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Today in the Legislature

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 05:07 PM

S.J.R. 12 Moves Through House Judiciary

House Judiciary passed S.J.R. 12 out of committee today during their meeting.

S.J.R. 12 would amend the Constitution, giving no Constitutional right to abortion.

If passed by two-thirds of the House of Delegates, the resolution will be on the ballot in the 2018 West Virginia General Election in November.

Delegates Chad Lovejoy (D-Cabell) and Phil Isner (D- Randolph) offered an amendment to the resolution that would require a special election to vote on the resolution on July 21, 2018. 

With concerns of political motivation during this election year, Delegate Lovejoy said his amendment would not only draw away from that but if passed sooner, could potentially prevent hundreds of abortions from occurring this year. 

The amendment was rejected by the committee.

Delegate Kayla Kessinger (R-Fayette), who supported the resolution, said that her passion about this issue is what led her to run for her seat in the House of Delegates.

S.J.R. 12 passed through the House Judiciary Committee.



Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 03:35 PM

Senate Recieves New Estimate for Fiscal Year 2019

The Senate convened today at 10 a.m.

The body passed over 40 bills on the fiftieth day of the Legislature. This is the last day for the Senate to consider bills on third reading originating in the Senate. 

 

S. B. 261 was amended on the floor and passed 20-14. The bill would eliminate the W. Va. Affordable Housing Trust Fund and transfer all of its actions and duties to the newly created W. Va. Housing Development Fund.

S. B. 295 was passed 30-4. The bill would amend the Local Powers Act. If the bill passes the House it will not take effect until after the adoption and ratification of S.J.R. 8. As of now this resolution has not been placed on the agenda for this year and S. B. 295 would act as framework to put in place if the resolution were to be adopted and ratified.

S. B. 551 was passed 25-9. The bill would allow the State Auditor, county commission or sheriff to withhold money from the state or county to an employer who becomes delinquent on pension contributions to funds administered by the Consolidated Public Retirement Board. Any person who knowingly and willfully fails to make contributions to the Consolidated Public Retirement Board is guilty of a misdemeanor and be charged a fine or be continued in jail for up to a year.

S. B. 585 was passed unanimously. The bill would alter the county line between Doddridge and Harrison counties to include all of Salem Correctional Center in Harrison County.

S. B. 595 was amended on the floor and passed unanimously. The bill creates The Protect Our Right to Unite Act. It protects an individual's right to support organizations that align with their beliefs without the threat of intimidation or loss of employment.

S. B. 600 was rejected 17-17. The bill would allow companies to enter into special contracts with Public Service Commission. Consumers in the contracts will be given "special tariffs" which provide economic incentives such as a reduced electric rate as incentive to locate to or remain competitive in the state.

S. J. R. 7 was referred to the Finance committee. The resolution would clarify that the State Board of Education has general supervisory of schools, its authority is dependent on legislative enactment. The Legislature has authority to review the rules and policies of the board.

Other Bills passed today in the Senate:

S. B. 282 was passed unanimously.

S. B. 360 was passed unanimously.

S. B. 401 was passed unanimously.

S. B. 402 was passed 33-1.

S. B. 403 was passed 29-5.

S. B. 419 was passed unanimously.

S. B. 421 was passed unanimously.

S. B. 432 was passed 29-4.

S. B. 442 was passed unanimously.

S. B. 445 was amended on the floor and passed unanimously.

S. B. 448 was passed unanimously.

S. B. 452 was passed unanimously.

S. B. 472 was passed unanimously.

S. B. 485 was passed unanimously.

S. B. 504 was passed 33-1

S. B. 508 was passed unanimously.

S. B. 510 was passed unanimously.

S. B. 530 was passed unanimously.

S. B. 531 was passed unanimously.

S. B. 534 was passed 32-1

S. B. 548 was amended on the floor and passed unanimously.

S. B. 556 was passed unanimously.

S. B. 565 was passed unanimously.

S. B. 567 was passed unanimously.

S. B. 568 was passed unanimously.

S. B. 582was passed 33-1.

S. B. 584 was passed unanimously.

S. B. 589 was passed unanimously.

S. B. 590 was passed unanimously.

S. B. 592 was passed unanimously.

S. B. 598 was passed 28-6.

S. B. 601 was passed unanimously.

S. B. 612 was passed unanimously.

S. B. 616 was passed 31-3.

S. B. 629 was passed unanimously.

S. B. 630 was passed unanimously.

S. B. 631 was passed unanimously.

Bills on Second Reading: 

Bills on First Reading:

The Senate is in recess until 5 p.m.

Committees meeting today:

Government Organization at 2 p.m. 208W

Judiciary at 3 p.m. 208W

Finance at 3:30 451M

Committees meeting tomorrow:

Finance at 9:30 a.m. 451M

 

Update 6:34 p.m.

The Senate reconvened at 5 p.m.

The Senate recieved Senate Executive Message 2 which amends and replaces the Fiscal Year of 2019 Official Estimate, which was submitted to the Senate on January 10. The message was sent to the Finance committee.

The body to recieve committee reports.

S. B. 632 was taken up for immediate consideration and had the constitutional rule requiring a bill to be read three times suspended.

The bill would allow retired judicial officers recalled to service to avoid limit on temporary payments under certain circumstances. It passed unanimously.

S.J.R. 8 was taken up for immediate consideration and read for a first time.

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

Committees meeting tomorrow:

Education at 9 a.m. 451M

Government Organization at 9 a.m. 208W

Finance at 9:30 a.m. 451M -- was canceled.

›› Completed Legislation

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 03:18 PM

H.B. 4145 Passes House

The House convened at 9 a.m. to work on bills on the House Special Calendar.

All of these bills passed the House:

Bills on second reading:

S.B 181 - authorizing MAPS promulgate legislative rules - and S.B. 348 - allowing for disposal of service weapons of special DNR police officers - were amended by House Judiciary on second reading. The amendments were adopted on the floor.

There were 10 Senate bills read a first time.

Committees meeting today:

Finance will meet at 3:30 p.m. in 460M.

Judiciary will meet at 3:30 p.m. in 410M.

Veterans Affairs will meet at 3:15 in 434M.

Education will meet at 4 p.m. in 434M.

Small Businesses will meet tomorrow at 9 a.m. in 434M.

The House is in recess until 5 p.m.

Update 7:05 p.m.

The House passed H.B. 4145 - increasing the annual salaries of members of the West Virginia State Police, public school teachers and school service personnel - 98-1.

The bill, requested by Governor Jim Justice, would give a five percent salary raise to all state police officers, public school teachers and school service personnel.

The bill will now be communicated to the Senate.

Committee meetings:

Judiciary will resume immediately following the floor session and tomorrow at 9 a.m. in 410M.

Banking and Insurance will meet tomorrow at 10 a.m. in 215E.

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

›› Completed Legislation

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 04:10 PM

Senate Passes S.B. 438

The Senate convened today at 11 a.m.

S. B. 426 passed 17-16 with one member absent. The bill combines and modernizes a number of other bills relating to alcoholic beverages into one all-encompassing bill.

S. B. 434 was passed 27-6. The bill would specify that certain documents prepared by a health care provider are not subject to discovery in certain proceedings.

S. B. 507 passed 32-1. The bill creates the Katherine Johnson Academy. The academy would create both commuter and residential programs for high school students to attend STEM and Performing Arts academies at W. Va. public colleges and universities. To be accepted a high school student must meet the minimum eligibility requirement for the PROMISE scholarship (with exception to high school graduation and residency) and complete the core courses required for secondary school students in English, Mathematics, Social Science and Science.

Students accepted into the program will be awarded the PROMISE scholarship to pay for the tuition, fees and books required by the program. Any supplies not covered by the PROMISE will be covered by the Katherine Johnson Academy Fund. A bill requires the creation of a board made of five appointees by the Governor, the State Superintendent and the Chancellor for Higher Education to oversee the program.

S. B. 558 was passed 20-13. It will broaden the recognized programs under which crane operators are tested so any nationally recognized accrediting agency to certify training programs. Currently, only one agency is allowed to do so. The bill adopts the language OSHA regulations.

S. B. 625 was passed unanimously. This bill creates the W. Va. Volunteer Fire and Rescue Act of 2018. The bill makes changes to several laws to enhance the ability of volunteer fire departments and emergency medical services providers to provide necessary services throughout the state.

S. B. 600 was laid over for one day.

S. B. 82, S. B. 331S. B. 443, S. B. 465, S. B. 506, S. B. 514, S. B. 515, S. B. 545, S. B. 557, S. B. 572, S. B. 575, S. B. 597, S. B. 603 and S. B. 628 were all passed unanimously.

Bills on Second Reading:

The Senate is in recess until 5 p.m.

Committees meeting today:

Rules directly after the floor session in the President's Conference Room

Health and Human Resources at 2:30 p.m. 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. 451M

 

Update 6:55 p.m.

The Senate reconvened today at 5:45 p.m.

S. B. 438 was taken up for immediate consideration. The Constitutional rule requiring a bill to be read on three seperate days was suspended by the body and the bill was voted on for passage.

S. B. 438 would authorize bonds to fund improvements to the state parks. It was passed unanimously with two members absent.

The Senate recieved committee reports. The following bills were taken up for immediate consideration and read for a second time:

The Senate is adjourned until tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Committees meeting tonight:

Judiciary directly following the floor session in 208W.

›› Completed Legislation

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 02:36 PM

More Bills Pass Through House

The House convened at 11 a.m. today.

H. B. 2982 - relating to allowing draw games winners to remain anonymous - passed 89-9.

H. B. 4014 - relating to reorganization of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources - passed 62-36.

H. B. 4016 - relating to combatting waste, fraud, and misuse of public funds through investigations, accountability and transparency - passed 98-0.

H. B. 4154 - establishing the 2018 Regulatory Reform Act - passed 95-3.

H. B. 4166 - establishing a special revenue fund to be known as the "Capital Improvements Fund - Department of Agriculture Facilities" - passed 96-2 and was approved to become effective from passage.

H. B. 4187 - business Liability Protection Act - passed 85-14.

H. B. 4218 - relating to medical professional liability - passed 99-0.

H. B. 4238 - authorizing counties and municipalities to establish a joint airport hazard comprehensive plan - passed 99-0.

H. B. 4309 - restricting the sale and trade of dextromethorphan - passed 95-4.

H. B. 4394 - relating to forest fires - passed 99-0.

H. B. 4453 - relating to judicial review of contested cases under the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Board of Review - passed 99-0.

H. B. 4486 - relating to persons required to obtain a license to engage in the business of currency exchange - passed 98-1.

H. B. 4509 - relating to the establishment of substance abuse treatment facilities - passed 99-0.

H. B. 4623 - relating to obtaining substance abuse treatment services - passed 85-14.

H.B. 2114, H.B. 4158, and H.B. 4563 were moved to the House Calendar.

S.B. 48 and S.B. 181 were moved to the House Special Calendar first reading.

Rules will meet at 3:45 p.m. behind the chamber.

The House is in recess until 4 p.m. 

Update 5:20 p.m.

The House amended H.B. 4217, H.B. 4431, and H.B. 4571 on second reading.

There were 20 other House Bills on the House Special Calendar read a second time.

S. B. 181 and S. B. 348 were read a first time.

Committee on Energy will meet at 5:30 p.m. in 418M.

Committee on Pensions and Retirement will meet at 5:30 p.m. in 460M.

The House is adjourned until 9 a.m. tomorrow.

›› Completed Legislation

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 03:03 PM

Senate Bill 573 Passes Senate Floor

The Senate convened today at 11 a.m.

S. B. 420 was passed 22-12 by the body. It would transfer the administration of the Safety and Treatment Program from the Department of Health and Human Resources to the Division of Motor Vehicles effective July 1, 2018.

S. B. 521 was passed 32-2. It would require that all newly named chief executives of municipal police departments be certified law enforcement officers.

S. B. 555 was passed unanimously. It would provide liability protection to a nonprofit organization's director for the organization's torts, provided the director did not direct, sanction or participate in the wrongful acts.

S. B. 573 was passed unanimously. It would change the required minimum number of instructional days in school from 180 to 175. The days would be removed from the calendar after the primary statewide assesment program. The five days would be changed to noninstructional days which could be used for development days or any other purpose as determined by the county superintendent.

S. B. 275, S. B. 313, S. B. 456, S. B. 490, S. B. 499, S. B. 500S. B. 528, S. B. 539, S. B. 561, S. B. 562, S. B. 566, S. B. 574 and S. B. 627 were all passed unanimously.

Bills on Second Reading:

Bills on First Reading: 

The Senate adopted S. R. 52, designating February 26, 2018, as Families Leading Change Day.

The Senate is in recess until today at 5 p.m.

Committees meeting today:

Banking and Insurance at 2 p.m. 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. 208W

Finance at 3:30 p.m. 451M

 

Update 5:44 p.m.

The Senate reconvened at 5 p.m.

The body recieved committee reports.

The following bills were taken up for immediate consideration and read for the first time:

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

›› Completed Legislation

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 02:15 PM

House Passes Bills, Adopts Amendments

The House convened at 11 a.m. today to work on bills on the House Special Calendar.

H. B. 2889 - allowing military veterans with certain military ratings to qualify for examinations required of probationary police officer - passed 98-0.

H. B. 4214 - increasing penalties for unlawfully possessing or digging ginseng - passed 91-7.

H. B. 4444 - clarifying the authority of the State Fire Commission in adopting a State Building Code - passed 97-1.

H. B. 4465 - authorizing the acupuncture board to issue certificates to perform auricular acudetox therapy - passed 98-0.

H. B. 4481 - relating to mandatory inter-board reporting by licensees or registrants of the boards of medicine, osteopathic medicine, nursing - passed 97-0.

H. B. 4539 - providing an annual annuity adjustment of 1 percent for eligible deputy sheriff retirants and surviving spouses - passed 98-0.

H. B. 4546 - relating to where an application for a marriage license may be made - passed 98-0.

H. B. 4550 - providing the Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists the authority to establish an apprenticeship program for cosmetologists - passed 91-7.

These bills will now move to the Senate for consideration.

Bills on second reading:

There were 25 House Bills on first reading.

Committees meeting today:

Finance at 3:30 p.m. in 460M.

Judiciary at 3:30 p.m. in 410M.

Education at 3:45 p.m. in 434M.

Government Organization at 4 p.m. in 215E.

Roads and Transportation at 5 p.m. in 215E.

Committees meeting tomorrow:

Agriculture and Natural Resources will meet at 8:30 a.m. in 215E.

House Rules will meet at 10:45 a.m. behing the Chamber.

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

›› Completed Legislation

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 03:19 PM

House Passes Ten Bills

The House convened at 11 a.m. today during the fourty-fifth day of session.

H. B. 2843 - permitting Class III municipalities to be included in the West Virginia Tax Increment Act - passed 85-7.

H. B. 2983 - granting priority to roadway construction, reconstruction and maintenance for roadways prone to recurring floods that hinder ingress and egress - passed 92-0.

H. B. 4219 - permitting employees of educational services cooperatives to participate in the State Teachers Retirement System - passed 92-0.

H. B. 4289 - relating to disability pensions of municipal employees - passed 92-0.

H. B. 4347 - relating to voluntary contributions to the West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory Fund - passed 92-0.

H. B. 4502 - adding the crimes of murder and armed robbery to the list of offenses for which a prosecutor may apply for an order authorizing interception - passed 92-1.

H. B. 4542 - allowing public service districts to accept payment by credit card - passed 92-1.

H. B. 4607 - establishing certain criteria for the restricted operation of drones within State Parks, Forests, and Rail Trails - passed 92-1.

H. B. 4619 - relating to supporting implementation of comprehensive systems for teacher and leader induction and professional growth - passed 92-0.

H. B. 4624 - relating to West Virginia coordinate systems - passed 92-1.

All of these bills will be communicated to the Senate.

Bills read a second time:

Bills read a first time:

Finance Committee will meet at 2:30 p.m. in 460M.

Judiciary Committee will meet at 3 p.m. in 410M.

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. Monday.

›› Completed Legislation

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 02:48 PM

Senate Passes 11 Bills

The Senate convened today at 11 a.m.

S. B. 30 was passed unanimously with one member absent. The bill would allow hunters and trackers to use a leashed do to track and retrieve a wounded deer or bear. The hunter must have a valid hunting license.

S. B. 307 was passed unanimously. The bill would declare that fundraising by boot drive or bucket brigade on a road or highway by volunteer fire departments, school approved groups and service or charitable non-profit organizations are not considered a nuisance. The fundraising must be done during daylight hours and at a four-way intersection.

S. B. 549 was passed unanimously. It would create the felony charge for harassing or intimidating a public official, public employee, juror or a witness to prevent them from completing their job. Currently it is only a misdemeanor.

S. B. 112, S. B. 359, S. B. 467,  S. B. 491, S. B. 493S. B. 501, S. B. 535 and S. B. 576 were all passed unanimously.

Bills on Second Reading:

Bills on First Reading:

The following bills were taken up for immediate consideration and read for the first time prior to the second committee reference:

The Senate is in recess until 5 p.m.

Committees meeting today:

Finance directly following the floor session in 451M

Government Organization directly following Finance meeting in 208W

Judiciary directly folowing Government Organization in 208W

Committees meeting on Sunday:

Judiciary at 5 p.m. 208W

 

Update 5:56 p.m.:

The Senate reconvened at 5 p.m.

The body recieved committee reports.

S. B. 563 was taken up for immediate consideration and read for the first time prior to its second committee reference.

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

Committees meeting today:

Judiciary at 5:45 p.m. 208W

Committees meeting on Sunday:

Judiciary at 5 p.m. 208W

›› Completed Legislation

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 02:49 PM

Senate Meets to Recieve Committee Reports

The Senate convened today at 11 a.m.

S. B. 474 was passed 21-12 with one member absent. The bill would make certified payrol documents (name and address of the employer, identification of the payroll number and work week ending date, name of the project location, contract number, employees, employee work classifications and job titles, county and state of employee’s residence, days and hours worked, hourly rate or other compensation, withholdings and deductions, and net pay) considered "confidential and proprietary." This would make the documents not a part of the public record and no longer part of the Freedom of Information Act.

S. B. 523 was passed 27-7. The bill determined that wind power projects are not pollution control faclities and are considered real property for the purpose of taxation.

S. B. 412S. B. 522, S. B. 543 and S. B. 626 were all passed unanimously.

Bills on Second Reading:

Bills on First Reading:

The Senate is in recess until 5 p.m.

Committees meeting today:

Health and Human Resources at 1:35 p.m. 451M

Energy, Industry and Mining at 1:35 p.m. 208W

Government Organization at 2 p.m. 208W

Judiciary at 3 p.m. 208W

Finance at 3:30 p.m. 451M

Committees meeting tomorrow:

Transportation and Infrastructure at 9 a.m. 451M

 

Update 6:13 p.m.

The Senate reconvened at 5 p.m.

The body recieved committee reports.

The following bills were taken up for immediate consideration and read for the first time prior to being sent to their second committee reference:

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

Committees meeting today:

Workforce imediately following the floor session in 208W

Energy, Industry and Mining imediately following the floor session in 451M

Judiciary imediately following the Workforce Committee meeting in 208W

Committees meeting tomorrow:

Transportation and Infrastructure at 8:30 a.m. 451M

Judiciary at 9:30 a.m. 208W

Natural Resources at 10 a.m. 451M

›› Completed Legislation

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 02:42 PM

HB 4625 Passes in House

The House convened today at 11 a.m. to work on bills on the House Special Calendar.

These bills were approved by the House:

After hours of debate, H.B. 4625, relating to allocating a portion of any general revenue surplus accruing after a fiscal year to the Public Employees Insurance Agency Financial Stability Fund, passed the House unanimously.

Many Democratic members said they believe that more could be given to PEIA to help the state's teachers, service personnel, and other public employees.

Republican members said the 20 percent portion that will be given to PEIA is the most reasonable solution for the state's current crisis.

All House Bills will now be communicated to the Senate.

Committees meeting today:

Health and Human Resources will meet at 2:45 p.m. in 215E.

Finance will meet at 4 p.m. in 460M.

Judiciary will meet at 2 p.m. in 410M.

Rules will meet at 5:15 p.m. behind the Chamber.

Committees meeting tomorrow:

Judiciary will have a public hearing to discuss H. B. 2114 at 9 a.m. in the House Chamber. The Committee will meet directly after.

Government Organization will meet at 9 a.m. in 215E.

Update 7:25 p.m.

The Senate reconvened at 5:30 p.m.

Bills read a second time:

Bills read a first time:

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

›› Completed Legislation

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 07:11 PM

House Reconvenes to Consider Legislation

The House of Delegates re-convened on Wednesday night to take up a bill moved to the foot of bills earlier in the day.

House Bill 4625 - Relating to allocating a portion of any general revenue surplus accruing after a fiscal year to the Public Employees Insurance Agency Financial Stability Fund - was read a second time. House Minority Leader Tim Miley, D-Harrison, offered an amendment that was rejected.

House Majority Leader Daryl Cowles, R-Morgan, moved to suspend the consititional rules to read the bill a third time and put it up for passage. However, the motion failed.

The bill will be on third reading and up for passage Thursday.

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Judiciary will meet immedaitely following Wednesday night's session.              

A hearing on House Bill 4338 will be held tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. in the House chamber.

Committees meeting tomorrow:

Government Organization will meet at 9 a.m. tomorrow. 

Rules will meet at 10:45 a.m.

Finance will meet after the 8:30 a.m. meeting in 460M



Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 05:07 PM

House Education Moves HB 4223 to Finance

House Education Committee met at 2 p.m. today to move H.B. 4223.

House Bill 4223, sponsored by Delegate Ruth Rowan, R-Hampshire, would develop a resource for use by parents to monitor and track deaf and hard-of-hearing children’s early language acquisition and expression, and developmental stages toward English literacy. The bill would require the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources through its agencies that serve children ages birth to three jointly select language developmental milestones from existing standardized norms.

Through this bill originally, DHHR would establish an advisory committee to advise the department about content, instruments and develop functions of the resources for appropriate use. The committee would be comprised of:

  • One parent of a child who is hard-of-hearing who uses the dual languages of American Sign Language and English
  • One parent of a child who is deaf or hard-of-hearing who uses assistive technology to communicate with spoken English
  • Two credentialed providers, early interventionists, speech pathologists, educators, or other service providers of deaf or hard-of-hearing children who are knowledgeable in the use of the dual languages of English and American Sign Languages
  • Two credentialed providers, early interventionists, speech pathologists, educators, or other service provider of deaf or hard-of-hearing children who are knowledgeable in the use of assistive technology to communicate with spoken English
  • One expert who researches or is knowledgeable in the research regarding language outcomes for deaf and hard-of-hearing children using American Sign Language or English
  • One expert who researches or is knowledgeable in the research regarding language outcomes for deaf and hard-of-hearing children using assistive technology to communicate with spoken English.

Delegate Michael Folk, R-Berkeley, offerred an amendment that would add a seventh requirement, at least one member must be a deaf adult. Folk expressed his concern of the importance of including a member of the deaf community to be a part of the advisory committee. He said that no one can understand the world in the way a deaf person can unless they are deaf, so there must be a representative on the committee. The amendment was adopted and the bill will now move to the Finance Committee for consideration.



Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 01:37 PM

House Moves Bills, In Recess Until 5:30 p.m.

 

The House convened today at 11 a.m and passed five bills: H. B. 4011H. B. 4022H. B. 4079, H. B. 4478, and H. B. 4621.

House Bill 4011, requiring agencies, when submitting a new rule or changes, to also identify two existing rules that could be repealed, passed the House 84-14.

House Bill 4022, exempting the consumer sales and service tax and use tax for services for the repair, remodeling and maintenance of certain aircraft, passed the House 95-3.

House Bill 4079, promulgating administrative rules by various executive or administrative agencies of the state, passed the House 91-7 and was approved to become effective from passage.

House Bill 4478, authorizing public schools to distribute excess food to students, passed the House 97-1.

House Bill 4621, relating to removing reference to certain entities with respect to work, passed the House 97-0.

All of these bills will now be communicated to the Senate for consideration.

Bills on second reading:

Bills on first reading:

Committees meeting today:

Education will meet at 2 p.m. in 434M.

Finance will meet at 2 p.m. in 460M.

Judiciary will resume at 2 p.m. in 410M.

Rules will meet at 5:15 p.m. behind the Chamber.

The House is in recess until 5:30 p.m. today.

›› Completed Legislation

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 01:14 PM

Senate Hears Committee Reports, Reads Bills for the FIrst Time.

The Senate convened today at 11 a.m.

S. B. 477 was passed unanimously. The bill would "sunset" tax credts after being in place for five years, unless otherwise stated in statute.

Bills on Second Reading:

Bills on First Reading:

SCR 32, recognizing importance of industrial hemp, was taken up for immediate consideration and adopted by the body.

Also adopted by the body was S.R. 47 (Designating February 21, 2018, as WV Aviation Day), S.R. 48 (Celebrating 150th anniversary of Winfield), S.R. 49 (Designating March 11-17, 2018, as Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week), and S.R. 50 (Designating February 21, 2018, as WV Local Foods Day).

The Senate is in recess until tonight at 5 p.m.

Committees meeting today:

Education immediately following floor session in 451M.

Economic Development at 12:45 p.m. 208W

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

Agriculture and Rurual Development at 2 p.m. 208W

Pensions at 2 p.m. 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. 208W

Finance at 3:30 p.m. 451M

Committees meeting tomorrow:

Workforce at 9 a.m. 208W

Finance at 9:30 a.m. 451M

 

Update 7 p.m.:

The Senate reconvened at 5:30 p.m.

The body recieved committee reports and read bills for the first time before being recommitted to committee. 

Bills on First Reading:

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

Committees meeting today:

Education at 6:15 451M

Judiciary at 7 p.m. 208W

›› Completed Legislation

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 09:32 PM

Teacher Pay Raise Completes Legislation

The House reconvened today at 6:30 p.m. to complete legislation and read bills.

Senate Bill 267, increasing salaries of certain state employees, passed the House 59-37, after being amended in the Senate. The Senate amended the bill to offer a two percent salary increase for the first year, and a one percent increase for two years following. The bill also addresses salary increases for state personnel and state troopers.

Bills on second reading:

Bills on first reading:

Health and Human Resources Committee will resume their meeting at 8 a.m. in 215E.

Judiciary Committee will have a public hearing tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. regarding HB 4187 and will meet following the hearing at 9:30 a.m. in 410M.

Government Organization will meet tomrrow at 9 a.m. in 215E.

Finance Committee will meet tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. in 460M.

House Rules will meet tomorrow at 10:45 a.m.

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 04:13 PM

HB 4001 Passes House

The House convened today at 11 a.m. to pass and work on bills on the House Special Calendar.

These bills included:

All of these bills passed the House and will now be communicated to the Senate for further consideration.

House Bill 4001, relating to eligibility and fraud requirements for public assistance, was the topic of debate during today's floor session. Many delegates expressed their concern that the bill would take food away from people living in poverty that recieve SNAP benefits, while other delegates expressed their concern that the assistance program should have work requirements for able body individuals between the ages of 18-49 to prevent fraud. H. B. 4001 passed the House 78-19 after hours of debate.

House Rules will meet at 6:15 p.m.

Government Organization will meet tomorrow at 9 a.m. in 215E.

The House is in recess until 6:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 02:59 PM

Senate Passes Teacher Pay Raise

The Senate convened today at 11 a.m.

The Senate recalled S.B. 398 from the House. The body reconsidered the bill and it passed 22-12.

S. B. 319 was passed unanimously. It would allow students who completed home schooling through high school to be eligible for the PROMISE scholarship without acquiring a GED.

S. B. 415 was passed 25-9. This would permit "sports betting", wagering on the results of professional and collegiate sport or athletic events, motor races, and certain special events designated by the Lottery Commission, at existing casionos in the state. Any excess funds in the State Lottery Fund, after reaching $15 million, will be transfered tp the Public Employees Insurance Agency Financial Stability Fund to help stabalize PEIA and fund it for the future.

S. B. 451 was passed 33-1 and would permit sunday hunting on public lands. The bill would also legalize "noodling", catching catfish barehanded, with the posession of a fishing license. The bill also contains other provisions relating to wildlife, hunting, and fishing.

S. B. 494 was passed 19-14 and would consider members of the State Teachers Retirement System absent while serving as officer with statewide professional association.

S. B. 406, S. B. 450, S. B. 475, S. B. 479, and S. B. 512, were all passed unanimously.

H. B. 4380, H. B. 4381, H. B. 4384 and H. B. 4386 were all passed unanimously and are now awaiting a signature fom the Governor.

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

Committees meeting today:

Rules at 4 p.m. 451M

Committees meeting tomorrow:

Health and Human Resources at 9 a.m. 451M

Energy, Industry and Mining at 9 a.m. 208W

Sub Committee for S.B. 369 at 9 a.m. Judiciary Conference Room

Education at 10 a.m. 451M

Government Organization at 10 a.m. 208W

 

Update 7:03 p.m.:

The Senate reconvened at 6 p.m.

S.B 267, increasing salaries of certain state employees, was taken up for immediate consideration. The body amended the House amendment with a 21-12 vote. The proposed pay increase for state police officers, teachers and school service personel will now be a 2 percent raise for the first year and a 1 percent raisee for the subsequent two years.

The amended bill was then passed 27-6. It has been sent to the House to concur.

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

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Monday, February 19, 2018 - 02:16 PM

House Passes Five Bills

The House convened today during the fourty-first day of session.

H. B. 2464 - relating to disclaimers and exclusions of warranties in consumer transactions for goods - passed the House 96-0.

H. B. 4376 - expiring funds to the balance of the Department of Health and Human Resources - passed the House 80-17.

H. B. 4389 - expiring funds to the Enterprise Resource Planning System Fund - passed the House 94-3.

H. B. 4400 - relating to the West Virginia Physicians Mutual Insurance Company - passed the House 97-0.

H. B. 4473 - relating to use of state funds for advertising to promote a public official or government office - passed 96-0 in the House.

These bills will now be communicated to the Senate for consideration.

Bills on second reading:

Bills on first reading:

Committee on Finance will meet today at 2:30 p.m. in 460M.

Committee on Judiciary will meet today at 2:30 and tomorrow at 9 a.m.  in 410M.

Committee on Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services will meet today at 5:30 p.m. in 215E.

House Rules will meet tomorrow at 10:45 a.m.

The House is adjourned untill 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Monday, February 19, 2018 - 02:11 PM

Senate Passes S.B. 398, Amends S.B. 415 to Help Fund PEIA

The Senate convened today at 11 a.m. 

S. B. 398 adjusts the limits on consumer loans. Now, loans of $3,500 or less can be charged an interest maximum of 31 percent, loans between $3,500-$15,000 can be charged interest up to 27 percent, and loans more that $15,000 can be charged an interest of up to 18 percent. It was passed 23-11 and sent to the House for further consideration.

S. B. 47, S. B. 87S. B. 339 and S. B. 444 were all passed unanimously.

Bills on Second Reading:

S. B. 415 was amended on the floor. Now, the excess funds in the State Lottery Fund will be depositied into the Public Employees Insurance Agency Financial Stability Fund. The amendment was adopted unanimously.

Bills on First Reading:

The Senate adopted S.R. 45, congratulating Glen Chestnut as WV Outstanding Tree Farmer of 2018.

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

Committees meeting today:

Natural Resources at 1:20 p.m. 208W

Banking and Insurance at 2 p.m. 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. 208W

Finance at 3:30 p.m. 451M

Committees meeting tomorrow:

Transportation and Infrastructure at 10 a.m. 451M

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Friday, February 16, 2018 - 04:13 PM

House Completes Legislative Action on Six Approproation Bills, Passes PEIA Freeze Fix

On Friday, the House met at 11 a.m. and continued to work on the bills on the House Special Calendar.  Members completed legislative action on a variety of Senate rules bundles and appropriation bills, moving one time monies from one account to another. These included:

 

SB 163 - Authorizing DEP promulgate legislative rules;

 

SB 379 - Supplemental appropriation from State Excess Lottery Revenue Fund to DHHR;

 

SB 382 - Supplemental appropriation of Lottery Net Profits to Bureau of Senior Services, Lottery Senior Citizens Fund;

 

SB 384 - Decreasing and increasing appropriations from State Fund, General Revenue to DHHR;

 

SB 386 - Decreasing and increasing appropriations from Treasury to Higher Education Policy Commission; and,

 

SB 388 - Decreasing, increasing and adding appropriations out of Treasury to DHHR and Department of Administration.

The House also suspended rules, and read three times a bill to expire funds to the balance of the Department of Administration, Public Employees Insurance Agency. House Bill 4620 would transfer $29 million from the state's Rainy Day Fund to the Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) to ensure there are no changes to PEIA. The state's Rainy Day Fund currently has a balance of more than $714 million.

The House is adjourned until Monday, February 19th, at 11 a.m.

House Judiciary will meet at 9 a.m. Monday.

House Finance will meet at 9 a.m. Monday.

 

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Friday, February 16, 2018 - 12:53 PM

Senate Passes Opiod Reduction Act

The Senate convened today at 11 a.m.

The body passed S. B. 273 and  S. B. 358 unanimously with one member absent.

S. B. 273 would create the Opiod Reduction Act. It will require physicians to counsel patients before they are perscribed opioids by explaining the risks and telling the patients that they are also allowed to request to not be perscribed opioids.

S. B. 358 adds a $25 fee in the Magistrate Court Clerk's office for criminal bond processing.

S. B. 339 and S. B. 398 were laid over for one day.

The Senate is in recess until 6 p.m. tonight.

Committees meeting today:

Judiciary at 2 p.m. 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. 451M

 

Update 7:26 p.m.

 

The Senate reconvened at 6 p.m.

S. B. 495 was passed 30-2 with 2 members absent.

S. B. 498 was passed 29-3.

H. B. 3004 was passed 19-13. It has been sent to the House to concur.

H. B. 4242 was passed unanimously. It is now awaiting the Governor's signature.

Bills on Second Reading:

Bills on First Reading:

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

Committees meeting Monday:

Sub committee on S.B. 558 at 9:30 a.m. 208W

Government Organization at 9 a.m. 208W.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 08:17 PM

Senate Takes First Step Towards Big Changes in the Judicial Branch

S. B. 341 was passed 23-11. This bill created the W. Va. Intermediate Court of Appeals. The Court will be made of two districts divided by county lines with three judges per district. The Court will have final say over cases regarding family court cases, circuit court civil cases, administrative agencies, and worker's compensation on cases entered after June 30, 2019. The Judges in the court will be appointed by the Governor and approved by the Senate.

S. J. R. 3 was adopted unanimously with three members not voting. The resolution is a constitutional amendment that gives the Legislature the power of budgetary control over the Judiciary in the Budget Bill. Provided the resolution is adopted by the House with a two-thirds majority, it will appear on the W. Va. 2018 General Election Ballot.

S. B. 370 was passed 32-2.

S. B. 458 was passed 22-12.

S. B. 36, S. B. 347, S. B. 348, S. B. 355, S. B. 461, S. B. 524, S. B. 525, and H. B. 4162 were all passed unanimously.

Bills on Second Reading:

Bills on First Reading:

The Senate adopted S.R. 43, designating February 15, 2018, as WV Alzheimer's Association Day.

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

Committees meeting today:

Energy, Industry and Mining 7:45 p.m. 208W

Committees meeting tomorrow:

Government Organization sub committee on Fire Departments and EMS at 8:30 a.m. 451M

Workforce at 9 a.m. 208W

Government Organization at 9:30 a.m. 451M

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Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 03:02 PM

House Passes Co-Tenancy Bill, 10 Others.

Today during a early session, the House of Delegates, members debated and passed House Bill 4268. The bill, the Co-tenancy Modernization and Majority Protection Act, was passed 60-40 and now heads to the Senate for their consideration.

One bill, SB 154, was passed by the House and has now completed legislative action. It heads to the Governor for approval. The bill is a rules bill which authorizes the Department of Administration to promulgate legislative rules. 

Other bills passed included: 

SB 184 - Authorizing DOT promulgate legislative rules.

HB  2694 - Relating to the development and implementation of a program to facilitate commercial sponsorship of rest areas.

HB 2890 - Establishing a Library Facilities Improvement Fund that will serve to support library facilities construction, maintenance and improvement projects. 

HB 3104 - Transfer of the West Virginia Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Fund.

HB 4015 - Relating to the management and continuous inventory of vehicles owned, leased, operated, or acquired by the state and its agencies.

HB 4270 - Providing for the timely payment of moneys owed from oil and natural gas production -

HB 4361 -  Bestowing the West Augusta Award upon each West Virginian graduating from U. S. Military Academies with the highest-grade point average.

HB 4433 - Declaring certain claims against an agency of the state to be moral obligations of the state 

HB 4434 - Clarifying provisions relating to candidates unaffiliated with a political party as it relates to certificates of announcement.

The House is in recess until 3:45 p.m.

Following the recess, the House advanced the remaining items on 2nd and 1st Reading on the Special Calendar.

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

House Education will meet at 9 a.m. in 434M.

House Finance will meet at 9 a.m. in 460M.

House Govenment Organization will meet at 9 a.m. in 215E.

House Judiciary will meet at 9 a.m. in 419M.

 

 

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 02:46 PM

House Amends, Moves to Passage Stage Co-tenancy Bill

The House of Delegates convened on Valentine’s Day for a regular session.

Members talked at length about House Bill 4268. The bill was amended on second reading, with four amendments adopted as the bill moves to be considered for passage Thursday.

The House passed seven bills:

HB2995 - Permitting certain animal euthanasia technicians who have been certified by other states be certified animal euthanasia technicians in West Virginia

HB4024 - Relating generally to direct cremation or direct burial expenses for indigent persons

HB4027 - Creating an education permit for allopathic physician resident

HB4180 - Relating to wildlife resources

HB4197 - Requiring persons employed to dispatch emergency calls complete a course in cardiovascular care for telephonic resuscitation

HB4279 - Relating to adult protective services system

HB4306 - Permitting local boards of health to combine without approval from the Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health

Committees meeting today:

Veteran Affairs will meet at 2:30pm in 434M

Finance will meet at 3pm in 460M

Judiciary will meet at 3pm in 410M

Education will meet at 3:30pm in 434M

Committees meeting tomorrow:

Economic Development will meet tomorrow at 9am in 434M

Banking and Insurance will meet tomorrow at 10am in 215E

The House is adjourned until 11am tomorrow.

 



Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 02:43 PM

Senate Passes H.B. 2546

The Senate convened today at 11 a.m.

The body passed 10 bills today.

H. B. 2546 would allow an employer to charge a former employee a replacement fee for any property or supplies the employee was loaned or used while in the office if it is not returned when the employee leaves. The bill passed 26-8.

S. B. 473 would require insurance providers to cover the cost of the perscription drug Varenicline, also known as Chantax. The bill passes 33-1.

S. B. 288, S. B. 321, S. B. 397, S. B. 407, S. B. 408, S. B. 411, S. B. 469, and H. B. 2831 were all passed unanimously.  

 S. B. 36 was laid over for one day.

Bills on Second Reading:

Bills on First Reading:

The Senate adopted three resolutions today; S.R. 40, designating February 14, 2018, as Tiny Hearts Day, S.R. 41, designating February 14, 2018, as Arts Day, and S.R. 42, recognizing the contribution of car dealers to economy of West Virginia.

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

Committees meeting today:

Pensions at 2:15 p.m. 451M

Agriculture and Rural Development at 2:15 p.m. 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. 208W

Committees meeting tomorrow:

Finance at 9:30 a.m. 451M

 

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 02:44 PM

SB 267, HB 4407 Move Through House

The House convened at 11 a.m. today during the thirty-fifth day of session.

S. B. 62 - adjusting requirements for hiring school attendance directors - passed 86-14 in the House. The bill will be communicated to the Senate.

S. B. 267 - increasing salaries of certain state employees - passed 98-1 in the House. The House approved the bill to become effective July 1, 2018.

After rejection of proposed ammendments in yesterday's session to S.B. 267 that would have raised the salary increase of certain state employees more, many delegates said they were disapointed while voting for this bill. Other delegates said the increase they have come up with is the best that West Virginia can do for now, but hope to increase it in later years. 

H. B. 4009 - State Settlement and Recovered Funds Accountability Act - passed 90-7 in the House and was approved to become effective July 1, 2018.

H. B. 4407 - relating to eligibility for alternative program teacher certificate - passed the House 48-50.

Some delegates said they were concerned that passage of this H.B. 4407 would devalue teachers. The bill would remove the requirment that the person have an academic major or occupational area the same as or similar to subject matter he or she is being hired to teach.

Seven bills were read a second time and 12 others advanced to second reading.

Committees meeting today:

Health and Human Resources will have a public hearing at 3 p.m. in 215E regarding H.B. 4366 and H.B. 4390. The Committee will have a meeting following the hearing.

Political Subdivisions will meet at 3 p.m. in 434M.

Pensions will meet at 4 p.m. in 460M.

Committees meeting tomorrow morning:

Finance will meet at 9 a.m. in 460M.

Judiciary will meet at 9 a.m. in 410M.

Government Organization will meet at 9 a.m. in 215E.

Rules will meet at 10:45 a.m.

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 12:33 PM

Senate Passes H.B. 2612

 The Senate convened today at 11 a.m.

H. B. 2612, was passed 32-1 with one member absent and is now awaiting a signature from the governor. The bill repeals §17c-14-1 which criminalizes leaving a vehicle unattended without stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the keys and setting the brake. If the vehicle is on a hill the wheels must also be turned toward the curb.

S. B. 290, S. B. 365, S. B. 375 and S. B. 446 were passed unanimously with one member absent.

S. B. 57 was passed unanimously with two members not votiong.

H. B. 2546 was laid over one day.

Bills on Second Reading:

Bills on First Reading:

The Senate adopted S.R. 38, designating February 13, 2018, as WV Child Care Association Celebrating Children and Families Day, and S.R. 39, designating week of February 11-17, 2018, as WV 211 Awareness Week.

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

Committees meeting today:

Health and Human Resources at 1 p.m. 451M

Government Organization at 2 p.m. 208W

Education at 2 p.m. 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. 451M

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Monday, February 12, 2018 - 03:08 PM

Six Bills Pass Through House

The House convened at 11 a.m. today during the thirty-fourth day of session.

H. B. 4142 - providing certain employees of the Division of Corrections, Division of Juvenile Services, and West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority a salary adjustment - passed unanimously in the House.

H. B. 4320 - limiting the ability of an agent under a power of attorney to take self-benefiting actions - passed unanimously in the House.

H. B. 4380 - making a supplementary appropriation to the Department of Agriculture - passed unanimously in the House and will be effective from passage.

H. B. 4381 - making a supplementary appropriation to the Department of Education - passed unanimously in the House and will be effective from passage.

H. B. 4384 - making a supplementary appropriation to the Department of Transportation - passed unanimously in the House and will be effective from passage.

H. B. 4386 - making a supplementary appropriation to the Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Health - Community Mental Health Services - passed unanimously in the House and will be effective from passage.

Second Reading:

First Reading:

Committees meeting today:

Education will meet at 3:45 p.m. in 434M.

Finance will meet at 3:45 p.m. in 460M.

Judciary will meet at 3:45 p.m. in 410M.

Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services will meet at 4 p.m. in 215E.

Roads and Transportation will meet at 5 p.m. in 215E.

Agriculture and Natural Resources will meet tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. in 215E.

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Monday, February 12, 2018 - 01:28 PM

Senate Passes Nine Bills, Honors the Life of Jan Vineyard

The Senate convened today at 11 a.m.

S. B. 368 would protect consumers against businesses using automatic purchase renewals without consent. It was passed unanimously with one senator absent.

S. B. 440 would establish the Library Facilities Improvement Fund and was also passed unanimously with one member absent.

S. B. 272S. B. 392, S. B. 427, S. B. 433, S. B. 464 and S. B. 468 were passed unanimously to the House.

S. B. 441 was passed 31-2 with one senator absent.

S. B. 290 was laid over for one day.

Bills on Second Reading:

Bills on First Reading:

The Senate adopted S.R. 36, memorializing the life of Jan Vineyard, with a unanimous roll call.

S.R. 37, celebrating the bicentennial of the City of Weston, was also adopted.

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

Committees meeting today:

Natural Resources at 1:15 p.m. 208W

Banking and Insurance at 2 p.m. 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. 451M

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Friday, February 09, 2018 - 03:11 PM

Chanda Adkins Appointed to 31st District, Sworn-in

Chanda Adkins, R-Raleigh, was appointed to the House of Delegates Friday, Feb. 9.

Adkins is a pharmacist, business owner, licensed manicurist, substitute teacher and middle school girls’ basketball coach. While she already has so much on her plate, she will now represent the 31st District in the House. She fills a vacancy left by now Sen. Lynne Arvon, R-Raleigh.

Adkins was sworn-in by Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, with the help of her daughter, Leah. Adkins has two children, Leah and Mason, and is married to Brian Adkins.

She said the time since learning of her appointment has been stressful but she’s excited to serve the people of her district. She said it’s important to her to represent her constituents through faith and in her life.

 



Friday, February 09, 2018 - 01:56 PM

Senate Joint Resolution 12 Adopted by the Senate

The Senate Convened today at 11 a.m.

S. JR. 12 was adopted 25-9 and has been ordered to the house. The joint resolution states that under the W. Va. Constitution there is no constitutional right to have an abortion or for it to be funded. If the bill is adopted by the House it will appear on W. Va.'s general election ballot for the citizens to ratify.

S. B. 78, S. B. 271, S. B. 283S. B. 346, S. B. 379, S. B. 382, S. B. 395 and S. B. 404 were all passed unanimously.

S. B. 335 was passed 20-13-with one member not voting.

H. B. 4135 and H. B. 4146 were passed unanimously. The bills are awaiting a signature from the governor.

Bills on Second Reading:

Bills on First Reading:

The Senate adopted S.R. 34, designating February 9, 2018, as Corrections Day and S.R. 35 recognizing distinguished military service of Brigadier General John C. "Doc" Bahnsen, Jr. S.R. 34 was adopted via voice vote while the roll call was demanded for S.R. 35, which was adopted unanimously.

The Senate is adjourened until Monday at 11 a.m.

Committees meeting today:

Sub Committee on Fire Departments and EMS at 1:45 p.m. in the Senate Judiciary Conference Room

Pensions at 1:45 p.m. 451M

Judiciary at 1:45 p.m. 208W

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Friday, February 09, 2018 - 01:03 PM

House passes six bills, sees first Senate bill

The House of Delegates convened on Friday to pass six bills and advance many others.

Members passed:

HB 4023, HB 4025, HB 4186, HB 4236, HB 4276 and HB 4410.

The House advanced House Bill 4142 which would give certain correctional officers a pay raise. Several Democrat members attempted to amend the bill, but all three were rejected. The bill advanced to third reading, and will be up for passage Monday.

Six other bills including a few supplimental appropriations were read a second time, with no amendments.

For the first time at the halfway point of session, the House read several Senate bills a first time - SB 62 and SB 267.

Senate Bill 267 is a bill that would give state employees a pay raise, including teachers, who currently would receive a two percent pay raise in the first year and a one percent for two years following.

Judiciary will re-convene this afternoon at 1 p.m. in 410M. Judiciary will then meet again in the House chamber at 8:30 a.m. for a public hearing on HB 4001 and again at 9:15 a.m. in 410M.

The Finance committee will hold a public hearing on House Bill 4140 at 10 a.m. in the House chamber.



Thursday, February 08, 2018 - 01:09 PM

House Moves HB 4332 and 4350

The House convened today at 11 a.m.

H. B. 4332 - relating to home peritoneal renal dialysis - passed 96-0 in the House. The bill will move to the Senate.

H. B. 4350 - eminating the regulation of upholstery - passed 65-31 in the House. It will now be communicated to the Senate.

Bills on second reading:

Bills on first reading:

Committees meeting today:

Senior Citizens Issues will meet at 2:30 p.m. in 215E.

Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse will meet at 3:30 p.m. in 215E.

Health and Human Resources will meet at 4 p.m. in 215E.

Judiciary Committee will have a public hearing, regarding H.B. 4268, tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. in the House Chamber.

Finance will meet tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. in 460M.

Education will meet tomorrow at 9 a.m. in 434M.

Government Organization will meet tomorrow at 9 a.m. in 215E.

The House is adjourned untill 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Thursday, February 08, 2018 - 01:07 PM

House Bill 4020 Completes Legislative Action, S.JR. 12 Read for a Second Time

The Senate Convened today at 11 a.m.

The Senate heard from the House that they concured with the changes to H.B. 4020, making technical corrections in the code when referencing chapter 49. The bill is now awaiting the governor's signature.

There were no bills on third reading today. The body read 12 bills for a second time.

S. JR. 12, No Constitutional Right to Abortion, says that nothing in the W. Va. constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion.

S. B. 346 would permit full-time nonresident students purchase lifetime resident hunting, trapping and fishing licenses.

Bills on Second Reading:

Bills on First Reading:

The Senate adopted S.R. 32, honoring heroic actions of Brooke County Deputy Sheriffs Devin C. Baker, Kristen L. Richmond and Shane S. Siranovic, and S.R. 33, recognizing WV School of Osteopathic Medicine for excellence in medical education.

Also adopted by the body was S.C.R 1, naming the US Army SGT Denver E. Short Memorial Road, and S.C.R. 12, naming the US Army SP4 Darrell Gregory Triplett Memorial Bridge.

The Senate is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow

Committees meeting today:

Health and Human Resources at 1 p.m. 451M

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

Education at 2 p.m. 451M

Government Organization at 2 p.m. 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. 208W

Committees meeting tomorrow:

Government Organization at 9:30 a.m. 208W

Sub Committee on Fire Departments and EMS directly following the floor session in 208W

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Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - 01:12 PM

House Passes Bills, HR 5 Adopted

The House convened today at 11 a.m.

H. B. 2654 - expanding county commissions’ ability to dispose of county or district property - passed 97-1 in the House.

H. B. 3020 - relating to criminal penalties for the offenses of hunting, trapping or fishing on the lands of another person - passed 96-2 in the House.

H. B. 4156 - establishing the qualifications of full and part time nursing school faculty members - passed 96-0 in the House. The bill was also approved to become effective from passage. 

H. B. 4175 - preventing requirement that an advanced practice registered nurse participate in a collaborative relationship to obtain payment - passed 97-2 in the House.

H. B. 4178 - permitting certain portions of certified nurse aide training to be provided through distance learning technologies - passed 94-1 in the House.

H. B. 4275 - relating to the law-enforcement authority of the director and officers of the division of protective services - passed 97-0 in the House.

House Resolution 5 - requesting the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) Finance Board maintain its current financial plan for the coming year - was adopted, 97-1, in the House today.

H. B. 4359 - relating to the removal of animals left unattended in motor vehicles - passed 96-1 in the House.

H. B. 4332 - relating to home peritoneal renal dialysis - was read a second time in the House.

H. B. 4350 - Eliminating the regulation of upholstery - was read a second time.

Bills on first reading:

Veterans’ Affairs and Homeland Security will meet today at 1:15 p.m. in 434M.

Finance will meet today at 2 p.m. in 460M.

Judiciary will meet today at 2 p.m. in 410M.

Banking and Insurance will meet tomorrow at 10 a.m. in 215E.

Small Business will meet tomorrow at 9 a.m. in 434M.

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - 12:48 PM

Senate Passes Four Bills

The Senate convened today at 11 a.m.

S. B. 141, expanding county assessment and collection of head tax on breeding cows, passed unanimously with two members absent.

S. B. 230, authorizing Department of Commerce promulgate legislative rules, passed unanimously with two members absent.

S. B. 361, relating to treatment supervision under Drug Offender Accountability and Treatment Act, passed unanimously with two members absent.

S. B. 371, relating to proceedings for voluntary custody for examination, passed unanimously with two members absent.

Bills on First Reading:

The Senate also passed S. R. 30, designating February 7, 2018, as Veterans Visibility Day, and S.R. 31, designating February 7, 2018, as Go Red for Women Day.

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

Committees meeting today:

Economic Development at 1 p.m. 208W

Agriculture and Rural Development at 2 p.m. 208W

Pensions at 2 p.m. 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. 451M

Committees meeting tomorrow:

Finance at 9:30 a.m. 451M

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Tuesday, February 06, 2018 - 01:44 PM

Senate Bill 393 Passes to the House

The Senate convened today at 11 a.m.

The body passed Senate Bill 393 which adds two new appointed positions to the WV Racing Commission, tourism and veterinary services. This will change the number of appointees on the commission to five. The current three members will retain their position and be named the representative of thoroughbred racing, greyhound racing, and casinos respectively based on their experience and training. It was passed unanimously with four members absent.

S. B. 102, S. B. 181, S. B. 244, S. B. 425, and S. B. 462 were all passed unanimously with four members absent and sent to the House for further consideration.

S. B. 430 was reccomended to the Senate Committee on Rules.  

S. B. 463 was passed 27-3 with four members absent.

H. B. 4013 was passed unanimolusly and is awaiting for the House to concur.

Bills on Second Reading:

The Senate passed Senate Resolution  28, designating February 6, 2018, as West Virginia State University Day, and S.R. 29, congratulating Hurricane High School boys' soccer team.

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

Committees meeting today:

Heath and Human Resources at 1 p.m. 451M

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

Education at 2 p.m. 451M

Government Organization at 2 p.m. 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. 451M

Committees meeting tomorrow:

Sub committee for S.B. 369 at 9 a.m. 208W

Worforce at 10 a.m. 208W

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Tuesday, February 06, 2018 - 01:12 PM

HB 4199 and Others Pass House

The House convened at 11 a.m. today.

H. B. 4199 - permitting a nursing home to use trained individuals to administer medication - passed the House 55-44 and will now be communicated to the Senate.

During the floor session, Delegate Ed Evans (D - McDowell), expressed his concern about allowing individuals, other than registered nurses, to administer drugs in nursing homes because they are not as qualified. Delegate Kayla Kessinger (R - Fayette) spoke in support of the bill, including that approximately 25 states in the nation currently allow trained individuals that are not registered nurses to administer medication.

H. B. 2693 - relating to state ownership of wildlife - passed 97-1 in the House, moving it to the Senate.

H. B. 4230 - relating to credit for reinsurance - passed 98-0 in the House and was also approved to become effective Jan. 1, 2019. The bill will now be communicated to the Senate.

Bills on second reading:

Bills on first reading:

Committees meeting today:

Political Subdivisions will meet at 3 p.m. in 434M.

Health and Human Resources will meet jointly with Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse at 4 p.m. in 215E.

Committee meeting tomorrow morning:

Finance will meet at 8:30 a.m. in 460M.

Education will meet at 9 a.m. in 434M.

Government Organization will meet at 9 a.m. in 215E.

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Monday, February 05, 2018 - 01:52 PM

Bills Move Through House

The House convened at 11 a.m. today.

H. B. 2655 - defining and establishing the crime of cyberbullying - passed 94-1 in the House. The bill will now be sent to the Senate.

H. B. 2662 - prohibiting the waste of game animals, game birds or game fish - passed 56-39 in the House. HB 2662 will now move to the Senate for further consideration.

H. B. 2696 - relating to crossbow hunting - passed unanimously in the House and will be communicated to the Senate.

H. B. 4162 - granting authority to the State Conservation Committee to contract for flood response - passed 96-0 in the House. This bill now moves to the Senate.

H. B. 4251 - permitting employees of baccalaureate institutions and universities outside of this state - passed 94-1 in the House. The bill will now move to the Senate.

H. B. 4199 - permitting a nursing home to use trained individuals to administer medication - was postponed for one day.

Bills on second reading:

Bills on first reading:

Committees meeting today:

Roads and Transportation will meet at 2:25 p.m. in 215E.

Finance will meet at 3 p.m. in 464M.

Education will meet at 3:30 p.m. in 434M.

Judiciary will resume at 3:30 p.m. in 410M.

Government Organization will meet at 4 p.m. in 215E.

Agriculture will meet tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. in 215E.

Industry and Labor will meet tomorrow at 10 a.m. in 215E.

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Monday, February 05, 2018 - 01:52 PM

Senate Passes First House Bill, HB4020 Now Awaiting House to Concur

The Senate convened today at 11 a.m.

House Bill 4020 was passed unanimously in the Senate with one member absent. The bill corrects outdated cross-references to Chapter 49 throughout the Code. The bill also amends the definition of "abused child" to include a child whose health or welfare is being harmed or threatened by human trafficking and a child conceived as the result of a sexual assault.

The bill is now waiting for the House to approve the amendments before being sent to the Governor.

S. B. 322, S. B. 364, S. B. 400 were all passed unanimously with one member absent.

S. B. 343 was passed 32-1 with one member absent.

S. B. 244, S. B. 393, and S. B. 430 were laid over for one day on third reading.

Bills on Second Reading:

Bills on First Reading:

The Senate adopted Senate Resolution 26, congratulating Wyoming East High School golf team for 2017 Class AA state championship and S.R. 27, celebrating achievements and contributions of athletes from Marion County.

The Senate is adjourned untill 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Committees meeting today:

Natural Resources at 1 p.m. 208W

Banking and Insurance at 2 p.m. 451M

Sub committee for S.B. 83 at 2:30 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. 208W

Education at 5 p.m. 451M

Committees meeting tomorrow:

Sub committee for S.B. 385 at 9 a.m. 208W

Sub committee for S.B. 52 at 9 a.m. 217W

Transportation and Infrastructure at 10 a.m. 451M

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Friday, February 02, 2018 - 02:17 PM

Senate Passes Senate Bill 267, Raising State Employee Wages One Percent

The Senate convened today at 11 a.m.

The body passed nine bills to the House for further consideration. One bill was Senate Bill 267, which raises the wages of certain state employees by one percent. Teachers will recieve a one percent raise for the next five years. the bill passed unanimously with many senators remarking that they support the bill but would have liked to increase the percentage raised.

S. B. 10, S. B. 258, S. B. 268, S. B. 345, S. B. 350, and S. B. 386, were all passed unanimously to the House.

S. B. 324, removing restrictions where certain traditional lottery games may be played  was passed 28-5 with one member absent or not voting.

 S. B. 357, relating generally to limited video lottery was passed 27-6 with one member absent or not voting.

S.B. 393 and S.B. 430 were laid over one day on third reading.

Bills on Second Reading:

Bills on First Reading:

The Senate adopted Senate Resolution 25, designating February 2, 2018, as Dental Hygienists Day.

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

Committees meeting today:

Judiciary at 2 p.m. 208W

Committees meeting Monday:

Sub Committee for S.B. 375 at 9 a.m. 451M

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Friday, February 02, 2018 - 01:58 PM

House Moves Bills, Works to Compromise

The House convened today at 11 a.m.

H. B. 2612 - repealing section relating to unattended motor vehicles and penalties - passed unanimously in the House. The bill will now head to the Senate for consideration.

H. B. 4138 - requiring certain public or private schools and daycare centers to install carbon monoxide detectors - passed 95-1 in the House. The bill now moves to the Senate.

H. B. 4199 - permitting a nursing home to use trained individuals to administer medication - was postponed until Monday, Feb. 5.

Bills on second reading:

Bills on first reading:

The Capitol was filled with state teachers and other public employees from various counties, protesting about rising PEIA premimums and bills that would give state employees a salary raise. This has been the focus of many debates in the House this session.

With many questions regarding the priority of the body this session, Minority Leader, Tim Miley, said he asks the body to work together collaborately, to prioritize, and to work together to push forward with this issue urgently.

Speaker of the House, Tim Armstead, said he agrees that the House must work together to tackle this issue, but it will take time to solve this problem effectively.

The Judiciary Committee will be holding a public hearing Monday, Feb. 5, at 8:30 a.m. in the House Chamber, regarding H.B. 4012 - amending the definition of medical services, so as to exclude abortion.

Judiciary Committee will meet after the hearing at 9:15 a.m. in 410M.

The House is adjourned until Monday, Feb. 5, at 11 a.m.

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Thursday, February 01, 2018 - 02:56 PM

Senate Bill 384 Passes from the Floor

The Senate convened today at 11 a.m.

S. B. 336, providing certain DMV applicants ability to contribute to WV Department of Veterans Assistance, passed unanimously and has been sent to the House for further consideration.

S. B. 384, decreasing and increasing appropriations from State Fund, General Revenue to DHHR,was passed 23 - 11 and has been sent to the House for further considertion. The bill reappropriates funds from the Department of Health and Human Resources' Child Care Development and Medical Services and the Bureau of Senior Services to the DHHR's Institutional Faclities Operations and Social Services.

S. B. 393 was laid over one day on third reading.

Bills on Second Reading:

Bills on First Reading:

The Senate adopted Senate Concurent Resolution 3, naming the Michael Angiulli Memorial Bridge and it was ordered to the House for further consideration.

Also adopted by the Senate were S.R. 23, recognizing contributions and efforts of Donate Life West Virginia partners, and S.R. 24, celebrating efforts and contributions of Greenbrier County Elder Abuse Awareness Committee.

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

Committees meeting today:

Health and Human Resources at 2:15 p.m. 451M

Government Organization at 3:15 p.m. 208W

Education at 3:15 p.m. 451M

Judiciary at 4:15 208W

Financce sub committee B at 4:15 451M

LOCEA at 5 p.m. 451M

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Thursday, February 01, 2018 - 12:31 PM

HB 4233 and 4242 Pass in House

The House convened today at 11 a.m. 

H. B. 4233 -  relating generally to fraudulent transfers - passed unanimously in the House. The bill will now be communicated to the Senate.

H.B. 4242 - clarifying the jurisdictional amount for removal of a civil action from magistrate court to circuit court - passed 98-1 in the House. The bill will be sent to the Senate for consideration.

Bills on second reading:

Bills on first reading:

Committees meeting today:

Senior Citizen Issues will meet at 1 p.m. in 215E.

Energy will meet at 2 p.m. in 418M.

Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse will meet at 2 p.m. in 215E.

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

Judiciary will meet at 4:30 p.m. in 418M.

 

Finance will meet tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. in 460M.

Judiciary will meet tomorrow at 9 a.m. in 410M.

Education will meet tomorrow at 9 a.m. in 434M.

Government Organization will meet tomorrow at 9 a.m. in 215E.

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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