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WEST VIRGINIA LEGISLATURE

SENATE JOURNAL

EIGHTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION, 2014

THIRTY-FOURTH DAY

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Charleston, W. Va., Monday, February 10, 2014

    The Senate met at 11 a.m.

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

    Prayer was offered by the Reverend David W. Johns, Winfield Baptist Church, Winfield, West Virginia.

    Pending the reading of the Journal of Friday, February 7, 2014,

    On motion of Senator Chafin, 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.

    The Senate then proceeded to the third order of business.

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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4010--A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new article, designated §39A-4-1, §39A-4-2, §39A-4-3, §39A-4-4, §39A-4-5, §39A-4-6 and §39A-4-7, all relating to creating the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act; clarifying validity of electronic documents and electronic signatures; providing for recording of electronic documents; requiring county clerks who implement the provisions of the act to comply with established standards; authorizing county clerks to receive, index, store, archive and transmit electronic documents; authorizing county clerks to allow public access, search and retrieval of electronic documents; allowing county clerks to convert paper documents accepted for recording into electronic documents; authorizing county clerks to collect electronically any tax or fee relating to electronic recording of real property documents they are authorized by law to collect; authorizing county clerks to enter into agreements with other jurisdictions on procedures or processes necessary for electronic recording of documents; creating the Real Property Electronic Recording Standards Committee to develop the standards necessary to electronically record real property documents; authorizing the Commissioner of Highways to promulgate a legislative rule; requiring a report and recommendations to the Legislature; providing that members of the Real Property Electronic Recording Standards Committee pay their own expenses; setting forth areas for consideration when adopting or changing standards; providing for uniformity of application and construction of the act; and establishing the relationship between this act and the federal Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act.

    Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4220--A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §46A-6-111, relating to requirements for agreements wherein consumers prospectively waive their rights to trials by jury on claims arising from related consumer transactions.

    Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

    The Senate proceeded to the fourth order of business.

    Senator Kessler (Mr. President), from the Committee on Rules, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Rules has had under consideration

    Senate Resolution No. 12, Amending Senate Rule No. 28 relating to setting committee agendas.

    And reports the same back with the recommendation that it be rejected.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Jeffrey V. Kessler,

                                 Chairman, ex officio.

    The question being “Shall Senate Resolution No. 12 be rejected?”

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

    The Senate proceeded to the sixth order of business.

    On motions for leave, severally made, the following bills were introduced, read by their titles, and referred to the appropriate committees:

    By Senator Yost:

    Senate Bill No. 516--A Bill to amend and reenact §23-4-3b of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to workers’ compensation; and modifying the health care guideline for reasonable and necessary medical treatment.

    Referred to the Committee on Labor; and then to the Committee on the Judiciary.

    By Senator Yost:

    Senate Bill No. 517--A Bill to amend and reenact §23-4-1g of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to weighing of evidence; and providing for a liberal weighing of the evidence during any part of a workers’ compensation claim.

    Referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance; and then to the Committee on the Judiciary.

    By Senators Yost and Fitzsimmons:

    Senate Bill No. 518--A Bill to amend and reenact §23-4-1 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to whom compensation fund disbursed; occupational pneumoconiosis and other occupational diseases included in definitions of "injury" and "personal injury"; definition of “occupational pneumoconiosis” and other occupational diseases; and rebuttable presumptions for certain injuries and diseases for firefighters, including members of volunteer fire departments.

    Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

    By Senator Yost:

    Senate Bill No. 519--A Bill to amend and reenact §23-4-6a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to workers’ compensation benefits; mode of payment to employees and dependents for occupational pneumoconiosis; and providing for further adjustment of claims for occupational pneumoconiosis for a finding of no measurable pulmonary impairment.

    Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

    By Senator Yost:

    Senate Bill No. 520--A Bill to amend and reenact §23-1-1 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating generally to workers’ compensation; acknowledging that the deficit crisis is over; recognizing that West Virginia’s labor force is its greatest asset and resource; stating that injured workers should receive preeminent and efficient treatment; and stating that it is the intent of the Legislature that a rule of liberal construction based on any remedial basis of workers' compensation legislation shall be applied when deciding cases.

    Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary; and then to the Committee on Finance.

    By Senator Yost:

    Senate Bill No. 521--A Bill to amend and reenact §23-4-6 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to the classification and criteria for disability benefits.

    Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary; and then to the Committee on Finance.

    By Senator Yost:

    Senate Bill No. 522--A Bill to amend and reenact §23-4-3 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating generally to workers’ compensation benefits; providing quick and efficient delivery of medical benefits to injured workers; providing for medical treatment that is reasonably and causally related to the injury; ensuring that treating doctor’s opinion is not superseded by guidelines; and allowing for diagnosis updates based upon diagnostic testing that is consistent with the legislative intent set forth in this code.

    Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

    By Senators Green, D. Hall, Facemire, Laird, McCabe, Miller, Prezioso, Wells, Plymale, Carmichael, Jenkins, Yost and Stollings:

    Senate Bill No. 523--A Bill to amend and reenact §9A-1-11 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; to amend and reenact §16-1B-1, §16-1B-2 and §16-1B-3 of said code; to amend and reenact §16-29A-3 and §16-29A-7 of said code; to amend and reenact §19-1-4 of said code; and to amend and reenact §29-22-9a of said code, all relating to construction of an additional state veterans’ skilled nursing facility; Veterans Facilities Support Fund expenditures; issuance of bonds by the Hospital Finance Authority; authorizing the Secretary of Veterans’ Assistance and the Commissioner of Agriculture to enter into agreement to transfer certain property; Veterans Lottery Fund expenditures; Veterans Nursing Homes Building Fund expenditures; and Veterans Nursing Homes Debt Service Fund expenditures.

    Referred to the Committee on Military; and then to the Committee on Finance.

    By Senator Yost:

    Senate Bill No. 524--A Bill to amend and reenact §23-4-1c of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to workers’ compensation; payment of temporary total disability benefits directly to claimant; payment of medical benefits; payments of benefits during protest; and right of commission, successor to the commission, private carriers and self-insured employers to collect payments improperly made.

    Referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance; and then to the Committee on the Judiciary.

    By Senators Barnes, Blair, Boley, Carmichael, Green, M. Hall, Jenkins, Williams, Plymale, D. Hall, Cookman and Nohe:

    Senate Bill No. 525--A Bill to amend and reenact §11-21-12 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to exempting pensions and annuities from the Public Employees Retirement System and the Teachers Retirement System from state income tax.

    Referred to the Committee on Pensions; and then to the Committee on Finance.

    By Senators Chafin, Fitzsimmons, Yost and Cookman:

    Senate Bill No. 526--A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §21-3-22, relating to railroad employee records; and requiring railroads to provide access to or copies of an employee’s personnel file under certain circumstances and with certain limitations.

    Referred to the Committee on Labor; and then to the Committee on the Judiciary.

    By Senators Wells, Kessler (Mr. President), Edgell, Fitzsimmons, Green, Laird, Miller, Snyder, Unger, Yost, D. Hall, Cookman, Nohe, Beach and Stollings:

    Senate Bill No. 527--A Bill to amend and reenact §11-16-18 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend and reenact §60-6-8 of said code, all relating to prohibiting the sale of beer and wine at self-scan registers; and application of current criminal penalties associated with other offenses of retail licensees of nonintoxicating beer, beer and wine.

    Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

    By Senator Laird:

    Senate Bill No. 528--A Bill to amend and reenact §18B-19-6 and §18B-19-7 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, all relating generally to higher education capital spending projects; requiring a legislative rule be promulgated that establishes the level of a capital project of a higher education institution, other than Marshall University and West Virginia University, before it must be approved; requiring the rule to delineate between repair projects and new construction; requiring the rule to provide for annual increases that are consistent with increases in the consumer price index; and providing that institutions that have entered into construction contracts averaging less than $20 million over the most recent rolling five-year period and capital projects exceeding $1 million for community and technical colleges be monitored instead of managed.

    Referred to the Committee on Education; and then to the Committee on Finance.

    By Senators Cole, Barnes, Blair, Carmichael, M. Hall, Nohe and Walters:

    Senate Bill No. 529--A Bill to amend and reenact §19-25-5 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to adding aircraft operations on private airstrips and farms to the definition of “recreational purpose”.

    Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources; and then to the Committee on the Judiciary.

    By Senators Cann, D. Hall, Kirkendoll, Yost, Tucker, Green, Plymale and Jenkins:

    Senate Bill No. 530--A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §22-5-20, relating to establishing separate standards of performance for carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired electric generating units; and establishing separate standards of performance for natural gas-fired electric generating units.

    Referred to the Committee on Energy, Industry and Mining; and then to the Committee on the Judiciary.

    By Senator Stollings:

    Senate Bill No. 531--A Bill to amend and reenact §30-6-8, §30-6-10 and §30-6-17 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, all relating to funeral service and embalming licenses; modifying educational requirements; prohibiting a funeral director who is currently on probation or other disciplinary action from supervising an apprentice during the period of disciplinary action; and extending certain time frames.

    Referred to the Committee on Government Organization; and then to the Committee on the Judiciary.

    By Senators Unger and Stollings:

    Senate Bill No. 532--A Bill to amend and reenact §15-1B-26 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to retaining current West Virginia National Guard firefighters; and allowing certain National Guard firefighters to become civilian firefighters with the West Virginia National Guard.

    Referred to the Committee on Government Organization; and then to the Committee on Finance.

    By Senators Miller and Williams:

    Senate Bill No. 533--A Bill to amend and reenact §19-14-1, §19-14-2, §19-14-5 and §19-14-9 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §19-14-16, all relating to commercial feed; revising definitions; updating certain provisions; adding a small producer category; clarifying fees and penalties are set by rule; and permitting emergency and legislative rules.

    Referred to the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development; and then to the Committee on the Judiciary.

    Senators D. Hall, Green, Jenkins, Beach, Stollings and Cole offered the following resolution:

    Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 29--Requesting the Division of Highways to erect a sign at the intersection of Slab Fork Road, Amy Lane and Harlock Lane in Slab Fork, Raleigh County, West Virginia, on County Route 28/1 that states “Birthplace of Bill Withers, noted Grammy Award-winning recording artist”.

    Whereas, William Harrison “Bill” Withers, Jr., a singer, songwriter and musician, was born July 4, 1938, in the small coal mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia. He was the youngest of six children and raised in nearby Beckley, West Virginia. His father died when Bill was thirteen; and

    Whereas, Bill Withers enlisted in the United States Navy at age seventeen and served for nine years, during which time he became interested in singing and writing songs. Bill was discharged from the Navy in 1965, and he relocated to Los Angeles in 1967 to begin a musical career. He worked as an assembler for several different companies, including Douglas Aircraft Corporation, while recording demo tapes with his own money and performing in clubs at night. Bill would keep his day job as an assembler well after his subsequent breakthrough success in the music business because of his belief that it was a fickle industry; and

    Whereas, On the strength of Bill's demonstration tapes, he was signed to a record deal by Sussex Records in 1970 and Booker T. Jones was assigned to produce his first album. "Just as I Am" was released in 1971 and included the single tracks, “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Grandma’s Hands”. Bill won the 1972 Grammy Award for best R&B Song for "Ain't No Sunshine" and he was also awarded a R. I. A. A. platinum disc for the song. Bill Wither's second album, "Still Bill", which was described as “a stone-soul masterpiece” by Rolling Stone magazine, was released in 1972 and included the hit singles “Lean on Me” and “Use Me”. The single "Lean on Me" went to number one the week of July 8, 1972, and Bill was awarded a R. I. A. A. gold disc for the song. The single "Use Me" became his third million seller and brought him another gold disc award. Bill won a second Grammy Award in 1982 for Best R&B Song for “Just the Two of Us”, which was recorded with Grover Washington, Jr.; and

    Whereas, Bill Withers was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005, and he was honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in 2006 with the society’s Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award, which is presented to ASCAP members who have had a major impact on the legacy of rhythm and soul music. Additional honors include multiple Millionaires citations from Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI); a Soul Train Hall of Fame award; two NAACP Image awards; induction into the inaugural class of the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame; and a Clio award. In 2007 “Lean On Me” was enshrined in the Grammy Hall of Fame; and

    Whereas, In addition to his outstanding musical contributions, Bill Withers has also done good works for his native area, including generously donating to help restore Greenwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Beckley and commissioning a painting entitled "Grandma’s Hands" for display at Tamarack in Beckley; and

    Whereas, It is only fitting that we recognize Bill Withers for his many accomplishments and for the pride he has instilled in all West Virginians by placing this marker in the town of his birth; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to erect a sign at the intersection of Slab Fork Road, Amy Lane and Harlock Lane in Slab Fork, Raleigh County, West Virginia, on County Route 28/1 that states “Birthplace of Bill Withers, noted Grammy Award- winning recording artist”; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and to Bill Withers.

    Which, under the rules, lies over one day.

    Senators Kessler (Mr. President), Wells, McCabe, Snyder, Fitzsimmons, Cookman, Yost and Beach offered the following resolution:

    Senate Resolution No. 23--Designating February 10, 2014, as “Fairness West Virginia Day at the Legislature”.

    Whereas, Fairness West Virginia is a statewide civil rights advocacy organization dedicated to the fair treatment and civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered West Virginians; and

    Whereas, Fairness West Virginia works to ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered West Virginians can be open, honest and safe at home, work and in the community; and

    Whereas, Fairness West Virginia works to promote diversity in West Virginia; and

    Whereas, There are fifty-seven thousand lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered West Virginians living, working and raising families in the Mountain State; and

    Whereas, The Senate invites all members of the West Virginia Legislature and all citizens of West Virginia to join in recognizing the value and importance of recognizing the work that Fairness West Virginia does each day for the betterment of West Virginia; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Senate:

    That the Senate hereby designates February 10, 2014, as “Fairness West Virginia Day at the Legislature”; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the representatives of Fairness West Virginia.

    At the request of Senator Unger, unanimous consent being granted, the resolution was taken up for immediate consideration, reference to a committee dispensed with, and adopted.

    On motion of Senator Unger, the Senate recessed for one minute.

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

    Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 28, Requesting DOH name road in Logan County the "Joshua Walls Memorial Highway".

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

    Senate Resolution No. 21, Urging Supervalu, Inc., reconsider closing Milton warehouse.

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

    House Concurrent Resolution No. 42, Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.

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

    The following amendments to the resolution, from the Committee on Banking and Insurance, were reported by the clerk, considered simultaneously, and adopted:

    On page three, by striking out everything after the twelfth Whereas clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Legislature expresses the support of urging Congress to revise the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Legislature hereby strongly urges the United States Congress to revisit and revise the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 in hopes that the unfair burden and hardship placed on West Virginia residents and businesses can be removed; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to all members of the United States Senate representing West Virginia, all members of the West Virginia congressional delegation, the Majority Leader of the United States Senate and the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.;

    And,

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

    House Concurrent Resolution No. 42--Expressing the support of the Legislature urging Congress to revise the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.

    The question being on the adoption of the resolution, 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.

    The Senate proceeded to the eighth order of business.

    Eng. Senate Bill No. 426, Relating to appointments to certain higher education commissions, councils and boards.

    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: Barnes, Beach, Blair, Boley, Cann, Carmichael, Chafin, Cole, Cookman, Edgell, Facemire, Fitzsimmons, Green, D. Hall, M. Hall, Jenkins, Kirkendoll, Laird, McCabe, Miller, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Tucker, Unger, Walters, Wells, Williams, Yost and Kessler (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. S. B. No. 426) passed with its title.

    Senator Unger moved that the bill take effect from passage.

    On this question, the yeas were: Barnes, Beach, Blair, Boley, Cann, Carmichael, Chafin, Cole, Cookman, Edgell, Facemire, Fitzsimmons, Green, D. Hall, M. Hall, Jenkins, Kirkendoll, Laird, McCabe, Miller, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Tucker, Unger, Walters, Wells, Williams, Yost and Kessler (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. 426) 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 Senate Bill No. 450, Relating to sale and consumption of alcoholic liquors in certain outdoor dining areas.

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

    At the request of Senator Prezioso, unanimous consent being granted, the bill was laid over one day, retaining its place on the calendar.

    Eng. Senate Bill No. 470, Providing completed grand jury questionnaires are confidential.

    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: Barnes, Beach, Blair, Boley, Cann, Carmichael, Chafin, Cole, Cookman, Edgell, Facemire, Fitzsimmons, Green, D. Hall, M. Hall, Jenkins, Kirkendoll, Laird, McCabe, Miller, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Tucker, Unger, Walters, Wells, Williams, Yost and Kessler (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. S. B. No. 470) passed with its title.

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

    The Senate proceeded to the ninth order of business.

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 90, Creating criminal offense for interfering or preventing call for assistance of emergency service personnel.

    On second reading, coming up in regular order, was read a second time and ordered to engrossment and third reading.

    Senate Bill No. 403, Regulating importation and possession of certain injurious aquatic species.

    On second reading, coming up in regular order, was read a second time and ordered to engrossment and third reading.

    Senate Bill No. 454, Defining dam "owner".

    On second reading, coming up in regular order, was read a second time and ordered to engrossment and third reading.

    The Senate proceeded to the tenth order of business.

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 133, Authorizing DEP promulgate legislative rules.

    On first reading, coming up in regular order, was read a first time and ordered to second reading.

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 458, Imposing additional circuit court fees to fund low-income persons' civil legal services.

    On first reading, coming up in regular order, was read a first time and ordered to second reading.

    Senate Bill No. 483, Renaming administrative heads of Potomac campus of WVU and WVU Institute of Technology.

    On first reading, coming up in regular order, was read a first time and ordered to second reading.

    Senate Bill No. 515, Repealing section relating to state aid for students of veterinary medicine.

    On first reading, coming up in regular order, was read a first time and ordered to second reading.

    On motion of Senator Unger, the bill was then referred to the Committee on Finance.

    The Senate proceeded to the twelfth order of business.

    Remarks were made by Senator Walters.

    At the request of Senator Walters, and by unanimous consent, the Senate returned to the sixth order of business, which agenda includes the making of main motions.

    Senator Walters then moved that the Senate reconsider the vote by which in earlier proceedings today it rejected

    Senate Resolution No. 12, Amending Senate Rule No. 28 relating to setting committee agendas.

    The question being on the adoption of the aforestated motion by Senator Walters, and on this question, Senator Walters demanded the yeas and nays.

    The roll being taken, the yeas were: Barnes, Blair, Boley, Carmichael, Cole, M. Hall, Jenkins, McCabe, Nohe, Sypolt and Walters--11.

    The nays were: Beach, Cann, Chafin, Cookman, Edgell, Facemire, Fitzsimmons, Green, D. Hall, Kirkendoll, Laird, Miller, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Snyder, Stollings, Tucker, Unger, Wells, Williams, Yost and Kessler (Mr. President)--23.

    Absent: None.

    So, a majority of those present and voting not having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the aforestated motion by Senator Walters had not prevailed.

    Thereafter, at the request of Senator Sypolt, unanimous consent being granted, the remarks by Senator Walters were ordered printed in the Appendix to the Journal.

    The Senate again proceeded to the twelfth order of business.

    Remarks were made by Senators Green, M. Hall and Beach.

    Thereafter, at the request of Senator D. Hall, and by unanimous consent, the remarks by Senator Green were ordered printed in the Appendix to the Journal.

    At the request of Senator Plymale, unanimous consent being granted, the Senate returned to the sixth order of business.

Petitions

    Senator Plymale presented a petition from fifty West Virginia county boards of education, requesting an increase in education employees’ salaries up to a competitive level with surrounding states.

    Referred to the Committee on Education.

    Pending announcement of meetings of standing committees of the Senate,

    On motion of Senator Unger, the Senate adjourned until tomorrow, Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at 11 a.m.

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