Monday, June 5, 2017
[MR. SPEAKER, MR. ARMSTEAD, IN THE CHAIR]
The House of Delegates met at 11:00 a.m., and was called to order by the Honorable Tim Armstead, Speaker.
Prayer was offered and the House was led in recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Delegate Cowles arose to suggest the absence of a quorum, the Clerk opened the machine for the roll to be taken (Roll No. 636), and 86 members being present, the Speaker declared the presence of a quorum. The absent being as follows:
Absent: Bates, Byrd, Ellington, A. Evans, Fast, Hill, Hollen, Love, Moore, Moye, Rohrbach, Shott, Williams and Wilson.
The Clerk proceeded to read the Journal of Wednesday, May 24, 2017, being the first order of business, when the further reading thereof was dispensed with and the same approved.
Bills were introduced, pursuant to House Rule 92, and severally referred as follows:
By Delegates Frich, Sobonya, Overington, Deem, Howell, Sypolt, Butler, Fast and Hollen:
H. B. 119 - “A Bill to amend and reenact §19-23-3, §19-23-7, §19-23-10, §19-23-12b, §19-23-13 and §19-23-13c of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §19-23-10a; to amend and reenact §29-22-18a of said code; to amend and reenact §29-22A-3, §29-22A-7, §29-22A-10, §29-22A-10b, §29-22A-10d, §29-22A-10e and §29-22A-12 of said code; and to amend and reenact §29-22C-3, §29-22C-8, §29-22C-10, §29-22C-27 and §29-22C-27a of said code, all relating generally to horse and dog racing lottery; modifying certain definitions; discontinuing the West Virginia Racing Commission special account known as the West Virginia Greyhound Breeding Development Fund; transferring all moneys in the West Virginia Greyhound Breeding Development Fund to the state Excess Lottery Revenue Fund for appropriation by the Legislature; requiring that upon transfer of moneys from the West Virginia Greyhound Breeding Development Fund to the state Excess Lottery Revenue Fund, a certain amount be withheld and deposited in the special account known as the Administration, Promotion, Education, Capital Improvement and Greyhound Adoption Programs to include Spaying and Neutering Account; requiring that all moneys previously required to be directed to the West Virginia Greyhound Breeding Development Fund be redirected to the state Excess Lottery Revenue Fund for appropriation by the Legislature; requiring that all moneys previously required to be directed into any fund or paid for the purpose of funding purses, awards or providing any other funding for greyhound races be redirected to the state Excess Lottery Revenue Fund for appropriation by the Legislature; eliminating the requirement that an applicant for a dog racing license race a minimum number of dates to qualify for such license; eliminating the requirement that an applicant for a dog racing license race a minimum number of dates to contract to receive telecasts and accept wagers; providing that a dog racetrack is required to hold a racing license to conduct simulcast racing regardless of whether the racetrack continues to conduct live dog racing; authorizing the West Virginia Racing Commission to promulgate rules, including emergency rules, regarding licensure of dog racetracks conducting only simulcast racing; eliminating the requirement that a video lottery licensee at a dog track must hold a racing license to renew a video lottery license or racetrack table games license; requiring the Lottery Commission to transfer a percentage of gross terminal revenue derived from racetrack video lottery at thoroughbred racetracks, and deducted for administrative costs and expenses, to the Racing Commission’s General Administrative Account; eliminating the requirement that an applicant for a video lottery license or license renewal at a dog racetrack must provide evidence of the existence of an agreement regarding proceeds from video lottery terminals with certain parties; providing that a percentage of net terminal income originating at dog racetracks will be deposited in the state Excess Lottery Revenue Fund; providing that a percentage of net terminal income originating at thoroughbred racetracks will be deposited in the West Virginia Thoroughbred Development Fund; permitting a dog racetrack to continue to operate operational video lottery and racetrack table games in a location where live racing was previously conducted or in an alternate location within the county as approved by the Lottery Commission; and eliminating the requirement that a racetrack table games licensee at a dog racetrack must race a minimum number of dates”; to the Committee on Finance.
By Delegate Howell:
H. B. 120 - “A Bill to repeal §5A-3-49 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; to amend and reenact §5A-1-2 of said code; to amend and reenact §5A-3-52 of said code; to amend said code by adding thereto a new article, designated §5A-12-1, §5A-12-2, §5A-12-3, §5A-12-4, §5A-12-5, §5A-12-6, §5A-12-7, §5A-12-8, §5A-12-9, §5A-12-10 and §5A-12-11; to amend and reenact §17A-3-23 of said code; to amend said code by adding thereto three new sections, designated §17A-3-25, §17A-3-26 and §17A-3-27; and to amend and reenact §29B-1-4 of said code, all relating to creating and maintaining a centralized state vehicle inventory system; establishing the Fleet Management Office within the Department of Administration; creating the state Vehicle Title, Registration and Relicensing Project of 2017; requiring reporting by spending units utilizing state vehicles; providing the new article’s scope and establishing exemptions; providing for new officers and establishing their powers, duties and responsibilities; defining terms; continuing the Fleet Management Office Fund; requiring the Fleet Management Office to coordinate with other agencies; providing for annual reports of vehicle use by spending units; requiring annual reports to the Governor and the Joint Committee on Government and Finance; establishing operator requirements and training; providing for enforcement and penalties; providing for notice; requiring legislative compliance audits; providing a deadline date for the expiration of current state vehicle license plates; creating new state vehicle license plates; providing for notice to spending units regarding the expiration of title, registrations and license plates; requiring a standardized naming convention for the title, registration and licensing of all state vehicles; requiring annual renewal of the state vehicle registrations; providing exemptions from reporting for certain undercover vehicles; and authorizing rule making and emergency rule making”; to the Committee on Government Organization then Finance.
H. B. 112, Relating to the Volunteer Fire Department Workers' Compensation; on first reading, coming up in regular order, was, on motion of Delegate Cowles, tabled.
Delegate Love was also present for part of the session.
Leaves of Absence
At the request of Delegate Cowles, and by unanimous consent, leaves of absence for the day were granted Delegates Bates, Byrd, Ellington, A. Evans, Fast, Hill, Hollen, Moore, Moye, Rohrbach, Shott, Williams and Wilson.
Delegate Espinosa noted to the Clerk that he was absent on May 24, 2017 when the votes were taken on Roll Nos. 632 and 635, and that had he been present, he would have voted “Yea” thereon.
Delegate N. Foster noted to the Clerk that she was absent on May 19, 2017 when the vote was taken on Roll No. 626, and that had she been present, she would have voted “Nay” thereon, and that she was absent on May 24, 2017 when the votes were taken on Roll Nos. 632 and 635, and that had she been present, she would have voted “Yea” thereon.
At 1:18 p.m., the House of Delegates adjourned until 12:00 noon, Tuesday, June 6, 2017.