WEST VIRGINIA LEGISLATURE

SENATE JOURNAL

EIGHTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION, 2015

SIXTIETH DAY

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Charleston, W. Va., Saturday, March 14, 2015

            The Senate met at 10:30 a.m.

(Senator Cole, Mr. President, in the Chair.)

            Prayer was offered by the Honorable Gregory L. Boso, a senator from the eleventh district.

            The Senate was then led in recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance by the Honorable Craig Blair, a senator from the fifteenth district.

            Pending the reading of the Journal of Friday, March 13, 2015,

            On motion of Senator Williams, the Journal was approved and the further reading thereof dispensed with.

            The Senate proceeded to the second order of business and the introduction of guests.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate recessed for five minutes to permit Jonah Samples to address the Senate on behalf of the Judith A. Herndon Fellowship Program and Britanie Morgan on behalf of the Legislative Information Journalism Internship Program.

            Upon expiration of the recess, the Senate reconvened and proceeded to the third order of business.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced that that body had refused to recede from its amendments, and requested the appointment of a committee of conference of three from each house on the disagreeing votes of the two houses, as to

            Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 37, Creating Revised Uniform Arbitration Act.

            The message further announced the appointment of the following conferees on the part of the House of Delegates:

            Delegates Lane, Hanshaw and Bates.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate agreed to the appointment of a conference committee on the bill.

            Whereupon, Senator Cole (Mr. President) appointed the following conferees on the part of the Senate:

            Senators Boso, Maynard and Palumbo.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the amendment by that body, passage as amended, to take effect from passage, and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the House of Delegates amendment, as to

            Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 142, Authorizing Department of Administration promulgate legislative rules.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the message on the bill was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The following House of Delegates amendment to the bill was reported by the Clerk:

            By striking out everything after the enacting section and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

ARTICLE 2. AUTHORIZATION FOR DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION TO PROMULGATE LEGISLATIVE RULES.

§64-2-1. Department of Administration.

            (a) The legislative rule filed in the State Register on July 30, 2014, authorized under the authority of section four, article three, chapter five-a of this code, modified by the Department of Administration to meet the objections of the Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee and refiled in the State Register on September 16, 2014, relating to the Department of Administration (Purchasing Division, 148 CSR 1), is authorized with the following amendments:

            On page two, subsection 3.2, by striking out the proposed word “will” that is underscored and reinstating the word “shall”; and by making such similar strikes of the underscored word “will” and reinstate the word “shall” throughout the rule;

            On page thirteen, subdivision 7.2.b.3, after the word “appropriate” and the comma by inserting the word “or”;

            On page fourteen, subdivision 7.6.a., after the word “procure” by striking out the words “goods or services” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “specific commodities for immediate delivery”;

            On page fourteen, subdivision 7.5.b., after the words “if possible” by striking the comma and the words “and any” and inserting in lieu thereof a period and the word “Any”;

            And,

            On page fourteen, subdivision 7.6.c., after the words “procurement of” by striking out the words “goods or services” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “specific commodities for immediate delivery”.

            (b) The legislative rule filed in the State Register on July 29, 2014, authorized under the authority of section forty-eight, article three, chapter five-a of this code, modified by the Department of Administration to meet the objections of the Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee and refiled in the State Register on September 16, 2014, relating to the Department of Administration (state owned vehicles, 148 CSR 3), is authorized.

            (c) The legislative rule filed in the State Register on July 30, 2014, authorized under the authority of section forty-four, article three, chapter five-a of this code, modified by the Department of Administration to meet the objections of the Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee and refiled in the State Register on September 16, 2014, relating to the Department of Administration (state plan for the operation of the West Virginia State Agency for Surplus Property, 148 CSR 4, is authorized.

§64-2-2. Consolidated Public Retirement Board.

            (a) The legislative rule filed in the State Register on July 31, 2014, authorized under the authority of section one, article ten-d, chapter five of this code, relating to the Consolidated Public Retirement Board (refund, reinstatement, retroactive service, loan and employer error interest factors, 162 CSR 7), is authorized.

            (b) The legislative rule filed in the State Register on July 31, 2014, authorized under the authority of section one, article ten-d, chapter five of this code, relating to the Consolidated Public Retirement Board (Deputy Sheriff Retirement System, 162 CSR 10), is authorized.

            (c) The legislative rule filed in the State Register on the July 31, 2014, authorized under the authority of section one, article ten-d, chapter five of this code, relating to the Consolidated Public Retirement Board (service credit for accrued and unused sick and annual leave, 162 CSR 8), is authorized.

§64-2-3. Office of Technology.

            The legislative rule filed in the State Register on July 30, 2014, authorized under the authority of section four, article six, chapter five-a of this code, modified by the Office of Technology to meet the objections of the Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee and refiled in the State Register on October 3, 2014, relating to the Office of Technology (procedures for sanitization, retirement and disposition of information technology equipment, 163 CSR 1), is authorized.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate concurred in the House of Delegates amendment to the bill.

            Engrossed Committee Substitute for Senate Bill No. 142, as amended by the House of Delegates, was then put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 142) passed with its title.

            Senator Carmichael moved that the bill take effect from passage.

            On this question, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, two thirds of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 142) takes effect from passage.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the amendment by that body, passage as amended, and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the House of Delegates amendment, as to

            Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 248, Requiring certain insurance and owner information be provided following car accident.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the message on the bill was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The following House of Delegates amendment to the bill was reported by the Clerk:

            By striking out everything after the enacting section and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

ARTICLE 4. ACCIDENTS.

§17C-4-3. Duty to give information and render aid.

            (a) (1) The driver of any vehicle involved in a crash resulting in injury to or death of any person or damage to any vehicle which is driven or attended by any person shall give his, if physically able to do so, provide to the person struck or the driver or occupant of or person attending any vehicle collided with, the following:

            (A) His or her name, address a valid telephone number where he or she may be contacted and the registration number year, make, model and last four digits of the vehicle identification number of the vehicle he or she is driving and shall upon request and if available exhibit his or her driver’s license to the person struck or the driver or occupant of or person attending any vehicle collided with and,; and

            (B) Proof of security and financial responsibility required by section three, article two-a, chapter seventeen-d of this code and section two, article four of said chapter and, if provided by insurance, the information provided upon the certificate of insurance, including the name of the insured, the name and contact information of the insurer and insurance policy number.

            (2) A driver may meet the requirements of this subsection by providing the information required herein to a law-enforcement officer who is investigating or providing assistance at the scene of the collision, who shall, if practical under the circumstances, provide the information to any person entitled thereto pursuant to this subsection.

            (b) The driver of any vehicle involved in a crash resulting in injury to or death of any person, if physically able to do so, shall render to any person injured in such crash reasonable assistance, including the carrying, or the making arrangements for the carrying, of such person to a physician, surgeon or hospital for medical or surgical treatment if it is apparent that such treatment is necessary or if such carrying is requested by the injured person.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate concurred in the House of Delegates amendment to the bill.

            Engrossed Committee Substitute for Senate Bill No. 248, as amended by the House of Delegates, was then put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 248) passed with its title.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the amendment by that body, passage as amended, and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the House of Delegates amendment, as to

            Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 261, Clarifying definition of "owner" of dam.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the message on the bill was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The following House of Delegates amendment to the bill was reported by the Clerk:

            On page seven, section three, line ninety-nine, by striking out the word “may” and inserting in lieu thereof the word “shall”.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate concurred in the House of Delegates amendment to the bill.

            Engrossed Committee Substitute for Senate Bill No. 261, as amended by the House of Delegates, was then put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 261) passed with its title.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the concurrence by that body in the passage of

            Eng. Senate Bill No. 267, Repealing code relating to Governor's Office of Health Enhancement and Lifestyle Planning.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the amendment by that body, passage as amended with its House of Delegates amended title, and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the House of Delegates amendments, as to

            Eng. Senate Bill No. 304, Relating to farmers markets.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the message on the bill was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The following House of Delegates amendments to the bill were reported by the Clerk:

            By striking out everything after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

            That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new article, designated §19-35-1, §19-35-2, §19-35-3 and §19-35-4, all to read as follows:

ARTICLE 35. FARMERS MARKETS.

§19-35-1. Legislative findings.

            (a) Farmers markets are critical incubators for small farm and food businesses because they offer an inexpensive, accessible, entry-level market for reaching consumers directly, though research has shown that the average vendor makes only a nominal dollar amount in sales on any given market day;

            (b) The number of farmers markets and the variety of products sold at farmers markets has increased significantly in the past ten years, adding millions of dollars to the state’s economy;

            (c) Encouraging locally grown and raised food is important to the health and welfare of the citizens of West Virginia;

            (d) Permit fees and requirements for farmers market vendors can vary widely from county to county and from one regulatory official to the other. Current food permit categories are not designed for farmers markets and their vendors, but rather for restaurants, grocery stores or concessioners;

            (e) Food permits required for farmers market vendors are currently not recognized across county lines.

§19-35-2. Definitions.

            For purposes of this article:

            (a) “Consignment farmers market” means a farmers market in which two or more vendors deliver their own farm and food products to a common location maintained by a third party that markets the vendors’ products and receives a percentage share of the profits from sales, with the individual vendor retaining ownership of the farm and food product until it is sold.

            (b) “Farm and food product” means any agriculture, horticulture, agroforestry, animal husbandry, dairy, livestock, cottage food, beekeeping or other similar product. Farm and food products are to be properly labeled.

            (c) “Farmers market” means:

            (1) A traditional farmers market in which two or more vendors gather to sell farm and food products directly to consumers at a fixed location;

            (2) An on-farm market or farm stand run by an individual producer that sells farm and food products;

            (3) An online farmers market in which two or more vendors collectively market farm and food products and retain ownership of those products until they are sold; or

            (4) A consignment farmers market.

            (d) “Farmers market vendor” or “vendor” means a person or entity that sells farm and food products at a farmers market.

§19-35-3. Farmers market vendor permit; scope.

            (a) Vendors at a farmers market selling farm and food products that require a food establishment permit shall apply for a uniform farmers market vendor permit and pay the annual permit fee to the local health department in the jurisdiction in which the farmers market is located. The permit is valid in all counties in this state, and vendors are not required to apply to more than one local health department for a uniform farmers market vendor permit. The uniform farmers market vendor permit shall be required in lieu of the food establishment permit, notwithstanding any other provisions of code or rule that require a food establishment permit or any other permit from a local health department.

            (b) The application must include any other farmers market locations under the jurisdiction of another local health department that the vendor will sell farm and food products subject to the permit. The local health department which approves the application for the uniform farmers market vendor permit shall provide notice of the approval to any other local health departments that the vendor will be subject to, as indicated on the application.

            (c) (1)The annual permit fee for the uniform farmers market vendor permit is as follows:

            (A) For vendors selling farm and food products under the jurisdiction of only one local health department, the annual fee is $15.

            (B) For vendors selling farm and food products under the jurisdiction of more than one local health department, the annual fee is $25.

            (2) The annual permit fee shall be collected and deposited in accordance with subsection six, section eleven, article two, chapter sixteen of this code.

            (d) The following vendors are exempt from the requirements of the uniform farmers market vendor permit:

            (1) Vendors delivering their products to a consignment farmers market; or

            (2) Vendors selling fresh, uncut produce or other any other farm and food product not subject to a permit by a local health department through rule or regulation.

            (e) A consignment farmers market shall obtain a food establishment permit issued by the local health department.

            (f) Every uniform farmers market vendor permit shall be displayed in a conspicuous manner.

            (g) Notwithstanding the provisions of article two, chapter sixteen of this code, a local health department has the right to inspect and suspend the uniform farmers market vendor permit for violation of rules or the local health department regulations of a vendor at any farmers market in its jurisdiction, or at the vendor’s home or business address, if it is in the inspecting local health department’s jurisdiction, regardless of what local health department issued the uniform farmers market vendor permit.

            (h) Nothing in this article eliminates or limits other state and federal rules and regulations that apply to certain farm and food products sold at a farmers market or a consignment farmers market.

§19-35-4. Legislative rules.

            (a) The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources shall propose rules for legislative approval in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code for the purposes of implementing this article.

            (b) The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources shall consult with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture and shall consider the guidelines established in the Farmers Market Vendor Guide and Memorandum F-16, Food Permits at Farmers Markets in promulgating the rules.;

            And,

            By striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:

            Eng. Senate Bill No. 304--A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new article, designated §19-35-1, §19-35-2, §19-35-3 and §19-35-4, all relating to farmers markets; stating purpose and definitions; requiring a uniform farmers market vendor permit; establishing annual permit fees; providing exemptions; allowing inspection by local health departments; and requiring rulemaking.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate concurred in the House of Delegates amendments to the bill.

            Engrossed Senate Bill No. 304, as amended by the House of Delegates, was then put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. S. B. No. 304) passed with its House of Delegates amended title.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the amendment by that body, passage as amended, and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the House of Delegates amendment, as to

            Eng. Senate Bill No. 312, Relating to disqualification of general election nominees for failure to file campaign finance statements.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the message on the bill was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The following House of Delegates amendment to the bill was reported by the Clerk:

            By striking out everything after the enacting section and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

ARTICLE 8. REGULATION AND CONTROL OF ELECTIONS.

§3-8-7. Failure to file statement; delinquent or incomplete filing; criminal and civil penalties.

            (a) Any person, candidate, financial agent or treasurer of a political party committee who fails to file a sworn, itemized statement required by this article within the time limitations specified in this article or who willfully files a grossly incomplete or grossly inaccurate statement shall be is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than $500 or confined in jail for not more than one year, or both fined and confined. in the discretion of the court Sixty days after any primary or other election, the Secretary of State, or county clerk or municipal recorder, as the case may be, shall give notice of any failure to file a sworn statement or the filing of any grossly incomplete or grossly inaccurate statement by any person, candidate, financial agent or treasurer of a political party committee and forward copies of any grossly incomplete or grossly inaccurate statement to the prosecuting attorney of the county where the person, candidate, financial agent or treasurer resides, is located or has its principal place of business.

            (b) (1) Any person, candidate, financial agent or treasurer of a political party committee who fails to file a sworn, itemized statement as required in this article or who files a grossly incomplete or grossly inaccurate statement may be assessed a civil penalty by the Secretary of State of $25 a day for each day after the due date the statement is delinquent, grossly incomplete or grossly inaccurate. Sixty days after any primary or other election, the county clerk shall give notice to the Secretary of State of any failure to file a sworn statement or the filing of any grossly incomplete or grossly inaccurate statement by any person, candidate, financial agent or treasurer of a political party committee and forward copies of such delinquent, incomplete or inaccurate statements to the Secretary of State.

            (2) A civil penalty assessed pursuant to this section shall be payable to the State of West Virginia and is collectable as authorized by law for the collection of debts.

            (3) The Secretary of State may negotiate and enter into settlement agreements for the payment of civil penalties assessed as a result of the filing of a delinquent, grossly incomplete or inaccurate statement.

            (4) The Secretary of State and county clerk may review and audit any sworn statement required to be filed pursuant to this article. The State Election Commission shall propose legislative rules for promulgation, in accordance with chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, to establish procedures for the assessment of civil penalties as provided in this section.

            (c) No candidate nominated at a primary election who has failed to file a sworn statement, as required by this article, shall have his or her name placed on the official ballot for the ensuing election, unless there has been filed by or on behalf of such candidate, or by his or her financial agent, if any, the financial statement relating to nominations required by this article. (1) Any candidate, whether nominated by primary election or appointed by executive committee or executive committee chair, who has failed to file any sworn statement as required by this article, relating to the immediately preceding primary election for any office by the eighty-fourth day before the general election, is disqualified and may not have his or her name appear on the general election ballot. The provisions of subsection (d), section five-b of this article notwithstanding, any sworn statement filed after the deadline required by section five of this article must be received in the office indicated by subsection (a), section five-b of this article by the close of business on the eighty-fourth day before the general election.

            (2) It is unlawful to issue a commission or certificate of election, or to administer the oath of office, to any person elected to any public office who has failed to file a any sworn statement as required by this article and no person may enter upon the duties of his or her office until he or she has filed such statement, nor may he or she receive any salary or emolument for any period prior to the filing of such the statement.

            (3) The vacancy on the ballot created by the disqualification in this subsection is subject to section nineteen, article five, chapter three of this code.

            (d) As used in this section, “grossly” means substantive and material and specifically includes false or misleading representations and acts of omissions.

            (e) The Secretary of State shall provide by rule protocols for written notice via certified mail return receipt requested to the person, candidate, financial agent or treasurer of a political party committee that is not in compliance with the requirements of this section. With respect to a violation of subsection (c) of this section, the notice shall be provided sixty days after any primary or other election.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the following amendment to the House of Delegates amendment to the bill was reported by the Clerk and adopted:

            By striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:

            Eng. Senate Bill No. 312--A Bill to amend and reenact §3-8-7 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating generally to disqualification of nominees for general election due to failure to file campaign finance statements; providing that candidates who fail to file campaign finance statements by the eighty-fourth day before the general election are disqualified; clarifying that disqualification under this section would create ballot vacancy and permit replacement of candidate on ballot; permitting replacement of candidate on ballot; defining terms; and authorizing the Secretary of State to promulgate legislative rules concerning providing written notice to candidate prior to his or her disqualification.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate concurred in the House of Delegates amendment, as amended.

            Engrossed Senate Bill No. 312, as amended, was then put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. S. B. No. 312) passed with its Senate amended title.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the concurrence by that body in the passage of

            Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 373, Allowing wireless communication image serve as proof of motor vehicle insurance.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the amendment by that body, passage as amended, to take effect May 17, 2015, and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the House of Delegates amendments, as to

            Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 393, Reforming juvenile justice system.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the message on the bill was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The following House of Delegates amendments to the bill were reported by the Clerk:

            On page twenty-three, section nine hundred twelve, after line eleven, by inserting two new subsections, designated subsections (b) and (c), to read as follows:

            (b) Based upon identifiable need, the Division of Juvenile Services shall operate a total of at least fifteen youth reporting centers by July 1, 2016.

            (c) Based upon identifiable need, the Division of Juvenile Services shall operate a total of at least nineteen youth reporting centers by July 1, 2018.;

            And by relettering the remaining subsections;

            On page twenty-four, section nine hundred thirteen, line eight, by striking out the word “seventeen” and inserting in lieu thereof the word “eighteen”;

            On page twenty-four, section nine hundred thirteen, line thirteen, after the word “Delegates” by inserting a comma and the words “who shall serve as nonvoting, ex officio members”;

            On page twenty-four, section nine hundred thirteen, line fifteen, after the word “Senate” by inserting a comma and the words “who shall serve as nonvoting, ex officio members”;

            On page twenty-five, section nine hundred thirteen, line five, after the word “designee” by inserting a comma and the words “who shall serve as nonvoting, ex officio member”;

            On page twenty-five, section nine hundred thirteen, line nine, after the word “Appeals” by inserting a comma and the words “who shall serve as nonvoting, ex officio members”;

            On page twenty-five, section nine hundred thirteen, line nine, after the word “Commission” by changing the period to a semicolon and inserting a new subdivision, designated subdivision (15), to read as follows:

            (15) A lawyer who regularly represents juveniles, appointed by the Governor.;

            On page seventy-one, section seven hundred twelve, line eight, after the word “harm” by inserting the words “as determined by a risk and needs assessment”;

            On page eighty, section seven hundred fourteen, line seven, after the word “harm” by inserting the words “as determined by a risk and needs assessment”;

            And,

            On page eighty-seven, section seven hundred twenty-four, line twelve, by striking out the words “is requested to” and inserting in lieu thereof the word “shall”.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the following amendments to the House of Delegates amendments to the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 393) were reported by the Clerk, considered simultaneously, and adopted:

            On page twenty-five, section nine hundred thirteen, subsection (a), by striking out all of subdivision (15);

            On page seventy-one, section seven hundred twelve, subsection (a), subdivision (2), by striking out the words “as determined by a risk and needs assessment”;

            And,

            On page eighty-seven, section seven hundred twenty-four, subsection (a), by striking out the word “shall“ and inserting in lieu thereof the words “is requested to”.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate concurred in the House of Delegates amendments, as amended.

            Engrossed Committee Substitute for Senate Bill No. 393, as amended, was then put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 393) passed with its title.

            Senator Carmichael moved that the bill take effect May 17, 2015.

            On this question, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, two thirds of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 393) takes effect May 17, 2015.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the concurrence by that body in the passage of

            Eng. Senate Bill No. 418, Relating to trustee real estate sale under deed of trust.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the amendment by that body, passage as amended, and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the House of Delegates amendments, as to

            Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 423, Amending Aboveground Storage Tank Act.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the message on the bill was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The following House of Delegates amendments to the bill were reported by the Clerk:

            On page forty-four, section ten, line fourteen, by striking out the words “as required by the secretary”;

            On page forty-five, section ten, lines two through four, by striking out the words “and subject to the protections afforded in section fourteen of this article, notice to the applicable public water system” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “notice directly to the public water system”.

            On page forty-five, section ten, line eight, after the word “storage.” by inserting the following: Subject to the protections afforded in section fourteen of this article, the information required in this subsection shall be delivered to the specific public water system and to state, county and municipal emergency response organizations that are designated by the secretary to receive required notice.;

            On page fifty-two, section fourteen, line sixteen, by striking out the words “$5,000 or confined in a correctional facility for not more than one year, or both” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “$1,000 or confined in a regional jail facility for not more than twenty days, or both”;

            On page fifty-six, section fifteen, line eight, by striking out the word “five” and inserting in lieu thereof the word “three”;

            And,

            On page sixty-nine, line two, by striking out the word “Three” and inserting in lieu thereof the word “Four”.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate concurred in the House of Delegates amendments to the bill.

            Engrossed Committee Substitute for Senate Bill No. 423, as amended by the House of Delegates, was then put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--31.

            The nays were: Palumbo, Unger and Walters--3.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 423) passed with its title.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the concurrence by that body in the passage of

            Eng. Senate Bill No. 510, Amending Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the amendment by that body to the title of the bill, passage as amended, and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the House of Delegates amendment, as to

            Eng. Senate Bill No. 549, Establishing classifications and salary schedules for State Police forensic lab civilian employees.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the message on the bill was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The following House of Delegates amendment to the title of the bill was reported by the Clerk:

            Eng. Senate Bill No. 549--A Bill to amend and reenact §15-2-5 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to certain civilian employees within the West Virginia State Police; authorizing the superintendent to appoint a director and a manager; providing for classification of laboratory employees; establishing base salaries; and requiring a manual to be provided to employees.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate concurred in the House of Delegates amendment to the title of the bill.

            Engrossed Senate Bill No. 549, as amended by the House of Delegates, was then put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. S. B. No. 549) passed with its House of Delegates amended title.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the concurrence by that body in the Senate amendments to, and the passage as amended, with its Senate amended title, of

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2098, Authorizing those health care professionals to provide services to patients or residents of state-run veterans' facilities without obtaining an authorization to practice.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the concurrence by that body in the Senate amended title, passage as amended, to take effect from passage, of

            Eng. House Bill No. 2224, Providing that historical reenactors are not violating the provision prohibiting unlawful military organizations.

Executive Communications

            The Clerk then presented a communication from His Excellency, the Governor, advising that on March 14, 2015, he had approved Enr. Committee Substitute for House Bill No. 2457.

            Senator Cole (Mr. President) laid before the Senate the following communication from His Excellency, the Governor, regarding annual reports, which communication was received:

STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

CHARLESTON

March 13, 2015

Senate Executive Message No. 3

The Honorable William P. Cole III

President, West Virginia Senate

State Capitol

Charleston, West Virginia

Dear Mr. President:

            Pursuant to the provisions of section twenty, article one, chapter five of the Code of West Virginia, I hereby certify that the following annual reports have been received in the Office of the Governor:

            Academy Professional Development Center Post Exchange, West Virginia State Police; Annual Report for June 1, 2012-June 30, 2013; West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety

            Academy Professional Development Center Post Exchange, West Virginia State Police; Annual Report for July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014; West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety

            Accountancy, West Virginia Board of; Annual Report for June 30, 2013-June 30, 2014

            Adjudicated Juvenile Rehabilitation Review Commission; Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2013; West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

            Aeronautics Commission, West Virginia; Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2013-2014; West Virginia Department of Transportation

            Agriculture Land Protection Authority, West Virginia; Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014

            Alcohol Beverage Control Administration; Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014; West Virginia Department of Revenue

            All Payer Claims Database; Annual Report for 2012 and 2013; West Virginia Insurance Commission, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, West Virginia Health Care Authority

            Appalachian Coal Country Team; Annual Report 2013

            Attorney General, State of West Virginia; Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014

            Auditor, State of West Virginia; Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014

            Behavioral Health Commission, West Virginia Comprehensive; Annual Report for 2014

            Child Care Center, Office of Programs Division of Early Care and Education, Bureau of Children and Families; Annual Report·for Fiscal Year 2013; West Virginia Department of Education

            Child Support Enforcement, Bureau of; Commission Report for 2015; West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

            Chiropractic, West Virginia Board of; Annual Report 2013-2014

            Citizens Review Panel, West Virginia; Annual Report for 2014

            Coal Mine Health and Safety, West Virginia Board of; Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014

            Commercial Motor Vehicle Weight and Safety Enforcement Advisory Committee; Annual Report for 2014

            Community Supervision Committee; Justice Reinvestment Act

            Consolidated Public Retirement Board, State of West Virginia; Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014; West Virginia Department of Administration

            Consumer Advocates, West Virginia Office of; Annual Report Fiscal Year 2014; West Virginia Office of the Insurance Commissioner

            Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division, Office of the Attorney General; Annual Report for November 20, 2013-November 19, 2014

            Corrections, Division of; Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2013-2014; West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety

            Counseling, West Virginia Board of; Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2012-2014

            Counties, West Virginia Association of; Annual Report for 2013/2014

            Court Systems, West Virginia; Annual Report 2013

            Crime, Delinquency and Correction, Governor's Committee, Community Corrections Subcommittee; Annual Report Fiscal Year 2014; Division of Justice and Community Services; West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety

            Crime, Delinquency and Correction, Governor's Committee, Law Enforcement Professional Standards Subcommittee; Annual Report Fiscal Year 2014; Division of Justice and Community Services; West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety

            Crime, Delinquency and Correction, Governor's Committee, State Advisory Group Subcommittee; Annual Report Fiscal Year 2014; Division of Justice and Community Services; West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety

            Deaf and Blind, West Virginia School for the; Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014

            Dentistry, West Virginia Board of; Annual Report for Fiscal Years 2013 & 2014

            Employee Suggestion Award Board; Annual Report for Calendar Year 2013

            Employee Suggestion Award Board; Annual Report for Calendar Year 2012

            Energy, West Virginia Division of; Annual Report for January 1, 2014-November 30, 2014; West Virginia Department of Commerce

            Engineers, West Virginia State Board of Registration for Professional; Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014

            Equal Employment Opportunity Office, State of West Virginia; Annual Report for 2014; Office of the Governor

            Financial Institutions, West Virginia Division of; 113th Annual Report Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2014

            Geological and Economic Survey, West Virginia; Annual Report 2013; West Virginia Department of Commerce

            Human Rights Commission, West Virginia; Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014

            Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council, West Virginia; Annual Report

            Insurance Commissioner, State of West Virginia; Annual Report for Calendar Year 2013; West Virginia Department of Revenue

            Interstate Mining Compact Commission; Annual Report 2013

            Justice Reinvestment Initiative, Division of Justice and Community Services; Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014; West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety

            Juvenile Services, Division of; Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2013; West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety

            Juvenile Services, Division of; Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014; West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety

            Lottery, West Virginia; Annual Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2014 and 2013; West Virginia Department of Revenue

            Marketing and Communication; 2013 SB 393 Status Report; West Virginia Department of Commerce

            Maternal Child and Family Health, Office of (regarding birth defects surveillance); Annual Report for January 1, 2011-December 31, 2011; West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

            Maternal, Child and Family Health, Office of (regarding infant and maternal mortality); Annual Report on Infant Mortality January 1, 2011-December 31, 2011; Annual Report of Maternal Mortality January 1, 2012-December 31, 2012; West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

            Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Technology, West Virginia Board of Examiners for; Annual Report Fiscal Year 2014

            Medicine, West Virginia Board of; Annual Report of the Biennium July 1, 2012-June 30, 2014

            Miners' Health, Safety and Training, Office of; Annual Report for year ending December 31, 2013; West Virginia Department of Commerce

            Minority Affairs, Herbert Henderson Office of; Annual Report for 2014; Office of the Governor

            Municipal Bond Commission, West Virginia; Annual Report for Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2014

            National Guard, West Virginia; Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014; West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety

            Natural Resources, Division of; Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2013-2014; West Virginia Department of Commerce

            Neighborhood Investment Program Independent Assessment, Development Office; 2013 Final Report on the Assessment of 2011-2012; West Virginia Department of Commerce

            Nursing Home Administrators, West Virginia Licensing Board for; Annual Report for July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014

            Optometry, West Virginia Board of; Annual Report for Fiscal Years 2013 & 2014

            Osteopathy, West Virginia Board of; Annual Report 2014

            Parent/Educator Resource Training Center of Wood County; Annual Report for 2013-2014

            Personnel, Division of; Annual Report Fiscal Year 2014; West Virginia Department of Administration

            Planning and Development Council, Regional 4; Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014

            Privacy Office, West Virginia State; Annual Report 2014

            Public Defender Services; Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2013-2014; West Virginia Department of Administration

            Public Employees Grievance Board; Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014; West Virginia Department of Administration

            Purchase of Commodities and Services from the Handicapped, Governor's Committee for the; Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014; West Virginia Department of Administration

            Rea of Hope, Inc.; Annual Report for 2014

            Real Estate Commission, State of West Virginia; Annual Report ending June 30, 2014

            Reconnecting McDowell, Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs; Annual Report for 2014; Office of the Governor

            Registered Professional Nurses, West Virginia Board of Examiners for; Annual Report of the Biennium July 1, 2012-June 30, 2014

            Rehabilitation Council, West Virginia State; Annual Report for 2013-2014

            Rehabilitation Facilities, Inc., West Virginia Association of; Annual Report for 2013

            Rehabilitation Services, West Virginia Division of; Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014; West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts

            Rehabilitation Services, West Virginia Division of; Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2013; West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts

            Risk and Insurance Management, Board of; Annual Report Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2014; West Virginia Department of Administration

            Ron Yost Personal Assistance Services; Annual Report for July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014

            Ron Yost Personal Assistance Services; Annual Report for July 2, 2012-June 30, 2013

            Sanitarians, West Virginia State Board of; Annual Report 2014

            School Building Authority of West Virginia; Annual Report for year ending June 30, 2014

            Senior Services, West Virginia Bureau of; Annual Report Fiscal ·Year July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014

            State Police, West Virginia; Annual Report for July 1, 2013-July 30, 2014; West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety

            Tourism, West Virginia Division of; Annual Report for 2013; West Virginia Department of Commerce

            Treasurer, State of West Virginia; Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014

            Treasury Investments, West Virginia Board of; Annual Report for Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2014

            Veterans Assistance, West Virginia Department of; Annual Report 2013

            Veterinary Medicine, West Virginia Board of; Annual Report 2014

            Water Development Authority, West Virginia; Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014

            West Virginia State University; President's Report 2014

            Wheeling National Heritage Area; Annual Report for 2013

            Youth Services, Bureau of Children and Families; Annual Report Fiscal Year July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013; West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

                                                                        Very truly yours,

                                                                          Earl Ray Tomblin,

                                                                            Governor.

            Senator Cole (Mr. President) then laid before the Senate the following communication from His Excellency, the Governor, submitting the annual probation and parole report, which was received:

STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

CHARLESTON

March 13, 2015

Senate Executive Message No. 4

The Honorable William P. Cole III

President, West Virginia Senate

State Capitol

Charleston, West Virginia

Dear Mr. President:

            In accordance with the provisions of section 11, article 7 of the Constitution of the State of West Virginia, and section 16, article 1, chapter 5 of the Code of West Virginia, I hereby report that I granted no pardons or reprieves, nor commuted punishment to any person, nor remitted any fines or penalties, during the period of March 5, 2014, through March 13, 2015.

                                                                        Very truly yours,

                                                                          Earl Ray Tomblin,

                                                                            Governor.

            The Senate proceeded to the sixth order of business.

            Senators Palumbo and Stollings offered the following resolution:

            Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 68--Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the long-term needs for maintenance and construction of local public libraries and methods for providing adequate funding to meet those needs.

            Whereas, Local public libraries have played an important role in the achievements of our democracy since its inception and their role in sustained development of this country has been recognized by the founders of this country, by the great statesmen and orators of the nineteenth century, by civil rights leaders, industrialists, journalists and technology innovators; and

            Whereas, Local public libraries serve not as a mere adjunct to our educational system, but as an integral and critical component of it, which is as significant as the construction and maintenance of public schools; and

            Whereas, Local public libraries are critical to the economic development of the communities in which they are located and have a proven correlation with higher property values, better schools, increased wages and higher levels of employment than in communities without local public libraries; and

            Whereas, More than 77 percent of the public libraries in this country are located in small communities and rural areas; and

            Whereas, Local public libraries are often the only public depository of local history books and resources available to local historians, public officials, teachers, students and families; and

            Whereas, Despite technological advancement and the widespread availability of books, research and other information through digital media, libraries find sustained demand for their services and, in 2013, the Pew Research Center found that Americans under the age of 30 visit libraries at the same rate as older Americans and are more likely to use the technical resources of libraries than their older counterparts; and

            Whereas, West Virginia can ill afford to neglect or ignore the sustained need for up-to-date, efficient, safe, comfortable and well-funded local public libraries throughout the state; therefore, be it

            Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

            That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the long-term needs for maintenance and construction of local public libraries and methods for providing adequate funding to meet those needs; and, be it

            Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance establish a select committee on local public library improvement to conduct the study on this and such other relevant topics as the Joint Committee on Government and Finance may deem appropriate; and, be it

            Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2016, on the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the select committee, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it

            Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.

            At the request of Senator Carmichael, and by unanimous consent, the resolution was taken up for immediate consideration and referred to the Committee on Rules.

            The Senate proceeded to the seventh order of business.

            Com. Sub. for Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 36, Requesting DOH name bridge in McDowell County "Homer Hopkins Bridge".

            On unfinished business, coming up in regular order, was reported by the Clerk.

            The question being on the adoption of the resolution, the same was put and prevailed.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.

            Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 60, Requesting DOH name bridge in Logan County "U. S. Army SGT Bernard C. Maynard Memorial Bridge".

            On unfinished business, coming up in regular order, was reported by the Clerk.

            The question being on the adoption of the resolution, the same was put and prevailed.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.

            Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 62, Requesting Joint Committee on Government and Finance study racing and gaming industries.

            On unfinished business, coming up in regular order, was reported by the Clerk.

            The question being on the adoption of the resolution, the same was put and prevailed.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.

            Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 64, Requesting Joint Committee on Government and Finance study development of state occupational safety and health plan.

            On unfinished business, coming up in regular order, was reported by the Clerk and referred to the Committee on Rules.

            Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 65, Requesting Joint Committee on Government and Finance study state road funding needs.

            On unfinished business, coming up in regular order, was reported by the Clerk.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the resolution was referred to the Committee on Rules.

            Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 66, Requesting Joint Committee on Government and Finance study highway and bridge revenue sources.

            On unfinished business, coming up in regular order, was reported by the Clerk.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the resolution was referred to the Committee on Rules.

            Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 67, Requesting Joint Committee on Government and Finance study statewide fiber optic broadband infrastructure network.

            On unfinished business, coming up in regular order, was reported by the Clerk.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the resolution was referred to the Committee on Rules.

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 7, The Kenneth A. Chapman, Sr. Memorial Bridge.

            On unfinished business, coming up in regular order, was reported by the Clerk.

            The question being on the adoption of the resolution, the same was put and prevailed.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 21, The PFC James Elwood Wickline Memorial Bridge.

            On unfinished business, coming up in regular order, was reported by the Clerk.

            The following amendment to the resolution, from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, was reported by the Clerk and adopted:

            On page one, in the second Whereas clause, by striking out the words “jump, where he” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “jump. He”.

            The question now being on the adoption of the resolution (Com. Sub. for H. C. R. No. 21), as amended, the same was put and prevailed.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.

            Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 24, The US Army SP5 Johnnie Marvin Ayers Memorial Bridge.

            On unfinished business, coming up in regular order, was reported by the Clerk.

            The question being on the adoption of the resolution, the same was put and prevailed.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 27, The West Virginia Air National Guard 167th Fighter Squadron Memorial Bridge.

            On unfinished business, coming up in regular order, was reported by the Clerk.

            The following amendment to the resolution, from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, was reported by the Clerk and adopted:

            On page two, in the second Whereas clause, by striking out the word “Creasy” and inserting in lieu thereof the word “Creasey”.

            The question now being on the adoption of the resolution (Com. Sub. for H. C. R. No. 27), as amended, the same was put and prevailed.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 30, The Baisden Family Memorial Bridge.

            On unfinished business, coming up in regular order, was reported by the Clerk.

            The question being on the adoption of the resolution, the same was put and prevailed.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 32, The Lipscomb Brothers Veterans Bridge.

            On unfinished business, coming up in regular order, was reported by the Clerk.

            The question being on the adoption of the resolution, the same was put and prevailed.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 39, The USMC LCpl Julius C. "Corky" Foster Memorial Bridge.

            On unfinished business, coming up in regular order, was reported by the Clerk.

            The question being on the adoption of the resolution, the same was put and prevailed.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 42, The Boyhood Home of Booker T. Washington.

            On unfinished business, coming up in regular order, was reported by the Clerk.

            The question being on the adoption of the resolution, the same was put and prevailed.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 98, Jack Furst Drive.

            On unfinished business, coming up in regular order, was reported by the Clerk.

            The question being on the adoption of the resolution, the same was put and prevailed.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            The Senate proceeded to the eighth order of business.

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2160, WV Schools for the Deaf and Blind eligible for School Building Authority funding.

            On third reading, coming up in regular order, was read a third time and put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 2160) passed with its title.

            Senator Carmichael moved that the bill take effect from passage.

            On this question, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, two thirds of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 2160) takes effect from passage.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            Eng. House Bill No. 2161, Adopting the Uniform Act on Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking.

            On third reading, coming up in regular order, was read a third time and put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. H. B. No. 2161) passed.

            The following amendment to the title of the bill, from the Committee on the Judiciary, was reported by the Clerk and adopted:

            Eng. House Bill No. 2161--A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new article, designated §15-14-1, §15-14-2, §15-14-3, §15-14-4, §15-14-5 and §15-14-6; to amend and reenact §61-2-17 of said code; to amend said code by adding thereto two new sections, designated §61-2-17a and §61-2-17b; and to amend and reenact §62-1D-8 of said code, all relating to adopting the Uniform Act on Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking; creating a Commission on the Prevention of Human Trafficking; requiring the public posting of hotline information in certain business and public locations; making services available to victims of human trafficking; providing victims immunity from criminal prosecution for certain crimes directly resulting from human trafficking; changing the definition of human trafficking; expanding criminal remedies and enforcement tools to combat human trafficking and allowing victims to petition the circuit court to vacate and expunge a conviction for certain crimes directly resulting from human trafficking.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2233, Requiring that legislative rules be reviewed five years after initial approval by the Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee and the Legislative Auditor's Office.

            On third reading, coming up in regular order, was read a third time and put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 2333) passed.

            The following amendment to title of the bill, from the Committee on the Judiciary, was reported by the Clerk and adopted:

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2233--A Bill to amend and reenact §29A-3-16 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to authorizing the Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee, with the assistance of the Legislative Auditor's Office, to review any interpretive, procedural and current legislative rule to determine if it is achieving its purpose; and requiring the Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee to make recommendations to the applicable agency or board and the Joint Committee on Government and Finance for amendment or repeal of the rule.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2263, Providing guidance for prosecuting attorneys in cases involving abused and neglected children.

            On third reading, coming up in regular order, with the unreported Judiciary committee amendment pending, and with the right having been granted on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, for further amendments to be received on third reading, was reported by the Clerk.

            On motion of Senator Trump, the bill was recommitted to the Committee on the Judiciary.

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2266, Relating to the publication requirements of the administration of estates.

            On third reading, coming up in regular order, was read a third time and put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 2266) passed.

            The following amendment to the title of the bill, from the Committee on the Judiciary, was reported by the Clerk and adopted:

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2266--A Bill to repeal §44-2-2 and §44-2-3 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §16-5-9a; to amend and reenact §44-1-14a of said code; to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §44-1-30; and to amend and reenact §44-2-1 of said code, all relating generally to administration of estates; repealing provision requiring fiduciary commissioner to publish notice of time for receiving claims against decedents’ estates; changing requirements for publication by county clerk; requiring legal residences to be included on certificates of death; reducing creditors claim period from ninety to sixty days; increasing value of estates for which a fiduciary commissioner need not be appointed; and authorizing clerk of the county commission to require a certified copy of a decedent's certificate of death or other proof of death and residence.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2366, Relating generally to the solicitation of minors.

            Having been read a third time on Thursday, March 12, 2015, and now coming up in regular order, was reported by the Clerk.

            On motion of Senator Kessler, the bill was recommitted to the Committee on the Judiciary.

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2395, Storm Scammer Consumer Protection Act.

            On third reading, coming up in regular order, was read a third time and put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 2395) passed with its title.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.

            Eng. House Bill No. 2479, Relating to the powers and authority of state and local law enforcement to enforce underage drinking laws at private clubs.

            On third reading, coming up in regular order, was reported by the Clerk.

            On motion of Senator Trump, the bill was recommitted to the Committee on the Judiciary.

            Without objection, the Senate returned to the third order of business.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the amendment by that body, passage as amended with its House of Delegates amended title, and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the House of Delegates amendments, as to

            Eng. Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 273, Relating to brewer, resident brewer and brewpub licensing and operations.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the message on the bill was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The following House of Delegates amendments to the bill were reported by the Clerk:

            By striking out everything after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

            That §11-16-3, §11-16-6, §11-16-9 and §11-16-12 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted; and that said code be amended by adding thereto two new sections, designated §11-16-6a and §11-16-6b, all to read as follows:

ARTICLE 16. NONINTOXICATING BEER.

§11-16-3. Definitions.

            For the purpose of this article, except where the context clearly requires differently:

            (1) "Brand" means a nonintoxicating beer product manufactured, brewed, mixed, concocted, blended, bottled or otherwise produced, or imported or transhipped by a brewer or manufacturer, the labels of which have been registered and approved by the commissioner that is being offered for sale or sold in West Virginia by a distributor who has been appointed in a valid franchise agreement or a valid amendment thereto.

            (2) "Brewer" or "manufacturer" means any person manufacturing, otherwise producing or importing or transshipping nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer for sale at wholesale to any licensed distributor. Brewer or manufacturer may be used interchangeably throughout this article. A brewer may obtain only one brewer's license for its nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer.

            (3) "Brewpub" means a place of manufacture of nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer owned by a resident brewer, subject to federal and state regulations and guidelines, a portion of which premises are designated for retail sales of nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer by the resident brewer owning the brewpub.

            (4) "Class A retail license" means a retail license permitting the retail sale of liquor at a freestanding liquor retail outlet licensed pursuant to chapter sixty of this code.

            (5) "Class B retail license" means a retail license permitting the retail sale of liquor at a mixed retail liquor outlet licensed pursuant to chapter sixty of this code.

            (5) (6) "Commissioner" means the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Commissioner.

            (6) (7) "Distributor" means and includes any person jobbing or distributing nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer to retailers at wholesale and whose warehouse and chief place of business shall be within this state. For purposes of a distributor only, the term "person" means and includes an individual, firm, trust, partnership, limited partnership, limited liability company, association or corporation. Any trust licensed as a distributor or any trust that is an owner of a distributor licensee, and the trustee or other persons in active control of the activities of the trust relating to the distributor license, is liable for acts of the trust or its beneficiaries relating to the distributor license that are unlawful acts or violations of article eleven of this chapter notwithstanding the liability of trustees in article ten, chapter forty-four-d of this code.

            (7) (8) "Franchise agreement" means the written agreement between a brewer and a distributor that is identical as to terms and conditions between the brewer and all its distributors, which agreement has been approved by the commissioner. The franchise agreement binds the parties so that a distributor, appointed by a brewer, may distribute all of the brewer's nonintoxicating beer products, brands or family of brands imported and offered for sale in West Virginia, including, but not limited to, existing brands, line extensions and new brands all in the brewer's assigned territory for the distributor. All brands and line extensions being imported or offered for sale in West Virginia must be listed by the brewer in the franchise agreement or a written amendment to the franchise agreement. A franchise agreement may be amended by mutual written agreement of the parties as approved by the commissioner with identical terms and conditions for a brewer and all of its distributors. Any approved amendment to the franchise agreement becomes a part of the franchise agreement. A brewer and a distributor may mutually agree in writing to cancel a franchise agreement. A distributor terminated by a brewer as provided in this article and the promulgated rules no longer has a valid franchise agreement. If a brewer has reached an agreement to cancel a distributor or has terminated a distributor, then a brewer may appoint a successor distributor who accedes to all the rights of the cancelled or terminated distributor.

            (8) (9) "Franchise distributor network" means the distributors who have entered into a binding written franchise agreement, identical as to terms and conditions, to distribute nonintoxicating beer products, brands and line extensions in an assigned territory for a brewer. A brewer may only have one franchise distributor network: Provided, That a brewer that has acquired the manufacturing, bottling or other production rights for the sale of nonintoxicating beer at wholesale from a selling brewer as specified in subdivision (2), subsection (a), section twenty-one of this article shall continue to maintain and be bound by the selling brewer's separate franchise distributor's network for any of its existing brands, line extensions and new brands.

            (9) (10) "Freestanding liquor retail outlet" means a retail outlet that sells only liquor, beer, nonintoxicating beer and other alcohol-related products as defined pursuant to section four, article three-a, chapter sixty of this code.

            (10) (11) "Growler" means a container or jug that is made of glass, ceramic, or metal container or jug or other material approved by the commissioner, that may be only thirty-two or sixty-four fluid ounces in size and must be capable of being securely sealed. The growler is utilized by a brewpub an authorized licensee for purposes of off-premise sales only of nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer for personal consumption not on a licensed premise and not for resale. Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, a securely sealed growler is not an open container under federal, state and local law. A growler with a broken seal is an open container under federal, state and local law unless it is located in an area of the motor vehicle physically separated from the passenger compartment. The secure sealing of a growler requires the use of a tamper-resistant seal, security tape or other material, as approved by the commissioner, placed on or over the growler’s opening, which seal, security tape or other material is clearly marked with the date of the secure sealing by the authorized licensee who is selling the growler.

            (11) (12) "Line extension" means any nonintoxicating beer product that is an extension of brand or family of brands that is labeled, branded, advertised, marketed, promoted or offered for sale with the intent or purpose of being manufactured, imported, associated, contracted, affiliated or otherwise related to a brewer's existing brand through the use of a brewer, its subsidiaries, parent entities, contracted entities, affiliated entities or other related entities. In determining whether a nonintoxicating beer product is a line extension, the commissioner may consider, but is not limited to, the following factors: Name or partial name; trade name or partial trade name; logos; copyrights; trademarks or trade design; product codes; advertising promotion or pricing.

            (12) (13) "Nonintoxicating beer" means all natural cereal malt beverages or products of the brewing industry commonly referred to as beer, lager beer, ale and all other mixtures and preparations produced by the brewing industry, including malt coolers and nonintoxicating craft beers with no caffeine infusion or any additives masking or altering the alcohol effect containing at least one half of one percent alcohol by volume, but not more than nine and six-tenths of alcohol by weight, or twelve percent by volume, whichever is greater. The word "liquor" as used in chapter sixty of this code does not include or embrace nonintoxicating beer nor any of the beverages, products, mixtures or preparations included within this definition.

            (13) (14) "Nonintoxicating beer sampling event" means an event approved by the commissioner for a Class A retail licensee to hold a nonintoxicating beer sampling authorized pursuant to section eleven-a of this article.

            (14) (15) "Nonintoxicating beer sampling day" means any days and hours of the week where Class A retail licensees may sell nonintoxicating beer pursuant to section eleven-a of this article and subdivision (1), subsection (a), section eighteen of this article, and is approved, in writing, by the commissioner to conduct a nonintoxicating beer sampling event.

            (15) (16) "Nonintoxicating craft beer" means any beverage obtained by the natural fermentation of barley, malt, hops or any other similar product or substitute and containing not less than one half of one percent by volume and not more than twelve percent alcohol by volume or nine and six-tenths percent alcohol by weight with no caffeine infusion or any additives masking or altering the alcohol effect.

            (16) (17) "Original container" means the container used by the a resident brewer or brewer at the place of manufacturing, bottling or otherwise producing nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer for sale at wholesale.

            (17) (18) "Person" means and includes an individual, firm, partnership, limited partnership, limited liability company, association or corporation.

            (19) “Private club” means a license issued pursuant to article seven, chapter sixty of this code.

            (18) (20) "Resident brewer" means any brewer or manufacturer of nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer whose principal place of business and manufacture is located in the State of West Virginia and which does not brew or manufacture more than twenty-five thousand barrels of nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer annually and does not self-distribute more than ten thousand barrels thereof in the State of West Virginia annually.

            (19) (21) "Retailer" means any person selling, serving or otherwise dispensing nonintoxicating beer and all products regulated by this article, including, but not limited to, malt coolers at his or her established and licensed place of business.

            (20) (22) "Tax commissioner" means the Tax Commissioner of the State of West Virginia or the commissioner's designee.

§11-16-6. License in one capacity only; no connection between different licensees; when brewer may act as distributor; credit and rebates proscribed; brewer, resident brewer and brewpub requirements.

            (a) No person shall be licensed in more than one capacity under the terms of this article, and there shall be no connection whatsoever between any retailer, distributor, resident brewer or brewer, and no person shall be interested directly or indirectly through the ownership of corporate stock, membership in a partnership, or in any other way in the business of a retailer, if such person is at the same time interested in the business of a brewer, resident brewer or distributor. A resident brewer may act as distributor in a limited capacity for his or her own product from such resident brewery, place of manufacture or bottling, but a resident brewer is not permitted to act as a distributor as defined in section three of this article: Provided, That nothing in this article may prevent a resident brewer from using the services of licensed distributors as specified in this article. A resident brewer or distributor may sell to a consumer patron for personal use and not for resale, quantities of draught beer in quantities of one-eighth, one- fourth and original containers that are no larger in size than one-half barrels in the original containers barrel for off-premises consumption. A resident brewer owning who also has a brewpub license may sell nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer produced by the brewpub resident brewer in a sealed growler cans, or bottles or sealed growlers, pursuant to section six-b of this article, for personal consumption off of a the brewpub’s licensed premise premises and not for resale.

            (b) It is unlawful for any brewer, resident brewer, manufacturer or distributor to assist any retailer or for any retailer to accept assistance from any brewer, manufacturer or distributor, accept any gifts, or loans, or forebearance of money or property of any kind, nature or description, or other thing of value, or by the giving of give any rebates or discounts of any kind whatsoever, except as may be permitted by rule, regulation or order promulgated by the commissioner in accordance with this article.

            (c) Notwithstanding paragraphs subsections (a) and (b) above of this section, a brewpub may offer for retail sale nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer so long as the sale of the nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer is limited to the brewpub’s licensed premises, except for up to two growlers per customer for personal consumption off of a licensed premises and not for resale as provided in section six-b of this article.

. §11-16-6a. Brewer and resident brewer license to manufacture, sell and provide complimentary samples.

            (a) Legislative findings. -- The Legislature hereby finds that it is in the public interest to regulate, control and support the brewing, manufacturing, distribution, sale, consumption, transportation and storage of nonintoxicating beer and nonintoxicating craft beer, and its industry in this state in order to protect the public health, welfare and safety of the citizens of this state, and promote hospitality and tourism. Therefore, this section authorizes a licensed brewer or resident brewer with its principal place of business and manufacture located in this state to have certain abilities in order to promote the sale of nonintoxicating beer and nonintoxicating craft beer manufactured in this state for the benefit of the citizens of this state, the state’s growing brewing industry and the state’s hospitality and tourism industry, all of which are vital components for the state’s economy.

            (b) Sales of nonintoxicating beer. -- A licensed brewer or resident brewer with its principal place of business and manufacture located in the State of West Virginia may offer only nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer manufactured by the licensed brewer or resident brewer for retail sale to customers from the brewer’s or resident brewer’s licensed premises for consumption off the licensed premises only in the form of kegs, bottles, cans or growlers for personal consumption and not for resale. A licensed brewer or resident brewer may not sell, give or furnish nonintoxicating beer for consumption on the premises of the principal place of business and manufacture located in the State of West Virginia, except for the limited purpose of complimentary samples as permitted in subsection (c) of this section.

            (c) Complimentary samples. -- A licensed brewer or resident brewer with its principal place of business and manufacture located in the State of West Virginia may only offer complimentary samples of nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer brewed at the brewer’s or resident brewer’s principal place of business and manufacture located in the State of West Virginia. The complimentary samples may be no greater than two ounces per sample per patron, and a sampling shall not exceed ten complimentary two ounce samples per patron per day. A licensed brewer or resident brewer providing complimentary samples shall provide complimentary food items to the patron consuming the complimentary samples; and prior to any sampling, verify, using proper identification, that the patron sampling is twenty-one years of age or over and that the patron is not visibly intoxicated.

            (d) Retail sales. -- Every licensed brewer or resident brewer under this section, shall comply with all the provisions of this article as applicable to nonintoxicating beer retailers when conducting sales of nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer and shall be subject to all applicable requirements and penalties in this article.

            (e) Payment of taxes and fees. -- A licensed brewer or resident brewer under this section, shall pay all taxes and fees required of licensed nonintoxicating beer retailers, in addition to any other taxes and fees required, and meet applicable licensing provisions as required by this chapter and by rule of the commissioner.

            (f) Advertising. -- A licensed brewer or resident brewer under this section, may advertise a particular brand or brands of nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer produced by the licensed brewer or resident brewer, and the price of the nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer subject to state and federal requirements or restrictions. The advertisement may not encourage intemperance.

            (g) Growler requirements. -- A licensed brewer or resident brewer under this section, must fill a growler and patrons are not permitted to access the secure area or fill a growler. A licensed brewer or resident brewer under this section, must sanitize, fill, securely seal and label any growler prior to its sale. A licensed brewer or resident brewer under this section may only offer for retail sale up to two sixty-four ounce or four thirty-two ounce, growlers of nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer manufactured by the licensed brewer or resident brewer per customer per day for personal consumption off of the licensed premises and not for resale. A licensed brewer or resident brewer under this section may refill a growler subject to the requirements of this section. A licensed brewer or resident brewer shall visually inspect any growler before filling or refilling it. A licensed brewer or resident brewer may not fill or refill any growler that appears to be cracked, broken, unsafe or otherwise unfit to serve as a sealed beverage container.

            (h) Growler labeling. -- A licensed brewer or resident brewer under this section selling growlers shall affix a conspicuous label on all sold and securely sealed growlers listing the name of the licensee selling the growler, the brand of the nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer in the growler, the alcohol content by volume of the nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer in the growler and the date the growler was filled or refilled, and, further, all labeling on the growler shall be consistent with all federal labeling and warning requirements.

            (i) Growler sanitation. -- A licensed brewer or resident brewer authorized under this section shall clean and sanitize all growlers he or she fills or refills in accordance with all state and county health requirements prior to its sealing. In addition, the licensed brewer or resident brewer shall sanitize, in accordance with all state and county health requirements, all taps, tap lines, pipe lines, barrel tubes and any other related equipment used to fill or refill growlers. Failure to comply with this subsection may result in penalties under section twenty-three of this article.

            (j) Fee. -- There is no additional fee for a licensed brewer or resident brewer authorized under this section to sell growlers.

            (k) Limitations on licensees. -- To be authorized under this section, a licensed brewer or resident brewer may not produce more than twenty-five thousand barrels per calendar year at the brewer’s or resident brewer’s principal place of business and manufacture located in the State of West Virginia. No more than one brewer or resident brewer license may be issued to a single person or entity, and no person may hold both a brewer and a resident brewer license. A licensed brewer or resident brewer under this section may only conduct tours, give complimentary samples and sell growlers during the hours of operation set forth in subdivision (1), subsection (a), section eighteen of this article. A licensed brewer or resident brewer authorized under this section shall be subject to the applicable penalties under section twenty-three of this article for violations of this section.

            (l) Rules. -- The commissioner, in consultation with the Bureau for Public Health concerning sanitation, is authorized to propose rules for legislative approval, pursuant to article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, to implement this section.

§11-16-6b. Brewpub, Class A retail dealer, Class B retail dealer, private club, Class A retail licensee and Class B retail licensee’s authority to sell growlers.

            (a) Legislative findings. -- The Legislature hereby finds that it is in the public interest to regulate, control and support the brewing, manufacturing, distribution, sale, consumption, transportation and storage of nonintoxicating beer and nonintoxicating craft beer and its industry in this state in order to protect the public health, welfare and safety of the citizens of this state and promote hospitality and tourism. Therefore, this section authorizes a licensed brewpub, Class A retail dealer, Class B retail dealer, private club, Class A retail licensee or Class B retail licensee to have certain abilities in order to promote the sale of nonintoxicating beer and nonintoxicating craft beer manufactured in this state for the benefit of the citizens of this state, the state’s growing brewing industry and the state’s hospitality and tourism industry, all of which are vital components for the state’s economy.

            (b) Sales of nonintoxicating beer. -- A licensed brewpub, Class A retail dealer, Class B retail dealer, private club, Class A retail licensee or Class B retail licensee, who pays the fee in subsection (i) of this section and meets the requirements of this section, may offer nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer for retail sale to patrons from their licensed premises in a growler for personal consumption only off of the licensed premises and not for resale. Prior to the sale, the licensee shall verify, using proper identification, that any patron purchasing nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer is twenty-one years of age or over and that the patron is not visibly intoxicated. A licensee authorized under this section may not sell, give or furnish alcoholic liquors, including wine, for consumption off of its licensed premises, unless it is a private club licensed to sell sealed wine for consumption off of the licensed premises and meets the requirements set out in subdivisions (j) and (l), section three, article eight, chapter sixty of this code, for the sale of wine, not liquor.

            (c) Retail sales. -- Every licensee authorized under this section shall comply with all the provisions of this article as applicable to nonintoxicating beer retailers when conducting sales of nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer and shall be subject to all applicable requirements and penalties in this article.

            (d) Payment of taxes and fees. -- A licensee authorized under this section shall pay all taxes and fees required of licensed nonintoxicating beer retailers, in addition to any other taxes and fees required, and meet applicable licensing provisions as required by this chapter and by rule of the commissioner.

            (e) Advertising. -- A licensee authorized under this section may advertise a particular brand or brands of nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer and the price of the nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer subject to state and federal requirements or restrictions. The advertisement may not encourage intemperance.

            (f) Growler requirements. -- A licensee authorized under this section must fill a growler and patrons are not permitted to access the secure area or fill a growler. A licensee authorized under this section must sanitize, fill, securely seal and label any growler prior to its sale. A licensee authorized under this section may only offer for retail sale up to two sixty-four ounce, or four thirty-two ounce, growlers of nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer per customer per day for personal consumption off of the licensed premises and not for resale. A licensee under this section, may refill a growler subject to the requirements of this section. A licensee shall visually inspect any growler before filling or refilling it. A licensee may not fill or refill any growler that appears to be cracked, broken, unsafe or otherwise unfit to serve as a sealed beverage container.

            (g) Growler labeling. -- A licensee authorized under this section selling growlers shall affix a conspicuous label on all sold and securely sealed growlers listing the name of the licensee selling the growler, the brand of the nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer in the growler, the alcohol content by volume of the nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer in the growler and the date the growler was filled or refilled, and, further, all labeling on the growler shall be consistent with all federal labeling and warning requirements.

            (h) Growler sanitation. -- A licensed brewer or resident brewer authorized under this section shall clean and sanitize all growlers he or she fills or refills in accordance with all state and county health requirements prior to its sealing. In addition, the licensed brewer or resident brewer shall sanitize, in accordance with all state and county health requirements, all taps, tap lines, pipe lines, barrel tubes and any other related equipment used to fill or refill growlers. Failure to comply with this subsection may result in penalties under section twenty-three of this article.

            (i) Fee. -- Commencing July 1, 2015, and by every July 1 thereafter, there is an annual $100 nonrefundable fee for a licensee, except for a licensed brewpub, to sell growlers as provided by this section. The licensee must be in good standing with the state at the time of paying the fee.

            (j) Limitations on licensees. -- A licensee under this section may only sell growlers during the hours of operation set forth in subdivision (1), subsection (a), section eighteen of this article. Any licensee licensed under this section must maintain a secure area for the sale of nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer in a growler. The secure area must only be accessible by the licensee. Any licensee licensed under this section shall be subject to the applicable penalties under section twenty-three of this article for violations of this section.

            (k) Nonapplicability of certain statutes. -- Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, licensees under this section are permitted to break the seal of the original container for the limited purpose of filling a growler as provided in this section. Any unauthorized sale of nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer or any consumption not permitted on the licensee’s licensed premises is subject to penalties under this article.

            (l) Rules. -- The commissioner is authorized to propose rules for legislative approval, pursuant to article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, to implement this section.

§11-16-9. Amount of license tax; Class A and Class B retail dealers; purchase and sale of nonintoxicating beer permitted; distributors; brewers; brewpubs.

            There is levied and imposed an annual license tax upon all dealers in and of nonintoxicating beer as defined by this article, which (a) All retail dealers, distributors, brewpubs, brewers and resident brewers of nonintoxicating beer and of nonintoxicating craft beer shall pay an annual fee to maintain an active license as required by this article. The license period begins on July 1 of each year and ends on June 30 of the following year. and, If the license is granted for a less shorter period, it then the license fee shall be computed semiannually in proportion to the remainder of the fiscal year.

            (b) The annual license fees are as follows:

            (1) Retail dealers shall be divided into two classes, Class A and Class B. In the case of

            (A) For a Class A retail dealer, the license fee is $150 for each place of business; the license fee for social, fraternal or private clubs not operating for profit, and having been in continuous operation for two years or more immediately preceding the date of application, is $150: Provided, That railroads operating in this state may dispense nonintoxicating beer upon payment of an annual license tax of $10 for each dining, club or buffet car in which the beer is dispensed.

            Class A licenses issued for railroad dining, club or buffet cars authorize the licensee to sell nonintoxicating beer at retail for consumption only on the licensed premises where sold. All other Class A licenses authorize the licensee to sell nonintoxicating beer at retail for consumption on or off the licensed premises.

            In the case of (B) For a Class B retailer retail dealer, the license fee, for a Class B license authorizing the sale of both chilled and unchilled beer, is $150 for each place of business. A Class B license authorizes the licensee to sell nonintoxicating beer at retail in bottles, cans or other sealed containers only, and only for consumption off the licensed premises. A Class B retailer may sell to a consumer patron, for personal use and not for resale, quantities of draught beer in quantities of one-eighth, one- fourth and in original containers that are no larger in size than one-half barrels in the original containers barrel for off-premises consumption.

            A Class B license may be issued only to the proprietor or owner of a grocery store. For the purpose of this article, the term "grocery store" means and includes any retail establishment commonly known as a grocery store or delicatessen, and caterer or party supply store, where food or food products are sold for consumption off the premises, and means includes a separate and segregated portion of any other retail store which is dedicated solely to the sale of food, food products and supplies for the table for consumption off the premises. The commissioner may propose for legislative approval legislative rules pursuant to chapter twenty-nine-a of this code necessary to carry this provision into effect. Caterers or party supply stores are required to purchase the appropriate licenses from the Alcohol Beverage Control Administration.

            (2) In the case of distributors For a distributor, the license fee is $1,000 for each place of business.

            (3) In the case of For a brewer or a resident brewer with its principal place of business or manufacture located in this state and who produces:

            (A) Twelve thousand five hundred barrels (12,500) or less of nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer, the license fee is $500 for each place of manufacture;

            (B) Twelve thousand five hundred one barrels (12,501) and up to twenty-five thousand (25,000) barrels of nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer, the license fee is $1,000 for each place of manufacture;

            (C) More than twenty-five thousand one (25,001) barrels of nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer, the license fee is $1,500 for each place of manufacture.

            (4) In the case of For a brewer whose principal place of business or manufacture is not located in this state, the license fee is $1,500. The brewer is exempt from the requirements set out in subsections (c), (d) and (e) of this section: Provided, That a brewer, whose principal place of business or manufacture is not located in this state that produces less than twenty-five thousand barrels of nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer, may choose to apply in writing to the commissioner to be subject to the variable license fees of subdivision (3) of this subsection and the requirements set out in subsections (c), (d) and (e) of this section, subject to investigation and approval by the commissioner as to brewer requirements.

            (5) For a brewpub, the license fee is $1,000 $500 for each place of manufacture.

            (c) As part of the application or renewal application and in order to determine a brewer or resident brewer’s license fee pursuant to this section, a brewer or resident brewer shall provide the commissioner, on a form provided by the commissioner, with an estimate of the number of nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer barrels and gallons it will produce during the year based upon the production capacity of the brewer’s or resident brewer’s manufacturing facilities and the prior year’s production and sales volume of nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer.

            (d) On or before July 15 of each year, every brewer or resident brewer who is granted a license shall file a final report, on a form provided by the commissioner, that is dated as of June 30 of each year, stating the actual volume of nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer in barrels and gallons produced at its principal place of business and manufacture during the prior year.

            (e) If the actual total production of nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer by the brewer or resident brewer exceeded the brewer‛s or resident brewer’s estimate that was filed with the application or renewal for a brewer‛s or resident brewer’s license for that period, then the brewer or resident brewer shall include a remittance for the balance of the license fee pursuant to this section, that would be required for the final, higher level of production.

            (f) Any brewer or resident brewer failing to file the reports required in subsections (c) and (d) of this section, and who is not exempt from the reporting requirements, shall, at the discretion of the commissioner, be subject to the penalties set forth in section twenty-three of this article.

§11-16-12. Bond of brewer, distributor and Class A retail dealer; action on bond of retail dealer upon revocation of license; duty of prosecuting attorney.

            (a) In addition to furnishing the information required by this article, each brewer or distributor applying for a license under this article shall furnish, as prerequisite to a license, a bond with some solvent surety company as surety, to be approved by the commissioner, payable to the State of West Virginia, conditioned for the payment of any and all additional taxes accruing during the period of such license, and conditioned further for the faithful observance of the provisions of this article, the rules, regulations and orders promulgated pursuant thereto and of any other laws of the State of West Virginia generally relating to the sale, transportation, storage and distribution of nonintoxicating beer, which said bonds shall be forfeited to the state upon the revocation of the license of any such brewer or distributor. The amount of such bond, in the case of a resident brewer or brewpub, shall be not less than $5,000, nor more than $10,000, and in the case of a distributor, not less than $2,000, nor more than $5,000 for each place of business licensed and conducted within the state, the amount of such bond, between the minimum and maximum amounts, to be determined in the discretion of the commissioner. There shall be no bond for a brewpub license, as the license privilege itself secures the payment of taxes and is subject to suspension and revocation for failure to pay said taxes. In the case of brewers shipping nonintoxicating beer into the state, any brewer must also furnish a bond in a penalty of not less than $5,000 nor more than $25,000 conditioned as hereinabove in this subsection provided and any bond furnished pursuant hereto shall be forfeited to the state in the full amount of said bond upon revocation of license of any such brewer or distributor. Such money received by the state shall be credited to the state fund, general revenue.

            (b) Each Class A retail dealer, in addition to furnishing the information required by this article, shall furnish as prerequisite to obtaining a license, a bond with some solvent surety company as surety, to be approved by the commissioner, payable to the State of West Virginia, in the amount not less than $500, nor more than $1,000, within the discretion of the commissioner. All such bonds shall be conditioned for the faithful observance of the provisions of this article, the rules, regulations and orders promulgated pursuant thereto and of any other laws of the State of West Virginia generally relating to the distribution, sale and dispensing of nonintoxicating beer and shall be forfeited to the state in the full amount of said bond upon the revocation of the license of any such retail dealer. Such money received by the state shall be credited to the state fund, general revenue.

            (c) Upon the revocation of the license of any Class A retail dealer by the commissioner or by any court of competent jurisdiction, the commissioner or the clerk of said court shall notify the prosecuting attorney of the county wherein such retail dealer's place of business is located, or the prosecuting attorney of the county wherein the licensee resides, of such revocation, and, upon receipt of said notice, it shall be the duty of such prosecuting attorney forthwith to institute appropriate proceedings for the collection of the full amount of said bond. Upon request of such prosecuting attorney, the commissioner shall deliver the bond to him. Willful refusal without just cause therefor by the prosecuting attorney to perform said duty hereby imposed shall subject him to removal from office by the circuit court of the county for which said prosecuting attorney was elected upon proper proceedings and proof in the manner provided by law.;

            And,

            By striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:

            Eng. Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 273--A Bill to amend and reenact the §11-16-3, §11-16-6, §11-16-9 and §11-16-12 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend said code by adding thereto two new sections, designated §11-16-6a and §11-16-6b, all relating to brewer, resident brewer, brewpub, Class A retail dealer, Class B retail dealer, private club, Class A retail licensee and Class B retail licensee licensing and operations; clarifying, adding and revising definitions; providing legislative findings; authorizing licensed brewers and resident brewers to offer complimentary nonintoxicating beer and nonintoxicating craft beer samples; authorizing licensed brewers, resident brewers, brewpubs, Class A retail dealers, Class B retail dealers, private clubs, Class A retail licensees and Class B retail licensees to sell nonintoxicating beer and nonintoxicating craft beer in growlers subject to limitations; imposing operational, advertising, sanitation, sealing and labeling standards; authorizing and imposing penalties; authorizing promulgation of rules; clarifying and imposing license requirements and fees; removing an authorization to propose rules; changing the license fee schedule for certain brewers and resident brewers; decreasing the license fee for brewpubs; requiring annual production report; providing for fee correction; authorizing penalty for failure to submit production report; removing brewpub bonding requirement; and providing clarifying and technical amendments.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate concurred in the House of Delegates amendments to the bill.

            Engrossed Committee Substitute for Committee Substitute for Senate Bill No. 273, as amended by the House of Delegates, was then put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--32.

            The nays were: Facemire and Snyder--2.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 273) passed with its House of Delegates amended title.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            The Senate again proceeded to the eighth order of business, the next bill coming up in numerical sequence being

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2515, Relating to elk restoration.

            On third reading, coming up in regular order, with the unreported committee amendments pending, and with the right having been granted on yesterday, Friday, March 12, 2015, for further amendments to be received on third reading, was reported by the Clerk.

            At the request of Senator Karnes, as chair of the Committee on Natural Resources, and by unanimous consent, the unreported Natural Resources committee amendment to the bill was withdrawn.

            At the request of Senator M. Hall, as chair of the Committee on Finance, unanimous consent being granted, the unreported Finance committee amendment to the bill was withdrawn.

            On motion of Senator Karnes, the following amendment to the bill was reported by the Clerk and adopted:

            By striking out everything after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

            That §20-2-4, §20-2-5, §20-2-5a, §20-2-5g, §20-2-22a and §20-2-42w of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted; and that said code be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §20-2-5h, all to read as follows:

ARTICLE 2. WILDLIFE RESOURCES.

§20-2-4. Possession of wildlife.

            (a) Except for wildlife lawfully taken, killed or obtained, no person may have in his or her possession any wildlife, or parts thereof, during closed seasons. It is unlawful to possess any wildlife, or parts thereof, which have been illegally taken, killed or obtained. Any wildlife illegally taken, killed or possessed shall be forfeited to the state and shall be counted toward the daily, seasonal, bag, creel and possession limit of the person in possession of, or responsible for, the illegal taking or killing of any wildlife.

            (b) Wildlife lawfully taken outside of this state is subject to the same laws and rules as that wildlife taken within this state.

            (c) Migratory wild birds may be possessed only in accordance with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, 16 U. S. C. §703, et seq., and its regulations thereunder.

            (d) The restrictions in this section do not apply to the director or duly authorized agents, who may, in any manner, take or maintain in captivity, at any time, any wildlife for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this chapter.

            (e) Wildlife, except protected birds, elk, spotted fawn, and bear cubs, killed or mortally wounded as a result of being accidentally or inadvertently struck by a motor vehicle may be lawfully possessed if the possessor of the wildlife provides notice of the claim within twelve hours to a relevant law-enforcement agency and obtains a nonhunting game tag within twenty-four hours of possession. The director shall propose administrative policy which addresses the means, methods and administrative procedures for implementing the provisions of this section.

            (f) Persons required to deliver wildlife to an official checking station may, shall, in accordance with rules promulgated by the director, electronically register the wildlife in lieu of the delivery to an official checking station. "Electronically register" means submission of all necessary and relevant information to the division, in the manner designated by rule, in lieu of delivery of the wildlife to an official checking station. The director may promulgate rules, pursuant to article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, governing the electronic registration of wildlife.

§20-2-5. Unlawful methods of hunting and fishing and other unlawful acts.

            Except as authorized by the director or by law, it is unlawful at any time for any person to:

            (1) Shoot at or to shoot any wild bird or wild animal unless it is plainly visible to him or her;

            (2) Dig out, cut out, or smoke out, or in any manner take or attempt to take any live wild animal or wild bird out of its den or place of refuge except as may be authorized by rules promulgated by the director or by law;

            (3) Make use of, or take advantage of, Use or attempt to use any artificial light in or any night vision technology, including image intensification, thermal imaging or active illumination while hunting, locating, attracting, taking, trapping or killing any wild bird or wild animal: or to attempt to do so, while having in his or her possession or subject to his or her control, or for any person accompanying him or her to have in his or her possession or subject to his or her control, any firearm, whether cased or uncased, bow, arrow, or both, or other implement or device suitable for taking, killing or trapping a wild bird or animal: Provided, That it is lawful to hunt or take coyote, fox, raccoon, opossum or skunk by the use of artificial light subject to the restrictions set forth in this subdivision. No person is guilty of a violation of this subdivision merely because he or she looks for, looks at, attracts or makes motionless a wild bird or wild animal with or by the use of an artificial light, unless at the time he or she has in his or her possession a firearm, whether cased or uncased, bow, arrow, or both, or other implement or device suitable for taking, killing or trapping a wild bird or wild animal, or unless the artificial light (other than the head lamps of an automobile or other land conveyance) is attached to, a part of or used from within or upon an automobile or other land conveyance. or night vision technology.

            Any person violating the provisions of this subdivision is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall for each offense be fined not less than $100 nor more than $500 and shall be confined in jail for not less than ten days nor more than one hundred days;

            (4) Hunt for, take, kill, wound or shoot at wild animals or wild birds from an airplane or other airborne conveyance, a drone or other unmanned aircraft, an automobile or other land conveyance, or from a motor-driven water conveyance except as authorized by rules promulgated by the director;

            (5) Use a drone or other unmanned aircraft to hunt, take or kill a wild bird or wild animal, or to use a drone or other unmanned aircraft to drive or herd any wild bird or wild animal for the purposes of hunting, trapping or killing;

            (5) (6) Take any beaver or muskrat by any means other than by a trap;

            (6) (7) Catch, capture, take, hunt or kill by seine, net, bait, trap or snare or like device of any kind any a bear, wild turkey, ruffed grouse, pheasant or quail;

            (7) (8) Destroy Intentionally destroy or attempt to destroy needlessly or willfully the nest or eggs of any wild bird or have in his or her possession the nest or eggs unless authorized to do so under rules promulgated by or under a permit issued by the director;

            (8) (9) Except as provided in section six of this article, carry Carry an uncased or loaded gun firearm in any of the woods of this state except during the with the following permissible exceptions:

            (A) A person in possession of a valid license or permit during open firearms hunting season for wild animals and nonmigratory wild birds; within any county of the state unless he or she has in his or her possession a permit in writing issued to him or her by the director: Provided, That this section does not prohibit

            (B) A person hunting or taking of unprotected species of wild animals, and wild birds and migratory wild birds during the open season in the open fields, open water and open marshes of the state;

            (C) A person carrying a firearm pursuant to sections six and six-a of this article; or

            (D) A person carrying a firearm for self defense who is not prohibited from possessing firearms by section seven, article seven, chapter sixty-one of this code;

            (9) (10) Have in his or her possession a crossbow with a nocked bolt a loaded firearm or a firearm from the magazine of which all shells and cartridges or a rifle or shotgun with cartridges that have not been removed or a magazine that has not been detached in or on any vehicle or conveyance, or its attachments, within the state, except as may otherwise be provided by law or regulation. For the purposes of this section, a rifle or shotgun whose magazine readily detaches is considered unloaded if the magazine is detached and no cartridges remain in the rifle or shotgun itself. Except as hereinafter provided, that between five o'clock post meridian of one day one and seven o'clock ante meridian, Eastern Standard Time, of the following day following, any unloaded firearm or crossbow, being lawfully carried in accordance with the foregoing provisions, may be so carried only when in a case or taken apart and securely wrapped. During the period from July 1 to September 30, inclusive, of each year, the foregoing requirements relative to carrying certain unloaded firearms are permissible only from eight-thirty o'clock post meridian to five o'clock ante meridian, Eastern Standard Time: Provided, That the time periods for carrying unloaded and uncased firearms are extended for one hour after the post meridian times and one hour before the ante meridian times established above in this subdivision if a hunter is preparing to or in the process of person is transporting or transferring the firearms to or from a hunting site, campsite, home or other place of abode;

            (10) (11) Hunt, catch, take, kill, trap, injure or pursue with firearms or other implement by which wildlife may be taken after the hour of five o'clock ante meridian on Sunday on private land without the written consent of the landowner any wild animals or wild birds except when a big game season opens on a Monday, the Sunday prior to that opening day will be closed for any taking of wild animals or birds after five o'clock ante meridian on that Sunday: Provided, That traps previously and legally set may be tended after the hour of five o'clock ante meridian on Sunday and the person so doing tending the traps may carry only a twenty-two caliber firearm firearms for the purpose of humanely dispatching trapped animals. Any person violating the provisions of this subdivision is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, in addition to any fines that may be imposed by this or other sections of this code, is subject to a $100 fine;

            (11) (12) Hunt, catch, take, kill, injure or pursue a wild animal or wild bird with the use of a ferret;

            (12) (13) Buy raw furs, pelts or skins of fur-bearing animals unless licensed to do so;

            (13) (14) Catch, take, kill or attempt to catch, take or kill any fish at any time by any means other than by rod, line and hooks with natural or artificial lures unless otherwise authorized by law or rules issued by the director: Provided, That snaring of any species of suckers, carp, fallfish and creek chubs shall at all times be is lawful;

            (14) (15) Employ, or hire, or induce or persuade, by the use of with money, or other things of value or by any means, any person to hunt, take, catch or kill any wild animal or wild bird except those species on in which there is no closed season; or to fish for, catch, take or kill any fish, amphibian or aquatic life which that is protected by the provisions of this chapter, or rules of the director by rule, or the sale of which is otherwise prohibited;

            (15) (16) Hunt, catch, take, kill, capture, pursue, transport, possess or use any migratory game or nongame birds included in the terms of conventions between the United States and Great Britain and between the United States and United Mexican States for the protection of migratory birds and wild mammals concluded, respectively, August 16, 1916, and February 7, 1936, except during the time and in the manner and numbers prescribed except as permitted by the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, 16 U. S. C. §703, et seq., and its regulations made thereunder;

            (16) (17) Kill, take, catch, sell, transport or have in his or her possession, living or dead, any wild bird other than a game bird; or expose for sale or transport within or without the state any bird except as aforesaid. No part of including the plumage, skin or body of any protected bird, may be sold or had in possession for sale except mounted or stuffed plumage, skin, bodies or heads of the birds legally taken and stuffed or mounted, irrespective of whether the bird was captured within or without in or out of this state, except the English or European sparrow (Passer domesticus), starling (Sturnus vulgaris) and cowbird (Molothrus ater), which may not be protected and the killing thereof at any time is lawful be killed at any time;

            (17) (18) Use dynamite, or any like explosive explosives or poisonous mixture placed any poison in any waters of the state for the purpose of killing or taking fish. Any person violating this subdivision is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $500 or imprisoned for not less than six months nor more than three years, or both fined and imprisoned;

            (18) (19) Have a bow and gun, or have a gun and any arrow or arrows, in the fields or woods at the same time;

            (19) (20) Have a crossbow in the woods or fields, or use a crossbow to hunt for, take or attempt to take any wildlife except as otherwise provided in section sections five-g and forty-two-w of this article;

            (20) (21) Take or attempt to take turkey, bear, elk or deer with any arrow unless the arrow is equipped with a point having at least two sharp cutting edges measuring in excess of three fourths of an inch wide;

            (21) (22) Take or attempt to take any wildlife with an arrow having an explosive head or shaft, a poisoned arrow or an arrow which would affect wildlife by any chemical action;

            (22) (23) Shoot an arrow across any public highway or from aircraft, motor-driven watercraft, motor vehicle or other land conveyance;

            (23) (24) Permit any dog owned by him or her or under his or her control to chase, pursue or follow upon the track the tracks of any wild animal or wild bird, either day or night, between May 1 and the August 15 next following: Provided, That dogs may be trained on wild animals and wild birds, except deer and wild turkeys, and field trials may be held or conducted on the grounds or lands of the owner, or by his or her bona fide tenant, or tenants or upon the grounds or lands of another person with his or her written permission, or on public lands at any time. Provided, however, That nonresidents Nonresidents may not train dogs in this state at any time except during the legal small game hunting season. Provided further, That the A person training said dogs does may not have firearms or other implements in his or her possession during the closed season on wild animals and wild birds, whereby wild animals or wild birds could be taken or killed;

            (24) (25) Conduct or participate in a trial, including a field trial, shoot-to-retrieve field trial, water race or wild hunt hereafter referred to as trial: Provided, That any person, group of persons, club or organization may hold the a trial at any time of the year upon obtaining a permit as is provided in pursuant to section fifty-six of this article. The person responsible for obtaining the permit shall prepare and keep an accurate record of the names and addresses of all persons participating in said the trial and make same the records readily available for inspection by any natural resources police officer upon request;

            (25) (26) Except as provided in section four of this article, hunt Hunt, catch, take, kill or attempt to hunt, catch, take or kill any wild animal, wild bird or wild fowl except during the open season established by rule of the director as authorized by to subdivision (6), section seven, article one of this chapter; seasons

            (27) Hunting on public lands on Sunday after five o'clock ante meridian is prohibited;

            (28) Hunt, catch, take, kill, trap, injure or pursue with firearms or other implement which wildlife can be taken on private lands on Sunday after the hour of five o'clock ante meridian: Provided, That the provisions of this subdivision do not apply in any county until the county commission of the county holds an election on the question of whether the provisions of this subdivision prohibiting hunting on Sunday shall apply within the county and the voters approve the allowance of hunting on Sunday in the county. The election is determined by a vote of the resident voters of the county in which the hunting on Sunday is proposed to be authorized. The county commission of the county in which Sunday hunting is proposed shall give notice to the public of the election by publication of the notice as a Class II-0 legal advertisement in compliance with the provisions of article three, chapter fifty-nine of this code and the publication area for the publication is the county in which the election is to be held. The date of the last publication of the notice shall fall on a date within the period of the fourteen consecutive days next preceding the election.

            On the local option election ballot shall be printed the following:

            Shall hunting on Sunday be authorized on private lands only with the consent of the land owner in ________ County?

            [ ] Yes

            [ ] No

            (Place a cross mark in the square opposite your choice.)

            Any local option election to approve or disapprove of the proposed authorization of Sunday hunting within a county shall be in accordance with procedures adopted by the commission. The local option election may be held in conjunction with a primary or general election or at a special election. Approval shall be by a majority of the voters casting votes on the question of approval or disapproval of Sunday hunting at the election.

            If a majority votes against allowing Sunday hunting, no an election on the issue may not be held for a period of one hundred four weeks. If a majority votes “yes”, no an election reconsidering the action may not be held for a period of five years. A local option election may thereafter be held if a written petition of qualified voters residing within the county equal to at least five percent of the number of persons who were registered to vote in the next preceding general election is received by the county commission of the county in which Sunday hunting is authorized. The petition may be in any number of counterparts. The election shall take place at the next primary or general election scheduled more than ninety days following receipt by the county commission of the petition required by this subsection: Provided, That the issue may not be placed on the ballot until all statutory notice requirements have been met. No local law or regulation providing any penalty, disability, restriction, regulation or prohibition of Sunday hunting may be enacted and the provisions of this article preempt all regulations, rules, ordinances and laws of any county or municipality in conflict with this subdivision. and

            Amendments to this subdivision promulgated during the 2015 regular session of the Legislature shall have no effect upon the results of elections held prior to their enactment; and

            (28) (29) Hunt or conduct hunts for a fee where the hunter when the person is not physically present in the same location as the wildlife being hunted within West Virginia.

§20-2-5a. Forfeiture by person causing injury or death of game or protected species of animal; additional replacement costs for antlered deer; forfeiture procedures and costs.

            (a) Any person who is convicted of violating a criminal law of this state that results in the injury or death of game, as defined in section two, article one of this chapter, or a protected species of animal, in addition to any other penalty to which he or she is subject, shall forfeit the cost of replacing the game or protected species of animal to the state as follows:

            (1) For each game fish or each fish of a protected species taken illegally other than by pollution kill, $10 for each pound and any fraction thereof;

            (2) For each bear, or elk, $500;

            (3) For each deer or raven, $200;

            (4) For each wild turkey, hawk or owl, $100;

            (5) For each beaver, otter or mink, $25;

            (6) For each muskrat, raccoon, skunk or fox, $15;

            (7) For each rabbit, squirrel, opossum, duck, quail, woodcock, grouse or pheasant, $10;

            (8) For each wild boar, $200;

            (9) For each bald eagle, $5,000;

            (10) For each golden eagle, $5,000; and

            (11) For each elk, $4,500; and

            (11) (12) For any other game or protected species of animal, $100.

            (b) In addition to the replacement value for deer in subsection (a) subdivision (3), subsection (a) of this section, the following cost shall also be forfeited to the state by any person who is convicted of violating any criminal law of this state and the violation causes the injury or death of antlered deer:

            (1) For any deer in which the inside spread of the main beams of the antlers measured at the widest point equals fourteen inches or greater but less than sixteen inches, $1,000;

            (2) For any deer in which the inside spread of the main beams of the antlers measured at the widest point equals sixteen inches or greater but less than eighteen inches, $1,500;

            (3) For any deer in which the inside spread of the main beams of the antlers measured at the widest point equals eighteen inches or greater but less than twenty inches, $2,000; and

            (4) For any deer in which the inside spread of the main beams of the antlers measured at the widest point equals twenty inches or greater, $2,500.

            (5) Any person convicted of a second or subsequent violation of any criminal law of this state which violation causes the injury or death of antlered deer is subject to double the authorized range of cost to be forfeited.

            (c) Upon conviction, the court shall order the person to forfeit to the state the amount set forth in this section for the injury or death of the game or protected species of animal. If two or more defendants are convicted for the same violation causing the injury or death of game or protected species of animal, the forfeiture shall be paid by each person in an equal amount. The forfeiture shall be paid by the person so convicted within the time prescribed by the court not to exceed sixty days. In each instance, the court shall pay the forfeiture to the Division of Natural Resources to be deposited into the License Fund-Wildlife Resources (3200) and used only for the replacement, habitat management or enforcement programs for injured or killed game or protected species of animal.

§20-2-5g. Use of a crossbow to hunt.

            (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, a person who possesses a valid Class Y permit in accordance with section forty-two-w of this article may, during the designated archery hunting season, any person lawfully entitled to hunt may hunt with a crossbow during big game firearms season. A person who possesses a valid Class Y permit may also hunt with a crossbow in accordance with section forty-two-w of this article. Further, the director shall designate a separate season for crossbow hunting and identify which species of wildlife may be hunted with a crossbow.

            (b) Only crossbows meeting all of the following specifications may be used for hunting in West Virginia:

            (1) The crossbow has a minimum draw weight of one hundred twenty-five pounds;

            (2) The crossbow has a working safety; and

            (3) The crossbow is used with bolts and arrows not less than eighteen inches in length with a broad head having at least two sharp cutting edges, measuring at least three fourths of an inch in width.

§20-2-5h. Elk management area; elk damage fund; criminal penalties; rule-making.

            (a) Findings. -- The Legislature finds that Eastern Elk were once a common, native species in the state prior to and following its formation, but historical records indicate native elk were extirpated from the state around 1875. Until recently, free roaming elk have not been present in the state. However, elk are now migrating to the state from Kentucky, which has an active elk restoration program. Therefore, the Division of Natural Resources has established an active elk restoration program in southern West Virginia.

            (b) Elk management area. -- The division has established an elk restoration management plan to reintroduce elk to all of Logan County, Mingo County, McDowell County and Wyoming County, and part of Boone County, Lincoln County and Wayne County. The director and the division may not expand the elk management area without statutory authorization.

            (c) Elk damage fund. -- There is hereby created a special revenue account in the State Treasury to be known as the Elk Damage Fund to be administered by the division. Ten percent from all application fees for the hunting of elk are to be deposited into the Elk Damage Fund. Expenditures from the fund shall be for the payment of damages caused to agricultural crops, agricultural fences and personal gardens by elk.

            (d) Criminal penalties. -- It shall be unlawful for any person to hunt, capture or kill any elk or have in his or her possession elk or elk parts, except for elk lawfully taken, killed or obtained during an established open hunting season for elk or by permit.

            (1) Any person who commits a violation of the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than $1,000 nor more than $5,000, or confined in jail not less than thirty nor more than one hundred days, or both fined and confined.

            (2) Any person who commits a second violation of the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than $2,000 nor more than $7,500, or confined in jail not less than thirty days nor more than one year, or both fined and confined.

            (3) Any person who commits a third or subsequent violation of the provisions of this section is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than $5,000 nor more than $10,000, or imprisoned in a state correctional facility not less than one year nor more than five years, or both fined and imprisoned.

            (e) Rulemaking. -- The director shall propose rules for promulgation in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code to:

            (1) Set forth the parameters of the elk management plan;

            (2) Establish the procedures for the issuance of depredation permits to persons suffering damage from elk;

            (3) Establish protocols for the control of elk outside the elk management area;

            (4) Establish hunting application fees and procedures;

            (5) Establish procedures for reimbursement from the elk damage fund to those with damage to agricultural crops, agricultural fences and personal gardens caused by elk; and

            (6) Establish protocols for ensuring elk imported to the state are healthy, tested for tuberculosis, brucellosis and other diseases of critical concern, and from an area where chronic wasting disease has not been detected.

§20-2-22a. Hunting, tagging and reporting bear; procedures applicable to property destruction by bear; penalties.

            (a) A person in any county of this state may not hunt, capture or kill any bear, or have in his or her possession any bear or bear parts, except during the hunting season for bear and in the manner designated by rules promulgated by the Division of Natural Resources rule or law, and as provided in this section. For the purposes of this section, bear parts include, but are not limited to, the pelt, gallbladder, skull and claws of bear.

            (b) A person who kills a bear shall, within twenty-four hours after the killing, deliver the bear or fresh skin to a natural resources police officer or checking station for tagging A division of Natural Resources tag shall be affixed to it before any part of the bear may be transported more than seventy-five miles from the point of kill. The division of Natural Resources tag electronically register the bear. A game tag number shall be issued to the person and recorded in writing with the person’s name and address, or on a field tag and shall remain on the skin until it is tanned or mounted. Any bear or bear parts not properly tagged shall be forfeited to the state for disposal to a charitable institution, school or as otherwise designated by the Division of Natural Resources director.

            (c) It is unlawful:

            (1) To hunt bear without a bear damage stamp, as prescribed in section forty-four-b of this article, in addition to a hunting license as prescribed in this article;

            (2) To hunt a bear with:

            (A) A shotgun using ammunition loaded with more than one solid ball; or

            (B) A rifle of less than twenty-five caliber using rimfire ammunition; or,

            (C) A crossbow;

            (3) To kill or attempt to kill any bear through the use of poison, explosives, snares, steel traps or deadfalls other than as authorized in this section;

            (4) To shoot at or kill:

            (A) A bear weighing less than seventy-five pounds live weight or fifty pounds field dressed weight, after removal of all internal organs;

            (B) Any bear accompanied by a cub; or

            (C) Any bear cub so accompanied, regardless of its weight;

            (5) To possess any part of a bear not tagged in accordance with the provisions of this section;

            (6) To enter a state game refuge with firearms for the purpose of pursuing or killing a bear except under the direct supervision of division personnel;

            (7) To hunt bear with dogs or to cause dogs to chase bear during seasons other than those designated by the division of Natural Resources for the hunting of bear;

            (8) To pursue a bear with a pack of dogs other than the pack used at the beginning of the hunt once the bear is spotted and the chase has begun;

            (9) To possess, harvest, sell or purchase bear parts obtained from bear killed in violation of this section;

            (10) To organize for commercial purposes or to professionally outfit a bear hunt, or to give or receive any consideration whatsoever or any donation in money, goods or services in connection with a bear hunt, notwithstanding the provisions of sections twenty-three and twenty-four of this article; or

            (11) For any person who is not a resident of this state to hunt bear with dogs or to use dogs in any fashion for the purpose of hunting bear in this state except in legally authorized hunts.

            (d) The following provisions apply to bear destroying property:

            (1) (A) Any property owner or lessee who has suffered damage to real or personal property, including loss occasioned by the death or injury of livestock or the unborn issue of livestock, caused by an act of a bear may complain to any natural resources police officer of the division of Natural Resources for protection against the bear.

            (B) Upon receipt of the complaint, the officer shall immediately investigate the circumstances of the complaint. If the officer is unable to personally investigate the complaint, he or she shall designate a wildlife biologist to investigate on his or her behalf.

            (C) If the complaint is found to be justified, the officer or designated person may, together with the owner and other residents, proceed to hunt, destroy or capture the bear that caused the property damage: Provided, That only the natural resources police officer or the wildlife biologist may determine whether to destroy or capture the bear and whether to use dogs to capture or destroy the bear: Provided, however, That if out-of-state dogs are used in the hunt, the owners of the dogs are the only nonresidents permitted to participate in hunting the bear.

            (2) (A) When a property owner has suffered damage to real or personal property as the result of an act by a bear, the owner shall file a report with the director of the division of Natural Resources. The report shall state whether or not the bear was hunted and destroyed and, if so, the sex, weight and estimated age of the bear. The report shall also include an appraisal of the property damage occasioned by the bear duly signed by three competent appraisers fixing the value of the property lost.

            (B) The report shall be ruled upon and the alleged damages examined by a commission comprised of the complaining property owner, an officer of the division and a person to be jointly selected by the officer and the complaining property owner.

            (C) The division shall establish the procedures to be followed in presenting and deciding claims under this section in accordance with article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code.

            (D) All claims shall be paid in the first instance from the Bear Damage Fund provided in section forty-four-b of this article. In the event the fund is insufficient to pay all claims determined by the commission to be just and proper, the remainder due to owners of lost or destroyed property shall be paid from the special revenue account of the division of Natural Resources.

            (3) In all cases where the act of the bear complained of by the property owner is the killing of livestock, the value to be established is the fair market value of the livestock at the date of death. In cases where the livestock killed is pregnant, the total value is the sum of the values of the mother and the unborn issue, with the value of the unborn issue to be determined on the basis of the fair market value of the issue had it been born.

            (e) Criminal penalties. -- (1) Any person who commits a violation of the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than $1,000 nor more than $5,000, which fine is not subject to suspension by the court, confined in jail not less than thirty nor more than one hundred days, or both fined and confined. Further, the person’s hunting and fishing licenses shall be suspended for two years.

            (2) Any person who commits a second violation of the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than $2,000 nor more than $7,500, which fine is not subject to suspension by the court, confined in jail not less than thirty days nor more than one year, or both fined and confined. The person’s hunting and fishing licenses shall be suspended for life.

            (3) Any person who commits a third or subsequent violation of the provisions of this section is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than $5,000 nor more than $10,000, which fine is not subject to suspension by the court, imprisoned in a correctional facility not less than one year nor more than five years, or both fined and imprisoned.

§20-2-42w. Class Y special crossbow hunting permit for certain disabled persons.

            (a) On or after January 1, 2006, a A Class Y permit shall be is a special statewide hunting permit and shall entitle the permittee entitling a person to hunt all wildlife during established archery and firearm seasons An application shall be furnished by the director, and a Class Y permit allowing the holder to use a crossbow, during the archery hunting seasons, to applicants who meet if the person meets the following requirements:

            (1) He or she holds a Class Q permit;

            (2) He or she has a permanent and substantial loss of function in one or both hands while failing to meet the minimum standards of the upper extremity pinch, grip and nine-hole peg tests administered under the direction of a licensed physician; or

            (3) A He or she has a permanent and substantial loss of function in one or both shoulders while failing to meet the minimum standards of the standard shoulder strength test administered under the direction of a licensed physician.

            (b) The application form shall include a written statement or report prepared by a the physician, prepared conducting the test no more than six months preceding the application and verifying that the applicant is physically disabled as described in this section. As part of the application, the applicant shall authorize, by written release, an examination of all medical records regarding his or her qualifying disability. When completed, the permit form constitutes a Class Y permit. The Class Y permit and a completed license application shall be submitted to the division, which will issue a wallet-sized card to the permittee. The card and all other documents and identification required to be carried by this article shall be in the permittee’s possession when hunting.

            (c) A Class Y permit must be accompanied by a valid statewide hunting license or the applicant must be exempt from hunting licenses as provided in this chapter.

            Having been engrossed, the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 2515), as just amended, was then read a third time and put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--31.

            The nays were: Miller, Sypolt and Williams--3.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 2515) passed.

            At the request of Senator Karnes, as chair of the Committee on Natural Resources, and by unanimous consent, the unreported Natural Resources committee amendment to the title of the bill was withdrawn.

            On motion of Senator Karnes, the following amendment to the title of the bill was reported by the Clerk and adopted:

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2515--A Bill to amend and reenact §20-2-4, §20-2-5, §20-2-5a, §20-2-5g, §20-2-22a and §20-2-42w of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §20-2-5h, all relating to wildlife; disallowing elk to be possessed if struck by motor vehicle; requiring persons required to deliver wildlife to official checking station to electronically register wildlife; increasing fine for illegal taking of elk; prohibiting hunting wildlife with night vision technology, drone or other unmanned aircraft; clarifying when a person may carry certain firearms; permitting a person to carry firearm for self defense while in the woods; clarifying when a shotgun or rifle is unloaded; permitting hunting with crossbows during certain seasons and with certain limitations; establishing elk management area in southern West Virginia; establishing Elk Damage Fund; providing for criminal penalties for the illegal taking of elk; clarifying bear laws and Class Y permits; authorizing director to propose legislative rules; and making technical corrections.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2571, Creating a fund for pothole repair contributed to by private businesses or entities.

            On third reading, coming up in regular order, was read a third time and put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--29.

            The nays were: Beach, Miller, Romano, Williams and Woelfel--5.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 2571) passed with its title.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2585, Requiring leaseholders of mineral interests to notify the owners of the minerals when there is an assignment of the lease to another party.

            On third reading, coming up in regular order, with the unreported Judiciary committee amendment pending, and with the right having been granted on yesterday, Friday, March 12, 2015, for further amendments to be received on third reading, was reported by the Clerk.

            The following amendment to the bill, from the Committee on the Judiciary, was reported by the Clerk and adopted:

            By striking out everything after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

            That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §11-4-9a, to read as follows:

ARTICLE 4. ASSESSMENT OF REAL PROPERTY.

§11-4-9a. Valuation of oil and gas mineral interests.

            To the extent that oil and gas production is used to determine the value of any interest in oil and gas for ad valorem taxes, presumed or projected production shall not be used to determine such value during the first year a well related to that interest is placed in production; but instead, only the actual value of such production may be considered in the determination of value in the first year.

            To the extent that oil and gas production is used to determine the value of any interest in oil and gas for ad valorem taxes, presumed or projected production shall not be used to determine such value during the last year a well related to that interest is placed in production; but instead, only the actual value of such production may be considered in the determination of value in the last year.

            Having been engrossed, the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 2585), as just amended, was then read a third time and put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--33.

            The nays were: Miller--1.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 2585) passed.

            The following amendment to the title of the bill, from the Committee on the Judiciary, was reported by the Clerk and adopted:

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2585--A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §11-4-9a, relating to the valuation and assessment of oil and gas mineral interests for ad valorem taxes.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.

            At the request of Senator Plymale, and by unanimous consent, the Senate returned to the second order of business and the introduction of guests.

            The Senate again proceeded to the eighth order of business, the next bill coming up in numerical sequence being

            Eng. House Bill No. 2598, Ensuring that teachers of students with disabilities receive complete information about the school's plan for accommodating the child's disabilities.

            On third reading, coming up in regular order, was read a third time and put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. H. B. No. 2598) passed with its title.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2636, Exempting information contained in a concealed weapon permit application from the Freedom of Information Act.

            On third reading, coming up in regular order, was read a third time and put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 2636) passed.

            The following amendment to the title of the bill, from the Committee on the Judiciary, was reported by the Clerk and adopted:

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2636--A Bill to amend and reenact §29B-1-2 and §29B-1-3 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §29B-1-3a; to amend and reenact §29B-1-4 of said code; and to amend and reenact §61-7-4 of said code, all relating to the Freedom of Information Act; redefining the term "public record"; defining and exempting certain fees and costs for reproduction of records; directing the Secretary of State to establish a database of Freedom of Information requests and publication on the Secretary of State’s website; directing public bodies to report Freedom of Information request information to the Secretary of State; authorizing emergency and legislative rule-making authority to the Secretary of State; establishing a presumption of public accessibility to public records; exempting information contained in a concealed weapon permit application from the Freedom of Information Act; authorizing disclosure of exempt information to law enforcement agency; protecting the confidentiality of information collected in an application for a concealed weapon permit; and providing criminal penalties.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.

            Eng. House Bill No. 2664, Creating "Andrea and Willy's Law"; increasing certain penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances or drugs.

            On third reading, coming up in regular order, was read a third time and put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. H. B. No. 2664) passed.

            The following amendment to the title of the bill, from the Committee on the Judiciary, was reported by the Clerk and adopted:

            Eng. House Bill No. 2664--A Bill to amend and reenact §17C-5-2 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend and reenact §17C-5A-2 of said code, all relating to creating "Andrea, Willy and Nelson’s Law"; making driving under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances or drugs causing death a felony in all instances; eliminating the misdemeanor offense of driving under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances or drugs; creating a new felony offense of driving while under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances or drugs causing serious bodily injury; providing definitions of “bodily injury” and “serious bodily injury”; providing that the West Virginia Rules of Evidence apply without exception to administrative proceedings concerning license revocation for driving under the influence; and providing that DUI information sheets may only be used to refresh an officer’s memory at administrative proceedings concerning license revocation for driving under the influence.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2688, Providing for the unitization of interests in drilling units in connection with all horizontal oil or gas wells.

            On third reading, coming up in regular order, was read a third time and put upon its passage.

            Pending discussion,

            The question being “Shall Engrossed Committee Substitute for House Bill No. 2688 pass?”

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Kirkendoll, Maynard, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Snyder, Stollings, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel and Cole (Mr. President)--24.

            The nays were: Facemire, Ferns, Karnes, Kessler, Laird, Leonhardt, Miller, Romano, Sypolt and Yost--10.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 2688) passed.

            At the request of Senator Trump, as chair of the Committee on the Judiciary, and by unanimous consent, the unreported Judiciary committee amendment to the title of the bill was withdrawn.

            On motion of Senator Trump, the following amendment to the title of the bill was reported by the Clerk and adopted:

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2688--A Bill to amend and reenact §11-13A-3a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; to amend and reenact §22C-9-1, §22C-9-2, §22C-9-3, §22C-9-4 and §22C-9-5 of said code; and to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §22C-9-7a, all relating to oil and gas conservation; requiring the Tax Commissioner to study, and propose rules relating to, oil and gas severance taxation on a first purchaser basis; reconstituting the membership of the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission; providing for the unitization of interests in drilling units in connection with horizontal oil or gas wells generally; establishing prerequisites to filing of an application for a horizontal well unit order; setting forth application requirements; establishing the standard of review; providing for unit orders and parameters thereof; requiring notice and timeliness; providing for hearings; permitting bonded operators to submit written comments regarding a horizontal well unit application in certain circumstances; addressing oil and gas produced from horizontal wells, vertical wells and unconventional reservoirs; requiring royalties be paid on all substances emitted from the borehole; providing for declaration of public policy and legislative findings; specifying applicability of article; limiting the liability of nonconsenting owners in certain circumstances; granting additional authority to the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission; providing for the award of unitization consideration in certain circumstances and generally; providing alternative and deemed elections to nonconsenting owners in certain circumstances; providing for dispute resolution; providing for treatment of interests of unknown and unlocatable interest owners, including moneys payable thereto; providing for judicial review of commission orders; permitting the modification of horizontal well unit orders under certain circumstances; providing for the expiration of horizontal well unit orders under certain circumstances; requiring the filing of a summary of the prevailing economic terms of leases and the prevailing consideration paid for modification of leases prior to hearings; establishing procedures where certain information shall be deemed confidential; exempting certain information from disclosure under the freedom of information law; addressing additional drilling activity; providing that horizontal well unit orders do not grant or affect surface rights; authorizing contemporaneous permit applications; providing for reunification of interests of unknown and unlocatable interest owners with surface owners in certain circumstances and providing procedures therefor; providing for conflict resolution; providing for severability; adding new definitions; and modifying existing definitions.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2766, Expiring funds to the unappropriated balance in the State Fund, General Revenue from the Joint Expenses, and from the Department of Health and Human Resources.

            On third reading, coming up in regular order, with the unreported Finance committee amendment pending, and with the right having been granted on yesterday, Friday, March 12, 2015, for further amendments to be received on third reading, was reported by the Clerk.

            At the request of Senator M. Hall, as chair of the Committee on Finance, and by unanimous consent, the unreported Finance committee amendment to the bill was withdrawn.

            There being no further amendments offered,

            Having been engrossed, the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 2766) was then read a third time and put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 2766) passed.

            At the request of Senator M. Hall, as chair of the Committee on Finance, and by unanimous consent, the unreported Finance committee amendment to the title of the bill was withdrawn.

            Senator Carmichael moved that the bill take effect from passage.

            On this question, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, two thirds of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 2766) takes effect from passage.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2769, Expiring funds to the unappropriated surplus balance in the State Fund, General Revenue from various agencies.

            On third reading, coming up in regular order, was read a third time and put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Mullins, Nohe, Plymale, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--30.

            The nays were: Kessler, Miller, Palumbo and Prezioso--4.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 2769) passed.

            On motion of Senator M. Hall, the following amendment to the title of the bill was reported by the Clerk and adopted:

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2769--A Bill expiring funds to the unappropriated surplus balance in the State Fund, General Revenue, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015 in the amount of $1,500,000 from the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, Division of Corrections - Correctional Units, fund 0450, fiscal year 2012, organization 0608, appropriation 59200, and in the amount of $400,103.30 from the Department of Transportation, Division of Public Transit, fund 0510, fiscal year 2013, organization 0805, appropriation 25800, and in the amount of $3,861,297 from the Department of Administration, Risk and Insurance Management Board - Premium Tax Savings Fund, fund 2367, fiscal year 2015, organization 0218, and in the amount of $1,329.28 from the Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Health, Uniform Health Professional Data Collection Systems Fund, fund 5109, fiscal year 2015, organization 0506, and in the amount of $478.81 from the Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Health, Commonly Based Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Fund, fund 5131, fiscal year 2015, organization 0506, and in the amount of $18,609.27 from the Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Health, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation Fund, fund 5132, fiscal year 2015, organization 0506, and in the amount of $2,500 from the Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Health, Behavioral Health Clearing Fund, fund 5151, fiscal year 2015, organization 0506, and in the amount of $13,193.90 from the Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Health, Special Education Title I Fund, fund 5161, fiscal year 2015, organization 0506, and in the amount of $45 from the Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Health, Rural Health Networking Project Fund, fund 5184, fiscal year 2015, organization 0506, and in the amount of $1,400,000 from the Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Health, Vital Statistics Improvement Fund, fund 5225, fiscal year 2015, organization 0506, and in the amount of $6,000,000 from the Department of Health and Human Resources, West Virginia Health Care Authority - Health Care Cost Review Fund, fund 5375, fiscal year 2015, organization 0507, and in the amount of $4,000,000 from the Department of Health and Human Resources, West Virginia Health Care Authority - West Virginia Health Information Network Account, fund 5380, fiscal year 2015, organization 0507, and in the amount of $2,000,000 from the Department of Health and Human Resources, West Virginia Health Care Authority - West Virginia Health Care Authority Revolving Loan Fund, fund 5382, fiscal year 2015, organization 0507, and in the amount of $4,976.37 from the Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Human Services, Special County General Relief Fund, fund 5054, fiscal year 2015, organization 0511, and in the amount of $18,118.01 from the Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Human Services, Individual and Family Grant Program, fund 5055, fiscal year 2015, organization 0511, and in the amount of $251,657.05 from the Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Human Services, TRIP Fund, fund 5070, fiscal year 2015, organization 0511, and in the amount of $4,000,000 from the Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Human Services, Medicaid Fraud Control Fund, fund 5141, fiscal year 2015, organization 0511, and in the amount of $223,310.69 from the Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Human Services - Marriage Education Fund, fund 5490, fiscal year 2015, organization 0511, and in the amount of $16,700,000 from the Department of Revenue, Insurance Commissioner, fund 7152, fiscal year 2015, organization 0704, and all subject to the condition that bonds authorized in section sixteen-b, article fifteen, chapter thirty-one of the Code of West Virginia for improvements to Cacapon State Park and Beech Fork State Park have been sold.

            Senator Carmichael moved that the bill take effect from passage.

            On this question, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Mullins, Nohe, Plymale, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--30.

            The nays were: Kessler, Miller, Palumbo and Prezioso--4.

            Absent: None.

            So, two thirds of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 2769) takes effect from passage.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2772, Expiring funds to the unappropriated surplus balance in the State Fund, General Revenue, from the Auditor's Office, Purchasing Card Administration Fund.

            On third reading, coming up in regular order, was read a third time and put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 2772) passed with its title.

            Senator Carmichael moved that the bill take effect from passage.

            On this question, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, two thirds of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 2772) takes effect from passage.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2810, Implementing the West Virginia Property Rescue Initiative to reduce the number of properties posing a threat to public health and safety.

            On third reading, coming up in regular order, was read a third time and put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 2810) passed with its title.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2840, Providing an alternative plan to make up lost days of instruction.

            On third reading, coming up in regular order, was read a third time and put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 2840) passed with its title.

            Senator Carmichael moved that the bill take effect July 1, 2015.

            On this question, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, two thirds of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 2840) takes effect July 1, 2015.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.            Eng. House Bill No. 2877, Relating to electronic filing of tax returns and electronic funds transfers in payment of taxes.

            On third reading, coming up in regular order, was read a third time and put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. H. B. No. 2877) passed with its title.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            Eng. House Bill No. 2926, Relating to deferral charges in connection with a consumer credit sale or consumer loan.

            On third reading, coming up in regular order, with the unreported Finance committee amendment pending, and with the right having been granted on yesterday, Friday, March 12, 2015, for further amendments to be received on third reading, was reported by the Clerk.

            The following amendment to the bill, from the Committee on Finance, was reported by the Clerk:

            By striking out everything after the enacting section and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

ARTICLE 3. FINANCE CHARGES AND RELATED PROVISIONS.

§46A-3-114. Deferral and modification charges.

            (1) With respect to a precomputed consumer credit sale or consumer loan, refinancing or consolidation, the parties before or after default may agree in writing to a deferral of all or part of one or more unpaid installments, and the seller or lender may make and collect a deferral charge. not exceeding the amount of the sales finance charge or loan finance charge attributable to the first of the deferred monthly installment periods multiplied by number of months in the deferral period (the period in which no payment is required or made by reason of a deferral): Provided, That no installment on which a delinquency charge has been collected or partial payment made shall be deferred unless the amount of the delinquency charge or partial payment is first applied to the deferral charge. If prepayment in full occurs during a deferral period, the portion of the deferral charge attributable to the unexpired full months in the deferral period shall be also rebated.

            (2) The seller or lender, in addition to the deferral charge, may make appropriate additional charges, and the amount of these charges which is not paid in cash may be added to the amount deferred for the purpose of calculating the deferral charge.

            (3) The parties may agree in writing at the time of a precomputed consumer credit sale or consumer loan, refinancing or consolidation that if an installment is not paid within ten days after its due date as originally scheduled or as deferred, the seller or lender may unilaterally grant a deferral and make charges as provided in this section. No deferral charge may be made for a period after the date on which the seller or lender elects to accelerate the maturity of the agreement.

            (4) With respect to a real estate secured consumer credit sale or consumer loan, the parties before or after default may agree in writing to a modification or amendment of, or allonge to, the consumer credit sale or consumer loan, and the seller or lender may make and collect a modification charge equal to the greater of $250 or one percent of the outstanding balance of the consumer credit sale or consumer loan at the time of the modification, amendment or allonge: Provided, That no modification charge may be made where prohibited by federal law or regulation.

            (4) (5) The commissioner shall prescribe by rule the method or procedure for the calculation of deferral charges consistent with the other provisions of this chapter where the precomputed consumer credit sale or consumer loan is payable in unequal or irregular installments.

            On motion of Senator Romano, the following amendment to the Finance committee amendment to the bill (Eng. H. B. No. 2926) was reported by the Clerk:

            On page two, section one hundred fourteen, subsection (4), by striking out the word “greater” and inserting in lieu thereof the word “lesser”.

            Senator Trump moved to be excused from voting on any matter pertaining to the bill under rule number forty-three of the Rules of the Senate, which motion prevailed.

            The question being on the adoption of Senator Romano’s amendment to the Finance committee amendment to the bill, the same was put and did not prevail.

            The question now being on the adoption of the Finance committee amendment to the bill, the same was put and prevailed.

            Having been engrossed, the bill (Eng. H. B. No. 2926), as just amended by the Committee on Finance, was then read a third time and put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Leonhardt, Maynard, Nohe, Plymale, Prezioso, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Walters, Williams and Cole (Mr. President)--20.

            The nays were: Beach, Facemire, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Miller, Mullins, Palumbo, Romano, Snyder, Unger, Woelfel and Yost--13.

            Absent: None.

            Excused from voting: Trump--1.

            So, a majority of all the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. H. B. No. 2926) passed.

            The following amendment to the title of the bill, from the Committee on Finance, was reported by the Clerk and adopted:

            Eng. House Bill No. 2926--A Bill to amend and reenact §46A-3-114 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to modification charges in connection with a real estate secured consumer credit sale or consumer loan; and providing for a minimum and maximum modification charge that may be collected.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2934, Repealing the common core standards.

            On third reading, coming up in regular order, with the unreported Education committee amendment pending, and with the right having been granted on yesterday, Friday, March 12, 2015, for further amendments to be received on third reading, was reported by the Clerk.

            The following amendment to the bill, from the Committee on Education, was reported by the Clerk:

            By striking out everything after the enacting section and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

ARTICLE 2E. HIGH QUALITY EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS.

§18-2E-5b. Legislative findings with respect to West Virginia’s education standards; state superintendent duties.

            (a) The Legislature finds that:

            (1) As the constitutional body charged with providing for a thorough and efficient system of schools, the Legislature has enacted, by general law, a process for improving education that includes four primary elements, these being: Standards, assessments, accountability and capacity building to ensure that students attain the knowledge and skills that result from a thorough and efficient system of education;

            (2) The Legislature has the authority and the responsibility to establish and be engaged constructively in the determination of the knowledge and skills that students should know and be able to do as the result of a thorough and efficient education and this determination is made by using the process for improving education to determine when school improvement is needed, by evaluating the results and the efficiency of the system of schools, by ensuring accountability and by providing for the necessary capacity and its efficient use. As the constitutional body charged with the general supervision of schools as provided by the Constitution of the State of West Virginia, the state board has the authority and the responsibility to establish the standards, assess the performance and progress of students against the standards, hold schools and school systems accountable and assist schools and school systems to build capacity and improve efficiency so that the standards are met, including, when necessary, seeking additional resources in consultation with the Legislature and the Governor;

            (3) Congressional reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), required states to implement state specific criterion referenced summative assessment tests, establish accountability measures and annual targets for adequate yearly progress through a U. S. Department of Education approved process, and impose designations and consequences on schools for failure to meet the annual targets necessary for all students to score at the proficient level on the tests by 2014;

            (4) West Virginia moved to the new curriculum-based testing program during the 2003-2004 school year with the WESTEST developed under a contract with CTB/McGraw Hill as a part of its compliance plan to meet the NCLB requirements;

            (5) In March 2006, the West Virginia Board of Education assembled teams of master teachers to develop 21st Century Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools to incorporate higher levels of critical thinking and problem solving-skills and improve alignment with other national and international assessments. First placed on public comment for sixty days in July, 2005, these standards underwent several additional reviews by state and national experts and the public and several revisions before final adoption by the West Virginia Board of Education and placed into effect July 1, 2008;

            (6) In May 2009, WESTEST 2, a new statewide assessment aligned with the new 21st Century Content Standards and Objectives, was administered for the first time;

            (7) Also in 2009, West Virginia joined other states in an effort to develop Common Core State Standards. The West Virginia Board of Education, as recorded in the minutes of its May 12, 2010, meeting, unanimously approved the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies and Science and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics for alignment with West Virginia’s 21st Century Content Standards and Objectives for implementation beginning in fall 2011. Shortly thereafter, separate committees in these two subject areas, each consisting of classroom teachers and representatives of higher education faculty, began this work and placed a particular standard into the West Virginia framework only when the best available evidence indicated that its mastery was essential for college and career readiness;

            (8) Following this process and a public comment period, the West Virginia Board of Education adopted Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives;

            (9) A requirement for college and career readiness standards enacted during the 2013 regular legislative session in section thirty-nine, article two of this chapter directs the state board, the Higher Education Policy Commission and the Council for Community and Technical College Education to collaborate in formally adopting uniform and specific college and career readiness standards for English/language arts and math that allow for a determination of whether a student needs to enroll in a post-secondary remedial course. The results on the statewide student assessment in grade eleven must be used to determine whether a student has met the college and career readiness standards in these subjects or allow for the student’s enrollment in transitional courses in the twelfth grade if necessary;

            (10) A decade-long trend of gradually closing the gap with national averages in math and scoring near or above the national averages in reading for West Virginia student scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reversed course beginning in 2001. This unintended negative consequence was likely, in part, the result of accumulated inconsistencies and loss of focus on sustained instructional improvement as teachers continually readjusted to frequently changing standards and assessments, and the system goal became how to avoid the harsh consequences of failing to meet the AYP targets required by NCLB as they increasing became statistically unattainable. As the 2014 deadline approached for 100% of students scoring proficient on the state summative assessment, it was apparent that no schools in West Virginia would achieve this NCLB goal and, therefore, all schools would be labeled as failing and face the required sanctions. In the face of long overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, schools in West Virginia, like most across the country, had little choice but to seek the relief offered under the ESEA Flexibility process;

            (11) West Virginia applied for flexibility during the 3rd application window, due September 6, 2012. The ESEA Flexibility Request required states to address three principles:

            (A) Principle 1: College and Career-Ready Expectations for All Students;

            (B) Principle 2: State-Developed Differentiated Recognition, Accountability and Support; and

            (C) Principle 3: Supporting Effective Instruction and Leadership;

            (12) West Virginia met Principle 1 with the adopted Next Generation Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, met Principle 2 by designing an accountability method and support system for schools recognized as success, transition, focus, support or priority schools based on rates of student academic growth and achievement, and met Principle 3 by modifying the statutory professional personnel performance evaluation system to place the entire measure of student learning for teachers of English Language Arts and Mathematics in the tested grades on the state summative assessment. West Virginia’s ESEA Flexibility was approved in May, 2013;

            (13) The state board has since also modified West Virginia’s accountability system by adopting an A-F grading system for schools which will be embedded in the federal flexibility renewal request. It also has modified its rules for Next Generation Standards to comply with West Virginia Code by adding twelfth grade transition courses in English Language Arts and Mathematics for students below the college and career ready level; and

            (14) ESEA Flexibility is subject to continued monitoring by the U. S. Department of Education and is subject to renewal due March 31, 2015.

            (b) The Legislature further finds that the funding for West Virginia public schools comes from about fifty-nine percent state and thirty-one percent local revenue sources with the federal government contributing only about ten percent of the state’s total school funding. Federal funding under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act amounted to about $362 million for the 2012-2013 school year and supplements the education of disadvantaged and special needs students. The receipt of federal funding allows the federal government to require accountability for funds expended for certain educational purposes and to require college and career ready standards and aligned assessments. The West Virginia Board of Education and Department of Education shall collaborate with the federal government to implement these accountability systems in a manner which does not hamper their constitutional mandate to supervise the free schools of the state and does not hamper the Legislature’s constitutional mandate to provide a thorough and efficient system of free schools.

            (c) In response to the foregoing findings the state superintendent shall:

            (1) Undertake a comprehensive review of the standards to ensure that:

            (A) West Virginia’s standards are college and career ready as required in section thirty-nine, article two of this chapter;

            (B) West Virginia’s standards are revised as needed to ensure that West Virginia students will be adequately prepared for college and careers;

            (C) Schools and school systems in West Virginia have adequate and appropriate curriculum and instructional strategies to provide instruction that enables students to meet college and career ready standards;

            (D) Sufficient training and professional development is provided to equip teachers and leaders to utilize curriculum and instructional strategies that enable students to meet college and career ready standards; and

            (E) Schools and school systems in West Virginia have appropriate information and resources to engage and assist parents with helping improve the learning of their children.

            (2) Establish English Language Arts and Mathematics standards review committees which may be subdivided by content and grade level. The review committees shall assist and advise the state superintendent in the review and revision process to ensure that the standards recommended to the West Virginia Board of Education for adoption are college and career ready. The review committees shall consist of, at a minimum, the following members:

            (A) West Virginia certified teachers with subject matter and grade level expertise;

            (B) At least one representative from each of the following groups:

            (i) A West Virginia parent;

            (ii) A West Virginia teacher organization representative;

            (iii) A West Virginia school administrator;

            (iv) A West Virginia principal;

            (v) A representative of the West Virginia School Board Association;

            (vi) A West Virginia employer;

            (vii) Three senators appointed by the President of the Senate, one of whom shall be the chair of the Senate Education Committee and one of whom shall be a member of the minority party, and three delegates appointed by the Speaker of the House, one of whom shall be the chair of the House Education Committee and one of whom shall be a member of the minority party; and

            (viii) Other individuals selected by the state superintendent.

            (3) Conduct at least four regional town hall style meetings to engage members of the public in the standards review process: Provided, That the public also shall be provided an opportunity to participate in the standards review process through an online review and comment platform.

            (4) Regularly inform the Legislature of any actions taken with respect to standards, assessments, accountability and professional development through reporting to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability.

            (d) At the conclusion of the comprehensive review process set forth in subsection (c) of this section, but not later than January 1, 2017, the state superintendent shall recommend to the West Virginia Board of Education such amendments, additions or deletions to the English Language arts and Mathematics standards as are necessary to assure that the standards are college and career ready.

            (e) As part of review process the state superintendent shall recommend to the West Virginia Board of Education an appropriate schedule of statewide summative assessment schedule for grades three through twelve. Also, as part of the review process, the state superintendent shall direct a review of the Student Data Accessibility, Transparency and Accountability Act set forth in section five-h, article two of this chapter and the longitudinal data system set forth in section ten, article one-d, chapter eighteen-b of this code.

            (f) The collection of confidential student information and the disclosure of personally identifiable student information not in accordance with section five-h, article two of this chapter and other applicable state law is prohibited.

            (g) West Virginia shall cease using any Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment after the 2016-2017 school year unless the Legislature amends the Code before that time to allow continued use of the assessment.

            (h) The Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability shall monitor and inform the Legislature on implementation of this section.

            On motion of Senator Plymale, the following amendment to the Education committee amendment to bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 2934) was reported by the Clerk:

            On page eight, section five-b, by striking out all of subsection (g) and inserting in lieu thereof a new subsection, designated subsection (g), to read as follows:

            (g) As a result of the review process set forth in subsection (c) of this section, the state superintendent shall recommend to the state board the appropriate statewide summative assessments and schedule of assessments.

            The question being on the adoption of Senator Plymale’s amendment to the Education committee amendment to the bill, the same was put.

            The result of the voice vote being inconclusive, Senator Plymale demanded a division of the vote.

            A standing vote being taken, there were eighteen “yeas” and sixteen “nays”.

            Whereupon, Senator Cole (Mr. President) declared Senator Plymale’s amendment to the Education committee amendment to the bill adopted.

            On motions of Senators Sypolt and Boso, the following amendments to the Education committee amendment to the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 2934), as amended, were next reported by the Clerk, considered simultaneously, and adopted:

            On page eight, section five-b, after subsection (g), by inserting a new subsection, designated subsection (h), to read as follows:

            (h) The content standards and objectives based upon the Common Core State Standards for all programs of study in effect on March 14, 2015, shall remain in effect and may not be amended in any way until the comprehensive review process is completed in accordance with subsection (d) of this section.;

            And,

            By relettering the remaining subsection.

            The question now being on the adoption of the Education committee amendment to the bill, as amended, the same was put and prevailed.

            Having been engrossed, the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 2934), as just amended, was then read a third time and put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Leonhardt, Maynard, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Walters and Cole (Mr. President)--20.

            The nays were: Beach, Facemire, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Miller, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Unger, Williams, Woelfel and Yost--14.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 2934) passed.

            At the request of Senator Sypolt, as chair of the Committee on Education, and by unanimous consent, the unreported Education committee amendment to the title of the bill was withdrawn.

            On motions of Senators Sypolt, Boso and Plymale, the following amendment to the title of the bill was reported by the Clerk and adopted:

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2934--A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §18-2E-5b, relating to making findings with respect to a thorough and efficient education and role of the Legislature; making findings with respect to the West Virginia Board of Education; making findings with respect to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the affect of certain amendments; making findings with respect to changes in standards and assessments; making findings with respect to reverse in trend of improving student National Assessment of Educational Progress scores and likely causes; making findings with respect to ESEA flexibility relief, state application and subsequent actions; and making findings with respect to school funding sources, the influence of federal funds and the use of federal funds to coerce changes in standards, assessments and accountability system; making findings with respect to inappropriate usurpation of state sovereignty over public education and results sufficient to impede process for improving education; directing certain actions by state superintendent in response to findings; requiring state superintendent to undertake a comprehensive review of standards; requiring state superintendent to establish English Language Arts and Mathematics standards review committees; requiring state superintendent to conduct at least four regional town hall style meetings; require the public be provided an opportunity to participate in the standards review process through an online review and comment platform; requiring the state superintendent to regularly inform the legislature of certain actions; requiring the state superintendent to recommend to the state board such amendments, additions or deletions to the English Language Arts and Mathematics standards as are necessary to assure that the standards are college and career ready; requiring recommendation relating to an appropriate schedule of statewide summative assessment schedule; requiring review of the Student Data Accessibility, Transparency and Accountability Act and the longitudinal data system; prohibiting collection and disclosure of certain information; requiring the state superintendent to make certain recommendations to the state board; requiring certain content standards and objectives remain in effect and not be amended until review process completed; and requiring the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability to monitor and inform the Legislature on the implementation of certain provisions.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 3006, Relating to the determination of the adjusted rate established by the Tax Commissioner for the administration of tax deficiencies.

            On third reading, coming up in regular order, was read a third time and put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 3006) passed with its title.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            Eng. House Bill No. 3020, Making a supplementary appropriation to the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, Division of Corrections.

            On third reading, coming up in regular order, was read a third time and put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. H. B. No. 3020) passed with its title.

            Senator Carmichael moved that the bill take effect from passage.

            On this question, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, two thirds of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. H. B. No. 3020) takes effect from passage.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            Eng. House Bill No. 3021, Making a supplementary appropriation to the Department of Health and Human Resources.

            On third reading, coming up in regular order, with the unreported Finance committee amendment pending, and with the right having been granted on yesterday, Friday, March 12, 2015, for further amendments to be received on third reading, was reported by the Clerk.

            At the request of Senator M. Hall, as chair of the Committee on Finance, and by unanimous consent, the unreported Finance committee amendment to the bill was withdrawn.

            There being no further amendments offered,

            Having been engrossed, the bill (Eng. H. B. No. 3021) then read a third time and put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. H. B. No. 3021) passed with its title.

            Senator Carmichael moved that the bill take effect from passage.

            On this question, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, two thirds of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. H. B. No. 3021) takes effect from passage.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            Eng. House Bill No. 3022, Making a supplementary appropriation to the Treasurer's Office, to the State Board of Education, to Mountwest Community and Technical College, to the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, and to West Virginia State University.

            On third reading, coming up in regular order, with the unreported Finance committee amendment pending, and with the right having been granted on yesterday, Friday, March 12, 2015, for further amendments to be received on third reading, was reported by the Clerk.

            At the request of Senator M. Hall, as chair of the Committee on Finance, and by unanimous consent, the unreported Finance committee amendment to the bill was withdrawn.

            There being no further amendments offered,

            Having been engrossed, the bill (Eng. H. B. No. 3022) then read a third time and put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. H. B. No. 3022) passed.

            At the request of Senator M. Hall, as chair of the Committee on Finance, and by unanimous consent, the unreported Finance committee amendment to the title of the bill was withdrawn.

            Senator Carmichael moved that the bill take effect from passage.

            On this question, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, two thirds of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. H. B. No. 3022) takes effect from passage.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            At the request of Senator Trump, and by unanimous consent, the Senate returned to the second order of business and the introduction of guests.

            Pending announcement of a meeting of the Committee on Rules,

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate recessed until 2:30 p.m. today.

            Upon expiration of the recess, the Senate reconvened.

            At the request of Senator Boso, unanimous consent being granted, Senator Boso addressed the Senate regarding a meeting of the committee of conference on Engrossed Committee Substitute for Senate Bill No. 37 (Creating Revised Uniform Arbitration Act).

            The Senate proceeded to the fourth order of business.

            Senator Cole (Mr. President), from the Committee on Rules, submitted the following report, which was received:

            Your Committee on Rules has had under consideration

            Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 66, Requesting Joint Committee on Government and Finance study highway and bridge revenue sources.

            Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 68, Requesting Joint Committee on Government and Finance study public library funding.

            And,

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 131, Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the issues, needs and challenges facing senior citizens in this state.

            And reports the same back with the recommendation that they each be adopted.

                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,

                                                                                      William P. Cole III,

                                                                                        Chairman, Ex Officio.

            At the request of Senator Carmichael, unanimous consent being granted, Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 66 contained in the preceding report from the Committee on Rules was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The question being on the adoption of the resolution, the same was put and prevailed.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.

            At the request of Senator Carmichael, unanimous consent being granted, Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 68 contained in the preceding report from the Committee on Rules was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The question being on the adoption of the resolution, the same was put and prevailed.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.

            At the request of Senator Carmichael, unanimous consent being granted, House Concurrent Resolution No. 131 contained in the preceding report from the Committee on Rules was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The question being on the adoption of the resolution, the same was put and prevailed.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            The Senate proceeded to the sixth order of business, which agenda includes the making of main motions.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate requested the return from the House of Delegates of

            Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 323, Relating to municipal home rule.

            Passed by the Senate on yesterday, Friday, March 12, 2015,

            The bill still being in the possession of the Senate,

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate reconsidered the vote as to the passage of the bill,

            The vote thereon having been reconsidered,

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate reconsidered its action by which it adopted Senator Carmichael’s motion that the Senate concur in the House of Delegates amendments, as amended (shown in the Senate Journal of yesterday, Friday, March 12, 2015, pages 221 through 232, inclusive).

            The vote thereon having been reconsidered,

            The question again being on the adoption of Senator Carmichael’s motion that the Senate concur in the House of Delegates amendments, as amended (Eng. Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 323).

            Thereafter, at the request of Senator Carmichael, and by unanimous consent, his foregoing motion was withdrawn.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate reconsidered its action by which on yesterday, Friday, March 12, 2015, it adopted Senator Carmichael’s amendments to the House of Delegates amendments to the bill (shown in the Senate Journal of that day, pages 231 and 232).

            The vote thereon having been reconsidered,

            The question again being on the adoption of Senator Carmichael’s amendments to the House of Delegates amendments to the bill.

            At the request of Senator Carmichael, and by unanimous consent, Senator Carmichael’s amendments to the House of Delegates amendments to the bill were withdrawn.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the following amendment to the House of Delegates amendments to the bill was reported by the Clerk and adopted:

            By striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:

            Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 323--A Bill to amend and reenact §8-1-5a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to the municipal home rule pilot program generally; allowing participation of thirty Class I, Class II and Class III municipalities; allowing participation of four Class IV municipalities; continuing ordinances in effect; removing requirements that municipal home rule board must approve a municipality’s amendment to its home rule plan and that a municipal ordinance is nullified if the municipality's amendment to its home rule plan is not approved by the municipal home rule board; removing requirement that the board approve each municipal ordinance prior to enactment; removing process for enacting ordinance; authorizing amendments to municipal ordinances, acts, resolutions, rules, or regulations enacted pursuant the municipality’s approved written plan; removing provisions prohibiting municipality from enacting ordinance, act, resolution, rule or regulation after the pilot program terminates in 2019; prohibiting municipalities from seeking refunds of moneys collected from taxpayers or moneys distributed to municipalities by the tax division under the pilot program: removing obsolete provisions; and reorganizing existing provisions.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate concurred in the House of Delegates amendments, as just amended.

            Engrossed Committee Substitute for Senate Bill No. 323, as amended, was then put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Blair, Boley, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--27.

            The nays were: Beach, Miller, Romano and Woelfel--4.

            Absent: Boso, M. Hall and Maynard--3.

            So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 323) passed with its Senate amended title.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate recessed until 5 p.m.

            Upon expiration of the recess, the Senate reconvened and, at the request of Senator Carmichael, and by unanimous consent, returned to the fifth order of business.

Filed Conference Committee Reports

            The Clerk announced the following conference committee report had been filed at 5:20 p.m. today:

            Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 37, Creating Revised Uniform Arbitration Act.

            Without objection, the Senate returned to the third order of business.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced that that body had refused to recede from its amendment, and requested the appointment of a committee of conference of three from each house on the disagreeing votes of the two houses, as to

            Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 192, Authorizing Department of Transportation promulgate legislative rules.

            The message further announced the appointment of the following conferees on the part of the House of Delegates:

            Delegates Fast, Hanshaw and Lynch.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate agreed to the appointment of a conference committee on the bill.

            Whereupon, Senator Cole (Mr. President) appointed the following conferees on the part of the Senate:

            Senators Trump, Carmichael and Palumbo.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced that that body had refused to recede from its amendments, and requested the appointment of a committee of conference of three from each house on the disagreeing votes of the two houses, as to

            Eng. Senate Bill No. 518, Permitting county and municipal economic development authorities invest certain funds.

            The message further announced the appointment of the following conferees on the part of the House of Delegates:

            Delegates Walters, Espinosa and H. White.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate agreed to the appointment of a conference committee on the bill.

            Whereupon, Senator Cole (Mr. President) appointed the following conferees on the part of the Senate:

            Senators M. Hall, Blair and Snyder.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced that that body had refused to concur in the Senate amendments to, and requested the Senate to recede therefrom, as to

            Eng. House Bill No. 2646, Legalizing and regulating the sale and use of fireworks.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate refused to recede from its amendments to the bill and requested the appointment of a committee of conference of three from each house on the disagreeing votes of the two houses.

            Whereupon, Senator Cole (Mr. President) appointed the following conferees on the part of the Senate:

            Senators D. Hall, Leonhardt and Williams.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the amendment by that body, passage as amended with its House of Delegates amended title, and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the House of Delegates amendments, as to

            Eng. Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 60, Requiring food handler examinations and cards.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the message on the bill was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The following House of Delegates amendments to the bill were reported by the Clerk:

            By striking out everything after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

            That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §16-2-16, to read as follows:

ARTICLE 2. LOCAL BOARDS OF HEALTH

§16-2-16. Food handler examinations and cards.

            A food handler permit or card issued pursuant to the procedures put in place by a local county health department shall be valid for at least one year but not longer than three years. The permit or card shall be valid in all counties of this state if the applicant pays an additional fee not to exceed $10. If required, a permit or card shall be obtained within thirty days of a person being hired in a restaurant or other applicable food establishment. The Bureau for Public Health shall develop minimum guidelines for training programs for individuals seeking a food handler permit or card that may be adopted by local county health departments. In lieu of state guidelines, a local health department may use training courses developed by the American National Standards Institute or other nationally recognized entities for food safety training.;

            And,

            By striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:

            Eng. Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 60--A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §16-2-16, relating to the regulation of food handlers; permitting the issuance of a food handler’s card; permitting the issuance of the food handler’s permit; requiring a food handler’s card to be valid for a certain time frame; requiring a food handler’s permit to be valid for a certain time frame; permitting the food handler’s card to be valid in all counties subject to payment of an additional fee; permitting the food handler’s permit to be valid in all counties subject to payment of an additional fee; requiring a food handler’s card to be obtained within thirty days of being hired; requiring a food handler’s permit to be obtained within thirty days of being hired; requiring the Bureau for Public Health to develop minimum training guidelines; and permitting a local health department to adopt certain training programs.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate concurred in the House of Delegates amendments to the bill.

            Engrossed Committee Substitute for Committee Substitute for Senate Bill No. 60, as amended by the House of Delegates, was then put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 60) passed with its House of Delegates amended title.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the amendment by that body, passage as amended with its House of Delegates amended title, and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the House of Delegates amendments, as to

            Eng. Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 88, Creating WV Clearance for Access: Registry and Employment Screening Act.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the message on the bill was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The following House of Delegates amendments to the bill were reported by the Clerk:

            By striking out everything after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

            That §15-2-24 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted; and that said code be amended by adding thereto a new article, designated §16-46-1, §16-46-2, §16-46-3, §16-46-4, §16-46-5, §16-46-6, §16-46-7, §16-46-8 and §16-46-9, all to read as follows:

CHAPTER 15. PUBLIC SAFETY.

ARTICLE 2. WEST VIRGINIA STATE POLICE.

§15-2-24. Criminal Identification Bureau; establishment; supervision; purpose; fingerprints, photographs, records and other information; reports by courts and prosecuting attorneys; offenses and penalties.

            (a) The superintendent of the department shall establish, equip and maintain at the departmental headquarters a criminal identification bureau for the purpose of receiving and filing fingerprints, photographs, records and other information pertaining to the investigation of crime and the apprehension of criminals, as hereinafter provided. The superintendent shall appoint or designate a supervisor to be in charge of the Criminal Identification Bureau and such supervisor shall be responsible to the superintendent for the affairs of the bureau. Members of the department assigned to the Criminal Identification Bureau shall carry out their duties and assignments in accordance with internal management rules and regulations pertaining thereto promulgated by the superintendent.

            (b) The Criminal Identification Bureau shall cooperate with identification bureaus of other states and of the United States to develop and carry on a complete interstate, national and international system of criminal identification.

            (c) The Criminal Identification Bureau may furnish fingerprints, photographs, records or other information to authorized law-enforcement and governmental agencies of the United States and its territories, of foreign countries duly authorized to receive the same, of other states within the United States and of the State of West Virginia upon proper request stating that the fingerprints, photographs, records or other information requested are necessary in the interest of and will be used solely in the administration of official duties and the criminal laws.

            (d) The Criminal Identification Bureau may furnish, with the approval of the superintendent, fingerprints, photographs, records or other information to any private or public agency, person, firm, association, corporation or other organization, other than a law-enforcement or governmental agency as to which the provisions of subsection (c) of this section shall govern and control, but all requests under the provisions of this subsection for such fingerprints, photographs, records or other information must be accompanied by a written authorization signed and acknowledged by the person whose fingerprints, photographs, records or other information is to be released.

            (e) The Criminal Identification Bureau may furnish fingerprints, photographs, records and other information of persons arrested or sought to be arrested in this state to the identification bureau of the United States government and to other states for the purpose of aiding law enforcement.

            (f) Persons in charge of any penal or correctional institution, including any city or county jail in this state, shall take, or cause to be taken, the fingerprints and description of all persons lawfully committed thereto or confined therein and furnish the same in duplicate to the Criminal Identification Bureau, Department of Public Safety. Such fingerprints shall be taken on forms approved by the superintendent of the Department of Public Safety. All such officials as herein named may, when possible to do so, furnish photographs to the Criminal Identification Bureau of such persons so fingerprinted.

            (g) Members of the Department of Public Safety, and all other state law-enforcement officials, sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, and each and every peace officer in this state, shall take or cause to be taken the fingerprints and description of all persons arrested or detained by them, charged with any crime or offense in this state, in which the penalty provided therefor is confinement in any penal or correctional institution, or of any person who they have reason to believe is a fugitive from justice or an habitual criminal, and furnish the same in duplicate to the Criminal Identification Bureau of the Department of Public Safety on forms approved by the superintendent of said department. All such officials as herein named may, when possible to do so, furnish to the Criminal Identification Bureau, photographs of such persons so fingerprinted. For the purpose of obtaining data for the preparation and submission to the Governor and the Legislature by the Department of Public Safety of an annual statistical report on crime conditions in the state, the clerk of any court of record, the magistrate of any magistrate court and the mayor or clerk of any municipal court before which a person appears on any criminal charge shall report to the Criminal Identification Bureau the sentence of the court or other disposition of the charge and the prosecuting attorney of every county shall report to the Criminal Identification Bureau such additional information as the bureau may require for such purpose, and all such reports shall be on forms prepared and distributed by the Department of Public Safety, shall be submitted monthly and shall cover the period of the preceding month.

            (h) All persons arrested or detained pursuant to the requirements of this article shall give fingerprints and information required by subsections (f) and (g) of this section. Any person who has been fingerprinted or photographed in accordance with the provisions of this section, who is acquitted of the charges upon which he or she was arrested, and who has no previous criminal record, may, upon the presentation of satisfactory proof to the department, have such fingerprints or photographs, or both, returned to them.

            (i) All state, county and municipal law-enforcement agencies shall submit to the bureau uniform crime reports setting forth their activities in connection with law enforcement. It shall be the duty of the bureau to adopt and promulgate rules and regulations prescribing the form, general content, time and manner of submission of such uniform crime reports. Willful or repeated failure by any state, county or municipal law-enforcement official to submit the uniform crime reports required by this article shall constitute neglect of duty in public office. The bureau shall correlate the reports submitted to it and shall compile and submit to the Governor and the Legislature semiannual reports based on such reports. A copy of such reports shall be furnished to all prosecuting attorneys and law-enforcement agencies.

            (j) Neglect or refusal of any person mentioned in this section to make the report required herein, or to do or perform any act on his or her part to be done or performed in connection with the operation of this section, shall constitute a misdemeanor and, such person shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not less than $25 nor more than $200, or by imprisonment in the county jail for a period of not more than sixty days, or both. Such neglect shall constitute misfeasance in office and subject such persons to removal from office. Any person who willfully removes, destroys or mutilates any of the fingerprints, photographs, records or other information of the Department of Public Safety shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, such person shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not more than $100, or by imprisonment in the county jail for a period of not more than six months, or both.

            (k) The Criminal Identification Bureau (CIB) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) shall retain applicant fingerprints for the purpose of participating in the Rap Back Program to determine suitability or fitness for a permit, license or employment. Agencies participating in the program shall notify applicants and employees subject to a criminal history check that their fingerprint shall be retained by the CIB and the FBI. Notification shall also be given to the applicant and employee subject to the Rap Back Program.

            (l) The State Police may assess a fee to applicants, covered providers or covered contractors for conducting the criminal background check and for collecting and retaining fingerprints for rap back as authorized under article forty-six, chapter sixteen of this code. The assessment shall be deposited into a nonappropriated special revenue account within the State Treasurer’s Office to be known as the WVSP Criminal History Account. Expenditures from this account shall be made by the superintendent for purposes set forth in this article and are authorized from collections. The account shall be administered by the superintendent and may not be deemed a part of the general revenue of the state.

CHAPTER 16. PUBLIC HEALTH.

ARTICLE 46. WEST VIRGINIA CLEARANCE FOR ACCESS: REGISTRY AND EMPLOYMENT SCREENING ACT.

§16-46-1. Definitions.

            As used in this article:

            (1) “Applicant” means an individual who is being considered for employment or engagement with a covered provider or covered contractor.

            (2) “Background check” means a prescreening of registries specified by the secretary by rule and a fingerprint-based search of state and federal criminal history record information.

            (3) “Covered contractor” means an individual or entity, including their employees and subcontractors, that contracts with a covered provider to perform services that include any direct access services.

            (4) “Covered provider” means the following facilities or providers:

            (i) A skilled nursing facility;

            (ii) A nursing facility;

            (iii) A home health agency;

            (iv) A provider of hospice care;

            (v) A long-term care hospital;

            (vi) A provider of personal care services;

            (vii) A provider of adult day care;

            (viii) A residential care provider that arranges for, or directly provides, long-term care services, including an assisted living facility;

            (ix) An intermediate care facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities; and

            (x) Any other facility or provider required to participate in the West Virginia Clearance for Access: Registry and Employment Screening program as determined by the secretary by legislative rule.

            (5) “Department” means the Department of Health and Human Resources.

            (6) “Direct access” means physical contact with a resident, member, beneficiary or client of a covered provider, or access to their property, personally identifiable information, protected health information or financial information.

            (7) “Direct access personnel” means an individual who has direct access by virtue of ownership, employment, engagement or agreement with a covered provider or covered contractor. Direct access personnel does not include volunteers or students performing irregular or supervised functions, or contractors performing repairs, deliveries, installations or similar services for the covered provider. The secretary shall determine by legislative rule whether the position in question involves direct access.

            (8) “Disqualifying offense” means:

            (A) A conviction of any crime described in 42 U. S. C. §1320a-7(a); or

            (B) A conviction of any other crime specified by the secretary in rule, which shall include crimes against care-dependent or vulnerable individuals, crimes of violence, sexual offenses and financial crimes.

            (9) “Negative finding” means a finding in the prescreening that excludes an applicant from direct access personnel positions.

            (10) “Notice of ineligibility” means a notice pursuant to section three of this article that the secretary’s review of the applicant’s criminal history record information reveals a disqualifying offense.

            (11) “Prescreening” means a mandatory search of databases and registries specified by the secretary in legislative rule for exclusions and licensure status prior to the submission of fingerprints for a criminal history record information check.

            (12) “Rap back” means the notification to the department when an individual who has undergone a fingerprint-based, state or federal criminal history record information check has a subsequent state or federal criminal history event.

            (13) “Secretary” means the Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, or his or her designee.

            (14) “State Police” means the West Virginia State Police Criminal Identification Bureau.

§16-46-2. Background check program for covered providers and covered contractors.

             (a) The secretary shall create and implement a background check program to facilitate the processing and analysis of the criminal history and background of applicants to covered providers and covered contractors with direct access. This program shall be called the West Virginia Clearance for Access: Registry and Employment Screening.

             (b) The purpose of the program is to protect West Virginia’s vulnerable populations by requiring registry and criminal background checks for all direct access personnel of covered providers and covered contractors.

             (c) The program shall include:

             (1) A centralized Internet-based system of registries to allow covered providers and covered contractors to perform a mandatory prescreening of applicants;

             (2) Fingerprint-based state and federal criminal background checks on all direct access personnel; and

             (3) An integrated rap back program with the State Police to allow retention of fingerprints and updates of state and federal criminal information on all direct access personnel until such time as the individual is no longer employed or engaged by the covered provider or covered contractor.

             (d) The department shall notify applicants subject to a criminal history record check that their fingerprints shall be retained by the State Police Criminal Identification Bureau and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

§16-46-3. Prescreening and criminal background checks.

             (a) Except as otherwise permitted in this article, the covered provider or covered contractor may not employ or engage an applicant prior to completing the background check process.

             (b) If the applicant has a negative finding on any required prescreening registry or database, the employer shall notify the individual of such finding.

             (c) If the applicant has a negative finding on any required prescreening registry or database, that individual may not immediately be engaged by a covered provider or covered contractor. However, that individual or the employer may apply for a variance pursuant to section five of this article.

             (d) If the applicant does not have a negative finding in the prescreening process, the applicant shall submit to fingerprinting for a state and federal criminal history record information check.

             (e) The State Police shall notify the secretary of the results of the criminal history record information check.

             (f) If the secretary’s review of the criminal history record information reveals that the applicant does not have a disqualifying offense, the secretary shall provide written notice to the covered provider or covered contractor that the individual may be engaged.

§16-46-4. Notice of ineligibility; prohibited participation as direct access personnel.

             (a) If the secretary’s review of the applicant’s criminal history record information reveals a disqualifying offense, the secretary shall provide written notice to the covered provider or covered contractor advising that the applicant is ineligible for work. The secretary may not disseminate the criminal history record information.

             (b) The covered provider or covered contractor may not engage an applicant with a disqualifying offense as direct access personnel. If the applicant has been provisionally employed pursuant to section six of this article, the employer shall terminate the provisional employment upon receipt of the notice.

§16-46-5. Variance; appeals.

             (a) If the prescreening process reveals a negative finding, or if the secretary issues a notice of ineligibility, the applicant, or the employer on the applicant’s behalf, may file a written request for a variance with the secretary not later than thirty days after the date of the notice required by section three or four of this article.

             (b) The secretary may grant a variance if:

             (1) Mitigating circumstances surrounding the negative finding or disqualifying offense is provided; and

             (2) The secretary finds that the individual will not pose a danger or threat to residents, members and their property.

             (c) The secretary shall establish in legislative rule factors that qualify as mitigating circumstances.

             (d) The secretary shall mail to the applicant and the covered provider or covered contractor a written decision within ninety days of receipt of the request indicating whether a variance has been granted or denied.

             (e) If an applicant believes that their criminal history record information within this state is incorrect or incomplete, they may challenge the accuracy of such information by writing to the State Police for a personal review. However, if the discrepancies are at the charge or final disposition level, the applicant must address this with the court or arresting agency that submitted the record to the State Police.

             (f) If an applicant believes that their criminal history record information outside this state is incorrect or incomplete, they may appeal the accuracy of such information by contacting the Federal Bureau of Investigation for instructions.

             (g) If any changes, corrections or updates are made in the criminal history record information, the State Police shall notify the secretary that the applicant has appealed the accuracy of the criminal history records and provide the secretary with the updated results of the criminal history record information check, which the secretary shall review de novo in accordance with the provisions of this article.

§16-46-6. Provisional employment pending completion of background check.

             (a) A covered provider or covered contractor may permit an applicant to work on a provisional basis for not more than sixty days pending notification from the secretary regarding the results of the criminal background check if:

             (1) The applicant is subject to direct on-site supervision, as specified in rule by the secretary, during the course of the provisional period; and

             (2) In a signed statement the applicant:

             (A) Affirms that he or she has not committed a disqualifying offense;

             (B) Acknowledges that a disqualifying offense reported in the required criminal history record information check shall constitute good cause for termination; and

             (C) Acknowledges that the covered provider or covered contractor may terminate the individual if a disqualifying offense is reported in the background check.

             (b) Provisional employees who have requested a variance shall not be required to sign such a statement. A covered provider or covered contractor may continue to employ an applicant if an applicant applies for a variance of his or her fitness determination until the variance is resolved.

§16-46-7. Clearance for subsequent employment.

             (a) An applicant is not required to submit to fingerprinting and a criminal background check if:

             (1) The individual previously submitted to fingerprinting and a full criminal background check as required by this article;

             (2) The prior criminal background check confirmed that the individual did not have a disqualifying offense or the individual received prior approval from the secretary to work for or with the same type of covered provider or covered contractor; and

             (3) The rap back program has not identified any criminal activity that constitutes a disqualifying offense.

             (b) The secretary shall provide notice of prior clearance for direct access status upon request by a subsequent covered provider or covered contractor.

§16-46-8. Fees.

             In order to enforce the requirements and intent of this article, the following fees may be charged:

             (1) The State Police may assess a fee to applicants, covered providers or covered contractors for conducting the criminal background check and for collecting and retaining fingerprints for rap back as authorized under this article.

             (2) The secretary may assess a fee to applicants, covered providers or covered contractors for the maintenance of the internet-based system required by this article. The assessment shall be deposited into a special revenue account within the State Treasurer’s Office to be known as the DHHR Criminal Background Administration Account. Expenditures from the account shall be made by the secretary for purposes set forth in this article and are authorized from collections. The account shall be administered by the secretary and may not be deemed a part of the general revenue of the state.

§16-46-9. Rules; penalties; confidentiality; immunity.

             (a) The secretary shall propose rules for legislative approval in accordance with article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code to implement the provisions of this article. The secretary may promulgate emergency rules, if justified, pursuant to section fifteen, article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code as may be required.

             (b) Failure of a covered provider or covered contractor to ensure proper completion of the background check process for each individual employed as direct access personnel may result in the imposition of monetary civil penalties. In addition, engaging individuals knowing that they are ineligible to work may subject the employer to monetary civil penalties.

             (c) The secretary shall treat and maintain any criminal background search information obtained under this article as confidential. The secretary shall limit the use of records solely to the purposes authorized in this article. The criminal history record information in the custody of the secretary is not subject to subpoena, other than one issued in a criminal action or investigation; is confidential by law and privileged; and is not subject to discovery or admissible in evidence in any private civil action.

             (d) The secretary, the department and its employees are immune from liability, civil or criminal, that might otherwise be incurred or imposed for good faith conduct in determining eligibility or granting variances permitted by this article.;

             And,

             By striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:

             Eng. Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 88--A Bill to amend and reenact §15-2-24 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend said code by adding thereto a new article, designated §16-46-1, §16-46-2, §16-46-3, §16-46-4, §16-46-5, §16-46-6, §16-46-7, §16-46-8 and §16-46-9, all relating to requiring background checks for individuals who have direct access to residents, members or beneficiaries of covered providers participating in the West Virginia Clearance for Access: Registry and Employment Screening program; defining terms; requiring the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources to develop a plan and a program for conducting background checks; requiring centralized database to maintain criminal history record information and results; establishing prescreening process conducted by covered providers; requiring applicants to provide fingerprints and undergo criminal background check; authorizing the State Police to assess a fee for conducting the criminal background check; providing for deposit of State Police collected fees into a nonappropriated special revenue fund; directing notification to be given to applicants regarding the retention of fingerprints; establishing procedures and criteria for obtaining and reviewing criminal history record information; establishing criteria for approving applicants as covered individuals; authorizing contractors and fees; creating special revenue account for administrative fees; providing for protests of the secretary’s decisions and permitting variances; creating exceptions; authorizing legislative rules; providing monetary penalties; and providing civil and criminal immunity.

             On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate concurred in the House of Delegates amendments to the bill.

             Engrossed Committee Substitute for Committee Substitute for Senate Bill No. 88, as amended by the House of Delegates, was then put upon its passage.

             On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

             The nays were: None.

             Absent: None.

             So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 88) passed with its House of Delegates amended title.

             Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

             A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the amendment by that body, passage as amended, to take effect from passage, and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the House of Delegates amendment, as to

             Eng. Senate Bill No. 195, Authorizing Conservation Committee promulgate legislative rule relating to financial assistance programs.

             On motion of Senator Carmichael, the message on the bill was taken up for immediate consideration.

             The following House of Delegates amendment to the bill was reported by the Clerk:

             By striking out everything after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

             That § 64-9-12 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:

ARTICLE 9. AUTHORIZATION FOR MISCELLANEOUS AGENCIES AND BOARDS TO PROMULGATE LEGISLATIVE RULES.

§64-9-12. Conservation Committee.

            The legislative rule filed in the State Register on July 28, 2014, authorized under the authority of section four-a, article twenty-one-a, chapter nineteen of this code, modified by the Conservation Committee to meet the objections of the Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee and refiled in the State Register on November 21, 2014, relating to the Conservation Committee (financial assistance programs, 63 CSR 2), is not authorized.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate concurred in the House of Delegates amendment to the bill.

            Engrossed Senate Bill No. 195, as amended by the House of Delegates, was then put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. S. B. No. 195) passed with its title.

            Senator Carmichael moved that the bill take effect from passage.

            On this question, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, two thirds of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. S. B. No. 195) takes effect from passage.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the amendment by that body, passage as amended with its House of Delegates amended title, and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the House of Delegates amendments, as to

            Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 234, Exempting certain water and sewer utilities owned by political subdivisions from PSC jurisdiction.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the message on the bill was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The following House of Delegates amendments to the bill were reported by the Clerk:

            By striking out everything after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

            That §8-12-17 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted; that §8-16-19 of said code be amended and reenacted; that §8-19-4 of said code be amended and reenacted; that §16-13A-1a, §16-13A-9 and §16-13A-25 of said code be amended and reenacted; that §24-1-1, §24-1-1b and 24-1-2 of said code be amended and reenacted; that §24-2-1, §24-2-2, §24-2-3, §24-2- 4a, §24-2-4b, §24-2-7 and §24-2-11 of said code be amended and reenacted; and that §24-3-5 of said code be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows:CHAPTER 8. MUNICIPAL CORPORATIONS.

ARTICLE 12. GENERAL AND SPECIFIC POWERS, DUTIES AND ALLIED RELATIONS OF MUNICIPALITIES, GOVERNING BODIES AND MUNICIPAL OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES; SUITS AGAINST MUNICIPALITIES.

§8-12-17. Sale or lease of municipal public utility.

            In any case where a municipality shall own owns a gas system, an electric system, a waterworks system, a sewer system or other public utility, and a majority of not less than sixty percent of the members of the governing body thereof shall deem it for the best interest of such municipality that such utility be sold or leased, the governing body shall, by ordinance legally adopted, submit to the qualified voters of such municipality, at any regular municipal election or at any special municipal election called for that purpose, the question of making or effecting such sale or lease. In such case the governing body shall, in the ordinance submitting such question to a vote, set forth in full the terms of such proposed sale or lease, the name of the proposed purchaser or lessee and the date of such election, and a notice containing this information shall be published as a Class II-0 legal advertisement in compliance with the provisions of article three, chapter fifty-nine of this code, and the publication area for such publication shall be such municipality. Such election shall be held in all respects in compliance with the provisions of chapter three of this code, so far as the same are applicable and not inconsistent herewith, and the provisions of article five of this chapter. If a majority of the legal votes cast at such election upon such question be in favor of the proposed sale or lease of such utility, the governing body, upon the ascertainment of the result of such election, may so sell or lease such gas system, electric system, waterworks system, sewer system or other public utility upon such terms and conditions as said governing body in its discretion considers in the best interest of the municipality: Provided, That such sale or lease may be made only upon: (1) The publication of notice of a hearing before the governing body of the municipality, as a Class I legal advertisement in compliance with the provisions of article three, chapter fifty-nine of this code, in a newspaper published and of general circulation in the municipality, such publication to be made not earlier than twenty days and not later than seven days prior to the hearing; and (2) the approval by the Public Service Commission of West Virginia. The governing body, upon the approval of the sale or lease by a majority of its members of not less than sixty percent of the members of the governing body, shall have full power and authority to proceed to execute or effect such sale or lease in accordance with the terms and conditions prescribed in the ordinance approved as aforesaid, and shall have power to do any and all things necessary or incident thereto: Provided, however, That if at any time after such election approval and before the execution of the authority under the ordinance, any person should present to the governing body an offer to buy such public utility at a price which exceeds by at least five percent the sale price which shall have been so voted upon approved and authorized or to lease the same upon terms which the governing body, in its discretion, shall consider more advantageous to the municipality than the terms of the lease which shall have been authorized by vote previously approved as aforesaid, the governing body shall have the power to accept such subsequent offer, and to make such sale or such lease to the person making the offer, without resubmitting the question to a vote upon approval of the offer by a majority of not less than sixty percent of the members of the governing body; but, if a sale shall have been authorized by vote approved by the governing body as aforesaid, and such the subsequent proposition be for a lease, or, if a lease shall have been so authorized approved by the governing body, and the subsequent proposition shall be for a sale, the governing body shall have no power the authority to accept the same without submitting the question thereof to a vote of the people as first above provided. Before any such second or subsequent proposition shall be submitted to a vote, after a sale or lease shall have been authorized at an election held hereunder, the upon approval of the offer by a majority of not less than sixty percent of the members of the governing body. The person making such proposition shall furnish bond, with security to be approved by the governing body, in a penalty of not less than twenty-five percent of such proposed bid, conditioned to carry such proposition into execution, if the same shall be approved at the election to be called thereon by the governing body. In any case where any such public utility shall be sold or leased by the governing body as hereinabove provided, no part of the moneys derived from such sale or lease shall be applied to the payment of current expenses of the municipality, but the proceeds of such sale or lease shall be applied in payment and discharge of any bonded indebtedness created in respect to such public utility, and in case there be no bonded indebtedness, the governing body, in its discretion, shall have the power and authority to expend all such moneys when received for the purchase or construction of fire-fighting equipment and buildings for housing such equipment, a municipal building or city hall, and the necessary land upon which to locate the same, or for the construction of paved streets, avenues, roads, alleys, ways, sidewalks, sewers and other like permanent improvements, and for no other purposes. In case there be a surplus after the payment of such bonded indebtedness, the surplus shall be used as aforesaid.

            The requirements of this section shall not apply to the sale or lease of any part of the properties of any such public utility determined by the governing body to be unnecessary for the efficient rendering of the service of such utility.

§8-16-19. Appeal to Public Service Commission from rates fixed.

            If any party in interest is dissatisfied with the rates fixed under the provisions of the immediately preceding section of this article section eighteen of this article, such party shall have the right to appeal to the Public Service Commission at any time within thirty days after the fixing of such rates by the governing body, but the rates so fixed by the governing body shall remain in full force and effect, until set aside, altered or amended by the Public Service Commission.

ARTICLE 19. MUNICIPAL AND COUNTY WATERWORKS AND ELECTRIC POWER SYSTEMS.

§8-19-4. Estimate of cost; ordinance or order for issuance of revenue bonds; interest on bonds; rates for services; exemption from taxation.

            Whenever a municipality or county commission shall, under the provisions of this article, determine to acquire, by purchase or otherwise, construct, establish, extend or equip a waterworks system or an electric power system, or to construct any additions, betterments or improvements to any waterworks or electric power system, it shall cause an estimate to be made of the cost thereof, and may, by ordinance or order, provide for the issuance of revenue bonds under the provisions of this article, which ordinance or order shall set forth a brief description of the contemplated undertaking, the estimated cost thereof, the amount, rate or rates of interest, the time and place of payment and other details in connection with the issuance of the bonds. Such The bonds shall be in such form and shall be negotiated and sold in such manner and upon such terms as the governing body of such municipality or county commission may, by ordinance or order, specify. All such the bonds and the interest thereon shall be exempt from all taxation by this state, or any county, municipality or county commission, political subdivision or agency thereof. Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, the real and personal property which a municipality or county has acquired and constructed according to the provisions of this article, and any leasehold interest therein held by other persons, shall be deemed public property and shall be exempt from taxation by the state, or any county, municipality or other levying body, so long as the same is owned by such the municipality or county: Provided, That with respect to electric power systems, this exemption for real and personal property shall be applicable only for such the real and personal property: (1) Physically situate within the municipal or county boundaries of the municipality or county which acquired or constructed such the electric power system and there was in place prior to the effective date of the amendments to this section made in the year 1992 an agreement between the municipality and the county commission for payments in lieu of tax; or (2) acquired or constructed with the written agreement of the county school board, county commission and any municipal authority within whose jurisdiction the electric power system is or is to be physically situate. Notwithstanding anything contained in this statute to the contrary, this exemption shall be applicable to any leasehold or similar interest held by persons other than a municipality or county only if acquired or constructed with the written agreement of the county school board, county commission and any municipal authority within whose jurisdiction the electric power system is or is to be physically situate: Provided, however, That payments made to any county commission, county school board or municipality in lieu of tax pursuant to such an agreement shall be distributed as if the payments resulted from ad valorem property taxation. Such The bonds shall bear interest at a rate per annum set by the municipality or county commission, payable at such times, and shall be payable as to principal at such times, not exceeding fifty years from their date, and at such place or places, within or without the state, as shall be prescribed in the ordinance or order providing for their issuance. Unless the governing body of the municipality or county commission shall otherwise determine, such the ordinance or order shall also declare that a statutory mortgage lien shall exist upon the property so to be acquired, constructed, established, extended or equipped, fix minimum rates or charges for water or electricity to be collected prior to the payment of all of said bonds and shall pledge the revenues derived from the waterworks or electric power system for the purpose of paying such the bonds and interest thereon, which pledge shall definitely fix and determine the amount of revenues which shall be necessary to be set apart and applied to the payment of the principal of and interest upon the bonds and the proportion of the balance of such the revenues, which are to be set aside as a proper and adequate depreciation account, and the remainder shall be set aside for the reasonable and proper maintenance and operation thereof. The rates or charges to be charged for the services from such the waterworks or electric power system shall be sufficient at all times to provide for the payment of interest upon all bonds and to create a sinking fund to pay the principal thereof as and when the same become due, and reasonable reserves therefor, and to provide for the repair, maintenance and operation of the waterworks or electric power system, and to provide an adequate depreciation fund, and to make any other payments which shall be required or provided for in the ordinance or order authorizing the issuance of said bonds.

CHAPTER 16. PUBLIC HEALTH.

ARTICLE 13A. PUBLIC SERVICE DISTRICTS.

§16-13A-1a. Jurisdiction of the Public Service Commission.

            The jurisdiction of the Public Service Commission relating to public service districts shall be expanded to include the following powers and such the powers shall be in addition to all other powers of the Public Service Commission set forth in this code:

            (a) To study, modify, approve, deny or amend the plans created under section one-b of this article for consolidation or merger of public service districts and their facilities, personnel or administration;

            (b) To petition the appropriate circuit court for the removal of a public service district board member or members; and

            (c) To create by general order a separate division within the Public Service Commission to provide assistance to public service districts in technological, operational, financial and regulatory matters, including, upon written request of the public service board, assistance to the board in deliberations regarding a proposed rate change or project.

§16-13A-9. Rules; service rates and charges; discontinuance of service; required water and sewer connections; lien for delinquent fees.

            (a) (1) The board may make, enact and enforce all needful rules in connection with the acquisition, construction, improvement, extension, management, maintenance, operation, care, protection and the use of any public service properties owned or controlled by the district. The board shall establish, in accordance with this article, rates, fees and charges for the services and facilities it furnishes, which shall be sufficient at all times, notwithstanding the provisions of any other law or laws, to pay the cost of maintenance, operation and depreciation of the public service properties and principal of and interest on all bonds issued, other obligations incurred under the provisions of this article and all reserve or other payments provided for in the proceedings which authorized the issuance of any bonds under this article. The schedule of the rates, fees and charges may be based upon:

            (A) The consumption of water or gas on premises connected with the facilities, taking into consideration domestic, commercial, industrial and public use of water and gas;

            (B) The number and kind of fixtures connected with the facilities located on the various premises;

            (C) The number of persons served by the facilities;

            (D) Any combination of paragraphs (A), (B) and (C) of this subdivision; or

            (E) May be determined on any other basis or classification which the board may determine to be fair and reasonable, taking into consideration the location of the premises served and the nature and extent of the services and facilities furnished. However, no rates, fees or charges for stormwater services may be assessed against highways, road and drainage easements or stormwater facilities constructed, owned or operated by the West Virginia Division of Highways.

            (2) The board of a public service district with at least four thousand five hundred customers and annual combined gross revenue of $3 million or more from its separate or combined services may make, enact and enforce all needful rules in connection with the enactment or amendment of rates, fees and charges of the district. At a minimum, these rules shall provide for:

            (A) Adequate prior public notice of the contemplated rates, fees and charges by causing a notice of intent to effect such a change to be specified on the monthly billing statement of the customers of the district for the month next preceding the month in which the contemplated change is to be before the board on first reading.

            (B) Adequate prior public notice of the contemplated rates, fees and charges by causing to be published as a Class I legal advertisement of the proposed action, in compliance with the provisions of article three, chapter fifty-nine of the code. The publication area for publication shall be all territory served by the district. If the district provides service in more than one county, publication shall be made in a newspaper of general circulation in each county that the district provides service.

            (C) The public notice of the proposed action shall state the current rates, fees and charges and the proposed changes to said rates, fees and charges; the date, time and place of both a public hearing on the proposal and the proposed final vote on adoption; and the place or places within the district where the proposed rates, fees and charges may be inspected by the public. A reasonable number of copies of the proposal shall be kept at the place or places and be made available for public inspection. The notice shall also advise that interested parties may appear at the public hearing before the board and be heard with respect to the proposed rates, fees and charges.

            (D) The proposed rates, fees and charges shall be read at two meetings of the board with at least two weeks intervening between each meeting. The public hearing may be conducted with or following the second reading.

            (E) Rates, fees and charges approved by an affirmative vote of the board shall be forwarded in writing to the county commission appointing the approving board. The county commission shall publish notice of the proposed rates, fees and charges by a Class 1 legal advertisement in compliance with the provisions of article three, chapter fifty-nine of the code. Within forty-five days of receipt of the proposed rates, fees and charges, the county commission shall take action to approve or reject the proposed rates, fees and charges. After forty-five days, the proposed rates, fees and charges shall be effective with no further action by the board or county commission. In any event, this 45-day period shall be mandatory unless extended by the official action of both the board proposing the rates, fees and charges, and the appointing county commission.

            (F) Enactment of the proposed rates, fees and charges shall follow an affirmative vote by the county commission and shall be effective no sooner than forty-five days following action. The 45-day waiting period may be waived by public vote of the county commission only if the commission finds and declares the district to be in financial distress such that the 45-day waiting period would be detrimental to the ability of the district to deliver continued and compliant public services.

            (2) (3) Where water, sewer, stormwater or gas services, or any combination thereof, are all furnished to any premises, the schedule of charges may be billed as a single amount for the aggregate of the charges. The board shall require all users of services and facilities furnished by the district to designate on every application for service whether the applicant is a tenant or an owner of the premises to be served. If the applicant is a tenant, he or she shall state the name and address of the owner or owners of the premises to be served by the district. Notwithstanding the provisions of section eight, article three, chapter twenty-four of this code to the contrary, all new applicants for service shall deposit the greater of a sum equal to two twelfths of the average annual usage of the applicant's specific customer class or $50, with the district to secure the payment of service rates, fees and charges in the event they become delinquent as provided in this section. If a district provides both water and sewer service, all new applicants for service shall deposit the greater of a sum equal to two twelfths of the average annual usage for water service or $50 and the greater of a sum equal to two twelfths of the average annual usage for wastewater service of the applicant's specific customer class or $50. In any case where a deposit is forfeited to pay service rates, fees and charges which were delinquent at the time of disconnection or termination of service, no reconnection or reinstatement of service may be made by the district until another deposit equal to the greater of a sum equal to two twelfths of the average usage for the applicant's specific customer class or $50 has been remitted to the district. After twelve months of prompt payment history, the district shall return the deposit to the customer or credit the customer's account at a rate as the Public Service Commission may prescribe: Provided, That where the customer is a tenant, the district is not required to return the deposit until the time the tenant discontinues service with the district. Whenever any rates, fees, rentals or charges for services or facilities furnished remain unpaid for a period of twenty days after the same become due and payable, the user of the services and facilities provided is delinquent and the user is liable at law until all rates, fees and charges are fully paid. The board may, under reasonable rules promulgated by the Public Service Commission, shut off and discontinue water or gas services to all delinquent users of either water or gas facilities, or both, ten days after the water or gas services become delinquent: Provided, however, That nothing contained within the rules of the Public Service Commission shall be deemed to require any agents or employees of the board to accept payment at the customer's premises in lieu of discontinuing service for a delinquent bill.

            (b) In the event that any publicly or privately owned utility, city, incorporated town, other municipal corporation or other public service district included within the district owns and operates separately water facilities, sewer facilities or stormwater facilities and the district owns and operates another kind of facility, either water or sewer, or both, as the case may be, then the district and the publicly or privately owned utility, city, incorporated town or other municipal corporation or other public service district shall covenant and contract with each other to shut off and discontinue the supplying of water service for the nonpayment of sewer or stormwater service fees and charges: Provided, That any contracts entered into by a public service district pursuant to this section shall be submitted to the Public Service Commission for approval. Any public service district which provides water and sewer service, water and stormwater service or water, sewer and stormwater service has the right to terminate water service for delinquency in payment of water, sewer or stormwater bills. Where one public service district is providing sewer service and another public service district or a municipality included within the boundaries of the sewer or stormwater district is providing water service and the district providing sewer or stormwater service experiences a delinquency in payment, the district or the municipality included within the boundaries of the sewer or stormwater district that is providing water service, upon the request of the district providing sewer or stormwater service to the delinquent account, shall terminate its water service to the customer having the delinquent sewer or stormwater account: Provided, however, That any termination of water service must comply with all rules and orders of the Public Service Commission: Provided further, That nothing contained within the rules of the Public Service Commission shall be deemed to require any agents or employees of the public service districts to accept payment at the customer's premises in lieu of discontinuing service for a delinquent bill.

            (c) Any district furnishing sewer facilities within the district may require or may, by petition to the circuit court of the county in which the property is located, compel or may require the Division of Health to compel all owners, tenants or occupants of any houses, dwellings and buildings located near any sewer facilities where sewage will flow by gravity or be transported by other methods approved by the Division of Health, including, but not limited to, vacuum and pressure systems, approved under the provisions of section nine, article one, chapter sixteen of this code, from the houses, dwellings or buildings into the sewer facilities, to connect with and use the sewer facilities and to cease the use of all other means for the collection, treatment and disposal of sewage and waste matters from the houses, dwellings and buildings where there is gravity flow or transportation by any other methods approved by the Division of Health, including, but not limited to, vacuum and pressure systems, approved under the provisions of section nine, article one of this chapter and the houses, dwellings and buildings can be adequately served by the sewer facilities of the district and it is declared that the mandatory use of the sewer facilities provided for in this subsection is necessary and essential for the health and welfare of the inhabitants and residents of the districts and of the state. If the public service district requires the property owner to connect with the sewer facilities even when sewage from dwellings may not flow to the main line by gravity and the property owner incurs costs for any changes in the existing dwellings' exterior plumbing in order to connect to the main sewer line, the public service district board shall authorize the district to pay all reasonable costs for the changes in the exterior plumbing, including, but not limited to, installation, operation, maintenance and purchase of a pump or any other method approved by the Division of Health. Maintenance and operation costs for the extra installation should be reflected in the users charge for approval of the Public Service Commission. The circuit court shall adjudicate the merits of the petition by summary hearing to be held not later than thirty days after service of petition to the appropriate owners, tenants or occupants.

            (d) Whenever any district has made available sewer facilities to any owner, tenant or occupant of any house, dwelling or building located near the sewer facility and the engineer for the district has certified that the sewer facilities are available to and are adequate to serve the owner, tenant or occupant and sewage will flow by gravity or be transported by other methods approved by the Division of Health from the house, dwelling or building into the sewer facilities, the district may charge, and the owner, tenant or occupant shall pay, the rates and charges for services established under this article only after thirty days’ notice of the availability of the facilities has been received by the owner, tenant or occupant. Rates and charges for sewage services shall be based upon actual water consumption or the average monthly water consumption based upon the owner's, tenant's or occupant's specific customer class.

            (e) The owner, tenant or occupant of any real property may be determined and declared to be served by a stormwater system only after each of the following conditions is met: (1) The district has been designated by the Environmental Protection Agency as an entity to serve a West Virginia Separate Storm Sewer System community, as defined in 40 C. F. R. §122.26; (2) the district's authority has been properly expanded to operate and maintain a stormwater system; (3) the district has made available a stormwater system where stormwater from the real property affects or drains into the stormwater system; and (4) the real property is located in the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System's designated service area. It is further hereby found, determined and declared that the mandatory use of the stormwater system is necessary and essential for the health and welfare of the inhabitants and residents of the district and of the state. The district may charge and the owner, tenant or occupant shall pay the rates, fees and charges for stormwater services established under this article only after thirty days’ notice of the availability of the stormwater system has been received by the owner. An entity providing stormwater service shall provide a tenant a report of the stormwater fee charged for the entire property and, if appropriate, that portion of the fee to be assessed to the tenant.

            (f) All delinquent fees, rates and charges of the district for either water facilities, sewer facilities, gas facilities or stormwater systems or stormwater management programs are liens on the premises served of equal dignity, rank and priority with the lien on the premises of state, county, school and municipal taxes. Nothing contained within the rules of the Public Service Commission shall be deemed to require any agents or employees of the public service districts to accept payment at the customer's premises in lieu of discontinuing service for a delinquent bill. In addition to the other remedies provided in this section, public service districts are granted a deferral of filing fees or other fees and costs incidental to the bringing and maintenance of an action in magistrate court for the collection of delinquent water, sewer, stormwater or gas bills. If the district collects the delinquent account, plus reasonable costs, from its customer or other responsible party, the district shall pay to the magistrate the normal filing fee and reasonable costs which were previously deferred. In addition, each public service district may exchange with other public service districts a list of delinquent accounts: Provided, That an owner of real property may not be held liable for the delinquent rates or charges for services or facilities of a tenant, nor may any lien attach to real property for the reason of delinquent rates or charges for services or facilities of a tenant of the real property unless the owner has contracted directly with the public service district to purchase the services or facilities.

            (g) Anything in this section to the contrary notwithstanding, any establishment, as defined in section three, article eleven, chapter twenty-two of this code, now or hereafter operating its own sewage disposal system pursuant to a permit issued by the Department of Environmental Protection, as prescribed by section eleven of said article, is exempt from the provisions of this section.

            (h) A public service district which has been designated by the Environmental Protection Agency as an entity to serve a West Virginia Separate Storm Sewer System community shall prepare an annual report detailing the collection and expenditure of rates, fees or charges and make it available for public review at the place of business of the governing body and the stormwater utility main office.

§16-13A-25. Borrowing and bond issuance; procedure.

            Notwithstanding any other provisions of this article to the contrary, a A public service district may not has plenary power to borrow money, enter into contracts for the provision of engineering, design or feasibility studies, issue or contract to issue revenue bonds or exercise any of the powers conferred by the provisions of section thirteen, twenty or twenty-four of this article. without the prior consent and approval of the Public Service Commission: Provided, That approval of funding set forth in section eleven, article two, chapter twenty-four of this code or this section is not required if the funding is for a project which has received a certificate of public convenience and necessity after July 8, 2005, from the commission and where the cost of the project changes but the change does not affect the rates established for the project. Upon written request of the public service board contemplating such transaction or project, the Public Service Commission shall provide technical support to the public service board, including, but not limited to, engineering, design and financial analysis of the proposed transaction or project.

            (b) The Public Service Commission may waive the provision of prior consent and approval for entering into contracts for engineering, design or feasibility studies pursuant to this section for good cause shown which is evidenced by the public service district filing a request for waiver of this section stated in a letter directed to the commission with a brief description of the project, a verified statement by the board members that the public service district has complied with chapter five-g of this code, and further explanation of ability to evaluate their own engineering contract, including, but not limited to:

(1) Experience with the same engineering firm; or

            (2) Completion of a construction project requiring engineering services. The district shall also forward an executed copy of the engineering contract to the commission after receiving approval of the waiver.

            (c) An engineering contract that meets one or more of the following criteria is exempt from the waiver or approval requirements:

            (1) A contract with a public service district that is a Class A utility on April 1, 2003, or subsequently becomes a Class A utility as defined by commission rule;

            (2) A contract with a public service district that does not require borrowing and that can be paid out of existing rates;

            (3) A contract where the payment of engineering fees are contingent upon the receipt of funding, and commission approval of the funding, to construct the project which is the subject of the contract; or

            (4) A contract that does not exceed $15,000.

            (d) Requests for approval or waivers of engineering contracts shall be deemed granted thirty days after the filing date unless the staff of the Public Service Commission or a party files an objection to the request. If an objection is filed, the Public Service Commission shall issue its decision within one hundred twenty days of the filing date. In the event objection is received to a request for a waiver, the application shall be considered a request for waiver as well as a request for approval in the event a waiver is not appropriate.

            (e) Unless the properties to be constructed or acquired represent ordinary extensions or repairs of existing systems in the usual course of business, a public service district must first obtain a certificate of public convenience and necessity from the Public Service Commission in accordance with the provision of chapter twenty-four of this code when a public service district is seeking to acquire or construct public service property.

CHAPTER 24. PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION.

ARTICLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS.

§24-1-1. Legislative purpose and policy; plan for internal reorganization; promulgation of plan as rule; cooperation with Joint Committee on Government and Finance.

            (a) It is the purpose and policy of the Legislature in enacting this chapter to confer upon the Public Service Commission of this state the authority and duty to enforce and regulate the practices, services and rates of public utilities in order to:

            (1) Ensure fair and prompt regulation of public utilities in the interest of the using and consuming public;

            (2) Provide the availability of adequate, economical and reliable utility services throughout the state;

            (3) Encourage the well-planned development of utility resources in a manner consistent with state needs and in ways consistent with the productive use of the state’s energy resources, such as coal;

            (4) Ensure that rates and charges for utility services are just, reasonable, applied without unjust discrimination or preference, applied in a manner consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in article two-a of this chapter and based primarily on the costs of providing these services;

            (5) Encourage energy conservation and the effective and efficient management of regulated utility enterprises; and

            (6) Encourage removal of artificial barriers to rail carrier service, stimulate competition, stimulate the free flow of goods and passengers throughout the state and promote the expansion of the tourism industry, thereby improving the economic condition of the state.

            (b) The Legislature creates the Public Service Commission to exercise the legislative powers delegated to it. The Public Service Commission is charged with the responsibility for appraising and balancing the interests of current and future utility service customers, the general interests of the state’s economy and the interests of the utilities subject to its jurisdiction in its deliberations and decisions.

            (c) The Legislature directs the Public Service Commission to identify, explore and consider the potential benefits or risks associated with emerging and state-of-the-art concepts in utility management, rate design and conservation. The commission may conduct inquiries and hold hearings regarding such concepts in order to provide utilities subject to its jurisdiction and other interested persons the opportunity to comment and shall report to the Governor and the Legislature regarding its findings and policies to each of these areas not later than the first day of the regular session of the Legislature in the year 1985, and every two years thereafter.

            (d) It is legislative policy to ensure that the Legislature and the general public become better informed regarding the regulation of public utilities in this state and the conduct of the business of the Public Service Commission. To aid in the achievement of this policy, the Public Service Commission annually shall present to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance, created by article three, chapter four of this code, or a subcommittee designated by the joint committee, a management summary report which describes in a concise manner:

            (1) The major activities of the commission for the year especially as such activities relate to the implementation of the provisions of this chapter;

            (2) Important policy decisions reached and initiatives undertaken during the year;

            (3) The current balance of supply and demand for natural gas and electric utility services in the state and forecast of the probable balance for the next ten years; and

            (4) Other information considered by the commission to be important, including recommendations for statutory reform and the reasons for such recommendations.

            (e) In addition to any other studies and reports required to be conducted and made by the Public Service Commission pursuant to any other provision of this section, the commission shall study and initially report to the Legislature no later than the first day of the regular session of the Legislature in the year 1980 upon:

            (1) The extent to which natural gas wells or wells heretofore supplying gas utilities in this state have been capped off or shut in; the number of such wells; their probable extent of future production and the reasons given and any justification for capping off or shutting in such wells; the reasons, if any, why persons engaged or heretofore engaged in the development of gas wells in this state or the Appalachian areas have been discouraged from drilling, developing or selling the production of such wells; and whether there are fixed policies by any utility or group of utilities to avoid the purchase of natural gas produced in the Appalachian region of the United States generally and in West Virginia specifically.

            (2) The extent of the export and import of natural gas utility supplies in West Virginia.

            (3) The cumulative effect of the practices mentioned in subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection upon rates theretofore and hereafter charged gas utility customers in West Virginia.

            In carrying out the provisions of this section the commission shall have jurisdiction over such persons, whether public utilities or not, as may be in the opinion of the commission necessary to the exercise of its mandate and may compel attendance before it, take testimony under oath and compel the production of papers or other documents. Upon reasonable request by the commission, all other state agencies shall cooperate with the commission in carrying out the provisions and requirements of this subsection.

            (f) No later than the first day of the regular session of the Legislature in the year 1980, the Public Service Commission shall submit to the Legislature a plan for internal reorganization which plan shall specifically address the following:

            (1) A division within the Public Service Commission which shall include the office of the commissioners, the hearing examiners and such support staff as may be necessary to carry out the functions of decisionmaking and general supervision of the commission, which functions shall not include advocacy in cases before the commission;

            (2) The creation of a division which shall act as an advocate for the position of and in the interest of all customers;

            (3) The means and procedures by which the division to be created pursuant to the provisions of subdivision (2) of this subsection shall protect the interests of each class of customers and the means by which the commission will assure that such division will be financially and departmentally independent of the division created by subdivision (1) of this subsection;

            (4) The creation of a division within the Public Service Commission which shall assume the duties and responsibilities now charged to the commissioners with regard to motor carriers which division shall exist separately from those divisions set out in subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection and which shall relieve the commissioners of all except minimal administrative responsibilities as to motor carriers and which plan shall provide for a hearing procedure to relieve the commissioners from hearing motor carrier cases;

            (5) Which members of the staff of the Public Service Commission shall be exempted from the salary schedules or pay plan adopted by the Civil Service Commission and identify such staff members by job classification or designation, together with the salary or salary ranges for each such job classification or designation;

            (6) The manner in which the commission will strengthen its knowledge and independent capacity to analyze key conditions and trends in the industries it regulates extending from general industry analysis and supply-demand forecasting to continuing and more thorough scrutiny of the capacity planning, construction management, operating performance and financial condition of the major companies within these industries.

            Such plan shall be based on the concept that each of the divisions mentioned in subdivisions (1), (2) and (4) of this subsection shall exist independently of the others and the plan shall discourage ex parte communications between them by such means as the commission shall direct, including, but not limited to, separate clerical and professional staffing for each division. Further, the Public Service Commission is directed to incorporate within the said plan to the fullest extent possible the recommendations presented to the subcommittee on the Public Service Commission of the Joint Committee on Government and Finance in a final report dated February, 1979, and entitled “A Plan for Regulatory Reform and Management Improvement.”

            The commission shall, before January 5, 1980, adopt said plan by order, which order shall promulgate the same as a rule of the commission to be effective upon the date specified in said order, which date shall be no later than December 31, 1980. Certified copies of such order and rule shall be filed on the first day of the 1980 regular session of the Legislature, by the chairman of the commission with the clerk of each house of the Legislature, the Governor and the Secretary of State. The chairman of the commission shall also file with the office of the Secretary of State the receipt of the clerk of each house and of the Governor, which receipt shall evidence compliance with this section.

            Upon the filing of a certified copy of such order and rule, the clerk of each house of the Legislature shall report the same to their respective houses and the presiding officer thereof shall refer the same to appropriate standing committee or committees.

            Within the limits of funds appropriated therefor, the rule of the Public Service Commission shall be effective upon the date specified in the order of the commission promulgating it unless an alternative plan be adopted by general law or unless the rule is disapproved by a concurrent resolution of the Legislature adopted prior to adjournment sine die of the regular session of the Legislature to be held in the year 1980: Provided, That if such rule is approved in part and disapproved in part by a concurrent resolution of the Legislature adopted prior to such adjournment, such rule shall be effective to the extent and only to the extent that the same is approved by such concurrent resolution.

            The rules promulgated and made effective pursuant to this section shall be effective notwithstanding any other provisions of this code for the promulgation of rules or regulations.

            (g) The Public Service Commission is hereby directed to cooperate with the Joint Committee on Government and Finance of the Legislature in its review, examination and study of the administrative operations and enforcement record of the Railroad Safety Division of the Public Service Commission and any similar studies.

            (h) (1) The Legislature hereby finds that rates for natural gas charged to customers of all classes have risen dramatically in recent years to the extent that such increases have adversely affected all customer classes. The Legislature further finds that it must take action necessary to mitigate the adverse consequences of these dramatic rate increases.

            (2) The Legislature further finds that the practices of natural gas utilities in purchasing high-priced gas supplies, in purchasing gas supplies from out-of-state sources when West Virginia possesses abundant natural gas, and in securing supplies, directly or indirectly by contractual agreements including take-or-pay provisions, indefinite price escalators or most-favored nation clauses have contributed to the dramatic increase in natural gas prices. It is therefore the policy of the Legislature to discourage such purchasing practices in order to protect all customer classes.

            (3) The Legislature further finds that it is in the best interests of the citizens of West Virginia to encourage the transportation of natural gas in intrastate commerce by interstate or intrastate pipelines or by local distribution companies in order to provide competition in the natural gas industry and in order to provide natural gas to consumers at the lowest possible price.

            (i) The Legislature further finds that transactions between utilities and affiliates are a contributing factor to the increase in natural gas and electricity prices and tend to confuse consideration of a proper rate of return calculation. The Legislature therefore finds that it is imperative that the Public Service Commission have the opportunity to properly study the issue of proper rate of return for lengthy periods of time and to limit the return of a utility to a proper level when compared to return or profit that affiliates earn on transactions with sister utilities.

            (j) The Legislature further finds that water and sewer utilities that are political subdivisions of the state providing separate or combined services and having at least four thousand five hundred customers and annual gross revenues of $3 million or more are most fairly and effectively regulated by the local governing body with respect to rates, borrowing and capital projects. Therefore, notwithstanding any contrary provisions of this section, the jurisdiction of the Public Service Commission over water and sewer utilities that are political subdivisions of the state is limited to that granted specifically in this code.

            (k) The Legislature further finds that an adequate cash working capital fund is essential to allow water and sewer utilities that are political subdivisions of the state to deliver continuous and compliant service. Therefore, these utilities shall maintain a working capital reserve in an amount of no less than one eighth of actual annual operation and maintenance expense. This reserve shall be separate and distinct from and in addition to any repair and replacement fund that may be required by bond covenants.

§24-1-1b. Supplemental rule for reorganization.

            The Public Service Commission shall, by general order, create a division within its staff which shall, upon written request of the governing body of a political subdivision that operates a water, sewer and/or stormwater utility, provide legal, operational, engineering, financial, ratemaking and accounting advice and assistance to public service districts and Class III and Class IV towns or villages in operational, financial, and regulatory matters, water, sewer and/or stormwater utilities that are political subdivisions of the state and may perform or participate in the studies required under section one-b, article thirteen-a, chapter sixteen of this code: Provided, That advice and assistance to a Class III city or Class IV town or village shall only be given if such advice or assistance is specifically requested by the Class III city or the Class IV town or village. The request may be withdrawn by the city of town at any time, after which the commission shall not provide further assistance or advice.

§24-1-2. Definitions.

            Except where a different meaning clearly appears from the context, the words "public utility", when used in this chapter, shall mean and include any person or persons, or association of persons, however associated, whether incorporated or not, including municipalities, engaged in any business, whether herein enumerated or not, which is, or shall hereafter be held to be, a public service. Whenever in this chapter the words "commission" or "Public Service Commission" occur, such word or words shall, unless a different intent clearly appears from the context, be taken to mean the Public Service Commission of West Virginia. Whenever used in this chapter, "customer" shall mean and include any person, firm, corporation, municipality, public service district or any other entity who purchases a product or services of any utility and shall include any such person, firm, corporation, municipality, public service district or any other entity who purchases such services or product for resale. Whenever in this chapter the words “governing body” occur, such word or words shall, unless a different intent clearly appears from the context, be taken to mean the municipal body charged with the authority and responsibility of enacting ordinances of the municipality, as defined in section two, article one, chapter eight of this code, or a public service board of a public service district, as defined in section three, article thirteen-a, chapter sixteen of this code.

ARTICLE 2. POWERS AND DUTIES OF PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION. 

§24-2-1. Jurisdiction of commission; waiver of jurisdiction.

            (a) The jurisdiction of the commission shall extend to all public utilities in this state and shall include any utility engaged in any of the following public services:

            Common carriage of passengers or goods, whether by air, railroad, street railroad, motor or otherwise, by express or otherwise, by land, water or air, whether wholly or partly by land, water or air; transportation of oil, gas or water by pipeline; transportation of coal and its derivatives and all mixtures and combinations thereof with other substances by pipeline; sleeping car or parlor car services; transmission of messages by telephone, telegraph or radio; generation and transmission of electrical energy by hydroelectric or other utilities for service to the public, whether directly or through a distributing utility; supplying water, gas or electricity by municipalities or others; sewer systems servicing twenty-five or more persons or firms other than the owner of the sewer systems: Provided, That if a public utility other than a political subdivision intends to provide sewer service by an innovative, alternative method, as defined by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the innovative, alternative method is a public utility function and subject to the jurisdiction of the Public Service Commission regardless of the number of customers served by the innovative, alternative method; any public service district created under the provisions of article thirteen-a, chapter sixteen of this code; toll bridges, wharves, ferries; solid waste facilities; and any other public service: Provided, however, That natural gas producers who provide natural gas service to not more than twenty-five residential customers are exempt from the jurisdiction of the commission with regard to the provisions of such residential service: Provided further, That upon request of any of the customers of such natural gas producers, the commission may, upon good cause being shown, exercise such authority as the commission may deem appropriate over the operation, rates and charges of such producer and for such length of time as the commission may consider to be proper: And provided further, That the jurisdiction the commission may exercise over the rates and charges of municipally operated public utilities is limited to that authority granted the commission in section four-b of this article: And provided further, That the decision-making authority granted to the commission in sections four and four-a of this article shall, in respect to an application filed by a public service district, be delegated to a single hearing examiner appointed from the commission staff, which hearing examiner shall be authorized to carry out all decision-making duties assigned to the commission by said sections, and to issue orders having the full force and effect of orders of the commission.

            (b) The jurisdiction of the commission over political subdivisions of this state providing separate or combined services and having at least four thousand five hundred customers and annual combined gross revenues of $3 million or more that are political subdivisions of the state is limited to:

            (1) General supervision of public utilities, as granted and described in section five of this article ;

            (2) Regulation of measurements, practices, acts or services, as granted and described in section seven of this article;

            (3) Regulation of a system of accounts to be kept by a public utility that is a political subdivision of the state, as granted and described in section eight of this article;

            (4) Submission of information to the commission regarding rates, tolls, charges or practices, as granted and described in section nine of this article;

            (5) Authority to subpoena witnesses, take testimony and administer oaths to any witness in any proceeding before or conducted by the commission, as granted and described in section ten of this article; and

            (6) Investigation and resolution of disputes involving political subdivisions of the state regarding inter-utility agreements, rates, fees and charges, service areas and contested utility combinations.

            (7) Customers of water and sewer utilities operated by a political subdivision of the state and customers of stormwater utilities operated by a public service district may bring formal or informal complaints regarding the commission’s exercise of the powers enumerated in this section and the commission shall resolve these complaints.

            (8) In the event that a political subdivision has a deficiency in either its bond revenue or bond reserve accounts, or is otherwise in breach of a bond covenant, the bond holder may petition the Public Service Commission for such redress as will bring the accounts to current status or otherwise resolve the breached covenant, and the commission shall have jurisdiction to fully resolve the alleged deficiency or breach.

            (b) (c) The commission may, upon application, waive its jurisdiction and allow a utility operating in an adjoining state to provide service in West Virginia when:

            (1) An area of West Virginia cannot be practicably and economically served by a utility licensed to operate within the State of West Virginia;

            (2) Said area can be provided with utility service by a utility which operates in a state adjoining West Virginia;

            (3) The utility operating in the adjoining state is regulated by a regulatory agency or commission of the adjoining state; and

            (4) The number of customers to be served is not substantial. The rates the out-of-state utility charges West Virginia customers shall be the same as the rate the utility is duly authorized to charge in the adjoining jurisdiction. The commission, in the case of any such utility, may revoke its waiver of jurisdiction for good cause.

            (c) (d) Any other provisions of this chapter to the contrary notwithstanding:

            (1) An owner or operator of an electric generating facility located or to be located in this state that has been designated as an exempt wholesale generator under applicable federal law, or will be so designated prior to commercial operation of the facility, and for which such facility the owner or operator holds a certificate of public convenience and necessity issued by the commission on or before July 1, 2003, shall be subject to subsections (e), (f), (g), (h), (i) and (j), section eleven-c of this article as if the certificate of public convenience and necessity for such facility were a siting certificate issued under said section and shall not otherwise be subject to the jurisdiction of the commission or to the provisions of this chapter with respect to such facility except for the making or constructing of a material modification thereof as provided in subdivision (5) of this subsection.

            (2) Any person, corporation or other entity that intends to construct or construct and operate an electric generating facility to be located in this state that has been designated as an exempt wholesale generator under applicable federal law, or will be so designated prior to commercial operation of the facility, and for which facility the owner or operator does not hold a certificate of public convenience and necessity issued by the commission on or before July 1, 2003, shall, prior to commencement of construction of the facility, obtain a siting certificate from the commission pursuant to the provisions of section eleven-c of this article in lieu of a certificate of public convenience and necessity pursuant to the provisions of section eleven of this article. An owner or operator of an electric generating facility as is described in this subdivision for which a siting certificate has been issued by the commission shall be subject to subsections (e), (f), (g), (h), (i) and (j), section eleven-c of this article and shall not otherwise be subject to the jurisdiction of the commission or to the provisions of this chapter with respect to such facility except for the making or constructing of a material modification thereof as provided in subdivision (5) of this subsection.

            (3) An owner or operator of an electric generating facility located in this state that had not been designated as an exempt wholesale generator under applicable federal law prior to commercial operation of the facility, that generates electric energy solely for sale at retail outside this state or solely for sale at wholesale in accordance with any applicable federal law that preempts state law or solely for both such sales at retail and such sales at wholesale and that had been constructed and had engaged in commercial operation on or before July 1, 2003, shall not be subject to the jurisdiction of the commission or to the provisions of this chapter with respect to such facility, regardless of whether such facility subsequent to its construction has been or will be designated as an exempt wholesale generator under applicable federal law: Provided, That such owner or operator shall be subject to subdivision (5) of this subsection if a material modification of such facility is made or constructed.

            (4) Any person, corporation or other entity that intends to construct or construct and operate an electric generating facility to be located in this state that has not been or will not be designated as an exempt wholesale generator under applicable federal law prior to commercial operation of the facility, that will generate electric energy solely for sale at retail outside this state or solely for sale at wholesale in accordance with any applicable federal law that preempts state law or solely for both such sales at retail and such sales at wholesale and that had not been constructed and had not been engaged in commercial operation on or before July 1, 2003, shall, prior to commencement of construction of the facility, obtain a siting certificate from the commission pursuant to the provisions of section eleven-c of this article in lieu of a certificate of public convenience and necessity pursuant to the provisions of section eleven of this article. An owner or operator of an electric generating facility as is described in this subdivision for which a siting certificate has been issued by the commission shall be subject to subsections (e), (f), (g), (h), (i) and (j), section eleven-c of this article and shall not otherwise be subject to the jurisdiction of the commission or to the provisions of this chapter with respect to such facility except for the making or constructing of a material modification thereof as provided in subdivision (5) of this subsection.

            (5) An owner or operator of an electric generating facility described in this subsection shall, before making or constructing a material modification of the facility that is not within the terms of any certificate of public convenience and necessity or siting certificate previously issued for the facility or an earlier material modification thereof, obtain a siting certificate for the modification from the commission pursuant to the provisions of section eleven-c of this article in lieu of a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the modification pursuant to the provisions of section eleven of this article and, except for the provisions of section eleven-c of this article, shall not otherwise be subject to the jurisdiction of the commission or to the provisions of this chapter with respect to such modification.

            (6) The commission shall consider an application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity filed pursuant to section eleven of this article to construct an electric generating facility described in this subsection or to make or construct a material modification of such electric generating facility as an application for a siting certificate pursuant to section eleven-c of this article if the application for the certificate of public convenience and necessity was filed with the commission prior to July 1, 2003, and if the commission has not issued a final order thereon as of that date.

            (7) The limitations on the jurisdiction of the commission over, and on the applicability of the provisions of this chapter to, the owner or operator of an electric generating facility as imposed by, and described in this subsection, shall not be deemed to affect or limit the commission’s jurisdiction over contracts or arrangements between the owner or operator of such facility and any affiliated public utility subject to the provisions of this chapter.

§24-2-2. General power of commission to regulate public utilities.

            (a) The commission is hereby given power to investigate all rates, methods and practices of public utilities subject to the provisions of this chapter; to require them to conform to the laws of this state and to all rules, regulations and orders of the commission not contrary to law; and to require copies of all reports, rates, classifications, schedules and timetables in effect and used by the public utility or other person to be filed with the commission, and all other information desired by the commission relating to the investigation and requirements, including inventories of all property in such form and detail as the commission may prescribe. The commission may compel obedience to its lawful orders by mandamus or injunction or other proper proceedings in the name of the state in any circuit court having jurisdiction of the parties or of the subject matter, or the Supreme Court of Appeals directly, and the proceedings shall have priority over all pending cases. The commission may change any intrastate rate, charge or toll which is unjust or unreasonable or any interstate charge with respect to matters of a purely local nature which have not been regulated by or pursuant to an act of Congress and may prescribe a rate, charge or toll that is just and reasonable, and change or prohibit any practice, device or method of service in order to prevent undue discrimination or favoritism between persons and between localities and between commodities for a like and contemporaneous service. But in no case shall the rate, toll or charge be more than the service is reasonably worth, considering the cost of the service. Every order entered by the commission shall continue in force until the expiration of the time, if any, named by the commission in the order, or until revoked or modified by the commission, unless the order is suspended, modified or revoked by order or decree of a court of competent jurisdiction: Provided, That in the case of utilities used by emergency shelter providers, the commission shall prescribe such rates, charges or tolls that are the lowest available. "Emergency shelter provider" means any nonprofit entity which provides temporary emergency housing and services to the homeless or to victims of domestic violence or other abuse.

            (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, rates are not discriminatory if, when considering the debt costs associated with a future water or sewer project which would not benefit existing customers, the commission establishes rates which ensure that the future customers to be served by the new project are solely responsible for the debt costs associated with the project.

            (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, the jurisdiction of the commission over water and/or sewer utilities that are political subdivisions of the state providing a separate or combined services and having at least four thousand five hundred customers and annual combined gross revenues of $3 million or more shall be limited to those powers enumerated in subsection (b), section one of this article.

§24-2-3. General power of commission with respect to rates.

            (a) The commission shall have power to enforce, originate, establish, change and promulgate tariffs, rates, joint rates, tolls and schedules for all public utilities except for water and/or sewer utilities that are political subdivisions of this state providing a separate or combined services and having at least four thousand five hundred customers and annual combined gross revenues of $3 million or more: Provided, That the commission may exercise such rate authority over municipal municipally owned electric or natural gas utilities or a municipally owned water and/or sewer utility having less than four thousand five hundred customers and $3 million dollars annual combined gross revenues, only under the circumstances and limitations set forth in section four-b of this article. And whenever the commission shall, after hearing, find any existing rates, tolls, tariffs, joint rates or schedules enacted or maintained by a utility regulated under the provisions of this section to be unjust, unreasonable, insufficient or unjustly discriminatory or otherwise in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter, the commission shall by an order fix reasonable rates, joint rates, tariffs, tolls or schedules to be followed in the future in lieu of those found to be unjust, unreasonable, insufficient or unjustly discriminatory or otherwise in violation of any provisions of law, and the said commission, in fixing the rate of any railroad company, may fix a fair, reasonable and just rate to be charged on any branch line thereof, independent of the rate charged on the main line of such railroad.

            (b) In determining just and reasonable rates, the commission may audit and investigate management practices and policies, or have performed an audit and investigation of such practices and policies, in order to determine whether the utility is operating with efficiency and is utilizing sound management practices. The commission shall adopt rules and regulations setting forth the scope, frequency and application of such audits and investigations to the various utilities subject to its jurisdiction. The commission may include the cost of conducting the management audit in the cost of service of the utility.

            (c) In determining just and reasonable rates, the commission shall investigate and review transactions between utilities and affiliates. The commission shall limit the total return of the utility to a level which, when considered with the level of profit or return the affiliate earns on transactions with the utility, is just and reasonable.

§24-2-4a. Procedure for changing rates after June 30, 1981.

            (a) After June 30, 1981, no public utility subject to this chapter, except for water and/or sewer utilities that are political subdivisions of the state providing separate or combined services and having at least four thousand five hundred customers and annual gross revenue of $3 million or more from its separate or combined services, shall change, suspend or annul any rate, joint rate, charge, rental or classification except after thirty days' notice to the commission and the public, which notice shall plainly state the changes proposed to be made in the schedule then in force and the time when the changed rates or charges shall go into effect; but the commission may enter an order suspending the proposed rate as hereinafter provided. The proposed changes shall be shown by printing new schedules, or shall be plainly indicated upon the schedules in force at the time, and kept open to public inspection: Provided, That the commission may, in its discretion, and for good cause shown, allow changes upon less time than the notice herein specified, or may modify the requirements of this section in respect to publishing, posting and filing of tariffs, either by particular instructions or by general order.

            (b) Whenever there shall be filed with the commission any schedule stating a change in the rates or charges, or joint rates or charges, or stating a new individual or joint rate or charge or joint classification or any new individual or joint regulation or practice affecting any rate or charge, the commission may, either upon complaint or upon its own initiative without complaint, enter upon a hearing concerning the propriety of such rate, charge, classification, regulation or practice; and, if the commission so orders, it may proceed without answer or other form of pleading by the interested parties, but upon reasonable notice, and, pending such hearing and the decisions thereon, the commission, upon filing with such schedule and delivering to the public utility affected thereby a statement in writing of its reasons for such suspension, may suspend the operation of such schedule and defer the use of such rate, charge, classification, regulation or practice, but not for a longer period than two hundred seventy days beyond the time when such rate, charge, classification, regulation or practice would otherwise go into effect; and after full hearing, whether completed before or after the rate, charge, classification, regulation or practice goes into effect, the commission may make such order in reference to such rate, charge, classification, regulation or practice as would be proper in a proceeding initiated after the rate, charge, classification, regulation or practice had become effective: Provided, That in the case of a public utility having two thousand five hundred customers or less and which is not a political subdivision and which is not principally owned by any other public utility corporation or public utility holding corporation, the commission may suspend the operation of such schedule and defer the use of such rate, charge, classification, regulation or practice, but not for a longer period than one hundred twenty days beyond the time when such rate, charge, classification, regulation or practice would otherwise go into effect; and in the case of a public utility having more than two thousand five hundred customers, but not more than five thousand customers, and which is not a political subdivision and which is not principally owned by any other public utility corporation or public utility holding corporation, the commission may suspend the operation of such schedule and defer the use of such rate, charge, classification, regulation or practice, but not for a longer period than one hundred fifty days beyond the time when such rate, charge, classification, regulation or practice would otherwise go into effect; and in the case of a public utility having more than five thousand customers, but not more than seven thousand five hundred customers, and which is not a political subdivision and which is not principally owned by any other public utility corporation or public utility holding corporation, the commission may suspend the operation of such schedule and defer the use of such rate, charge, classification, regulation or practice, but not for a longer period than one hundred eighty days beyond the time when such rate, charge, classification, regulation or practice would otherwise go into effect; and after full hearing, whether completed before or after the rate, charge, classification, regulation or practice goes into effect, the commission may make such order in reference to such rate, charge, classification, regulation or practice as would be proper in a proceeding initiated after the rate, charge, classification, regulation or practice had become effective: Provided, however, That, in the case of rates established or proposed that increase by less than twenty-five percent of the gross revenue of the regulated public service district, there shall be no suspension period in the case of rates established by a public service district pursuant to section nine, article thirteen-a, chapter sixteen of this code, and the proposed rates of public service districts shall go into effect upon the date of filing with the commission, subject to refund modification at the conclusion of the commission proceeding. In the case of rates established or proposed that increase by more than twenty-five percent of the gross revenue of the public service district, the district may apply for, and the commission may grant, a waiver of the suspension period and allow rates to be effective upon the date of filing with the commission. The public service district shall provide notice by Class 1 legal advertisement in a newspaper of general circulation in its service territory of the percentage increase in rates at least fourteen days prior to the effective date of the increased rates. Any refund determined to be determined to be due and owing as a result of any difference between any final rates approved by the commission and the rates placed into effect subject to refund shall be refunded by the public service district as a credit against each customer’s account for a period of up to six months after entry of the commission’s final order. Any remaining balance which is not fully credited by credit within six months after entry of the commission’s final order shall be directly refunded to the customer by check: Provided further, That if any such hearing and decision thereon is not concluded within the periods of suspension, as above stated, such rate, charge, classification, regulation or practice shall go into effect at the end of such period not subject to refund: And provided further, That if any such rate, charge, classification, regulation or practice goes into effect because of the failure of the commission to reach a decision, the same shall not preclude the commission from rendering a decision with respect thereto which would disapprove, reduce or modify any such proposed rate, charge, classification, regulation or practice, in whole or in part, but any such disapproval, reduction or modification shall not be deemed to require a refund to the customers of such utility as to any rate, charge, classification, regulation or practice so disapproved, reduced or modified. The fact of any rate, charge, classification, regulation or practice going into effect by reason of the commission's failure to act thereon shall not affect the commission's power and authority to subsequently act with respect to any such application or change in any rate, charge, classification, regulation or practice. Any rate, charge, classification, regulation or practice which shall be approved, disapproved, modified or changed, in whole or in part, by decision of the commission shall remain in effect as so approved, disapproved, modified or changed during the period or pendency of any subsequent hearing thereon or appeal therefrom. Orders of the commission affecting rates, charges, classifications, regulations or practices which have gone into effect automatically at the end of the of the suspension period are prospective in effect.

            (c) At any hearing involving a rate sought to be increased or involving the change of any rate, charge, classification, regulation or practice, the burden of proof to show the justness and reasonableness of the increased rate or proposed increased rate, or the proposed change of rate, charge, classification, regulation or practice shall be upon the public utility making application for such change. The commission shall, whenever practicable and within budgetary constraints, conduct one or more public hearings within the area served by the public utility making application for such increase or change, for the purpose of obtaining comments and evidence on the matter from local ratepayers.

            (d) Each public utility subject to the provisions of this section shall be required to establish, in a written report which shall be incorporated into each general rate case application, that it has thoroughly investigated and considered the emerging and state-of-the-art concepts in the utility management, rate design and conservation as reported by the commission under subsection (c), section one, article one of this chapter, as alternatives to, or in mitigation of, any rate increase. The utility report shall contain as to each concept considered the reasons for adoption or rejection of each. When in any case pending before the commission all evidence shall have been taken and the hearing completed, the commission shall render a decision in such case. The failure of the commission to render a decision with respect to any such proposed change in any such rate, charge, classification, regulation or practice within the various time periods specified in this section after the application therefor shall constitute neglect of duty on the part of the commission and each member thereof.

            (e) Where more than twenty members of the public are affected by a proposed change in rates, it shall be a sufficient notice to the public within the meaning of this section if such notice is published as a Class II legal advertisement in compliance with the provisions of article three, chapter fifty-nine of this code, and the publication area for such publication shall be the community where the majority of the resident members of the public affected by such change reside or, in case of nonresidents, have their principal place of business within this state.

            (f) The commission may order rates into effect subject to refund, plus interest in the discretion of the commission, in cases in which the commission determines that a temporary or interim rate increase is necessary for the utility to avoid financial distress, or in which the costs upon which these rates are based are subject to modification by the commission or another regulatory commission and to refund to the public utility. In such case the commission may require such public utility to enter into a bond in an amount deemed by the commission to be reasonable and conditioned upon the refund to the persons or parties entitled thereto of the amount of the excess if such rates so put into effect are subsequently determined to be higher than those finally fixed for such utility.

            (g) No utility regulated under the provisions of this section may make application for a general rate increase while another general rate application is pending before the commission and not finally acted upon, except pursuant to the provisions of subsection (f) of this section. The provisions of this subsection shall not be construed so as to prohibit any such rate application from being made while a previous application which has been finally acted upon by the commission is pending before or upon appeal to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

§24-2-4b. Procedures for changing rates of electric and natural gas cooperatives, local exchange services of telephone cooperatives and municipally operated public utilities.

            (a) The rates and charges of electric cooperatives, natural gas cooperatives and municipally operated public utilities, except for municipal water and/or sewer utilities that are political subdivisions of the state with at least four thousand five hundred customers and annual combined gross revenue of less than $3 million dollars, except for municipally operated commercial solid waste facilities as defined in section two, article fifteen, chapter twenty-two of this code, and the rates and charges for local exchange services provided by telephone cooperatives are not subject to the rate approval provisions of section four or four-a of this article, but are subject to the limited rate provisions of this section.

            (b) All rates and charges set by electric cooperatives, natural gas cooperatives and municipally operated public utilities that are political subdivisions of the state providing water, sewer, electric and natural gas services and all rates and charges for local exchange services set by telephone cooperatives shall be just, reasonable, applied without unjust discrimination or preference between or preference for any customer or class of customer and based primarily on the costs of providing these services. All rates and charges shall be based upon the measured or reasonably estimated cost of service, and the equitable sharing of those costs between customers based upon the cost of providing the service received by the customer, including a reasonable plant-in-service depreciation expense. The rates and charges shall be adopted by the electric, natural gas, or telephone cooperative or political subdivision’s governing board or body and, in the case of the municipally operated public utility, by municipal ordinance to be effective not sooner than forty-five days after adoption. The 45-day waiting period may be waived by public vote of the governing body if that body finds and declares the public utility that is a political subdivision of the state to be in financial distress such that the 45-day waiting period would be detrimental to the ability of the utility to deliver continued and compliant public services: Provided, That notice of intent to effect a rate change shall be specified on the monthly billing statement of the customers of the utility for the month next preceding the month in which the rate change is to become effective or and the utility governing body shall give its customers and, in the case of a cooperative, its customers, members and stockholders, other reasonable notices as will allow filing of timely objections to the proposed rate change or and full participation in municipal rate legislation through the provision of a public forum in which customers may comment upon the proposed rate change prior to an enactment vote. The rates and charges or ordinance shall be filed with the commission, together with any information showing the basis of the rates and charges and other information as the commission considers necessary. Any change in the rates and charges with updated information shall be filed with the commission. If a petition, as set out in subdivision (1), (2) or (3), subsection (c) of this section, is received and the electric cooperative, natural gas cooperative or telephone cooperative or municipality has failed to file with the commission the rates and charges with information showing the basis of rates and charges and other information as the commission considers necessary, the suspension period limitation of one hundred twenty days and the one hundred-day period limitation for issuance of an order by a hearing examiner, as contained in subsections (d) and (e) of this section, is tolled until the necessary information is filed. The electric cooperative, natural gas cooperative, telephone cooperative or municipality shall set the date when any new rate or charge is to go into effect.

            (c) The commission shall review and approve or modify the rates and charges of electric cooperatives, natural gas cooperatives, telephone cooperatives, or municipal electric or natural gas utilities and municipally owned water and/or sewer utilities that are political subdivisions of the state and having less than four thousand five hundred customers and $3 million dollars of annual combined gross revenues upon the filing of a petition within thirty days of the adoption of the ordinance or resolution changing the rates or charges by:

            (1) Any customer aggrieved by the changed rates or charges who presents to the commission a petition signed by not less than twenty-five percent of the customers served by the municipally operated electric or natural gas public utility or municipally owned water and/or sewer utility having less than four thousand five hundred customers and $3 million dollars annual combined gross revenues or twenty-five percent of the membership of the electric, natural gas or telephone cooperative residing within the state;

            (2) Any customer who is served by a municipally operated owned electric or natural gas public utility and who resides outside the corporate limits and who is affected by the change in the rates or charges and who presents to the commission a petition alleging discrimination between customers within and without the municipal boundaries. The petition shall be accompanied by evidence of discrimination; or

            (3) Any customer or group of customers of the municipally owned electric or natural gas public utility who is affected by the change in rates who reside within the municipal boundaries and who present a petition to the commission alleging discrimination between a customer or group of customers and other customers of the municipal utility. The petition shall be accompanied by evidence of discrimination.

            (d) (1) The filing of a petition with the commission signed by not less than twenty-five percent of the customers served by the municipally operated owned electric or natural gas public utility or a municipally owned water and/or sewer utility having less than four thousand five hundred customers or $3 million dollars annual combined gross revenues or twenty-five percent of the membership of the electric, natural gas or telephone cooperative residing within the state under subdivision (1) subsection (c) of this section shall suspend the adoption of the rate change contained in the ordinance or resolution for a period of one hundred twenty days from the date the rates or charges would otherwise go into effect or until an order is issued as provided herein.

            (2) Upon sufficient showing of discrimination by customers outside the municipal boundaries or a customer or a group of customers within the municipal boundaries under a petition filed under subdivision (2) or (3), subsection (c) of this section, the commission shall suspend the adoption of the rate change contained in the ordinance for a period of one hundred twenty days from the date the rates or charges would otherwise go into effect or until an order is issued as provided herein. A municipal rate ordinance enacted pursuant to the provisions of this section and municipal charter or state code that establishes or proposes a rate increase that results in an increase of less than twenty-five percent of the gross revenue of the utility shall be presumed valid and rates shall be allowed to go into effect, subject to refund, upon the date stated in that ordinance. In the case of rates established or proposed that increase by more than twenty-five percent of the gross revenue of the municipally operated public utility, the utility may apply for, and the commission may grant, a waiver of the suspension period and allow rates to be effective upon enactment.

            (e) The commission shall forthwith appoint a hearing examiner from its staff to review the grievances raised by the petitioners. The hearing examiner shall conduct a public hearing and shall, within one hundred days from the date the rates or charges would otherwise go into effect, unless otherwise tolled as provided in subsection (b) of this section, issue an order approving, disapproving or modifying, in whole or in part, the rates or charges imposed by the electric, natural gas or telephone cooperative or by the municipally operated public utility pursuant to this section.

            (f) Upon receipt of a petition for review of the rates under the provisions of subsection (c) of this section, the commission may exercise the power granted to it under the provisions of section three of this article, consistent with the applicable rate provisions of section twenty, article ten, chapter eight of this code, section four, article nineteen of said chapter and section sixteen, article thirteen, chapter sixteen of this code. The commission may determine the method by which the rates are reviewed and may grant and conduct a de novo hearing on the matter if the customer, electric, natural gas or telephone cooperative or municipality requests a hearing.

            (g) A municipal utility shall be required to refund revenues collected from rates enacted that are disapproved or modified upon subsequent order of the commission entered in a proceeding under this section. Any refund determined to be due and owing as a result of any difference between the municipal rates placed into effect subject to refund and any final rates approved the commission shall be refunded by the municipal utility as a credit against each customer’s account for a period of up to six months after entry of the commission’s final order. Any remaining balance which is not fully refunded by credit within six months after entry of the commission’s final order shall be directly refunded to the individual customer by check.

            (h) (g) The commission may, upon petition by a municipality or an electric, natural gas or telephone cooperative, or municipal electric or natural gas public utility or a municipally owned water and/or sewer utility having less than four thousand five hundred customers and $3 million dollars annual combined gross revenues, allow an interim or emergency rate to take effect, subject to refund or future modification, if it is determined that the interim or emergency rate is necessary to protect the municipality from financial hardship attributable to the purchase of the utility commodity sold, or the commission determines that a temporary or interim rate increase is necessary for the utility to avoid financial distress. In such cases, the commission shall waive the 45-day waiting period provided for in subsection (b) of this section and the one hundred twenty-day suspension period provided for in subsection (d) of this section.

            (h) The commission shall, upon written request of the governing body of a political subdivision, provide technical assistance to the governing body in its deliberations regarding a proposed rate increase.

            (i) Notwithstanding any other provision, the commission has no authority or responsibility with regard to the regulation of rates, income, services or contracts by municipally operated public utilities for services which are transmitted and sold outside of the State of West Virginia.

            (j) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, the jurisdiction of the commission over water and/or sewer utilities that are political subdivisions of the state and having at least four thousand five hundred customers and annual gross combined revenues of $3 million or more shall be limited to those powers enumerated in subsection (b), section one of this article.

§24-2-7. Unreasonable, etc., regulations, practices and services; receivership; procedures respecting receivership; appointment and compensation of receiver; liquidation.

            (a) Whenever, under the provisions of this chapter, the commission shall find any regulations, measurements, practices, acts or service to be unjust, unreasonable, insufficient or unjustly discriminatory, or otherwise in violation of any provisions of this chapter, or shall find that any service is inadequate, or that any service which is demanded cannot be reasonably obtained, the commission shall determine and declare, and by order fix reasonable measurement, regulations, acts, practices or services, to be furnished, imposed, observed and followed in the state in lieu of those found to be unjust, unreasonable, insufficient, or unjustly discriminatory, inadequate or otherwise in violation of this chapter, and shall make such other order respecting the same as shall be just and reasonable.

            (b) If the Public Service Commission shall determine that any utility is unable or unwilling to adequately serve its customers or has been actually or effectively abandoned by its owners, or that its management is grossly and willfully inefficient, irresponsible or unresponsive to the needs of its customers, the commission may petition to the circuit court of any county wherein the utility does business for an order attaching the assets of the utility and placing such utility under the sole control and responsibility of a receiver. If the court determines that the petition is proper in all respects and finds, after a hearing thereon, that the allegations contained in the petition are true, it shall grant the same and shall order that the utility be placed in receivership. The court, in its discretion and in consideration of the recommendation of the commission, shall appoint a receiver who shall be a responsible individual, partnership or corporation knowledgeable in public utility affairs and who shall maintain control and responsibility for the running and management of the affairs of such the utility. In so doing, the receiver shall operate the utility so as to preserve the assets of the utility and to serve the best interests of its customers. The receiver shall be compensated from the assets of said utility in an amount to be determined by the court.

            (c) Control of and responsibility for said utility shall remain in the receiver until the same can, in the best interest of the customers, be returned to the owners, transferred to other owners or assumed by another utility or public service corporation: Provided, That if the court after hearing, determines that control of and responsibility for the affairs of the utility should not, in the best interests of its customers, be returned to the legal owners thereof, the receiver shall proceed to liquidate the assets of such the utility in the manner provided by law.

            (d) The laws generally applicable to receivership shall govern receiverships created pursuant to this section.

§24-2-11. Requirements for certificate of public convenience and necessity.

            (a) A public utility, person or corporation other than a political subdivision of the state providing water, sewer and/or stormwater services and having at least four thousand five hundred customers and annual gross combined revenues of $3 million dollars or more may not begin the construction of any plant, equipment, property or facility for furnishing to the public any of the services enumerated in section one, article two of this chapter, nor apply for, nor obtain any franchise, license or permit from any municipality or other governmental agency, except ordinary extensions of existing systems in the usual course of business, unless and until it shall obtain from the Public Service Commission a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing such construction franchise, license or permit.

            (b) Upon the filing of any application for the certificate, and after hearing, the commission may, in its discretion, issue or refuse to issue, or issue in part and refuse in part, the certificate of convenience and necessity: Provided, That the commission, after it gives proper notice and if no substantial protest is received within thirty days after the notice is given, may waive formal hearing on the application. Notice shall be given by publication which shall state that a formal hearing may be waived in the absence of substantial protest, made within thirty days, to the application. The notice shall be published as a Class I legal advertisement in compliance with the provisions of article three, chapter fifty-nine of this code. The publication area shall be the proposed area of operation.

            (c) Any public utility, person or corporation subject to the provisions of this section other than a political subdivision of the state providing water and/or sewer services having at least four thousand five hundred customers and combined annual gross revenue of $3 million dollars or more shall give the commission at least thirty days’ notice of the filing of any application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity under this section: Provided, That the commission may modify or waive the thirty-day notice requirement and shall waive the thirty-day notice requirement for projects approved by the Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council.

            (d) The commission shall render its final decision on any application filed under the provisions of this section or section eleven-a of this article within two hundred seventy days of the filing of the application and within ninety days after final submission of any such application for decision following a hearing: Provided, That if the application is for authority to construct a water and sewer project and the projected total cost is less than $10 million, the commission shall render its final decision within two hundred twenty-five days of the filing of the application.

            (e) The commission shall render its final decision on any application filed under the provisions of this section that has received the approval of the Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council pursuant to article fifteen-a, chapter thirty-one of this code within one hundred eighty days after filing of the application: Provided, That if a substantial protest is received within thirty days after the notice is provided pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, the commission shall render its final decision within two hundred seventy days or two hundred twenty-five days of the filing of the application, whichever is applicable as determined in subsection (d) of this section.

            (f) If the projected total cost of a project which is the subject of an application filed pursuant to this section or section eleven-a of this article is greater than $50 million, the commission shall render its final decision on any such application filed under the provisions of this section or section eleven-a of this article within four hundred days of the filing of the application and within ninety days after final submission of any such application for decision after a hearing.

            (g) If a decision is not rendered within the, time frames established in this section, the commission shall issue a certificate of convenience and necessity as applied for in the application.

            (h) The commission shall prescribe rules as it may deem proper for the enforcement of the provisions of this section; and, in establishing that public convenience and necessity do exist, the burden of proof shall be upon the applicant.

            (i) Pursuant to the requirements of this section, the commission may issue a certificate of public convenience and necessity to any intrastate pipeline, interstate pipeline or local distribution company for the transportation in intrastate commerce of natural gas used by any person for one or more uses, as defined by rule, by the commission in the case of:

            (1) Natural gas sold by a producer, pipeline or other seller to the person; or

            (2) Natural gas produced by the person.

            (j) A public utility, including a public service district, which has received a certificate of public convenience and necessity after July 8, 2005, from the commission and has been approved by the Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council is not required to, and cannot be compelled to, reopen the proceeding if the cost of the project changes but the change does not affect the rates established for the project.

            (k) Any public utility, person or corporation proposing any electric power project that requires a certificate under this section is not required to obtain such certificate before applying for or obtaining any franchise, license or permit from any municipality or other governmental agency.

            (l) Water, sewer and/or stormwater utilities that are political subdivisions of the state and having at least four thousand five hundred customers and combined gross revenues of $3 million dollars or more desiring to pursue construction projects that are not in the ordinary course of business shall provide notice to both current customers and those citizens who will be affected by the proposed construction as follows:

            (1) Adequate prior public notice of the contemplated construction by causing a notice of intent to pursue a project that is not in the ordinary course of business to be specified on the monthly billing statement of the customers of the utility for the month next preceding the month in which the contemplated construction is to be before the governing body on first reading.

            (2) Adequate prior public notice of the contemplated construction by causing to be published as a Class I legal advertisement of the proposed action, in compliance with the provisions of article three, chapter fifty-nine of the code. The publication area for publication shall be all territory served by the district. If the political subdivision provides service in more than one county, publication shall be made in a newspaper of general circulation in each county that the political subdivision provides service.

            (3) The public notice of the proposed construction shall state the scope of the proposed construction, the current rates, fees and charges, the proposed changes to said rates, fees and charges; the date, time, and place of both a public hearing on the proposal and the proposed final vote on adoption; and, the place or places within the political subdivision where the proposed construction and the rates, fees and charges may be inspected by the public. A reasonable number of copies of the proposal shall be kept at the place or places and be made available for public inspection. The notice shall also advise that interested parties may appear at the public hearing before the political subdivision and be heard with respect to the proposed construction and the proposed rates, fees and charges.

            (4) The proposed construction and the proposed rates, fees and charges shall be read at two meetings of the governing body with at least two weeks intervening between each meeting. The public hearing may be conducted with or following the second reading.

            (5) Enactment of the proposed construction and the proposed rates, fees and charges shall follow an affirmative vote of the governing body and shall be effective no sooner than forty-five days following the action of the governing body. If the political subdivision proposes rates that will go into effect prior than the completion of construction of the proposed project, the 45-day waiting period may be waived by public vote of the governing body only if the political subdivision finds and declares the political subdivision to be in financial distress such that the 45-day waiting period would be detrimental to the ability of the political subdivision to deliver continued and compliant public services: Provided, That in no event shall the rate become effective prior to the date that the county commission has entered an order approving the action of the public service district board.

            (6) Rates, fees and charges approved by an affirmative vote of the public services district board shall be forwarded in writing to the county commission appointing the approving board. The county commission shall, within forty-five days of receipt of the proposed rates, fees and charges, take action to approve or reject the proposed rates, fees and charges. After forty-five days, and absent action by the county commission, the proposed rates, fees and charges shall be effective with no further action by the board or county commission. In any event this 45-day period may be extended by official action of both the board proposing the rates, fees and charges and the appointing county commission.

            (7) The county commission shall provide notice to the public by a Class I legal advertisement of the proposed action, in compliance with the provisions of article three, chapter fifty-nine of this code, of the meeting where it shall consider the proposed increases in rates, fees and charges no later than one week prior to the meeting date.

ARTICLE 3. DUTIES AND PRIVILEGES OF PUBLIC UTILITIES SUBJECT TO REGULATIONS OF COMMISSION.

§24-3-5. Schedule of rates to be filed with commission.

            Every public utility subject to the provisions of this chapter shall file with the commission, and keep open to public inspection, schedules showing all the rates, charges and tolls for service to be rendered by it or by other persons, firms or corporations in connection with it: Provided, That the reports and tariffs filed by interstate carriers with the Public Service Commission may be copies of its reports and tariffs filed with the Interstate Commerce Commission; but nothing herein shall preclude the Public Service Commission from requiring interstate carriers to furnish information bearing upon any complaint or question pending before said Public Service Commission and with which it has a right to deal.;

            And,

            By striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:

            Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 234--A Bill to amend and reenact §8-12-17 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; to amend and reenact §8-16-19 of said code; to amend and reenact §8-19-4 of said code; to amend and reenact §16-13A-1a, §16-13A-9 and §16-13A-25 of said code; to amend and reenact §24-1-1, §24-1-1b and §24-1-2 of said code; to amend and reenact §24-2-1, §24-2-2, §24-2-3, §24-2-4a, §24-2-4b, §24-2-7 and §24-2-11 of said code; and to amend and reenact §24-3-5 of said code, all relating to operation and regulation of certain water and sewer utilities owned or operated by political subdivisions of the state; modifying procedure for sale or lease of municipal public utility; providing procedures for adjustment of rates by certain public service districts and municipal water and sewer utilities; eliminating requirement for consent and approval of Public Service Commission with respect to public service districts borrowing money, issuing bonds and entering into certain engineering contracts; relating to the authority of bondholders to petition the Public Service Commission for redress when there is a deficiency in bond revenue or bond reserve accounts or is otherwise in breach of bond covenants; limiting jurisdiction of Public Service Commission over certain water and sewer utilities owned or operated by political subdivisions of the state; defining terms; providing procedure for providing notice of construction projects to be undertaken by certain water and sewer utilities; requiring all public utilities to file schedules of rates with Public Service Commission; expanding jurisdiction of the Public Service Commission to provide assistance to public service districts and municipal corporations regarding proposed rate changes; providing for a working capital reserve; expanding powers of certain public service boards; providing mechanism for Public Service Commission to address deficiencies in the measurements, practices acts or services provided by certain public utility that is a political subdivision of the state; and providing mechanisms for various functions of political subdivisions related to water and sewer services.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate concurred in the House of Delegates amendments to the bill.

            Engrossed Committee Substitute for Senate Bill No. 234, as amended by the House of Delegates, was then put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 234) passed with its House of Delegates amended title.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the amendment by that body, passage as amended, to take effect from passage, and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the House of Delegates amendment, as to

            Eng. Senate Bill No. 250, Relating to Conservation Agency financial assistance applications from district supervisors.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the message on the bill was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The following House of Delegates amendment to the bill was reported by the Clerk:

            On page three, after line twenty-two, by inserting a new subsection, designated subsection (d), to read as follows:

            (d) The State Conservation Committee may propose emergency rules as necessary to implement the provisions of this section.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate concurred in the House of Delegates amendment to the bill.

            Engrossed Senate Bill No. 250, as amended by the House of Delegates, was then put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. S. B. No. 250) passed with its title.

            Senator Carmichael moved that the bill take effect from passage.

            On this question, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, two thirds of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. S. B. No. 250) takes effect from passage.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the amendment by that body, passage as amended with its House of Delegates amended title, and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the House of Delegates amendments, as to

            Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 286, Relating to compulsory immunizations of students; exemptions.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the message on the bill was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The following House of Delegates amendments to the bill were reported by the Clerk:

            By striking everything after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

            That §16-3-4 and §16-3-5 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows:

ARTICLE 3. PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF COMMUNICABLE AND OTHER INFECTIOUS DISEASES.

§16-3-4. Compulsory immunization of school children; information disseminated; offenses; penalties.

            (a) Whenever a resident birth occurs, the state director of health commissioner shall promptly provide parents of the newborn child with information on immunizations mandated by this state or required for admission to a public, private, parochial school in this state or a state-regulated child care center.

            (b) All children Except as hereinafter provided, a child entering school for the first time or a state-regulated child care center in this state shall have been must be immunized against chickenpox, hepatitis-b, measles, meningitis, mumps, diphtheria, polio, rubeola, rubella, tetanus and whooping cough. Any person who cannot give satisfactory proof of having been immunized previously or a certificate from a reputable physician showing that an immunization for any or all diphtheria, polio, rubeola, rubella, tetanus and whooping cough is impossible or improper or sufficient reason why any or all immunizations should not be done, shall be immunized for diphtheria, polio, rubeola, rubella, tetanus and whooping cough prior to being admitted in any of the schools in the state.

            (c) No child or person shall may be admitted or received in any of the schools of the state or a state-regulated child care center until he or she has been immunized as hereinafter provided or produces a certificate from a reputable physician showing that an immunization for against chickenpox, hepatitis-b, measles, meningitis, mumps, diphtheria, polio, rubeola, rubella, tetanus and whooping cough has been done or is impossible or improper or other sufficient reason why such immunizations have not been done or produces a certificate from a licensed physician granting the child or person an exemption from the compulsory immunization requirements of this section.

            (d) Any teacher school or state-regulated child care center personnel having information concerning any person who attempts to enter be enrolled in a school for the first time or state-regulated child care center without having been immunized against chickenpox, hepatitis-b, measles, meningitis, mumps, diphtheria, polio, rubeola, rubella, tetanus and whooping cough shall report the names of all such persons to the county health officer. It shall be the duty of the health officer in counties having a full-time health officer to see that such persons are immunized before entering school: Provided, That commissioner.

            (e) Persons enrolling from schools outside of the state may be provisionally enrolled under minimum criteria established by the director of the department of health commissioner so that the person's immunization may be completed while missing a minimum amount of school. Provided, however, That no No person shall be allowed to enter school without at least one dose of each required vaccine.

            In counties where there is no full-time health officer or district health officer, the county commission or municipal council shall appoint competent physicians to do the immunizations and fix their compensation.

            (f) County health departments shall furnish the biologicals for this immunization free of charge for children of parents or guardians who attest that they cannot afford or otherwise access vaccines elsewhere.

            (g) Health officers and physicians who shall do this immunization work shall give to all persons and children provide vaccinations must present the person vaccinated with a certificate free of charge showing that they have been immunized against chickenpox, hepatitis-b, measles, meningitis, mumps, diphtheria, polio, rubeola, rubella, tetanus and whooping cough, or he or she may give the certificate to any person or child whom he or she knows to have been immunized against chickenpox, hepatitis-b, measles, meningitis, mumps, diphtheria, polio, rubeola, rubella, tetanus and whooping cough.

            (h) The commissioner is authorized to grant, renew, condition, deny, suspend or revoke exemptions to the compulsory immunization requirements of this section, on a statewide basis, upon sufficient medical evidence that immunization is contraindicated or there exists a specific precaution to a particular vaccine.

            (1) A request for an exemption to the compulsory immunization requirements of this section must be accompanied by the certification of a licensed physician stating that the physical condition of the child is such that immunization is contraindicated or there exists a specific precaution to a particular vaccine.

            (2) The commissioner is authorized to appoint and employ an Immunization Officer to make determinations on request for an exemption to the compulsory immunization requirements of this section, on a statewide basis, and delegate to the Immunization Officer the authority granted to the commissioner by this subsection.

            (3) A person appointed and employed as the Immunization Officer must be a physician licensed under the laws of this state to practice medicine.

            (4) The Immunization Officer’s decision on a request for an exemption to the compulsory immunization requirements of this section may be appealed to the State Health Officer.

            (5) The final determination of the State Health Officer is subject to a right of appeal pursuant to the provisions of article five, chapter twenty-nine a of this code.

            (h) A person shall qualify for a medical exemption to a compulsory vaccination by:

            (1) Filing a certificate from a licensed physician at least fifteen days prior to entering school stating that the physical condition of the child is such that immunization is contraindicated or there exists a specific precaution to a particular vaccine with the school this child will attend and contemporaneously filing the certificate with the Commissioner for the Bureau for Public Health.

            (2) Within ten business days of the filing, the commissioner may condition, deny, suspend or revoke an exemption only after consulting with the child's licensed physician who certified the exemption. The commissioner shall provide a reason based upon by substantial medical evidence that the immunization is not contraindicated or there does not exists a specific precaution to a particular vaccine.

            (3) The final determination of the state health officer is subject to a right of appeal pursuant to the provisions of article five, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code.

            (i) The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources and the Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health shall not add to the compulsory vaccinations required by this section through the promulgation of a rule.

            (j) The changes made to this section during the 2015 regular session of the Legislature supercede any interpretive rule and any action taken by the Department of Health and Human Resources in the promulgation of an interpretive rule regarding compulsory immunizations. That rule and any action take pursuant to it will be null and void with upon the effective date of this legislation.

            (k) If any A physician shall give who provides any person with a false certificate of immunization against chickenpox, hepatitis-b, measles, meningitis, mumps, diphtheria, polio, rubeola, rubella, tetanus and whooping cough he or she shall be is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined not less than $25 nor more than $100.

            Any parent or guardian who refuses to permit his or her child to be immunized against diphtheria, polio, rubeola, rubella, tetanus and whooping cough, who cannot give satisfactory proof that the child or person has been immunized against diphtheria, polio, rubeola, rubella, tetanus and whooping cough previously, or a certificate from a reputable physician showing that immunization for any or all is impossible or improper, or sufficient reason why any or all immunizations should not be done, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, except as herein otherwise provided, shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not less than ten nor more than $50 for each offense.

§16-3-5. Distribution of free vaccine preventives of disease.

            (a) Declaration of legislative findings and purpose. -- The Legislature finds and declares that early immunization for preventable diseases represents one of the most cost-effective means of disease prevention. The savings which can be realized from immunization, compared to the cost of health care necessary to treat the illness and lost productivity, are substantial. Immunization of children at an early age serves as a preventative preventive measure both in time and money and is essential to maintain our children's health and well-being. The costs of childhood immunizations should not be allowed to preclude the benefits available from a comprehensive, medically supervised child immunization service. Furthermore, the federal government has established goals that require ninety percent of all children to be immunized by age two and provided funding to allow uninsured children to meet this goal.

            (b) The State Director Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health shall acquire vaccine for the prevention of polio, measles, meningitis, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis-b, haemophilus influenzae-b and other vaccine preventives of disease preventable diseases as may be deemed considered necessary or required by law and shall distribute the same, free of charge, in such quantities as he or she may deem considers necessary, to county and municipal health officers public and private providers, to be used by them for the benefit of and without expense to the citizens within their respective jurisdictions, to check contagions and control epidemics.

            (c) The county and municipal health officers shall have Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health, through the immunization program, has the responsibility to properly store and distribute, ensure the distribution, free of charge, of federally supplied vaccines to public and private medical or osteopathic physicians within their jurisdictions providers to be utilized used to check contagions and control epidemics: Provided, That the public and private medical or osteopathic physicians shall providers may not make a charge for the vaccine itself when administering it to a patient. The county and municipal health officers shall provide a receipt to the State Director of Health for Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health, through the immunization program, shall keep an accurate record of any vaccine delivered as herein provided in this section.

            (d) The Director of the Division Health commissioner is charged with establishing a childhood an Immunization Advisory Committee. The advisory committee is to plan for universal access, make recommendations on the distribution of vaccines acquired pursuant to this section, advise the secretary on the changing needs and opportunities for immunization from known diseases for all persons across their life span and tracking of track immunization compliance in accordance with federal and state laws. The childhood Members of the Immunization Advisory Committee shall be designated and appointed by the Secretary of the Department of the Health and Human Resources commissioner no later than the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred ninety-four and July 1, 2015. The advisory committee shall be comprised of representatives from the following groups: Public health nursing, public health officers, primary health care providers, pediatricians, family practice physicians, health care administrators, state Medicaid program pharmacists, the Commissioner of the Bureau for Medical Services, or his or her designee, the health insurance industry, the Director of the Public Employees Insurance Agency, or his or her designee, the self-insured industry and a minimum of three consumers. The state epidemiologist shall serve serves as an advisor to the committee. The commissioner, or his or her designee, serves as the chair of the advisory committee. Members of the advisory committee shall serve two-year four-year terms.

            (e) An advisory committee member may not participate in a matter involving specific parties that will have a direct and predicable effect on their financial interest. An effect will not be direct in instances where the chain of causation is attenuated or is contingent upon the occurrence of events that are speculative.

            (e) (f) All health insurance policies and prepaid care policies issued in this state which provide coverage for the children of the insured shall provide coverage for child immunization services to include the cost of the vaccine, if incurred by the health care provider, and all costs of administration from birth through age sixteen eighteen years. These services shall be are exempt from any deductible, per-visit charge and/or copayment provisions which may be in force in these policies or contracts. This section does not exempt other health care services provided at the time of immunization from any deductible and/ or copayment provisions.

            (f) (g) Attending physicians, midwives, nurse practitioners, hospitals, birthing centers, clinics and other appropriate health care providers shall provide parents of newborns and preschool age children with information on the following immunizations: Diphtheria, polio, mumps, meningitis, measles, rubella, tetanus, hepatitis-b, hemophilus influenzae-b, chickenpox and whooping cough. This information should include the availability of free immunization services for children.;

            And,

            By striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:

            Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 286--A Bill to amend and reenact §16-3-4 and §16-3-5 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, all relating generally to compulsory immunizations; adding chickenpox, hepatitis-B, meningitis and mumps to the list of diseases for which vaccination is required; requiring children entering or enrolled in state regulated child care centers to be immunized; providing for qualifications for medical exemptions to compulsory vaccination; authorizing the Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health to condition, deny, suspend or revoke a medical exemption to compulsory immunization requirements; providing for a review of a decision by the state health officer; providing a right of appeal of a final determination of the state health officer; prohibiting the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources and the Commissioner of the Bureau of Public Health from adding compulsory vaccinations through promulgation of a rule; providing that amendments made to this section supercede any interpretative rules; clarifying the duty of county health departments to provide immunization services; repealing the criminal offense of refusing to permit a child to be vaccinated; removing an inaccurate legislative finding; clarifying the duties of the commissioner to acquire and distribute vaccines; clarifying the duties of the Immunization Advisory Committee; establishing a date upon which members of the advisory committee must be appointed; prohibiting members of the advisory committee from participating in matters that will have a direct and predictable effect on their financial interests; establishing the commissioner as the chair of the advisory committee; extending the terms of the members of the advisory committee from two to four years; and requiring health insurance policies and prepaid care to provide coverage for child immunization services through age eighteen.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate refused to concur in the foregoing House amendments to the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 286) and requested the House of Delegates to recede therefrom.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the amendment by that body, passage as amended, and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the House of Delegates amendments, as to

            Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 315, Relating to civil actions filed under Consumer Protection Act.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the message on the bill was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The following House of Delegates amendments to the bill were reported by the Clerk:

            On page eleven, section one hundred six, line thirteen, after the word “proper.” by inserting the following: Any party to an action for damages under this subsection has the right to demand a jury trial.;

            On page eleven, section one hundred six, lines fourteen through nineteen, by striking out all of subsection (b) and inserting in lieu thereof a new subsection, designated subsection (b), to read as follows:

            (b) No award of damages in an action pursuant to subsection (a) of this section may be made without proof that the person seeking damages suffered an actual out-of-pocket loss that was proximately caused by a violation of this article. If a person seeking to recover damages for a violation of this article alleges that an affirmative misrepresentation is the basis for his or her claim, then he or she must prove that the deceptive act or practice caused him or her to enter into the transaction that resulted in his or her damages. If a person seeking to recover damages for a violation of this article alleges that the concealment or omission of information is the basis for his or her claim, then he or she must prove that the person’s loss was proximately caused by the concealment or omission.;

            On page eleven, section one hundred six, line twenty-one, after the word “action” by inserting the words “counterclaim, cross-claim or third party claim”;

            On page eleven, section one hundred six, line twenty-four, after the word “mail” by inserting the words “return receipt requested”;

            And,

            On page eleven, section one hundred six, line twenty-six, after the word “violation” by inserting a comma and the words “but ten days in the case a cause of action has already been filed,”.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate concurred in the House of Delegates amendments to the bill.

            Engrossed Committee Substitute for Senate Bill No. 315, as amended by the House of Delegates, was then put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--31.

            The nays were: Kessler, Romano and Snyder--3.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 315) passed with its title.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the amendment by that body, passage as amended, and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the House of Delegates amendment, as to

            Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 316, Exempting new veteran-owned business from certain fees paid to Secretary of State.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the message on the bill was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The following House of Delegates amendment to the bill was reported by the Clerk:

            On page twenty-three, section two-a, line fifty-three, after the word “code.” by inserting the following: Notwithstanding anything in this code to the contrary, a veteran must be honorably discharged or under honorable conditions, and as described in 38 U. S. C. §101.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate concurred in the House of Delegates amendment to the bill.

            Engrossed Committee Substitute for Senate Bill No. 316, as amended by the House of Delegates, was then put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 316) passed with its title.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the concurrence by that body in the Senate amendments, as amended by the House of Delegates, passage as amended, and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the House of Delegates amendment to the Senate amendments, as to

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2011, Relating to disbursements from the Workers' Compensation Fund where an injury is self inflicted or intentionally caused by the employer.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the message on the bill was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The following House of Delegates amendment to the Senate amendments to the bill was reported by the Clerk:

            By striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2011--A Bill to amend and reenact §23-4-2 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating generally to a workplace employee injury caused by the deliberate intention of the employer required for the employer to lose immunity from a lawsuit; defining actual knowledge; eliminating obsolete language referring to the West Virginia Workers Compensation Fund and board of managers; establishing standards related to blood tests administered after accident; providing that intoxication shown by a positive blood test for alcohol or drugs that meet certain thresholds is the proximate cause of any injury; clarifying provisions outlining who may assert claims on behalf of an employee under this section; requiring that a claim for worker’s compensation benefits be filed prior to bringing a cause of action under this section unless good cause is shown; providing that actual knowledge must be specifically proven by the employee or other person seeking to recover under this section and shall not be deemed or presumed; providing an employee may prove actual knowledge by evidence of an employer’s intentional or deliberate failure to conduct a legally required inspection, audit or assessment; establishing actual knowledge is not established by what an employee’s immediate supervisor or management personnel should have known had they exercised reasonable care or been more diligent; establishing that proof of actual knowledge of prior accidents, near misses, safety complaints or citations must be proven by documentary or other credible evidence; defining a commonly accepted and well-known safety standard within the industry or business of the employer; exempting certain codes or standards from applying to volunteer fire departments, municipal fire departments and emergency medical response personnel if those entities have followed rules promulgated by the Fire Commission; requiring that if the unsafe working condition relates to a violation of a state or federal safety provision that safety provision must address the specific work, working conditions and hazards involved; establishing that the applicability of state or federal safety provisions is a matter for judicial determination; defining generally serious compensable injury; establishing four categories of serious compensable injury including an injury rated at a whole person impairment of at least thirteen percent (13%) and other threshold requirements, an injury or condition likely to result in death within eighteen (18) months from the date of the filing of the complaint, an injury not capable of whole person impairment if it causes permanent serious disfigurement, causes permanent loss or significant impairment of function of any bodily organ or system, or results in objectively verifiable bilateral or multi-level dermatomal radiculopathy and is not a physical injury that has no objective medical evidence to support a diagnosis, or if an employee suffers from complicated pneumoconiosis or pulmonary massive fibrosis and that condition has resulted in an impairment rating of at least fifteen percent (15%); establishing certification requirements for the categories of serious compensable injury; requiring that a verified statement submitted from a person with knowledge and expertise of the workplace safety, statutes, rules, regulations and consensus industry standards specifically applicable to the industry and workplace involved in an injury be served with any complaint asserting certain causes of action brought under this section; providing for the minimum contents of the required verified statement; limiting the use of the required verified statement during litigation; providing for consideration of bifurcation of discovery in certain circumstances; establishing the venue in which claims under this section may be brought; providing that actions accruing prior to the effective date are not affected; and establishing the effective date of July 1, 2015, for the amendments to this section.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate concurred in the foregoing House of Delegates amendment to the Senate amendments to the bill.

            Engrossed Committee Substitute for House Bill No. 2011, as amended, was then put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--32.

            The nays were: Romano and Snyder--2.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 2011) passed with its House of Delegates amended title.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced that that body had refused to concur in the Senate amendment to, and requested the Senate to recede therefrom, as to

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2016, Budget Bill, making appropriations of public money out of the treasury in accordance with section fifty-one, article six of the Constitution.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate refused to recede from its amendment to the bill and requested the appointment of a committee of conference of seven from each house on the disagreeing votes of the two houses.

            Whereupon, Senator Cole (Mr. President) appointed the following conferees on the part of the Senate:

            Senators M. Hall, Walters, Sypolt, Boso, Prezioso, Stollings and Plymale.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the concurrence by that body in the Senate amendments, as amended by the House of Delegates, passage as amended, to take effect from passage, and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the House of Delegates amendment to the Senate amendments, as to

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2674, Making home schooled students eligible for a PROMISE scholarship without taking the GED test.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the message on the bill was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The following House of Delegates amendment to the Senate amendments to the bill was reported by the Clerk:

            By striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2674--A Bill to amend and reenact §18C-7-6 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to modifying eligibility requirements for the PROMISE scholarship.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate concurred in the foregoing House of Delegates amendment to the Senate amendments to the bill.

            Engrossed Committee Substitute for House Bill No. 2674, as amended, was then put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 2674) passed with its House of Delegates amended title.

            Senator Carmichael moved that the bill take effect from passage.

            On this question, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, two thirds of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 2674) takes effect from passage.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            At the request of Senator M. Hall, and by unanimous consent, Senator M. Hall addressed the Senate regarding Engrossed Committee Substitute for House Bill No. 2016 (Budget Bill, making appropriations of public money out of the treasury in accordance with section fifty-one, article six of the Constitution).

            At the request of Senator Stollings, unanimous consent being granted, the Senate returned to the second order of business and the introduction of guests.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate recessed until 6:15 p.m. today.

            Upon expiration of the recess, the Senate reconvened and again proceeded to the third order of business.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the concurrence by that body in the Senate amendments to, and the passage as amended, with its Senate amended title, of

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2005, Relating to alternative programs for the education of teachers.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the concurrence by that body in the Senate amendments to, and the passage as amended, with its Senate amended title, of

            Eng. House Bill No. 2627, Providing protection against property crimes committed against coal mines, utilities and other industrial facilities.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced that that body had refused to concur in the Senate amendments to, and requested the Senate to recede therefrom, as to

            Eng. House Bill No. 2664, Creating "Andrea and Willy's Law"; increasing certain penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances or drugs.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate refused to recede from its amendments to the bill and requested the appointment of a committee of conference of three from each house on the disagreeing votes of the two houses.

            Whereupon, Senator Cole (Mr. President) appointed the following conferees on the part of the Senate:

            Senators Walters, Gaunch and Palumbo.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the concurrence by that body in the Senate amendments to, and the passage as amended, to take effect from passage, with its Senate amended title, of

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2793, Relating to exemptions from mandatory school attendance.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the concurrence by that body in the Senate amendments to, and the passage as amended, of

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2867, Requiring recommendations for higher education course credit transfer.

            At the request of Senator Walters, unanimous consent being granted, Senator Walters addressed the Senate announcing a meeting of the committee of conference on Engrossed House Bill No. 2664 (Creating "Andrea and Willy's Law"; increasing certain penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances or drugs).

            At the request of Senator D. Hall, and by unanimous consent, Senator D. Hall addressed the Senate announcing a meeting of the committee of conference on Engrossed House Bill No. 2646 (Legalizing and regulating the sale and use of fireworks).

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 50--Requesting the West Virginia Division of Highways to install signs at each end of the Dingess Tunnel, located on County Route 3/05, past Laurel Lake at mile post 9.32, in Mingo County, West Virginia, that boldly state "Historic Dingess Tunnel, Constructed 1892" commemorating the more than 100 years of history associated with the tunnel.

            At the request of Senator Carmichael, and by unanimous consent, reference of the resolution to a committee was dispensed with, and it was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The question being on the adoption of the resolution, the same was put and prevailed.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 77--Designating the second Friday in July as West Virginia Collector Car Appreciation Day.

            Referred to the Committee on Rules.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 79--Requesting the Division of Highways to name bridge number 52-15-8.43 (39.579426, -80.591794), locally known as the Willey Fork Bridge, carrying county Route 15/17 over Willey Fork in Wetzel County, the "U.S. Army PFC Junior David Starkey Memorial Bridge”.

            At the request of Senator Carmichael, and by unanimous consent, reference of the resolution to a committee was dispensed with, and it was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The question being on the adoption of the resolution, the same was put and prevailed.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 92--Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the need to require liability insurance coverage by businesses licensed to sell alcoholic beverages, nonintoxicating beer or wine on premises.

            Referred to the Committee on Rules.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 105--Recognizing West Virginia University Institute of Technology as a vital part of higher education in West Virginia.

            At the request of Senator Carmichael, and by unanimous consent, reference of the resolution to a committee was dispensed with, and it was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The question being on the adoption of the resolution, the same was put and prevailed.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 110--Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study reducing the West Virginia Department of Education budget and redirecting those funds toward increasing teacher salaries.

            Referred to the Committee on Rules.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 114--Requesting that the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the circumstances where West Virginia home schooled students who have completed their course work should be authorized to take the GED test, the TASC test or other approved high school equivalency assessments and earn a West Virginia High School Equivalency Diploma.

            Referred to the Committee on Rules.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 115--Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to conduct a study on state funding for school bus replacement.

            At the request of Senator Carmichael, and by unanimous consent, reference of the resolution to a committee was dispensed with, and it was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The question being on the adoption of the resolution, the same was put and prevailed.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 118--Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance conduct a study of agencies that are exempt from article three, chapter five-a and their policies and procedures for procurement, if any.

            At the request of Senator Carmichael, and by unanimous consent, reference of the resolution to a committee was dispensed with, and it was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The question being on the adoption of the resolution, the same was put and prevailed.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 119--Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance conduct a study of creating a Statewide Interoperable Radio Network by statute.

            Referred to the Committee on Rules.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 120--Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance authorize a study on the James “Tiger” Morton catastrophic illness fund.

            Referred to the Committee on Rules.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 122--Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance authorize a study on increasing state government budget and spending transparency.

            Referred to the Committee on Rules.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 123--Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance conduct a study of the impact of admitting all Class I, II, III, and IV municipalities to the Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program on the Home Rule Board in processing and reviewing plans, on the Tax Commissioner in administering, enforcing and collecting a municipal sales tax, and on businesses who must remit a municipal sales tax enacted by a municipality.

            Referred to the Committee on Rules.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 124--Requesting that the Joint Committee on Government and Finance authorize a study on the regulation of public utilities by political subdivisions of the State of West Virginia.

            Referred to the Committee on Rules.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 125--Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance conduct a study of public access and availability in one location to all ordinances, rules and regulations adopted by a county commission or municipality in this state.

            Referred to the Committee on Rules.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 128--Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the need for the health insurance policies to provide adequate coverage to encourage adoption of abuse deterrent formulation technologies for opiods in order to assist in the state's continuing efforts to eliminate prescription drug abuse.

            Referred to the Committee on Rules.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 134--Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the Health Care Authority and the certificate of need review process.

            Referred to the Committee on Rules.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 135--Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study state hospitals in regards to the Hartley Case.

            Referred to the Committee on Rules.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 136--Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study that insurers cover topical ophthalmic treatment early refills in a manner similar to or consistent with CMS guidelines for all covered individuals.

            Referred to the Committee on Rules.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 137--Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study access and costs associated with cancer clinical trials.

            Referred to the Committee on Rules.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 138--Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study and review the managed care system within the Bureau for Medical Services.

            Referred to the Committee on Rules.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 139--Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the policies regarding sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking at public colleges in the state.

            At the request of Senator Carmichael, and by unanimous consent, reference of the resolution to a committee was dispensed with, and it was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The question being on the adoption of the resolution, the same was put and prevailed.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 140--Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to conduct a study on public school finance.

            Referred to the Committee on Rules.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 141--Requesting that the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the appropriate process for removing county, school district and municipal officers with fixed terms of office by voter petition, the circumstances, if any, when county, school district and municipal officers with fixed terms of office should be removed for failure to attend meetings and whether counties, school districts and municipalities should be authorized to establish local standards for removing their officers for lack of attendance.

            Referred to the Committee on Rules.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 143--Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance, to study the feasibility and, if indicated, develop a proposal for divestiture and privatization or development of a performance-based, public-private partnership model for the operation and maintenance of all or some of the State’s hospital and nursing facilities.

            At the request of Senator Carmichael, and by unanimous consent, reference of the resolution to a committee was dispensed with, and it was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The question being on the adoption of the resolution, the same was put and prevailed.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 145--Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study direct primary care.

            Referred to the Committee on Rules.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 146--Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the special funds of the State

            Referred to the Committee on Rules.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 147--Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the leasing of oil and gas mineral rights on State lands.

            At the request of Senator Carmichael, and by unanimous consent, reference of the resolution to a committee was dispensed with, and it was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The question being on the adoption of the resolution, the same was put and prevailed.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 148--Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the collection, distribution and use of telecommunications fee revenues in support of emergency communications centers, the State Interoperable Radio Network, State Police communications and the Wireless Tower Access Assistance program and ways to maximize efficiencies and better provide for public needs.

            Referred to the Committee on Rules.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 149--Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study potential improvements to pensions for retired teachers and public employees who have been retired for ten or more years, including potential one-time improvements, potential ongoing improvements, and potential improvements for specific classes of retirees categorized by length of retirement in five year increments (individuals retired for 10-15 years, individuals retired for 15-20 years, individuals retired for 20-25 years, and so forth).

            At the request of Senator Carmichael, and by unanimous consent, reference of the resolution to a committee was dispensed with, and it was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The question being on the adoption of the resolution, the same was put and prevailed.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 150--Requesting that the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the distribution of unemployment rates across the state’s fifty-five counties, the availability of money and other resources to stimulate economic growth in the state’s counties and whether additional money or other resources should be made available to stimulate economic growth in counties with the highest rates of unemployment.

            Referred to the Committee on Rules.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 151--Requesting the Joint Committee on Health authorize a study on the licensure of athletic trainers.

            At the request of Senator Carmichael, and by unanimous consent, reference of the resolution to a committee was dispensed with, and it was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The question being on the adoption of the resolution, the same was put and prevailed.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the adoption by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the adoption of

            House Concurrent Resolution No. 152--Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the long-term needs for maintenance and construction of local public libraries and methods for providing adequate funding to meet those needs.

            Referred to the Committee on Rules.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate recessed until 7:20 p.m. tonight.

Night Session

            Upon expiration of the recess, the Senate reconvened.

            At the request of Senator D. Hall, unanimous consent being granted, Senator D. Hall addressed the Senate announcing a meeting of the committee of conference on Engrossed House Bill No. 2646 (Legalizing and regulating the sale and use of fireworks).

            The Senate then resumed business under the third order.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced that that body had agreed to the appointment of a committee of conference of three from each house on the disagreeing votes of the two houses, as to

            Eng. House Bill No. 2664, Creating "Andrea and Willy's Law"; increasing certain penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances or drugs.

            The message further announced the appointment of the following conferees on the part of the House of Delegates:

            Delegates Soboyna, Summers and Byrd.

            At the request of Senator Walters, and by unanimous consent, the Senate returned to the second order of business and the introduction of guests.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced that that body had agreed to the appointment of a committee of conference of three from each house on the disagreeing votes of the two houses, as to

            Eng. House Bill No. 2646, Legalizing and regulating the sale and use of fireworks.

            The message further announced the appointment of the following conferees on the part of the House of Delegates:

            Delegates O’Neal, Cooper and R. Phillips.

            The Senate proceeded to the twelfth order of business.

            Remarks were made by Senator Beach.

            At the request of Senator Carmichael, and by unanimous consent, the Senate returned to the fifth order of business.

Filed Conference Committee Reports

            The Clerk announced the following conference committee report had been filed at 7:54 p.m. tonight:

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2939, Relating to requirements for mandatory reporting of sexual offenses on school premises involving students.

            The Clerk announced the following conference committee reports had been filed at 7:55 p.m. tonight:

            Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 192, Authorizing Department of Transportation promulgate legislative rules.

            And,

            Eng. House Bill No. 2646, Legalizing and regulating the sale and use of fireworks.

            The Clerk announced the following conference committee report had been filed at 7:56 p.m. tonight:

            Eng. House Bill No. 2664, Creating "Andrea and Willy's Law"; increasing certain penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances or drugs.

            The Clerk announced the following conference committee report had been filed at 8:00 p.m. tonight:

            Eng. Senate Bill No. 518, Permitting county and municipal economic development authorities invest certain funds.

            Without objection, the Senate returned to the third order of business.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the amendment by that body, passage as amended, and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the House of Delegates amendment, as to

            Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 325, Relating to filing of candidates' financial disclosure statements.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the message on the bill was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The following House of Delegates amendment to the bill was reported by the Clerk:

            By striking out everything after the enacting section and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

ARTICLE 2. WEST VIRGINIA ETHICS COMMISSION; POWERS AND DUTIES; DISCLOSURE OF FINANCIAL INTEREST BY PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES; APPEARANCES BEFORE PUBLIC AGENCIES; CODE OF CONDUCT FOR ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGES.

§6B-2-6. Financial disclosure statement; filing requirements.

            (a) The financial disclosure statement shall be filed on February 1 of each calendar year to cover the period of the preceding calendar year, except insofar as may be otherwise provided herein. The following persons must file the financial disclosure statement required by this section with the Ethics Commission:

            (1) All elected officials in this state, including, but not limited to, all persons elected statewide, all county elected officials, municipal elected officials in municipalities which have, by ordinance, opted to be covered by the disclosure provisions of this section, all members of the several county or district boards of education and all county or district school board superintendents;

            (2) All members of state boards, commissions and agencies appointed by the Governor; and

            (3) Secretaries of departments, commissioners, deputy commissioners, assistant commissioners, directors, deputy directors, assistant directors, department heads, deputy department heads and assistant department heads.

            (b) For purposes of subsection (a) of this section, a person is required to file if the person holds one of the positions listed in subdivision (1), (2) or (3), subsection (a) of this section as of January 31 of each calendar year.      

            (c) A person who is required to file a financial disclosure statement under this section by virtue of becoming an elected or appointed public official whose office is described in subdivision (1), (2) or (3), subsection (a) of this section and who assumes the office less than ten days before a filing date established herein or who assumes the office after the filing date shall file a financial disclosure statement for the previous twelve months no later than thirty days after the date on which the person assumes the duties of the office unless the person has filed a financial disclosure statement with the commission during the twelve-month period before he or she assumed office.

            (b) A candidate for public office shall file a financial disclosure statement for the previous calendar year with the state Ethics Commission no later than ten days after he or she files a certificate of candidacy, but in all circumstances, not later than ten days prior to the election, unless he or she has filed a financial disclosure statement with the state Ethics Commission during the previous calendar year.

            (d) A person seeking to be a candidate for office shall first file a certificate of candidacy as provided by law and, second, shall file, no later than ten days of filing the certificate of candidacy, a financial disclosure statement with the Ethics Commission. No person may be certified as a candidate who has failed to file both documents.

            (e) The Ethics Commission shall file provide a duplicate copy of the financial disclosure statement required in this section in the following offices within ten three days of the receipt of the candidate's statement of disclosure or by the eighty-fourth day prior to the general election, whichever is sooner. The Ethics Commission may transmit such duplicate copy by mail, electronic communication or facsimile to ensure prompt and timely delivery.

            (1) Municipal candidates in municipalities which have opted, by ordinance, to be covered by the disclosure provisions of this section, in the office of the clerk of the municipality in which the candidate is seeking office;

            (2) Legislative candidates in single county districts and candidates Candidates for a county office or county school board, in the office of the clerk of the county commission of the county in which the candidate is seeking office;

            (3) Legislative candidates, from multicounty districts circuit judge or family court judge candidates, candidates for statewide office and congressional candidates, in the office of the clerk of the county commission of the county of the candidate’ residence Secretary of State.

            After a ninety-day period following any election, the clerks who offices that receive the financial disclosure statements of candidates may destroy or dispose of those statements filed by candidates who were unsuccessful in the election.

            (c) No candidate for public office may maintain his or her place on a ballot and no

            (f) (1) Any candidate for public office who has failed to file a financial disclosure statement with the state Ethics Commission as required by this section is disqualified, and the vacancy on the ballot created by the disqualification is subject to section nineteen, article five, chapter three of this code.

            (2) No public official may take the oath of office or enter or continue upon his or her duties or receive compensation from public funds unless he or she has filed a financial disclosure statement with the state Ethics Commission as required by the provisions of this section.

            (d) (g) The Ethics Commission may, upon request of any person required to file a financial disclosure statement, and for good cause shown, extend the deadline for filing such statement for a reasonable period of time: Provided, That no extension of time shall be granted to a candidate who has not filed a financial disclosure statement for the preceding filing period.

            (e) (h) No person shall fail to file a statement required by this section.

            (f) (i) No person shall knowingly file a materially false statement that is required to be filed under this section.

            (g) (j) The Ethics Commission shall publish either on the internet or by printed document made available to the public a list of all persons who have violated any Ethics Commission’s financial disclosure statement filing deadline.

            (h) (k) The Ethics Commission shall, in addition to making all financial disclosure statements available for inspection upon request:

            (1) Publish on the internet all financial disclosure statements filed by members of the Legislature and candidates for legislative office, elected members of the executive department and candidates for the offices that constitute the executive department, and members of the Supreme Court of Appeals and candidates for the Supreme Court of Appeals, commencing with those reports filed on or after January 1, 2012; and

            (2) Publish on the internet all financial disclosure statements filed by any other person required to file such financial disclosure statements, as the commission determines resources are available to permit the Ethics Commission to make such publication on the internet. The commission shall redact financial disclosure statements published on the internet to exclude from publication personal information such as signatures, home addresses and mobile and home telephone numbers.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate refused to concur in the foregoing House amendment to the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 325) and requested the House of Delegates to recede therefrom.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the amendment by that body, passage as amended with its House of Delegates amended title, and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the House of Delegates amendments, as to

            Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 439, Relating to higher education personnel.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the message on the bill was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The following House of Delegates amendments to the bill were reported by the Clerk:

            On page ten, section two-a, line one, after the word “shall” by striking out the remainder of the subsection and inserting in lieu thereof the following: create the following positions, and fill the positions beginning July 1, 2016, with well-qualified and appropriately credentialed individuals who will report to the Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and work collaboratively with governing boards and their employees at all levels:

            (1) A generalist/manager who is responsible for a wide range of human resources management, the Human Resources Information System, reporting and program development activities;

            (2) A director of classification and compensation who is responsible for maintaining job classification systems, assisting organizations with classification and compensation matters, coordinating compensation studies with the compensation planning and review committee and external vendors, and conducting annual compensation program updates or market reviews;

            (3) A training and development specialist who is responsible for assessing training needs, and for planning, designing, developing, implementing and/or coordinating delivery of training and development programs and activities as required in subdivision (9), subsection (e) of this section and section six, article seven of this chapter.;

            On page eleven, section one, lines three and four, by striking out the comma and the words “when possible,”;

            On page thirteen, section one, after line two, by inserting a new subsection, designated subsection (e), to read as follows:

            (e) It is further the intent of the Legislature to encourage strongly that each organization dedicate a portion of future tuition increases to fund the classified salary schedule and, after full funding of the salary schedule is achieved, to move toward meeting salary goals for faculty, classified and nonclassified employees.;

            On page thirteen, section two, line eight, before the word “‘Benefits’” by inserting “(1)”;

            On page thirteen, section two, line twelve, before the word "’Compensation’" by inserting “(2)”;

            On page thirteen, section two, line fourteen, before the word “‘Compensatory” by inserting “(3)”;

            On page fourteen, section two, line one, before the word “‘Employee” by inserting “(4)”;

            On page fourteen, section two, line six, before the word “‘Full-time’” by inserting “(5)”;

            On page fourteen, section two, line ten, before the word “‘Health” by inserting “(6)”;

            On page twenty, section eight, line fourteen, by striking out “(A)” and inserting in lieu thereof “(1)”;

            On page twenty, section eight, line sixteen, by striking out “(B)” and inserting in lieu thereof “(2)”;

            On page twenty-three, section eleven, line nineteen, after the word “state.” by inserting the following: An institution may not have more than ten percent of its total number of classified and nonclassified employees in positions considered by the president to be critical to the institution pursuant to said section.;

            On page twenty-five, section eleven, line two, by striking out the word “reports” and inserting in lieu thereof the word “report”;

            On page twenty-six, section eleven, line seven, by striking out “(A)” and inserting in lieu thereof “(1)”;

            On page twenty-six, section eleven, line thirteen, by striking out the word “reports” and inserting in lieu thereof the word “report”;

            On page twenty-six, section eleven, line fifteen, by striking out "(B)" and inserting in lieu thereof "(2)";

            On page twenty-seven, section eleven, line ten, by striking out “(c)” and inserting in lieu thereof “(d)”;

            On page twenty-seven, section eleven, line sixteen, by striking out “(d)” and inserting in lieu thereof “(e)”;

            On page thirty-one, section two, line five, before the word “‘Classified” by inserting “(1)”;

            On page thirty-two, section two, line four, before the word “‘Salary’” by inserting “(2)”;

            On page thirty-two, section two, line eight, before the word “‘Schedule’” by inserting “(3)”;

            On page thirty-two, section two, line ten, before the word “‘Years” by inserting “(4)”;

            On page thirty-five, section two, line nineteen, before the word “‘Classification” by inserting “(1)”;

            On page thirty-six, section two, line three, before the word “‘Classified” by inserting “(2)”;

            On page thirty-six, section two, line twelve, before the word “‘Job’” by inserting “(3)”;

            On page thirty-six, section two, line fifteen, before the word “‘Job” by inserting “(4)”;

            On page thirty-six, section two, line eighteen, before the word “‘Job” by inserting “(5)”;

            On page thirty-seven, section two, line five, before the word “‘Job” by inserting “(6)”;

            On page thirty-seven, section two, line eight, before the word “‘Job” by inserting “(7)”;

            On page thirty-eight, section two, line fifteen, before the word “‘Job” by inserting “(8)”;

            On page thirty-seven, section two, line nineteen, before the word “‘Job” by inserting “(9)”;

            On page thirty-eight, section two, line two, before the word “‘Midpoint” by inserting “(10)”;

            On page thirty-eight, section two, line six, before the word “‘Nonclassified” by inserting “(11)”;

            On page thirty-eight, section two, line twelve, by striking out “(1)” and inserting in lieu thereof “(A)”;

            On page thirty-eight, section two, line thirteen, after the word “level;” by striking out the word “or”;

            On page thirty-eight, section two, line fourteen, by striking out “(2)” and inserting in lieu thereof “(B)”;

            On page thirty-eight, section two, line fifteen, after the word “organization” by changing the period to a semicolon and inserting the following: or

            (C) Is in a position considered by the president to be critical to the institution pursuant to policies adopted by the governing board.;

            On page thirty-eight, section two, line sixteen, before the word “‘Organization’” by inserting “(12)”;

            On page thirty-nine, section two, line one, before the word “‘Pay” by inserting “(13)”;

            On page thirty-nine, section two, line three, before the word “‘Point” by inserting “(14)”;

            On page thirty-nine, section two, line nine, before the word “‘Position” by inserting “(15)”;

            On page forty, section two, line three, before the word “‘Pay” by inserting “(16)”;

            On page forty, section three, line ten, by striking out “(a)”;

            On page forty-one, section four, line seventeen, by striking out “(A)” and inserting in lieu thereof “(1)”;

            On page forty-two, section four, line six, by striking out “(B)” and inserting in lieu thereof “(2)”;

            On page forty-two, section four, line eleven, by striking out “(C)” and inserting in lieu thereof “(3)”;

            On page forty-seven, section five, line fourteen, by striking out the word “external”;

            On page forty-seven, section five, line fourteen, after the word “study” by inserting the words “conducted by an external vendor pursuant to section six of this article”;

            On page forty-nine, section six, line fourteen, by striking out “(c)” and inserting in lieu thereof “(b)”;

            On page fifty, section six, line one, by striking out “(d)” and inserting in lieu thereof “(c)”;

            On page fifty, section six, line twelve, by striking out “(e)” and inserting in lieu thereof “(d)”;

            On page fifty, section six, line fourteen, by striking out the words “at least once within each five-year period” and inserting in lieu thereof a period and the following: The study shall be completed by December 1, 2016, and on December 1 every fifth year thereafter.;

            On page fifty, section six, line fifteen, striking out the words “of the” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “of each”;

            On page fifty-one, section six, line six, by striking out “(f)” and inserting in lieu thereof “(e)”;

            On page fifty, section six, line seventeen, by striking out “(g)” and inserting in lieu thereof “(f)”;

            On page fifty-two, section six, line sixteen, by striking out “(h)” and inserting in lieu thereof “(g)”;

            And,

            By striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:

            Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 439--A Bill to amend and reenact §18B-4-2a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; to amend and reenact §18B-7-1, §18B-7-2, §18B-7-8, §18B-7-9, §18B-7-11 and §18B-7-16 of said code; to amend and reenact §18B-9-1 and §18B-9-2 of said code; to amend and reenact §18B-9A-1, §18B-9A-2, §18B-9A-3, §18B-9A-4, §18B-9A-5, §18B-9A-6 and §18B-9A-7 of said code; and to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §18B-9A-5a, all relating to public higher education personnel generally; clarifying roles and certain responsibilities of Higher Education Policy Commission, Council for Community and Technical College Education and state organizations of higher education; modifying legislative purposes and intent for higher education personnel, classification and compensation system and classified employee salary schedule; defining terms and modifying defined terms; modifying and clarifying duties of Vice Chancellor for Human Resources of the Higher Education Policy Commission; eliminating outdated and redundant reporting, rule and review requirements; requiring certain personnel provisions be created and specifying responsibilities; modifying certain reporting requirements; providing for evaluation and reviews of organizations for certain human resource deficiencies, best practices and compliance with state higher education personnel laws; modifying percentages and criteria of percentages of employees designated as nonclassified; modifying requirements for study of employment practices; expanding applicability of certain salary schedule provisions and flexibilities; clarifying that certain provisions are only applicable to classified employees; modifying and clarifying powers and duties of the Job Classification Committee and Compensation Planning and Review Committee; eliminating certain approval of members of Job Classification Committee and Compensation Planning and Review Committee; eliminating requirement that salary schedules fall within relative market equity; clarifying role and considerations of the Higher Education Policy Commission and Community and Technical College Council in developing salary schedules for classified employees; requiring classification and compensation rules; deleting obsolete provisions; and making technical corrections.

            On motion of Senator Sypolt, the following amendment to the House of Delegates amendments to the bill was reported by the Clerk and adopted:

            On page fifty, section six, subsection (d), by striking out the words “December 1, 2016, and on December 1” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “January 31, 2016, and on January 31”.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate concurred in the House of Delegates amendments, as amended.

            Engrossed Committee Substitute for Senate Bill No. 439, as amended, was then put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 439) passed with its House of Delegates amended title.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the amendment by that body to the title of the bill, passage as amended, and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the House of Delegates amendment, as to

            Eng. Senate Bill No. 447, Allowing issuance of diploma by public, private or home school administrator.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the message on the bill was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The following House of Delegates amendment to the title of the bill was reported by the Clerk:

            Eng. Senate Bill No. 447--A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §18-8-12, relating to allowing administrator of secondary education program at public, private or home school to issue diploma or other appropriate credential; establishing legal sufficiency of diploma or credential; prohibiting discrimination by state agency or institution of higher learning; and reserving to state agency and institution of higher learning authority to inquire about program content for certain purposes.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate concurred in the House of Delegates amendment to the title of the bill.

            Engrossed Senate Bill No. 447, as amended by the House of Delegates, was then put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Leonhardt, Maynard, Miller, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Unger, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--34.

            The nays were: None.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. S. B. No. 447) passed with its House of Delegates amended title.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the amendment by that body, passage as amended with its House of Delegates amended title, and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the House of Delegates amendments, as to

            Eng. Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 455, Relating to public higher education procurement and payment of expenses.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the message on the bill was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The following House of Delegates amendments to the bill were reported by the Clerk:

            By striking out everything after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

            That §12-3A-6 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted; that §18B-1F-4 of said code be amended and reenacted; that §18B-5-4, §18B-5-6 and §18B-5-7 of said code be amended and reenacted; and that said code be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §18B-5-4a, all to read as follows:

CHAPTER 12. PUBLIC MONEYS AND SECURITIES.

ARTICLE 3A. FINANCIAL ELECTRONIC COMMERCE.

§12-3A-6. Receipting of electronic commerce purchases.

            (a) The State Treasurer may establish a system for acceptance of credit card and other payment methods for electronic commerce purchases from spending units. Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, each spending unit utilizing WEB commerce, electronic commerce or other method that offers products or services for sale shall utilize the State Treasurer's system for acceptance of payments except as provided in subsection (b) of this section.

            (b) A state institution of higher education may receive credit card payments from systems of acceptance other than that provided by the State Treasurer if:

            (1) The proposed alternate system is compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards for acceptance of payments, and the institution is proposing to use the alternate system for the sole purpose of:

            (A) Processing the payment of academic transcripts; or

            (B) Accepting payment for applications for admission if necessary to participate in a national or regional program for applications for admission; or

            (2) The institution certifies that the use of the alternate system will not cause a reduction in the volume of credit card revenues by more than ten percent as compared to previous credit card revenues processed on behalf of the institution during the previous fiscal year and the State Treasurer consents to the use.

            (b) (c) To facilitate electronic commerce, the State Treasurer may charge a spending unit for the banking and other expenses incurred by the Treasurer on behalf of the spending unit and for any work performed, including, without limitation, assisting in the development of a website and utilization of the Treasurer's payment gateway. A special revenue account, entitled the Treasurer's Financial Electronic Commerce Fund, is created in the State Treasury to receive the amounts charged by the Treasurer. The Treasurer may expend the funds received in the Treasurer's Financial Electronic Commerce Fund only for the purposes of this article and for other purposes as determined by the Legislature.

            (c) (d) The State Treasurer may authorize a spending unit to assess and collect a fee to recover or pay the cost of accepting bank, charge, check, credit or debit cards from amounts collected.

            (d) (e) Upon written request from a political subdivision, the State Treasurer may provide services of his or her office to a political subdivision and charge for the services.

            (e) (f) The State Treasurer shall propose legislative rules for promulgation in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code to implement the provisions of this section.

CHAPTER 18B. HIGHER EDUCATION.

ARTICLE 1F. MANAGEMENT AGREEMENTS FOR THE HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY COMMISSION.

§18B-1F-4. Powers and duties of board of directors and corporation.

            (a) The primary responsibility of the corporation is to manage the day to day operations of the Technology Park through collaboration agreements with the commission. To that end, the board of directors has the following powers and duties:

            (1) To employ an executive director subject to the provisions of section five of this article;

            (2) To approve employment of other staff recommended by the executive director as being necessary and appropriate to carry out the purposes of this article and subject to agreements with the commission;

            (3) To serve as fiscal agent and provide additional services, including, but not limited to, property management, human resources management, and purchasing;

            (4) To meet as a governing body. A corporation created under this article is exempt from the provisions of section three, article nine-a, chapter six of this code and from the provisions of article one, chapter twenty-nine-b of this code;

            (5) To receive, purchase, hold, lease, use, sell and dispose of real and personal property of all classes, subject to the provisions of subdivision (8) of this subsection and section eight of this article;

            (6) To receive from any source whatsoever grants to be expended in accomplishing the objectives of this article;

            (7) To receive from any source whatsoever aid or contributions of money, property or other things of value to be held, used and applied only for the purposes for which the aid or contributions may be made;

            (8) To accept and expend any gift, grant, contribution, bequest, endowment or other money for the purposes of this article. Any transfer of endowment or other assets by the commission to the corporation or by the corporation to the commission for management shall be formalized in a memorandum of agreement to assure, at a minimum, that any restrictions governing the future disposition of funds are preserved. The commission may not transfer ownership of the Technology Park property to the corporation;

            (9) To make, amend and repeal bylaws, rules and its governing documents consistent with the provisions of this article to effectuate the purpose and scope of the corporation;

            (10) To alter the purpose or scope of the corporation; and

            (11) To delegate the exercise of any of its powers except for the power to approve budgets to the executive director, subject to the directions and limitations contained in its governing documents.

            (b) The commission may issue revenue bonds under the terms of section eight, article ten of this chapter for capital improvements at the Technology Park.

            (b) (c) In addition to the powers and duties provided for in this section and any other powers and duties that may be assigned to it by law or agreement, the corporation has other powers and duties necessary to accomplish the objectives of this article or as provided by law.

ARTICLE 5. HIGHER EDUCATION BUDGETS AND EXPENDITURES.

§18B-5-4. Purchase or acquisition of materials, supplies, equipment, services and printing.

            (a) The council, commission and each governing board shall purchase or acquire all materials, supplies, equipment, services and printing required for that governing board or the council or commission, as appropriate, and the state institutions of higher education under their jurisdiction, except the governing boards of Marshall University and West Virginia University, respectively, are subject to subsection (d) of this section.

            (b) The commission and council jointly shall adopt rules governing and controlling acquisitions and purchases in accordance with this section. The rules shall ensure that the following procedures are followed:

            (1) No person is precluded from participating and making sales thereof to the council, commission or governing board except as otherwise provided in section five of this article. Providing consulting services such as strategic planning services does not preclude or inhibit the governing boards, council or commission from considering a qualified bid or response for delivery of a product or a commodity from the individual providing the services;

            (2) Specifications are established and prescribed for materials, supplies, equipment, services and printing to be purchased;

            (3) Purchase order, requisition or other forms as may be required are adopted and prescribed;

            (4) Purchases and acquisitions in such quantities, at such times and under contract, are negotiated for and made in the open market or through other accepted methods of governmental purchasing as may be practicable in accordance with general law;

            (5) Bids are advertised on all purchases exceeding $25,000 $50,000 and made by means of sealed or electronically submitted bids and competitive bidding or advantageous purchases effected through other accepted governmental methods and practices. Competitive bids are not required for purchases of $25,000 $50,000 or less;

            (6) Notices for acquisitions and purchases for which competitive bids are being solicited are posted either in the purchasing office of the specified institution involved in the purchase or by electronic means available to the public, at least two weeks five days prior to making the purchases. The rules shall ensure that the notice is available to the public during business hours;

            (7) Purchases are made in the open market;

            (8) Vendors are notified of bid solicitation and emergency purchasing; and

            (9) No fewer than three bids are obtained when bidding is required, except if fewer than three bids are submitted, an award may be made from among those received.

            (c) When a state institution of higher education submits a contract, agreement or other document to the Attorney General for approval as to form as required by this chapter, the following conditions apply:

            (1) "Form" means compliance with the Constitution and statutes of the State of West Virginia;

            (2) The Attorney General does not have the authority to reject a contract, agreement or other document based on the substantive provisions in the contract, agreement or document or any extrinsic matter as long as it complies with the Constitution and statutes of this state;

            (3) Within fifteen days of receipt, the Attorney General shall notify the appropriate state institution of higher education in writing that the contract, agreement or other document is approved or disapproved as to form. If the contract, agreement or other document is disapproved as to form, the notice of disapproval shall identify each defect that supports the disapproval; and

            (4) If the state institution elects to challenge the disapproval by filing a writ of mandamus or other action and prevails, then the Attorney General shall pay reasonable attorney fees and costs incurred.

            (d) Pursuant to this subsection, the governing boards of Marshall University and West Virginia University, respectively, may carry out the following actions:

            (1) Purchase or acquire all materials, supplies, equipment, services and printing required for the governing board without approval from the commission or the Vice Chancellor for Administration and may issue checks in advance to cover postage as provided in subsection (f) of this section;

            (2) Make purchases Purchase from cooperative buying groups, consortia, the federal government or from federal government contracts if the materials, supplies, services, equipment or printing to be purchased is available from these groups and if this would be the most financially advantageous manner of making the purchase;

            (3) Select and acquire by contract or lease all grounds, buildings, office space or other space, and capital improvements, including equipment, if the rental is necessarily required by the governing board; and

            (4) Use purchase cards under terms approved for the commission, the council and governing boards of state institutions of higher education and participate in any expanded program of use as provided in subsection (u) of this section.

            (e) The governing boards shall adopt sufficient accounting and auditing procedures and promulgate and adopt appropriate rules subject to section six, article one of this chapter to govern and control acquisitions, purchases, leases and other instruments for grounds, buildings, office or other space, and capital improvements, including equipment, or lease-purchase agreements.

            (f) The council, commission or each governing board may issue a check in advance to a company supplying postage meters for postage used by that board, the council or commission and by the state institutions of higher education under their jurisdiction.

            (g) When a purchase is to be made by bid, any or all bids may be rejected. However, all purchases based on advertised bid requests shall be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder taking into consideration the qualities of the articles to be supplied, their conformity with specifications, their suitability to the requirements of the governing boards, council or commission and delivery terms. The preference for resident vendors as provided in section thirty-seven, article three, chapter five-a of this code applies to the competitive bids made pursuant to this section.

            (h) The governing boards, council and commission shall maintain a purchase file, which shall be a public record and open for public inspection.

            (1) After the award of the order or contract, the governing boards, council and commission shall indicate upon the successful bid the following information:

            (A) Designation as the successful bid;

            (B) The reason any bids were rejected; and

            (C) The reason for rejection, if the mathematical low vendor was not awarded the order or contract.

            (2) A record in the purchase file may not be destroyed without the written consent of the Legislative Auditor. Those files in which the original documentation has been held for at least one year and in which the original documents have been reproduced and archived on microfilm or other equivalent method of duplication may be destroyed without the written consent of the Legislative Auditor.

            (3) All files, no matter the storage method, shall be open for inspection by the Legislative Auditor upon request.

            (i) The commission and council, also jointly, shall promulgate rules to prescribe qualifications to be met by any person who is to be employed as a buyer pursuant to this section. These rules shall require that a person may not be employed as a buyer unless that person, at the time of employment, has one of the following qualifications:

            (1) Is a graduate of an accredited college or university; or

            (2) Has at least four years' experience in purchasing for any unit of government or for any business, commercial or industrial enterprise.

            (j) Any person making purchases and acquisitions pursuant to this section shall execute a bond in the penalty of $50,000, payable to the State of West Virginia, with a corporate bonding or surety company authorized to do business in this state as surety thereon, in form prescribed by the Attorney General and conditioned upon the faithful performance of all duties in accordance with this section and sections five through eight, inclusive, of this article and the rules of the governing board and the council and commission. In lieu of separate bonds for these buyers, a blanket surety bond may be obtained. The bond shall be filed with the Secretary of State and the cost of the bond shall be paid from funds appropriated to the applicable governing board or the council or commission.

            (k) All purchases and acquisitions shall be made in consideration and within limits of available appropriations and funds and in accordance with applicable provisions of article two, chapter five-a of this code relating to expenditure schedules and quarterly allotments of funds. Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, only those purchases exceeding the dollar amount for competitive sealed bids in this section are required to be encumbered. and they Such purchases may be entered into the state's centralized accounting system by the staff of the commission, council or governing boards to satisfy the requirements of article two, chapter five-a of this code to determine whether the amount of the purchase is within the quarterly allotment of the commission, council or governing board, is in accordance with the approved expenditure schedule and otherwise conforms to the article: Provided, That, notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this subsection or any other provision of this code to the contrary, purchases by Marshall University or West Virginia University are not required to be encumbered.

            (l) The governing boards, council and commission may make requisitions upon the State Auditor for a sum to be known as an advance allowance account, not to exceed five percent of the total of the appropriations for the governing board, council or commission, and the State Auditor shall draw a warrant upon the Treasurer for those accounts. All advance allowance accounts shall be accounted for by the applicable governing board or the council or commission once every thirty days or more often if required by the State Auditor.

            (m) Contracts entered into pursuant to this section shall be signed by the applicable governing board or the council or commission in the name of the state and shall be approved as to form by the Attorney General. A contract which requires approval as to form by the Attorney General is considered approved if the Attorney General has not responded within fifteen days of presentation of the contract. A contract or a change order for that contract and notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, associated documents such as performance and labor/material payments, bonds and certificates of insurance which use terms and conditions or standardized forms previously approved by the Attorney General and do not make substantive changes in the terms and conditions of the contract do not require approval as to form by the Attorney General. The Attorney General shall make a list of those changes which he or she considers to be substantive and the list, and any changes to the list shall be published in the State Register. A contract that exceeds the dollar amount requiring competitive sealed bids in this section shall be filed with the State Auditor. If requested to do so, the governing boards, council or commission shall make all contracts available for inspection by the State Auditor. The governing board, council or commission, as appropriate, shall prescribe the amount of deposit or bond to be submitted with a bid or contract, if any, and the amount of deposit or bond to be given for the faithful performance of a contract.

            (n) If the governing board, council or commission purchases or contracts for materials, supplies, equipment, services and printing contrary to sections four through seven of this article or the rules pursuant to this article, the purchase or contract is void and of no effect.

            (o) A governing board or the council or commission, as appropriate, may request the director of purchasing to make available the facilities and services of that department to the governing boards, council or commission in the purchase and acquisition of materials, supplies, equipment, services and printing. The director of purchasing shall cooperate with that governing board, council or commission, as appropriate, in all such purchases and acquisitions upon that request.

            (p) Each governing board or the council or commission, as appropriate, may permit private institutions of higher education to join as purchasers on purchase contracts for materials, supplies, services and equipment entered into by that governing board or the council or commission. A private institution desiring to join as purchaser on purchase contracts shall file with that governing board or the council or commission, as appropriate, an affidavit signed by the president or designee of the private institution requesting that it be authorized to join as purchaser on purchase contracts of that governing board or the council or commission, as appropriate. The private institution shall agree that it is bound by such terms and conditions as that governing board or the council or commission may prescribe and that it will be responsible for payment directly to the vendor under each purchase contract.

            (q) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, the governing boards, council and commission, as appropriate, may make purchases from cooperative buying groups, consortia, the federal government or from federal government contracts if the materials, supplies, services, equipment or printing to be purchased is available from that source, and purchasing from that source would be the most financially advantageous manner of making the purchase.

            (r) An independent performance audit of all purchasing functions and duties which are performed at any state institution of higher education except Marshall University and West Virginia University shall be performed at least once in each fiscal year three-year period. The Joint Committee on Government and Finance shall conduct the performance audit and the governing boards, council and commission, as appropriate, are responsible for paying the cost of the audit from funds appropriated to the governing boards, council or commission.

            (1) The governing boards of Marshall University and West Virginia University, respectively board shall provide for independent performance audits of all purchasing functions and duties on their its campuses at least once in each three-year period.

            (2) Each audit shall be inclusive of the entire time period that has elapsed since the date of the preceding audit.

            (3) Copies of all appropriate documents relating to any audit performed by the governing boards of Marshall University and West Virginia University a governing board shall be furnished to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance and the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability within thirty days of the date the audit report is completed.

            (s) The governing boards shall require each institution under their respective jurisdictions to notify and inform every vendor doing business with that institution of section fifty-four, article three, chapter five-a of this code, also known as the Prompt Pay Act of 1990.

            (t) Consultant services, such as strategic planning services, do not preclude or inhibit the governing boards, council or commission from considering any qualified bid or response for delivery of a product or a commodity because of the rendering of those consultant services.

            (u) Purchasing card use may be expanded by the council, commission and state institutions of higher education pursuant to this subsection.

            (1) The council and commission jointly shall establish procedures to be implemented by the council, commission and any institution under their respective jurisdictions using purchasing cards. The procedures shall ensure that each meets the following conditions:

            (A) Appropriate use of the purchasing card system;

            (B) Full compliance with article three, chapter twelve of this code relating to the purchasing card program; and

            (C) Sufficient accounting and auditing procedures for all purchasing card transactions.

            (2) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, the council, commission and any institution authorized pursuant to subdivision (3) of this subsection may use purchasing cards for the following purposes:

            (A) Payment of travel expenses directly related to the job duties of the traveling employee, including, but not limited to, fuel and food; and

            (B) Payment of any routine, regularly scheduled payment, including, but not limited to, utility payments and real property rental fees.

            (3) The commission and council each shall evaluate the capacity of each institution under its jurisdiction for complying with the procedures established pursuant to subdivision (2) of this subsection. The commission and council each shall authorize expanded use of purchasing cards pursuant to that subdivision for any institution it determines has the capacity to comply.

§18B-5-4a. Construction projects.

            Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, and specifically section one, article twenty-two, chapter five of this code, a state institution of higher education is not required to solicit competitive bids or require a valid bid bond or other surety for any construction project unless the value exceeds $100,000 in total cost.

§18B-5-6. Other code provisions relating to purchasing and design-build procurement not controlling; exceptions; criminal provisions and penalties; financial interest of governing boards, etc.; receiving anything of value from interested party and penalties therefor; application of bribery statute.

            The provisions of article three, chapter five-a of this code and section five, article twenty-two-a, chapter five of this code do not control or govern design-build procurement or the purchase, acquisition or other disposition of any equipment, materials, supplies, services or printing by the commission or the governing boards, except as provided in sections four through seven of this article. Sections twenty-nine, thirty and thirty-one, article three, chapter five-a of this code apply to all purchasing activities of the commission and the governing boards.

            Neither the commission, the governing boards, nor any employee of the commission or governing boards, may be financially interested, or have any beneficial personal interest, directly or indirectly, in the purchase of any equipment, materials, supplies, services or printing, nor in any firm, partnership, corporation or association furnishing them, except as may be authorized by the provisions of chapter six-b of this code. Neither the commission, the governing boards nor any employee of the commission or governing boards may accept or receive directly or indirectly from any person, firm or corporation, known by the commission, governing boards or such employee to be interested in any bid, contract or purchase, by rebate, gift or otherwise, any money or other thing of value whatsoever or any promise, obligation or contract for future reward or compensation, except as may be authorized by the provisions of chapter six-b of this code.

            A person who violates any of the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be imprisoned in jail not less than three months nor more than one year, or fined not less than $50 nor more than $1,000, or both imprisoned and fined, in the discretion of the court. Any person who violates any provisions of this section by receiving money or other thing of value under circumstances constituting the crime of bribery under the provisions of section three, article five-a, chapter sixty-one of this code shall, upon conviction of bribery, be punished as provided in section nine of said article.

§18B-5-7. Disposition of obsolete and unusable equipment, surplus supplies and other unneeded materials.

            (a) The commission, the council and the governing boards shall dispose of obsolete and unusable equipment, surplus supplies and other unneeded materials, either by transfer to other governmental agencies or institutions, by exchange or trade, or by sale as junk or otherwise. The commission, the council and each governing board shall adopt rules governing and controlling the disposition of all such equipment, supplies and materials. The rules shall provide for disposition of the equipment, supplies and materials as sound business practices warrant under existing circumstances and conditions and for adequate prior notice to the public of the disposition.

            (1) At least ten days prior to the disposition, the Commission, the Council or the governing boards, as applicable, shall advertise, by newspaper publication as a Class II legal advertisement in compliance with the provisions of article three, chapter fifty-nine of this code, in the county in which the equipment, supplies and materials are located, the availability or sales of such disposable equipment, supplies and materials.

            (2) The Commission, the Council or governing boards, as applicable, may sell the disposable equipment, supplies and materials, in whole or in part, at public auction or by sealed bid, or may transfer, exchange or trade the same to other governmental agencies or institutions (if by transfer, exchange or trade, then without advertising), in whole or in part, as sound business practices may warrant under existing circumstances and conditions.

            (3) The requirements set forth in subsection (a) of this section apply to Marshall University and West Virginia University relating only to those items of obsolete and unusable equipment, surplus supplies and other unneeded materials that exceed five thousand dollars in recorded net book value. Marshall University and West Virginia University may dispose of obsolete and unusable computers and computer-related equipment pursuant to the provisions of section two, article three of this chapter.

            (b) The commission, council or governing board, as appropriate, except for Marshall University and West Virginia University shall report annually biannually to the Legislative Auditor all sales of commodities made during the preceding six months biennium. (1) The report shall include a description of the commodities sold, the name of the buyer to whom each commodity was sold, and the price paid by the buyer.

            (2) Marshall University and West Virginia University shall report biennially to the Legislative Auditor the total sales of commodities made during the preceding biennium along with the total recorded net book value of such commodities.

            (c) The proceeds of sales or transfers shall be deposited in the State Treasury to the credit on a pro rata basis of the fund or funds from which the purchase of the particular commodities or expendable commodities was made. The commission, council or governing board, as appropriate, may charge and assess fees reasonably related to the costs of care and handling with respect to the transfer, warehousing, sale and distribution of state property that is disposed of or sold pursuant to the provisions of this section.

            (d) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, the commission, council or a governing board may donate equipment, supplies and materials with the approval of the commission, council or governing board or their designee, as appropriate.;

            And,

            By striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:

            Eng. Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 455--A Bill to amend and reenact §12-3A-6 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; to amend and reenact §18B-1F-4 of said code; to amend and reenact §18B-5-4, §18B-5-6 and §18B-5-7 of said code; and to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §18B-5-4a, all relating to public higher education procurement and payment generally; modifying receipting of certain electronic commerce purchases; increasing monetary threshold for certain required bids and surety; modifying notification of certain required bids; exempting purchases by certain higher education institutions from requirement to be encumbered; providing certain exemptions from certain design-build procurement requirements; increasing time period for certain required audits; authorizing higher education policy commission to issue certain revenue bonds; and modifying requirements for disposition of certain items and the reporting requirements therefor.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate concurred in the House of Delegates amendments to the bill.

            Engrossed Committee Substitute for Committee Substitute for Senate Bill No. 455, as amended by the House of Delegates, was then put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Leonhardt, Maynard, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Romano, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Takubo, Trump, Walters, Williams, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--30.

            The nays were: Beach, Laird, Miller and Unger--4.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 455) passed with its House of Delegates amended title.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the concurrence by that body in the Senate amendments, as amended by the House of Delegates, passage as amended, to take effect July 1, 2015, and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the House of Delegates amendment to the Senate amendments, as to

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2478, Relating to public school finance.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the message on the bill was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The following House of Delegates amendment to the Senate amendments to the bill was reported by the Clerk:

            By striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:

            Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2478--A Bill to amend and reenact §11-8-6f of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend and reenact §18-9A-4, §18-9A-5, §18-9A-7, §18-9A-11 and §18-9A-12 of said code, all relating to public school finance; removing the reduction in a county's basic foundation allowance to a county school system for professional educators and service personnel if the number employed is less than the maximum allowed for formula funding; adjusting the foundation school program allowance for transportation costs for the school years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017; including propane as an eligible fuel for the ten percent additional percentage allowance for school bus systems using alternative fuels; fixing the amounts to be used for the replacement of buses for school years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 as a component of the allowance in the foundation school program for transportation; eliminating requirements that payments or contributions in lieu of property taxes which are distributed by the sheriff to the county board of education be deducted from the allocated state aid share for the county; and eliminating certain adjustments in basic foundation program.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the Senate concurred in the foregoing House of Delegates amendment to the Senate amendments to the bill.

            Engrossed Committee Substitute for House Bill No. 2478, as amended, was then put upon its passage.

            On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Leonhardt, Maynard, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Romano, Snyder, Takubo, Trump, Walters, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--24.

            The nays were: Beach, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Miller, Prezioso, Stollings, Sypolt, Unger and Williams--10.

            Absent: None.

            So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 2478) passed with its House of Delegates amended title.

            Senator Carmichael moved that the bill take effect July 1, 2015.

            On this question, the yeas were: Blair, Boley, Boso, Carmichael, Facemire, Ferns, Gaunch, D. Hall, M. Hall, Karnes, Leonhardt, Maynard, Mullins, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Romano, Snyder, Takubo, Trump, Walters, Woelfel, Yost and Cole (Mr. President)--24.

            The nays were: Beach, Kessler, Kirkendoll, Laird, Miller, Prezioso, Stollings, Sypolt, Unger and Williams--10.

            Absent: None.

            So, two thirds of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 2478) takes effect July 1, 2015.

            Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate.

(Senator Boley in the Chair.)

            A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the amendment by that body, passage as amended, and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the House of Delegates amendment, as to

            Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 453, Relating to motor vehicle dealers, distributors, wholesalers and manufacturers.

            On motion of Senator Carmichael, the message on the bill was taken up for immediate consideration.

            The following House of Delegates amendment to the bill was reported by the Clerk:

            By striking out everything after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

            That §17A-6A-1, §17A-6A-3, §17A-6A-4, §17A-6A-5, §17A-6A-6, §17A-6A-8, §17A-6A-8a, §17A-6A-9, §17A-6A-10, §17A-6A-11, §17A-6A-12, §17A-6A-13, §17A-6A-15 and §17A-6A-18 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted; and that said code be amended by adding thereto five new sections, designated §17A-6A-12a, §17A-6A-14a, §17A-6A-15a, §17A-6A-15b and §17A-6A-15c, all to read as follows:

ARTICLE 6A. MOTOR VEHICLE DEALERS, DISTRIBUTORS, WHOLESALERS AND MANUFACTURERS.

§17A-6A-1. Legislative finding.

            The Legislature finds and declares that the distribution and sale of motor vehicles in this state vitally affects the general economy and the public welfare and that in order to promote the public welfare and in exercise of its police power, it is necessary to regulate motor vehicle dealers, manufacturers, distributors and representatives of vehicle manufacturers and distributors doing business in this state in order to avoid undue control of the independent new motor vehicle dealer by the vehicle manufacturer or distributor and to ensure that dealers fulfill their obligations under their franchises and provide adequate and sufficient service to consumers generally and to protect and preserve the investments and properties of the citizens and motor vehicle dealers of this state.

§17A-6A-3. Definitions.

            For the purposes of this article, the words and phrases defined in this section have the meanings ascribed to them, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning.

            (1) “Dealer agreement” means the franchise, agreement or contract in writing between a manufacturer, distributor and a new motor vehicle dealer which purports to establish the legal rights and obligations of the parties to the agreement or contract with regard to the purchase, lease or sale of new motor vehicles, accessories, service and sale of parts for motor vehicles.

            (2) “Designated family member” means the spouse, child, grandchild, parent, brother or sister of a deceased new motor vehicle dealer who is entitled to inherit the deceased dealer’s ownership interest in the new motor vehicle dealership under the terms of the dealer’s will, or who has otherwise been designated in writing by a deceased dealer to succeed the deceased dealer in the new motor vehicle dealership, or is entitled to inherit under the laws of intestate succession of this state. With respect to an incapacitated new motor vehicle dealer, the term means the person appointed by a court as the legal representative of the new motor vehicle dealer’s property. The term also includes the appointed and qualified personal representative and the testamentary trustee of a deceased new motor vehicle dealer. However, the term means only that designated successor nominated by the new motor vehicle dealer in a written document filed by the dealer with the manufacturer or distributor, if such a document is filed.

            (3) “Distributor” means any person, resident or nonresident who, in whole or in part, offers for sale, sells or distributes any new motor vehicle to a new motor vehicle dealer or who maintains a factor representative, resident or nonresident, or who controls any person, resident or nonresident who, in whole or in part, offers for sale, sells or distributes any new motor vehicle to a new motor vehicle dealer.

            (4) “Established place of business” means a permanent, enclosed commercial building located within this state easily accessible and open to the public at all reasonable times and at which the business of a new motor vehicle dealer, including the display and repair of motor vehicles, may be lawfully carried on in accordance with the terms of all applicable building codes, zoning and other land-use regulatory ordinances and as licensed by the Division of Motor Vehicles.

            (5) “Factory branch” means an office maintained by a manufacturer or distributor for the purpose of selling or offering for sale vehicles to a distributor, wholesaler or new motor vehicle dealer, or for directing or supervising, in whole or in part, factory or distributor representatives. The term includes any sales promotion organization maintained by a manufacturer or distributor which is engaged in promoting the sale of a particular make of new motor vehicles in this state to new motor vehicle dealers.

            (6) “Factory representative” means an agent or employee of a manufacturer, distributor or factory branch retained or employed for the purpose of making or promoting the sale of new motor vehicles or for supervising or contracting with new motor vehicle dealers or proposed motor vehicle dealers.

            (7) “Good faith” means honesty in fact and the observation of reasonable commercial standards of fair dealing in the trade.

            (8) “Manufacturer” means any person who manufactures or assembles new motor vehicles; or any distributor, factory branch or factory representative and, in the case of a school bus, truck tractor, road tractor or truck as defined in section one, article one of this chapter, also means a person engaged in the business of manufacturing a school bus, truck tractor, road tractor or truck, their engines, power trains or rear axles, including when engines, power trains or rear axles are not warranted by the final manufacturer or assembler, and any distributor, factory branch or representative.

            (9) “Motor vehicle” means that term as defined in section one, article one of this chapter, including motorcycle, and school bus, truck tractor, road tractor, truck recreational vehicle, all-terrain vehicle and utility terrain vehicle as defined in subsections (c), and (d), (f), (h), (l), (nn) and (vv), respectively, of said section, but not including a farm tractor or farm equipment. The term “motor vehicle” also includes, for a school bus, truck tractor, road tractor, truck, its component parts, including, but not limited to, its engine, transmission or rear axle manufactured for installation in a school bus, truck tractor, road tractor or truck.

            (10) “New motor vehicle” means a motor vehicle which is in the possession of the manufacturer, distributor or wholesaler, or has been sold only to a new motor vehicle dealer and on which the original title has not been issued from the new motor vehicle dealer.

            (11) “New motor vehicle dealer” means a person who holds a dealer agreement granted by a manufacturer or distributor for the sale of its motor vehicles, who is engaged in the business of purchasing, selling, leasing, exchanging or dealing in new motor vehicles, service of said vehicles, warranty work and sale of parts who has an established place of business in this state and is licensed by the Division of Motor Vehicles.

            (12) “Person” means a natural person, partnership, corporation, association, trust, estate or other legal entity.

            (13) “Proposed new motor vehicle dealer” means a person who has an application pending for a new dealer agreement with a manufacturer or distributor. “Proposed motor vehicle dealer” does not include a person whose dealer agreement is being renewed or continued.

            (14) “Relevant market area” means the area located within a twenty-air mile radius around an existing same line-make new motor vehicle dealership: Provided, That a fifteen-mile relevant market area as it existed prior to the effective date of this statute shall apply to any proposed new motor vehicle dealership as to which a manufacturer or distributor and the proposed new motor vehicle dealer have executed on or before the effective date of this statute a written agreement, including a letter of intent, performance agreement or commitment letter, concerning the establishment of the proposed new motor vehicle dealership.

§17A-6A-4. Cancellation of dealer contract; notification.

            (1) Notwithstanding any agreement, a manufacturer or distributor shall not cancel, terminate, fail to renew or refuse to continue any dealer agreement with a new motor vehicle dealer unless the manufacturer or distributor has complied with all of the following:

            (a) Satisfied the notice requirement of section seven of this article;

            (b) Acted in good faith;

            (c) Engaged in full and open communication with franchised dealer; and

            (d) Has good cause for the cancellation, termination, nonrenewal or discontinuance.

            (2) Notwithstanding any agreement, good cause exists when a manufacturer or distributor can demonstrate termination is necessary due to a material breach of a reasonable term or terms of the agreement by a dealer when weighed against the interests of the dealer and the public. The burden of proof is on the manufacturer to prove good cause by a preponderance of the evidence. The interests of the dealer and the public shall include consideration of:

            (a) The relationship of the dealer’s sales to the sales in the relevant market;

            (b) The investment and financial obligations of the dealer under the terms of the franchise agreement;

            (c) The effect on the public cancellation of the franchise agreement would cause;

            (d) The adequacy of the dealer’s sales and service facilities, equipment, parts and personnel in relation to other dealers in the relevant market;

            (e) Whether the dealer is honoring existing warranties;

            (f) Whether the dealer is complying, or can comply within a reasonable time, with reasonable capitalization requirements; and

            (g) The dealer’s overall performance under the reasonable terms of the franchise agreement. This shall include the overall fairness of the agreement terms, the enforceability of the agreement and the relative bargaining power of the parties.

            (h) Whether the manufacturer made available the appropriate volumes and type of motor vehicles to the dealer and a reasonable opportunity for sales and service training to the dealer.

            (3) If In addition to the requirements of subsection (2) of this section, if the failure by the new motor vehicle dealer to comply with a provision of the dealer agreement relates to the performance of the new motor vehicle dealer in sales or service, good cause exists for the purposes of a termination, cancellation, nonrenewal or discontinuance under subsection (1) of this section when the new motor vehicle dealer failed to effectively carry out the performance provisions of the dealer agreement if all of the following have occurred:

            (a) The new motor vehicle dealer was given written notice by the manufacturer or distributor of the failure;

            (b) The notification stated that the notice of failure of performance was provided pursuant to this article;

            (c) The new motor vehicle dealer was afforded a reasonable opportunity to exert good faith efforts to carry out the dealer agreement; and

            (d) The failure continued for more than three hundred sixty days after the date notification was given pursuant to subdivision (a) of this subsection.

§17A-6A-5. Circumstances not constituting good cause.

            Notwithstanding any agreement, the following alone shall does not constitute good cause for the termination, cancellation, nonrenewal or discontinuance of a dealer agreement under subdivision (d), subsection (1), section four of this article:

            (a) A change in ownership of the new motor vehicle dealer's dealership. This subdivision does not authorize any change in ownership which would have the effect of a sale or an assignment of the dealer agreement or a change in the principal management of the dealership without the manufacturer's or distributor's prior written consent which may not be unreasonably or untimely withheld.

            (b) The refusal of the new motor vehicle dealer to purchase or accept delivery of any new motor vehicle parts, accessories or any other commodity or services not ordered by the new motor vehicle dealer.

            (c) The fact that the new motor vehicle dealer owns, has an investment in, participates in the management of, or holds a dealer agreement for the sale of another make or line of new motor vehicles, or that the new motor vehicle dealer has established another make or line of new motor vehicles in the same dealership facilities as those of the manufacturer or distributor: Provided, That the new motor vehicle dealer maintains a reasonable line of credit for each make or line of new motor vehicles, and that the new motor vehicle dealer remains in substantial compliance with the terms and conditions of the dealer agreement and with any reasonable facilities' requirements of the manufacturer or distributor.

            (d) The fact that the new motor vehicle dealer sells or transfers ownership of the dealership or sells or transfers capital stock in the dealership to the new motor vehicle dealer's spouse, son or daughter: Provided, That the sale or transfer shall not have the effect of a sale or an assignment of the dealer agreement or a change in the principal management of the dealership without the manufacturer's or distributor's prior written consent.

            (e) This section does not apply to any voluntary agreement entered into after a disagreement or civil action has arisen for which the dealer has accepted separate and valuable consideration. Any prospective agreement is void as a matter of law.

§17A-6A-6. Burden of proof.

            For each termination, cancellation, nonrenewal or discontinuance, the manufacturer or distributor shall have has the burden of proof by a preponderance of the evidence for showing that he or she has acted in good faith, that the notice requirement has been complied with, and that there was good cause by a preponderance of the evidence for the termination, cancellation, nonrenewal or discontinuance.

§17A-6A-8. Reasonable compensation to dealer.

            (1) Upon the termination, cancellation, nonrenewal or discontinuance of any dealer agreement, the new motor vehicle dealer shall be allowed fair and reasonable compensation by the manufacturer or distributor for the following:

            (a) Any new motor vehicle inventory, manufactured for sale in the United States, purchased from the manufacturer, distributor or other dealers, in the ordinary course of business, which has not been materially altered, substantially damaged or driven for more than seven hundred fifty one thousand miles, except that for any new motorcycle, new all-terrain vehicle or utility terrain vehicle inventory including motorhomes and travel trailers, regardless of gross vehicle weight, purchased from the manufacturer or distributor, that inventory must not have been materially altered, substantially damaged or driven for more than fifty miles and for motor vehicles with a rating greater than twenty-six thousand one pounds gross vehicle weight driven no more than five thousand miles. For purposes of a school bus, truck tractor, road tractor or truck, materially altered does not include dealer add-ons, such as, but not limited to, racks, mud flaps, fifth wheel assemblies, dump or tank bodies;

            (b) Supplies and parts inventory purchased at the published list price purchased from, or at the direction of, the manufacturer or distributor and. Parts shall be restricted to those listed in the manufacturer's or distributor's current parts catalog;

            (c) Equipment, special tools, furnishings and signs purchased or leased from, or at the direction of, the manufacturer or distributor; and

            (d) Special computer software, hardware, license fees and other programs mandated by the manufacturer to provide training or communication with the manufacturer.

            (2) Upon the termination, cancellation, nonrenewal or discontinuance of a dealer agreement by the manufacturer or distributor, the manufacturer or distributor shall also pay to the new motor vehicle dealer a sum equal to the current, fair rental value of his or her established place of business for a period of three years from the effective date of termination, cancellation, nonrenewal or discontinuance, or the remainder of the lease, whichever is less. If the dealer, directly or indirectly, owns the dealership facility, the manufacturer shall pay the dealer a sum equal to the reasonable rental value of the dealership premises for three years. However, the dealer shall have the obligation to mitigate his or her damages, including, but not limited to, listing the facility with a commercial real estate agent and other reasonable steps to sell or lease the property. During this three-year period the manufacturer shall have the right to occupy and use the facilities until such time as the dealer is able to otherwise sell or lease the property to another party. The payment required by this subsection does not apply to any termination, cancellation, nonrenewal or discontinuance made pursuant to subsection (c), section five seven of this article.

            (3) Upon In addition to the items listed in subsections (1) and (2) of this section, the termination, cancellation or nonrenewal where the manufacturer or distributor is discontinuing the sale of a product line, the manufacturer or distributor shall pay or provide to the motor vehicle dealer:

            (a) Compensation consistent with the length of time the dealer carried the line and the investment and timing thereof required by the manufacturer or distributor of the dealer; and

            (b) (a) Support of the manufacturer’s or distributor’s warranty obligations by making parts available and compensating dealers for warranty parts and labor for five years: Provided, That the motor vehicle dealer has adequate facilities, trained personnel and equipment to perform warranty repairs.

            (b) Any actual damages that can be proven by a dealer by a preponderance of the evidence;

            (c) Any costs the dealer incurred for facility upgrades or alternations required by the manufacturer, distributor or factory branch within the previous five years; and

            (d) Within forty-five days after termination, dealer shall submit evidence of items to the manufacturer in accordance with reasonable manufacturer requirements. The manufacturer shall have thirty days from receipt of this evidence to note any objection. If not objected thereto, payment by the manufacturer to the dealer shall be made within thirty days. Thereafter, interest accumulates at the rate of the Fifth Federal Reserve District’s secondary discount rate in effect on January 2 of the year in which payment is due plus five percentage points. If a dispute arises over the sufficiency of any evidence or an amount submitted, when interest begins to accumulate will be determined in accordance with West Virginia common law.

§17A-6A-8a. Compensation to dealers for service rendered.

            (1) Every motor vehicle manufacturer, distributor or wholesaler, factory branch or distributor branch, or officer, agent or representative thereof, shall:

            (a) Specify in writing to each of its motor vehicle dealers, the dealer's obligation for delivery, preparation, warranty and factory recall services on its products;

            (b) Compensate the motor vehicle dealer for warranty and factory recall service required of the dealer by the manufacturer, distributor or wholesaler, factory branch or distributor branch or officer, agent or representative thereof; and

            (c) Provide the dealer the schedule of compensation to be paid the dealer for parts, work and service in connection with warranty and recall services and the time allowance for the performance of the work and service.

            (2) In no event may:

            (a) The schedule of compensation fail to compensate the dealers for the work and services they are required to perform in connection with the dealer's delivery and preparation obligations, or fail to adequately and fairly compensate the dealers for labor, parts and other expenses incurred by the dealer to perform under and comply with manufacturer's warranty agreements and factory recalls;

            (b) Any manufacturer, distributor or wholesaler, or representative thereof, pay its dealers an amount of money for warranty or recall work that is less than that charged by the dealer to the retail customers of the dealer for nonwarranty and nonrecall work of the like kind; and

            (c) Any manufacturer, distributor or wholesaler, or representative thereof, compensate for warranty and recall work based on a flat-rate figure that is less than what the dealer charges for retail work.

            (3) It is a violation of this section for any manufacturer, distributor, wholesaler or representative to require any dealer to pay in any manner, surcharges, limited allocation, audits, charge backs or other retaliation if the dealer seeks to recover its nonwarranty retail rate for warranty and recall work.

            (4) The retail rate charged by the dealer for parts is established by the dealer submitting to the manufacturer or distributor one hundred sequential nonwarranty customer-paid service repair orders that contain warranty-like parts or ninety consecutive days of nonwarranty customer-paid service repair orders that contain warranty-like parts covering repairs made no more than one hundred eighty days before the submission and declaring the average percentage markup.

            (5) The retail rate customarily charged by the dealer for labor rate must be established using the same process as provided under subsection (4) of this section and declaring the average labor rate. The average labor rate must be determined by dividing the amount of the dealer’s total labor sales by the number of total hours that generated those sales. If a labor rate and parts markup rate simultaneously declared by the dealer, the dealer may use the same repair orders to complete each calculation as provided under subsection (4) of this section. A reasonable allowance for labor for diagnostic time shall be either included in the manufacturer’s labor time allowance or listed as a separate compensable item. A dealer may request additional time allowance for either diagnostic or repair time, which request shall not be unreasonable denied by the manufacturer.

            (6) In calculating the retail rate customarily charged by the dealer for parts and labor, the following work may not be included in the calculation:

            (a) Repairs for manufacturer or distributor special events, specials or promotional discounts for retain customer repairs;

            (b) Parts sold at wholesale;

            (c) Routine maintenance not covered under any retail customer warranty, including fluids, filters and belts not provided in the course of repairs;

            (d) Nuts, bolts fasteners and similar items that do not have an individual part number;

            (e) Tires;

            (f) Vehicle reconditioning;

            (7) The average of the parts markup rates and labor rate is presumed to be reasonable and must go into effect thirty days following the manufacturer’s approval. A manufacturer or distributor may rebut the presumption by a preponderance of the evidence that a rate is unreasonable in light of the practices of all other same line-make franchised motor vehicle dealers in an economically similar area of the state offering the same line-make vehicles, not later than thirty days after submission. If the average parts markup rate or average labor rate is rebutted, or both, the manufacturer or distributor shall propose an adjustment of the average percentage markup based on that rebuttal not later than thirty days after submission.

            (8) Each manufacturer, in establishing a schedule of compensation for warranty work, shall rely on the vehicle dealer’s declaration of hourly labor rates and parts as stated in subsections (4), (5) and (6) of this section and may not obligate any vehicle dealer to engage in unduly burdensome or time-consuming documentation of rates or parts, including obligating vehicle dealers to engage in transaction-by-transaction or part-by-part calculations.

            (9) A dealer or manufacturer may demand that the average parts markup or average labor rate be calculated using the process provided under subsections (4) and (5) of this section; however, the demand for the average parts markup may not be made within twelve months of the last parts markup declaration and the demand for the average labor rate may not be made within twelve months of the last labor rate declaration. If a parts markup or labor rate is demanded by the dealer or manufacturer, the dealer shall determine the repair orders to be included in the calculation under subsections (4) and (5) of this section.

            (10) As it applies to a school bus, truck tractor, road tractor and truck as defined in section one, article one of this chapter, with a gross vehicle weight on excess of twenty-six thousand one pounds the manufacturer, distributor and/or O. E. M. supplier shall pay the dealer its incurred actual time at the retail labor rate for retrieving a motor vehicle and returning a motor vehicle to dealer’s designated parking area. Dealer shall be paid $50 minimum for each operation that requires the use of each electronic tool (i.e. laptop computer). The manufacturer or distributor may not reduce what is paid to a dealer for this retrieval or return time, or for the electronic tool charge. The dealer is allowed to add to a completed warranty repair order three hours for every twenty-four hours the manufacturer, distributor and/or O. E. M. supplier makes the dealer stop working on a vehicle while the manufacturer, distributor and/or O. E. M. supplier decides how it wants the dealer to proceed with the repairs.

            (4) (11) All claims made by motor vehicle dealers pursuant to the section for compensation for delivery, preparation, warranty and recall work, including labor, parts and other expenses, shall be paid by the manufacturer within thirty days after approval and shall be approved or disapproved by the manufacturer within thirty days after receipt. When any claim is disapproved, the dealer shall be notified in writing of the grounds for disapproval. No claim which has been approved and paid may be charged back to the dealer unless it can be shown that the claim was false or fraudulent, that the repairs were not properly made or were unnecessary to correct the defective condition or the dealer failed to reasonable substantiate the claim in accordance with the written requirements of the manufacturer or distributor in effect at the time the claim arose. No charge back may be made until the dealer has had notice and an opportunity to support the claim in question. No otherwise valid reimbursement claims may be denied once properly submitted within manufacturers’ submission guidelines due to a clerical error or omission or based on a different level of technician technical certification or the dealer’s failure to subscribe to any manufacturer’s computerized training programs.

            (5) (12) Notwithstanding the terms of a franchise agreement or provision of law in conflict with this section, the dealer’s delivery, preparation, warranty and recall obligations constitutes the dealer’s sole responsibility for product liability as between the dealer and manufacturer and, except for a loss caused by the dealer’s failure to adhere to the obligations, a loss caused by the dealer’s negligence or intentional misconduct or a loss caused by the dealer’s modification of a product without manufacturer authorization, the manufacturer shall reimburse the dealer for all loss incurred by the dealer, including legal fees, court costs and damages, as a result of the dealer having been named a party in a product liability action.

§17A-6A-9. Payment of compensation.

            (1) Compensation for new motor vehicle inventory under subdivision (a), subsection (1), section eight of this article shall be paid within sixty days after the effective date of the termination, cancellation, nonrenewal or discontinuance. Compensation for items of personal property required by subdivisions (b), (c) and (d), subsection (1), section eight of this article shall be paid within sixty days after the effective date of the termination, cancellation, nonrenewal or discontinuance. if the The new motor vehicle dealer has met will meet all reasonable requirements of the dealer agreement with respect to the return of the repurchased personal property, including providing clear title.

            (2) Reasonable compensation pursuant to subdivision (a), subsection (1), section eight of this article may not be less than the new motor vehicle dealer's net acquisition cost, including any special promotions ordered by the manufacturer, such as advertising charges, and special tools purchased from the manufacturer or distributor within three years of the date of termination, cancellation, nonrenewal or discontinuance. Reasonable compensation pursuant to subdivision (b) of said subsection shall be the amount stated in the manufacturer's or distributor's current parts price list. Reasonable compensation pursuant to subdivisions (c) and (d) of said subsection shall be the fair market value of the personal property. determined by a five-year straight line depreciation schedule.

            (3) In the event payment is not made within ninety days as provided in subsection (1) of this section, interest accrues on all amounts due the new motor vehicle dealer at a rate of twelve percent per annum. shall accumulate at the rate of the Fifth Federal Reserve District’s secondary discount rate in effect on January 2 of the year in which payment is due plus five percentage points. In determining when interest begins to accumulate, the court may consider whether the dealer reasonably complied with the reasonable manufacturer’s submission requirements and the reasonableness of the manufacturer’s determinations in refusing or delaying payment to the dealer.

§17A-6A-10. Prohibited practices.

            (1) A manufacturer or distributor may not require any new motor vehicle dealer in this state to do any of the following:

            (a) Order or accept delivery of any new motor vehicle, part or accessory of the vehicle, equipment or any other commodity not required by law which was not voluntarily ordered by the new motor vehicle dealer. This section does not prevent the manufacturer or distributor from requiring that new motor vehicle dealers carry a reasonable inventory of models offered for sale by the manufacturer or distributor;

            (b) Order or accept delivery of any new motor vehicle with special features, accessories or equipment not included in the list price of the new motor vehicle as publicly advertised by the manufacturer or distributor;

            (c) Unreasonably participate monetarily in any advertising campaign or contest, or purchase any promotional materials, display devices, display decorations, brand signs and dealer identification, nondiagnostic computer equipment and displays or other materials at the expense of the new motor vehicle dealer;

            (d) Enter into any agreement with the manufacturer or distributor or do any other act prejudicial to the new motor vehicle dealer by threatening to terminate a dealer agreement, limit inventory, invoke sales and service warranty or other types of audits or any contractual agreement or understanding existing between the dealer and the manufacturer or distributor. Notice in good faith to any dealer of the dealer's violation of any terms or provisions of the dealer agreement is not a violation of this article;

            (e) Change the capital structure or financial requirements of the new motor vehicle dealership without reasonable business justification in light of the dealer’s market, historical performance and compliance with prior capital structure or financial requirements and business necessity, or the means by or through which the dealer finances the operation of the dealership if the dealership at all times meets any reasonable capital standards determined by the manufacturer in accordance with uniformly applied criteria. The burden of proof is on the manufacturer to prove business justification by a preponderance of the evidence;

            (f) Refrain from participation in the management of, investment in or the acquisition of any other line of new motor vehicle or related products, provided that the dealer maintains a reasonable line of credit for each make or line of vehicle, remains in compliance with reasonable facilities requirements and makes no change in the principal management of the dealer. Notwithstanding the terms of any franchise agreement, a manufacturer or distributor may not enforce any requirements, including facility requirements, that a new motor vehicle dealer establish or maintain exclusive facilities, personnel or display space, when the requirements are unreasonable considering current economic conditions and are not otherwise justified by reasonable business considerations. The burden of proving that current economic conditions or reasonable business considerations justify exclusive facilities is on the manufacturer or distributor and must be proven by a preponderance of the evidence;

            (g) Change the location of the new motor vehicle dealership or make any substantial alterations to the dealership premises, where to do so would be unreasonable. The burden is on the manufacturer or distributor to prove reasonableness by a preponderance of the evidence; and

            (h) Prospectively assent to a waiver of trial by jury release, arbitration, assignment, novation, waiver or estoppel which would relieve any person from liability imposed by this article or require any controversy between a new motor vehicle dealer and a manufacturer or distributor to be referred to a person other than the duly constituted courts of the this state or the United States if the referral would be binding upon the new motor vehicle dealer. District Courts of the Northern or Southern Districts of West Virginia. Nothing in this prevents a motor vehicle dealer, after a civil action is filed, from entering into any agreement of settlement, arbitration, assignment or waiver of a trial by jury;

            (i) To coerce or require any dealer, whether by agreement, program, incentive provision or otherwise, to construct improvements to its facilities or to install new signs or other franchisor image elements that replace or substantially alter those improvements, signs or franchisor image elements completed within the proceeding ten years that were required and approved by the manufacturer, factory branch, distributor or distributor branch or one of its affiliates. If a manufacturer, factory branch, distributor or distributor branch offers incentives or other payments to a consumer or dealer paid on individual vehicle sales under a program offered after the effective date of this subdivision and available to more than one dealer in the state that are premised, wholly or in part, on dealer facility improvements or installation of franchiser image elements required by and approved by the manufacturer, factory branch, distributor or distributor branch and completed within ten years preceding the program shall be deemed to be in compliance with the program requirements pertaining to construction of facilities or installation of signs or other franchisor image elements that would replace or substantially alter those previously constructed or installed with that ten year period. This subdivision shall not apply to a program that is in effect with more than one dealer in the state on the effective date of this subsection, nor to any renewal of such program, nor to a modification that is not a substantial modification of a material term or condition of such program;

            (j) To condition the award, sale, transfer, relocation or renewal of a franchise or dealer agreement or to condition sales, service, parts or finance incentives upon site control or an agreement to renovate or make substantial improvements to a facility: Provided, That voluntary and noncoerced acceptance of such conditions by the dealer in writing, including, but not limited to, a written agreement for which the dealer has accepted separate and valuable consideration, does not constitute a violation;

            (k) To enter into a contractual requirement imposed by the manufacturer, distributor or a captive finance source as follows:

            (i) In this section, “captive finance source” means any financial source that provides automotive-related loans or purchases retail installment contracts or lease contracts for motor vehicles in this state and is, directly or indirectly, owned, operated or controlled by such manufacturer, factory branch, distributor or distributor branch.

            (ii) It shall be unlawful for any manufacturer, factory branch, captive finance source, distributor or distributor branch, or any field representative, officer, agent or any representative of them, notwithstanding the terms, provisions or conditions of any agreement or franchise, to require any of its franchised dealers located in this state to agree to any terms, conditions or requirements in subdivisions (a) through (j), inclusive, of this subsection in order for any such dealer to sell to any captive finance source any retail installment contract, loan or lease of any motor vehicles purchased or leased by any of the dealer’s customers, or to be able to participate in, or otherwise, directly or indirectly, obtain the benefits of the consumer transaction incentive program payable to the consumer or the dealer and offered by or through any captive finance source as to that incentive program.

            (iii) The applicability of this section is not affected by a choice of law clause in any agreement, waiver, novation or any other written instrument.

            (iv) It shall be unlawful for a manufacturer or distributor to use any subsidiary corporation, affiliated corporation or any other controlled corporation, partnership, association or person to accomplish what would otherwise be illegal conduct under this section on the part of the manufacturer or distributor.

            (2) A manufacturer or distributor may not do any of the following:

            (a) (i) Fail to deliver new motor vehicles or new motor vehicle parts or accessories within a reasonable time and in reasonable quantities relative to the new motor vehicle dealer's market area and facilities, unless the failure is caused by acts or occurrences beyond the control of the manufacturer or distributor, or unless the failure results from an order by the new motor vehicle dealer in excess of quantities reasonably and fairly allocated by the manufacturer or distributor. No manufacturer or distributor may penalize a new motor vehicle dealer for an alleged failure to meet sales quotas where the alleged failure is due to actions of the manufacturer or distributor;

            (ii) Refuse to offer to its same line-make new motor vehicle dealers all models manufactured for that line-make, including, but not limited to, any model that contains a se