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WEST VIRGINIA LEGISLATURE

SENATE JOURNAL

EIGHTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION, 2013

FORTY-FOURTH DAY

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Charleston, W. Va., Thursday, March 28, 2013

    The Senate met at 11 a.m.

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

    Prayer was offered by Bishop Joe Thomas, Nondenominational Fellowship Pentecostal Ministries, Charleston, West Virginia.

    Pending the reading of the Journal of Wednesday, March 27, 2013,

    On motion of Senator Stollings, 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. House Bill No. 2158--A Bill to amend and reenact §31A-8C-2 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to the provision of financially-related services by banks and bank holding companies, providing that a West Virginia state-chartered banking institution may engage in a financially related activity directly if a federal or state thrift, federal credit union, or state bank chartered in another state may engage in that financially related activity.

    Referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance; and then 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. 2395--A Bill to amend and reenact §16-5P-15 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to senior services in-home care registry; providing for 60 day waiver of initial registration fee; and clarifying rulemaking authority for the Bureau of Senior Services to require an applicant to obtain a state or federal criminal background check.

    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. 2453--A Bill to amend and reenact §15-3A-4 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, all relating to the activation of the Amber Alert Plan, requiring a reporting law enforcement agency to report a suspected missing or abducted child to the West Virginia Sate Police in the initial stages of investigation, and requiring the West Virginia State Police to contact Amber Alert for determination of alert criteria.

    Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

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

    Eng. House Bill No. 2543--A Bill to amend and reenact §12-4-14a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to specifying that the subsidy provided to volunteer fire departments to offset certain workers’ compensation premium increases apply to increases attributable to the fire fighting service, rapid response emergency medical service, ambulance service and diving service components of the services provided by volunteer fire departments.

    Referred to the Committee on Finance.

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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2652--A Bill to amend and reenact article 2, chapter 64 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating generally to the promulgation of administrative rules by the Department of Administration; legislative mandate or authorization for the promulgation of certain legislative rules by various executive or administrative agencies of the state; authorizing certain of the agencies to promulgate certain legislative rules in the form that the rules were filed in the State Register; authorizing certain of the agencies to promulgate certain legislative rules with various modifications presented to and recommended by the Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee; authorizing certain of the agencies to promulgate certain legislative rules with various modifications presented to and recommended by the Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee and as amended by the Legislature; authorizing certain of the agencies to promulgate certain legislative rules in the form that the rules were filed in the State Register and as amended by the Legislature; authorizing the Department of Administration to promulgate a legislative rule relating to selecting design-builders under the Design-Build Procurement Act; authorizing the Department of Administration to promulgate a legislative rule relating to state owned vehicles; authorizing the Consolidated Public Retirement Board to promulgate a legislative rule relating to general provisions; authorizing the Consolidated Public Retirement Board to promulgate a legislative rule relating to benefit determination and appeal; authorizing the Consolidated Public Retirement Board to promulgate a legislative rule relating to the Teachers’ Retirement System; authorizing the Consolidated Public Retirement Board to promulgate a legislative rule relating to the Public Employees Retirement System; and authorizing the Consolidated Public Retirement Board to promulgate a legislative rule relating to the West Virginia State Police.

    Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

    A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the passage by that body, to take effect July 1, 2013, and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the passage of

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2717--A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §7-7-14a, relating to requiring that sheriffs provide ballistic resistant vests to deputy sheriffs; providing standards for personal body armor; requiring payment of expenses by county commission; limiting the construction of provisions; and encouraging defrayment of expenses.

    Referred to the Committee on Finance.

    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. House Bill No. 2800--A Bill to amend and reenact §18-7A-3, §18-7A-14, §18-7A-17, §18-7A-23, §18-7A-25 and §18-7A-26 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, and to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §18-7A-14c, all relating to the Teachers’ Retirement System; specifying the time period in which a participating public employer allocates and reports gross salary to the retirement board; including nonteachers within the definition of present member; defining retire and retirement; modifying the definition of teacher member; providing for the correction of errors; requiring nonteachers to file a statement with the retirement board detailing the length of service being claimed for retirement credit; requiring that members granted prior service credit for qualified military service shall have been honorably discharged from active duty; providing for purchasing out of state service credit for members who transferred from the Teachers’ Defined Contribution Retirement System; providing that a nonteaching member shall not be considered absent from service while serving as an officer with a statewide professional teaching association; requiring that members make written request to the retirement board to receive credit for service previously credited by the Public Employees Retirement System; providing that all interest paid or transferred on service credit from the Public Employees Retirement System be deposited in the reserve fund; providing that an inactive member may elect to receive an annuity at age sixty; providing that the sole primary beneficiary of a member is eligible for an annuity if the contributor was fifty years old with twenty-five years service; providing that a refund beneficiary shall receive the contributor’s accumulated contributions up to the plan year of contributor’s death; providing that a refund beneficiary shall be paid the Teachers’ Defined Contribution Retirement System member contributions transferred plus the vested portion of employer contributions and any earnings; providing that an actively contributing member who is at least sixty years of age is eligible for an annuity; providing that any member who has thirty years of total service in the state as a nonteaching member is eligible for an annuity; specifying that anyone who becomes a new member on or after July 1, 2013, shall have five or more years of actual contributory service to qualify for retirement; providing that a nonteaching member who is fifty- five years of age and has served thirty years in the state is eligible for an annuity; providing that a nonteaching member is eligible for disability benefits; providing for the computation of a member’s annuity; and providing for the commencement date of disability annuity benefits.

    At the request of Senator Unger, and by unanimous consent, the message was taken up for immediate consideration and reference of the bill to a committee dispensed with.

    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. 2802--A Bill to amend and reenact §16-5V-2, §16-5V-8, §16-5V-11, §16-5V-20, §16-5V-21 and §16-5V-24 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, and to amend said code by adding thereto two new sections, designated §16-5V-8a and §16-5V-35, all relating to the Emergency Medical Services Retirement System; modifying the definition of annual compensation as it relates to determining benefits; adding a definition for contributing service to this article; adding a definition for the terms retire and retirement to this article; providing for correction of participating public employer errors by the board; providing eligibility requirements for commencement of benefits; specifying that the board must be in receipt of a request for estimation of benefits prior to providing a member with an explanation of their estimated gross monthly annuity and a retirement application; providing that a member shall have at least ten years of contributing service to qualify for nonduty related disability retirement; specifying that the total nonduty disability award received by a member shall be based on their average monthly compensation during the twelve month period immediately preceding the disability award; providing that all costs associated with disability benefit examinations shall be paid from the board’s expense fund; providing that disability benefits shall cease on the first day of the month following termination of disability by the board; requiring annual disability recertification for a retirant who is less than sixty years of age during the first five years of retirement and once every three years thereafter; providing that if a member who is receiving a nonduty disability benefit dies the surviving spouse shall receive the average monthly compensation received by the member prior to the disability award; and providing for the annuity calculation for a member who returns to covered employment after retirement.

    At the request of Senator Unger, and by unanimous consent, the message was taken up for immediate consideration and reference of the bill to a committee dispensed with.

    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. 2809--A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new article, designated, §25-8-1, relating to authorizing the Division of Corrections to implement a responsible parent program pilot project; setting forth requirements to participate in the program; setting forth program goals; and requiring a report.

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

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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2945--A Bill to amend and reenact §12-4-14a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §33-3-33a, all relating to the distribution of state funds to volunteer fire departments under the Volunteer Fire Department Workers' Compensation Subsidy Program generally; specifying that the subsidy provided to volunteer fire departments to offset certain workers' compensation premium increases apply to increases attributable to the fire fighting service, rapid response emergency medical service, ambulance service and diving service components of the services provided by volunteer fire departments; establishing the Volunteer Fire Department Workers' Compensation Premium Subsidy Fund and directing that certain moneys be deposited into the fund for the program; and requiring reviews, assessments and reports to the Legislature prior to termination of the program.

    Referred to the Committee on Finance.

    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. House Bill No. 2992--A Bill to repeal §60-9-3 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend and reenact §60-9-4 and §60-9-6 of said code, all relating to eliminating duplicative reporting requirements imposed on distributors of imported cigarettes.

    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. House Bill No. 3013--A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new article, designated §4-2B-1, relating to authorizing the establishment of job creation work groups to obtain information to assist the Legislature's efforts to take effective action to increase and attract jobs in West Virginia.

    At the request of Senator Unger, and by unanimous consent, reference of the bill to a committee was dispensed with, and it was taken up for immediate consideration, read a first time and ordered to second reading.

    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 30-119-0.01 on Route 119 in Mingo County, the "Joe Curtis (Joey) Dingess Memorial Bridge”.

    Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

    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. 85--Requesting the Division of Highways to rename the Roderfield Box Beam Bridge, bridge number 24-52-12.79 crossing over Spice Creek in McDowell County, the "Carnie L. Spratt Memorial Bridge”.

    Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

    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. 89--Requesting the Division of Highways to name bridge number 10-27-0.01, currently known as Pax Bridge, on County Route 27 in Pax, West Virginia, the “Navy AD3 Jack Lively Memorial Bridge”.

    Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

    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. 91--Requesting the Division of Highways to name the stretch of County Highway 5, also known as Mud Fork Road, in Logan County, West Virginia, beginning at the intersection of County Road 119/26 and County Road 119/14, continuing NW for 10.6 miles and ending at the intersection of County Highway 5 and East Fork Road, the “Platoon Sgt Clifford Tomblin Highway, United States Army”.

    Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

    The Senate proceeded to the fourth order of business.

    Senator Prezioso, from the Committee on Finance, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Finance has had under consideration

    Senate Bill No. 65, Exempting PERS retirement income of DNR police officers from state income tax.

    And reports the same back with the recommendation that it do pass.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Roman W. Prezioso, Jr.,

                                 Chair.

    Senator Beach, from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has had under consideration

    Senate Bill No. 90, Creating felony offense of DUI causing serious bodily injury.

    And reports back a committee substitute for same with the following title:

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 90 (originating in the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure)--A Bill to amend and reenact §17C-5-2 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to making it a felony to drive a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, controlled substance or other drug and cause serious bodily injury to another person under certain circumstances; defining “serious bodily injury”; making technical corrections; and establishing penalties for first and subsequent violations of certain provisions.

    With the recommendation that the committee substitute do pass; but under the original double committee reference first be referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Robert D. Beach,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Beach, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 90) contained in the preceding report from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure was taken up for immediate consideration, read a first time, ordered to second reading and, under the original double committee reference, was then referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

    Senator Palumbo, from the Committee on the Judiciary, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on the Judiciary has had under consideration

    Senate Bill No. 110, Limiting certain property reappraisal increase.

    And reports back a committee substitute for same with the following title:

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 110 (originating in the Committee on the Judiciary)--A Bill to amend and reenact §11-1C-9 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend and reenact §11-3-1, §11-3-15c and §11-3-15d of said code, all relating to phasing in any assessment of property if there is an increase in the assessment after valuation for the property of more than twenty-five percent; clarifying that the limitation does not apply to natural resources property or to property upon which improvements have been made; and increasing the time to file a petition in response to notice of an increased assessment of certain real and personal property.

    Senate Bill No. 492, Authorizing "rural resort community" as limited gaming facility.

    And reports back a committee substitute for same with the following title:

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 492 (originating in the Committee on the Judiciary)--A Bill to repeal §29-25-7 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; to amend and reenact §29-25-1, §29-25-2, §29-25-3, §29-25-5, §29-25-6, §29-25-9, §29-25-12, §29-25-15, §29-25-18, §29-25-19, §29-25-20, §29-25-21, §29-25-24, §29-25-28, §29-25-29, §29-25-30, §29-25-31, §29-25-32, §29-25-34, §29-25-35, §29-25-37 and §29-25-38 of said code; and to amend said code by adding thereto two new sections, designated §29-25-22b and §29-25-22c, all relating to gaming facilities; authorizing gaming facilities; permitting a rural resort community as limited gaming facility; defining terms; creating the Rural Resort Community Fund and Rural Resort Community Human Resource Benefit Fund; providing for the regulation and control of a rural resort community; and repealing the local option provision of this article.

    And,

    Senate Bill No. 628, Requiring Supreme Court establish program to appoint probation officers to address truancy.

    And reports back a committee substitute for same with the following title:

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 628 (originating in the Committee on the Judiciary)--A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §62-12-5a, relating to authorizing the Supreme Court of Appeals to establish a special pilot program for the appointment of additional probation officers in up to five circuits to address truancy.

    With the recommendation that the three committee substitutes do pass; but under the original double committee references first be referred to the Committee on Finance.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Corey Palumbo,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Palumbo, unanimous consent being granted, the bills (Com. Sub. for S. B. Nos. 110, 492 and 628) contained in the preceding report from the Committee on the Judiciary were each taken up for immediate consideration, read a first time, ordered to second reading and, under the original double committee references, were then referred to the Committee on Finance.

    Senator Prezioso, from the Committee on Finance, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Finance has had under consideration

    Senate Bill No. 118, Creating I Support Veterans license plate.

    And reports the same back with the recommendation that it do pass.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Roman W. Prezioso, Jr.,

                                 Chair.

    Senator Prezioso, from the Committee on Finance, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Finance has had under consideration

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 195, Removing tax rate expiration date on eligible acute care hospitals.

    And reports the same back with the recommendation that it do pass.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Roman W. Prezioso, Jr.,

                                 Chair.

    Senator Prezioso, from the Committee on Finance, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Finance has had under consideration

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 202 (originating in the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development), Creating WV Spay Neuter Program and Fund.

    And reports back a committee substitute for same with the following title:

    Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 202 (originating in the Committee on Finance)--A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new article, designated §19-20C-1, §19-20C-2 and §19-20C-3, all relating to establishing the West Virginia Spay Neuter Assistance Program and Fund; designating the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture to manage the program and fund; providing grants to nonprofit spay neuter programs in state; limiting administrative expenses of fund; requiring annual reporting; and authorizing rulemaking.

    With the recommendation that the committee substitute for committee substitute do pass.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Roman W. Prezioso, Jr.,

                                 Chair.

    Senator Prezioso, from the Committee on Finance, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Finance has had under consideration

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 324 (originating in the Committee on Government Organization), Allowing boards licensing persons engaging in manufacture, distribution or dispensing controlled substances set fees by legislative rule.

    And reports back a committee substitute for same with the following title:

    Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 324 (originating in the Committee on Finance)--A Bill to amend and reenact §30-5-1a and §30-5-16 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §30-5-16c; to amend and reenact §60A-3-301 of said code; and to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §60A-3-301a, all relating to permits for manufacturing, making, producing, packing, packaging or preparing drugs, medicines, toilet articles, dentifrices and cosmetics and registration of practitioners dispensing controlled substances; modifying fees associated with the permits; granting rule-making authority to the Board of Pharmacy to establish a fee schedule for obtaining and maintaining the permit; providing that statutory fee schedule will remain in effect until amended, modified, repealed or replaced by legislative rule; clarifying disciplinary action that may be taken if condition or rule relating to permit is violated; modifying registration fees for practitioners dispensing controlled substances; granting rule-making authority to boards, departments and agencies that license or register practitioners dispensing controlled substances; and providing that statutory fee schedule for registering practitioners dispensing controlled substances will remain in effect until amended, modified, repealed or replaced by legislative rule.

    With the recommendation that the committee substitute for committee substitute do pass.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Roman W. Prezioso, Jr.,

                                 Chair.

    Senator Prezioso, from the Committee on Finance, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Finance has had under consideration

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 466 (originating in the Committee on Natural Resources), Creating Dangerous Wild Animals Act.

    And reports back a committee substitute for same with the following title:

    Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 466 (originating in the Committee on Finance)--A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new article, designated §19-34-1, §19-34-2, §19-34-3, §19-34-4, §19-34-5, §19-34-6, §19-34-7, §19-34-8, §19-34-9 and §19-34-10, all relating to the regulation of dangerous wild animals; setting forth findings and purpose; defining terms; creating the Dangerous Wild Animal Board; setting forth the duties of the board; requiring the board to create a list of dangerous wild animals by rule; permitting the board to issue a permit for a dangerous wild animal legally possessed prior to the effective date of the rules; prohibiting the possession of a dangerous wild animal thereafter; setting forth permit requirements; providing for confiscation and disposition of animals; permitting the suspension and revocation of permits; providing exemptions; providing rule-making authority; and establishing criminal and civil penalties.

    With the recommendation that the committee substitute for committee substitute do pass.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Roman W. Prezioso, Jr.,

                                 Chair.

    Senator Beach, from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has had under consideration

    Senate Bill No. 556, Relating to broadband deployment projects.

    And reports back a committee substitute for same with the following title:

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 556 (originating in the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure)--A Bill to amend and reenact §31-15C-2, §31-15C-8, §31-15C-9 and §31-15C-10 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, all relating to broadband deployment projects; clarifying that the Broadband Deployment Council’s public outreach and education efforts extend beyond unserved areas; revising the council’s guidelines on requests for funding assistance; requiring the council to give priority to funding type 3 unserved areas; requiring projects for broadband service involving the construction of a network to meet the revised definition of “broadband” before being approved; revising the criteria for funding assistance applications; providing that projects to promote demand may be on a regional or statewide basis; revising notice and posting requirements; and defining and redefining certain terms.

    With the recommendation that the committee substitute do pass; but under the original double committee reference first be referred to the Committee on Government Organization.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Robert D. Beach,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Beach, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 556) contained in the preceding report from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure was taken up for immediate consideration, read a first time, ordered to second reading and, under the original double committee reference, was then referred to the Committee on Government Organization.

    The Senate proceeded to the sixth order of business.

    Senators Kessler (Mr. President), Stollings, Jenkins, Yost, Fitzsimmons, Wells, McCabe, D. Hall, Prezioso, Cookman and Plymale offered the following resolution:

    Senate Resolution No. 49--Designating March 28, 2013, as "West Virginia Kids at Risk Day" at the Legislature.

    Whereas, The State of West Virginia and the West Virginia Child Care Association (WVCCA) have some of the best child welfare professionals and agencies in the country; and

    Whereas, These child welfare professionals and agencies have dedicated their time to making life better for West Virginia’s children who are at risk; and

    Whereas, These West Virginia professionals and agencies have a compassion that never ends, a hope for a better tomorrow and a dedication to their efforts through the long haul; and

    Whereas, These West Virginia professionals and agencies work with West Virginia’s child welfare stakeholders to eliminate policy barriers and day-to-day practices that reduce the effective utilization of in-state resources; and

    Whereas, Our state’s child welfare professionals and agencies do everything possible to provide opportunities for West Virginia’s kids at risk to receive care in West Virginia, where they can remain in their communities, with their families and connected to their support systems; and

    Whereas, These professionals and agencies are regulated by the State of West Virginia through legislation and by oversight of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and Department of Education; and

    Whereas, Our state’s stringent licensing requirements and standards of care ensure that children at risk in West Virginia are receiving the best quality of care; and

    Whereas, By using West Virginian child welfare professionals and agencies our state is doing what is best for West Virginia’s kids at risk and their families; and

    Whereas, These West Virginia child care professionals and agencies advocate for and deliver services and support to provide for the safety, well being and opportunity for kids at risk to achieve their hopes and dreams; and

    Whereas, These professionals and agencies provide family- driven, youth-guided, culturally competent and trauma-informed care for the citizens of West Virginia; and

    Whereas, The West Virginia professionals, who care for the at- risk children in our state, and the organizations that exist to impact the lives of these children and their families, provide quality care in the kids’ and families’ communities; and

    Whereas, This quality care is provided in a variety of settings, including community agencies, hospitals, residential group homes, foster families, emergency shelters and community and educational institutions, and seeks to provide resources and guidance that promotes the safety, well being and permanency of West Virginia’s at-risk kids; and

    Whereas, West Virginia’s child welfare providers dedicate themselves to excellence in their profession through licensing, advocacy, education and professional development; and

    Whereas, The Senate recognizes and appreciates the outstanding dedication, devotion and care of West Virginia’s child welfare professionals and agencies, and of the West Virginia Child Care Association, all for their caring and commitment and for making a difference in the lives of at-risk children in the State of West Virginia, their families and communities; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Senate:

    That the Senate hereby designates March 28, 2013, as "West Virginia Kids at Risk Day" at the Legislature; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the appropriate officials representing the West Virginia Child Care Association.

    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 resumed business under the sixth order.

Petitions

    Senator Sypolt presented a petition from Katrina Robinette and numerous Keyser residents, requesting installation of a signal light at the intersection of Stony Run Road and U. S. Route 220.

    Referred to the Committee on Government Organization.

    The Senate proceeded to the eighth order of business.

    Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 430, Defining "employment term" in Teachers' Defined Contribution Retirement System.

    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. Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 430) passed with its title.

    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. 431, Relating to public employer liability for delinquent retirement contributions.

    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. Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 431) passed with its title.

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

    Eng. Senate Bill No. 491, Relating to rental car license cost recovery fee.

    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. 491) passed with its title.

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

    Eng. Senate Bill No. 507, Relating to PERS and State Police Retirement System contribution rates.

    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. 507) 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. 507) takes effect from passage.

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

    Eng. House Bill No. 2784, Relating to the Deputy Sheriff Retirement System 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: 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. H. B. No. 2784) passed with its title.

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

    The Senate proceeded to the ninth order of business.

    Senate Bill No. 52, Relating to Rural Health Initiative Act.

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

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 146, Collecting unpaid magistrate court charges through income tax refund withholding.

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

    Senate Bill No. 157, Exempting certain nonresidents from Class D license requirement.

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

    Senate Bill No. 331, Permitting Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority to issue bonds.

    On second reading, coming up in regular order, was read a second time.

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

    On page four, section two, lines twenty-four and twenty-five, after the words “the county” by inserting the words “or another governmental entity,”.

    The bill (S. B. No. 331), as amended, was then ordered to engrossment and third reading.

    Senate Bill No. 394, Relating to scholarships for dependent children of state troopers who die in performance of duty.

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

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 418, Relating to Emergency Medical Services Retirement System Act.

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

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

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 419, Relating to Teachers Retirement System.

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

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

    Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 428, Relating to costs for HIV or STD testing and treatment by Bureau for Public Health.

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

    Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 448, Increasing number of demonstration dealer plates issued to large commercial vehicle dealers.

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

    Senate Bill No. 463, Increasing special license fee paid by pipeline companies to PSC.

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

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 482, Relating to sale of voter registration lists.

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

    Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 488, Relating to damage to health or safety systems of certain facilities.

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

    Senate Bill No. 506, Relating to residency requirement of state-chartered banking institution directors.

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

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

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 542, Relating to restricted races at pari-mutuel thoroughbred horse race tracks.

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

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 563, Excluding platinum, gold, silver and palladium from definition of "scrap metal".

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

    Senate Bill No. 596, Determining grant awards for Chesapeake Bay and Greenbrier River watershed compliance projects.

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

    Senate Bill No. 663, Creating WV Feed to Achieve Act.

    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. 21, Creating Health Care Provider Transparency Act.

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

    Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 185, Relating to alternative-fuel motor vehicles and qualified refueling infrastructure tax credits.

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

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 191, Relating to increasing maximum aggregate funding to Revenue Shortfall Reserve Fund.

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

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 250, Authorizing Department of Commerce 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. 270, Authorizing Department of Revenue 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. 281, Authorizing Department of Transportation promulgate legislative rules.

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

    Senate Bill No. 354, Requiring study on alternative revenue sources for funding state roads.

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

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 369, Relating to concealed handgun license reciprocity.

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

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 438, Authorizing reorganization of certain community and technical colleges.

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

    Senate Bill No. 460, Exempting certain residents' active duty military pay from state income tax.

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

    Senate Bill No. 462, Extending time for informal conferences on surface mining permit applications.

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

    Senate Bill No. 467, Revising stocking permit requirements for release of aquatic species into state waters.

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

    Senate Bill No. 470, Permitting wine sale on Sunday mornings at fairs and festivals.

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

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 533, Modifying definitions of "domestic battery" and “domestic assault”.

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

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 543, Allowing Legislative Auditor establish application review fee schedule.

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

    Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 553, Relating to Highway Design-Build Program.

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

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 557, Continuing Preventive Care Pilot Program.

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

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 564, Increasing minimum construction cost of municipal public works project before competitive bidding is required.

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

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 569, Requiring appointment of State Fire Marshal be with advice and consent of Senate.

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

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 579, Updating code relating to absentee and early in-person voting.

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

    Senate Bill No. 592, Removing requirement Physicians' Mutual Insurance Company be nonprofit corporation.

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

    Senate Bill No. 601, Removing requirement certain juvenile proceedings be sealed.

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

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 604, Expanding definition of "electioneering communication".

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

    Senate Bill No. 652, Requiring criminal background checks for home inspector applicants.

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

    Senate Bill No. 653, Establishing job creation work groups.

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

    On motion of Senator Unger, the bill was recommitted to the Committee on Economic Development.

    Eng. House Bill No. 2487, Prohibiting the use of laetrile.

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

    The Senate proceeded to the twelfth order of business.

    Remarks were made by Senators Carmichael and Boley.

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

    At the request of Senator Barnes, unanimous consent being granted, the remarks by Senator Boley were ordered printed in the Appendix to the Journal.

    Pending announcement of meetings of standing committees of the Senate,

    On motion of Senator Unger, the Senate recessed until 4:30 p.m. today.

    Upon expiration of the recess, the Senate reconvened.

    At the request of Senator Unger, and by unanimous consent, the provisions of rule number fifty-four of the Rules of the Senate, relating to persons entitled to the privileges of the floor, were suspended in order to grant Corey Facemire, the son of the Honorable Douglas E. Facemire, a senator from the twelfth district, privileges of the floor for the day.

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

    Senator Prezioso, from the Committee on Finance, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Finance has had under consideration

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 22, Requiring maternity services coverage for all health insurance plan dependents.

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 98, Creating Shale Research, Education, Policy and Economic Development Center at WVU.

    And,

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 344, Relating to regional meetings among certain county boards of education officials.

    And reports the same back with the recommendation that they each do pass.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Roman W. Prezioso, Jr.,

                                 Chair.

    Senator Prezioso, from the Committee on Finance, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Finance has had under consideration

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 103, Creating WV Commuter Rail Access Act.

    And has amended same.

    And reports the same back with the recommendation that it do pass, as amended.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Roman W. Prezioso, Jr.,

                                 Chair.

    Senator Prezioso, from the Committee on Finance, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Finance has had under consideration

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 326, Establishing appropriation request process for higher education system.

    And reports the same back with the recommendation that it do pass.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Roman W. Prezioso, Jr.,

                                 Chair.

    Senator Palumbo, from the Committee on the Judiciary, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on the Judiciary has had under consideration

    Senate Bill No. 421, Exempting certain school mascot from prohibition of firearms possession on school grounds.

    And reports back a committee substitute for same with the following title:

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 421 (originating in the Committee on the Judiciary)--A Bill to amend and reenact §61-7-11a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to providing an exemption for the official mascot of Parkersburg South High School, commonly known as the Patriot, which would allow the mascot to carry a musket on school grounds when the mascot is acting in his or her official capacity.

    With the recommendation that the committee substitute do pass.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Corey Palumbo,

                                 Chair.

    Senator Palumbo, from the Committee on the Judiciary, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on the Judiciary has had under consideration

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 433, Creating informal dispute resolution process for DHHR providers or licensees.

    And reports the same back with the recommendation that it do pass.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Corey Palumbo,

                                 Chair.

    Senator Plymale, from the Committee on Education, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Education has had under consideration

    Senate Bill No. 444, Increasing MU and WVU foundation investments.

    And reports back a committee substitute for same with the following title:

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 444 (originating in the Committee on Education)--A Bill to amend and reenact §12-1-12d of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; to amend and reenact §18B-1B-4 of said code; to amend and reenact §18B-2A-1 and §18B-2A-3 of said code; to amend and reenact §18B-7-11 of said code; to amend and reenact §18B-19-10 of said code; and to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §18B-19-19, all relating to higher education generally; increasing the amounts that Marshall University and West Virginia University may have invested with their respective foundations under certain conditions; authorizing certain actions by certain state institutions of higher education regarding capital projects and facilities and capital project financing; exempting compensation packages of certain institutional presidents from certain approval process; clarifying that certain members of institutional governing boards are eligible to succeed themselves under certain conditions; collecting, synthesizing and disseminating data from state institutions of higher education; directing institutional boards of governors to cooperate in certain data-related operations; providing certain privacy protections for data; exempting the West Virginia Policy Commission and West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education from meeting certain employee ratios; authorizing the use of proceeds from rentals and leases of real property at state institutions of higher education and providing for the transfer of real property to other public bodies; and exempting certain institutional boards of governors from certain approval process related to capital facilities and requiring certain reports.

    With the recommendation that the committee substitute do pass; but under the original double committee reference first be referred to the Committee on Finance.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Robert H. Plymale,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Plymale, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 444) contained in the preceding report from the Committee on Education was taken up for immediate consideration, read a first time, ordered to second reading and, under the original double committee reference, was then referred to the Committee on Finance.

    Senator Palumbo, from the Committee on the Judiciary, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on the Judiciary has had under consideration

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 498 (originating in the Committee on Government Organization), Relating to hearing location for Alcohol Beverage Control Administration's appeal hearings.

    And reports back a committee substitute for same with the following title:

    Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 498 (originating in the Committee on the Judiciary)--A Bill to amend and reenact §11-16-24 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; to amend and reenact §60-3A-28 of said code; to amend and reenact §60-7-13a of said code; and to amend and reenact §60-8-18 of said code, all relating to hearing procedures for certain licenses issued by the Alcohol Beverage Control Administration; requiring that appeals from the commissioner’s decision regarding disciplinary action against a licensee are to be brought in the circuit court of Kanawha County or the circuit court in the county where the proposed or licensed premises is located and will or does conduct sales; and providing that the licensee appealing the commissioner’s decision is required to pay the costs and fees incident to transcribing, certifying and transmitting records pertaining to the appeal.

    With the recommendation that the committee substitute for committee substitute do pass.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Corey Palumbo,

                                 Chair.

    Senator Palumbo, from the Committee on the Judiciary, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on the Judiciary has had under consideration

    Senate Bill No. 515, Relating to use of television receivers and other devices in vehicles.

    And reports the same back with the recommendation that it do pass.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Corey Palumbo,

                                 Chair.

    Senator Palumbo, from the Committee on the Judiciary, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on the Judiciary has had under consideration

    Senate Bill No. 527, Relating to process of filling vacancies in certain elected offices.

    And reports back a committee substitute for same with the following title:

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 527 (originating in the Committee on the Judiciary)--A Bill to repeal §3-10-4a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend and reenact §3-10-1, §3-10-2, §3-10-3, §3-10-3a, §3-10-4, §3-10-5, §3-10-6, §3-10-7 and §3-10-8 of said code, all relating to filling vacancies by appointment or election in certain elected offices; defining terms; setting procedures for appointing persons to fill certain vacancies; requiring certain appointments within a certain period of time; listing time periods and certain offices where elections must be held to fill certain vacancies; setting special requirements for filling vacancies in certain offices; setting procedures for certain special elections; setting requirements for special filing periods, where necessary; requiring certain notice be given regarding elections to fill vacancies; providing for payment of costs if a new election is necessary; allowing nomination of certain persons without party affiliation; allowing emergency orders by the Secretary of State in certain circumstances; removing and repealing certain language relating to previous elections; clarifying method used to fill vacancies in the Office of Governor; permitting meeting of the Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission upon certain formal announcements of retirement or resignation; adjusting method to fill vacancies in certain statewide, legislative and judicial offices such that the timing for all are consistent; adjusting method to fill vacancies in United States Congress; requiring most elections to fill vacancies be held in conjunction with regularly scheduled elections; clarifying method used to fill vacancies in certain county offices; permitting vacancies in certain county offices to be filled by temporary replacements for no more than thirty days; and updating language regarding filling vacancies in certain elected offices.

    With the recommendation that the committee substitute do pass.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Corey Palumbo,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Palumbo, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 527) contained in the preceding report from the Committee on the Judiciary was taken up for immediate consideration, read a first time and ordered to second reading.

    Senator Palumbo, from the Committee on the Judiciary, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on the Judiciary has had under consideration

    Senate Bill No. 552, Creating Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act.

    Now on second reading, having been read a first time and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary on March 27, 2013;

    And reports the same back with the recommendation that it do pass.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Corey Palumbo,

                                 Chair.

    Senator Snyder, from the Committee on Government Organization, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Government Organization has had under consideration

    Senate Bill No. 561, Establishing Tucker County Cultural District Authority.

    And reports the same back with the recommendation that it do pass.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Herb Snyder,

                                 Chair.

    Senator Plymale, from the Committee on Education, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Education has had under consideration

    Senate Bill No. 575, Computing local county share of public education library funding.

    And reports back a committee substitute for same with the following title:

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 575 (originating in the Committee on Education)--A Bill to amend and reenact §18-9A-11 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to providing for equal treatment of county boards of education in funding public libraries as a part of the system of public education; modifying legislative findings; removing provisions pertaining to certain library funding obligations being paid from the county board’s discretionary retainage; requiring that any additional levy of a county board include a public library funding allocation equal to at least one percent of the county board’s annual general current expense budget; adding special acts that create a library funding obligation on an additional levy to those special acts that are subject to certain provisions pertaining to the additional levy; and removing provisions pertaining to the transfer of a library obligation so that it becomes an excess levy obligation.

    With the recommendation that the committee substitute do pass; but under the original double committee reference first be referred to the Committee on Finance.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Robert H. Plymale,

                                 Chair.

    The bill (Com. Sub for S. B. No. 575), under the original double committee reference, was then referred to the Committee on Finance.

    Senator Stollings, from the Committee on Health and Human Resources, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Health and Human Resources has had under consideration

    Senate Bill No. 580, Relating to practice of dentistry.

    And reports the same back with the recommendation that it do pass; but under the original double committee reference first be referred to the Committee on Government Organization.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Ron Stollings,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Stollings, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (S. B. No. 580) contained in the preceding report from the Committee on Health and Human Resources was taken up for immediate consideration, read a first time, ordered to second reading and, under the original double committee reference, was then referred to the Committee on Government Organization.

    Senator Palumbo, from the Committee on the Judiciary, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on the Judiciary has had under consideration

    Senate Bill No. 582, Implementing terms of Uniform Arbitration Act.

    Now on second reading, having been read a first time and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary on March 27, 2013;

    And reports the same back with the recommendation that it do pass.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Corey Palumbo,

                                 Chair.

    Senator Snyder, from the Committee on Government Organization, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Government Organization has had under consideration

    Senate Bill No. 586, Transferring authority to license cosmetology, barber and massage schools to Council for Community and Technical College Education.

    And reports back a committee substitute for same with the following title:

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 586 (originating in the Committee on Government Organization)--A Bill to repeal §30-27-15 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; to amend and reenact §30-27-3, §30-27-5, §30-27-8, §30-27-11 and §30-27-12 of said code; and to amend and reenact §30-37-7 of said code, all relating to the Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists; licensing schools of aesthetics, barbering, cosmetology, manicuring and massage; transferring authority to approve licensure for certain schools; clarifying powers and duties of the board; providing requirements for professional licensing, license renewal and work permits; establishing certain student registration requirements; and providing definitions.

    With the recommendation that the committee substitute do pass; but under the original double committee reference first be referred to the Committee on Education.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Herb Snyder,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Plymale, as chair of the Committee on Education, unanimous consent was granted to dispense with the second committee reference of the bill contained in the foregoing report from the Committee on Government Organization.

    Senator Snyder, from the Committee on Government Organization, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Government Organization has had under consideration

    Senate Bill No. 610, Renaming Industrial Home for Youth as Salem Correctional Center; placing Salem and Parkersburg correctional centers under Division of Corrections.

    And reports back a committee substitute for same with the following title:

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 610 (originating in the Committee on Government Organization)--A Bill to repeal §28-3-1a, §28-3-1b, §28-3-2, §28-3-4, §28-3-5, §28-3-6, §28-3-7, §28-3-8, §28-3-9, §28-3-10, §28-3-11, §28-3-12, §28-3-13, §28-3-14, §28-3-15, §28-3-16, §28-3-17 and §28-3-18 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; to amend and reenact §25-1-3 of said code; and to amend and reenact §28-3-1 of said code, all relating to state correctional and penal institutions; renaming the Industrial Home for Youth the Salem Correctional Center; transferring control of the Salem Correctional Center to the Division of Corrections; and authorizing the Parkersburg Correctional Center and placing it under the control of the Division of Corrections.

    And,

    Senate Bill No. 630, Relating to Chief Technology Officer's duties with regard to security of government information.

    And reports back a committee substitute for same with the following title:

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 630 (originating in the Committee on Government Organization)--A Bill to amend and reenact §5A-6-4a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to duties of the Chief Technology Officer with regard to security of government information; adding the Division of Protective Services and the West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center to the list of agencies exempted from the control of the Chief Technology Officer; and adding the Treasurer to the list of officers whose responsibilities cannot be infringed upon by the Chief Technology Officer.

    With the recommendation that the two committee substitutes do pass.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Herb Snyder,

                                 Chair.

    Senator Prezioso, from the Committee on Finance, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Finance has had under consideration

    Senate Bill No. 623, Relating to funding for probation officers to address truancy.

    And reports the same back with the recommendation that it do pass.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Roman W. Prezioso, Jr.,

                                 Chair.

    Senator Palumbo, from the Committee on the Judiciary, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on the Judiciary has had under consideration

    Senate Bill No. 624, Adjusting penalties for willful failure to pay child support.

    And reports back a committee substitute for same with the following title:

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 624 (originating in the Committee on the Judiciary)--A Bill to amend and reenact §61-5-29 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to adjusting penalties for willful failure to pay child support; requiring probation and home confinement instead of confinement in a correctional facility for first violations; creating the misdemeanor offense of a second conviction of willfully failing to pay child support; creating a felony offense of a third or subsequent conviction of willfully failing to pay child support; and requiring certain persons convicted of willfully failing to pay child support to promptly obtain employment or register with Workforce West Virginia and complete certain programs.

    With the recommendation that the committee substitute do pass.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Corey Palumbo,

                                 Chair.

    Senator Prezioso, from the Committee on Finance, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Finance has had under consideration

    Senate Bill No. 638, Terminating severance tax exemption for production of natural gas or oil.

    And reports back a committee substitute for same with the following title:

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 638 (originating in the Committee on Finance)--A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §11-13A-22, relating to exemptions from the tax on the privilege of severing natural gas and oil; terminating a severance tax exemption for natural gas or oil produced from any horizontally drilled well that has not produced marketable quantities for five consecutive years immediately preceding the year in which such well is placed back into production and thereafter produces marketable quantities of natural gas or oil; providing an exception thereto; and specifying a controlling effective date.

    With the recommendation that the committee substitute do pass.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Roman W. Prezioso, Jr.,

                                 Chair.

    Senator Palumbo, from the Committee on the Judiciary, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on the Judiciary has had under consideration

    Senate Bill No. 643, Relating to crime victim compensation awards.

    And reports back a committee substitute for same with the following title:

    Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 643 (originating in the Committee on the Judiciary)--A Bill to amend and reenact §14-2A-3, §14-2A-9 and §14-2A-12 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, all relating to compensation awards to victims of crimes; redefining terms; increasing the amount of victim relocation costs; permitting a victim’s reasonable travel costs to attend probation hearings of the offender; allowing student loans obtained by a victim to be treated as a lost scholarship in certain instances; permitting the Court of Claims to hire more than two claim investigators; and permitting claim investigators to acquire autopsy reports, including toxicology results, from the State Medical Examiner.

    With the recommendation that the committee substitute do pass; but under the original double committee reference first be referred to the Committee on Finance.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Corey Palumbo,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Palumbo, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 643) contained in the preceding report from the Committee on the Judiciary was taken up for immediate consideration, read a first time, ordered to second reading and, under the original double committee references, was then referred to the Committee on Finance.

    Senator Plymale, from the Committee on Education, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Education has had under consideration

    Senate Bill No. 648, Providing students financial aid for certain degrees in return for state service commitment.

    And reports the same back with the recommendation that it do pass; but under the original double committee reference first be referred to the Committee on Finance.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Robert H. Plymale,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Plymale, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (S. B. No. 648) contained in the preceding report from the Committee on Education was taken up for immediate consideration, read a first time, ordered to second reading and, under the original double committee reference, was then referred to the Committee on Finance.

    Senator Stollings, from the Committee on Health and Human Resources, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Health and Human Resources has had under consideration

    Eng. House Bill No. 2463, Repealing the article that permits the sterilization of persons deemed to be mentally incompetent.

    And reports the same back with the recommendation that it do pass; but under the original double committee reference first be referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Ron Stollings,

                                 Chair.

    The bill, under the original double committee reference, was then referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

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

    Pending announcement of meetings of standing committees of the Senate,

    On motion of Senator Unger, the Senate adjourned until tomorrow, Friday, March 29, 2013, at 11 a.m.

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