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Senator Ferns sponsored 88 bills:

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SB 1 Establishing WV Workplace Freedom Act PASS  Completed Legislation 05/13/16 
SB 5 Requiring voters provide photo ID when voting Pending  Senate Judiciary Committee  01/13/16 
SB 6 Requiring drug screening and testing of applicants for TANF program Signed  Effective Ninety Days from Passage - (June 8, 2016)
SB 10 Creating Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act PASS  Completed Legislation 05/13/16 
SB 14 Limiting successor corporation asbestos-related liabilities Signed  Effective Ninety Days from Passage - (May 22, 2016)
SB 47 Rewriting licensing requirements for practice of medicine and surgery and podiatry Signed  Effective Ninety Days from Passage - (June 8, 2016)
SB 48 Establishing Mental Health, Veteran and Service Members Court Pending  Senate Finance Committee  02/19/16 
SB 49 Excluding mobile x-ray services from health care provider tax Pending  Senate Health and Human Resources Committee  01/13/16 
SB 50 Clarifying certain nonprofit-owned hospitals may have only one governing body Pending  Senate Judiciary Committee  02/10/16 
SB 51 Exempting certain employers from discriminating against tobacco users Pending  Senate Health and Human Resources Committee  01/13/16 
SB 52 Modifying requirements for child witness to testify by closed circuit television Pending  Senate Judiciary Committee  01/13/16 
SB 68 Disallowing Health Care Authority to conduct rate review and set rates for hospitals Signed  Effective Ninety Days from Passage - (June 5, 2016)
SB 271 Regulating practice of accountancy Signed  Effective Ninety Days from Passage - (June 5, 2016)
SB 273 Setting forth required provisions regarding prior authorization of drug benefits by insurers Pending  Senate Banking and Insurance Committee  01/14/16 
SB 278 Clarifying physicians' mutual insurance company is not state or quasi-state actor Signed  Effective from passage - (March 12, 2016)
SB 279 Specifying how assessed value of any share of natural resource property is to be determined Pending  Senate Natural Resources Committee  01/14/16 
SB 281 Requiring health care providers and facilities to notify patient when mammogram indicates dense breast tissue Pending  Senate Health and Human Resources Committee  01/14/16 
SB 283 Creating crime when fire is caused by operation of clandestine drug laboratory Signed  Effective Ninety Days from Passage - (June 10, 2016)
SB 284 Providing for approval by county commission of all health policies enacted by local boards of health Pending  Senate Health and Human Resources Committee  01/14/16 
SB 285 Allowing adult adoptees and their descendants to access adoption records Pending  Senate Health and Human Resources Committee  01/14/16 
SB 301 Changing amounts of prejudgment and post-judgment interest Pending  Senate Judiciary Committee  01/15/16 
SB 302 Limiting products liability actions Pending  Senate Judiciary Committee  01/15/16 
SB 304 Providing insurance coverage for abuse-deterrent opioid analgesic drugs Pending  Senate Banking and Insurance Committee  01/15/16 
SB 312 Welfare Fraud Prevention Act Pending  Senate Health and Human Resources Committee  01/18/16 
SB 314 Amending requirements for carrying concealed weapon or deadly weapon for defense purposes Pending  Senate Judiciary Committee  01/19/16 
SB 320 Permitting practice of telemedicine Pending  Senate Government Organization Committee  02/17/16 
SB 322 Regulating pharmacy benefits managers Pending  Senate Health and Human Resources Committee  01/19/16 
SB 324 Allowing transportation network companies to operate in WV Pending  Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee  01/19/16 
SB 340 Relating to payment by Municipal Bond Commission Pending  Senate Government Organization Committee  01/21/16 
SB 358 Establishing Mining Mutual Insurance Company Pending  Senate Banking and Insurance Committee  01/21/16 
SB 359 Requiring performance bonds by operators Pending  Senate Energy, Industry and Mining Committee  01/21/16 
SB 377 Relating to liability of spouses or relatives to assist in paying for indigent funeral service expenses Pending  Senate Health and Human Resources Committee  01/25/16 
SB 383 Promoting efficient extraction of oil and gas resources Pending  Senate Energy, Industry and Mining Committee  02/11/16 
SB 395 Extending expiration date for tax rate on eligible acute-care hospitals Pending  Senate Finance Committee  01/27/16 
SB 404 Removing prohibition on billing persons for testing for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases Signed  Effective Ninety Days from Passage - (June 10, 2016)
SB 407 Increasing high-quality educational opportunities in public school system Pending  Senate Education Committee  01/27/16 
SB 408 Relating to regulation and control of elections Pending  Senate Judiciary Committee  01/27/16 
SB 424 Allowing fire departments assess fees Pending  House Finance Committee  02/19/16 
SB 438 Requiring DHHR be present at judicial proceedings Pending  House Judiciary Committee  02/24/16 
SB 467 Creating new simplified and expedited certificate of need process Pending  Senate Health and Human Resources Committee  02/02/16 
SB 475 Providing rebuttable presumptions for certain injuries and diseases for firefighters and police officers Pending  Senate Banking and Insurance Committee  02/02/16 
SB 483 Marshall County and Wyoming County LSIC waiver Signed  Effective July 1, 2016
SB 489 Establishing tax credit for physicians who locate in WV Pending  Senate Finance Committee  02/03/16 
SB 496 Creating 24/7 Sobriety Program administered by Attorney General Pending  Senate Judiciary Committee  02/03/16 
SB 499 Preventing State Board of Education from implementing common core academic standards Pending  Senate Education Committee  02/03/16 
SB 508 Relating to civil claims for private nuisance Pending  House Judiciary Committee  02/23/16 
SB 510 Establishing Adult Drug Court Participation Fund Pending  House Finance Committee  02/17/16 
SB 528 Altering power of Higher Education Policy Commission Pending  Senate Education Committee  03/02/16 
SB 529 Making certain sport and educational fantasy games lawful Pending  House Judiciary Committee  02/19/16 
SB 531 Providing for court-appointed special advocate in each judicial circuit Pending  Senate Finance Committee  02/22/16 
SB 535 Requiring DEP review rules and requirements in regard to federal Clean Water Act Pending  Senate Energy, Industry and Mining Committee  02/06/16 
SB 537 Requiring cabinet secretaries review all rules under their jurisdiction similar to federal rules where state rules are more stringent Pending  Senate Government Organization Committee  02/06/16 
SB 541 Requiring agencies analyze impact of proposed and existing regulations on small business Pending  Senate Government Organization Committee  02/06/16 
SB 542 Admissibility of certain evidence in civil action on use or nonuse of safety belt Pending  House Judiciary Committee  02/29/16 
SB 543 Requiring agencies provide additional information when submitting proposed legislative rule Pending  Senate Government Organization Committee  02/06/16 
SB 544 Requiring executive branch agencies review rules with regard to federal rules Pending  Senate Government Organization Committee  02/08/16 
SB 550 Lessening regulatory burdens on small businesses Pending  Senate Government Organization Committee  02/08/16 
SB 559 Supplemental appropriation to Greater Weirton Area Senior Center Pending  Senate Finance Committee  02/09/16 
SB 560 Permitting operation of unmanned aircraft system Pending  Senate Judiciary Committee  02/10/16 
SB 561 Setting rates for accident and sickness insurance Pending  Senate Health and Human Resources Committee  02/10/16 
SB 566 Creating new tax on insurance reserves held by accident and sickness insurance carriers Pending  Senate Health and Human Resources Committee  02/10/16 
SB 567 Providing protection against property crimes committed against coal mines, railroads, utilities and other industrial facilities Signed  Effective Ninety Days from Passage - (June 10, 2016)
SB 569 Regulation of chronic pain clinics Pending  Senate Health and Human Resources Committee  03/04/16 
SB 571 Prohibiting abortion coverage in qualified health care plans Pending  Senate Judiciary Committee  02/10/16 
SB 572 Defining criteria private insurance carriers must consider in setting rates Pending  Senate Health and Human Resources Committee  02/10/16 
SB 583 Repealing certain obsolete legislative rules by Department of Administration Pending  House Judiciary Committee  02/17/16 
SB 584 Repealing certain obsolete legislative rules by DEP Pending  House Judiciary Committee  02/17/16 
SB 585 Repealing certain obsolete legislative rules by DHHR Pending  House Judiciary Committee  02/17/16 
SB 586 Repealing certain obsolete legislative rules by Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety Pending  House Judiciary Committee  02/17/16 
SB 587 Repealing certain obsolete legislative rules by Department of Revenue Pending  House Judiciary Committee  02/17/16 
SB 588 Repealing certain obsolete legislative rules by Department of Transportation Signed  Effective from passage - (March 12, 2016)
SB 589 Repealing certain obsolete legislative rules by miscellaneous agencies and boards Pending  House Judiciary Committee  02/17/16 
SB 590 Repealing certain obsolete legislative rules by Department of Commerce Pending  House Judiciary Committee  02/17/16 
SB 597 Relating generally to Health Care Authority Signed  Effective from passage - (March 12, 2016)
SB 605 Continuing personal income tax adjustment to certain retirees Pending  Senate Finance Committee  02/15/16 
SB 616 Defining professional firefighter for purposes of workers' compensation disability and death benefits Pending  Senate Finance Committee  02/23/16 
SB 621 Exempting taxicab companies with independent contract drivers from providing workers' compensation coverage Signed  Effective Ninety Days from Passage - (June 10, 2016)
SB 624 Creating felony offenses and penalties for human trafficking Pending  Senate Judiciary Committee  02/18/16 
SB 655 Reducing severance tax on coal to 4 percent Pending  Senate Finance Committee  02/20/16 
SB 658 Allowing licensed professionals donate time to care of indigent and needy in clinical setting Vetoed  Vetoed
SB 670 Relating to filling vacancies in elected offices Pending  Senate Rules Committee  03/01/16 
SB 682 Authorizing telephone public utilities provide system of centrally located cellular telephone hot spots where signals are weak or unavailable Pending  Senate Government Organization Committee  02/22/16 
SB 692 Establishing incentives for public schools to make recreational facilities available for public use Pending  Senate Education Committee  02/22/16 
SB 700 Authorizing Berkeley County Council own or operate a drug treatment or drug rehabilitation facility Rejected      02/29/16 
SB 701 Relating generally to resort area districts Pending  House Judiciary Committee  03/03/16 
SB 702 Allowing title of real estate to pass to individuals entitled to sale proceeds if executor fails to do so within 5 years of closing estate Signed  Effective Ninety Days from Passage - (June 10, 2016)
SB 703 Relating to deposit of overpayment of certain fees into Children's Trust Fund Pending  House Finance Committee  03/03/16 
SB 704 Dispatching of towing service for emergency towing of vehicles Rejected      03/02/16 
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