from regulation by the Insurance Commissioner, and Senate Bill 524, which rewrites the Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists article. 

Introduced to the Senate today were bills 578 through 582.

 

The following committees will meet today:

Health & Human Resources at 1 p.m. in 208W

Government Organizations at 2 p.m. in 208W

Education at 2 p.m. in 451M

Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M

Judiciary at 3:15 p.m.in 208W

 

The Committee on Finance will meet tomorrow at 10 a.m. prior to session. 

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 03:21 PM

West Virginia Religious Freedom Restoration Act Sent to Third Reading

The House of Delegates met today at 11 a.m. 

House Bill 2444 passed in the House today. This bill would work to provide for the assignment of economic development office representatives to serve as small business entities and individuals. 

Many bills were sent to third reading. One of those House Bill 4012, the West Virginia Religious Restoration Act. Several amendments were proposed and debated. Other bills on second reading were House Bill 4148, House Bill 4158, House Bill 4161 and House Bill 4362.

Only one bill, House Bill 4147, was sent to second reading

The House also voted to discharge House Bill 4037, which prohibits states from forcing property owners with oil or gas rights to involuntary integrates their interests. 

 

The following committees will meet today:

Finance: 2:15 p.m.

Judiciary: 2:30 p.m.

Education: 2:45 p.m.

 

The following committees will meet tomorrow: 

Education: 9 a.m.

Small Business: 9 a.m.

Banking and Insurance: 9:30 a.m.

 

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 01:21 PM

Senate Declares Disability Advocacy Day at the Legislature

The Senate met today at 11 a.m.

Senate Resolution 32 was adopted and designated today, February 10, 2016, as Disability Advocacy Day in the Legislature. 

House Bill 2800, which adds law-enforcement officers' contact information and the names of family members to the list of exemptions from public record requests, was passed unanimously. The House of Delegates will have to concur on the amended title from the Senate for the bill to complete legislation.

Senate Bills 7, 341, 378, 419, 437, 449, 450, 451 and 509 were advanced to the third reading. Senate Bill 378 relates to truancy intervention and Senate Bill 419 terminates taxes imposed under the Workers' Compensation Debt Reduction Act of 2005.

Senate Bill 116, which increases the number of limited video lottery terminals allowed at a retail location, was laid over on the second reading and will retain its place on the calendar.

Senate Bills 560-577 were introduced to the floor. 

 

The following committees will meet today:

Economic Development at 1:30 p.m. in 451M

Natural Resources at 2 p.m. in 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m.in 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M

 

The Committee on Finance will meet tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. prior to session.

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m. 

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016 - 01:18 PM

Senate Passes Bill Regarding TANF Requirements

The Senate met today at 11 a.m. 

 

Senate Bill 6, which requires drug screening and testing of applicants for the TANF program, was passed with a 32-2 vote.

 

Senate Bills 39, 43, 309, 345, 346, 349 and 426 were also passed but with a unanimous vote. Senate Bill 39 regulates off-road motorcycles within the Hatfield-McCoy Recreation Area, and Senate Bill 309 relates to child-care center licensing and exempts county parks and recreation from licensure. These bills will now be sent to the House of Delegates for further consideration. 

 

Senate Bills 7 and 419 were laid over one day on the second reading and will retain their place on the calendar. House Bill 2800 was advanced to the third reading after an amendment was added from the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

 

Senate Bill 559, a supplemental appropriation bill to the Greater Weirton Area Senior Center, was introduced to the floor. 

 

The following committees will meet today:

Energy, Industry & Mining at 1:20 p.m. in 208W

Health & Human Resources at 1:30 p.m. in 451M

Government Organizations at 2 p.m. in 208W

Education at 2 p.m. in 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M

 

The Committee on Military will meet tomorrow at 10 a.m. in 451M prior to session. 

 

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m. 

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016 - 12:47 PM

House Bill 4186 Passes in the House

The House met today at 11 a.m.

House Bill 4186 passed in the House. This bill relates to additional duties of the Public Service Commission. This bill will now be sent to the Senate for further discussion. 

One bill, House Bill 2444, was read for the second time in the House today. 

Multiple bills were read for the first time including House Bill 4012, House Bill 4148, House Bill 4158, House Bill 4161 and House Bill 4362

 

The following committees will meet today:

Political Subdivisions1 p.m.

Health and Human Resources2:30 p.m. 

Judiciary3:30 p.m. 

Substance Abuse4 p.m.

 

The following committees will meet prior to session tomorrow:

Finance9 a.m.

Judiciary9 a.m. 

Government Organization9 a.m. 

 

 

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Monday, February 08, 2016 - 04:34 PM

Constitutional Carry Bill Passes in the House

The House met today at 11 a.m., and the major bill up for discussion was the Constitutional Carry bill, House Bill 4145.

The Constitutional Carry bill would allow anyone over the age of 21 to conceal a deadly weapon without a permit. The House approved a strike and insert amendment proposed by Judiciary Chair John Shott, as well as an amendment proposed by Delegate Jeff Eldridge, which would add probation officers to the list of people approved to carry a weapon inside a school building. After much debate over the details, the bill was passed with a vote of 68 to 31.

Additionally, the House passed seven more bills, each of them with a nearly unanimous vote. Senate Bill 342, Senate Bill 357, Senate Bill 360, House Bill 2366, House Bill 2511 and House Bill 4163.

Tomorrow House Bill 4186 will be up for third reading, and House Bills 2444, 2800 and 4189 will be read for the second time and be open for amendments.

 

The following committees will meet today:

Finance:  Fifteen minutes after adjournment

Education:  4:15 p.m.

Public School Funding Subcommittee: Immediately following Education Committee adjournment

 

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

 

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Monday, February 08, 2016 - 01:14 PM

Senate Passes One Bill, Advances Eight to Third Reading

The Senate met briefly today at 11 a.m. 

 

Senate Bill 278, which clarifies physicians’ mutual insurance company is not a state or quasi-state actor, was passed today with a unanimous vote. This bill will now be sent to the House of Delegates for consideration. 

 

Eight Senate Bills, 6, 39, 43, 309, 345, 346, 349 and 426 were read for the second time and advanced to third reading. Senate Bill 6 requires drug screening and testing of applicants for the TANF program. Senate Bill 39 regulates off-road motorcycles within the Hatfield-McCoy Recreation Area. 

 

Senate Bill 7, which establishes a wrongful conduct rule prohibiting recovery of damages in certain circumstances, and House Bill 2800, which adds law-enforcement officers’ contact information and names of family members to the list of exemptions from public record requests, were read today and advanced to the second reading. 

 

Senate Bills 544-558 were introduced to the floor. 

 

The following committees will meet today:

Agriculture & Rural Development at 1 p.m. in 451M

Banking & Insurance at 2 p.m. in 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W

 

The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will meet tomorrow at 10 a.m. in 451M.

 

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Saturday, February 06, 2016 - 12:36 PM

Senate Completes Action on One Bill, Passes Four More, During Saturday Floor Session.

The Senate held a morning floor session on Saturday, passing four bills on to the House for consideration and completing action on another.

Senate Bill 32 completed action after the body concurred in the House amendments to the bill. The measure relates to various mechanisms and deadlines that deal with withdrawal of candidates for office and filling vacancies. This bill now heads to the Governor's desk for final approval.

Senate Bill 68, which would no longer allow the Health Care Authority to conduct rate review and set rates for hospitals was the subject of much debate and discussion before passing. Senate Bill 326 would repeal and recodify law relating to contributing to delinquency of minor child, Senate Bill 361would prohibit persons who have committed crimes against elderly from performing community service involving elderly, and House Bill 4007 relates to appointment of attorneys to assist the Attorney General. These bills will now head to the House of Delegates for approval.

Senate Bills 531-543 were introduced today.

Senate Judiciary will meet at 12:30 p.m. today in 208W

The Senate has adjourned until Monday at 11 a.m.

 

 

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Friday, February 05, 2016 - 01:50 PM

WV Workplace Freedom Act Completes Legislation

The Senate met today at 11 a.m.

 

The West Virginia Workplace Freedom Act was returned to the Senate this afternoon with House amendments. The Senate concurred with the amendments with an 18-16 vote and the bill completed legislation. This bill, in addition to the Prevailing Wage Bill, will now be sent to the Governor’s office for final approval. 

 

Senate Bills 29, 159, 265, 270, 385 and 415 were passed unanimously. Senate Bill 330, requiring automobile liability insurers provide 10 days’ notice of intent to cancel due to nonpayment of premium, passed with a 27-7 vote. Senate Bill 387, regarding to shared animal ownership agreements to consume raw milk, was passed with a 22-12 vote. 

 

Senate Bills 68, 326 and 361 were advanced to the third reading. Along with House Bill 4007, which relates generally to the appointment of attorneys to assist the Attorney General.

 

Bills introduced to the Senate toady were 520-530.

 

The Judiciary committee will meet today at 3 p.m. in 208W.

The Finance committee will meet tomorrow prior to session at 9 a.m. 

 

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow, Saturday February 6th, at 10 a.m. 

The Government Organizations committee will meet tomorrow immediately following session. 

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Friday, February 05, 2016 - 12:26 PM

Concealed Carry Moves to Third Reading with Amendments Pending

The House of Delegates met today at 11 a.m. 

Senate Bill 32 passed unanimously in the House, was amended and will return to the Senate. This bill would relate to withdrawal of candidates for office and filling vacancies. 

House Bill 4244 also passed, which would work to eliminate the need of a public hearing when no objection is filed on an application from an out of state-chartered credit union to establish a branch in West Virginia.

House Bill 4245 also passed in the House. This bill would require the cashier or executive officer of a banking institiution to provide shareholders with the institutions most recent year-end audited financial statement. 

Multiple bills were sent to third reading. Among these bills were: Senate Bill 342. Senate Bill 357, Senate Bill 360, House Bill 2366, House Bill 2511, House Bill 4145House Bill 4163 and House Bill 4393.

 

The following committees will meet today:

Judiciary: 12:45 p.m. 

 

The following committees will meet prior to session Monday morning:

Judiciary: 9 a.m. 

 

The House will reconvene Monday at 11 a.m. 

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Thursday, February 04, 2016 - 05:30 PM

WV Workplace Freedom Act Passes the House

The House of Delegates met today at 11 a.m.

Senate Bill 1, also known as the West Virginia Workplace Freedom Act was voted on in the House today. After about 38 delegates stood up to debate their point, the bill passed with a vote of 54 to 46. The bill will now return to the Senate for consideration again.

House Bill 4311 and 4313 were also passed.

House Bills 4244, 4245 and Senate Bill 32 were on second reading today, and an amendment on Senate Bill 32 was adopted.

House Bills 2366, 2511, 4007, 4145, 4163 and 4393 were on first reading today. 

 

The following committees will meet tomorrow morning:

Finance: 9 a.m.

Gov. Org.: 9 a.m.

Judiciary: 9 a.m.

 

The House will reconvene tomorrow morning at 11 a.m.

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Thursday, February 04, 2016 - 02:30 PM

Prevailing Wage Bill Becomes Second to Complete Legislation

The Senate met today at 11 a.m. 

 

House Bill 4005, repealing the prevailing hourly rate of wages requirements, completed legislation this afternoon. On January 27th, the bill passed in the House of Delegates with a vote of 55 to 44. After debate, the Senate passed the bill with a 18-16 vote. The bill will now be sent to the Governor’s office for final approval.  

 

Senate bills 40 and 109 were also read, put to a vote and passed today. These bills will go to the House of Delegates for further consideration. House Bill 2101, eliminating obsolete government entities, was passed in the Senate with an amended title. The House will now have to concur with this amendment in order for the bill to complete legislation. 

 

Senate bills 29, 159, 265, 270, 330, 385, 387 and 415 were read for the second time and advanced to the third reading. 

 

Introduced today were Senate bills 505-519. Senate Bill 518 makes it unlawful to discriminate against persons due to sexual orientation. 

 

The following committees will meet today:

 

Energy at 1:40 p.m. in 208W

Health & Human Resources at 1:40 p.m. in 451M

Government Organizations at 2:15 p.m. in 208W

Education at 2:15 p.m. in 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M

 

The committee on Finance will meet tomorrow at 10 a.m. prior to session. 

 

 

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m. 

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016 - 01:10 PM

Senate Advances Prevailing Wage Bill to Third Reading

The Senate met today at 11 a.m. 

 

Bills 485-504 were introduced. Senate Bill 504 relates to the confidentiality of juvenile records.

 

Senate bills 123, 254, 261, 268, 306 and 369 were read for the third time, put to a vote and unanimously passed. The bills will now be sent to the House of Delegates for consideration. 

 

House Bill 4005, repealing prevailing hourly rate of wage requirements, was read for the second time and advanced to the third reading. Senators Snyder and Romano proposed to amend the bill but were rejected with a 16-18 vote. This bill, along with House Bill 2101 and Senate Bills 40 and 109, will be discussed tomorrow and put to a vote. 

 

 

The following committees will meet today:

 

Economic Development at 1:30 p.m. in 451M

Natural Resources at 2 p.m. in 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M

 

The Committee on Finance will have a budget hearing at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow before session.

 

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m. 

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016 - 12:37 PM

West Virginia Workplace Freedom Act Amended on Second Reading

The House of Delegates met at 11 a.m. today.

House Bill 4243, which would extend the time that certain nonprofit community groups are exempt from the moratorium on creating new nursing home beds, was voted on today. The bill was passed unanimously.

Senate Bill 1, the WV Workplace Freedom Act, was on second reading today, which means it could be subjected to amendments. Delegate John Shott, Judiciary Chairman, offered a strike and insert amendment, which would essentially replace the majority of Senate Bill 1. The amendment would, among other things, remove the continuing penalty for violation, making it a one-time penalty, as well as require a person to be proven to have knowingly violated the bill. The amendment was adopted, and the bill passed onto third reading, to be voted on tomorrow.

House Bill 4311 and 4313 advanced to third reading SB 32, House Bill 4244 and House Bill 4245 advanced to second reading.

 

The following committee meetings will be held today:
Vet Affairs: 1 p.m.
Judiciary: 1:15 p.m.
Finance: 2 p.m.
Education: 2 p.m.

The following committee meetings will be held tomorrow prior to session:
Small Business: 9 a.m. in Gov. Org.


There will be a public hearing in the House Chamber tomorrow at 9 a.m. The hearing will discuss House Bill 4014.

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Tuesday, February 02, 2016 - 01:36 PM

Senate Designates Go Red for Women Day, Passes Five Bills

The Senate met today at 11 a.m.

 

Senate Resolution 21 was adopted today, designating February 5, 2016 Go Red for Women Day in the Legislature. The Senate members received a CPR demonstration on the floor.

 

Five Senate bills, 271, 333, 334, 336 and 343, were put to a vote and unanimously passed. Senate Bill 333 regards the taking and registering of wildlife, Senate Bill 334 identifies coyote as a fur-bearing animal and woodchuck as a game animal, and Senate Bill 336 relates to crossbow hunting. These bills will now be sent to the House of Delegates for further consideration.

 

Senate Bills 123, 254, 261, 268, 306 and 369 were read for the second time and will be put to a vote tomorrow after the third reading. Senate Bill 109, repealing code provisions related to certain reports by trustees for property, and House Bill 2101, eliminating obsolete government entities, were laid over one day and will retain their places on the calendar.

Senate Bills 455-484 were introduced on the floor.

 

The following meetings will meet today:

 

Energy, Industry & Mining at 1:30 p.m. in 208W

Health & Human Resources at 1:30 p.m. in 451M

Government Organizations at 2 p.m. in 208W

Education at 2 pm. in 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M

 

The Military committee will meet tomorrow at 10 a.m. before session.

 

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m. 

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Tuesday, February 02, 2016 - 12:56 PM

First bill completes legislation, Senate Bill 364

The House of Delegates met today at 11 a.m.  

On Feb. 2, the House of Delegates passed the first bill to complete legislation in the second session of the 2016 Legislature.

Senate Bill 364 – Supplemental appropriation expiring funds from General Revenue – was effective from passage after the House of Delegates voted on its passage 96-2. On Jan. 27, the bill passed the Senate 34-0.

The purpose of the supplemental appropriation bill is to expire funds from the aforesaid accounts to the State Fund, General Revenue unappropriated balance for the fiscal year 2016. SB 364 was requested by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to help close a nearly $400 million budget shortfall for this year. The measure would take nearly $52 million from the Rainy Day fund to help close the budget gap.

House Bill 4175 also passed in the House after debate. The bill relates to generally to rules relating to home schooling. 

House Bill 4243 was sent to third reading.

Three bills were sent to second reading including Senate Bill 1, The West Virginia Workplace Freedom Act, House Bill 4311 and House Bill 4313

 

The following committees will meet today:

Political Subdivisions1:30 in House Education Room 

Education: 2 p.m. 

Health and Human Resources: 2:30 p.m. in 215E

Judiciary: 2:30 p.m.

Prevention and Substance Abuse: 4 p.m. 

 

The following committees will meet prior to session tomorrow:

Finance: 9 a.m. 

Judiciary: 9 a.m. 

Government Organization: 9 a.m. 

 

A public hearing over House Bill 4014 will be held on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 9 a.m. in the House Chamber.

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m. 

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Monday, February 01, 2016 - 01:55 PM

House Bill 4235 passes

The House met today at 11 a.m. and passed House Bill 4235. This bill standardizes the filing date requirements for administration of estates, 60 days.

Senate Bill 364 was read for the second time today, which means it could be amended. The bill appropriates expiring funds from the General Fund. Delegate Sponaugle proposed an amended which would transfer approximately $50 million of the expiring funds to support PEIA.

This amendment struck a chord with many delegates as they debated the potential of the amendment. Some stated appropriating these funds would be an important first step to solving the PEIA crisis. However, others stated doing so would only harm the programs already funded by the bill.
The amendment was rejected by a vote of 36 to 63.

House Bill 4189, which came to second reading today, was tabled. This bill is nearly synonymous with Senate Bill 364.

House Bill 4175, which relates to homeschooling was sent to third reading.

House Bill 4243 was sent to second reading.

The following committees will meet today:

Finance: 2 p.m.

Judiciary: 2 p.m.

Education: 2 p.m.

Government Organizations: 2 p.m.

Roads and transportation: 5 p.m.

 

The following committees will meet tomorrow prior to session:

Agriculture: 8 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Industry and Labor: 9:30 a.m.

 

The House will reconvene at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Monday, February 01, 2016 - 01:19 PM

Senate Passes Seven Bills, Advances Five to Third Reading

The Senate met today at 11 a.m. and passed seven bills. 

Senate Bill 379, relating to candidate filing fees, and Senate Bill 329, eliminating sunset provision for commission to study residential placement of children, were both passed. These, in addition to Senate Bills 15, 27, 150, 288 and 338, will be sent to the House of Delegates for further consideration.

 

Senate Bills 271, 333, 334, 336 and 343 advanced to the third reading and will be put to a vote tomorrow on the floor.

 

Bills 436-450 were introduced to the Senate today.

 

The following committees will meet today:

Agriculture & Rural Development at 1:15 p.m. in 451M

Banking & Insurance at 2 p.m. in 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W

 

The Transportation & Infrastructure will meet tomorrow at 10 a.m.

 

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. 

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