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WEST VIRGINIA LEGISLATURE

SENATE JOURNAL

EIGHTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION, 2014

FIFTY-SEVENTH DAY

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Charleston, W. Va., Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    The Senate met at 11 a.m.

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

    Prayer was offered by Reverend Dr. Melissa Pratt, Senior Pastor, Teays Valley Church of God, Scott Depot, West Virginia.

    Pending the reading of the Journal of Tuesday, March 4, 2014,

    On motion of Senator Barnes, 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 amendment by that body, passage as amended, and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the House of Delegates amendment, as to

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

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

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

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

ARTICLE 5. CRIMES AGAINST PUBLIC JUSTICE.

§61-5-17. Obstructing officer; fleeing from officer; making false statements to officer; interfering with emergency communications; penalties; definitions.

    (a) Any A person who by threats, menaces, acts or otherwise forcibly or illegally hinders or obstructs or attempts to hinder or obstruct any a law-enforcement officer, probation officer or parole officer acting in his or her official capacity is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than $50 nor more than $500 or confined in jail not more than one year, or both fined and confined.

    (b) Any A person who intentionally disarms or attempts to disarm any a law-enforcement officer, correctional officer, probation officer or parole officer, acting in his or her official capacity, is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be imprisoned in a state correctional facility not less than one nor more than five years.

    (c) Any A person who, with intent to impede or obstruct a law-enforcement officer in the conduct of an investigation of a felony offense, knowingly and willfully makes a materially false statement, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than $25 and not nor more than $200, or confined in jail for five days, or both fined and confined. However, The provisions of this section do not apply to statements made by a spouse, parent, stepparent, grandparent, sibling, half sibling, child, stepchild or grandchild, whether related by blood or marriage, of the person under investigation. Statements made by the person under investigation may not be used as the basis for prosecution under this subsection. For the purposes of this subsection, “law-enforcement officer” does not include a watchman, a member of the West Virginia State Police or college security personnel who is not a certified law-enforcement officer.

    (d) Any A person who intentionally flees or attempts to flee by any means other than the use of a vehicle from any a law-enforcement officer, probation officer or parole officer acting in his or her official capacity who is attempting to make a lawful arrest of the person, and who knows or reasonably believes that the officer is attempting to arrest him or her, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than $50 nor more than $500 or confined in jail not more than one year, or both.

    (e) Any A person who intentionally flees or attempts to flee in a vehicle from any a law-enforcement officer, probation officer or parole officer acting in his or her official capacity after the officer has given a clear visual or audible signal directing the person to stop is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than $500 nor more than $1,000 and shall be confined in a regional jail not more than one year.

    (f) Any A person who intentionally flees or attempts to flee in a vehicle from any a law-enforcement officer, probation officer or parole officer acting in his or her official capacity after the officer has given a clear visual or audible signal directing the person to stop, and who operates the vehicle in a manner showing a reckless indifference to the safety of others, is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than $1,000 nor more than $2,000 and shall be imprisoned in a state correctional facility not less than one nor more than five years.

    (g) Any A person who intentionally flees or attempts to flee in a vehicle from any a law-enforcement officer, probation officer or parole officer acting in his or her official capacity after the officer has given a clear visual or audible signal directing the person to stop, and who causes damage to the real or personal property of any a person during or resulting from his or her flight, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than $1,000 nor more than $3,000 and shall be confined in the county or regional jail for not less than six months nor more than one year.

    (h) Any A person who intentionally flees or attempts to flee in a vehicle from any a law-enforcement officer, probation officer or parole officer acting in his or her official capacity after the officer has given a clear visual or audible signal directing the person to stop, and who causes bodily injury to any a person during or resulting from his or her flight, is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be imprisoned in a state correctional facility not less than three nor more than ten years.

    (i) Any A person who intentionally flees or attempts to flee in a vehicle from any a law-enforcement officer, probation officer or parole officer acting in his or her official capacity after the officer has given a clear visual or audible signal directing the person to stop, and who causes death to any a person during or resulting from his or her flight, is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a definite term of imprisonment imprisoned in a state correctional facility which is for not less than five nor more than fifteen years. A person imprisoned pursuant to the provisions of this subsection is not eligible for parole prior to having served a minimum of three years of his or her sentence or the minimum period required by the provisions of section thirteen, article twelve, chapter sixty-two of this code, whichever is greater.

    (j) Any A person who intentionally flees or attempts to flee in a vehicle from any a law-enforcement officer, probation officer or parole officer acting in his or her official capacity after the officer has given a clear visual or audible signal directing the person to stop, and who is under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances or drugs, at the time, is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be imprisoned in a state correctional facility not less than three nor more than ten years.

    (k) For purposes of this section, the term “vehicle” includes any motor vehicle, motorcycle, motorboat, all-terrain vehicle or snowmobile as those terms are defined in section one, article one, chapter seventeen-a of this code, whether or not it is being operated on a public highway at the time and whether or not it is licensed by the state.

    (l) For purposes of this section, the terms “flee”, “fleeing” and “flight” do not include any a person’s reasonable attempt to travel to a safe place, allowing the pursuing law-enforcement officer to maintain appropriate surveillance, for the purpose of complying with the officer’s direction to stop.

    (m) The revisions to subsections (e), (f), (g) and (h) of this section enacted during the regular session of the 2010 regular legislative session shall be known as the Jerry Alan Jones Act.

    (n) (1) No person, with the intent to purposefully deprive another person of emergency services, may interfere with or prevent another person from making an emergency communication, which a reasonable person would consider necessary under the circumstances, to law-enforcement, fire or emergency medical service personnel.

    (2) For the purpose of this subsection, the term “interfere with or prevent” includes, but is not limited to, seizing, concealing, obstructing access to or disabling or disconnecting a telephone, telephone line or equipment or other communication device.

    (3) For the purpose of this subsection, the term “emergency communication” means communication to transmit warnings or other information pertaining to a crime, fire, accident, power outage, disaster or risk of injury or damage to a person or property.

    (4) A person who violates this subsection is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be confined in jail for a period of not less than one day nor more than one year and shall be fined not less than $250 nor more than $2,000, or both.

    (5) A person who is convicted of a second offense under this subsection is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be confined in jail for not less than three months nor more than one year and fined not less than $500 nor more than $3,000, or both.

    (6) A person who is convicted of a third or subsequent offense under this subsection is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be confined in jail not less than six months nor more than one year and fined not less than $500 nor more than $4,000, or both.

    (7) In determining the number of prior convictions for purposes of imposing punishment under this subsection, the court shall disregard all such prior convictions occurring more than ten years prior to the offense in question.

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

    Engrossed Committee Substitute for Senate Bill No. 90, as amended by the House of Delegates, was then 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 elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 90) passed with its title.

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

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

    Eng. Senate Bill No. 314, Appropriating hotel occupancy tax proceeds to counties with no more than one hospital.

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

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

    On page eight, section fourteen, lines one hundred thirty-five and one hundred thirty-six, by striking out the words “census of the year 1990” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “most recent decennial census taken under the authority of the United States”;

    And,

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

    Eng. Senate Bill No. 314--A Bill to amend and reenact §7-18-14 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to proceeds of the hotel occupancy tax; allowing expenditure of the proceeds for medical care and emergency services in certain counties with no more than one hospital; and measuring county populations according to most recent decennial census for these purposes.

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

    Engrossed Senate Bill No. 314, as amended by the House of Delegates, was then 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 elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. S. B. No. 314) passed with its House of Delegates amended title.

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

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

    Eng. Senate Bill No. 327, Updating terms in Corporation Net Income Tax Act.

    A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the passage by that body, without amendment, to take effect from passage, and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the changed effective date, of

    Eng. Senate Bill No. 328, Terminating Strategic Research and Development Tax Credit.

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

    On further motion of Senator Unger, the Senate concurred in the changed effective date of the bill, that being to take effect from passage, instead of ninety days from passage.

    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. 328) takes effect from passage.

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

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

    Eng. Senate Bill No. 331, Requiring certain accelerated payment of consumers sales and service and use tax and employee withholding taxes.

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

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

    On page five, section sixteen, lines fifty-eight through seventy-three, by striking out all of subdivision (1) and inserting in lieu thereof a new subdivision, designated subdivision (1), to read as follows:

    (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, after June 30, 2014, taxpayers whose average monthly payment of the taxes levied by this article and article fifteen-a of this chapter during the previous calendar year exceeds $100,000, shall remit the tax attributable to the first fifteen days of June each year by June 20.;

    And,

    On pages twelve and thirteen, section seventy-four, lines ninety-five through one hundred twelve, by striking out all of subdivision (1) and inserting in lieu thereof a new subdivision, designated subdivision (1), to read as follows:

    (1) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (a) and (b) of this section, after June 30, 2014, every employer required to deduct and withhold tax whose average payment per calendar month for the preceding calendar year under subsection (b) of this section exceeded $100,000 shall remit the tax attributable to the first fifteen days of June each year by June 23.

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

    Engrossed Senate Bill No. 331, as amended by the House of Delegates, was then 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 elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. S. B. No. 331) 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. 331) takes effect from passage.

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

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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 405, Requiring presiding judge's permission to release juror qualification forms after trial's conclusion.

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

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

    On page seven, section five-a, line ninety-five, after the word “successor” by changing the period to a colon and inserting the following proviso: Provided, however, That if the judge denies the request, the reasons for the denial must be in writing and be shared with all parties in the case and the person making the request within thirty days after filing the motion.

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

    Engrossed Committee Substitute for Senate Bill No. 405, as amended by the House of Delegates, was then 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 elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 405) 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. Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 405) takes effect from passage.

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

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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 416, Relating to tentative appraisals of natural resources property.

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

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

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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4151, Relating to military members and their spouses who obtain licensure through professional boards.

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

    Eng. House Bill No. 4301, Allowing limited reciprocal use of hunting and fishing licenses with the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4384, Requiring teachers of students with exceptional needs to either be present at an individualized education program meeting or to read and sign a copy of the individualized education program plan.

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

    Eng. House Bill No. 4437, Relating to the Division of Juvenile Services.

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

    House Concurrent Resolution No. 11, The "Pendleton County Union Veterans Memorial Bridge".

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

    Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 38, W. T. (Big Bill) Elswick Memorial Bridge.

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

    Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 56, Army SSG Jesse Adam Ault Memorial Bridge.

    The Senate proceeded to the fourth order of business.

    Senator Cookman, from the Joint Committee on Enrolled Bills, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Joint Committee on Enrolled Bills has examined, found truly enrolled, and on the 5th day of March, 2014, presented to His Excellency, the Governor, for his action, the following bills, signed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Delegates:

    (H. B. No. 4359), Relating to licensure of managing general agents of insurers.

    And,

    (H. B. No. 4372), Permitting the Commissioner of Financial Institutions to require the filing of certain reports, data or information directly with the Division of Financial Institutions.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Donald H. Cookman,

                                 Chair, Senate Committee.

                               Danny Wells,

                                 Chair, House Committee.

    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 Concurrent Resolution No. 50, Requesting DOH name portion of State Rt. 20, Hinton, Summers County, "Marine Sgt. Mecot E. Camara Memorial Highway".

    And reports back a committee substitute for same as follows:

    Com. Sub. for Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 50 (originating in the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure)--Requesting the Division of Highways to name that stretch of road on State Route 20 known as the Hinton Bypass between Beech Run Road and Temple Street in Hinton, Summers County, the “USMC Sgt. Mecot E. Camara Memorial Highway”.

    Whereas, Mecot Eugene Camara was born in Hinton, West Virginia, on December 28, 1960, to Billie Jean Hoskins Camara, of American ancestry, and Prudencio Camara, of Philippine ancestry. He was raised and educated in Hinton where he met his high school sweetheart, Tammy Ratliff. They eventually married on May 5, 1981. They had a son, Mecot Echo Camara, born on March 29, 1982; and

    Whereas, Sgt. Mecot E. Camara enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps to serve the country he loved in 1981. He commenced basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina, on January 21, 1981, completing his training on April 4, 1981. This proud and passionate American then served his country for two years, sacrificing his life after going into Beirut in 1983 as a member of the International Peacekeeping Force in May, 1983. Sgt. Mecot E. Camara lost his life in October, 1983, during a terrorist suicide bombing. He received awards and service recognition including Meritorious Mast, Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. However, his greatest military achievement was that of being a distinguished U. S. Marine Corps sergeant; and

    Whereas, Sgt. Mecot E. Camara was survived by two beautiful sisters and one son, Threase Camara Riggs, Elisa M. Camara and Mecot Echo Camara. The Camara family continues to share the legacy of their beloved Sgt. Camara to inspire West Virginians and Americans that they can be heroes even from small towns and serve and be proud of America, Land of the Free, while also protecting innocent lives around the world; and

    Whereas, Sgt. Mecot E. Camara made the ultimate sacrifice for his country and in doing so represented West Virginia and his country with the highest levels of honor and courage and his sacrifice should not go unnoticed, and naming that stretch of road on State Route 20 known as the Hinton Bypass between Beech Run Road and Temple Street in Hinton, Summers County, the “USMC Sgt. Mecot E. Camara Memorial Highway” is an appropriate recognition of his patriotism, love of liberty and ultimate sacrifice for state and country; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name that stretch of road on State Route 20 known as the Hinton Bypass between Beech Run Road and Temple Street in Hinton, Summers County, the “USMC Sgt. Mecot E. Camara Memorial Highway”; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Commissioner of the Division of Highways is hereby requested to create signs at both ends of the highway, proclaiming this roadway to be the “USMC Sgt. Mecot Camara Memorial Road Highway”; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Commissioner of the Division of Highways, the Summers County commission and to Sgt. Mecot's sisters, Threase Camara Riggs and Elisa M. Camara, and his son, Mecot Camara.

    Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 52, Requesting DOH place signage along highways entering WV honoring fallen veterans and Gold Star Families.

    And reports back a committee substitute for same as follows:

    Com. Sub. for Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 52 (originating in the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure)--Requesting the Division of Highways to place signage along highways entering West Virginia honoring fallen veterans and Gold Star Families.

    Whereas, More than ten thousand men and women from West Virginia have died during twentieth and twenty-first century military actions, either in combat or during the official period of conflict and prior to discharge from the military. The ultimate sacrifices made by these men and women for their country and West Virginia represent the highest levels of honor and courage and should not go unnoticed; and

    Whereas, Gold Star Families are those families who have family members who died or were killed serving in the armed forces. They are the families of fallen military heroes, whether they gave their lives in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Korea, WWII or another conflict; and

    Whereas, Rather than attempt to acknowledge individually each of these fallen warriors and patriots by finding a bridge or stretch of road or highway to be named for the individual veterans, it would be a more worthy form of recognition, homage and honor to these heroes and heroines and the Gold Star Families if signage were erected at the highways that enter West Virginia; and

    Whereas, One sign each should be placed at the ten most visible and most traveled highways entering West Virginia; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to place signage along highways entering West Virginia honoring fallen veterans and Gold Star Families; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Commissioner of the Division of Highways is hereby requested to create and erect signs upon the ten most heavily traveled highways entering the State of West Virginia on which a “Welcome to West Virginia” sign is posted near a border crossing. To the extent permissible by signage rules and regulations, each sign should read “West Virginia is proud to honor its fallen Veterans and Gold Star Families” and have affixed to it a gold star symbol similar to the design of the lapel pin approved under 10 U. S. C. §1126; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Commissioner of the Division of Highways.

    And,

    Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 59, Requesting DOH name bridge on I-79 in Harrison County "U. S. Army PFC Nick A. Cavallaro Memorial Bridge" and "Staff Sergeant Benjamin T. Portaro Memorial Bridge".

    And reports back a committee substitute for same as follows:

    Com. Sub. for Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 59 (originating in the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure)--Requesting the Division of Highways to name bridge number 17-79-117.174, on Interstate 79, in Anmoore, Harrison County, West Virginia, heading south, the “U. S. Army PFC Nick A. Cavallaro Memorial Bridge”, and heading north, the “U. S. Army SSGT Benjamin T. Portaro Memorial Bridge”.

    Whereas, Nick Cavallaro was born in Caulonia, Reggio Calabria, Italy, October 28, 1920, and came to the United States in August, 1922, with his brother Celestino (Charley) and mother Maria Rosa Strangio Cavallaro and settled in Anmoore, West Virginia; and

    Whereas, Benjamin Portaro was born in Caulonia, Reggio Calabria, Italy, March 8, 1921, and immigrated to Anmoore, West Virginia, with his family; and

    Whereas, When World War II broke out, Nick Cavallaro and Benjamin Portaro both enlisted in the United States Army; and

    Whereas, Nick Cavallaro participated in battles in North Africa and Sicily, Italy, and was one of the thousands of paratroopers dropped behind German lines the night before the invasion of Normandy, France; and

    Whereas, Nick Cavallaro was scheduled to come home on leave when the Battle of the Bulge broke out and his leave was canceled; and

    Whereas, Sadly, Nick Cavallaro lost his life in battle at Fosse, Belgium, on January 3, 1945, leaving behind his mother, brother, sister Louise and a host of other family and friends; and

    Whereas, Nick Cavallaro was awarded two Purple Heart Medals, the Bronze Star Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge, as well as various medals by the French and Belgian governments; and

    Whereas, Benjamin Portaro was a staff sergeant when he was discharged, having fought in two battles in France before fighting at the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium, where he was captured by German forces and eventually escaped; and

    Whereas, Benjamin Portaro was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, POW Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two bronze service stars, World War II Victory Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award, Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII and the Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar; and

    Whereas, Nick Cavallaro and Benjamin Portaro were Italian immigrants, cousins and citizens of Anmoore, West Virginia, and fought for their adopted country of the United States of America; and

    Whereas, It is fitting to recognize the service and sacrifice of cousins Nick Cavallaro and Benjamin Portaro by naming this bridge in their honor as an everlasting tribute to their memory; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name bridge number 17-79-117.174, on Interstate 79, in Anmoore, Harrison County, West Virginia, heading south, the “U. S. Army PFC Nick A. Cavallaro Memorial Bridge”, and heading north, the “U. S. Army SSGT Benjamin T. Portaro Memorial Bridge”; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to have made and be placed signs identifying the bridge, heading south, as the “U. S. Army PFC Nick A. Cavallaro Memorial Bridge”, and heading north, the “U. S. Army SSGT Benjamin T. Portaro Memorial Bridge”; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Commissioner of the Division of Highways.

    With the recommendation that the three committee substitutes be adopted.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Robert D. Beach,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Beach, unanimous consent being granted, the resolutions (Com. Sub. for S. C. R. Nos. 50, 52 and 59) contained in the preceding report from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure were taken up for immediate consideration and considered simultaneously.

    The question being on the adoption of the resolutions, 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.

    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 Concurrent Resolution No. 54, Requesting DOH name U. S. Rt. 54/6 in Wyoming County "Virginia & U. S. Army Major Woodrow Cook Memorial Road".

    Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 55, Requesting DOH name bridge in Fayette County "Tygrett Brothers Seven Veterans Bridge".

    Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 60, Requesting DOH name section of Rt. 1 in Marion County "USAF Sergeant Jerome E. Kiger Memorial Road".

    Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 79, Ord Brothers Memorial Bridge.

    And,

    Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 82, U. S. Army Staff Sergeant Kenneth Amick Memorial Bridge.

    And reports the same back with the recommendation that they each be adopted.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Robert D. Beach,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Beach, unanimous consent being granted, the resolutions (S. C. R. Nos. 54, 55 and 60 and Com. Sub. for H. C. R. Nos. 79 and 82) contained in the preceding report from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure were taken up for immediate consideration and considered simultaneously.

    The question being on the adoption of the resolutions, 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.

    Senator Yost, from the Committee on Labor, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Labor has had under consideration

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 3156, Granting a labor organization a privilege from being compelled to disclose any communication or information the labor organization or agent received or acquired in confidence from an employee.

    And has amended same.

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

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Jack Yost,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Yost, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 3156) contained in the preceding report from the Committee on Labor 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, with amendments from the Committee on Labor pending.

    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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4156, Electronic Toll Collection Act.

    And has amended same.

    And reports the same back with the recommendation that it do pass, as amended; 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 Palumbo, as chair of the Committee on the Judiciary, unanimous consent was granted to dispense with the second committee reference of the bill contained in the foregoing report from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

    At the request of Senator Beach, and by unanimous consent, the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4156) was taken up for immediate consideration, read a first time and ordered to second reading.

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

    Your Committee on Government Organization has had under consideration

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4411, Allowing the disposal of drill cuttings and associated drilling waste generated from well sites in commercial solid waste facilities.

    And has amended same.

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

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Herb Snyder,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Palumbo, as chair of the Committee on the Judiciary, 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.

    At the request of Senator Snyder, and by unanimous consent, the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4411) was taken up for immediate consideration, read a first time and ordered to second reading.

    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

    Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 36, Army Sergeant Billy E. Vinson Memorial Bridge.

    And has amended same.

    Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 69, U. S. Army Corporal John L. Gibbs Memorial Bridge.

    And has amended same.

    Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 70, U. S. Army Sgt. Matthew D. Hunter Memorial Bridge.

    And has amended same.

    Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 73, U. S. Army Captain David Van Camp Memorial Bridge.

    And has amended same.

    House Concurrent Resolution No. 75, Army SPC 4 Marvin Dewayne Canterbury Memorial Highway.

    And has amended same.

    And,

    Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 76, Army PFC Richard Lee Lakin Memorial Bridge.

    And has amended same.

    And reports the same back with the recommendation that they each be adopted, as amended.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Robert D. Beach,

                                 Chair.

    The Senate proceeded to the sixth order of business.

    Senators Palumbo, Cole, Yost, Stollings, Plymale, Snyder, Beach, Carmichael, Laird, Jenkins, D. Hall, Green, McCabe, Wells, Tucker, Prezioso and Fitzsimmons offered the following resolution:

    Senate Resolution No. 47--Designating the month of March, 2014, as American Red Cross Month.

    Whereas, Founded in 1881 and chartered by Congress in 1905, the American Red Cross acts in times of need in West Virginia, in this country and around the world; and

    Whereas, The American Red Cross is one of the most recognized humanitarian organizations and provides compassionate care to those who suffer disasters; and

    Whereas, American Red Cross volunteers have provided food, clothing, shelter and mental health support to victims of disasters every year; and

    Whereas, The American Red Cross has assisted close to one thousand families and provided over $500,000 in financial assistance in the West Virginia region over the past year; and

    Whereas, The generosity of contributions of time and money by the people of West Virginia help the American Red Cross restore vital services to families in times of need; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Senate:

That the Senate hereby designates the month of March, 2014, as

American Red Cross Month; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Senate hereby recognizes the American Red Cross for its contributions to this state, the United States and the world; and, be it

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

    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.

    Senators Kessler (Mr. President), Yost, Stollings, Plymale, Snyder, Beach, Carmichael, Laird, D. Hall, Green, McCabe, Wells and Prezioso offered the following resolution:

    Senate Resolution No. 48--Recognizing the sister-state relationship of West Virginia with the Republic of China (Taiwan) on the occasion of its thirty-fourth anniversary.

    Whereas, August 4, 2014, will mark the thirty-fourth anniversary of a sister-state relationship between West Virginia and Taiwan; and

    Whereas, For the past thirty-three years, the sister-state relationship with Taiwan has been strengthened through the efforts of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office resulting in better mutual understanding; and

    Whereas, In the year 2014, the West Virginia Senate urges support for a United States-Taiwan bilateral investment agreement and strongly encourages Taiwan’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership as soon as possible; and

    Whereas, The dedication of our partners from Taiwan to achieving positive outcomes in investment, information, communication technology services and other areas is a testament to Taiwan’s economic opening and deepening ties with regional and global partners; and

    Whereas, The Republic of China (Taiwan), with a population of twenty-three million, has endeavored to improve cross-Strait relations since President Ma Ying-Jeou came to power in 2008, and it is encouraging that eight rounds of talks have been held and eighteen agreements have been signed between Taiwan and mainland China since then; and

    Whereas, The cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA), signed on June 29, 2010, can serve as an effective platform for cross-Strait interactions and contribute to normalization of trade and economic relations between Taiwan and mainland China; and

    Whereas, Taiwan’s absence from the international organizations dealing with climate change like the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has impeded Taiwan’s ability to respond to natural disasters like Typhoon Morakot, which struck Taiwan in the summer of 2009; and

    Whereas, The Taoyuan International Airport is a key air transport hub in the Asia-Pacific region, ranked the world’s fifteenth largest by cargo volume in 2012, and four hundred sixteen Americans traveled to Taiwan for business and leisure during 2012. Consolidating aviation safety and regulation in Taiwan is also a priority for Americans’ safety and best interests; given Taiwan’s prominent role in regional air control and transport services like meaningful participation in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), it would be beneficial for Taiwan to safeguard the traveling of passengers from home and abroad; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Senate:

    That the Senate hereby recognizes the sister-state relationship of West Virginia with the Republic of China (Taiwan) on the occasion of its thirty-fourth anniversary; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Senate affirms its support for West Virginia’s sister-state relationship with Taiwan; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the appropriate representatives from the Republic of China (Taiwan).

    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.

    Senators Plymale, Yost, Stollings, Snyder, Beach, Carmichael, Laird, Jenkins, D. Hall, Green, McCabe, Wells, Prezioso and Fitzsimmons offered the following resolution:

    Senate Resolution No. 49--Recognizing the Marshall University Forensic Science Center DNA Laboratory and its achievements as a key component in the criminal justice system supporting West Virginia and the nation.

    Whereas, The Marshall University Forensic Science Center DNA Laboratory is one of the nation’s only university-based and accredited forensic DNA testing laboratories; and

    Whereas, The Marshall University Forensic Science Center DNA Laboratory serves as the data, record and sample archive for the convicted offenders database in West Virginia; and

    Whereas, The Marshall University Forensic Science Center DNA Laboratory has assisted in crime laboratories with DNA testing and analysis of sexual assault kits and property crime evidence in West Virginia and other jurisdictions throughout the nation; and

    Whereas, The Marshall University Forensic Science Center DNA Laboratory has provided relationship testing in support of human identification for the West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and other states; and

    Whereas, The Marshall University Forensic Science Center DNA Laboratory has provided the infrastructure necessary for the West Virginia State Police Digital Forensic Unit to investigate computer-based crimes within the state; and

    Whereas, The Marshall University Forensic Science Center DNA Laboratory has served as a training center for members of crime laboratories, law enforcement and sexual assault nurse examiners across the nation; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Senate:

    That the Senate hereby recognizes the Marshall University Forensic Science Center DNA Laboratory and its achievements as a key component in the criminal justice system supporting West Virginia and the nation; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Senate strongly encourages the Marshall University Forensic Science Center DNA Laboratory, current and future, to continue existing partnerships and cultivate new partnerships with state and local law-enforcement agencies, and to engage in activities that promote and enhance the West Virginia criminal justice system; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Marshall University Forensic Science Center DNA Laboratory.

    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.

Petitions

    Senator Barnes presented a petition from Derrick Young and one hundred seventy-six West Virginia residents, opposing Senate Bill No. 534 (Increasing excise tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products).

    Referred to the Committee on Finance.

    The Senate proceeded to the seventh order of business.

    Senate Resolution No. 43, Memorializing life and public service of James Howard "Buck" Harless.

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

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

    Senate Resolution No. 45, Recognizing Paul Wesley Ambrose Health Policy Fellows Program.

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

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

    The Senate proceeded to the eighth order of business.

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4067, Authorizing the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety to promulgate legislative rules.

    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 H. B. No. 4067) 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. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4067) 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. 4154, Fixing a technical error relating to the motor fuel excise tax.

    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. 4154) 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. H. B. No. 4154) takes effect from passage.

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

    Eng. House Bill No. 4159, Updating the meaning of federal adjusted gross income and certain other terms.

    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. 4159) 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. H. B. No. 4159) takes effect from passage.

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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4188, Updating the authority and responsibility of the Center for Nursing.

    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 H. B. No. 4188) 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. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4188) takes effect from passage.

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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4304, Providing rules for motor vehicles passing bicycles on roadways.

    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 H. B. No. 4304) passed.

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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4304--A Bill to amend and reenact §17C-7-3 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend and reenact §17C-11-5 and §17C-11-7 of said code, all relating to use of a bicycle on a roadway; setting standards for overtaking a bicycle on a roadway; creating a misdemeanor offense for failure to follow requirements for overtaking a bicycle on a roadway; requiring bicycles to generally ride in bicycle lanes or as close as practicable to the right edge of the roadway; providing exceptions to the requirement that bicycles ride in bicycle lanes or as close as practicable to the right edge of the roadway; removing requirement to ride a bicycle on an adjacent path; and allowing a person to operate a bicycle without a bell or other device capable of giving an audible signal.

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

    Eng. House Bill No. 4365, Relating to employer remittance and reporting of Teachers Retirement System member contributions to the retirement board.

    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. 4365) passed with its title.

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

    Eng. House Bill No. 4457, Authorizing a legislative rule for the Council of Community and Technical College Education regarding WV EDGE program.

    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. 4457) 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. H. B. No. 4457) takes effect from passage.

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

    Eng. House Bill No. 4488, Eliminating the requirement for notarization of the articles of incorporation for cooperative associations.

    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. 4488) passed with its title.

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

    Eng. House Bill No. 4618, Establishing transformative system of support for early literacy.

    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. 4618) 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. 306, Budget Bill.

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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4012, Relating to the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts.

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

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

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

CHAPTER 39. RECORDS AND PAPERS.

ARTICLE 1. AUTHENTICATION AND RECORD OF WRITINGS.

§39-1-4. Form of certificate of acknowledgment.

    The certificate of acknowledgment mentioned in the preceding section may be in form or effect as follows:

    State (territory or district) of ................., county of .........................., to wit:

    I, ........................., a commissioner, appointed by the Governor of the State of West Virginia, for the said State (or territory or district) of .............; or I, .............., a justice of the peace of the county aforesaid; or I, ........., recorder of said county municipality; or I, .............., a notary public of said county; or I, ............., a prothonotary (or clerk) clerk of the ................... court of said county; (or other officer or person authorized to take acknowledgments by section three of this article, as the case may be), do certify that ..........................., whose name (or names) is (or are) signed to the writing above (or hereto annexed) bearing date on the .......... day of ................, 19 20 ........., has (or have) this day acknowledged the same before me, in my said .....................

    Given under my hand this ....... day of .........., 19 20 .......

§39-1-5. Acknowledgment by husband and wife.

    When a husband and wife have signed a writing purporting to sell or convey real estate, the wife may acknowledge the same together with, or separately from her husband. Either the husband or the wife may sign and acknowledge the writing before the other has signed or acknowledged it. If both acknowledge the writing at the same time, the certificate of the acknowledgments may be in form or effect as follows:

    State (territory or district) of .......... county of .........., to wit:

    I, .........., a commissioner appointed by the Governor of the State of West Virginia for the said State of .........., (or territory or district of ..........); or I, .........., a justice of the peace of the said county of ..........; or I, .........., a notary public of the said county of ..........; or I, .........., prothonotary (or clerk) clerk of the ......... court or county of ........; (or other officer or person authorized to take acknowledgments by section three of this article, as the case may be),* do certify .......... and .........., his or her wife whose names are signed to the writing above (or hereto annexed) bearing date the ..... day of .........., 19 20....., have this day acknowledged the same before me in my said ...........

    Given under my hand this ......... day of ........., 19 20.......

    If the husband or wife acknowledge a deed or other writing separately from the other, the certificate of acknowledgment after the star in the foregoing form shall be in form or effect as follows: do certify that .........., the wife of .........., (or the husband of .........., as the case may be), whose name is signed to the writing above (or hereto annexed) bearing date the .......... day of .........., 19 20 ....., has this day acknowledged the same before me in my said ..........

    Given under my hand this .......... day of .........., 19 20 .....

ARTICLE 4. REVISED UNIFORM LAW ON NOTARIAL ACTS.

§39-4-1. Short title.

    This article may be cited as the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts.

§39-4-2. Definitions.

    In this article:

    (1) “Acknowledgment” means a declaration by an individual before a notarial officer that the individual has signed a record for the purpose stated in the record and, if the record is signed in a representative capacity, that the individual signed the record with proper authority and signed it as the act of the individual or entity identified in the record.

    (2) “Electronic” means relating to technology having electrical, digital, magnetic, wireless, optical, electromagnetic or similar capabilities.

    (3) “Electronic signature” means an electronic symbol, sound or process attached to or logically associated with a record and executed or adopted by an individual with the intent to sign the record.

    (4) “In a representative capacity” means acting as:

    (A) An authorized officer, agent, partner, trustee or other representative for a person other than an individual;

    (B) A public officer, personal representative, guardian or other representative, in the capacity stated in a record;

    (C) An agent or attorney-in-fact for a principal; or

    (D) An authorized representative of another in any other capacity.

    (5) “Notarial act” means an act, whether performed with respect to a tangible or electronic record, that a notarial officer may perform under the law of this state. The term includes taking an acknowledgment, administering an oath or affirmation, taking a verification on oath or affirmation, witnessing or attesting a signature, certifying or attesting a copy, and noting a protest of a negotiable instrument.

    (6) “Notarial officer” means a notary public or other individual authorized to perform a notarial act.

    (7) “Notary public” means an individual commissioned to perform a notarial act by the West Virginia Secretary of State.

    (8) “Official stamp” means a physical image affixed to or embossed on a tangible record or an electronic image attached to or logically associated with an electronic record.

    (9) “Person” means an individual, corporation, business trust, statutory trust, estate, trust, partnership, limited liability company, association, joint venture, public corporation, government or governmental subdivision, agency or instrumentality, or any other legal or commercial entity.

    (10) “Record” means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in perceivable form.

    (11) “Sign” means, with present intent to authenticate or adopt a record:

    (A) To execute or adopt a tangible symbol; or

    (B) To attach to or logically associate with the record an electronic symbol, sound or process.

    (12) “Signature” means a tangible symbol or an electronic signature that evidences the signing of a record.

    (13) “Stamping device” means:

    (A) A physical device capable of affixing to or embossing on a tangible record an official stamp; or

    (B) An electronic device or process capable of attaching to or logically associating with an electronic record an official stamp.

    (14) “State” means a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

    (15) “Verification on oath or affirmation” means a declaration, made by an individual on oath or affirmation before a notarial officer, that a statement in a record is true.

§39-4-3. Applicability; operative date of enactment; effect on existing law.

    (a) This article applies to a notarial act performed on or after July 1, 2014.

    (b) The repeal of chapter twenty-nine-c of this code and the repeal of articles four, chapter twenty-nine and one-a, chapter thirty-nine of this code and the amendment and reenactment of section two, article one, chapter fifty-nine of this code, pursuant to the provisions of Enrolled House Bill No. 4012, as enacted by the Legislature during the regular session, 2014, are operative on June 30, 2014. The prior enactments of chapter twenty-nine-c; articles four, chapter twenty-nine and one-a, chapter thirty-nine; and section two, article one, chapter fifty-nine of this code, whether amended and reenacted or repealed by the passage of Enrolled House Bill No. 4012, have full force and effect until the provisions of Enrolled House Bill No. 4012, are operative on June 30, 2014, unless after the effective date of Enrolled House Bill No. 4012, and prior to the operative date of June 30, 2014, the provisions of Enrolled House Bill No. 4012, are otherwise repealed or amended and reenacted.

§39-4-4. Authority to perform notarial act.

    (a) A notarial officer may perform a notarial act authorized by this article or by law of this state other than this article.

    (b) A notarial officer may not perform a notarial act with respect to a record to which the officer or the officer’s spouse is a party, or in which either of them has a direct beneficial interest, financial or otherwise. A notarial act performed in violation of this subsection is voidable.

§39-4-5. Requirements for certain notarial acts.

    (a) A notarial officer who takes an acknowledgment of a record shall determine, from personal knowledge or satisfactory evidence of the identity of the individual, that the individual appearing before the officer and making the acknowledgment has the identity claimed and that the signature on the record is the signature of the individual.

    (b) A notarial officer who takes a verification of a statement on oath or affirmation shall determine, from personal knowledge or satisfactory evidence of the identity of the individual, that the individual appearing before the officer and making the verification has the identity claimed and that the signature on the statement verified is the signature of the individual.

    (c) A notarial officer who witnesses or attests to a signature shall determine, from personal knowledge or satisfactory evidence of the identity of the individual, that the individual appearing before the officer and signing the record has the identity claimed.

    (d) A notarial officer who certifies or attests a copy of a record or an item that was copied shall determine that the copy is a full, true and accurate transcription or reproduction of the record or item.

    (e) A notarial officer who makes or notes a protest of a negotiable instrument shall determine the matters set forth in subsection (b), section five hundred five, article three, chapter forty-six of this code.

§39-4-6. Personal appearance required.

    If a notarial act relates to a statement made in or a signature executed on a record, the individual making the statement or executing the signature shall appear personally before the notarial officer. An individual making the statement or executing the signature does not appear personally if the appearance is by video or audio technology, even if the video is synchronous.

§39-4-7. Identification of individual.

    (a) A notarial officer has personal knowledge of the identity of an individual appearing before the officer if the individual is personally known to the officer through dealings sufficient to provide reasonable certainty that the individual has the identity claimed.

    (b) A notarial officer has satisfactory evidence of the identity of an individual appearing before the officer if the officer can identify the individual:

    (1) By means of:

    (A) A passport, driver’s license or government issued nondriver identification card, which is current or expired not more than three years before performance of the notarial act; or

    (B) Another form of government identification issued to an individual, which is current or expired not more than three years before performance of the notarial act, contains the signature or a photograph of the individual and is satisfactory to the officer; or

    (2) By a verification on oath or affirmation of a credible witness personally appearing before the officer and known to the officer or whom the officer can identify on the basis of a passport, driver’s license or government issued nondriver identification card, which is current or expired not more than three years before performance of the notarial act.

    (c) A notarial officer may require an individual to provide additional information or identification credentials necessary to assure the officer of the identity of the individual.

§39-4-8. Authority to refuse to perform notarial act.

    (a) A notarial officer may refuse to perform a notarial act if the officer is not satisfied that:

    (1) The individual executing the record is competent or has the capacity to execute the record; or

    (2) The individual’s signature is knowingly and voluntarily made.

    (b) A notarial officer may refuse to perform a notarial act unless refusal is prohibited by law other than this article.

§39-4-9. Signature if individual is unable to sign.

    If an individual is physically unable to sign a record, the individual may direct an individual other than the notarial officer to sign the individual’s name on the record. The notarial officer shall insert “Signature affixed by (name of other individual) at the direction of (name of individual)” or words of similar import.

§39-4-10. Notarial act in this state.

    (a) A notarial act may be performed in this state by:

    (1) A notary public of this state;

    (2) A judge, clerk or deputy clerk of a court of this state; or

    (3) Any other individual authorized to perform the specific act by the law of this state.

    (b) The signature and title of an individual performing a notarial act in this state are prima facie evidence that the signature is genuine and that the individual holds the designated title.

    (c) The signature and title of a notarial officer described in subdivision (1) or (2), subsection (a) of this section, conclusively establish the authority of the officer to perform the notarial act.

§39-4-11. Notarial act in another state.

    (a) A notarial act performed in another state has the same effect under the law of this state as if performed by a notarial officer of this state, if the act performed in that state is performed by:

    (1) A notary public of that state;

    (2) A judge, clerk or deputy clerk of a court of that state; or

    (3) Any other individual authorized by the law of that state to perform the notarial act.

    (b) The signature and title of an individual performing a notarial act in another state are prima facie evidence that the signature is genuine and that the individual holds the designated title.

    (c) The signature and title of a notarial officer described in subdivision (1) or (2), subsection (a) of this section, conclusively establish the authority of the officer to perform the notarial act.

§39-4-12. Notarial act under authority of federally recognized Indian tribe.

    (a) A notarial act performed under the authority and in the jurisdiction of a federally recognized Indian tribe has the same effect as if performed by a notarial officer of this state, if the act performed in the jurisdiction of the tribe is performed by:

    (1) A notary public of the tribe;

    (2) A judge, clerk or deputy clerk of a court of the tribe; or

    (3) Any other individual authorized by the law of the tribe to perform the notarial act.

    (b) The signature and title of an individual performing a notarial act under the authority of and in the jurisdiction of a federally recognized Indian tribe are prima facie evidence that the signature is genuine and that the individual holds the designated title.

    (c) The signature and title of a notarial officer described in subdivision (1) or (2), subsection (a) of this section, conclusively establish the authority of the officer to perform the notarial act.

§39-4-13. Notarial act under federal authority.

    (a) A notarial act performed under federal law has the same effect under the law of this state as if performed by a notarial officer of this state, if the act performed under federal law is performed by:

    (1) A judge, clerk or deputy clerk of a court;

    (2) An individual in military service or performing duties under the authority of military service who is authorized to perform notarial acts under federal law;

    (3) An individual designated a notarizing officer by the United States Department of State for performing notarial acts overseas; or

    (4) Any other individual authorized by federal law to perform the notarial act.

    (b) The signature and title of an individual acting under federal authority and performing a notarial act are prima facie evidence that the signature is genuine and that the individual holds the designated title.

    (c) The signature and title of an officer described in subdivision (1), (2) or (3), subsection (a) of this section, conclusively establish the authority of the officer to perform the notarial act.

§39-4-14. Foreign notarial act.

    (a) In this section, “foreign state” means a government other than the United States, a state or a federally recognized Indian tribe.

    (b) If a notarial act is performed under authority and in the jurisdiction of a foreign state or constituent unit of the foreign state or is performed under the authority of a multinational or international governmental organization, the act has the same effect under the law of this state as if performed by a notarial officer of this state.

    (c) If the title of office and indication of authority to perform notarial acts in a foreign state appears in a digest of foreign law or in a list customarily used as a source for that information, the authority of an officer with that title to perform notarial acts is conclusively established.

    (d) The signature and official stamp of an individual holding an office described in subsection (c) of this section are prima facie evidence that the signature is genuine and the individual holds the designated title.

    (e) An apostille in the form prescribed by the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961, and issued by a foreign state party to the Convention conclusively establishes that the signature of the notarial officer is genuine and that the officer holds the indicated office.

    (f) A consular authentication issued by an individual designated by the United States Department of State as a notarizing officer for performing notarial acts overseas and attached to the record with respect to which the notarial act is performed conclusively establishes that the signature of the notarial officer is genuine and that the officer holds the indicated office.

§39-4-15. Certificate of notarial act.

    (a) A notarial act must be evidenced by a certificate. The certificate must:

    (1) Be executed contemporaneously with the performance of the notarial act;

    (2) Be signed and dated by the notarial officer and, if the notarial officer is a notary public, be signed in the same manner as on file with the Secretary of State;

    (3) Identify the jurisdiction in which the notarial act is performed;

    (4) Contain the title of office of the notarial officer; and

    (5) If the notarial officer is a notary public, indicate the date of expiration, if any, of the officer’s commission.

    (b) If a notarial act regarding a tangible record is performed by a notary public, an official stamp must be affixed to the certificate. If a notarial act is performed regarding a tangible record by a notarial officer other than a notary public and the certificate contains the information specified in subdivisions (2), (3) and (4), subsection (a) of this section, an official stamp may be affixed to the certificate. If a notarial act regarding an electronic record is performed by a notarial officer and the certificate contains the information specified in said subdivisions, an official stamp may be attached to or logically associated with the certificate.

    (c) A certificate of a notarial act is sufficient if it meets the requirements of subsections (a) and (b) and:

    (1) Is in a short form set forth in section sixteen of this article;

    (2) Is in a form otherwise permitted by the law of this state;

    (3) Is in a form permitted by the law applicable in the jurisdiction in which the notarial act was performed; or

    (4) Sets forth the actions of the notarial officer and the actions are sufficient to meet the requirements of the notarial act as provided in sections five, six and seven of this article or law of this state other than this article.

    (d) By executing a certificate of a notarial act, a notarial officer certifies that the officer has complied with the requirements and made the determinations specified in sections four, five and six of this article.

    (e) A notarial officer may not affix the officer’s signature to, or logically associate it with, a certificate until the notarial act has been performed.

    (f) If a notarial act is performed regarding a tangible record, a certificate must be part of, or securely attached to, the record. If a notarial act is performed regarding an electronic record, the certificate must be affixed to or logically associated with, the electronic record. If the Secretary of State has established standards pursuant to section twenty-five of this article, for attaching, affixing, or logically associating the certificate, the process must conform to the standards.

§39-4-16. Short form certificates.

    The following short form certificates of notarial acts are sufficient for the purposes indicated, if completed with the information required by subsections (a) and (b), section fifteen of this article:

    (1) For an acknowledgment in an individual capacity:

State of ....................

County of ....................

This record was acknowledged before me on .............. [Date] by ........................................ [Name(s) of individual(s)]

..............................

Signature of notarial officer

Stamp

...............................

Title of office

My commission expires: ..........................

    (2) For an acknowledgment in a representative capacity:

State of ....................

County of ....................

This record was acknowledged before me on .............. [Date] by ....................................................... [Name(s) of individual(s)] as ............................ [Type of authority, such as officer or trustee] of .......................... [Name of party on behalf of whom record was executed].

..............................

Signature of notarial officer

Stamp

...............................

Title of office

My commission expires: ..........................

    (3) For a verification on oath or affirmation:

State of ....................

County of ....................

Signed and sworn to (or affirmed) before me on ............ (Date) by .................................................... [Name(s) of individual(s) making statement]

..............................

Signature of notarial officer

Stamp

...............................

Title of office

My commission expires: ..........................

    (4) For witnessing or attesting a signature:

State of ....................

County of ....................

Signed or attested before me on ...................... [Date] by ...................................... [Name(s) of individual(s) making statement]

..............................

Signature of notarial officer

Stamp

...............................

Title of office

My commission expires: ..........................

    (5) For certifying a copy of a record:

State of ....................

County of ....................

I certify that this is a true and correct copy of a record in the possession of ......................................

Dated ...........................

..............................

Signature of notarial officer

Stamp

...............................

Title of office

My commission expires: ..........................

§39-4-17. Official stamp.

    The official stamp of a notary public must:

    (1) Include the notary public’s name, address, jurisdiction, commission expiration date and other information required by the Secretary of State; and

    (2) Be capable of being copied together with the record to which it is affixed or attached or with which it is logically associated.

§39-4-18. Stamping device.

    (a) A notary public is responsible for the security of the notary public’s stamping device and may not allow another individual to use the device to perform a notarial act. On resignation from, or the revocation or expiration of, the notary public’s commission, or on the expiration of the date set forth in the stamping device, the notary public shall disable the stamping device by destroying, defacing, damaging, erasing or securing it against use in a manner that renders it unusable. On the death or adjudication of incompetency of a notary public, the notary public’s personal representative or guardian or any other person knowingly in possession of the stamping device shall render it unusable by destroying, defacing, damaging, erasing or securing it against use in a manner that renders it unusable.

    (b) If a notary public’s stamping device is lost or stolen, the notary public or the notary public’s personal representative or guardian shall notify promptly the Secretary of State on discovering that the device is lost or stolen.

§39-4-19. Notification regarding performance of notarial act on     electronic record, selection of technology.

    (a) A notary public may select one or more tamper-evident technologies to perform notarial acts with respect to electronic records. A person may not require a notary public to perform a notarial act with respect to an electronic record with a technology that the notary public has not selected.

    (b) Before a notary public performs the notary public’s initial notarial act with respect to an electronic record, a notary public shall notify the Secretary of State that the notary public will be performing notarial acts with respect to electronic records and identify the technology the notary public intends to use. If the Secretary of State has established standards for approval of technology pursuant to section twenty-five of this article, the technology must conform to the standards. If the technology conforms to the standards, the Secretary of State shall approve the use of the technology.

§39-4-20. Commission as notary public; qualifications; no immunity or benefit; disposition of fees.

    (a) An individual qualified under subsection (b) of this section may apply to the Secretary of State for a commission as a notary public. The applicant shall comply with and provide the information required by rules promulgated by the Secretary of State and pay any application fee.

    (b) An applicant for a commission as a notary public must:

    (1) Be at least eighteen years of age;

    (2) Be a citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States;

    (3) Be a resident of or have a place of employment or practice in this state;

    (4) Be able to read and write English;

    (5) Have a high school diploma or its equivalent; and

    (6) Not be disqualified to receive a commission under section twenty-three of this article.

    (c) Before issuance of a commission as a notary public, an applicant for the commission shall execute an oath of office and submit it to the Secretary of State.

    (d) Before issuance of a commission as a notary public, the applicant for a commission shall submit to the Secretary of State an assurance in the form of: (1) A surety bond or its functional equivalent in the amount of $1,000; or (2) certification that the applicant is covered under a: (A) Professional liability insurance policy; (B) an errors and omission insurance policy; (C) a commercial general liability insurance policy; or (D) their equivalent, in the amount of $1,000. The assurance must be issued by a surety or other entity licensed or authorized to do business in this state. The assurance must cover acts performed during the term of the notary public’s commission and must be in the form prescribed by the Secretary of State. If a notary public violates law with respect to notaries public in this state, the surety or issuing entity is liable under the assurance. The notary public shall give thirty days’ notice to the Secretary of State before canceling any assurance or loss of insurance coverage. The surety or issuing entity shall notify the Secretary of State not later than thirty days after making a payment to a claimant under the assurance. A notary public may perform notarial acts in this state only during the period that a valid assurance is on file with the Secretary of State.

    (e) On compliance with this section, the Secretary of State shall issue a commission as a notary public to an applicant for a term of five years.

    (f) A commission to act as a notary public authorizes the notary public to perform notarial acts. The commission does not provide the notary public any immunity or benefit conferred by law of this state on public officials or employees.

§39-4-21. Grounds to deny, refuse to renew, revoke, suspend, or condition commission of notary public.

    (a) The Secretary of State may deny, refuse to renew, revoke, suspend or impose a condition on a commission as notary public for any act or omission that demonstrates the individual lacks the honesty, integrity, competence, or reliability to act as a notary public, including:

    (1) Failure to comply with this article;

    (2) A fraudulent, dishonest or deceitful misstatement or omission in the application for a commission as a notary public submitted to the Secretary of State;

    (3) A conviction of the applicant or notary public of any felony or a crime involving fraud, dishonesty or deceit;

    (4) A finding against, or admission of liability by, the applicant or notary public in any legal proceeding or disciplinary action based on the applicant’s or notary public’s fraud, dishonesty or deceit;

    (5) Failure by the notary public to discharge any duty required of a notary public, whether by this article, rules promulgated by the Secretary of State, or any federal or state law;

    (6) Use of false or misleading advertising or representation by the notary public representing that the notary has a duty, right or privilege that the notary does not have;

    (7) Violation by the notary public of a rule of the Secretary of State regarding a notary public;

    (8) Denial, refusal to renew, revocation, suspension or conditioning of a notary public commission in another state;

    (9) Failure of the notary public to maintain an assurance as provided in subsection (d), section twenty of this article;     (10) Charging more than the maximum fees specified in section thirty of this article; and

    (11) Failure to notify the Secretary of State of an address or name change pursuant to subsection (b), section twenty-two of this article.

    (b) If the Secretary of State denies, refuses to renew, revokes, suspends or imposes conditions on a commission as a notary public, the applicant or notary public is entitled to timely notice and hearing in accordance with article five, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code.

    (c) The authority of the Secretary of State to deny, refuse to renew, suspend, revoke or impose conditions on a commission as a notary public does not prevent a person from seeking and obtaining other criminal or civil remedies provided by law.

§39-4-22. Database of notaries public.

    (a) The Secretary of State shall maintain an electronic database of notaries public:

    (1) Through which a person may verify the authority of a notary public to perform notarial acts; and

    (2) Which indicates whether a notary public has notified the Secretary of State that the notary public will be performing notarial acts on electronic records.

    (b) Not later than thirty days after a notary public either:

    (1) Changes the address of his or her business or residence; or

    (2) Changes his or her name, the notary public shall notify the Secretary of State of the address or name change.

§39-4-23. Prohibited acts.

    (a) A commission as a notary public does not authorize an individual to:

    (1) Assist persons in drafting legal records, give legal advice or otherwise practice law;

    (2) Act as an immigration consultant or an expert on immigration matters;

    (3) Represent a person in a judicial or administrative proceeding relating to immigration to the United States, United States citizenship or related matters; or

    (4) Receive compensation for performing any of the activities listed in this subsection.

    (b) A notary public may not engage in false or deceptive advertising.

    (c) A notary public, other than an attorney licensed to practice law in this state, may not use the term “notario” or “notario publico”.

    (d) A notary public, other than an attorney licensed to practice law in this state, may not advertise or represent that the notary public may assist persons in drafting legal records, give legal advice, or otherwise practice law. If a notary public who is not an attorney licensed to practice law in this state in any manner advertises or represents that the notary public offers notarial services, whether orally or in a record, including broadcast media, print media and the internet, the notary public shall include the following statement, or an alternate statement authorized or required by the Secretary of State, in the advertisement or representation, prominently and in each language used in the advertisement or representation: “I am not an attorney licensed to practice law in this state. I am not allowed to draft legal records, give advice on legal matters, including immigration, or charge a fee for those activities”. If the form of advertisement or representation is not broadcast media, print media or the internet and does not permit inclusion of the statement required by this subsection because of size, it must be displayed prominently or provided at the place of performance of the notarial act before the notarial act is performed.

    (e) Except as otherwise allowed by law, a notary public may not withhold access to or possession of an original record provided by a person that seeks performance of a notarial act by the notary public.

§39-4-24. Validity of notarial acts.

    Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b), section four of this article, the failure of a notarial officer to perform a duty or meet a requirement specified in this article does not invalidate a notarial act performed by the notarial officer. The validity of a notarial act under this article does not prevent an aggrieved person from seeking to invalidate the record or transaction that is the subject of the notarial act or from seeking other remedies based on law of this state other than this article or law of the United States. This section does not validate a purported notarial act performed by an individual who does not have the authority to perform notarial acts.

§39-4-25. Rules.

    (a) The Secretary of State may promulgate rules, in accordance with the provisions of chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, to implement this article. Rules promulgated regarding the performance of notarial acts with respect to electronic records may not require, or accord greater legal status or effect to, the implementation or application of a specific technology or technical specification. The rules may:

    (1) Prescribe the manner of performing notarial acts regarding tangible and electronic records;

    (2) Include provisions to ensure that any change to or tampering with a record bearing a certificate of a notarial act is self-evident;

    (3) Include provisions to ensure integrity in the creation, transmittal, storage or authentication of electronic records or signatures;

    (4) Prescribe the process of granting, renewing, conditioning, denying, suspending or revoking a notary public commission and assuring the trustworthiness of an individual holding a commission as notary public;

    (5) Include provisions to prevent fraud or mistake in the performance of notarial acts;

    (6) Establish the process for approving and accepting surety bonds and other forms of assurance under subsection (d), section twenty of this article; and

    (7) Establish fees, with legislative approval in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code. Fees collected by the Secretary of State pursuant to section two, article one, chapter fifty-nine of this code shall be deposited by the Secretary of State as follows: One-half shall be deposited in the state general revenue fund and one-half shall be deposited in the service fees and collections account established by section two, article one, chapter fifty-nine of this code for the operation of the office of the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State shall dedicate sufficient resources from that fund or other funds to provide the services required by the provisions of article four, chapter thirty-nine of this code.

    (b) In promulgating, amending or repealing rules about notarial acts with respect to electronic records, the Secretary of State shall consider, so far as is consistent with this article:

    (1) The most recent standards regarding electronic records promulgated by national bodies, such as the National Association of Secretaries of State;

    (2) Standards, practices and customs of other jurisdictions that substantially enact this article; and

    (3) The views of governmental officials and entities and other interested persons.

§39-4-26. Notary public commission and commissioner appointment in effect.

    (a) A commission as a notary public in effect on June 30, 2014, continues until its date of expiration. A notary public who applies for a commission as a notary public on or after July 1, 2014, is subject to and shall comply with this article. A notary public, in performing notarial acts on or after July 1, 2014, shall comply with this article.

    (b) An appointment as commissioner under the repealed provisions of article four, chapter twenty-nine of this code, in effect on June 30, 2014, continues until its date of expiration. A commissioner, in performing notarial acts on or after July 1, 2014, shall comply with this article: Provided, That a person holding a commission pursuant to the provisions of article four, chapter twenty-nine of this code, on June 30, 2014, is not required to obtain or use a stamp required by section seventeen of this article, prior to the expiration of that commission.

§39-4-27. Savings clause.

    This article does not affect the validity or effect of a notarial act performed before July 1, 2014.

§39-4-28. Uniformity of application and construction.

    In applying and construing this uniform act, consideration must be given to the need to promote uniformity of the law with respect to its subject matter among states that enact it.

§39-4-29. Relation to Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act.

    This article modifies, limits, and supersedes the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, 15 U. S. C. Section 7001 et seq., but does not modify, limit, or supersede Section 101(c) of that act, 15 U. S. C. Section 7001(c), or authorize electronic delivery of any of the notices described in Section 103(b) of that act, 15 U. S. C. Section 7003(b).

§39-4-30. Maximum fees.

    (a) The maximum fee in this state for notarization of each signature and the proper recordation thereof in the journal of notarial acts is $5.00 for each signature notarized.

    (b) The maximum fee in this state for certification of a facsimile of a document, retaining a facsimile in the notary's file, and the proper recordation thereof in the journal of notarial acts is $5.00 for each eight and one-half by eleven inch page retained in the notary's file.

    (c) The maximum fee in this state is $5.00 for any other notarial act performed.

§39-4-31. Government notaries public.

    (a) State and local government employees may be commissioned as government notaries public to act for and in behalf of their respective state and local government offices.

    (b) A state or local government employee commissioned under this section shall meet the requirements for qualification and appointment prescribed in this article except that the head of the state or local government office where the applicant is employed, or his or her designee, shall execute a certificate that the application is made for the purposes of the office and in the public interest and submit it to the Secretary of State together with the application for appointment as a notary public.

    (c) The costs of application and all notary supplies for a commissioned state or local government employee shall be paid from funds available to the office in which he or she is employed.

    (d) All fees received for notarial services by a government notary public appointed for and in behalf of a state or local government office shall be remitted by him or her to the state or local government office in which he or she is employed.

    (e) A government notary public must comply with all provisions of this article in the performance of notarial acts.

    (f) A government notary public may acknowledge any document required to be acknowledged by a notary public: Provided, That a government notary public may not operate privately.

§39-4-32. Liability of notary and of an employer of notary.

    (a) A notary public is liable to the persons involved for all damages proximately caused by the notary's official misconduct.

    (b) The employer of a notary public is also liable to the persons involved for all damages proximately caused by the notary's official misconduct, if:

    (1) The notary public was acting within the scope of his or her employment at the time he or she engaged in the official misconduct; and

    (2) The employer consented to the notary public's official misconduct.

    (c) It is not essential to a recovery of damages that a notary’s official misconduct be the only proximate cause of the damages.

    (d) For the purposes of this section, the term "official misconduct" means any act or conduct that:

    (1) May result in the denial, refusal to renew, revocation, suspension or condition commission of a notary public pursuant to section twenty-one of this article; or

    (2) Is prohibited by section twenty-three of this article.

§39-4-33. Criminal penalties.

    (a) A notary public who knowingly and willfully commits any official misconduct is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than $5,000 or confined in jail not more than one year, or both fined and confined.

    (b) A notary public who recklessly or negligently commits any official misconduct is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than $1,000.

    (c) Any person who acts as, or otherwise willfully impersonates, a notary public while not lawfully appointed and commissioned to perform notarial acts is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than $5,000 or confined in jail not more than one year, or both fined and confined.

    (d) Any person who unlawfully possesses a notary's official seal or any papers or copies relating to notarial acts, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than $1,000.

    (e) For the purposes of this section, the term "official misconduct" means any act or conduct that:

    (1) May result in the denial, refusal to renew, revocation, suspension or condition commission of a notary public pursuant to section twenty-one of this article; or

    (2) Is prohibited by section twenty-three of this article.

§39-4-34. Action for injunction; unauthorized practice of law.

    Upon his or her own information or upon complaint of any person, the Attorney General, or his or her designee, may maintain an action for injunctive relief in circuit court against any notary public who renders, offers to render or holds himself or herself out as rendering any service constituting the unauthorized practice of the law. Any organized bar association in this state may intervene in the action, at any stage of the proceeding, for good cause shown. The action may also be maintained by an organized bar association in this state or by the Secretary of State.

§39-4-35. Administrative complaints and investigations.

    (a) In addition to the powers and duties contained in this article, the Secretary of State may:

    (1) Investigate, upon complaint or on his or her own initiative, any alleged violations or irregularities of this article.

    (2) Administer oaths and affirmations, issue subpoenas for the attendance of witnesses, issue subpoenas duces tecum to compel the production of books, papers, records and all other evidence necessary to any investigation.

    (3) Involve the aid of any circuit court in the execution of its subpoena power.

    (4) Report any alleged violations of this article to the appropriate prosecuting attorney having jurisdiction, which prosecuting attorney shall present to the grand jury the alleged violations, together with all evidence relating thereto, no later than the next term of court after receiving the report.

    (b) The Attorney General shall, when requested, provide legal and investigative assistance to the Secretary of State.

§39-4-36. Secretary of State record retention.

    (a) The provisions of subsection (c), section three, article two, chapter five of this code notwithstanding, the Secretary of State may destroy original records of appointment under this article after expiration of the term of a notary public: Provided, That the Secretary of State maintains an electronic copy of the appointment for a minimum of ten years after the expiration of the term of the notary public.

    (b) The Secretary of State may destroy any original journals of notarial acts in his or her possession: Provided, That an electronic copy is maintained in accordance with the retention rules of the Department of Administration.

CHAPTER 57. EVIDENCE AND WITNESSES.

ARTICLE 4. DEPOSITIONS AND PERPETUATION OF TESTIMONY.

§57-4-2. Taking and certification of depositions -- Out-of state and in foreign countries.

    On affidavit that a witness resides out of this state, or is out of it in the service thereof, or of the United States, or is out of this state and for justifiable reasons will probably be out of this state until after the trial of the case in which his or her testimony is needed, his or her deposition may be taken by or before any commissioner appointed by the Governor of this state, or any justice, notary public or other officer authorized to take depositions in the state wherein the witness may be, or, if the deposition is to be taken in a foreign country, by or before such commissioner or commissioners as may be agreed upon by the parties or appointed by the court, or, if there be none such, by or before any American minister, plenipotentiary, charge d'affaires, consul general, consul, vice consul, consular agent, vice deputy consular agent, commercial agent or vice commercial agent, appointed by the government of the United States, or by or before the mayor or other chief magistrate of any city, town or corporation in such the country or any notary public therein. Any person or persons taking such the deposition may administer an oath to the witness and take and certify the deposition with his or her official seal annexed, and if he or she have none, the genuineness of his or her signature shall be authenticated by some officer of the same state or country, under his or her official seal.

ARTICLE 5. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS.

§57-5-9. Administration of oaths or taking of affidavits; authentication of affidavit made in another state or country; oaths and affidavits of persons in military service.

    Any judge of this state may administer any oath that is or may be lawful for any person to take, including oaths of office, and also may swear any person to an affidavit, and administer an oath to any person in any proceeding.

    Any oath or affidavit required by law, which is not of such a nature that it must be made otherwise or elsewhere may, unless otherwise provided, be administered by, or made before, a county commissioner, notary public, or a commissioner appointed by the Governor, or by the clerk of any court, or, in case of a survey directed by a court in a case therein pending, by or before the surveyor directed to execute said order of survey.

    An affidavit may also be made before any officer of another state or country authorized by its laws to administer an oath, and shall be deemed duly authenticated if it be subscribed by such the officer, with his or her official seal annexed, and if he or she have none, the genuineness of his or her signature, and his or her authority to administer an oath, shall be authenticated by some officer of the same state or country under his or her official seal.

    Any oath or affidavit required of a person in the military service of the United States (including the Women's Army Corps, Women's Appointed Volunteers for Emergency Service, Army Nurse Corps, Spars, Women's Reserve or similar women's auxiliary unit officially connected with such the military service of the United States), may be administered by or made before any commissioned officer of any branch of the military service of the United States, or any auxiliary unit officially connected with such the military service. Such oath may be taken or affidavit made at any place either within or outside the United States of America, or any territory, possession or dependency thereof. The jurat to such the oath and certificate to such the affidavit need not state the place where the same is taken and shall require no seal to be affixed thereto. The certificate of the officer before whom such the oath is taken or affidavit is made must state his or her rank, branch of military service, and identification number, and such the certificate may be substantially in form and effect as follows:

IN THE MILITARY SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES:

    I, ..............., being duly sworn on oath (affirmation), do swear (affirm) that I am a member of the military service of the United States (or of ..............., an auxiliary to the military forces of the United States); that ***, etc.

                ...............................

    Taken, subscribed and sworn to before me, ..............., a commissioned officer in the ............... service of the United States, by ..............., a member of the military service of the United States (or of ..............., an auxiliary to the military forces of the United States), this the .......... day of .........., 19 20......

               ..................................

               (Signature of officer)

    ...............................

               (Rank) (Identification Number)

    Any oath or affidavit heretofore taken or made by any person in the military service in substantial compliance with this section shall be valid.

CHAPTER 59. FEES, ALLOWANCES AND COSTS; NEWSPAPERS; LEGAL ADVERTISEMENTS.

ARTICLE 1. FEES AND ALLOWANCES.

§59-1-2. Fees to be charged by Secretary of State.

    (a) Except as may be otherwise provided in this code, the Secretary of State shall charge for services rendered in his or her office the following fees to be paid by the person to whom the service is rendered at the time it is done:

    (1) For filing, recording, indexing, preserving a record of and issuing a certificate relating to the formation, amendment, change of name, registration of trade name, merger, consolidation, conversion, renewal, dissolution, termination, cancellation, withdrawal revocation and reinstatement of business entities organized within the state, as follows:

    (A) Articles of incorporation of for-profit corporation

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$50.00

    (B) Articles of incorporation of nonprofit corporation

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25.00

    (C) Articles of organization of limited liability company

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100.00

    (D) Agreement of a general partnership. . . . . . . . .50.00

    (E) Certificate of a limited partnership. . . . . . . 100.00

    (F) Agreement of a voluntary association. . . . . . . .50.00

    (G) Articles of organization of a business trust. . . .50.00

    (H) Amendment or correction of articles of incorporation, including change of name or increase of capital stock, in addition to any applicable license tax. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25.00

    (I) Amendment or correction, including change of name, of articles of organization of business trust, limited liability partnership, limited liability company or professional limited liability company or of certificate of limited partnership or agreement of voluntary association. . . . . . . . . . . . . 25.00

    (J) Amendment and restatement of articles of incorporation, certificate of limited partnership, agreement of voluntary association or articles of organization of limited liability partnership, limited liability company or professional limited liability company or business trust. . . . . . . . . . . . .25.00

    (K) Registration of trade name, otherwise designated as a true name, fictitious name or D.B.A. (doing business as) name for any domestic business entity as permitted by law. . . . . . . . 25.00

    (L) Articles of merger of two corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, limited liability companies or professional limited liability companies, voluntary associations or business trusts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25.00

    (M) Plus for each additional party to the merger in excess of two. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15.00

    (N) Statement of conversion, when permitted, from one business entity into another business entity, in addition to the cost of filing the appropriate documents to organize the surviving entity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25.00

    (O) Articles of dissolution of a corporation, voluntary association or business trust, or statement of dissolution of a general partnership. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25.00

    (P) Revocation of voluntary dissolution of a corporation, voluntary association or business trust. . . . . . . . . . 15.00

    (Q) Articles of termination of a limited liability company, cancellation of a limited partnership or statement of withdrawal of limited liability partnership. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25.00

    (R) Reinstatement of a limited liability company or professional limited liability company after administrative dissolution. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25.00

    (2) For filing, recording, indexing, preserving a record of and issuing a certificate relating to the registration, amendment, change of name, merger, consolidation, conversion, renewal, withdrawal or termination within this state of business entities organized in other states or countries, as follows:

    (A) Certificate of authority of for-profit corporation

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $100.00

    (B) Certificate of authority of nonprofit corporation

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50.00

    (C) Certificate of authority of foreign limited liability companies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150.00

    (D) Certificate of exemption from certificate of

 authority . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25.00

    (E) Registration of a general partnership. . . . . . . 50.00

    (F) Registration of a limited partnership. . . . . . .150.00

    (G) Registration of a limited liability partnership for two-year term. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 500.00

    (H) Registration of a voluntary association. . . . . .50.00

    (I) Registration of a trust or business trust. . . . . 50.00

    (J) Amendment or correction of certificate of authority of a foreign corporation, including change of name or increase of capital stock, in addition to any applicable license tax. . 25.00

    (K) Amendment or correction of certificate of limited partnership, limited liability partnership, limited liability company or professional limited liability company, voluntary association or business trust. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25.00

    (L) Registration of trade name, otherwise designated as a true name, fictitious name or D.B.A. (doing business as) name for any foreign business entity as permitted by law. . . . . . . . .25.00

    (M) Amendment and restatement of certificate of authority or of registration of a corporation, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, limited liability company or professional limited liability company, voluntary association or business trust. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25.00

    (N) Articles of merger of two corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, limited liability companies or professional limited liability companies, voluntary associations or business trusts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25.00

    (O) Plus for each additional party to the merger in excess

of two. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5.00

    (P) Statement of conversion, when permitted, from one business entity into another business entity, in addition to the cost of filing the appropriate articles or certificate to organize the surviving entity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25.00

    (Q) Certificate of withdrawal or cancellation of a corporation, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, limited liability company, voluntary association or business trust. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25.00

Notwithstanding any other provision of this section to the contrary, after June 30, 2008, the fees described in this subdivision that are collected for the issuance of a certificate relating to the initial registration of a corporation, limited partnership, domestic limited liability company or foreign limited liability company shall be deposited in the general administrative fees account established by this section.

    (3) For receiving, filing and recording a change of the principal or designated office, change of the agent of process and/or change of officers, directors, partners, members or managers, as the case may be, of a corporation, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, limited liability company or other business entity as provided by law. . . . $15.00

    (4) For receiving, filing and preserving a reservation of a name for each one hundred twenty days or for any other period in excess of seven days prescribed by law for a corporation, limited partnership, limited liability partnership or limited liability company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$15.00

    (5) For issuing a certificate relating to a corporation or other business entity, as follows:

    (A) Certificate of good standing of a domestic or foreign corporation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10.00

    (B) Certificate of existence of a domestic limited liability company, and certificate of authorization foreign limited liability company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10.00

    (C) Certificate of existence of any business entity, trademark or service mark registered with the Secretary of State . . .10.00

    (D) Certified copy of corporate charter or comparable organizing documents for other business entities. . . . . .15.00

    (E) Plus, for each additional amendment, restatement or other additional document. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5.00

    (F) Certificate of registration of the name of a foreign corporation, limited liability company, limited partnership or limited liability partnership. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25.00

    (G) And for the annual renewal of the name registration

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.00

    (H) Any other certificate not specified in this subdivision

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.00

    (6) For issuing a certificate other than those relating to business entities, as provided in this subsection, as follows:

    (A) Certificate or apostille relating to the authority of certain public officers, including the membership of boards and commissions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10.00

    (B) Plus, for each additional certificate pertaining to the same transaction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5.00

    (C) Any other certificate not specified in this

subdivision. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10.00

    (D) For acceptance, indexing and recordation of service of process any corporation, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, limited liability company, voluntary association, business trust, insurance company, person or other entity as permitted by law. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15.00

    (E) For shipping and handling expenses for execution of service of process by certified mail upon any defendant within the United States, which fee is to be deposited to the special revenue account established in this section for the operation of the office of the Secretary of State.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5.00

    (F) For shipping and handling expenses for execution of service of process upon any defendant outside the United States by registered mail, which fee is to be deposited to the special revenue account established in this section for the operation of the office of the Secretary of State.. . . . . . . . . . . .15.00

    (7) For a search of records of the office conducted by employees of or at the expense of the Secretary of State upon request, as follows:

    (A) For any search of archival records maintained at sites other than the office of the Secretary of State no less than

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10.00

    (B) For searches of archival records maintained at sites other than the office of the Secretary of State which require more than one hour, for each hour or fraction of an hour consumed in making such a search. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10.00

    (C) For any search of records maintained on site for the purpose of obtaining copies of documents or printouts of data

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.00

    (D) For any search of records maintained in electronic format which requires special programming to be performed by the state information services agency or other vendor any actual cost, but not less than. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25.00

    (E) The cost of the search is in addition to the cost of any copies or printouts prepared or any certificate issued pursuant to or based on the search.

    (F) For recording any paper for which no specific fee is prescribed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.00

    (8) For producing and providing photocopies or printouts of electronic data of specific records upon request, as follows:

    (A) For a copy of any paper or printout of electronic data, if one sheet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1.00

    (B) For each sheet after the first . . . . . . . . . . ..50

    (C) For sending the copies or lists by fax transmission

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.00

    (D) For producing and providing photocopies of lists, reports, guidelines and other documents produced in multiple copies for general public use, a publication price to be established by the Secretary of State at a rate approximating 2.00 plus .10 per page and rounded to the nearest dollar.

    (E) For electronic copies of records obtained in data format on disk, the cost of the record in the least expensive available printed format, plus, for each required disk, which shall be provided by the Secretary of State. . . . . . . . . . . . . .5.00

    (b) The Secretary of State may propose legislative rules for promulgation for charges for on-line electronic access to database information or other information maintained by the Secretary of State.

    (c) For any other work or service not enumerated in this subsection, the fee prescribed elsewhere in this code or a rule promulgated under the authority of this code.

    (d) The records maintained by the Secretary of State are prepared and indexed at the expense of the state and those records shall not be obtained for commercial resale without the written agreement of the state to a contract including reimbursement to the state for each instance of resale.

    (e) The Secretary of State may provide printed or electronic information free of charge as he or she considers necessary and efficient for the purpose of informing the general public or the news media.

    (f) There is hereby continued in the State Treasury a special revenue account to be known as the "service fees and collections" account. Expenditures from the account shall be used for the operation of the office of the Secretary of State and are not authorized from collections, but are to be made only in accordance with appropriation by the Legislature and in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twelve of this code and upon the fulfillment of the provisions set forth in article two, chapter five-a of this code. Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, except as provided in subsection (h) of this section and section two-a of this article, one half of all the fees and service charges established in the following sections and for the following purposes shall be deposited by the Secretary of State or other collecting agency to that special revenue account and used for the operation of the office of the Secretary of State:

    (1) The annual attorney-in-fact fee for corporations and limited partnerships established in section five, article twelve-c, chapter eleven of this code;

    (2) The fees received for the sale of the State Register, code of state rules and other copies established by rule and authorized by section seven, article two, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code;

    (3) The registration fees, late fees and legal settlements charged for registration and enforcement of the charitable organizations and professional solicitations established in sections five, nine and fifteen-b, article nineteen, chapter twenty-nine of this code;

    (4) The annual attorney-in-fact fee for limited liability companies as designated in section one hundred eight, article one, chapter thirty-one-b of this code and established in section two hundred eleven, article two of said chapter: Provided, That after June 30, 2008, the annual report fees designated in section one hundred eight, article one, chapter thirty-one-b of this code shall upon collection be deposited in the general administrative fees account described in subsection (h) of this section;

    (5) The filing fees and search and copying fees for uniform commercial code transactions established by section five hundred twenty-five, article nine, chapter forty-six of this code;

    (6) The annual attorney-in-fact fee for licensed insurers established in section twelve, article four, chapter thirty-three of this code;

    (7) The fees for the application and record maintenance of all notaries public established by section one hundred seven, article one, chapter twenty-nine-c section twenty, article four, chapter thirty-nine of this code.

    (8) The fees for the application and record maintenance of commissioners for West Virginia as established by section twelve, article four, chapter twenty-nine of this code;

    (9) (8) The fees for registering credit service organizations as established by section five, article six-c, chapter forty-six-a of this code;

    (10) (9) The fees for registering and renewing a West Virginia limited liability partnership as established by section one, article ten, chapter forty-seven-b of this code;

    (11) (10) The filing fees for the registration and renewal of trademarks and service marks established in section seventeen, article two, chapter forty-seven of this code;

    (12) (11) All fees for services, the sale of photocopies and data maintained at the expense of the Secretary of State as provided in this section; and

    (13) (12) All registration, license and other fees collected by the Secretary of State not specified in this section.

    (g) Any balance in the service fees and collections account established by this section which exceeds five hundred thousand dollars as of June 30, 2003, and each year thereafter, shall be expired to the state fund, General Revenue Fund.

    (h)(1) Effective July 1, 2008, there is hereby created in the State Treasury a special revenue account to be known as the general administrative fees account. Expenditures from the account shall be used for the operation of the office of the Secretary of State and are not authorized from collections, but are to be made only in accordance with appropriation by the Legislature and in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twelve of this code and upon the fulfillment of the provisions set forth in article two, chapter eleven-b of this code: Provided, That for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, expenditures are authorized from collections rather than pursuant to an appropriation by the Legislature. Any balance in the account at the end of each fiscal year shall not revert to the General Revenue Fund but shall remain in the fund and be expended as provided by this subsection.

    (2) After June 30, 2008, all the fees and service charges established in section two-a of this article for the following purposes shall be collected and deposited by the Secretary of State or other collecting agency in the general administrative fees account and used for the operation of the office of the Secretary of State:

    (A) The annual report fees paid to the Secretary of State by corporations, limited partnerships, domestic limited liability companies and foreign limited liability companies;

    (B) The fees for the issuance of a certificate relating to the initial registration of a corporation, limited partnership, domestic limited liability company or foreign limited liability company described in subdivision (2), subsection (a) of this section; and

    (C) The fees for the purchase of date and updates related to the State's Business Organizations Database described in section two-a of this article.

    (i) There is continued in the office of the Secretary of State a noninterest-bearing, escrow account to be known as the "prepaid fees and services account". This account shall be for the purpose of allowing customers of the Secretary of State to prepay for services, with payment to be held in escrow until services are rendered. Payments deposited in the account shall remain in the account until services are rendered by the Secretary of State and at that time the fees will be reallocated to the appropriate general or special revenue accounts. There shall be no fee charged by the Secretary of State to the customer for the use of this account and the customer may request the return of any moneys maintained in the account at any time without penalty. The assets of the prepaid fees and services account do not constitute public funds of the state and are available solely for carrying out the purposes of this section.

    The bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4012), as amended, was then ordered to third reading.

    Eng. House Bill No. 4186, Relating to the procedures for issuing a concealed weapon license.

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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4236, Sexual assault nurse examination network.

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

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

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

    That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new article, designated §15-9B-1 and §15-9B-2, all to read as follows:

ARTICLE 9B. SEXUAL ASSAULT EXAMINATION NETWORK.

§15-9B-1. Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Commission.

    (a) There is created within The Governor’s Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Correction the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Commission. The purpose of the commission is to establish, manage and monitor a statewide system to facilitate the timely and efficient collection of forensic evidence in sexual assault cases.

    (b) The commission shall be chaired by the director of the Division of Justice and Community Service. Membership on the commission shall consist of the following:

    (1) A representative chosen from the membership of the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorney’s Association;

    (2) A representative chosen from the membership of the West Virginia Association of Counties;

    (3) The Commissioner of the Bureau of Public Health, or his or her designee;

    (4) A representative from the State Police Crime Laboratory;

    (5) A representative from the membership of the West Virginia Child Advocacy Network;

    (6) The President of the West Virginia Hospital Association, or his or her designee;

    (7) A representative from the membership of the West Virginia Foundation for Rape and Information Services;

    (8) A representative of the West Virginia University Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program; and

    (9) A representative of the Marshall University Forensic Science Center.

    If any of the representative organizations cease to exist, the director may select a person from a similar organization.

    The director may appoint the following additional members of the commission, as needed:

    (1) An emergency room physician;

    (2) A victim advocate from a rape crisis center;

    (3) A sexual assault nurse examiner;

    (4) A law-enforcement officer with experience in sexual assault investigations;

    (5) A health care provider with pediatric and child abuse expertise; and

    (6) A director of a child advocacy center.

    (c) The commission shall establish mandatory statewide protocols for conducting sexual assault forensic examinations, including designating locations and providers to perform forensic examinations, establishing minimum qualifications and procedures for performing forensic examinations and establishing protocols to assure the proper collection of evidence.

    (d) As used in this article, the word “commission” means the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Commission.

§15-9B-2. Powers and duties of the commission.

    (a) The commission shall facilitate the recruitment and retention of qualified health care providers that are properly qualified to conduct forensic examinations. The commission shall work with county and regional officials to identify areas of greatest need and develop and implement recruitment and retention programs to help facilitate the effective collection of evidence.

    (b) The commission shall authorize minimum training requirements for providers conducting exams and establish a basic standard of care for victims of sexual assault. The commission may adopt necessary and reasonable requirements relating to establishment of a statewide training and forensic examination system, including, but not limited to, developing a data collection system to monitor adherence to established standards, assisting exam providers receive training and support services, advocating the fair and reasonable reimbursement to exam providers and to facilitate transportation services for victims to get to and from designated exam locations.

    (c) The commission shall approve local plans for each area of the state on a county or regional basis. If the commission deems necessary, it may add or remove a county or portion thereof from a region to assure that all areas of the state are included in an appropriate local plan. Upon the failure of any county or local region to propose a plan, the commission may implement a plan for that county or region.

    (d) Once a plan is approved by the commission, it can only be amended or otherwise altered as provided the rules authorized pursuant to subsection (e) of this section. Designated facilities and organizations providing services shall give the commission thirty days advance notice of their intent to withdraw from the plan. If there is a change of circumstances, that would require a change in a county or regional plan, the members of the local board and the state commission shall be notified.

    (e) The commission may propose rules for legislative approval, in accordance with article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, necessary to implement this article. These rules shall include, at a minimum:

    (1) Establishment of local sexual assault forensic examination boards who shall develop local plans;

    (2) Membership of local sexual assault forensic examination boards;

    (3) Meeting requirements of local sexual assault forensic examination boards;

    (4) Contents and minimum requirements of a local plans to be developed by local sexual assault forensic examination boards;

    (5) The process of submission of the local plan and approval by the commission; and

    (6) The manner for amending or altering a local plan.

    The bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4236), as amended, was then ordered to third reading.

    Eng. House Bill No. 4256, Amending the annual salary schedule for members of the state police.

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

    At the request of Senator Prezioso, and by unanimous consent, the bill was advanced to third reading with the right for amendments to be considered on that reading.

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4270, Relating to salaries of service employees of the state camp and conference center known as Cedar Lakes Conference Center.

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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4284, Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act.

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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4287, Administration of health maintenance tasks.

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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4290, Revising the regulatory structure of money transmitters and other entities.

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

    Eng. House Bill No. 4302, Relating to elections for public school purposes.

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

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

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

    That §11-8-17 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted; that §13-1-13 of said code be amended and reenacted; and that §18-9-2 of said code be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows:

CHAPTER 11. TAXATION.

ARTICLE 8. LEVIES.

§11-8-17. Special levy elections; notices; election officers; conduct of election; supplies; canvass of returns; form of ballot.

    (a) The local levying body shall publish a notice, calling the election, as a Class II-0 legal advertisement in compliance with the provisions of article three, chapter fifty-nine of this code, and the publication area for such publication shall be the territory in which the election is held. Such notice shall be so published within fourteen consecutive days next preceding the election.

    (b) All the provisions of the law concerning general elections shall apply so far as they are practicable, except as follows:     (1) Where a special election is held, the local levying body, having due regard to the minimum expense involved, shall determine the number of election officials necessary to properly conduct said election, which number shall in no case be less than three commissioners and two clerks, and shall appoint the same and fix and pay their compensation, but otherwise the election officials shall be such as are appointed to serve with respect to the general election held at the same time.

    (2) The local levying body however, shall provide the election supplies necessary for such election and shall canvass the returns thereof: Provided, That the county commission is the board of canvassers to canvass the returns of levy elections called by the board of education.

    (c) A separate ballot shall be used at a levy election held in connection with any other election. The ballot shall be entitled: “Special election to authorize additional levies for the year(s) ____________ and for the purpose of _____________ according to the order of the __________________ entered on the ______ day of ________________.”

    The additional levy shall be on Class I property __________ cents; on Class II property ______________ cents; on Class III property (if any) ______________ cents; on Class IV property (if any) _____________ cents.

CHAPTER 13. PUBLIC BONDED INDEBTEDNESS.

ARTICLE 1. BOND ISSUES FOR ORIGINAL INDEBTEDNESS.

§13-1-13. Time and manner of canvassing returns.

    The authorities calling bond elections shall canvass the returns at the same time with reference to the election and in the same manner as is required of county courts commissions for general elections: Provided, That the county commission is the board of canvassers to canvass the returns of bond elections called by the board of education.

CHAPTER 18. EDUCATION.

ARTICLE 9. SCHOOL FINANCES.

§18-9-2. Elections under this chapter; procedure.

    Any and all elections authorized by this chapter for school purposes may, unless otherwise provided, be held separately or in connection with any general or special election. Notice of any such an election shall be given by the publication of the order of the board calling the same as a Class II-0 legal advertisement in compliance with the provisions of article three, chapter fifty-nine of this code, and the publication area for such publication shall be is the territory in which the election is to be held. The order shall be so published within fourteen consecutive days next preceding the day of election. All provisions of the law concerning general and special elections shall apply in such these elections insofar as is practicable. except that in In cases of special elections the board calling the election shall appoint necessary election officers. and shall canvass the returns, and the The secretary of the board shall procure and furnish to the election commissioners at each place of voting the ballots, poll books, tally sheets and other things needed election supplies necessary for the election. In calling elections, district and county boards of education shall follow the forms to be prescribed by the Attorney General. For all elections authorized by this chapter for school purposes, the county commission is the board of canvassers to canvass the returns.

    The bill (Eng. H. B. No. 4302), as amended, was then ordered to third reading.

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4363, Creating an informal dispute resolution process available to behavioral health providers.

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

    The following amendment to the bill, from the Committee on Health and Human Resources, was reported by the Clerk:

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

ARTICLE 1A. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.

§27-1A-12. Independent Informal Dispute Resolution.

    (a) A behavioral health provider licensed by the Department of Health and Human Resources adversely affected by an order or citation of a deficient practice issued pursuant to this article or pursuant to federal law may request to use the independent informal dispute resolution process established by this section. A licensee may contest a cited deficiency as contrary to rule, regulation or law or unwarranted by the facts, or any combination thereof.

    (b) The independent informal dispute resolution process is not a formal evidentiary proceeding and utilization of the independent informal dispute resolution process does not waive the right of the licensee to request a formal hearing with the secretary.

    (c) The independent informal dispute resolution process shall consists of the following:

    (1) The secretary shall transmit to the licensee a statement of deficiencies attributed to the licensee and request that the licensee submit a plan of correction addressing the cited deficiencies no later than ten working days following the last day of the survey or inspection, or no later than ten working days following the last day of a complaint investigation. Notification of the availability of the independent informal dispute resolution process and an explanation of the independent informal dispute resolution process shall be included in the transmittal.

    (2) When the licensee returns its plan of correction to the secretary, the licensee may request, in writing, to participate in the independent informal dispute resolution process to protest or refute all or part of the cited deficiencies within ten working days. The secretary may not release the final report until all dispute processes are resolved.

    (3) The Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (hereinafter “secretary”) shall approve and establish a panel of at least three independent review providers: Provided, That in lieu of establishing a panel, the secretary may use an existing panel of approved independent review providers. The secretary shall contract with the independent review providers to conduct the independent informal dispute resolution processes. Each independent review provider shall be accredited by the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission. When a licensee requests an independent informal dispute resolution process, the secretary shall choose one independent review provider from the approved panel to conduct the process.

    (4) The secretary shall refer the request to an independent review provider from the panel of certified independent review providers approved by the department within five working days of receipt of the written request for the independent informal dispute resolution process made by a licensee. The secretary shall vary the selection of the independent review providers on a rotating basis. The secretary shall acknowledge in writing to the licensee that the request for independent review has been received and forwarded to the independent review provider. The notice shall include the name and professional address of the independent review provider.

    (5) The independent review provider shall hold an independent informal dispute resolution conference, unless additional time is requested by either the licensee, the Department of Health and Human Resources or the independent review provider and approved by the secretary, within ten working days of receipt of the written request for the independent informal dispute resolution process made by a licensee. The licensee or the Department of Health and Human Resources may submit additional information before the independent informal dispute resolution conference.

    (6) Neither the secretary nor the licensee may be accompanied by counsel during the independent informal dispute resolution conference. The manner in which the independent informal dispute resolution conference is held is at the discretion of the licensee, but is limited to:

    (A) A review of written information submitted by the licensee;

    (B) A telephonic conference; or

    (C) A face-to-face conference held at a mutually agreed upon location.

    (7) If the independent review provider determines the need for additional information, clarification or discussion at the conclusion of the independent informal dispute resolution conference, the secretary and the licensee shall present the requested information.

    (8) The independent review provider shall make a determination within ten working days of receipt of any additional information as provided in subdivision (7) of this section or conclusion of the independent informal dispute resolution conference, based upon the facts and findings presented, and shall transmit a written decision containing the rationale for its determination to the secretary.

    (9) If the secretary disagrees with the determination, the secretary may reject the determination made by the independent review provider and shall issue an order setting forth the rationale for the reversal of the independent review provider’s decision to the licensee within ten working days of receiving the independent review provider’s determination.

    (10) If the secretary accepts the determination, the secretary shall issue an order affirming the independent review provider’s determination within ten working days of receiving the independent review provider’s determination.

    (11) If the independent review provider determines that the original statement of deficiencies should be changed as a result of the independent informal dispute resolution process and the secretary accepts the determination, the secretary shall transmit a revised statement of deficiencies to the licensee within ten working days of the independent review provider’s determination.

    (12) The licensee shall submit a revised plan to correct any remaining deficiencies to the secretary within ten working days of receipt of the secretary’s order and the revised statement of deficiencies.

    (d) The licensee is responsible for certain costs of the independent informal dispute resolution review, which shall be remitted to the secretary within sixty days of the informal conference order:

    (1) If the licensee requests a face-to-face conference, the licensee shall pay any costs incurred by the independent review provider that exceed the cost of a telephonic conference, regardless of which party ultimately prevails;

    (2) If the independent review provider’s decision supports the entirety of the originally written contested deficiency or adverse action taken by the secretary, the licensee shall reimburse the secretary for the cost charged by the independent review provider; or

    (3) If the independent review provider’s decision supports some of the originally written contested deficiencies, but not all of them, the licensee shall reimburse the secretary for the cost charged by the independent review provider on a pro-rata basis as determined by the secretary.

    (e) Establishment of the independent informal dispute resolution process does not preclude licensees from utilizing other informal dispute resolution processes provided by statute or rule in lieu of the independent informal dispute resolution process.

    (f) Administrative and judicial review of a decision rendered through the independent informal dispute resolution process may be made in accordance with article five, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code.

    (g) Any decision issued by the secretary as a result of the independent informal dispute resolution process shall be made effective from the date of issuance.

    The following amendment to the Health and Human Resources committee amendment to the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4363), from the Committee on the Judiciary, was reported by the Clerk and adopted:

    On page six, section twelve, after subsection (g), by adding a new subsection, designated subsection (h), to read as follows:

    (h) The pendency of administrative or judicial review does not prevent the secretary or a licensee from obtaining injunctive relief as provided by statute or rule.

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

    The bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4363), as amended, was then ordered to third reading.

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4392, Regulating persons who perform work on heating, ventilating and cooling systems and fire dampers.

    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:

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

    That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new article, designated §21-16-1, §21-16-2, §21-16-3, §21-16-4, §21-16-5, §21-16-6, §21-16-7, §21-16-8, §21-16-9 and §21-16-10; that §29-3-12b of said code be amended and reenacted; and that §29-3D-1, §29-3D-2, §29-3D-3, §29-3D-4, §29-3D-5, §29-3D-6, §29-3D-7 and §29-3D-8 of said code be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows:

CHAPTER 21. LABOR

ARTICLE 16. REGULATION OF HEATING, VENTILATING AND COOLING WORK.

§21-16-1. Declaration of purpose.

    The provisions of this article are intended to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public as well as public and private property by assuring the competence of those who perform work on a heating, ventilating and cooling system through licensure by the Commissioner of Labor.

§21-16-2. Definitions.

    As used in this article and the legislative rules promulgated pursuant to this article:

    (a) “Perform work on a heating, ventilating and cooling system” means to install, maintain, alter, remodel or repair one or more components of a heating, ventilating and cooling system.

    (b) “Heating, ventilating and cooling system” means equipment to heat, cool or ventilate residential or commercial structures, comprised of one or more of the following components:

    (1) “Heating system” means a system in which heat is transmitted by radiation, conduction or convection, or a combination of any of these methods, to the air, surrounding surfaces, or both, and includes a forced air system that uses air being moved by mechanical means to transmit heat, but does not include a fireplace or woodburning stove not incorporated into or used as a primary heating system;

    (2) “Ventilating system” means the natural or mechanical process of supplying air to, or removing air from, any space whether the air is conditioned or not conditioned, at a rate of airflow of more than two hundred fifty cubic feet per minute; and

    (3) “Cooling system” means a system in which heat is removed from air, surrounding surfaces, or both, and includes an air-conditioning system. 

    (c) “HVAC Technician” means a person licensed to install, test, maintain and repair heating, ventilating and cooling systems.

    (d) “HVAC Technician in Training” means a person with interest in and an aptitude for performing installation, maintenance and repair work to a heating, ventilating and cooling system as defined in this article, but who alone is not capable or authorized to perform heating, ventilating and cooling system work unless directly supervised by a HVAC technician.

    (e) "License" means a valid and current license issued by the Commissioner of Labor in accordance with the provisions of this article.

    (f) “Routine maintenance” means work performed on a routine schedule that includes cleaning and/or replacing filters, greasing or lubricating motor bearings, adjusting and/or replacing belts, checking system temperature, checking gas temperature, adjusting gas pressure as required, and checking voltage and amperage draw on heating, ventilating and cooling systems.

    (g) “Single family dwelling” means a building which is occupied as, or designed or intended for occupancy as, a single residence for one or more persons.

§21-16-3. License required; exemptions.

    (a) On and after January 1, 2016, a person performing or offering to perform work on a heating, ventilating and cooling system in this state shall have a license issued by the Commissioner of Labor, in accordance with the provisions of this article and the legislative rules promulgated pursuant hereto.

    (b) A person licensed under this article shall carry a copy of the license on any job in which heating, ventilating and cooling work is being performed.

    (c) This article does not apply to:

    (1) A person who personally performs work on a heating, ventilating and cooling system in a single family dwelling owned by that person or by a member of that person’s immediate family;

    (2) A person who performs work on a heating, ventilating and cooling system at a manufacturing plant or other industrial establishment as an employee of the person, firm or corporation operating the plant or establishment;

    (3) A person who performs only electrical or plumbing work on a heating, ventilating and cooling system, so long as the work is within the scope of practice which the person is otherwise licensed or authorized to perform; or

    (4) A person who performs routine maintenance as a direct employee of the person, firm or corporation that owns or operates the facility where the heating, ventilating or cooling system equipment is located.

§21-16-4. Scope of practice.

    (a) A HVAC technician in training is authorized to assist in providing heating, ventilating and cooling work only under the direction and control of a HVAC technician.

    (b) A HVAC technician is authorized to provide heating, ventilating and cooling work without supervision.

    (c) Persons licensed under this article are subject to the applicable provisions of the Contractor Licensing Act in article eleven of this chapter in the performance of work authorized by this article.

§21-16-5. Rule-making authority.

    The Commissioner of Labor shall propose rules for legislative approval, in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, for the implementation and enforcement of the provisions of this article, which shall provide:

    (1) Standards and procedures for issuing and renewing licenses, applications, examinations and qualifications;

    (2) Provisions for the granting of licenses, without examination, to applicants who present satisfactory evidence no later than July 1, 2016, of having at least two thousand hours of experience and/or training working on heating, ventilating and cooling systems and at least six thousand hours of experience and/or training in heating, ventilating and cooling or relating work, to include other sheet metal industry tasks: Provided, That if a license issued under the authority of this subsection subsequently lapses, the applicant is subject to all licensure requirements, including the examination;

    (3) Reciprocity provisions;

    (4) Procedures for investigating complaints and revoking or suspending licenses, including appeal procedures;

    (5) Fees for issuance and renewal of licenses and other costs necessary to administer the provisions of this article;

    (6) Enforcement procedures; and

    (7) Any other rules necessary to effectuate the purposes of this article.

§21-16-6. Enforcement; interagency agreements authorized.

    (a) The Commissioner of Labor and his or her Deputy Commissioner or any compliance officer of the Division of Labor as authorized by the Commissioner of Labor may enforce the provisions of this article and may, at reasonable hours, enter any building or premises where heating, ventilating and cooling work is performed and issue cease and desist orders for noncompliance.

    (b) The Commissioner of Labor may enter into an interagency agreement with the State Fire Marshal for the mutual purpose of enforcing the provisions of this article and the provisions of article three-e, chapter twenty-nine of this code.

§21-16-7. Denial, suspension and revocation of license.

    (a) The Commissioner of Labor may deny a license to any applicant who fails to comply with the provisions of this article or the rules established by the Commissioner of Labor or who lacks the necessary qualifications.

    (b) The Commissioner of Labor may, upon complaint or upon his or her own inquiry, and after notice to the licensee, suspend or revoke a licensee’s license if:

    (1) The license was granted upon an application or documents supporting the application which materially misstated the terms of the applicant’s qualifications or experience;

    (2) The licensee subscribed or vouched for a material misstatement in his or her application for licensure;

    (3) The licensee incompetently or unsafely performs heating, ventilating and cooling work; or

    (4) The licensee violated any statute of this state, any legislative rule or any ordinance of any municipality or county of this state which protects the consumer or public against unfair, unsafe, unlawful or improper business practices.

§21-16-8. Penalties.

    (a) On and after January 1, 2016, a person performing or offering to perform, or an employer authorizing a person not exempt by the provisions of section three of this article, to perform, heating, ventilating and cooling work without a license issued by the Commissioner of Labor, is subject to a cease and desist order.

    (b) A person continuing to perform, or an employer continuing to authorize a person not exempt by the provisions of section three of this article, to perform, heating, ventilating and cooling work after the issuance of a cease and desist order is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, is subject to the following penalties:

    (1) For the first offense, a fine of not less than $200 nor more than $1,000;

    (2) For the second offense, a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $2,000;

    (3) For the third and subsequent offenses, a fine of not less than $1,000 nor more than $5,000, and confinement in jail for not more than one year.

    (c) Each day after official notice is given, a person continues to perform, or an employer continues to authorize a person to perform, and which is not exempt by the provisions of section three of this article, heating, ventilating and cooling work, is a separate offense and punishable accordingly. 

    (d) (1) The Commissioner of Labor may institute proceedings in the circuit court of Kanawha County or of the county where the alleged violation of the provisions of this article occurred or are occurring to enjoin any violation of any provision of this article.

    (2) A circuit court may by injunction compel compliance with this article, with the lawful orders of the Commissioner of Labor and with any final decision of the Commissioner of Labor.

    (3) The Commissioner of Labor shall be represented in all such proceedings by the Attorney General or his or her assistants.

    (e) Any person adversely affected by an action of the Commissioner of Labor may appeal the action pursuant to chapter twenty-nine-a of this code.

§21-16-9. Inapplicability of local ordinances.

    On and after January 1, 2016, a political subdivision of this state may not require, as a condition precedent to the performance of work on heating, ventilating and cooling in the political subdivision, a person who holds a valid and current license issued under this article, to have any other license or other evidence of competence beyond those required by the Commissioner of Labor to perform work on heating, ventilating and cooling systems.

§21-16-10. Disposition of fees.

    All fees paid pursuant to this article, shall be paid to the Commissioner of Labor and deposited in "West Virginia Contractor Licensing Board Fund" for the use of the Commissioner of Labor in a manner consistent with section seventeen, article eleven, chapter twenty-one of this code.

CHAPTER 29. MISCELLANEOUS BOARDS AND OFFICERS.

ARTICLE 3. FIRE PREVENTION AND CONTROL ACT.

§29-3-12b. Fees.

    (a) The State Fire Marshal may establish fees in accordance with the following:

    (1) For blasting. -- Any person storing, selling or using explosives shall first obtain a permit from the State Fire Marshal. The permit shall be valid for one year. The State Fire Marshal may charge a fee for the permit.

    (2) For inspections of schools or day-care facilities. -- The State Fire Marshal may charge a fee of up to $25.00 per annual inspection for inspection of schools or day-care facilities: Provided, That only one such fee may be charged per year for any building in which a school and a day-care facility are colocated: Provided, however, That any school or day-care facility may not be charged for an inspection more than one time per twelve-month period.

    (3) For inspections of hospitals or nursing homes. -- The State Fire Marshal may charge an inspection fee of up to $100.00 per annual inspection of hospitals or nursing homes: Provided, That any hospital or nursing home may not be charged for an inspection more than one time per twelve-month period.

    (4) For inspections of personal care homes or board and care facilities. -- The State Fire Marshal may charge an inspection fee of up to $50.00 per annual inspection for inspections of personal care homes or board and care facilities: Provided, That any personal care home or board and care facility may not be charged for an inspection more than one time per twelve-month period.

    (5) For inspections of residential occupancies. -- The State Fire Marshal may charge an inspection fee of up to $100.00 for each inspection of a residential occupancy. For purposes of this subdivision, "residential occupancies" are those buildings in which sleeping accommodations are provided for normal residential purposes.

    (6) For inspections of mercantile occupancies. -- The State Fire Marshal may charge an inspection fee of up to $100.00 for inspections of mercantile occupancies: Provided, That if the inspection is in response to a complaint made by a member of the public, the State Fire Marshal shall obtain from the complainant an advance inspection fee of $25.00. This fee shall be returned to the complainant if, after the State Fire Marshal has made the inspection, he or she finds that the complaint was accurate and justified, and he or she shall thereafter collect an inspection fee of up to $100.00 from the mercantile occupancy. If, after the inspection has been performed, it appears to the State Fire Marshal that the complaint was not accurate or justified, the State Fire Marshal shall keep the $25.00 advance inspection fee obtained from the complainant and may not collect any fees from the mercantile occupant. For purposes of this section, "mercantile occupancy" includes stores, markets and other rooms, buildings or structures for the display and sale of merchandise.

    (7) For business occupancies. -- The State Fire Marshal may charge an inspection fee of up to $100.00 for inspections of business occupancies: Provided, That the provisions in subdivision (6) of this section shall apply regarding complaints by members of the public. For purposes of this section, "business occupancies" are those buildings used for the transaction of business, other than mercantile occupancies, for the keeping of accounts and records and similar purposes.

    (8) For inspections of assembly occupancies. -- The State Fire Marshal may charge an inspection fee not more than one time per twelve-month period for the inspection of assembly occupancies. The inspection fee shall be assessed as follows: For Class C assembly facilities, an inspection fee not to exceed $50.00; for Class B assembly facilities, an inspection fee not to exceed $75.00; and for Class A facilities, an inspection fee not to exceed $100.00.

    For purposes of this subdivision, an "assembly occupancy" includes, but is not limited to, all buildings or portions of buildings used for gathering together fifty or more persons for such purposes as deliberation, worship, entertainment, eating, drinking, amusement or awaiting transportation. For purposes of this section, a "Class C assembly facility" is one that accommodates fifty to three hundred persons; a "Class B facility" is one which accommodates more than three hundred persons but less than one thousand persons; and a "Class A facility" is one which accommodates more than one thousand persons.

    (b) The State Fire Marshal may collect fees for the fire safety review of plans and specifications for new and existing construction. Fees shall be paid by the party or parties receiving the review.

    (1) Structural barriers and fire safety plans review. -- The fee is $1.00 for each $1,000.00 of construction cost up to the first $1 million. Thereafter, the fee is forty eighty cents for each $1,000.00 of construction cost.

    (2) Sprinkler system review. -- The fee charged for the review of an individual sprinkler system is as follows: Number of heads: One to two hundred -- $85.00; two hundred one to three hundred -- $100.00; three hundred one to seven hundred fifty -- $120.00; over seven hundred fifty -- $120.00 plus ten cents per head over seven hundred fifty.

    (3) Fire alarm systems review. -- The fee charged for the review of a fire alarm system is $50.00 for each ten thousand square feet of space with a $50.00 minimum charge.

    (4) Range hood extinguishment system review. -- The fee is $25.00 per individual system reviewed.

    (5) Carpet specifications. -- The fee for carpet review and approval is $20.00 per installation.

    (c) All fees authorized and collected pursuant to this article, and article three-b, article three-c and article three-d of this chapter shall be paid to the State Fire Commission and thereafter deposited into the special account in the State Treasury known as the Fire Marshal Fees Fund. Expenditures from the fund shall be for the purposes set forth in this article and articles three-b, and three-c and three-d of this chapter and are not authorized from collections but are to be made only in accordance with appropriation by the Legislature and in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twelve of this code and upon fulfillment of the provisions of article two, chapter five-a of this code. Any balance remaining in the special account at the end of any fiscal year shall be reappropriated to the next fiscal year.

    (d) If the owner or occupant of any occupancy arranges a time and place for an inspection with the State Fire Marshal and is not ready for the occupancy to be inspected at the appointed time and place, the owner or occupant thereof shall be charged the inspection fee provided in this section unless at least forty-eight hours prior to the scheduled inspection the owner or occupant requests the State Fire Marshal to reschedule the inspection. In the event a second inspection is required by the State Fire Marshal as a result of the owner or occupant failing to be ready for the inspection when the State Fire Marshal arrives, the State Fire Marshal shall charge the owner or occupant of the occupancy the inspection fees set forth above for each inspection trip required.

    (e) The fees provided for in this section shall remain in effect until such time as the Legislature has approved rules promulgated by the State Fire Marshal, in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, establishing a schedule of fees for services.

ARTICLE 3D. SUPERVISION OF FIRE PROTECTION WORK.

§29-3D-1. Declaration of purpose.

    The provisions of this article are intended to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public as well as public and private property by assuring the competence of those who perform fire protection work and damper work through licensure by the state Fire Marshal.

§29-3D-2. Definitions.

    As used in this article and the legislative rules promulgated pursuant to this article:

    (a) “Combination fire/smoke damper” means a device that meets both fire damper and smoke damper requirements.

    (b) “Damper” means a fire damper, smoke damper or combination fire/smoke damper.

    (c) “Damper work” means to install, test, maintain or repair a damper.

    (a) (d) “Engineered suppression systems installer” means a person certified by a manufacturer to install, alter, extend, maintain, layout or repair an agent suppression system.

    (b) (e) “Engineered suppression systems technician” means a person certified by a manufacturer to maintain or repair an agent suppression system.

    (f) “Fire damper” means a device installed in an air distribution system, designed to close automatically upon detection of heat, to interrupt migratory airflow and to restrict the passage of flame. Fire dampers are classified for use in either static systems or for dynamic systems, where the dampers are rated for closure under airflow.

    (g) “Fire protection damper technician” means a person certified to install, test, maintain or repair a damper.

    (h) “Fire protection damper technician in training” means a person with interest in and an aptitude for performing installation, maintenance or repair work to a damper as defined in this article, but who alone is not capable or authorized to perform damper work unless directly supervised by a fire protection damper technician.

    (c) (i) "Fire protection layout technician" is an individual who has achieved National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) Level III or higher certification, and who has the knowledge, experience and skills necessary to layout fire protection systems based on engineering design documents.

    (d) (j) “Fire protection system” means any fire protection suppression device or system designed, installed and maintained in accordance with the applicable National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes and standards, but does not include public or private mobile fire vehicles.

    (e) (k) "Fire protection work" means the installation, alteration, extension, maintenance, or testing of all piping, materials and equipment inside a building, including the use of shop drawings prepared by a fire protection layout technician, in connection with the discharge of water, other special fluids, chemicals or gases and backflow preventers for fire protection for the express purpose of extinguishing or controlling fire.

    (f) (l) "Journeyman sprinkler fitter" means a person qualified by at least ten thousand hours of work experience installing, adjusting, repairing and dismantling fire protection systems and who is competent to instruct and supervise the fire protection work of a sprinkler fitter in training.

    (g) (m) "License" means a valid and current license issued by the state Fire Marshal in accordance with the provisions of this article.

    (h) (n) “Portable fire extinguisher technician” means a person certified in accordance with NFPA 10 to install, maintain, repair and certify portable fire extinguishers as defined by NFPA 10.

    (i) (o) “Preengineered suppression systems installer” means a person certified by a manufacturer to install, alter, extend, maintain, layout or repair an agent suppression system.

    (j) (p) “Preengineered suppression systems technician” means a person certified to maintain or repair an agent suppression system.

    (q) “Single family dwelling” means a building which is occupied as, or designed or intended for occupancy as, a single residence for one or more persons.

    (r) “Smoke damper” means a device within an operating (dynamic) air distribution system to control the movement of smoke.

    (k) (s) "Sprinkler fitter in training" means a person with interest in and an aptitude for performing fire protection work but who alone is not capable of performing such work, and who has fewer than ten thousand hours of experience installing, adjusting, repairing and dismantling fire protection systems.

29-3D-3. License required; exemptions.

    (a) On and after January 1, 2009, a person performing or offering to perform fire protection work in this state shall have a license issued by the State Fire Marshal, in accordance with the provisions of this article.

    (b) On and after January 1, 2016, a person performing or offering to perform damper work in this state shall have a license issued by the State Fire Marshal, in accordance with the provisions of this article and the legislative rules promulgated pursuant hereto: Provided, That a person may not be licensed to perform damper work in this state without first being licensed as a HVAC technician pursuant to the provisions of article sixteen, chapter twenty-one of this code.

    (b) (c) A person licensed under this article must carry a copy of the license on any job in which fire protection work is being performed.

    (c) (d) This article does not apply to:

    (1) A person who personally performs fire protection work or damper work on a single family dwelling owned or leased, and occupied by that person;

    (2) A person who performs fire protection work or damper work at any manufacturing plant or other industrial establishment as an employee of the person, firm or corporation operating the plant or establishment;

    (3) A person who, while employed by a public utility or its affiliate, performs fire protection work in connection with the furnishing of public utility service.

    (4) A person who performs fire protection work while engaging in the business of installing, altering or repairing water distribution or drainage lines outside the foundation walls of a building, public or private sewage treatment or water treatment systems including all associated structures or buildings, sewers or underground utility services;

    (5) A person who performs fire protection work while engaged in the installation, extension, dismantling, adjustment, repair or alteration of a heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, air-veyor system, air exhaust system or air handling system; or

    (6) A person who performs fire protection work at a coal mine that is being actively mined or where coal is being processed.

§29-3D-4. Rule-making authority.

    The State Fire Marshal shall propose rules for legislative approval, in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, for the implementation and enforcement of the provisions of this article, which shall provide:

    (1) Standards and procedures for issuing and renewing licenses, including classifications of licenses as defined in this article, applications, examinations and qualifications: Provided, That the rules shall require a person to be licensed as a HVAC technician or HVAC technician in training pursuant to article sixteen, chapter twenty-one of this code and the rules promulgated pursuant thereto, before being granted a license to perform damper work pursuant to this article;

    (2) Provisions for the granting of licenses without examination, to applicants who present satisfactory evidence of having the expertise required to perform fire protection work at the level of the classifications defined in this article and who apply for licensure on or before July 1, 2009: Provided, That if a license issued under the authority of this subsection subsequently lapses, the applicant is subject to all licensure requirements, including the examination;

    (3) Provisions for the granting of licenses without examination, to applicants who present satisfactory evidence of having the expertise required to perform damper work at the level of the classifications defined in this article and who apply for licensure on or before July 1, 2016: Provided, That if a license issued under the authority of this subsection subsequently lapses, the applicant is subject to all licensure requirements, including the examination;

    (3) (4) Reciprocity provisions;

    (4) (5) Procedures for investigating complaints and revoking or suspending licenses, including appeal procedures;

    (5) (6) Fees for testing, issuance and renewal of licenses, and other costs necessary to administer the provisions of this article;

    (6) (7) Enforcement procedures; and

    (7) (8) Any other rules necessary to effectuate the purposes of this article.

§29-3D-5. Enforcement.

    (a) The State Fire Marshal and his or her deputy fire marshal, assistant fire marshal or assistant fire marshal-in-training, is authorized to enforce the provisions of this article, and may, at reasonable hours, enter any building or premises where fire protection work or damper work is performed and issue citations for noncompliance.

    (b) The State Fire Marshal may enter into an interagency agreement with the Commissioner of Labor for the mutual purpose of enforcing this article and article sixteen, chapter twenty-one of this code.

§29-3D-6. Denial, suspension and revocation of license.

    (a) The State Fire Marshal may deny a license to any applicant who fails to comply with the rules established by the state Fire Marshal, or who lacks the necessary qualifications.

    (b) The State Fire Marshal may, upon complaint or upon his or her own inquiry, and after notice to the licensee, suspend or revoke a licensee’s license if:

    (1) The license was granted upon an application or documents supporting the application which materially misstated the terms of the applicant’s qualifications or experience;

    (2) The licensee subscribed or vouched for a material misstatement in his or her application for licensure;

    (3) The licensee incompetently or unsafely performs plumbing, or fire protection work or damper work; or

    (4) The licensee violated any statute of this state, any legislative rule or any ordinance of any municipality or county of this state which protects the consumer or public against unfair, unsafe, unlawful or improper business practices.

§29-3D-7. Penalties.

    (a) On and after January 1, 2009, a person performing or offering to perform fire protection work without a license issued by the state Fire Marshal, is subject to a citation.

    (b) On and after January 1, 2016, a person performing or offering to perform, or an employer authorizing a person not exempt by the provisions of section three of this article, to perform, damper work without a license issued by the State Fire Marshal, is subject to a citation.

    (b) (c) Any person continuing to engage in fire protection work or damper work after the issuance of a citation is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, is subject to the following penalties:

    (1) For the first offense, a fine of not less than $200 nor more than $1,000;

    (2) For the second offense, a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $2,000, or confinement in jail for not more than six months, or both;

    (3) For the third and subsequent offenses, a fine of not less than $1,000 nor more than $5,000, and confinement in jail for not less than thirty days nor more than one year.

    (c) A separate offense means each day, after official notice is given, that a person performs fire protection work that is unlawful or is not in compliance with the provisions of this article.

    (d) Each day after a citation is given that a person continues to perform, or an employer continues to authorize a person to perform, fire protection work or damper work, which is not exempt by the provisions of section three of this article, is a separate offense and punishable accordingly.

    (d) (e) (1) The State Fire Marshal may institute proceedings in the circuit court of Kanawha County or the county where the alleged violation of the provisions of this article occurred or are now occurring to enjoin any violation of any provision of this article.

    (2) A circuit court by injunction may compel compliance with the provisions of this article, with the lawful orders of the state Fire Marshal and with any final decision of the state Fire Marshal.

    (3) The State Fire Marshal shall be represented in all such proceedings by the Attorney General or his or her assistants.

    (e) (f) Any person adversely affected by an action of the state Fire Marshal may appeal the action pursuant to the provisions of chapter twenty-nine-a of this code.

§29-3D-8. Inapplicability of local ordinances.

    (a) On and after January 1, 2009, a political subdivision of this state may not require, as a condition precedent to the performance of fire protection work in the political subdivision, a person who holds a valid and current license to perform fire protection work issued under the provisions of this article, to have any other license or other evidence of competence as a fire protection worker.

    (b) On and after January 1, 2016, a political subdivision of this state may not require, as a condition precedent to the performance of damper work in the political subdivision, a person who holds a valid and current license to perform damper work issued under this article to have any other license or other evidence of competence beyond those required by the State Fire Marshal and the Commissioner of Labor to perform damper work.

    The bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4392), as amended, was then ordered to third reading.

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4393, Creating the Dangerous Wild Animals Act.

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

    The following amendments to the bill, from the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, were reported by the Clerk, considered simultaneously, and adopted:

    On page five, section five, line seventeen, by striking out all of paragraph (A) and inserting in lieu thereof a new subdivision, designated subdivision (2), to read as follows:

    (2) Create a comprehensive list of dangerous wild animals, excluding wildlife, livestock and domestic animals as defined herein. The list may include, but not be limited to:

    (A) Bears;

    (B) Big cats;

    (C) Canids;

    (D) Primates;

    (E) Constrictor snakes greater than six feet and venomous snakes; and

    (F) Alligators and caimans;And by renumbering the remaining subdivisions;

    On page twelve, section eight, line fourteen, by striking out the words “has been pre-approved by the board” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “is a licensed exhibitor under the Animal Welfare Act, 7 U. S. C. §2132(e), as amended”;

    On page thirteen, section nine, line five, after the word “intentionally” by inserting the words “or recklessly”;

    And,

    On page thirteen, section nine, line eleven, after the word “intentionally” by inserting the words “or recklessly”.

    The bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4393), as amended, was then ordered to third reading.

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4425, Giving the Superintendent of State Police authority to hire additional staff.

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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4449, Including proximity detection systems and cameras used on continuous mining machines and underground haulage equipment for tax credit purposes.

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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4496, Providing for the allocation of matching funds from future moneys deposited into the West Virginia Research Trust Fund.

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

    The following amendments to the bill, from the Committee on Finance, were reported by the Clerk, considered simultaneously, and adopted:

    On page eight, section three, line twenty-three, by striking out the word “Twenty-five” and inserting in lieu thereof the word “Thirty”;

    And,

    On page eight, section three, line twenty-six, by striking out the word "Ten" and inserting in lieu thereof the word "Five".

    The bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4496), as amended, was then ordered to third reading.

    Eng. House Bill No. 4503, Declaring certain claims against the state and its agencies to be moral obligations of the state.

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

    Eng. House Bill No. 4619, Authorizing innovation school districts.

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

    The following amendments to the bill, from the Committee on Education, were reported by the Clerk, considered simultaneously, and adopted:

    On pages two through five, lines one through fifty-six, by striking out all of section three;

    On page nine, section thirteen, lines eighty through eighty-eight, by striking out all of subsection (c) and inserting in lieu thereof a new subsection, designated subsection (c), to read as follows:

    (c) School System Eligibility:

    All county boards are eligible to apply for designation as an innovation school district: Provided, That a district that has expended funds or incurred obligations in violation of section twenty-six, article eight, chapter eleven of this code is not eligible to apply for designation as an innovation school district, unless otherwise determined by the state board. The applications shall be taken in four categories: Sparse Density County; Low Density County; Medium Density County; and High Density County, as those terms are defined in section two, article nine-a of this chapter. The state board is authorized to designate no more than one county from each category as an innovation school district beginning July 1, 2015: Provided, That the State Board, after July 1, 2016, may designate one additional county from each category as an innovation school district as long as the number of counties designated at any one time does not exceed two counties from each category as innovation school districts, subject to other considerations included herein. The designation of counties as innovation school districts shall be on a competitive basis.;

    On page ten, section thirteen, line one hundred five, by striking out the word “two” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “number allowed by subsection (c) of this section”;

    On page ten, section thirteen, line one hundred eight, by striking out the word “two” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “number allowed by subsection (c) of this section”;

    On page sixteen, section thirteen, line two hundred nineteen, by striking out the word “hearings” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “town hall meetings”;

    On page sixteen, section thirteen, line two hundred nineteen, by striking out “(2)” and inserting in lieu thereof “(4)”;

    On page twenty, section thirteen, line three hundred thirteen, by striking out the word “thirty” and inserting in lieu thereof the word “sixty”;

    On page twenty-three, section thirteen, line three hundred fifty-seven, by striking out “(l)” and inserting in lieu thereof “(i)”;

    On page twenty-three, section thirteen, line three hundred seventy-six, by striking out “(m)” and inserting in lieu thereof “(j)”;

    On page twenty-four, section thirteen, line three hundred eighty-two, by striking out “(o)” and inserting in lieu thereof “(k)”;

    And,

    By striking out the enacting section and inserting in lieu thereof a new enacting section, to read as follows:

    That the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §18-5B-13, to read as follows:

    The bill (Eng. H. B. No. 4619), as amended, was then ordered to third reading.

    The Senate proceeded to the tenth order of business.

    The following bills, on first reading, coming up in regular order, were each read a first time and ordered to second reading:

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2387, Relating to reasonable accommodations under the West Virginia Fair Housing Act for persons with disabilities who need assistive animals.

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2803, Requiring electric utilities to implement integrated resource plans.

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4147, Relating to emergency preparedness.

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4208, Banning synthetic hallucinogens.

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4217, Relating to Medicaid reports to the Legislature.

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4245, Relating to anticipated retirement dates of certain health care professionals.

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4298, Changing the experience requirements of the composition of the members of the West Virginia Ethics Commission.

    Eng. House Bill No. 4332, Extending the time that certain nonprofit community groups are exempt from the moratorium on creating new nursing home beds.

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4373, Relating to driver education programs.

    Eng. House Bill No. 4431, Clarifying that persons who possess firearms, hunting dogs or other indicia of hunting do not necessarily need to have a hunting license.

    Eng. House Bill No. 4460, Relating to violating provisions of the civil service law for paid fire departments.

    And,

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4473, Relating to establishing voting precincts and changing the composition of standard receiving boards.

    At the request of Senator Laird, and by unanimous consent, Senator Laird addressed the Senate regarding the pending closure of Hawks Nest golf course.

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

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

    At the request of Senator M. Hall, unanimous consent being granted, Senator M. Hall addressed the Senate regarding the City of Hurricane’s pending water project and the process for its approval.

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

    The Senate proceeded to the thirteenth order of business.

    Senator Stollings called attention to today being the birthday of the senator from Ohio and on behalf of the Senate extended felicitations and good wishes to Senator Fitzsimmons, with Senator Stollings leading the members in singing "Happy Birthday".

    Pending announcement of meeting of standing committees of the Senate,

    On motion of Senator Unger, the Senate recessed until 5 p.m. today.

    Upon expiration of the recess, the Senate reconvened and, without objection, returned to the third order of business.

Executive Communications

    Senator Kessler (Mr. President) laid before the Senate the following proclamation from His Excellency, the Governor, extending this current legislative session until and including the twelfth day of March, two thousand fourteen, which was received and read by the Clerk:

STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

Charleston

A P R O C L A M A T I O N

By the Governor

    WHEREAS, The Constitution of West Virginia delineates the respective powers, duties and responsibilities of the three separate branches of government; and

    WHEREAS, Article VI, Section 22 of the Constitution of West Virginia provides that the current regular session of the Legislature shall not exceed sixty calendar days computed from and including the second Wednesday of January, two thousand fourteen; and

    WHEREAS, Pursuant to Article VI, Section 22 of the Constitution of West Virginia, the 2014 regular session of the Legislature concludes on the eighth day of March, two thousand fourteen; and

    WHEREAS, Article VI, Section 51 of the Constitution of West Virginia sets forth the legal authority of the Governor and the Legislature relating to the preparation and enactment of the Budget Bill; and

    WHEREAS, Subsection D, Article VI, Section 51 of the Constitution of West Virginia requires the Governor to issue a Proclamation to extend the regular session of the Legislature if the Budget Bill shall not have been finally acted upon by the Legislature three days before the expiration of its regular session; and

    WHEREAS, The Budget Bill has not been finally acted upon by the Legislature as of this fifth day of March, two thousand fourteen.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, EARL RAY TOMBLIN, Governor of the State of West Virginia, do hereby issue this Proclamation, in accordance with Subsection D Article VI, Section 51 of the Constitution of West Virginia, to extend the two thousand fourteen regular session of the Legislature for consideration of the Budget Bill for an additional period not to exceed four days, through the twelfth day of March, two thousand fourteen; but no matters other than the Budget Bill shall be considered during this extension of the session, except providing for the cost thereof.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of West Virginia to be affixed.

DONE at the Capitol in the City of Charleston, State of West Virginia, on this the fifth day of March, in the year of our Lord, Two Thousand Fourteen, and in the One Hundred Fifty-First year of the State.

  EARL RAY TOMBLIN,

    Governor.

By the Governor:

 NATALIE E. TENNANT,

    Secretary of State.

    The Senate again 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

    Eng. House Joint Resolution No. 108, Nonprofit Youth Organization Tax Exemption Support Amendment.

    With amendments from the Committee on the Judiciary pending;

    And reports the same back with the recommendation that it do pass as amended by the Committee on the Judiciary to which the resolution was first referred.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Roman W. Prezioso, Jr.,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Prezioso, unanimous consent being granted, the resolution (Eng. H. J. R. No. 108) contained in the preceding report from the Committee on Finance 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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 3108, Relating to criminal background checks on applicants for employment by nursing homes.

    And has amended same.

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

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Corey Palumbo,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Palumbo, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 3108) 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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4005, Relating to criminal offenses for child neglect.

    And has amended same.

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

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Corey Palumbo,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Palumbo, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4005) 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

    Eng. House Bill No. 4006, Relating to the possession and distribution of child pornography.

    And has amended same.

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

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Corey Palumbo,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Palumbo, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (Eng. H. B. No. 4006) 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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4039, Authorizing miscellaneous boards and agencies to promulgate legislative rules.

    And has amended same.

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

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Corey Palumbo,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Palumbo, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4039) 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

    Eng. House Bill No. 4135, Designating the first Thursday in May the West Virginia Day of Prayer.

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

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Corey Palumbo,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Palumbo, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (Eng. H. B. No. 4135) 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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4149, Allowing members of the Board of Public Works to be represented by designees and to vote by proxy.

    With amendments from the Committee on Government Organization pending;

    Now on second reading, having been read a first time and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary on March 4, 2014;

    And reports the same back with the recommendation that it 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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4183, Supplementing, amending, decreasing, and increasing items of the existing appropriations from the State Road Fund to the Department of Transportation, Division of Highways.

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

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Roman W. Prezioso, Jr.,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Prezioso, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4183) contained in the preceding report from the Committee on Finance was taken up for immediate consideration, read a first time and ordered to second reading.

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

    Your Committee on Government Organization has had under consideration

    Eng. House Bill No. 4196, Requiring the Workforce Investment Council to provide information and guidance to local workforce investment boards that would enable them to better educate both women and men about higher paying jobs.

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

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Herb Snyder,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Snyder, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (Eng. H. B. No. 4196) contained in the preceding report from the Committee on Government Organization 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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4210, Juvenile sentencing reform.

    And has amended same.

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

                             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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4225, Providing for emergency contact information on driver's license records with the Division of Motor Vehicles.

    And,

    Eng. House Bill No. 4529, Relating to the sale of wine.

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

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Corey Palumbo,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Palumbo, unanimous consent being granted, Engrossed Committee Substitute for House Bill No. 4225 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.

    On motion of Senator Palumbo, Engrossed Committee Substitute for House Bill No. 4225 was referred to the Committee on Finance.

    At the request of Senator Palumbo, unanimous consent being granted, Engrossed House Bill No. 4529 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 Snyder, from the Committee on Government Organization, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Government Organization has had under consideration

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4242, Increasing gross weight limitations on certain roads in Brooke County.

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

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Herb Snyder,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Snyder, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4242) contained in the preceding report from the Committee on Government Organization was taken up for immediate consideration, read a first time and ordered to second reading.

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

    Your Committee on Government Organization has had under consideration

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4254, Providing that certain state employees may be granted a leave of absence with pay during a declared state of emergency.

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

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Herb Snyder,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Snyder, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4254) contained in the preceding report from the Committee on Government Organization was taken up for immediate consideration, read a first time and ordered to second reading.

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

    Your Committee on Government Organization has had under consideration

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4268, Relating to the administration of veterans' assistance.

    And has amended same.

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

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Herb Snyder,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Snyder, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4268) contained in the preceding report from the Committee on Government Organization 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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4278, Rewriting the procedure by which corporations may obtain authorization from the West Virginia Board of Medicine to practice medicine and surgery.

    With amendments from the Committee on Government Organization pending;

    And has also amended same.

    And reports the same back with the recommendation that it do pass as amended by the Committee on Government Organization to which the bill was first referred; and as last amended by the Committee on the Judiciary.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Corey Palumbo,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Palumbo, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4278) 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 Prezioso, from the Committee on Finance, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Finance has had under consideration

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4283, Raising the minimum wage.

    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.

    At the request of Senator Prezioso, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4283) contained in the preceding report from the Committee on Finance was taken up for immediate consideration, read a first time and ordered to second reading.

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

    Your Committee on Government Organization has had under consideration

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4312, Creating a certification for emergency medical technician-industrial.

    And has amended same.

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

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Herb Snyder,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Snyder, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4312) contained in the preceding report from the Committee on Government Organization was taken up for immediate consideration, read a first time and ordered to second reading.

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

    Your Committee on Government Organization has had under consideration

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4318, Continuing education of veterans mental health.

    And has amended same.

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

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Herb Snyder,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Snyder, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4318) contained in the preceding report from the Committee on Government Organization 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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4347, Relating to affirmative defenses against mechanics' liens.

    And reports the same back without recommendation as to passage.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Corey Palumbo,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Palumbo, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4347) 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.

    On motion of Senator Palumbo, the bill was rereferred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

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

    Your Committee on Government Organization has had under consideration

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4410, Redefining auctioneer exceptions.

    And has amended same.

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

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Herb Snyder,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Snyder, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4410) contained in the preceding report from the Committee on Government Organization 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

    Eng. House Bill No. 4454, Relating to the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sundays by private licensees.

    With amendments from the Committee on Government Organization pending;

    And reports the same back with the recommendation that it do pass as amended by the Committee on Government Organization to which the bill was first referred.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Corey Palumbo,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Palumbo, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (Eng. H. B. No. 4454) 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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4455, Relating to the sale of wine and alcoholic liquors by licensed wineries, farm wineries, distilleries and mini-distilleries.

    And has amended same.

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

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Corey Palumbo,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Palumbo, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4455) 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 Snyder, from the Committee on Government Organization, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Government Organization has had under consideration

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4538, Relating to the Board of Dentistry.

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

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Herb Snyder,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Snyder, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4538) contained in the preceding report from the Committee on Government Organization 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

    Eng. House Bill No. 4549, Clarifying the regulation of nonintoxicating beer brewers and distributors, agreements, networks, products, brands and extensions of a line of brands.

    And has amended same.

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

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Corey Palumbo,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Palumbo, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (Eng. H. B. No. 4549) 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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4552, Relating to the court of claims.

    And has amended same.

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

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Corey Palumbo,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Palumbo, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4552) 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 Snyder, from the Committee on Government Organization, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Government Organization has had under consideration

    House Concurrent Resolution No. 83, Requesting Congress erect a national monument to motherhood.

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

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Herb Snyder,

                                 Chair.

    Pending announcement of meetings of standing committees of the Senate,

    On motion of Senator Unger, the Senate adjourned until tomorrow, Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 11 a.m.

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