Monday, January 19, 2015
[Mr. Speaker, Mr. Armstead, in the Chair]
The House of Delegates met at 11:00 a.m., and was called to order by the Honorable Tim Armstead, Speaker.
Prayer was offered and the House was led in recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Clerk proceeded to read the Journal of Friday, January 16, 2015, being the first order of business, when the further reading thereof was dispensed with and the same approved.
Delegate Howell, Chair of the Committee on Government Organization, submitted the following report, which was received:
Your Committee on Government Organization has had under consideration:
H. B. 2008, Auditing the Division of Highways,
And reports the same back, with amendment, with the recommendation that it do pass, as amended, but that it first be referred to the Committee on Finance.
In accordance with the former direction of the Speaker, the bill (H. B. 2008) was referred to the Committee on Finance.
Delegate Shott, Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary, submitted the following report, which was received:
Your Committee on the Judiciary has had under consideration:
H. B. 2001, Repealing the Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Act,
And reports back a committee substitute therefor, with a new title, as follows:
Com. Sub. for H. B. 2001 - “A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by repealing §24-2F-1, §24-2F-2, §24-2F-3, §24-2F-4, §24-2F-5, §24-2F-6, §24-2F-7, §24-2F-9, §24-2F-10, §24-2F-11 and §24-2F-12, and renaming article 2F of Chapter 24,”
With the recommendation that the committee substitute do pass.
On motion for leave, a Joint Resolution was introduced, read by its title and referred as follows:
By Delegates Caputo, Manchin and Longstreth:
H. J. R. 4 – “Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of West Virginia, amending section 1b, article X thereof, relating to homestead exemption increase; numbering and designating such proposed amendment; and providing a summarized statement of the purpose of such proposed amendment”; to the Committee on the Judiciary then Finance.
On motions for leave, bills were introduced, read by their titles, and severally referred as follows:
By Delegate Manchin:
H. B. 2092 - “A Bill to amend and reenact §3-1-34 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §3-1-51; and to amend and reenact §17B-2-1 of said code, all relating to voter photo identification; setting forth the types of acceptable photo identification; authorizing the execution of voter identity affidavits for qualified voters without photo identification; establishing a procedure for the execution of voter identity affidavit; recording voter identity affidavits; establishing procedures to verify the identity of voters executing voter identity affidavit; providing for the issuance of identification cards; requiring the state to provide the identification cards without charge to qualified voters; and providing rule-making authority”; to the Committee on the Judiciary then Finance.
By Delegates Manchin, Skinner and Ferro:
H. B. 2093 - “A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new article, designated §21A-12-1, §21A-12-2, §21A-12-3, §21A-12-4, §21A-12-5, §21A-12-6, §21A-12-7, §21A-12-8, §21A-12-9, §21A-12-10, §21A-12-11, §21A-12-12 and §21A-12-13, all relating to the creation of Valued Employee Retention Program; authorizing the commissioner to enforce the requirements of the program; specifying the contents of an application for participation; setting limitations on employer participation; providing criteria for approval or denial of work share plan; setting forth an effective date and duration of program plan; permitting the revocation of an approved plan; permitting the modification of an approved program plan; establishing eligibility for benefits; establishing employee benefits; charging program benefits to employer; setting forth eligibility for extended benefits; and requiring a report to the Legislature”; to the Committee on the Judiciary then Finance.
By Delegate Manchin:
H. B. 2094 - “A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §18-2-8b, relating to creating an environmental awareness program in the West Virginia School system to educate students regarding recycling”; to the Committee on Education then Finance.
By Delegate Caputo:
H. B. 2095 - “A Bill to amend and reenact §22A-2-40 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to underground mining; requiring that permanent and temporary battery charging stations in mines be ventilated directly to the return on a separate split of air; permitting other not less effective devices to be used in lieu of fail safe ground check circuits in certain systems; and making stylistic changes”; to the Committee on Energy then the Judiciary.
By Delegate Caputo:
H. B. 2096 - “A Bill to amend and reenact §33-2-21 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to granting the Insurance Commissioner the authority to regulate and penalize self-insured employers; providing for monetary penalties; and permitting noncompliant self-insured employers to become compliant without penalty”; to the Committee on Banking and Insurance then the Judiciary.
By Mr. Speaker, Mr. Armstead, and Delegates Miley, H. White and J. Nelson:
H. B. 2097 - “A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §20-14-3a, relating to creating the Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Authority Fund”; to the Committee on Finance.
At 11:18 a.m., the House of Delegates adjourned until 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 20, 2015.