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WEST VIRGINIA LEGISLATURE

SENATE JOURNAL

EIGHTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION, 2014

FIFTY-EIGHTH DAY

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Charleston, W. Va., Thursday, March 6, 2014

    The Senate met at 11 a.m.

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

    Prayer was offered by Pastor Scotty Dingess, West Logan Church of God, Logan, West Virginia.

    Pending the reading of the Journal of Wednesday, March 5, 2014,

    On motion of Senator Kirkendoll, 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 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 6th 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:

    (Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4350), Providing for the awarding of a West Virginia Veterans Medal and ribbon, and a West Virginia Service Cross and ribbon to certain qualifying West Virginia Veterans.

     And,

    (H. B. No. 4504), Providing for sharing juvenile records in certain circumstances with another state.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Donald H. Cookman,

                                 Chair, Senate Committee.

                               Danny Wells,

                                 Chair, House Committee.

    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. 2606, Permitting the State Rail Authority to set the salary of the executive director.

    Now on second reading, having been read a first time and referred to the Committee on Finance on March 4, 2014;

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

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Roman W. Prezioso, Jr.,

                                 Chair.

 

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

    Your Committee on Finance has had under consideration

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2954, Requiring that members of the Mine Safety Technology Task Force are paid the same compensation as members of the Legislature.

    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. 2954) 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. 4237, Prohibiting the sale, distribution and use of electronic cigarettes, vapor products and other alternative nicotine products to persons under the age of eighteen.

    With amendments from the Committee on Health and Human Resources pending;

    And has also amended same.

    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 as last amended by the Committee on the Judiciary.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Corey Palumbo,

                                 Chair.

    Senator Miller, from the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development has had under consideration

    Eng. House Bill No. 4286, Captive Cervid Farming 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,

                               Ronald F. Miller,

                                 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 Agriculture and Rural Development.

    At the request of Senator Miller, and by unanimous consent, the bill (Eng. H. B. No. 4286) 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. 4294, Establishing standards for court reporters and entities that provide court reporting services.

    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. 4294) 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. 4335, Relating to a child's right to nurse.

    With an amendment from the Committee on Health and Human Resources pending;

    And has also amended same.

    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 as last amended by the Committee on the Judiciary.

                             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. 4339, Ensuring that moneys from the Solid Waste Authority Closure Cost Assistance Fund are available to facilitate the closure of the Elkins-Randolph County Landfill and the Webster County Landfill.

    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 bill was first referred.

                             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. 4339) 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.

    The Senate proceeded to the sixth order of business.

    Senators Unger, Kessler (Mr. President), Blair, Boley, Cann, Carmichael, Facemire, Green, M. Hall, Jenkins, Kirkendoll, Laird, McCabe, Nohe, Plymale, Snyder, Stollings, Walters, Wells, Williams, Yost and D. Hall offered the following resolution:

    Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 85--Requesting the Joint Legislative Oversight Commission on State Water Resources study the needs, challenges and issues related to the aging water infrastructures in West Virginia, water shortages and the lack of safe drinking water available to all citizens of West Virginia.

    Whereas, The importance of safe drinking water to public health, the environment and the economic welfare of our communities is undisputed; and

    Whereas, The January 19, 2014, chemical spill in the Elk River that affected the water supply for three hundred thousand West Virginians brought national and state attention to water quality; and

    Whereas, The four hundred thirty residents of Bud, West Virginia, a small town in Wyoming County, have been without water for the past six months as result of the death of the owner of the local water company; and

    Whereas, Due to aging water systems in McDowell County that frequently break, nearly three thousand of its residents experience water outages or are continuously under water-boil notices; and

    Whereas, Many residents in Summers County face poor water quality or well contamination as a result of septic systems that empty into or near water sources; and

    Whereas, Many West Virginians must continually replace filtration systems that corrode due to the poor water quality; and

    Whereas, While nine counties were affected by the January, 2014, chemical spill that adversely affected the water quality of three hundred thousand residents, many additional rural West Virginians face similar water quality issues on a daily basis; and

    Whereas, The West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council estimates that forty percent of households statewide are not served by a public water system; and

    Whereas, Infrastructure funds in the 2015 State Budget have been slated to be cut from $40 million to $20 million, even though the need for investment in water infrastructure continues to far outpace the amount of funding that is available at all levels of government; and

    Whereas, Congress has cut funding for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund loan program in recent years; and

    Whereas, The Region 1 Planning and Development Council estimates it would cost more than $250 million to meet priority water and sewage needs in the state’s southern most six counties alone; and

    Whereas, The Legislature finds that it should take an active role in studying, formulating and implementing resources that address the causes of the lack of quality water around the state; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Joint Legislative Oversight Commission on State Water Resources is hereby requested to study the needs, challenges and issues related to the aging water infrastructures in West Virginia, water shortages and the lack of safe drinking water available to all citizens of West Virginia; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Commission on State Water Resources work with the Joint Legislative Oversight Commission on State Water Resources in its study; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Joint Legislative Oversight Commission on State Water Resources report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2015, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it

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

    Which, under the rules, lies over one day.

    Senators Blair, Kessler (Mr. President), Barnes, Beach, Boley, Cann, Carmichael, Chafin, Cole, Cookman, Edgell, Facemire, Fitzsimmons, Green, D. Hall, M. Hall, Jenkins, Kirkendoll, Laird, McCabe, Miller, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Snyder, Sypolt, Tucker, Unger, Walters, Wells, Williams, Yost, Stollings and Prezioso offered the following resolution:

    Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 86--Requesting the School Building Authority to waive local matching requirements and fund all needed improvements for the West Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind.

    Whereas, The West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind facilities are outdated, do not meet all the life and safety codes and are not compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act, yet serve a population most in need of compliant classrooms and quarters; and

    Whereas, The facilities of the West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind are not optimized for twenty-first century technology and learning experiences which are especially critical to the workforce and life-skills development of the school’s students; and

    Whereas, No residential or educational facility on its campus has undergone significant renovation during the past twenty years and no new residential construction for instructional or student purposes has been undertaken in the last forty years; and

    Whereas, Children and youth from counties all over the state attend the West Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, yet these counties are neither responsible for the cost of their educations nor the maintenance of these facilities; and

    Whereas, The Legislature created the School Building Authority, dedicated state revenues for its purposes and has resisted binding intrusion into its affairs and revenues; and

    Whereas, The Governor, in recognition of the state’s difficult budget situation, has frozen certain spending and hiring, recommended broad reductions in his requested budgets for successive years and recommended expirations from the Revenue Shortfall Reserve Fund and various legislative and other funds to make ends meet; and

    Whereas, The School Building Authority exists to meet the needs of all public schools of the state; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Legislature hereby requests that the School Building Authority waive local matching requirements, which are irrelevant to these schools that are operated exclusively by the State, and fund all needed improvements to the West Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in accordance with its expertise; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate is hereby directed to forward a certified copy of this resolution to the State Superintendent of Schools, the Superintendent of the West Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, the Executive Director of the School Building Authority, the Secretary of State and the Governor of West Virginia.

    Which, under the rules, lies over one day.

    Senators Palumbo, Yost, Unger, D. Hall, Green and McCabe offered the following resolution:

    Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 87--Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the allocation of behavioral health spending on community-based support services.

    Whereas, The appropriations for behavioral health facilities are much greater than appropriations for more cost-effective community-based support services; and

    Whereas, Community support services reduce recidivism through active participation in safe and stable environments; and

    Whereas, Recovery support services provide opportunities for change, enabling individuals to accept responsibility in improving their own health and well-being; and

    Whereas, The Governor's Advisory Council on Substance Abuse recommends peer support, recovery coaching and transitional housing to reduce substance abuse; and

    Whereas, Peer support is a fact-based, proven alternative to hospitalization; and

    Whereas, The Legislature finds that it would be of greater benefit to the public if people lived in their own homes and received support directly from their communities; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the allocation of behavioral health spending on community-based support services; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the study be conducted in collaboration with the West Virginia Behavioral Health Planning Council, the West Virginia Behavioral Healthcare Providers Association, the Partnership of African American Churches and the Fair Shake Network; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2015, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it

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

    Which, under the rules, lies over one day.

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

    Senate Resolution No. 50--Designating the week of March 3-9, 2014, as Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week.

    Whereas, Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease of the central nervous system, affecting 2.3 million people worldwide, and each hour someone is newly diagnosed; and

    Whereas, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Blue Ridge Chapter reports that in our state more than four thousand people are diagnosed with MS, and that the disease generally strikes people in the prime of life, between ages twenty through fifty, and causes unpredictable effects in which the progression, severity and specific symptoms cannot be foreseen, and the cause and cure for this often debilitating disease remain unknown; and

    Whereas, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Blue Ridge Chapter has been committed for more than thirty-three years to a world free of MS, heightening public knowledge about and insight into the disease; and

    Whereas, Since 1946, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has been a driving force of MS research, relentlessly pursuing prevention, treatment and a cure and has invested more than $771 million in groundbreaking research; and

    Whereas, Funds raised through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society fuel the efforts of nearly three hundred twenty-five research projects globally, totaling $40 million annually, at the best medical centers, universities and other institutions throughout the United States and abroad, and because of this MS research has never been more hopeful than it is today; and

    Whereas, Discovering the cause, finding a cure and preventing future generations from being diagnosed with MS are important tasks that all Americans and West Virginians should support; and

    Whereas, The Senate recognizes the importance of finding the cause and cure of MS, a chronic and often devastating disease, and expresses its appreciation and admiration for the dedication that the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Blue Ridge Chapter has shown toward a future free of multiple sclerosis; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Senate:

    That the Senate hereby designates the week of March 3-9, 2014, as Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Senate encourages everyone to “Go Orange” at the Capitol on March 6, 2014, in support of discovering the cause, finding a cure and preventing future generations from being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the representatives of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Blue Ridge Chapter.

    At the request of Senator Stollings, 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, at the request of Senator Unger, and by unanimous consent, returned to the fourth order of business.

    Senator Laird, from the Committee on Natural Resources, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Natural Resources has had under consideration

    Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 88 (originating in the Committee on Natural Resources)--Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the financial sustainability and profitability of amenities at West Virginia state parks and state forests, such as golf courses, skiing, tubing, swimming pools, picnic shelters, horseback riding, hiking and biking trails, nature centers, naturalist programing, wildlife and bird watching, children’s programming, playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, baseball fields, boating, skeet shooting and hunting and fishing.

    Whereas, The mission of the West Virginia state parks and state forests has been to promote conservation by preserving and protecting natural areas of unique or exceptional scenic scientific, cultural, archeological or historical significance and to provide outdoor recreational opportunities for the citizens of this state and its visitors; and

    Whereas, West Virginia state parks and state forests attract approximately 6.5 million visitors per year and contribute over $126 million dollars of economic activity to the state; and

    Whereas, State parks and state forests provide numerous amenities to their visitors and guests, including golf courses, skiing, tubing, swimming pools, picnic shelters, horseback riding, hiking and biking trails, nature centers, naturalist programing, wildlife and bird watching, children’s programming, playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, baseball fields, boating, skeet shooting and hunting and fishing; and

    Whereas, The state park and state forest amenities are necessary to encourage out-of-state guests to visit and stay in the parks and forests and spend money in the area to help the local economy; and

    Whereas, More importantly, West Virginia citizens rely on state park and state forest amenities for their own enjoyment and recreational use; and

    Whereas, For many local residents, the state parks and state forests are the only venue for outdoor recreation; they are the only local venues for picnics, family reunions, church outings, weddings, golfing, playgrounds for children, safe swimming areas, ball courts, safe hiking and biking and teaching youngsters to hunt, fish and experience nature; and

    Whereas, Proudly, the State of West Virginia can say that many state park and state forest amenities are offered free-of-charge or at a low cost to guests and citizens; and

    Whereas, As a result of this, state park and state forest amenities are not monetarily profitable when singled out and evaluated individually, but yet, as a whole, they generate hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activities and are greatly profitable to citizens’ quality of life; and

    Whereas, State park and state forest amenities are essential to economic development, family values, preserving our cultural heritage, preserving the state’s most beautiful natural and historic areas, promoting healthy lifestyles and fighting obesity and diabetes and exposing children and adults to outdoor sports and recreation; and

    Whereas, State park and state forest amenities cannot be evaluated solely based upon their profitability; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the financial sustainability and profitability of amenities at West Virginia state parks and state forests, such as golf courses, skiing, tubing, swimming pools, picnic shelters, horseback riding, hiking and biking trails, nature centers, naturalist programing, wildlife and bird watching, children’s programming, playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, baseball fields, boating, skeet shooting and hunting and fishing; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2015, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it

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

    And,

    Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 89 (originating in the Committee on Natural Resources)--Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study reassigning the operation of Berwind, Laurel Lake, Plum Orchard, Bluestone and Panther Wildlife Management Areas to the Wildlife Resources Section of the Division of Natural Resources.

    Whereas, Five wildlife management areas--Berwind, Laurel Lake, Plum Orchard, Bluestone and Panther--were assigned without express statutory authority in the late 1970s to the Parks and Recreation Section of the Division of Natural resources to operate; and

    Whereas, No additional recreational facilities were ever developed on these areas beyond what existed at the time of transfer by the Parks and Recreation Section; and

    Whereas, These wildlife management areas remain primarily for the benefit and enjoyment of hunters and anglers due to their rustic nature and designation as wildlife management areas; and

    Whereas, The wildlife management areas provide valuable wildlife habitats and in order to maintain the same requires the skill and expertise of wildlife managers and biologists with the Wildlife Resources Section of the Division of Natural Resources; and

    Whereas, These wildlife management areas cost the Parks and Recreation Section over $800,000 to operate and maintain. In light of budget deficits and the closure of various recreational amenities in the Parks and Recreation Section, such as the “soft” closure of Hawks Nest State Park, transfer of these wildlife management areas back to the Wildlife Resources Section will alleviate the budget crisis for state parks; and

    Whereas, These wildlife management areas are eligible for federal Pittman-Robertson Act funds, while state parks with recreational amenities are not. Panther also receives mineral royalties that are not shared with parks; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study reassigning the operation of Berwind, Laurel Lake, Plum Orchard, Bluestone and Panther Wildlife Management Areas to the Wildlife Resources Section of the Division of Natural Resources; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2015, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it

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

    And reports the same back with the recommendation that they each be adopted; but with the further recommendation that they first be referred to the Committee on Rules.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               William R. Laird IV,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Laird, unanimous consent being granted, the resolutions (S. C. R. Nos. 88 and 89) contained in the preceding report from the Committee on Natural Resources were taken up for immediate consideration.

    On motion of Senator Laird, the resolutions were referred to the Committee on Rules.

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

    Your Committee on Government Organization has had under consideration

    Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 90 (originating in the Committee on Government Organization)--Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study moving the State Forensic Laboratory to the Supreme Court and the feasability of utilizing other crime labs within the state.

    Whereas, The State Forensic Lab is currently located under the State Police, but is not considered such by the internal policy of the State Police; and

    Whereas, It is currently difficult for the State Forensic Laboratory to accomplish its duties under the State Police; and

    Whereas, The money provided to the State Forensic Lab is inadequate; and

    Whereas, Moving the State Forensic Lab could be beneficial to the state; and

    Whereas, Utilizing crime labs at Marshall University, West Virginia University and other facilities throughout the state may help to eliminate the significant backlog of cases that the State Forensic Lab experiences, thus allowing for more efficiency and more swift justice; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study moving the State Forensic Laboratory to the Supreme Court and the feasibility of utilizing other crime labs within the state; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2015, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it

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

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

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Herb Snyder,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Snyder, unanimous consent being granted, the resolution (S. C. R. No. 90) contained in the preceding report from the Committee on Government Organization was taken up for immediate consideration.

    On motion of Senator Snyder, the resolution were referred to the Committee on Rules.

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

    Your Committee on Finance has had under consideration

    Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 91 (originating in the Committee on Finance)--Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the advisability and feasibility of creating a cost-effective and portable group government-managed retirement savings program made available to small businesses and their employees by the State Treasurer, including the compliance costs and legal implications to the state and its small businesses that could result from applicable federal law as well as the tax treatment accorded to the investment options pursuant to applicable federal law under such a program, or to encourage and promote currently available private sector financial and retirement security opportunities for small businesses and their employees through portable defined contribution plans, such as Simple IRA, SEP, 401(k), 457, Regular/Roth IRA and individual annuities, which are already available in the commercial marketplace.

    Whereas, The Legislature recognizes that in a recent AARP survey, nearly seventy percent of West Virginians expressed anxiety about their savings for retirement; and

    Whereas, The Legislature recognizes that current commercial employer-sponsored retirement plans offer more than eighty-three million American workers and their families the opportunity to accumulate savings and improve their retirement security, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, even for those workers age thirty-five to forty-four, median job tenure is only 5.3 years with the current employer, which demonstrates the need for portable and flexible retirement solutions; and

    Whereas, The Legislature recognizes that the savings and investments held in the current commercial retirement system represents the largest share of American households’ total accumulated financial wealth with retirement assets of $20.8 trillion outside of Social Security benefits; and

    Whereas, The Legislature recognizes that according to the AARP many employees and small businesses lack information on how to best plan for retirement, and forty-five percent or three hundred ninety-four thousand seven hundred three West Virginia workers would benefit from improved information as to how to access employer-sponsored or payroll deduction retirement savings available in the private market or in a proposed new government-managed plan; and

    Whereas, The Legislature recognizes that while no state has implemented a Voluntary Employee Retirement Accounts (VERA) program to offer small businesses an opportunity to establish a basic retirement savings option for employees under the administration of a government agency, West Virginia should conduct such a study since some states are currently exploring these governmental options; and

    Whereas, The Legislature recognizes that a VERA plan in West Virginia may provide workers a simple way to save for retirement which will result in fewer West Virginians relying on public safety net services, saving taxpayer dollars; and

    Whereas, The Legislature recognizes that there is a need to determine if any potential retirement program by VERA would be less expensive and not in direct competition with the viable and robust employee and employer portable retirement programs already offered by banks, financial institutions, insurance brokers, private insurers and their licensed agents; and    

    Whereas, The Legislature recognizes that a complete fiscal analysis needs to be conducted in order to determine the financial implications of a proposed allocation of $3 million in state-managed funds from the transfer of money from the Unclaimed Property Trust Fund in the Treasurer's Office for start-up of the VERA program, as well as all costs determinant to investment and actuarial compliance with federal securities laws; and

    Whereas, The Legislature recognizes that state government-managed IRAs could be a disincentive for employers considering the sponsorship of 401(k) or Simple IRA plans and may cause some employers to drop existing plans to avoid required employer contributions, which generally account for a significant portion of an employee's retirement assets, and such results would be contrary to the intended purpose of VERA to enhance employee savings; and

    Whereas, The Legislature recognizes the AARP's recommendation for a common sense solution that will help individuals save and take control of their own financial future; and

    Whereas, The Legislature recognizes that as an alternative to a state government-managed retirement program for small business employers and employees, a congruent study should be conducted to determine if the state would be better served by launching educational campaigns promoting existing retirement plan options currently available in the private sector to employers and employees, and through financial literacy programs to promote tax credits and incentives for 401(k) and other currently available retirement savings plans; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That The Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the advisability and feasibility of creating a cost-effective and portable group government-managed retirement savings program made available to small businesses and their employees by the State Treasurer, including the compliance costs and legal implications to the state and its small businesses that could result from applicable federal law as well as the tax treatment accorded to the investment options pursuant to applicable federal law under such a program, or to encourage and promote currently available private sector financial and retirement security opportunities for small businesses and their employees through portable defined contribution plans, such as Simple IRA, SEP, 401(k), 457, Regular/Roth IRA and individual annuities, which are already available in the commercial marketplace; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2015, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it

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

    And reports the same back with the recommendation that it be adopted; but with the further recommendation that it first be referred to the Committee on Rules.

                             Respectfully submitted,

                               Roman W. Prezioso, Jr.,

                                 Chair.

    At the request of Senator Prezioso, unanimous consent being granted, the resolution (S. C. R. No. 91) contained in the preceding report from the Committee on Finance was taken up for immediate consideration.

    On motion of Senator Prezioso, the resolution were referred to the Committee on Rules.

    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 taken up for immediate consideration, reference to a committee dispensed with, and adopted.

    Thereafter, at the request of Senator Stollings, and by unanimous consent, the remarks by Senator Plymale regarding the adoption of Senate Resolution No. 45 were ordered printed in the Appendix to the Journal.

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

    Upon expiration of the recess, the Senate reconvened and resumed business under the seventh order.

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

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

    The following amendments to the resolution, from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, were reported by the Clerk, considered simultaneously, and adopted:

    On page two, in the Resolved clause, before the word “Army” by inserting “U. S.”;

    On page two, in the first Further Resolved clause, before the word “Army” by inserting “U. S.”;

    And,

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

    Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 36--Requesting the Division of Highways to name the West Virginia 73 Overpass at the Logan exit of Route 119, Logan, Logan County, bridge number 23-119-5.67 (23A254), as the “U. S. Army SGT Billy E. Vinson Memorial Bridge.”

    The question being on the adoption of the resolution (Com. Sub. for H. C. R. No. 36), as amended, the same was put and prevailed.

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

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

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

    The following amendments to the resolution, from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, were reported by the Clerk, considered simultaneously, and adopted:

    On page two, in the fourth Whereas clause, by striking out “US” and inserting in lieu thereof U. S.”;

    On page two, in the Resolved clause, by striking out “US” and inserting in lieu thereof U. S.”;

    On page two, in the first Further Resolved clause, by striking out “US” and inserting in lieu thereof U. S.”;

    And,

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

    Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 69--Requesting the Division of Highways to name bridge number 27-62-37.01 (27A052) on Route 62 in Hartford, Mason County, the “U. S. Army Corporal John L. Gibbs Memorial Bridge”.

    The question being on the adoption of the resolution (Com. Sub. for H. C. R. No. 69), as amended, the same was put and prevailed.

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

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

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

    The following amendments to the resolution, from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, were reported by the Clerk, considered simultaneously, and adopted:

    On page two, in the ninth Whereas clause, by striking out “US” and inserting in lieu thereof “U. S.”;

    On page three, in the Resolved clause, by striking out “US” and inserting in lieu thereof “U. S.”;

    On page three, in the first Further Resolved clause, by striking out “US” and inserting in lieu thereof “U. S.”;

    And,

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

    Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 70--Requesting the Division of Highways to name bridge number 35-40-7.52 (35A139) on Route 40 in Wheeling, Ohio County, the “U. S. Army Sgt. Matthew D. Hunter Memorial Bridge”.

    The question being on the adoption of the resolution (Com. Sub. for H. C. R. No. 70), as amended, the same was put and prevailed.

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

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

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

    The following amendments to the resolution, from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, were reported by the Clerk, considered simultaneously, and adopted:

    On page three, in the Resolved clause, by striking out “US” and inserting in lieu thereof “U. S.”;

    On page three, in the first Further Resolved clause, by striking out “US” and inserting in lieu thereof “U. S.”;

    And,

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

    Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 73--Requesting the Division of Highways to name bridge number 35-88-2.84 (35A083) on Bridge Street in Wheeling, Ohio County, the “U. S. Army Captain David Van Camp Memorial Bridge”.

    The question being on the adoption of the resolution (Com. Sub. for H. C. R. No. 73), as amended, the same was put and prevailed.

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

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

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

    The following amendments to the resolution, from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, were reported by the Clerk, considered simultaneously, and adopted:

    On page two, in the seventh Whereas clause, by striking out the words “Army SPC 4” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “U. S. Army SP4”;

    On page two, in the eighth Whereas clause, by striking out the words “Army SPC 4” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “U. S. Army SP4”;

    On page two, in the ninth Whereas clause, by striking out the words “Army SPC 4” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “U. S. Army SP4”;

    On page two, in the tenth Whereas clause, by striking out the words “Army SPC 4” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “U. S. Army SP4”;

    On page two, in the Resolved clause, by striking out the words “Army SPC 4” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “U. S. Army SP4”;

    On page two, in the first Further Resolved clause, by striking out the words “Army SPC 4” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “U. S. Army SP4”;

    On page three, in the second Further Resolved clause, line one, by striking out the words “Army SPC 4” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “U. S. Army SP4”;

    And,

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

    House Concurrent Resolution No. 75--Requesting the Division of Highways to name U. S. Route 119 from Clendenin, Kanawha County, to the Kanawha - Roane County line, the "U. S. Army SP4 Marvin Dewayne Canterbury Memorial Highway”.

    The question being on the adoption of the resolution (H. C. R. No. 75), as amended, the same was put and prevailed.

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

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

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

    The following amendments to the resolution, from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, were reported by the Clerk, considered simultaneously, and adopted:

    On page three, in the Resolved clause, before the word “Army” by inserting “U. S.”;

    On page three, in the first Further Resolved clause, before the word “Army” by inserting “U. S.”;

    And,

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

    Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 76--Requesting that bridge number 50-37-3.29 (50A069) over Big Hurricane Creek in Wayne County be named the “U. S. Army PFC Richard Lee Lakin Memorial Bridge”.

    The question being on the adoption of the resolution (Com. Sub. for H. C. R. No. 76), as amended, the same was put and prevailed.

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

    House Concurrent Resolution No. 83, Requesting Congress erect a national monument to motherhood.

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

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

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

    The Senate proceeded to the eighth order of business.

    Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 306, Budget Bill.

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

    On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Cann, Chafin, Cole, Cookman, Edgell, 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)--31.

    The nays were: Barnes and Carmichael--2.

    Absent: Facemire--1.

    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. 306) passed with its title.

    Senator Unger moved that the bill take effect July 1, 2014.

    On this question, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Cann, Chafin, Cole, Cookman, Edgell, 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)--31.

    The nays were: Barnes and Carmichael--2.

    Absent: Facemire--1.

    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. 306) takes effect July 1, 2014.

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

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

    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, 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)--33.

    The nays were: None.

    Absent: Facemire--1.

    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. 4012) passed with its title.

    Senator Unger moved that the bill take effect July 1, 2014.

    On this question, the yeas were: Barnes, Beach, Blair, Boley, Cann, Carmichael, Chafin, Cole, Cookman, Edgell, 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)--33.

    The nays were: None.

    Absent: Facemire--1.

    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. 4012) takes effect July 1, 2014.

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

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

    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, 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)--33.

    The nays were: None.

    Absent: Facemire--1.

    So, a majority of all the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. H. B. No. 4186) passed with its title.

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

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

    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, 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)--33.

    The nays were: None.

    Absent: Facemire--1.

    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. 4236) passed.

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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4236--A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new article, designated §15-9B-1 and §15-9B-2, all relating to regulation of sexual assault examinations; creating the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Commission; setting forth powers and duties of the commission; setting for membership of the commission; providing for rule-making authority for the commission; and setting forth minimum requirements in rules.

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

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

    On third reading, coming up in regular order, with the right having been granted on yesterday, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, for amendments to be received on third reading, was reported by the Clerk.

    At the request of Senator Unger, and by unanimous consent, consideration of the bill was deferred until the conclusion of bills on today’s first reading calendar.

    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 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, 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)--33.

    The nays were: None.

    Absent: Facemire--1.

    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. 4270) passed with its title.

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

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

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

    On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Barnes, Blair, Boley, Cann, Carmichael, Chafin, Cole, Cookman, Edgell, 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)--32.

    The nays were: Beach--1.

    Absent: Facemire--1.

    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. 4284) passed with its title.

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

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

    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, 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)--33.

    The nays were: None.

    Absent: Facemire--1.

    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. 4287) 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, 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)--33.

    The nays were: None.

    Absent: Facemire--1.

    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. 4287) takes effect from passage.

    Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence in the changed effective date.

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

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

    On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Barnes, Beach, Blair, Boley, Cann, Carmichael, Chafin, Cole, Cookman, Edgell, 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)--33.

    The nays were: None.

    Absent: Facemire--1.

    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. 4290) passed with its title.

    Senator Unger moved that the bill take effect July 1, 2014.

    On this question, the yeas were: Barnes, Beach, Blair, Boley, Cann, Carmichael, Chafin, Cole, Cookman, Edgell, 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)--33.

    The nays were: None.

    Absent: Facemire--1.

    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. 4290) takes effect July 1, 2014.

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

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

    On motion of Senator Blair, the Senate requested the return from the House of Delegates of

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

    Passed by the Senate in earlier proceedings today,

    The bill still being in the possession of the Senate,

    On motion of Senator Blair, the Senate reconsidered the vote as to the passage of the bill.

    The vote thereon having been reconsidered,

    The question again being “Shall Engrossed Committee Substitute for House Bill No. 4284 pass?”

    On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Barnes, Beach, Blair, Boley, Cann, Carmichael, Chafin, Cole, Cookman, Edgell, 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)--33.

    The nays were: None.

    Absent: Facemire--1.

    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. 4284) passed with its title.

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

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

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

    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, 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)--33.

    The nays were: None.

    Absent: Facemire--1.

    So, a majority of all the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. H. B. No. 4302) passed.

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

    Eng. House Bill No. 4302--A Bill to amend and reenact §11-8-17 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; to amend and reenact §13-1-13 of said code; and to amend and reenact §18-9-2 of said code, all relating to elections for public school purposes; clarifying certain language; and designating the county commission as the board of canvassers to canvass the returns of all levy and bond elections for public school purposes.

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

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

    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, 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)--33.

    The nays were: None.

    Absent: Facemire--1.

    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. 4363) passed with its title.

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

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

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

    Pending extended discussion,

    The question being “Shall Engrossed Committee Substitute for House Bill No. 4392 pass?”

    On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Barnes, Beach, Blair, Boley, Cann, Carmichael, Chafin, Cole, Cookman, Edgell, 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)--33.

    The nays were: None.

    Absent: Facemire--1.

    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. 4392) passed.

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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4392--A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as 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; to amend and reenact §29-3-12b of said code; and to amend and reenact sections §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, all relating to regulating persons who perform work on heating, ventilating and cooling systems and dampers; defining terms; requiring persons who perform work on heating, ventilating and cooling systems to be licensed by the Commissioner of Labor; requiring persons who perform work on dampers to be licensed by the State Fire Marshal; providing for exemptions from licensure; providing a scope of practice for heating, ventilating and cooling technicians and technicians-in-training; authorizing the commissioner to promulgate legislative rules; authorizing the State Fire Marshal to promulgate legislative rules; authorizing enforcement procedures; authorizing interagency agreements; authorizing the issuance, renewal, denial, suspension and revocation of licenses; authorizing fines for violation of articles; providing for criminal penalties; providing that no political subdivision of the state may mandate additional licensing requirements; and authorizing and providing for the disposition of fees.

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

    Thereafter, at the request of Senator Blair, and by unanimous consent, the remarks by Senator McCabe regarding the passage of Engrossed Committee Substitute for House Bill No. 4392 were ordered printed in the Appendix to the Journal.

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4393, Creating the Dangerous Wild Animals Act.

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

    Pending discussion,

    The question being “Shall Engrossed Committee Substitute for House Bill No. 4393 pass?”

    On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Cann, Chafin, Cookman, Edgell, Fitzsimmons, D. Hall, Kirkendoll, Laird, McCabe, Miller, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Snyder, Stollings, Tucker, Unger, Wells, Yost and Kessler (Mr. President)--22.

    The nays were: Barnes, Blair, Boley, Carmichael, Cole, Green, M. Hall, Jenkins, Sypolt, Walters and Williams--11.

    Absent: Facemire--1.

    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. 4393) passed with its title.

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

    Thereafter, at the request of Senator Walters, and by unanimous consent, the remarks by Senator Sypolt regarding the passage of Engrossed Committee Substitute for House Bill No. 4393 were ordered printed in the Appendix to the Journal.

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4425, Giving the Superintendent of State Police authority to hire additional staff.

    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, 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)--33.

    The nays were: None.

    Absent: Facemire--1.

    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. 4425) passed with its title.

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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4449, Including proximity detection systems and cameras used on continuous mining machines and underground haulage equipment for tax credit purposes.

    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, 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)--33.

    The nays were: None.

    Absent: Facemire--1.

    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. 4449) passed with its title.

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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4496, Providing for the allocation of matching funds from future moneys deposited into the West Virginia Research Trust Fund.

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

    On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Barnes, Beach, Blair, Boley, Cann, Carmichael, Chafin, Cole, Cookman, Edgell, 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)--33.

    The nays were: None.

    Absent: Facemire--1.

    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. 4496) passed with its title.

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

    Eng. House Bill No. 4503, Declaring certain claims against the state and its agencies to be moral obligations of the state.

    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, 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)--33.

    The nays were: None.

    Absent: Facemire--1.

    So, a majority of all the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. H. B. No. 4503) 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, 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)--33.

    The nays were: None.

    Absent: Facemire--1.

    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. 4503) takes effect from passage.

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

    Eng. House Bill No. 4619, Authorizing innovation school districts.

    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, 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)--33.

    The nays were: None.

    Absent: Facemire--1.

    So, a majority of all the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. H. B. No. 4619) passed.

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

    Eng. House Bill No. 4619--A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §18-5B-13, relating to school innovation zones act; authorizing innovation school districts; making legislative findings and providing intent and purpose of section; school system eligibility and application categories; providing for application process, review, content and periods; innovation school district plan purpose and content; plan development, approval and submission to state board; state board designation of innovation school districts; effect of designation and process for waiver of statutes, policies, rules and interpretations; limitation on waivers; revision of plans; extension and revocation of designation; effect of expiration of designation on innovations; requiring state board rule; and annual review.

    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.

    Eng. House Joint Resolution No. 108, Nonprofit Youth Organization Tax Exemption Support Amendment.

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

    At the request of Senator Unger, unanimous consent being granted, further consideration of the bill was deferred until the conclusion of bills on today's first reading calendar, following consideration of Engrossed House Bill No. 4256, already placed in that position.

    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.

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

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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 2803, Requiring electric utilities to implement integrated resource plans.

    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. 3108, Relating to criminal background checks on applicants for employment by nursing homes.

    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 section and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

ARTICLE 5C. NURSING HOMES.

§16-5C-21 Employment restrictions.

    (a) Notwithstanding a legislative rule or provider manual issued by the department, a person cannot be employed by a nursing home unless granted a variance by the secretary, or his or her designee, if convicted of:

    (1) Abduction or kidnapping;

    (2) Any violent felony crime including, but not limited to, rape, sexual assault, homicide, felonious physical assault or felonious battery;

    (3) Child or adult abuse or neglect;

    (4) Crimes which involve the exploitation of a child or an incapacitated adult;

    (5) Felony domestic battery or domestic assault;

    (6) Felony arson;

    (7) Felony or misdemeanor crime against a child or incapacitated adult which causes harm;

    (8) Felony drug-related offenses;

    (9) Felony driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol;

    (10) Hate crimes;

    (11) Murder or manslaughter;

    (12) Neglect or abuse by a caregiver;

    (13) Pornography crimes involving children or incapacitated adults including, but not limited to, use of minors or incapacitated adults in filming sexual explicit conduct, distribution and exhibition of material depicting minors or incapacitated adults in sexually explicit conduct or sending, distributing, exhibiting, possessing, displaying or transporting material by a parent, guardian or custodian, depicting a minor or incapacitated adult engaged in sexually explicit conduct;

    (14) Purchase or sale of a child;

    (15) Sexual offenses including, but not limited to, incest, sexual abuse or indecent exposure;

    (16) Felony or misdemeanor involving financial exploitation of a minor or elderly person; or

    (17) Felony offense related to fraud, theft, embezzlement, breach of fiduciary responsibility or other financial misconduct in connection with the delivery of a health care item or service, or with respect to any act or omission in a health care program operated or financed, in whole or in part, by any federal, state or local government agency; or

    (18) Any criminal offense related to the delivery of an item or service under Medicare or a state health care program.

    (b) The secretary shall propose rules for legislative approval in accordance with article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, to allow persons to appeal decisions, demonstrate rehabilitation, request a review of their initial negative determinations and to implement any variance procedure as may be required by state or federal law.

    The bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 3108), as amended, was then ordered to third reading.

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4005, Relating to criminal offenses for child neglect.

    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 §61-8D-1, §61-8D-3, §61-8D-4 and §61-8D-9 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:

ARTICLE 8D. CHILD ABUSE.

§61-8D-1. Definitions.

    In this article, unless a different meaning is plainly is required:

    (1) "Abuse" means the infliction upon a minor of physical injury by other than accidental means.

    (2) "Child" means any person under eighteen years of age not otherwise emancipated by law.

    (3) "Controlled substance" means controlled substance as that term is defined in subsection (d), section one hundred one, article one, chapter sixty-a of this code.

    (4) "Custodian" means a person over the age of fourteen years who has or shares actual physical possession or care and custody of a child on a full-time or temporary basis, regardless of whether such person has been granted custody of the child by any contract, agreement or legal proceeding. "Custodian" shall also include, but not be limited to, the spouse of a parent, guardian or custodian, or a person cohabiting with a parent, guardian or custodian in the relationship of husband and wife, where such spouse or other person shares actual physical possession or care and custody of a child with the parent, guardian or custodian.

    (5) "Guardian" means a person who has care and custody of a child as the result of any contract, agreement or legal proceeding.

    (6) “Gross neglect” means reckless or intentional conduct, behavior or inaction by a parent, guardian or custodian that evidences a clear disregard for a minor child’s health, safety or welfare.

    (6) (7) "Neglect" means the unreasonable failure by a parent, guardian or any person voluntarily accepting a supervisory role towards custodian of a minor child to exercise a minimum degree of care to assure said the minor child's physical safety or health. For purposes of this article, the following do not constitute “neglect” by a parent, guardian or custodian:

    (A) Permitting a minor child to participate in athletic activities or other similar activities that if done properly are not inherently dangerous, regardless of whether that participation creates a risk of bodily injury;

    (B) Exercising discretion in choosing a lawful method of educating a minor child; or

    (C) Exercising discretion in making decisions regarding the nutrition and medical care provided to a minor child based upon religious conviction or reasonable personal belief.

    (7) (8) "Parent" means the biological father or mother of a child, or the adoptive mother or father of a child.

    (8) (9) "Sexual contact" means sexual contact as that term is defined in section one, article eight-b, chapter sixty-one of this code.

    (9) (10) "Sexual exploitation" means an act whereby:

    (A) A parent, custodian, guardian or other person in a position of trust to a child, whether for financial gain or not, persuades, induces, entices or coerces the child to engage in sexually explicit conduct as that term is defined in section one, article eight-c, chapter sixty-one of this code; or

    (B) A parent, guardian, custodian or other person in a position of trust in relation to a child persuades, induces, entices or coerces the child to display his or her sex organs for the sexual gratification of the parent, guardian, custodian, person in a position of trust or a third person, or to display his or her sex organs under circumstances in which the parent, guardian, custodian or other person in a position of trust knows such display is likely to be observed by others who would be affronted or alarmed.

    (10) (11) "Sexual intercourse" means sexual intercourse as that term is defined in section one, article eight-b, chapter sixty-one of this code.

    (11) (12) "Sexual intrusion" means sexual intrusion as that term is defined in section one, article eight-b, chapter sixty-one of this code.

    (12) (13) A “person in a position of trust in relation to a child” refers to any person who is acting in the place of a parent and charged with any of a parent’s rights, duties or responsibilities concerning a child or someone responsible for the general supervision of a child’s welfare, or any person who by virtue of their occupation or position is charged with any duty or responsibility for the health, education, welfare, or supervision of the child.

§61-8D-3. Child abuse resulting in injury; child abuse creating risk of injury; criminal penalties.

    (a) If any parent, guardian or custodian shall abuse a child and by such abuse cause such child bodily injury as such term is defined in section one, article eight-b of this chapter, then such parent, guardian or custodian shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 and committed to the custody of the Division of Corrections imprisoned in a state correctional facility for not less than one nor more than five years, or in the discretion of the court, be confined in the county or regional jail for not more than one year.

    (b) If any parent, guardian or custodian shall abuse a child and by such abuse cause said child serious bodily injury as such term is defined in section one, article eight-b of this chapter, then such parent, guardian or custodian shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than $1,000 nor more than $5,000 and committed to the custody of the Division of Corrections not less than two nor more than ten years.

    (c) Any person parent, guardian or custodian who abuses a child and by the abuse creates a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury, or of death as serious bodily injury is defined in section one, article eight-b of this chapter, to the child is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $3,000 and confined to the custody of the Division of Corrections or imprisoned in a state correctional facility for not less than one nor more than five years, or both.

    (d) (1) If a parent, guardian or custodian who has not previously been convicted under this section, section four of this article or a law of another state or the federal government with the same essential elements abuses a child and by the abuse creates a substantial risk of bodily injury, as bodily injury is defined in section one, article eight-b of this chapter, to the child is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 or confined in jail not more than six months, or both.

    (2) For a second offense under this subsection or for a person with one prior conviction under this section, section four of this article or a law of another state or the federal government with the same essential elements, the parent, guardian or custodian is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $1,500 and confined in jail not less than thirty days nor more than one year, or both.

    (3) For a third or subsequent offense under this subsection or for a person with two or more prior convictions under this section, section four of this article or a law of another state or the federal government with the same essential elements, the parent, guardian or custodian is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $3,000 and imprisoned in a state correctional facility not less than one year nor more than three years, or both.

    (e) Any person convicted of a misdemeanor offense under this section:

    (1) May be required to complete parenting classes, substance abuse counseling, anger management counseling, or other appropriate services, or any combination thereof, as determined by Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Children and Families through its services assessment evaluation, which shall be submitted to the court of conviction upon written request;

    (2) Shall not be required to register pursuant to article thirteen, chapter fifteen of this code; and

    (3) Shall not, solely by virtue of the conviction, have their custody, visitation or parental rights automatically restricted.

    (f) Nothing in this section shall preclude a parent, guardian or custodian from providing reasonable discipline to a child.

§61-8D-4. Child neglect resulting in injury; child neglect creating risk of injury; criminal penalties.

    (a) If any a parent, guardian or custodian shall neglect neglects a child and by such neglect cause said causes the child bodily injury, as such term is bodily injury is defined in section one, article eight-b of this chapter, then such the parent, guardian or custodian shall be is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 dollars or committed to the custody of the Division of Corrections imprisoned in a state correctional facility for not less than one nor more than three years, or in the discretion of the court, be confined in the county jail for not more than one year, or both. such fine and confinement or imprisonment

    (b) If any a parent, guardian or custodian shall neglect neglects a child and by such neglect cause said the child serious bodily injury, as such term is serious bodily injury is defined in section one, article eight-b of this chapter, then such the parent, guardian or custodian shall be is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than $300 nor more than $3,000 dollars or committed to the custody of the Division of Corrections imprisoned in a state correctional facility for not less than one nor more than ten years, or both. such fine and imprisonment

    (c) If a parent, guardian or custodian grossly neglects a child and by that gross neglect creates a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury, as serious bodily injury is defined in section one, article eight-b of this chapter, of the child then the parent, guardian or custodian is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than $1,000 nor more than $3,000 dollars or imprisoned in a state correctional facility for not less than one nor more than five years, or both.

    (d) (1) If a parent, guardian or custodian who has not been previously convicted under this section, section three of this article or a law of another state or the federal government with the same essential elements neglects a child and by that neglect creates a substantial risk of bodily injury, as defined in section one, article eight-b of this chapter, to the child, then the parent, guardian or custodian, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, for a first offense, shall be fined not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 or confined in jail not more than six months, or both fined and confined.

    (2) For a second offense under this subsection or for a person with one prior conviction under this section, section three of this article or a law of another state or the federal government with the same essential elements, the parent, guardian or custodian is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $1,000 and confined in jail not less than thirty days nor more than one year, or both.

    (3) For a third or subsequent offense under this subsection or for a person with two or more prior convictions under this section, section three of this article or a law of another state or the federal government with the same essential elements, the parent, guardian or custodian is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $2,000 and imprisoned in a state correctional facility not less than one year nor more than three years, or both fined and imprisoned.

    (c) (e) The provisions of this section shall not apply if the

neglect by the parent, guardian or custodian is due primarily to a lack of financial means on the part of such parent, guardian or custodian.

    (f) Any person convicted of a misdemeanor offense under this section:

    (1) May be required to complete parenting classes, substance abuse counseling, anger management counseling, or other appropriate services, or any combination thereof, as determined by Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Children and Families through its services assessment evaluation, which shall be submitted to the court of conviction upon written request;

    (2) Shall not be required to register pursuant to the requirements of article thirteen, chapter fifteen of this code; and

    (3) Shall not, solely by virtue of the conviction, have their custody, visitation or parental rights automatically restricted.

    (d) The provisions of this section shall not apply to any parent, guardian or custodian who fails or refuses, or allows another person to fail or refuse, to supply a child under the care, custody or control of such parent, guardian or custodian with necessary medical care, when such medical care conflicts with the tenets and practices of a recognized religious denomination or order of which such parent, guardian or custodian is an adherent or member.

    (e) Any person who grossly neglects a child and by the gross neglect creates a substantial risk of serious bodily injury or of death to the child is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than three thousand dollars and confined to the custody of the Division of Corrections for not less than one nor more than five years.

§61-8D-9. Convictions for offenses against children.

    In any case where a person is convicted of an a felony offense described in this article against a child as set forth in this article and the person has custodial, visitation or other parental rights to the child who is the victim of the offense or any child who resides in the same household as the victim, the court shall, at the time of sentencing, find that the person is an abusing parent within the meaning of article six, chapter forty-nine of this code as to the child victim, and may find that the person is an abusing parent as to any child who resides in the same household as the victim, and shall take such further action in accord with the provisions of said article.

    The bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4005), as amended, was then ordered to third reading.

    Eng. House Bill No. 4006, Relating to the possession and distribution of child pornography.

    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:

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

ARTICLE 8C. FILMING OF SEXUALLY EXPLICIT CONDUCT OF MINORS.

§61-8C-3. Distribution and exhibiting of material depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct prohibited; penalty.

    (a) Any person who, with knowledge knowingly and willfully, sends or causes to be sent or distributes, exhibits, possesses, electronically accesses with intent to view or displays or transports any material visually portraying a minor engaged in any sexually explicit conduct is guilty of a felony, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be imprisoned in the penitentiary, not more than two years, and fined not more than $2,000.

    (b) Any person who violates the provisions of subsection (a) of this section when the conduct involves fifty or fewer images shall, upon conviction, be imprisoned in a state correctional facility for not more than two years or fined not more than $2,000 or both.

    (c) Any person who violates the provisions of subsection (a) of this section when the conduct involves more than fifty but fewer than six hundred images shall, upon conviction, be imprisoned in a state correctional facility for not less than two nor more than ten years or fined not more than $5,000, or both.

    (d) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (b) and (c) of this section any person who violates the provisions of subsection (a) of this section when the conduct involves six hundred or more images or depicts violence against a child or a child engaging in sexuality shall, upon conviction, be imprisoned in a state correctional facility for not less than five nor more than fifteen years or fined not more than $25,000, or both.

    (e) For purposes of this section each video clip, movie or similar recording of five minutes or less shall constitute seventy-five images. A video clip, movie or similar recording of a duration longer than five minutes shall be deemed to constitute seventy-five images for every two minutes in length it exceeds five minutes.

    On motion of Senator Palumbo, the following amendment to the Judiciary committee amendment to the bill (Eng. H. B. No. 4006) was next reported by the Clerk and adopted:

    On page two, section three, subsection (d), by striking out the word “sexuality” and inserting in lieu thereof the word “bestiality”.

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

    The bill (Eng. H. B. No. 4006), as amended, was then ordered to third reading.

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4039, Authorizing miscellaneous boards and agencies to promulgate legislative rules.

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

    At the request of Senator Palumbo, unanimous consent being granted, further consideration of the bill was deferred until the conclusion of bills on today's first reading calendar, following consideration of Engrossed House Joint Resolution No. 108, already placed in that position.

    Eng. House Bill No. 4135, Designating the first Thursday in May the West Virginia Day of Prayer.

    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. 4147, Relating to emergency preparedness.

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

    At the request of Senator Snyder, as chair of the Committee on Government Organization, and by unanimous consent, the unreported Government Organization committee amendments to the bill were withdrawn.

    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 section and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

CHAPTER 15. PUBLIC SAFETY.

ARTICLE 5. DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.

§15-5-1. Policy and purpose.

    In view of the existing and increasing possibility of the occurrence of disasters of unprecedented size and destructiveness and large-scale threats, resulting from terrorism, enemy attack, sabotage or other hostile action, or from fire, flood, earthquakes or other natural or man-made causes and in order to insure that preparations of this state will be adequate to deal with such the disasters and large-scale threats, and generally to provide for the common defense and to protect the public peace, health and safety and to preserve the lives and property of the people of the state, it is hereby found and declared to be necessary: (1) To create the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and to authorize the creation of local and regional organizations for emergency services in the political subdivisions of the state; (2) to confer upon the Governor and upon the executive heads of governing bodies of the political subdivisions of the state the emergency powers provided herein; (3) to provide for the rendering of mutual aid among the political subdivisions of the state and with other states and to cooperate with the federal government with respect to the carrying out of emergency services and homeland security functions; (4) and (4) to establish and implement comprehensive homeland security and emergency management plans to deal with such disasters and large-scale threats. It is further declared to be the purpose of this article and the policy of the state that all homeland security and emergency management funds and functions of this state be coordinated to the maximum extent with the Secretary of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety and with the comparable functions of the federal government including its various departments and agencies, of other states and localities and of private agencies of every type, so that the most effective preparation and use may be made of the nation's and this state’s manpower, resources and facilities for dealing with any disaster or large-scale threat that may occur.

§15-5-6. Emergency powers of Governor.

    (a) The provisions of this section shall be are operative only during the existence of a state of emergency or state of preparedness. The existence of a state of emergency or state of preparedness may be proclaimed by the Governor or by concurrent resolution of the Legislature if the Governor in such the proclamation, or the Legislature in such the resolution, finds that an attack upon the United States has occurred or is anticipated in the immediate future, or that a natural or man-made disaster of major proportions has actually occurred or is imminent within the state, or that an emergency exists or may be imminent due to a large-scale threat beyond local control, and that the safety and welfare of the inhabitants of this state require an invocation of the provisions of this section.

    (b) Any such state of emergency or state of preparedness, whether proclaimed by the Governor or by the Legislature, shall terminate terminates upon the proclamation of the termination thereof by the Governor, or the passage by the Legislature of a concurrent resolution terminating such the state of emergency or state of preparedness: Provided, That in no case shall a state of preparedness last longer than thirty days.

    (c) So long as such a state of emergency or state of preparedness exists, the Governor shall have has and may exercise the following additional emergency powers:

    (a) (1) To enforce all laws and rules relating to the provision of emergency services and to assume direct operational control of any or all emergency service forces and helpers in the state;

    (b) (2) To sell, lend, lease, give, transfer or deliver materials or perform functions relating to emergency services on such terms and conditions as he or she shall prescribe prescribes and without regard to the limitations of any existing law and to account to the State Treasurer for any funds received for such the property;

    (c) (3) To procure materials and facilities for emergency services by purchase, condemnation under the provisions of chapter fifty-four of this code or seizure pending institution of condemnation proceedings within thirty days from the seizing thereof and to construct, lease, transport, store, maintain, renovate or distribute such the materials and facilities. Compensation for property so procured shall be made in the manner provided in chapter fifty-four of this code;

    (d) (4) To obtain the services of necessary personnel, required during the emergency, and to compensate them for their services from his or her contingent funds or such other funds as may be available to him or her;

    (e) (5) To provide and compel the evacuation of all or part of the population from any stricken or threatened area within the state and to take such steps as that are necessary for the receipt and care of such the evacuees;

    (f) (6) To control ingress and egress to and from a disaster area or an area where large-scale threat exists, the movement of persons within the area and the occupancy of premises therein;

    (g) (7) To suspend the provisions of any regulatory statute prescribing the procedures for conduct of state business or the orders, rules or regulations of any state agency, if strict compliance therewith would in any way prevent, hinder or delay necessary action in coping with the emergency;

    (h) (8) To utilize such use available resources of the state and of its political subdivisions as that are reasonably necessary to cope with the emergency;

    (i) (9) To suspend or limit the sale, dispensing or transportation of alcoholic beverages, explosives and combustibles;

    (j) (10) To make provision for the availability and use of temporary emergency housing; and

    (k) (11) To perform and exercise such other functions, powers and duties as that are necessary to promote and secure the safety and protection of the civilian population.

    (d) The declaration of a state of preparedness has the same effect as a declaration of a state of emergency for the purposes of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact established in section twenty-two of this article and the Statewide Mutual Aid Systems set forth in section twenty-eight of this article.

    (e) No The powers granted under this section may be interpreted to do not authorize any action that would violate the prohibitions of section nineteen-a of this article.

CHAPTER 46A. WEST VIRGINIA CONSUMER CREDIT

AND PROTECTION ACT.

ARTICLE 6J. PROTECTION OF CONSUMERS FROM PRICE GOUGING AND UNFAIR PRICING PRACTICES DURING AND SHORTLY AFTER A STATE OF EMERGENCY OR STATE OF PREPAREDNESS.

§46A-6J-1. Emergencies and natural disasters - Taking unfair advantage of consumers.

    The Legislature hereby finds that during emergencies and major disasters, including, but not limited to, tornadoes, earthquakes, fires, floods, storms or civil disturbances or where a large-scale threat exists, some merchants have taken unfair advantage of consumers by greatly increasing prices for essential consumer goods or services. While the pricing of consumer goods and services is generally best left to the marketplace under ordinary conditions, when a declared state of emergency or state of preparedness results in abnormal disruptions of the market, the public interest requires that excessive and unjustified increases in the prices of essential consumer goods and services be prohibited. It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this article to protect citizens from excessive and unjustified increases in the prices charged during or shortly after a declared state of emergency or state of preparedness for goods and services that are vital and necessary for the health, safety and welfare of consumers. Further, it is the intent of the Legislature that this article be liberally construed so that its beneficial purposes may be served.

§46A-6J-2. Definitions.

    (a) "Building materials" means lumber, construction tools, windows and any other item used in the building or rebuilding of property.

    (b) "Consumer food item" means any article that is used or intended for use for food or drink by a person or animal.

    (c) "Disaster" means the occurrence or imminent threat of widespread or severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property resulting from any natural or man-made cause, including fire, flood, earthquake, wind, snow, storm, chemical or oil spill or other water or soil contamination, epidemic, air contamination, blight, drought, infestation or other public calamity requiring emergency action.

    (d) "Emergency supplies" includes, but is not limited to, water, flashlights, radios, batteries, candles, blankets, generators, heaters and temporary shelters.

    (e) “Essential consumer item” means any article that is necessary to the health, safety and welfare of consumers, including, but not limited to, clothing, diapers, soap, cleaning supplies and toiletries.

    (f) "Gasoline" means any fuel used to power any motor vehicle or power tool.

    (g) “Housing" means any rental housing leased on a month-to-month term or the sale of manufactured homes, as that term is defined in section two, article nine, chapter twenty-one of this code.

    (h) “Large-scale threat” means circumstances which present a reasonable probability that necessary services or public order would be disrupted and effect a significant number of people from either natural or man-made causes.

    (h) (i) "Medical supplies" includes, but is not limited to, prescription and nonprescription medications, bandages, gauze, isopropyl alcohol and antibacterial products.

    (i) (j) "Repair or reconstruction services" means any services performed by any person for repairs to residential, commercial or public property of any type that is damaged as a result of a disaster.

    (j) (k) “State of emergency” means the situation existing during or after the occurrence of a disaster or large-scale threat in which a state of emergency has been declared by the Governor or by the Legislature pursuant to the provisions of section six, article five, chapter fifteen of this code or in which a major disaster declaration or emergency declaration has been issued by the president of the United States pursuant to the provisions of 42 U. S. C. § 5122.

    (l) “State of preparedness” means the situation existing before a disaster or large-scale threat in which a state of preparedness has been declared by the Governor or by the Legislature pursuant to the provisions of section six, article five, chapter fifteen of this code.

    (k) (m) "Transportation, freight and storage services" means any service that is performed by any company that contracts to move, store or transport personal or business property or rents equipment or storage space for those purposes.

§46A-6J-3. Prohibited unfair pricing practices.

    (a) Upon the declaration of a state of emergency or state of preparedness, and continuing for the existence of the state of emergency or state of preparedness or for thirty days following the declaration, whichever period is longer, it is unlawful for any person, contractor, business, or other entity to sell or offer to sell to any person in the area subject to the declaration any consumer food items, essential consumer items, goods used for emergency cleanup, emergency supplies, medical supplies, home heating oil, building materials, housing, transportation, freight and storage services, or gasoline or other motor fuels for a price greater than ten percent above the price charged by that person for those goods or services on the tenth day immediately preceding the declaration of emergency state of preparedness, unless the increase in price is directly attributable to additional costs imposed on the seller by the supplier of the goods or directly attributable to additional costs for labor or materials used to provide the services: Provided, That in those situations where the increase in price is attributable to additional costs imposed by the seller’s supplier or additional costs of providing the good or service during the state of emergency or state of preparedness, the price is no greater than ten percent above the total of the cost to the seller plus the markup customarily applied by the seller for that good or service in the usual course of business on the tenth day immediately preceding the declaration: Provided, however, That where a supplier of gasoline or other motor fuels cannot determine their daily costs, the supplier may sell gasoline or other motor fuels to distributers on any day at a rate not to exceed the average of the Oil Price Information Service’s average wholesale rack price for that product at the Montvale/Roanoke, Virginia, Fairfax, Virginia, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania wholesale racks for the previous day.

    (b) Upon the declaration of a state of emergency or state of preparedness, and for a period of one hundred eighty days following that declaration, it is unlawful for any contractor to sell or offer to sell any repair or reconstruction services or any services used in emergency cleanup in the area subject to the declaration for a price greater than ten percent above the price charged by that person for those services on the tenth day immediately preceding the declaration, unless the increase in price was directly attributable to additional costs imposed on it by the supplier of the goods or directly attributable to additional costs for labor or materials used to provide the services: Provided, That in those situations where the increase in price is attributable to the additional costs imposed by the contractor's supplier or additional costs of providing the service, the price is no greater than ten percent above the total of the cost to the contractor plus the markup customarily applied by the contractor for that good or service in the usual course of business on the tenth day immediately preceding to the declaration of the state of emergency state of preparedness.

    (c) Any business offering an item for sale at a reduced price ten days immediately prior to the declaration of the state of emergency or state of preparedness may use the price at which it usually sells the item to calculate the price pursuant to subsection (a) or (b) of this section.

    (d) Whenever the Governor declares a state of preparedness, the provisions of this article shall only apply to those items or services specifically set forth in the proclamation.

    (d) (e) The price restrictions imposed by this article may be limited or terminated by proclamation of the Governor.

§46A-6J-4. Notification by the Secretary of State; registry.

    The Secretary of State shall promulgate rules to establish a system by which any person, corporation, trade association or partnership may register to receive notification that a state of emergency or state of preparedness has been declared and that the provisions of this article are in effect. The rules promulgated pursuant to the authority conferred by this section may include a requirement of the payment of fees for registration.

    The bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4147), as amended, was then ordered to third reading.

    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.

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

    At the request of Senator Snyder, as chair of the Committee on Government Organization, and by unanimous consent, the unreported Government Organization committee amendment to the bill was withdrawn.

    The bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4149) was then ordered to third reading.

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

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

    The following amendments to the bill, from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, were reported by the Clerk, considered simultaneously, and adopted:

    On page six, section three, line four, after the word “collection” by striking out the remainder of the section and inserting in lieu thereof the following: and enforcement of tolls for the use of roads, highways and bridges may be accomplished by electronic toll collection as provided in this article and in rules promulgated by authority of this article: Provided, That the application of this article should not apply to:

    (1) Future highway construction provided for in the Division of Highways' Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan at the time of the enactment of this article; and

    (2) Existing toll roads: Provided, That this section may not be construed to prohibit the collection and enforcement of tolls pursuant to article sixteen-a, chapter seventeen of this code.;

    On page eleven, section five, line ninety-three, by striking out the words “Authority of” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “the Parkways Authority pursuant to”;

    On page fourteen, section six, line thirteen, by striking out the word “rebutable” and inserting in lieu thereof the word “rebuttable”;

    On page fifteen, section seven, lines five through nine, by striking out the words “a copy of the rental agreement, lease or other contract document covering that vehicle on the date of the violation, with the name and address of the lessee clearly legible to the Authority and to the court having jurisdiction over the violation.” and inserting in lieu thereof the following: the name and address of the lessee who leased the vehicle on the day of the violation: Provided, That a lessor shall provide a copy of the rental agreement, lease or other contract document covering that vehicle on the date of the violation to the Parkways Authority upon written request for a violation that is in litigation.;

    And,

    On page twenty, section nine, after line fifty-nine, by adding two new subsections, designated subsections (f) and(g), to read as follows:

    (f) All videotapes, photographs, microphotographs, other recorded images, written records, reports or facsimiles prepared pursuant to this article shall be destroyed within sixty days following the conclusion of the action or proceeding.

    (g) Nothing in this article authorizes any law-enforcement agency to enter any information in a national database that is contained in videotapes, photographs, microphotographs, other recorded images, written records, reports or facsimiles prepared pursuant to this article.

    The bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4156), as amended, was then ordered to third reading.

    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.

    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. 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.

    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. 4208, Banning synthetic hallucinogens.

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

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

    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 §60A-1-101 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted; that §60A-2-204, §60A-2-206, §60A-2-208, §60A-2-210 and §60A-2-212 of said code be amended and reenacted; and that §60A-3-308 of said code be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows:

ARTICLE 1. DEFINITIONS.

§60A-1-101. Definitions.

    As used in this act:

    (a) "Administer" means the direct application of a controlled substance whether by injection, inhalation, ingestion or any other means to the body of a patient or research subject by:

    (1) A practitioner (or, in his or her presence, by his or her authorized agent); or

    (2) The patient or research subject at the direction and in the presence of the practitioner.

    (b) "Agent" means an authorized person who acts on behalf of or at the direction of a manufacturer, distributor or dispenser. It does not include a common or contract carrier, public warehouseman or employee of the carrier or warehouseman.

    (c) “Analogue” means a substance that, in relation to a controlled substance, has a substantially similar chemical structure.

    (d) "Bureau" means the "Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, United States Department of Justice" or its successor agency.

    (e) "Controlled substance" means a drug, substance or immediate precursor in Schedules I through V of article two of this chapter.

    (f) "Counterfeit substance" means a controlled substance which, or the container or labeling of which, without authorization, bears the trademark, trade name or other identifying mark, imprint, number or device, or any likeness thereof, of a manufacturer, distributor or dispenser other than the person who in fact manufactured, distributed or dispensed the substance.

    (g) "Imitation controlled substance" means: (1) A controlled substance which is falsely represented to be a different controlled substance; (2) a drug or substance which is not a controlled substance but which is falsely represented to be a controlled substance; or (3) a controlled substance or other drug or substance or a combination thereof which is shaped, sized, colored, marked, imprinted, numbered, labeled, packaged, distributed or priced so as to cause a reasonable person to believe that it is a controlled substance.

    (h) "Deliver" or "delivery" means the actual, constructive or attempted transfer from one person to another of: (1) A controlled substance, whether or not there is an agency relationship; (2) a counterfeit substance; or (3) an imitation controlled substance.

    (i) "Dispense" means to deliver a controlled substance to an ultimate user or research subject by or pursuant to the lawful order of a practitioner, including the prescribing, administering, packaging, labeling or compounding necessary to prepare the substance for that delivery.

    (j) "Dispenser" means a practitioner who dispenses.

    (k) "Distribute" means to deliver, other than by administering or dispensing, a controlled substance, a counterfeit substance or an imitation controlled substance.

    (l) "Distributor" means a person who distributes.

    (m) "Drug" means: (1) Substances recognized as drugs in the official "United States Pharmacopoeia, official Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States or official National Formulary", or any supplement to any of them; (2) substances intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease in man or animals; (3) substances (other than food) intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of man or animals; and (4) substances intended for use as a component of any article specified in clause subdivision (1), (2) or (3) of this subdivision subdivision. It does not include devices or their components, parts or accessories.

    (n) “Immediate derivative” means a substance which the “West Virginia Board of Pharmacy” has found to be and by rule designates as being is the principal compound or any analogue of the parent compound manufactured from a known controlled substance primarily for use and which has equal or similar pharmacologic activity as the parent compound which is necessary to prevent, curtail or limit manufacture.

    (o) "Immediate precursor" means a substance which the "West Virginia Board of Pharmacy" (hereinafter in this act referred to as the State Board of Pharmacy) has found to be and by rule designates as being is the principal compound commonly used or produced primarily for use and which is an immediate chemical intermediary used or likely to be used in the manufacture of a controlled substance, the control of which is necessary to prevent, curtail or limit manufacture.

    (p) "Manufacture" means the production, preparation, propagation, compounding, conversion or processing of a controlled substance, either directly or indirectly or by extraction from substances of natural origin, or independently by means of chemical synthesis, or by a combination of extraction and chemical synthesis, and includes any packaging or repackaging of the substance or labeling or relabeling of its container, except that this term does not include the preparation, compounding, packaging or labeling of a controlled substance:

    (1) By a practitioner as an incident to his or her administering or dispensing of a controlled substance in the course of his or her professional practice; or

    (2) By a practitioner, or by his or her authorized agent under his or her supervision, for the purpose of, or as an incident to, research, teaching or chemical analysis and not for sale.

    (q) "Marijuana" means all parts of the plant "Cannabis sativa L.", whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, immediate derivative, mixture or preparation of the plant, its seeds or resin. It does not include the mature stalks of the plant, fiber produced from the stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of the plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, immediate derivative, mixture or preparation of the mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil or cake, or the sterilized seed of the plant which is incapable of germination.

    (r) "Narcotic drug" means any of the following, whether produced directly or indirectly by extraction from substances of vegetable origin or independently by means of chemical synthesis, or by a combination of extraction and chemical synthesis:

    (1) Opium and opiate and any salt, compound, immediate derivative or preparation of opium or opiate.

    (2) Any salt, compound, isomer, immediate derivative or preparation thereof which is chemically equivalent or identical with any of the substances referred to in paragraph (1) of this subdivision, but not including the isoquinoline alkaloids of opium.

    (3) Opium poppy and poppy straw.

    (4) Coca leaves and any salt, compound, immediate derivative or preparation of coca leaves and any salt, compound, isomer, immediate derivative or preparation thereof which is chemically equivalent or identical with any of these substances, but not including decocainized coca leaves or extractions of coca leaves which do not contain cocaine or ecgonine.

    (s) "Opiate" means any substance having an addiction-forming or addiction-sustaining liability similar to morphine or being capable of conversion into a drug having addiction-forming or addiction-sustaining liability. It does not include, unless specifically designated as controlled under section two hundred one, article two of this chapter, the dextrorotatory isomer of 3-methoxy-n-methylmorphinan and its salts (dextromethorphan). It does not include its racemic and levorotatory forms.

    (t) "Opium poppy" means the plant of the species "Papaver somniferum L.", except its seeds.

    (u) "Person" means individual, corporation, government or governmental subdivision or agency, business trust, estate, trust, partnership or association, or any other legal entity.

    (v) "Placebo" means an inert medicament or preparation administered or dispensed for its psychological effect, to satisfy a patient or research subject or to act as a control in experimental series.

    (w) "Poppy straw" means all parts, except the seeds, of the opium poppy after mowing.

    (x) "Practitioner" means:

    (1) A physician, dentist, veterinarian, scientific investigator or other person licensed, registered or otherwise permitted to distribute, dispense, conduct research with respect to, or to administer a controlled substance in the course of professional practice or research in this state.

    (2) A pharmacy, hospital or other institution licensed, registered or otherwise permitted to distribute, dispense, conduct research with respect to, or to administer a controlled substance in the course of professional practice or research in this state.

    (y) "Production" includes the manufacture, planting, cultivation, growing or harvesting of a controlled substance.

    (z) "State", when applied to a part of the United States, includes any state, district, commonwealth, territory, insular possession thereof and any area subject to the legal authority of the United States of America.

    (aa) "Ultimate user" means a person who lawfully possesses a controlled substance for his or her own use or for the use of a member of his or her household or for administering to an animal owned by him or her or by a member of his or her household.

ARTICLE 2. STANDARDS AND SCHEDULES.

§60A-2-204. Schedule I.

    (a) Schedule I shall consist of the drugs and other substances, by whatever official name, common or usual name, chemical name, or brand name designated, listed in this section.

    (b) Opiates. Unless specifically excepted or unless listed in another schedule, any of the following opiates, including their isomers, esters, ethers, salts and salts of isomers, esters and ethers, whenever the existence of such isomers, esters, ethers and salts is possible within the specific chemical designation (for purposes of subdivision (34) of this subsection only, the term isomer includes the optical and geometric isomers):

    (1) Acetyl-alpha-methylfentanyl (N-[1-(1-methyl-2-phenethyl) -4-piperidinyl]-N-phenylacetamide);

    (2) Acetylmethadol;

    (3) Allylprodine;

    (4) Alphacetylmethadol (except levoalphacetylmethadol also known as levo-alpha-acetylmethadol, levomethadyl acetate, or LAAM);

    (5) Alphameprodine;

    (6) Alphamethadol;

    (7)Alpha-methylfentanyl (N-[1-(alpha-methyl-beta-phenyl) ethyl-4-piperidyl] propionanilide; 1-(1-methyl-2-phenylethyl)-4-(– propanilido) piperidine);

    (8) Alpha-methylthiofentanyl (N-[1-methyl-2-(2-thienyl) ethyl- 4-piperidinyl]-N-phenylpropanamide);

    (9) Benzethidine;

    (10) Betacetylmethadol;

    (11) Beta-hydroxyfentanyl (N-[1-(2-hydroxy-2-phenethyl) -4- piperidinyl]-N-phenylpropanamide);

    (12) Beta-hydroxy-3-methylfentanyl (other name: N-[1-(2- hydroxy-2-phenethyl)-3-methyl-4-piperidinyl]-N-phenylpropanamide);

    (13) Betameprodine;

    (14) Betamethadol;

    (15) Betaprodine;

    (16) Clonitazene;

    (17) Dextromoramide;

    (18) Diampromide;

    (19) Diethylthiambutene;

    (20) Difenoxin;

    (21) Dimenoxadol;

    (22) Dimepheptanol;

    (23) Dimethylthiambutene;

    (24) Dioxaphetyl butyrate;

    (25) Dipipanone;

    (26) Ethylmethylthiambutene;

    (27) Etonitazene;

    (28) Etoxeridine;

    (29) Furethidine;

    (30) Hydroxypethidine;

    (31) Ketobemidone;

    (32) Levomoramide;

    (33) Levophenacylmorphan;

    (34) 3-Methylfentanyl (N-[3-methyl-1-(2-phenylethyl)-4- piperidyl]-N-phenylpropanamide);

    (35) 3-methylthiofentanyl (N-[3-methyl-1-(2-thienyl) ethyl-4- piperidinyl]-N-phenylpropanamide);

    (36) Morpheridine;

    (37) MPPP (1-methyl-4-phenyl-4-propionoxypiperidine);

    (38) Noracymethadol;

    (39) Norlevorphanol;

    (40) Normethadone;

    (41) Norpipanone;

    (42) Para-fluorofentanyl (N-(4-fluorophenyl)-N-[1-(2- phenethyl)-4-piperidinyl] propanamide);

    (43) PEPAP(1-(-2-phenethyl)-4-phenyl-4-acetoxypiperidine);

    (44) Phenadoxone;

    (45) Phenampromide;

    (46) Phenomorphan;

    (47) Phenoperidine;

    (48) Piritramide;

    (49) Proheptazine;

    (50) Properidine;

    (51) Propiram;

    (52) Racemoramide;

    (53) Thiofentanyl (N-phenyl-N-[1-(2-thienyl)ethyl-4- piperidinyl]-propanamide);

    (54) Tilidine;

    (55) Trimeperidine.

    (c) Opium derivatives. -- Unless specifically excepted or unless listed in another schedule, any of the following opium immediate derivatives, its salts, isomers and salts of isomers whenever the existence of such salts, isomers and salts of isomers is possible within the specific chemical designation:

    (1) Acetorphine;

    (2) Acetyldihydrocodeine;

    (3) Benzylmorphine;

    (4) Codeine methylbromide;

    (5) Codeine-N-Oxide;

    (6) Cyprenorphine;

    (7) Desomorphine;

    (8) Dihydromorphine;

    (9) Drotebanol;

    (10) Etorphine (except HCl Salt);

    (11) Heroin;

    (12) Hydromorphinol;

    (13) Methyldesorphine;

    (14) Methyldihydromorphine;

    (15) Morphine methylbromide;

    (16) Morphine methylsulfonate;

    (17) Morphine-N-Oxide;

    (18) Myrophine;

    (19) Nicocodeine;

    (20) Nicomorphine;

    (21) Normorphine;

    (22) Pholcodine;

    (23) Thebacon.

    (d) Hallucinogenic substances. -- Unless specifically excepted or unless listed in another schedule, any material, compound, mixture or preparation, which contains any quantity of the following hallucinogenic substances, or which contains any of its salts, isomers and salts of isomers, whenever the existence of such salts, isomers, and salts of isomers is possible within the specific chemical designation (for purposes of this subsection only, the term "isomer" includes the optical, position and geometric isomers):

    (1) Alpha-ethyltryptamine; some trade or other names: etryptamine; Monase; alpha-ethyl-1H-indole-3-ethanamine; 3-(2- aminobutyl) indole; alpha-ET; and AET;

    (2) 4-bromo-2, 5-dimethoxy-amphetamine; some trade or other names: 4-bromo-2,5-dimethoxy-alpha-methylphenethylamine; 4-bromo- 2,5-DMA;

    (3) 4-Bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenethylamine; some trade or other names: 2-(4-bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-1-aminoethane; alpha- desmethyl DOB; 2C-B, Nexus;

    (4) 2,5-dimethoxyamphetamine; some trade or other names: 2,5-dimethoxy-alpha-methylphenethylamine; 2,5-DMA;

    (5) 2,5-dimethoxy-4-ethylamphet-amine; some trade or other names: DOET;

    (6) 2,5-dimethoxy-4-(n)-propylthiophenethylamine (other name: 2C-T-7);

    (6) (7) 4-methoxyamphetamine; some trade or other names: 4-methoxy-alpha-methylphenethylamine; paramethoxyamphetamine; PMA;

    (7) (8) 5-methyloxy-3 5-methoxy-3, 4-methylenedioxy-amphetamine;

    (8) (9) 4-methyl-2,5-dimethoxy-amphetamine; some trade and other names: 4-methyl-2,5-dimethoxy-alpha-methylphenethylamine; "DOM"; and "STP";

    (9) (10) 3,4-methylenedioxy amphetamine;

    (10) (11) 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA);

    (11) (12) 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-ethylamphetamine (also known as – ethyl-alpha-methyl-3,4 (methylenedioxy) phenethylamine, N-ethyl MDA, MDE, MDEA);

    (12) (13) N-hydroxy-3,4-methylenedioxyamphetamine (also known as – hydroxy-alpha-methyl-3,4 (methylenedioxy) phenethylamine, and – hydroxy MDA);

    (13) (14) 3,4,5-trimethoxy amphetamine;

    (15) 5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT);

    (16) Alpha-methyltryptamine (other name: AMT);

    (14) (17) Bufotenine; some trade and other names: 3-(beta-Dimethylaminoethyl)-5-hydroxyindole;3-(2-dimethylaminoethyl) -5-indolol; N, N-dimethylserotonin; 5-hydroxy-N,N- dimethyltryptamine; mappine;

    (15) (18) Diethyltryptamine; sometrade and other names: N, N-Diethyltryptamine; DET;

    (16) (19) Dimethyltryptamine; some trade or other names: DMT;

    (20) 5-Methoxy-N,N-diisopropyltryptamine (5-MeO-DIPT);

    (17) (21) Ibogaine; some trade and other names: 7-Ethyl-6, 6 Beta, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13-octahydro-2-methoxy-6, 9-methano-5H- pyrido [1', 2': 1, 2] azepino [5,4-b] indole; Tabernanthe iboga;

    (18) (22) Lysergic acid diethylamide;

    (19) (23) Marihuana;

    (20) (24) Mescaline;

    (21) (25) Parahexyl-7374; some trade or other names: 3-Hexyl -1-hydroxy-7, 8, 9, 10-tetrahydro-6, 6, 9-trimethyl-6H-dibenzo [b,d] pyran; Synhexyl;

    (22) (26) Peyote; meaning all parts of the plant presently classified botanically as Lophophora williamsii Lemaire, whether growing or not, the seeds thereof, any extract from any part of such plant, and every compound, manufacture, salts, immediate derivative, mixture or preparation of such plant, its seeds or extracts;

    (23) (27) N-ethyl-3-piperidyl benzilate;

    (24) (28) N-methyl-3-piperidyl benzilate;

    (25) (29) Psilocybin;

    (26) (30) Psilocyn;

    (27) (31) Tetrahydrocannabinols; synthetic equivalents of the substances contained in the plant, or in the resinous extractives of Cannabis, sp. and/or synthetic substances, immediate derivatives and their isomers with similar chemical structure and pharmacological activity such as the following:

    delta-1 Cis or trans tetrahydrocannabinol, and their optical isomers;

    delta-6 Cis or trans tetrahydrocannabinol, and their optical isomers;

    delta-3,4 Cis or trans tetrahydrocannabinol, and its optical isomers;

    (Since nomenclature of these substances is not internationally standardized, compounds of these structures, regardless of numerical designation of atomic positions covered.)

    (28) (32) Ethylamine analog of phencyclidine; some trade or other names: N-ethyl-1-phenylcyclohexylamine, (1-phenylcyclohexyl) ethylamine, N-(1-phenylcyclohexyl) ethylamine, cyclohexamine, PCE;

    (29) (33) Pyrrolidine analog of phencyclidine; some trade or other names: 1-(1-phenylcyclohexyl)-pyrrolidine, PCPy, PHP;

    (30) (34) Thiophene analog of phencyclidine; some trade or other names: 1-[1-(2-thienyl)-cyclohexyl]-piperidine, 2-thienylanalog of phencyclidine; TPCP, TCP;

    (31) (35) 1[1-(2-thienyl)cyclohexyl]pyrroldine; some other names: TCPy.

    (36) 4-methylmethcathinone (Mephedrone);

    (37) 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV);

    (38) 2-(2,5-Dimethoxy-4-ethylphenyl)ethanamine (2C-E);

    (39) 2-(2,5-Dimethoxy-4-methylphenyl)ethanamine (2C-D)

    (40) 2-(4-Chloro-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)ethanamine (2C-C)

    (41) 2-(4-Iodo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)ethanamine (2C-I)

    (42) 2-[4-(Ethylthio)-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl]ethanamine (2C-T-2)

    (43)2-[4-(Isopropylthio)-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl]ethanamine (2C-T-4)

    (44) 2-(2,5-Dimethoxyphenyl)ethanamine (2C-H)

    (45) 2-(2,5-Dimethoxy-4-nitro-phenyl)ethanamine (2C-N)

    (46) 2-(2,5-Dimethoxy-4-(n)-propylphenyl)ethanamine (2C-P)

    (47) 3,4-Methylenedioxy-N-methylcathinone (Methylone)

    (48) (2,5-dimethoxy-4-(n)-propyltghiophenethylamine (2C-T-7, itsoptical isomers, salts and salts of isomers

    (49) 5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine some trade or other names: 5-methoxy-3-[2-(dimethylamino)ethyl]indole; 5-MeO-DMT(5-MeO-DMT)

    (50) Alpha-methyltryptamine (other name: AMT)

    (51) 5-methoxy-N,N-diisopropyltryptamine (other name: 5-MeO-DIPT)

    (52) Synthetic Cannabinoids as follows:

    (A) 2-[(1R,3S)-3-hydroxycyclohexyl]-5- (2-methyloctan-2-yl)phenol) {also known as CP 47,497 and homologues};

    (B) rel-2-[(1S,3R)-3-hydroxycyclohexyl] -5-(2-methylnonan-2-yl)phenol {also known as CP 47,497-C8 homolog};

    (C) [(6aR)-9-(hydroxymethyl)-6, 6-dimethyl-3-(2-methyloctan-2-yl)-6a, 7,10,10a-tetrahydrobenzo[c]chromen-1-ol)] {also known as HU-210};

    (D) (dexanabinol, (6aS,10aS)-9-(hydroxymethyl)-6,6-dimethyl-3-(2-methyloctan-2-yl)-6a,7,10,10a-tetrahydrobenzol[c]chromen-1-ol) {also known as HU-211};

    (E) 1-Pentyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole {also known as JWH-018};

    (F) 1-Butyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole {also known as JWH-073};

    (G) (2-methyl-1-propyl-1H-indol-3-yl)-1-napthalenyl-methanone {also known as JWH-015};

    (H) (1-hexyl-1H-indol-3-yl)-1-naphthalenyl-methanone {also known as JWH-019};

    (I) [1-[2-(4-morpholinyl) ethyl] -1H-indol-3-yl]-1-naphthalenyl-methanone {also known as JWH-200};

    (J) 1-(1-pentyl-1H-indol-3-yl)-2-(3-hydroxyphenyl)-ethanone {also known as JWH-250};

    (K) 2-((1S,2S,5S)-5-hydroxy-2- (3-hydroxtpropyl)cyclohexyl) -5-(2-methyloctan-2-yl)phenol {also known as CP 55,940};

    (L) (4-methyl-1-naphthalenyl) (1-pentyl-1H-indol-3-yl) -methanone {also known as JWH-122};

    (M) (4-methyl-1-naphthalenyl) (1-pentyl-1H-indol-3-yl) -methanone {also known as JWH-398;

    (N) (4-methoxyphenyl)(1-pentyl-1H-indol-3-yl)methanone {also known as RCS-4};

    (O) 1-(1-(2-cyclohexylethyl) -1H-indol-3-yl) -2-(2-methoxyphenyl) ethanone {also known as RCS-8}; and

    (P) 1-pentyl-3-[1-(4-methoxynaphthoyl)]indole (JWH-081);

    (Q) 1-(5-fluoropentyl)-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (AM2201); and

    (R) 1-(5-fluoropentyl)-3-(2-iodobenzoyl)indole (AM694).

    (Since nomenclature of these substances is not internationally standardized, any immediate precursor or immediate derivative of these substances shall be covered).

    (53)Synthetic cannabinoids or any material, compound, mixture or preparation which contains any quantity of the following substances, including their analogues, congeners, homologues, isomers, salts and salts of analogues, congeners, homologues and isomers, as follows:

    (A) CP 47,497 AND homologues, 2-[(1R,3S)-3- Hydroxycyclohexyl]-5-(2-methyloctan-2-YL)phenol);

    (B) HU-210, [(6AR,10AR)-9-(hydroxymethyl)-6,6-dimethyl-3-(2-Methyloctan-2-YL)-6A,7,10, 10A-tetrahydrobenzo[C] chromen-1-OL)];

    (C) HU-211, (dexanabinol, (6AS,10AS)-9-(hydroxymethyl)-6,6-

Dimethyl-3-(2-methyloctan-2-YL)-6A,7,10,10atetrahydrobenzo[ C]chromen-1-OL);

    (D) JWH-018, 1-pentyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole;

    (E) JWH-019, 1-hexyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole;

    (F) JWH-073, 1-butyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole;

    (G) JWH-200, (1-(2-morpholin-4-ylethyl)indol-3-yl)- Naphthalen-1-ylmethanone;

    (H) JWH-250, 1-pentyl-3-(2-methoxyphenylacetyl)indole.]

    (54) Synthetic cannabinoids including any material, compound, mixture or preparation that is not listed as a controlled substance in Schedule I through V, is not a federal Food and Drug Administration approved drug or used within legitimate and approved medical research and which contains any quantity of the following substances, their salts, isomers, whether optical positional or geometric, analogues, homologues and salts of isomers, analogues and homologues, unless specifically exempted, whenever the existence of these salts, isomers, analogues, homologues and salts of isomers, analogues and homologues if possible within the specific chemical designation:

    (A) Tetrahydrocannabinols meaning tetrahydrocannabinols which are naturally contained in a plant of the genus cannabis as well as synthetic equivalents of the substances contained in the plant or in the resinous extractives of cannabis or synthetic substances, derivatives and their isomers with analogous chemical structure and or pharmacological activity such as the following:

    (i) DELTA-1 CIS OR trans tetrahydrocannabinol and their Optical isomers.

    (ii) DELTA-6 CIS OR trans tetrahydrocannabinol and their optical isomers.

    (iii) DELTA-3,4 CIS or their trans tetrahydrocannabinol and their optical isomers.

    (B) Naphthoylindoles or any compound containing a 3-(-1- Napthoyl) indole structure with substitution at the nitrogen atom of the indole ring whether or not further substituted in the indole ring to any extent and whether or not substituted in the naphthyl ring to any extent. This shall include the following:

    (i) JWH 015;

    (ii) JWH 018;

    (iii) JWH 019;

    (iv) JWH 073;

    (v) JWH 081;

    (vi) JWH 122;

    (vii) JWH 200;

    (viii) JWH 210;

    (ix) JWH 398;

    (x) AM 2201;

    (xi) WIN 55,212.

    (55) Naphylmethylindoles or any compound containing a 1hindol-3-yl-(1-naphthyl) methane structure with a substition at the nitrogen atom of the indole ring whether or not further substituted in the indole ring to any extent and whether or not substituted in the naphthyl ring to any extent. This shall include, but not be limited to, JWH 175 and JWH 184.

    (56) Naphthoylpyrroles or any compound containing a 3-(1- Naphthoyl) pyrrole structure with substitution at the nitrogen atom of the pyrrole ring whether or not further substituted in the pyrrole ring to any extent and whether or not substituted in the naphthyl ring to any extent. This shall include, but not be limited to, JWH 147 and JWH 307.

    (57) Naphthylmethylindenes or any compound containing a Naphthylideneindene structure with substitution at the 3- Position of the indene ring whether or not further substituted in the indene ring to any extent and whether or not substituted in the naphthyl ring to any extent. This shall include, but not be limited to, JWH 176.

    (58) Phenylacetylindoles or any compound containing a 3- Phenylacetylindole structure with substitution at the nitrogen atom of the indole ring whether or not further substituted in the indole ring to any extent and whether or not substituted in the phenyl ring to any extent. This shall include the following:

    (A) RCS-8, SR-18 OR BTM-8;

    (B) JWH 250;

    (C) JWH 203;

    (D) JWH 251;

    (E) JWH 302.

    (59) Cyclohexylphenols or any compound containing a 2-(3- hydroxycyclohexyl) phenol structure with a substitution at the 5-position of the phenolic ring whether or not substituted in the cyclohexyl ring to any extent. This shall include the following:

    (A) CP 47,497 and its homologues and analogs;

    (B) Cannabicyclohexanol;

    (C) CP 55,940.

    (60) Benzoylindoles or any compound containing a 3-(benzoyl) indole structure with substitution at the nitrogren atom of the indole ring whether or not further substituted in the indole ring to any extent and whether or not substituted in the phenyl ring to any extent. This shall include the following:

    (A) AM 694;

    (B) Pravadoline WIN 48,098;

    (C) RCS 4;

    (D) AM 679.

    (61) [2,3-dihydro-5 methyl-3-(4-morpholinylmethyl)pyrrolo [1,2,3-DE]-1, 4-benzoxazin-6-YL]-1-napthalenymethanone. This shall include WIN 55,212-2.

    (62) Dibenzopyrans or any compound containing a 11-hydroxydelta 8-tetrahydrocannabinol structure with substitution on the 3-pentyl group. This shall include HU-210, HU-211, JWH 051 and JWH 133.

    (63) Adamantoylindoles or any compound containing a 3-(-1- Adamantoyl) indole structure with substitution at the nitrogen atom of the indole ring whether or not further substituted in the adamantoyl ring system to any extent. This shall include AM1248.

    (64) Tetramethylcyclopropylindoles or any compound containing A 3-tetramethylcyclopropylindole structure with substitution at the nitrogen atom of the indole ring whether or not further substituted in the indole ring to any extent and whether or not substituted in the tetramethylcyclopropyl ring to any extent. This shall include UR-144 and XLR-11.

    (65) N-(1-Adamantyl)-1-pentyl-1h-indazole-3-carboxamide. This shall include AKB48.

    (66) Any other synthetic chemical compound that is a Cannabinoid receptor type 1 agonist as demonstrated by binding studies and functional assays that is not listed in Schedules II, III, IV and V, not federal Food and Drug Administration approved drug or used within legitimate, approved medical research. Since nomenclature of these substances is not internationally standardized, any immediate precursor or immediate derivative of these substances shall be covered.

    (e) Depressants. -- Unless specifically excepted or unless listed in another schedule, any material, compound, mixture, or preparation which contains any quantity of the following substances having a depressant effect on the central nervous system, including its salts, isomers and salts of isomers whenever the existence of such salts, isomers and salts of isomers is possible within the specific chemical designation:

    (1) Mecloqualone;

    (2) Methaqualone.

    (f) Stimulants. -- Unless specifically excepted or unless listed in another schedule, any material, compound, mixture, or preparation which contains any quantity of the following substances having a stimulant effect on the central nervous system, including its salts, isomers and salts of isomers:

    (1) Aminorex; some other names: aminoxaphen; 2-amino-5- phenyl-2-oxazoline; or 4,5-dihydro-5-phenyl-2-oxazolamine;

    (2) Cathinone; some trade or other names: 2-amino-1-phenyl-1- propanone, alpha-aminopropiophenone, 2-aminopropiophenone and norephedrone;

    (3) Fenethylline;

    (4) Methcathinone, its immediate precursors and immediate derivatives, its salts, optical isomers and salts of optical isomers; some other names: (2-(methylamino)-propiophenone; alpha-(methylamino)propiophenone; 2-(methylamino)-1-phenylpropan-1- one; alpha-N-methylaminopropiophenone; monomethylpropion; 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone and/or mephedrone;3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MPVD); ephedrone; N-methylcathinone; methylcathinone; AL-464; AL-422; AL- 463 and UR1432;

    (5) (+-) cis-4-methylaminorex; ((+-)cis-4,5-dihydro-4-methyl- 5-phenyl-2-oxazolamine);

    (6) N-ethylamphetamine;

    (7) N,N-dimethylamphetemine; also known as N,N-alpha- trimethyl-benzeneethanamine; N,N-alpha-trimethylphenethylamine.

    (8) Alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone, also known as alpha-PVP, optical isomers, salts and salts of isomers.

    (g) Temporary listing of substances subject to emergency scheduling. Any material, compound, mixture or preparation which contains any quantity of the following substances:

    (1) N-[1-benzyl-4-piperidyl]-N-phenylpropanamide (benzylfentanyl), its optical isomers, salts, and salts of isomers.

    (2)N-[1-(2-thienyl)methyl-4-piperidyl]-N-phenylpropanamide (thenylfentanyl), its optical isomers, salts and salts of isomers.

    (8) (3) N-benzylpiperazine, also known as BZP.

    (h) The following controlled substances are included in Schedule I:

    (1) Synthetic Cathinones or any compound, except bupropion or compounds listed under a different schedule, or compounds used within legitimate and approved medical research, structurally derived from 2- Aminopropan-1-one by substitution at the 1-position with Monocyclic or fused polycyclic ring systems, whether or not the compound is further modified in any of the following ways:

    (A) By substitution in the ring system to any extent with Alkyl, alkylenedioxy, alkoxy, haloalkyl, hydroxyl or halide Substituents whether or not further substituted in the ring system by one or more other univalent substituents.

    (B) By substitution at the 3-position with an acyclic alkyl substituent.

    (C) By substitution at the 2-amino nitrogen atom with alkyl, dialkyl, benzyl or methoxybenzyl groups.

    (D) By inclusion of the 2-amino nitrogen atom in a cyclic structure.

    (2) Any other synthetic chemical compound that is a Cannabinoid receptor type 1 agonist as demonstrated by binding studies and functional assays that is not listed in Schedules II, III, IV and V, not federal Food and Drug Administration approved drug or used within legitimate, approved medical research.

§60A-2-206. Schedule II.

    (a) Schedule II consists of the drugs and other substances, by whatever official name, common or usual name, chemical name or brand name designated, listed in this section.

    (b) Substances, vegetable origin or chemical synthesis. -- Unless specifically excepted or unless listed in another schedule, any of the following substances whether produced directly or indirectly by extraction from substances of vegetable origin, or independently by means of chemical synthesis, or by a combination of extraction and chemical synthesis:

    (1) Opium and opiate, and any salt, compound, derivative or preparation of opium or opiate excluding apomorphine, thebaine-derived butorphanol, dextrorphan, nalbuphine, nalmefene, naloxone and naltrexone, and their respective salts, but including the following:

    (A) Raw opium;

    (B) Opium extracts;

    (C) Opium fluid;

    (D) Powdered opium;

    (E) Granulated opium;

    (F) Tincture of opium;

    (G) Codeine;

    ((H) Dihydroetorphine;

    (H) (I) Ethylmorphine;

    (I) (J) Etorphine hydrochloride;

    (J) (K) Hydrocodone;

    (K) (L) Hydromorphone;

    (L) (M) Metopon;

    (M) (N) Morphine;

    (O) Oripavine;

    (N) (P) Oxycodone;

    (O) (Q) Oxymorphone; and

    (P) (R) Thebaine;

    (2) Any salt, compound, derivative or preparation thereof which is chemically equivalent or identical with any of the substances referred to in subdivision (1) of this subsection, except that these substances shall not include the isoquinoline alkaloids of opium;

    (3) Opium poppy and poppy straw;

    (4) Coca leaves and any salt, compound, derivative or preparation of coca leaves (including cocaine and ecgonine and their salts, isomers, derivatives and salts of isomers and derivatives), and any salt, compound, derivative or preparation thereof which is chemically equivalent or identical with any of these substances, except that the substances shall not include decocainized coca leaves or extractions of coca leaves, which extractions do not contain cocaine or ecgonine;

    (5) Concentrate of poppy straw (the crude extract of poppy straw in either liquid, solid or powder form which contains the phenanthrene alkaloids of the opium poppy).

    (c) Opiates. -- Unless specifically excepted or unless in another schedule, any of the following opiates, including its isomers, esters, ethers, salts and salts of isomers, esters and ethers whenever the existence of such isomers, esters, ethers and salts is possible within the specific chemical designation, dextrorphan and levopropoxyphene excepted:

    (1) Alfentanil;

    (2) Alphaprodine;

    (3) Anileridine;

    (4) Bezitramide;

    (5) Bulk dextropropoxyphene (nondosage forms);

    (6) Carfentanil;

    (7) Dihydrocodeine;

    (8) Diphenoxylate;

    (9) Fentanyl;

    (10) Isomethadone;

    (11) Levo-alphacetylmethadol; some other names: levo-alpha-acetylmethadol, levomethadyl acetate, LAAM;

    (12) Levomethorphan;

    (13) Levorphanol;

    (14) Metazocine;

    (15) Methadone;

    (16) Methadone-Intermediate, 4-cyano-2-dimethylamino-4, 4-diphenyl butane;

    (17) Moramide-Intermediate, 2-methyl-3-morpholino-1,

1-diphenylpropane-carboxylic acid;

    (18) Pethidine; (meperidine);

    (19) Pethidine-Intermediate-A, 4-cyano-1-methyl-4- phenylpiperidine;

    (20) Pethidine-Intermediate-B, ethyl-4-phenylpiperidine-4-carboxylate;

    (21) Pethidine-Intermediate-C, 1-methyl-4-phenylpiperidine-4-carboxylic acid;

    (22) Phenazocine;

    (23) Piminodine;

    (24) Racemethorphan;

    (25) Racemorphan;

    (26) Remifentanil;

    (27) Sufentanil; and

    (28) Tapentadol.

    (d) Stimulants. -- Unless specifically excepted or unless listed in another schedule, any material, compound, mixture or preparation which contains any quantity of the following substances having a stimulant effect on the central nervous system:

    (1) Amphetamine, its salts, optical isomers and salts of its optical isomers;

    (2) Methamphetamine, its salts, isomers and salts of its isomers;

    (3) Methylphenidate;

    (4) Phenmetrazine and its salts.; and

    (5) Lisdexamfetamine.

    (e) Depressants. -- Unless specifically excepted or unless listed in another schedule, any material, compound, mixture or preparation which contains any quantity of the following substances having a depressant effect on the central nervous system, including its salts, isomers and salts of isomers whenever the existence of such salts, isomers and salts of isomers is possible within the specific chemical designation:

    (1) Amobarbital;

    (2) Glutethimide;

    (3) Pentobarbital;

    (4) Phencyclidine;

    (5) Secobarbital.

    (f) Hallucinogenic substances:

    Nabilone: [Another name for nabilone: (+-)-trans-3-(1, 1-dimethylheptyl)-6, 6a, 7, 8, 10, 10a-hexahydro-1-hydroxy-6, 6-dimethyl-9H-dibenzo [b,d] pyran-9-one].

    (g) Immediate precursors. -- Unless specifically excepted or unless listed in another schedule, any material, compound, mixture, or preparation which contains any quantity of the following substances:

    (1) Immediate precursor to amphetamine and methamphetamine:

    (A) Phenylacetone;

    (B) Some trade or other names: phenyl-2-propanone; P2P; benzyl methyl ketone; methyl benzyl ketone;

    (2) Immediate precursors to phencyclidine (PCP):

    (A) 1-phenylcyclohexylamine; and

    (B) 1-piperidinocyclohexanecarbonitrile (PCC).

    (3) Immediate precursor to fentanyl:

    4-anilino-N-phenethyl-4-piperidine (ANPP).

§60A-2-208. Schedule III.

    (a) Schedule III consists of the drugs and other substances, by whatever official name, common or usual name, chemical name or brand name designated, listed in this section.

    (b) Stimulants. -- Unless specifically excepted or unless listed in another schedule, any material, compound, mixture or preparation which contains any quantity of the following substances having a stimulant effect on the central nervous system, including its salts, isomers (whether optical, position or geometric) and salts of such isomers whenever the existence of the salts, isomers and salts of isomers is possible within the specific chemical designation:

    (1) Those compounds, mixtures or preparations in dosage unit form containing any stimulant substances listed in Schedule II which compounds, mixtures or preparations were listed on August 25, 1971, as excepted compounds under 21 C.F.R. §1308.32, and any other drug of the quantitative composition shown in that list for those drugs or which is the same except that it contains a lesser quantity of controlled substances;

    (2) Benzphetamine;

    (3) Chlorphentermine;

    (4) Clortermine;

    (5) Phendimetrazine.

    (6) Hydrocodone.

    (c) Depressants. -- Unless specifically excepted or unless listed in another schedule, any material, compound, mixture or preparation which contains any quantity of the following substances having a depressant effect on the central nervous system:

    (1) Any compound, mixture or preparation containing:

    (A) Amobarbital;

    (B) Secobarbital;

    (C) Pentobarbital; or any salt of pentobarbital and one or more other active medicinal ingredients which are not listed in any schedule;

    (2) Any suppository dosage form containing:

    (A) Amobarbital;

    (B) Secobarbital;

    (C) Pentobarbital; or any salt of any of these drugs and approved by the food and drug administration for marketing only as a suppository;

    (3) Any substance which contains any quantity of a derivative of barbituric acid or any salt of barbituric acid;

    (4) Aprobarbital;

    (5) Butabarbital (secbutabarbital);

    (6) Butalbital (including, but not limited to, Fioricet);

    (7) Butobarbital (butethal);

    (4) (8) Chlorhexadol;

    (9) Embutramide;

    (10) Gamma Hydroxybutryic Acid preparations;

    (11) Ketamine, its salts, isomers and salts of isomers [Some other names for ketamine: (+-)-2-(2-chlorophenyl)-2-(methylamino)-cyclohexanone];

    (5) (12) Lysergic acid;

    (6) (13) Lysergic acid amide;

    (7) (14) Methyprylon;

    (8) (15) Sulfondiethylmethane;

    (9) (16) Sulfonethylmethane;

    (10) (17) Sulfonmethane;

    (18) Thiamylal;

    (19) Thiopental;

    (11) (20) Tiletamine and zolazepam or any salt of tiletamine and zolazepam; some trade or other names for a tiletamine-zolazepam combination product: Telazol; some trade or other names for tiletamine: 2-(ethylamino)-2-(2-thienyl)-cyclohexanone; some trade or other names for zolazepam: 4-(2-flurophenyl)-6, 8-dihydro-1, 3, 8-trimethylpyrazolo-[3,4-e] [1,4]-diazepin-7(1H)-one, flupyrazapon; and

    (12) Human growth hormones or anabolic steroids.

    Ketamine, its salts, isomers and salts of isomers, including ketamine hydrochloride.

    (21) Vinbarbital.

    (d) Nalorphine.

    (e) Narcotic drugs. -- Unless specifically excepted or unless listed in another schedule:

    (1) Any material, compound, mixture or preparation containing any of the following narcotic drugs, or their salts calculated as the free anhydrous base or alkaloid, in limited quantities as set forth below:

    (1) (A) Not more than 1.8 grams of codeine per 100 milliliters and not more than 90 milligrams per dosage unit, with an equal or greater quantity of an isoquinoline alkaloid of opium;

    (2) (B) Not more than 1.8 grams of codeine per 100 milliliters or not more than 90 milligrams per dosage unit, with one or more active, nonnarcotic ingredients in recognized therapeutic amounts;

    (3) Not more than 300 milligrams of dihydrocodeinone (hydrocodone) per 100 milliliters or not more than 15 milligrams per dosage unit, with a fourfold or greater quantity of an isoquinoline alkaloid of opium;

    (4) Not more than 300 milligrams of dihydrocodeinone (hydrocodone) per 100 milliliters or not more than 15 milligrams per dosage unit, with one or more active, nonnarcotic ingredients in recognized therapeutic amounts;

    (5) (C) Not more than 1.8 grams of dihydrocodeine per 100 milliliters and not more than 90 milligrams per dosage unit, with one or more active, nonnarcotic ingredients in recognized therapeutic amounts;

    (6) (D) Not more than 300 milligrams of ethylmorphine per 100 milliliters or not more than 15 milligrams per dosage unit, with one or more active, nonnarcotic ingredients in recognized therapeutic amounts;

    (7) (E) Not more than 500 milligrams of opium per 100 milliliters or per 100 grams or not more than 25 milligrams per dosage unit, with one or more active, nonnarcotic ingredients in recognized therapeutic amounts;

    (8) (F) Not more than 50 milligrams of morphine per 100 milliliters or per 100 grams, with one or more active, nonnarcotic ingredients in recognized therapeutic amounts.

    (2) Any material, compound, mixture or preparation containing buprenorphine or its salts (including, but not limited to, Suboxone).

    (f) Anabolic steroids. -- Unless specifically excepted or unless listed in another schedule, any material, compound, mixture, or preparation containing any quantity of anabolic steroids, including its salts, isomers and salts of isomers whenever the existence of the salts of isomers is possible within the specific chemical designation.

    (g) Human growth hormones.

    (g) (h) Dronabinol (synthetic) in sesame oil and encapsulated in a soft gelatin capsule in a United States food and drug administration approved drug product. (Some other names for dronabinol: (6aR-trans)-6a, 7, 8, 10a- tetrahydro-6, 6, 9-trimethyl-3-pentyl-6H-dibenzo [b,d] pyran-1- ol or (-)-delta-9-(trans)-tetrahydrocannabinol).

§60A-2-210. Schedule IV.

    (a) Schedule IV shall consist of the drugs and other substances, by whatever official name, common or usual name, chemical name, or brand name designated, listed in this section.

    (b) Narcotic drugs. -- Unless specifically excepted or unless listed in another schedule, any material, compound, mixture or preparation containing any of the following narcotic drugs, or their salts calculated as the free anhydrous base or alkaloid, in limited quantities as set forth below:

    (1) Not more than 1 milligram of difenoxin and not less than 25 micrograms of atropine sulfate per dosage unit;

    (2) Dextropropoxyphene (alpha-(+)-4-dimethylamino-1,2-diphenyl-3-methyl-2-propionoxybutane).

    (c) Depressants. -- Unless specifically excepted or unless listed in another schedule, any material, compound, mixture or preparation which contains any quantity of the following substances, including its salts, isomers and salts of isomers whenever the existence of such salts, isomers and salts of isomers is possible within the specific chemical designation:

    (1) Alprazolam;

    (2) Barbital;

    (3) Bromazepam;

    (4) Camazepam;

    (5) Carisoprodol;

    (6) Chloral betaine;

    (7) Chloral hydrate;

    (8) Chlordiazepoxide;

    (9) Clobazam;

    (10) Clonazepam;

    (11) Clorazepate;

    (12) Clotiazepam;

    (13) Cloxazolam;

    (14) Delorazepam;

    (15) Diazepam;

    (16) Dichloralphenazone;

    (16) (17) Estazolam;

    (17) (18) Ethchlorvynol;

    (18) (19) Ethinamate;

    (19) (20) Ethyl loflazepate;

    (20) (21) Fludiazepam;

    (21) (22) Flunitrazepam;

    (22) (23) Flurazepam;

    (24) Fospropofol;

    (23) (25) Halazepam;

    (24) (26) Haloxazolam;

    (25) (27) Ketazolam;

    (26) (28) Loprazolam;

    (27) (29) Lorazepam;

    (28) (30) Lormetazepam;

    (29) (31) Mebutamate;

    (30) (32) Medazepam;

    (31) (33) Meprobamate;

    (32) (34) Methohexital;

    (33) (35) Methylphenobarbital (mephobarbital);

    (34) (36) Midazolam;

    (35) (37) Nimetazepam;

    (36) (38) Nitrazepam;

    (37) (39) Nordiazepam;

    (38) (40) Oxazepam;

    (39) (41) Oxazolam;

    (40) (42) Paraldehyde;

    (41) (43) Petrichloral;

    (42) (44) Phenobarbital;

    (43) (45) Pinazepam;

    (44) (46) Prazepam;

    (45) (47) Quazepam;

    (46) (48) Temazepam;

    (47) (49) Tetrazepam;

    (48) (50) Triazolam;

    (51) Zaleplon;

    (49) (52) Zolpidem;

    (53) Zopiclone.

    (d) Fenfluramine. Any material, compound, mixture or preparation which contains any quantity of the following substance, including its salts, isomers (whether optical, position or geometric) and salts of such isomers whenever the existence of such salts, isomers and salts of isomers is possible: Fenfluramine and Dexfenfluramine.

    (e) Stimulants. -- Unless specifically excepted or unless listed in another schedule, any material, compound, mixture or preparation which contains any quantity of the following substances having a stimulant effect on the central nervous system, including its salts, isomers and salts of isomers:

    (1) Cathine ((+)-norpseudoephedrine);

    (2) Diethylpropion;

    (3) Fencamfamin;

    (4) Fenproporex;

    (5) Mazindol;

    (6) Mefenorex;

    (7) Modafinil;

    (7) (8) Pemoline (including organometallic complexes and chelates thereof);

    (8) (9) Phentermine;

    (9) (10) Pipradrol;

    (11) Sibutramine;

    (10) (12) SPA ((-)-1-dimethylamino-1,2-diphenylethane).

    (f) Other substances. -- Unless specifically excepted or unless listed in another schedule, any material, compound, mixture or preparation which contains any quantity of the following substances, including its salts:

    (1) Pentazocine;

    (2) Butorphanol;

    (3) tramadol hydrochloride.

    Amyl nitrite, butyl nitrite, isobutyl nitrite and the other organic nitrites are controlled substances and no product containing these compounds as a significant component shall be possessed, bought or sold other than pursuant to a bona fide prescription or for industrial or manufacturing purposes.

§60A-2-212. Schedule V.

    (a) Schedule V shall consist of the drugs and other substances, by whatever official name, common or usual name, chemical name, or brand name designated, listed in this section.

    (b) Narcotic drugs. -- Unless specifically excepted or unless listed in another schedule, any material, compound, mixture or preparation containing any of the following narcotic drugs and their salts, as set forth below:

    (1) Buprenorphine. (c) (b) Narcotic drugs containing nonnarcotic active medicinal ingredients. Any compound, mixture or preparation containing any of the following narcotic drugs or their salts calculated as the free anhydrous base or alkaloid in limited quantities as set forth below, which shall include one or more nonnarcotic active medicinal ingredients in sufficient proportion to confer upon the compound, mixture or preparation valuable medicinal qualities other than those possessed by the narcotic drug alone:

    (1) Not more than 200 milligrams of codeine per 100 milliliters or per 100 grams;

    (2) Not more than 100 milligrams of dihydrocodeine per 100 milliliters or per 100 grams;

    (3) Not more than 100 milligrams of ethylmorphine per 100 milliliters or per 100 grams;

    (4) Not more than 2.5 milligrams of diphenoxylate and not less than 25 micrograms of atropine sulfate per dosage unit;

    (5) Not more than 100 milligrams of opium per 100 milliliters or per 100 grams;

    (6) Not more than 0.5 milligrams of difenoxin and not less than 25 micrograms of atropine sulfate per dosage unit.

    (d) (c) Stimulants. -- Unless specifically exempted or excluded or unless listed in another schedule, any material, compound, mixture or preparation which contains any quantity of the following substances having a stimulant effect on the central nervous system, including its salts, isomers and salts of isomers:

    (1) Pyrovalerone.

    (e) (d) Any compound, mixture or preparation containing as its single active ingredient ephedrine, pseudoephedrine or phenylpropanolamine, their salts or optical isomers, or salts of optical isomers except products which are for pediatric use primarily intended for administration to children under the age of twelve: Provided, That neither the offenses set forth in section four hundred one, article four of this chapter, nor the penalties therein, shall be applicable to ephedrine, pseudoephedrine or phenylpropanolamine which shall be subject to the provisions of article ten of this chapter.

    (e) Depressants. -- Unless specifically exempted or excluded or unless listed in another schedule, any material, compound, mixture or preparation which contains any quantity of the following substances having a depressant effect on the central nervous system, including its salts:

    (1) Ezogabine [N-[2-amino-4-94-fluorobenzylamino)-phenyl]-carbamic acid ethyl ester];

    (2)Lacosamide [(R)-2-acetoamido- N -benzyl-3-methoxy-propionamide];

    (3) Pregabalin [(S)-3-(aminomethyl)-5-methylhexanoic acid].”

§60A-3-308. Prescriptions.

    (a) Except when dispensed directly by a practitioner, other than a pharmacy, to an ultimate user, no controlled substance in Schedule II may be dispensed without the lawful prescription of a practitioner.

    (b) In emergency situations, as defined by rule of the said appropriate department, board or agency, Schedule II drugs may be dispensed upon oral prescription of a practitioner, reduced promptly to writing and filed by the pharmacy. Prescription shall be retained in conformity with the requirements of section three hundred six of this article. No prescription for a Schedule II substance may be refilled.

    (c) Except when dispensed directly by a practitioner, other than a pharmacy, to an ultimate user, a controlled substance included in Schedule III or IV, which is a prescription drug as determined under appropriate state or federal statute, shall not be dispensed without a lawful prescription of a practitioner. The prescription shall not be filled or refilled more than six months after the date thereof or be refilled more than five times unless renewed by the practitioner.

    (d) (1) A controlled substance included in Schedule V shall not be distributed or dispensed other than for a medicinal purpose: Provided, That buprenorphine shall be dispensed only by prescription pursuant to subsections (a), (b) and (c) of this section: Provided, however, That the controlled substances included in subsection (e), section two hundred twelve, article two of this chapter shall be dispensed, sold or distributed only by a physician, in a pharmacy by a pharmacist or pharmacy technician, or health care professional.

    (2) If the substance described in subsection (e), section two hundred twelve, article two of this chapter is dispensed, sold or distributed in a pharmacy:

    (A) The substance shall be dispensed, sold or distributed only by a pharmacist or a pharmacy technician; and

    (B) Any person purchasing, receiving or otherwise acquiring any such substance shall produce a photographic identification issued by a state or federal governmental entity reflecting his or her date of birth.

    (e) Notwithstanding any provision of this code to the contrary, on or after September 1, 2012, any practitioner or entity prescribing or dispensing a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone to treat opioid addiction shall only prescribe or dispense said product in the form of sublingual film unless the sublingual film is clinically contraindicated. If the prescriber or dispenser determines that sublingual film is contraindicated he or she shall document the reasons for not dispensing sublingual film in the patient’s file or chart.

    The bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4208), as amended, was then ordered to third reading.

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4217, Relating to Medicaid reports to the Legislature.

    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 5. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS.

§9-5-22. Medicaid managed care reporting.

    (a) Beginning January 1, 2016, and annually thereafter, the Bureau for Medical Services shall submit an annual report by May of that year to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance and the Legislative Oversight Commission on Health and Human Resources Accountability that includes, but is not limited to, the following information for all managed care organizations:

    (1) The name and geographic service area of each managed care organization that has contracted with the bureau.

    (2) The total number of health care providers in each managed care organization broken down by provider type and specialty and by each geographic service area.

    (3) The monthly average and total of the number of members enrolled in each organization broken down by eligibility group.

    (4) The percentage of clean claims paid each provider type within thirty calendar days and the average number of days to pay all claims for each managed care organization

    (5) The number of claims denied or pended by each managed care organization.

    (6) The number and dollar value of all claims paid to non-network providers by claim type for each managed care organization.

    (7) The number of members choosing the managed care organization and the number of members auto-enrolled into each managed care organization, broken down by managed care organization.

    (8) The amount of the average per member per month payment and total payments paid to each managed care organization.

    (9) A comparison of nationally recognized health outcomes measures as required by the contracts the managed care organizations have with the bureau.

    (10) A copy of the member and provider satisfaction survey report for each managed care organization.

    (11) A copy of the annual audited financial statements for each managed care organization.

    (12) A brief factual narrative of any sanctions levied by the department against a managed care network.

    (13) The number of members, broken down by each managed care organization, filing a grievance or appeal and the total number and percentage of grievances or appeals that reversed or otherwise resolved a decision in favor of the member.

    (14) The number of members receiving unduplicated outpatient emergency services and urgent care services, broken down by managed care organization.

    (15) The number of total inpatient Medicaid days broken down by managed care organization and aggregated by facility type.

    (16) The following information concerning pharmacy benefits broken down by each managed care organization and by month:

    (A) Total number of prescription claims;

    (B) Total number of prescription claims denied;

    (C) Average adjudication time for prescription claims;

    (D) Total number of prescription claims adjudicated within thirty days;

    (E) Total number of prescription claims adjudicated within ninety days;

    (F) Total number of prescription claims adjudicated after thirty days; and

    (G) Total number of prescription claims adjudicated after ninety days.

    (17) The total number of authorizations by service.

    (18) Any other metric or measure which the Bureau of Medical Services deems appropriate for inclusion in the report.

    (b) The report required in subsection (a) of this section shall also include information regarding fee-for-service providers that is comparable to that required in subsection (a) of this section for managed care organizations.

    (c) The report required in subsection (a) of this section shall also include for each of the five most recent fiscal years, annual cost information for both managed care organizations and fee-for-service providers of the Medicaid program expressed in terms of:

    (1) Aggregate dollars expended by both managed care organizations and fee-for-service providers of the Medicaid programs per fiscal years; and

    (2) Annual rate of cost inflation from prior fiscal year for both managed care organizations and fee-for-service providers of the Medicaid program.

§9-5-23. Bureau of Medical Services information.

    (a) The Bureau of Medical Services shall publish all informational bulletins, health plan advisories, and guidance published by the department concerning the Medicaid program on the department's website.

    (b) The bureau shall publish all Medicaid state plan amendments and any related correspondence within twenty-four hours of receipt of the correspondence submission to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

    (c) The bureau shall publish all formal responses by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding any state plan amendment on the department's website within twenty-four hours of receipt of the correspondence.

    On motion of Senator Stollings, the following amendments to the Health and Human Resources committee amendment to the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4217) were reported by the Clerk and adopted:

    On page three, section twenty-two, subsection (a), after subdivision (18), by inserting the following:

    (19) For those managed care plans that are accredited by a national accreditation organization they shall report their most recent annual quality ranking for their Medicaid plans offered in West Virginia.

    (20) The medical loss ratio and the administrative cost of each managed care organization and the amount of money refunded to the state if the contract contains a medical loss ratio.;

    And,

    On page four, section twenty-two, subsection (b), after the word “organization”, by changing the period to a colon and inserting the following proviso: Provided, That any report regarding Medicaid fee for service should be designed to determine the medical and pharmacy costs for those benefits similar to ones provided by the managed care organizations and the data shall be reflective of the population served.

    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. 4217), as amended, was then ordered to third reading.

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4242, Increasing gross weight limitations on certain roads in Brooke County.

    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. 4245, Relating to anticipated retirement dates of certain health care professionals.

    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. 4254, Providing that certain state employees may be granted a leave of absence with pay during a declared state of emergency.

    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. 4268, Relating to the administration of veterans' assistance.

    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 section and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

CHAPTER 9A. VETERANS’ ASSISTANCE.

ARTICLE 1. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS’ ASSISTANCE.

§9A-1-2. Veterans’ Council; administration of department.

    (a) There is continued the “Veterans’ Council” consisting of nine members who must be citizens and residents of this state and who have served in and been honorably discharged or separated under honorable conditions from the Armed Forces of the United States and whose service was within a time of war as defined by the laws of the United States. either Public Law No. 2 –- 73rd Congress, or Public Law No. 346 –- 78th Congress, and amendments thereto.

    (b) Where feasible, two members of the council shall be veterans of either World War II or the Korean Conflict, at least two members of the council shall be veterans of the Vietnam era, at least one member shall be a veteran of the first Gulf War and at least one member shall be a veteran of the Afghanistan or Iraqi Conflicts. The members of the veterans’ council shall be selected with special reference to their ability and fitness to effectuate the purposes of this article. If an eligible veteran is not available or cannot be selected, a veteran who is a citizen and resident of this state, who served in and was honorably discharged or separated under honorable conditions from the Armed Forces of the United States and who served during any time of war or peace may be selected.

    (c) A The secretary and such veterans’ affairs officers, assistants and employees as the secretary considers advisable, shall administer the West Virginia Department of Veterans’ Assistance.

§9A-1-4. Duties and functions of Veterans' Council; appointment of secretary; honoring academic achievement at military academies.

    (a) It is the duty and function of The Veterans' Council to advise the secretary on the general administrative policies of the department, to select, at their first meeting in each fiscal year commencing on July 1, a chairperson to serve one year, to advise the secretary on rules as may be necessary, to advise the Governor and the Legislature with respect to legislation affecting the interests of veterans, their widows, widowers, dependents and orphans and to make annual reports to the Governor respecting the service of the department. The secretary has the same eligibility and qualifications prescribed for members of the Veterans' Council. The secretary ex officio shall maintain all records of the Veterans’ Council.

    (b) The Veterans’ Council may annually honor each West Virginian graduating from the U. S. Military Academy, the U. S. Naval Academy, the U. S. Air Force Academy and the U. S. Coast Guard Academy with the highest grade point average by bestowing upon him or her the West Augusta Award. The award shall be in a design and form established by the council and include the famous Revolutionary War phrase from which the award’s name is derived: “Once again our brethren from West Augusta have answered the call to duty.” The council shall coordinate the manner of recognition of the recipient at graduation ceremonies with each academy.

§9A-1-5. Compensation to and expenses of Secretary and Veterans’ Council members; meetings of Veterans’ Council.

    (a) The director secretary shall receive an annual salary as provided in section two-a, article seven, chapter six of this code and necessary traveling expenses incident to the performance of his or her duties. The salaries of the veterans’ affairs officers, assistants and employees shall be fixed by the Veterans’ Council.

    (b) The members of the Veterans’ Council shall receive no salary, but each member shall receive the same compensation and expense reimbursement as is paid to members of the Legislature for their interim duties as recommended by the Citizens Legislative Compensation Commission and authorized by law for each day or portion thereof engaged in the discharge of official duties. The requisition for such expenses and traveling expenses shall be accompanied by a sworn and itemized statement, which shall be filed with the Auditor and permanently preserved as a public record.

    (c) The Veterans’ Council shall hold its initial meeting on the call of the Governor, and thereafter shall meet on the call of its chairman, except as otherwise provided. With the exception of the first three meetings of the Veterans’ Council, none of which shall be of a duration longer than two weeks each, for organizational purposes,

    (d) The Veterans’ Council shall meet not more than once every two months at such times as may be determined by and upon the call of the chairman for a period of not more than two days, unless there should be an emergency requiring a special meeting or for a longer period and so declared and called by the Governor or by the chairman with the approval of the Governor.

    (e) A majority of the members of the Veterans’ Council in office shall constitute a quorum for the conduct of official business.

§9A-1-6. Oaths.

    The members of the Veterans’ Council, the director secretary and the veterans’ affairs officers of the department shall take and subscribe to the oath prescribed by article four, section five of the state Constitution before entering on their duties. Their oaths shall be filed with the Secretary of State.

§9A-1-8. Offices.

    (a) The offices of the director secretary shall be located at the state capitol or other place provided in the capital city. The director secretary shall keep his or her offices open at all reasonable times for the transaction of business.

    (b) The offices and meeting place of the Veterans’ Council shall be in the offices of the director secretary: Provided, That the Veterans’ Council with the approval of the Governor may hold meetings at other places but not outside of this state, except in the District of Columbia.

§9A-1-9. Duties of department.

    The division department of veterans’ affairs assistance of West Virginia shall:

    (1) Assist veterans, their widows, widowers, dependents and orphans within the state, in properly presenting their claims before the United States Veterans’ Administration, its administrator, or any federal agency, the State of West Virginia, or any of the several states of the United States, when the claims arise out of service with the armed forces of the United States as defined in section one of this article;

    (2) Contact all veterans’ organizations in this state through their duly elected or appointive officers to effectuate the purposes of this article and aid in the efficiency of the operations of the division department;

    (3) Render all possible and proper advice, assistance and counsel to veterans, their families, and their widows, dependents and orphans, within the state, and furnish them information on compensation, allowances, pensions, insurance, rehabilitation, hospitalization, education, vocational training, or refresher or retraining courses in education or training, employment, loans or aid for the purchase, acquisition or construction of homes, farms, farm equipment and business property, preference in the purchase of property and preference in employment, as provided or may be provided by any federal act, any federal agency, this state or other states;

    (4) Make careful inquiry into all claims presented for payment out of the State Treasury from any appropriation made for the benefit of veterans, their widows, widowers, dependents and orphans.

§9A-1-10. Powers and duties of secretary.

    The director secretary is the executive and administrative head of the division department and has the power and duty, subject to the provisions of section four of this article, to:

    (a) Supervise and put into effect the purposes and provisions of this article and the rules for the government of the division department;

    (b) Prescribe methods pertaining to investigations and reinvestigations of all claims and to the rights and interests of all veterans, their widows, widowers, dependents and orphans;

    (c) Prescribe uniform methods of keeping all records and case records of the veterans, their widows, widowers, dependents and orphans;

    (d) Sign and execute, in the name of the state by West Virginia Division Department of Veterans’ Affairs Assistance, and by and with the consent of the Veterans’ Council, any contract or agreement with the federal government or its agencies, other states, subdivisions of this state, corporations, associations, partnerships or individuals;

    (e) Supervise the fiscal affairs and responsibilities of the division department;

    (f) Organize the division department to comply with the requirements of this article and with the standards required by any federal act or any federal agency;

    (g) Establish any regional or area offices throughout the state that are necessary to promote efficiency and economy in administration;

    (h) Make reports that comply with the requirements of any federal act or federal agency and the provisions of this article;

    (i) Cooperate with the federal and state governments for the more effective attainment of the purposes of this article;

    (j) Keep a complete and accurate record of all proceedings; record and file all contracts and agreements and assume responsibility for the custody and preservation of all papers and documents pertaining to his or her office and the division department;

    (k) Prepare for the Veterans’ Council the annual reports to the Governor of the condition, operation and functioning of the division department;

    (l) Exercise any other powers necessary and proper to standardize the work; to expedite the service and business; to assure fair consideration of the rights and interests and claims of veterans, their widows, widowers, dependents and orphans; to provide resources for a program which will promote a greater outreach to veterans and which will advise them of the benefits and services that are available; and to promote the efficiency of the division department;

    (m) Invoke any legal, equitable or special remedies for the enforcement of his or her orders or the provisions of this article;

    (n) Appoint the veterans’ affairs officers and heads of divisions of the division department, and of regional or area offices, and employ assistants and employees, including case managers and counselors, that are necessary for the efficient operation of the division department;

    (o) Provide resources and assistance in the development of an Internet website which is to be used to inform veterans of programs and services available to them through the division department and the state and federal governments;

    (p) Delegate to all or any of his or her appointees, assistants or employees all powers and duties vested in the director secretary, except the power to sign and execute contracts and agreements: but the director Provided, That the secretary shall be responsible for the acts of his or her appointees, assistants and employees; and

    (q) Provide volunteers who will drive or transport Award grants, in his or her discretion, subject to available appropriations, to provide for the transportation of veterans to veterans’ hospitals from the veteran’s home or local Veterans’ affairs Assistance offices; and and who shall be paid an expense per diem of seventy-five dollar.

    (r) Enter into an agreement with the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture to transfer without consideration all or part of the approximately seventeen acres of the Department of Agriculture property in Beckley, West Virginia, located adjacent to the Jackie Withrow Hospital which was formerly known as Pinecrest Hospital, for construction of a veterans skilled nursing facility.

§9A-1-11. Establishment of veterans facilities support fund; authorized expenditures.

    (a) There is hereby created continued in the State Treasury a special revenue fund to be designated and known as the Veterans Facilities Support Fund which shall be administered by the secretary.

    (b) All interest or other returns earned on the investment of the moneys in the fund shall be credited to the fund.

    (c) Funds paid into the account shall be derived from the following sources: (1) Any gift, grant, bequest, endowed fund or donation which may be received by any veterans facility created by statute from any governmental entity or unit or any person, firm, foundation or corporation; and (2) All interest or other return on investment accruing to the fund.

    (d) Moneys in the fund are to be used for the operational costs of any veterans facility created by statute, the acquisition, design, construction, equipping, furnishing, including, without limitation, the payment of debt service on bonds issued to finance the foregoing and/or as otherwise designated or specified by the donor.

    (e) Any balance, including accrued interest or other earnings, in this special fund at the end of any fiscal year shall not revert to the General Revenue Fund but shall remain in the fund.

    (f) Funds from the Veterans Facility Support Fund for operational costs of any veterans’ facility as defined in this section will be distributed by appropriation of the Legislature.

    (g) Funds from the Veterans Facility Support Fund for the acquisition, design, construction, equipping, furnishing, including, without limitation, the payment of debt service on bonds issued to finance the veterans nursing home shall be transferred to the Veterans Nursing Home Building Fund upon written request of the director secretary. of the division of Veterans Affairs to the Investment Management Board and the state Treasurer in accordance with the provisions of this section.

§9A-1-12. Legal assistance.

    The Attorney General of the state and his or her assistants, and the prosecuting attorneys of the various counties, shall render to the Veterans’ Council or director secretary, without additional compensation, such legal services as may be required in the discharge of the provisions of this article.

    The bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4268), as amended, was then ordered to third reading.

    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.

    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 section and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

ARTICLE 3. WEST VIRGINIA MEDICAL PRACTICE ACT.

§30-3-15. Certificate of authorization requirements for medical and podiatry corporations.

    (a) Unlawful acts. – It is unlawful for any corporation to practice or offer to practice medicine and surgery or podiatry in this state without a certificate of authorization issued by the board designating the corporation as an authorized medical or podiatry corporation.

    (b) Certificate of authorization for in-state medical or podiatry corporation. – One or more physicians licensed to practice medicine and surgery in this state under this article, or one or more physicians licensed under this article and one or more physicians licensed under article fourteen of this chapter, or one or more podiatrists licensed to practice podiatry in this state may receive a certificate of authorization from the board to be designated a medical or podiatry corporation by:

    (1) Filing a written application with the board on a form prescribed by the board;

    (2) Furnishing satisfactory proof to the board that each shareholder of the proposed medical or podiatry corporation is a licensed physician or podiatrist pursuant to this article or article fourteen of this chapter; and

    (3) Submitting applicable fees which are not refundable.

    (c) Certificate of authorization for out-of-state medical or podiatry corporation. – A medical or podiatry corporation formed outside of this state for the purpose of engaging in the practice of medicine and surgery or the practice of podiatry may receive a certificate of authorization from the board to be designated a foreign medical or podiatry corporation by:

    (1) Filing a written application with the board on a form prescribed by the board;

    (2) Furnishing satisfactory proof to the board that the medical or podiatry corporation has received a certificate of authorization or similar authorization from the appropriate authorities as a medical or podiatry corporation, or professional corporation in its state of incorporation and is currently in good standing with that authority;

    (3) Furnishing satisfactory proof to the board that at least one shareholder of the proposed medical or podiatry corporation is a licensed physician or podiatrist pursuant to this article and is designated as the corporate representative for all communications with the board regarding the designation and continuing authorization of the corporation as a foreign medical or podiatry corporation;

    (4) Furnishing satisfactory proof to the board that all of the medical or podiatry corporation’s shareholders are licensed physicians or podiatrists in one or more states and submitting a complete list of the shareholders, including each shareholder’s name, their state or states of licensure and their license number(s); and

    (5) Submitting applicable fees which are not refundable.

    (d) Notice of certificate of authorization to Secretary of State – When the board issues a certificate of authorization to a medical or podiatry corporation, then the board shall notify the Secretary of State that a certificate of authorization has been issued. When the Secretary of State receives a notification from the board, he or she shall attach that certificate of authorization to the corporation application and, upon compliance by the corporation with the pertinent provisions of this code, shall notify the incorporators that the medical or podiatry corporation, through licensed physicians or licensed podiatrists, may engage in the practice of medicine and surgery or the practice of podiatry in West Virginia.

    (e) Authorized practice of medical or podiatry corporation – An authorized medical corporation may only practice medicine and surgery through individual physicians licensed to practice medicine and surgery in this state. An authorized podiatry corporation may only practice podiatry through individual podiatrists licensed to practice podiatry in this state. Physicians or podiatrists may be employees rather than shareholders of a medical or podiatry corporation, and nothing herein requires a license for or other legal authorization of, any individual employed by a medical or podiatry corporation to perform services for which no license or other legal authorization is otherwise required.

    (f) Renewal of certificate of authorization – A medical or podiatry corporation holding a certificate of authorization shall register biennially, on or before the expiration date on its certificate of authorization, on a form prescribed by the board, and pay a biennial fee. If a medical or podiatry corporation does not timely renew its certificate of authorization, then its certificate of authorization automatically expires.

    (g) Renewal for expired certificate of authorization – A medical or podiatry corporation whose certificate of authorization has expired may reapply for a certificate of authorization by submitting a new application and application fee in conformity with subsection (b) or (c) of this section.

    (h) Ceasing operation -- In-state medical or podiatry corporation. – A medical or podiatry corporation formed in this state and holding a certificate of authorization shall cease to engage in the practice of medicine, surgery or podiatry when notified by the board that:

    (1) One of its shareholders is no longer a duly licensed physician or podiatrist in this state; or

    (2) The shares of the medical or podiatry corporation have been sold or transferred to a person who is not a licensed physician or podiatrist in this state. The personal representative of a deceased shareholder shall have a period, not to exceed twelve months from the date of the shareholder's death, to transfer the shares. Nothing herein affects the existence of the medical or podiatry corporation or its right to continue to operate for all lawful purposes other than the practice of medicine and surgery or the practice of podiatry.

    (i) Ceasing operation -- Out-of-state medical or podiatry corporation. – A medical or podiatry corporation formed outside of this state and holding a certificate of authorization shall immediately cease to engage in the practice of medicine, surgery or podiatry in this state if:

    (1) The corporate shareholders no longer include at least one shareholder who is licensed to practice as a physician or podiatrist in this state;

    (2) The corporation is notified that one of its shareholders is no longer a licensed physician or podiatrist; or

    (3) The shares of the medical or podiatry corporation have been sold or transferred to a person who is not a licensed physician or podiatrist. The personal representative of a deceased shareholder shall have a period, not to exceed twelve months from the date of the shareholder's death, to transfer the shares. In order to maintain its certificate of authorization to practice medicine, surgery or podiatry during the twelve month period, the medical or podiatry corporation shall, at all times, have at least one shareholder who is a licensed physician or podiatrist in this state. Nothing herein affects the existence of the medical or podiatry corporation or its right to continue to operate for all lawful purposes other than the practice of medicine, surgery or podiatry.

    (j) Notice to Secretary of State – Within thirty days of the expiration, revocation or suspension of a certificate of authorization by the board, the board shall submit written notice to the Secretary of State.

    (k) Unlawful acts. – It is unlawful for any corporation to practice or offer to practice medicine and surgery or podiatry after its certificate of authorization has expired or been revoked, or if suspended, during the term of the suspension.

    (l) Application of section – Nothing in this section is meant or intended to change in any way the rights, duties, privileges, responsibilities and liabilities incident to the physician-patient or podiatrist-patient relationship, nor is it meant or intended to change in any way the personal character of the physician-patient or podiatrist-patient relationship.

    (m) Court evidence – A certificate of authorization issued by the board to a corporation to practice medicine and surgery or podiatry in this state that has not expired, been revoked or suspended is admissible in evidence in all courts of this state and is prima facie evidence of the facts stated therein.

    (n) Penalties – Any officer, shareholder or employee of a medical or podiatry corporation who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $1,000 per violation.

    The bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4278), as amended, was then ordered to third reading.

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4283, Raising the minimum wage.

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

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

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

ARTICLE 5C. MINIMUM WAGE AND MAXIMUM HOURS STANDARDS FOR EMPLOYEES.

§21-5C-1. Definitions.

    As used in this article:

    (a) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of labor or his or her duly authorized representatives.

    (b) "Wage and hour director" means the wage and hour director appointed by the commissioner of labor as chief of the wage and hour division.

    (c) "Wage" means compensation due an employee by reason of his or her employment.

    (d) "Employ" means to hire or permit to work.

    (e) "Employer" includes the State of West Virginia, its agencies, departments and all its political subdivisions, any individual, partnership, association, public or private corporation, or any person or group of persons acting directly or indirectly in the interest of any employer in relation to an employee; and who employs during any calendar week six or more employees as herein defined in any one separate, distinct and permanent location or business establishment: Provided, That the term "employer" shall not include any individual, partnership, association, corporation, person or group of persons or similar unit if eighty percent of the persons employed by him are subject to any federal act relating to minimum wage, maximum hours and overtime compensation.

    (f) "Employee" includes any individual employed by an employer but shall not include: (1) Any individual employed by the United States; (2) any individual engaged in the activities of an educational, charitable, religious, fraternal or nonprofit organization where the employer-employee relationship does not in fact exist, or where the services rendered to such organizations are on a voluntary basis; (3) newsboys, shoeshine boys, golf caddies, pinboys and pin chasers in bowling lanes; (4) traveling salesmen and outside salesmen; (5) services performed by an individual in the employ of his or her parent, son, daughter or spouse; (6) any individual employed in a bona fide professional, executive or administrative capacity; (7) any person whose employment is for the purpose of on-the-job training; (8) any person having a physical or mental handicap so severe as to prevent his or her employment or employment training in any training or employment facility other than a nonprofit sheltered workshop; (9) any individual employed in a boys or girls summer camp; (10) any person sixty-two years of age or over who receives old-age or survivors benefits from the social security administration; (11) any individual employed in agriculture as the word agriculture is defined in the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended; (12) any individual employed as a fire fighter by the state or agency thereof; (13) ushers in theaters; (14) any individual employed on a part-time basis who is a student in any recognized school or college; (15) any individual employed by a local or interurban motorbus carrier; (16) so far as the maximum hours and overtime compensation provisions of this article are concerned, any salesman, parts man or mechanic primarily engaged in selling or servicing automobiles, trailers, trucks, farm implements, aircraft if employed by a nonmanufacturing establishment primarily engaged in the business of selling such vehicles to ultimate purchasers; (17) any employee with respect to whom the United States Department of Transportation has statutory authority to establish qualifications and maximum hours of service; (18) any person employed on a per diem basis by the Senate, the House of Delegates, or the Joint Committee on Government and Finance of the Legislature of West Virginia, other employees of the Senate or House of Delegates designated by the presiding officer thereof and additional employees of the Joint Committee on Government and Finance designated by such joint committee; or (19) any person employed as a seasonal employee of a commercial whitewater outfitter where the seasonal employee works less than seven months in any one calendar year and, in such case, only for the limited purpose of exempting the seasonal employee from the maximum wage provisions of section three of this article.

    (g) "Workweek" means a regularly recurring period of one hundred sixty-eight hours in the form of seven consecutive twenty-four hour periods, need not coincide with the calendar week and may begin any day of the calendar week and any hour of the day.

    (h) "Hours worked", in determining for the purposes of sections two and three of this article, the hours for which an employee is employed, there shall be excluded any time spent in changing clothes or washing at the beginning or end of each workday, time spent in walking, riding or traveling to and from the actual place of performance of the principal activity or activities which such employee is employed to perform and activities which are preliminary to or postliminary to said principal activity or activities, subject to such exceptions as the commissioner may by rules and regulations define.

§21-5C-2. Minimum wages.

   (a) Minimum wage:

   (1) After June 30, 2006, every employer shall pay to each of his or her employees wages at a rate not less than $5.85 per hour.

   (2) After June 30, 2007, every employer shall pay to each of his or her employees wages at a rate not less than $6.55 per hour.

   (3) After June 30, 2008, every employer shall pay to each of his or her employees wages at a rate not less than $7.25 per hour.

   (4) After January 1, 2015, every employer shall pay to each of his or her employees wages at a rate not less than $7.50 per hour.

   (5) After January 1, 2016, every employer shall pay to each of his or her employees wages at a rate not less than $8.00 per hour.

   (6) After January 1, 2017, every employer shall pay to each of his or her employees wages at a rate not less than $8.75 per hour.

   (4) At such time as (7) When the federal minimum hourly wage as prescribed by 29 U. S. C. §206(a)(1) is equal to or greater than the wage rate prescribed in the applicable provision of subdivision (3) of this subsection, every employer shall pay to each of his or her employees wages at a rate of not less than the federal minimum hourly wage as prescribed by 29 U. S. C. §206(a)(1). The minimum wage rates required under this subparagraph shall be thereafter adjusted in accordance with adjustments made in the federal minimum hourly rate. The adoption of the federal minimum wage provided by this subdivision includes only the federal minimum hourly rate prescribed in 29 U. S. C. §206(a)(1) and does not include other wage rates, or conditions, exclusions or exceptions to the federal minimum hourly wage rate. In addition, adoption of the federal minimum hourly wage rate does not extend or modify the scope or coverage of the minimum wage rate required under this subdivision.

   (b) Training wage:

   (1) Notwithstanding the provisions set forth in subsection (a) of this section to the contrary, an employer may pay an employee first hired after June 30, 2006 January 1, 2015, a subminimum training wage not less than $5.15 $6.40 per hour.

   (2) An employer may not pay the subminimum training wage set forth in subdivision (1) of this subsection to any individual:

   (i) Who has attained or attains while an employee of the employer, the age of twenty years; or

   (ii) For a cumulative period of not more than ninety days per employee: Provided, That if any business has not been in operation for more than ninety days at the time the employer hired the employee, the employer may pay the employee the subminimum training wage set forth in subdivision (1) of this subsection for an additional period not to exceed ninety days.

   (3) At such time as When the federal subminimum training wage as prescribed by 29 U. S. C. §206(g)(1) is equal to or greater than the wage rate prescribed in subdivision (1) of this subsection, every employer shall pay to each of his or her employees wages at a rate of not less than the federal minimum hourly wage as prescribed by 29 U. S. C. §206(g)(1). The minimum wage rates required under this subparagraph shall be thereafter adjusted in accordance with adjustments made in the federal minimum hourly rate. The adoption of the federal minimum wage provided by this subdivision includes only the federal minimum hourly rate prescribed in 29 U. S. C. §206(g)(1) and does not include other wage rates, or conditions, exclusions, or exceptions to the federal minimum hourly wage rate. In addition, adoption of the federal minimum hourly wage rate does not extend or modify the scope or coverage of the minimum wage rate required under this subdivision.

   (c) Notwithstanding any provision or definition to the contrary, the wages established pursuant to this section shall be are applicable to all individuals employed by the State of West Virginia, its agencies and departments, regardless if such the employee or employer are subject to any federal act relating to minimum wage: Provided, That at no time shall may the minimum wage established pursuant to this section fall below the federal minimum hourly wage as prescribed by 29 U. S. C. §206(a)(1).

   §21-5C-4. Credits.

    In determining whether an employer is paying an employee wages and overtime compensation as provided in sections two and three of this article, there shall be provided in accordance with the regulations which shall be promulgated by the commissioner a credit to the employer of twenty seventy percent of the hourly rate of the amount paid an employee customarily receiving gratuities and a reasonable credit for board and lodging furnished to an employee. The commissioner shall promulgate regulations relating to maximum allowances to employers for room and board furnished to employees: Provided, That the employer shall be required to furnish to the commissioner upon request, documentary evidence that the employee is receiving at least twenty seventy percent of the minimum wage in gratuities or is receiving room and lodging in accordance with the rules and regulations promulgated by the commissioner.

    On motion of Senator Blair, the following amendment to the Finance committee amendment to the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4283) was next reported by the Clerk:

    On page seven, section two, after subsection (c), by adding a new subsection, designated subsection (d), to read as follows:

    (d) No person compensated in an amount less than or equal to ten percent greater than the minimum wage shall be required, as a condition of membership in any labor organization as defined in section two, article one-a of this chapter, or as a condition to receive any benefit of membership therein, to remit to said labor organization, its agent or designee, any sum of money or any thing of value.

    Following discussion,

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

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

    A standing vote being taken, there were ten "yeas" and twenty-two "nays".

    Whereupon, the President declared Senator Blair's amendment to the Finance committee amendment to the bill rejected.

    On motion of Senator Blair, the following amendment to the Finance committee amendment to the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4283) was next reported by the Clerk:

    On page seven, section two, after subsection (c), by adding a new subsection, designated subsection (d), to read as follows:

    (d) No person shall have any wages withheld from their compensation which will be remitted to a labor organization, its agent or designee, in consideration for their membership therein, unless: (1) The person shall have consented to the withholding, in writing, notwithstanding any provision of a labor agreement to the contrary; (2) any withholding so made be clearly itemized on a statement provided by the employer to the employee, and that said statement clearly list the amount withheld during the period of time covered by the statement, and the amount withheld in the aggregate for the given calendar year.

    At the request of Senator Blair, and by unanimous consent, Senator Blair's amendment to the Finance committee amendment to the bill was withdrawn.

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

    The bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4283), as amended, was then ordered to third reading.

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4298, Changing the experience requirements of the composition of the members of the West Virginia Ethics Commission.

    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 section and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

ARTICLE 2. WEST VIRGINIA ETHICS COMMISSION; POWERS AND DUTIES; DISCLOSURE OF FINANCIAL INTEREST BY PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES; APPEARANCES BEFORE PUBLIC AGENCIES; CODE OF CONDUCT FOR ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGES.

§6B-2-1. West Virginia Ethics Commission created; members; appointment, term of office and oath; compensation and reimbursement for expenses; meetings and quorum.

    (a) There is hereby created the The West Virginia Ethics Commission is continued. consisting of twelve members, no more than seven of whom shall be members of the same political party. The members of the commission shall be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. Within thirty days of the effective date of this section, the Governor shall make the initial appointments to the commission.

    (b) No person may be appointed to the commission or continue to serve as a member of the commission who:

    (1) Holds elected or appointed office under the government of the United States, the State of West Virginia or any of its political subdivisions; or who

    (2) Is a candidate for any of those offices political office; who is employed as a registered lobbyist, or who

    (3) Is otherwise subject to the provisions of this chapter other than by reason of his or her appointment to or service on the commission; or A member may contribute to a political campaign, but no member shall hold

    (4) Holds any political party office or participate participates in a campaign relating to a referendum or other ballot issue: Provided, That a member may contribute to a political campaign.

    (b) At least two members of the commission shall have served as a member of the West Virginia Legislature; at least two members of the commission shall have been employed in a full-time elected or appointed office in state government; at least one member shall have served as an elected official in a county or municipal government or on a county school board; at least one member shall have been employed full-time as a county or municipal officer or employee; and at least two members shall have served part time as a member or director of a state, county or municipal board, commission or public service district and at least four members shall be selected from the public at large. No more than four members of the commission shall reside in the same congressional district.

    (c) Of the initial appointments made to the commission, two shall be for a term ending one year after the effective date of this section, two for a term ending two years after the effective date of this section, two for a term ending three years after the effective date of this section, three for a term ending four years after the effective date of this section and three shall be for terms ending five years after the effective date of this section. Thereafter, terms of office shall be for five years, each term ending on the same day of the same month of the year as did the term which it succeeds. Each member shall hold office from the date of his or her appointment until the end of the term for which he or she was appointed or until his or her successor qualifies for office. When a vacancy occurs as a result of death, resignation or removal in the membership of this commission, it shall be filled by appointment within thirty days of the vacancy for the unexpired portion of the term in the same manner as original appointments.

    (c) Commencing July 1, 2014, the Ethics Commission shall consist of the following seven members, appointed with staggered terms:

    (1) One member who served as a member of the West Virginia Legislature;

    (2) One member who served as an elected or appointed county official;

    (3) One member who served as an elected or appointed municipal official;

    (4) One member who served as an elected county school board member;

    (5) One member who was employed as a registered lobbyist;

    (6) One member representing the agricultural community; and

    (7) One citizen member. 

    (d) Any commission member in office on June 30, 2014, who meets one of the categories for membership set out in subsection (c) of this section, may be reappointed. No more than four members of the commission shall be of the same political party.

    (e) After the initial staggered terms, the term of office for a commission member is five years. No member shall serve more than two consecutive full or partial terms. and No person may be reappointed to the commission until at least two years have elapsed after the completion of a the second successive consecutive term. A member may continue to serve until a successor has been appointed and qualified.

    (f) All appointments shall be made by the Governor in a timely manner so as not to create a vacancy for longer than sixty days.

    (g) Each member must be a resident of this state during the appointment term.

    (h) Four members of the commission constitutes a quorum.

    (d) (i) Each member of the commission shall take and subscribe to the oath or affirmation required pursuant to section five, article IV of the Constitution of West Virginia.

    (j) A member may be removed by the Governor for substantial neglect of duty, gross misconduct in office or a violation of this chapter, after written notice and opportunity for reply.

    (e) (k) The commission, as appointed on July 1, 2014, shall meet within thirty days of the initial appointments to the commission before August 1, 2014, at a time and place to be determined by the Governor, who shall designate a member to preside at that meeting until a chairman chairperson is elected. At it’s the first meeting, the commission shall elect a chairman chairperson and any other officers as are necessary. The commission shall within ninety days after it’s the first meeting adopt rules for its procedures. The commission may use the rules in place on July 1, 2014, until those rules are amended or revoked.

    (f) Seven members of the commission shall constitute a quorum, except that when the commission is sitting as a hearing board pursuant to section four of this article, then five members shall constitute a quorum. Except as may be otherwise provided in this article, a majority of the total membership shall be necessary to act at all times.

    (g) (l) Members of the commission shall receive the same compensation and expense reimbursement as is paid to members of the Legislature for their interim duties as recommended by the Citizens Legislative Compensation Commission and authorized by law for each day or portion thereof engaged in the discharge of official duties: Provided, That to be eligible for compensation and expense reimbursement, the member must participate in a meeting or adjudicatory session: Provided, however, That the member is not eligible for expense reimbursement if he or she does not attend a meeting or adjudicatory session in person.

    (h) (m) The commission shall appoint an executive director to assist the commission in carrying out its functions in accordance with commission rules and with applicable law. The executive director shall be paid a salary fixed by the commission or as otherwise provided by law. The commission shall appoint and discharge counsel and employees and shall fix the compensation of employees and prescribe their duties. Counsel to the commission shall advise the commission on all legal matters and on the instruction of the commission may commence appropriate civil actions: Provided, That no counsel shall both advise the commission and act in a representative capacity in any proceeding.

    (i) (n) The commission may delegate authority to the chairman chairperson or the executive director to act in the name of the commission between meetings of the commission, except that the commission shall not delegate the power to hold hearings and determine violations to the chairman chairperson or the executive director.

    (j) (o) The principal office of the commission shall be in the seat of government, but it or its designated subcommittees may meet and exercise its power at any other place in the state. Meetings of the commission shall be public unless:

    (1) They are required to be private by the provisions of this chapter relating to confidentiality; or

    (2) They involve discussions of commission personnel, planned or ongoing litigation, and planned or ongoing investigations.

    (k) (p) Meetings of the commission shall be upon the call of the chair chairperson and may be conducted by telephonic or other electronic conferencing means: Provided, That telephone or other electronic conferencing, and voting are not permitted when the commission is acting as a hearing board under section four of this article, or when the Probable Cause Review Board meets to receive an oral response as authorized under subsection (d), section four of this article. Members shall be given notice of meetings held by telephone or other electronic conferencing in the same manner as meetings at which the members are required to attend in person. Telephone or other electronic conferences shall be electronically recorded and the recordings shall be retained by the commission in accordance with its record retention policy.

    The bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4298), as amended, was then ordered to third reading.

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4312, Creating a certification for emergency medical technician-industrial.

    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, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §16-4C-6c; and that §22A-10-1 of said code be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows:

CHAPTER 16. PUBLIC HEALTH.

ARTICLE 4C. EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES ACT.

§16-4C-6c. Certification requirements for emergency medical technician-industrial.

    (a) Commencing July 1, 2014, an applicant for certification as an emergency medical technician-industrial shall:

    (1) Be at least eighteen years old;

    (2) Apply on a form prescribed by the Commissioner;

    (3) Pay the application fee;

    (4) Possess a valid cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification;

    (5) Successfully complete an emergency medical technician-industrial education program authorized by the Commissioner in consultation with the Board of Miner Training, Education and Certification; and

    (6) Successfully complete emergency medical technician-industrial cognitive and skills examinations authorized by the Commissioner in consultation with the Board of Miner Training, Education and Certification.

    (b) The emergency medical technician-industrial certification is valid for three years.

    (c) A certified emergency medical technician-industrial is only authorized to practice during his or her regular employment on industrial property. For the purposes of this section, “industrial property” means property being used for production, extraction or manufacturing activities.

    (d) To be recertified as an emergency medical technician-industrial, a certificate holder shall:

    (1) Apply on a form prescribed by the commissioner;

    (2) Pay the application fee;

    (3) Possess a valid cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification;

    (4) Successfully complete one of the following:

    (A) A one-time thirty-two hour emergency medical technician-industrial recertification course authorized by the commissioner in consultation with the Board of Miner Training, Education and Certification; or

    (B) Three annual eight-hour retraining and testing programs authorized by the commissioner in consultation with the Board of Miner Training, Education and Certification; and

    (5) Successfully complete emergency medical technician-industrial cognitive and skills recertification examinations authorized by the commissioner in consultation with the Board of Miner Training, Education and Certification.

    (e) Commencing July 1, 2014, the certification for emergency medical technician-miner, also known as emergency medical technician-mining, shall be known as the certification for emergency medical technician-industrial, and the certification is valid until the original expiration date, at which time the person may recertify as an emergency medical technician-industrial pursuant to this section.

    (f) The education program, training, courses, and cognitive and skills examinations required for certification and recertification as an emergency medical technician-miner, also known as emergency medical technician-mining, in existence on January 1, 2014, shall remain in effect for the certification and recertification of emergency medical technician-industrial until they are changed by legislative rule by the commissioner in consultation with the Board of Miner Training, Education and Certification.

    (g) The administration of the emergency medical technician-industrial certification and recertification program by the commissioner shall be done in consultation with the Board of Miner Training, Education and Certification.

    (h) The commissioner shall propose rules for legislative approval, pursuant to the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, in consultation with the Board of Miner Training, Education and Certification, and may propose emergency rules, to:

    (1) Establish emergency medical technician-industrial certification and recertification courses and examinations;

    (2) Authorize providers to administer the certification and recertification courses and examinations, including mine training personnel, independent trainers, community and technical colleges, and Regional Educational Service Agencies (RESA): Provided, That the mine training personnel and independent trainers must have a valid cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification and must be an approved MSHA or OSHA certified instructor;

    (3) Establish a fee schedule: Provided, That the application fee may not exceed ten dollars and there shall be no fee for a certificate; and

    (4) Implement the provisions of this section.

CHAPTER 22A. MINERS' HEALTH, SAFETY AND TRAINING.

ARTICLE 10. EMERGENCY MEDICAL PERSONNEL.

§22A-10-1. Emergency personnel in coal mines.

    (a) Emergency medical services personnel must be employed on each shift at every mine that:

    (1) Employs more than ten employees; and

    (2) Has more than eight persons present on the shift.

    (b) The emergency medical services personnel must be employed at their regular duties at a central location or, when more than one person is required pursuant to the provisions of subsection (b) (d) of this section, at a location which provides for convenient, quick response to an emergency. The emergency medical services personnel must have available to them at all times such equipment prescribed by the Director of the Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training, in consultation with the Commissioner of the Bureau of for Public Health.

    (b) After July 1, 2000, (c) “Emergency medical services personnel” means any person certified by the Commissioner of the Bureau of for Public Health, or authorities recognized and approved by the commissioner, to provide emergency medical services as authorized in article four-c, chapter sixteen of this code, and including emergency medical technician-mining -industrial.

    (d) At least one emergency medical services personnel shall be employed at a mine for every fifty employees or any part thereof who are engaged at any time, in the extraction, production or preparation of coal.

    (c) A training course designed specifically for certification of emergency medical technician-mining, shall be developed at the earliest practicable time by the commissioner of the bureau of public health in consultation with the board of miner training, education and certification. The training course for initial certification as an emergency medical technician-mining shall not be less than sixty hours, which shall include, but is not limited to, basic life support skills and emergency room observation or other equivalent practical exposure to emergencies as prescribed by the commissioner of the bureau of public health.

    (d) The maintenance of a valid emergency medical technician-mining certificate may be accomplished without taking a three-year recertification examination: Provided, That the emergency medical technician-mining personnel completes an eight-hour annual retraining and testing program prescribed by the commissioner of the bureau of public health in consultation with the board of miner training, education and certification.

    (e) Commencing July 1, 2014, the certification for emergency medical technician-miner, also known as emergency medical technician-mining, shall be known as the certification for emergency medical technician-industrial, and the certification is valid until the original expiration date, at which time the person may recertify as an emergency medical technician-industrial pursuant to section six-c, article four-c, chapter sixteen of this code.

    (f) A person wanting to be certified or recertified as an emergency medical technician-industrial must comply with the provisions of section six-c, article four-c, chapter sixteen of this code.

    The bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4312), as amended, was then ordered to third reading.

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4318, Continuing education of veterans mental health.

    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 section and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

ARTICLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO ALL STATE BOARDS OF EXAMINATION OR REGISTRATION REFERRED TO IN CHAPTER.

§30-1-7a. Continuing education.

    (a) Each board referred to in this chapter shall establish continuing education requirements as a prerequisite to license renewal. Each board shall develop continuing education criteria appropriate to its discipline, which shall include, but not be limited to, course content, course approval, hours required and reporting periods.

    (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code or the provision of any rule to the contrary, each person issued a license to practice medicine and surgery or a license to practice podiatry or licensed as a physician assistant by the West Virginia Board of Medicine, each person issued a license to practice dentistry by the West Virginia Board of Dental Examiners, each person issued a license to practice optometry by the West Virginia Board of Optometry, each person licensed as a pharmacist by the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy, each person licensed to practice registered professional nursing or licensed as an advanced nurse practitioner by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, each person licensed as a licensed practical nurse by the West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses and each person licensed to practice medicine and surgery as an osteopathic physician and surgeon or licensed or certified as an osteopathic physician assistant by the West Virginia Board of Osteopathy shall complete drug diversion training and best practice prescribing of controlled substances training, as the trainings are established by his or her respective licensing board, if that person prescribes, administers, or dispenses a controlled substance, as that term is defined in section one hundred one, article one, chapter sixty-a of this code.

    (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code or the provision of any rule to the contrary, the West Virginia Board of Medicine, the West Virginia Board of Dental Examiners, the West Virginia Board of Optometry, the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy, the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, the West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses and the West Virginia Board of Osteopathy shall establish continuing education requirements and criteria appropriate to their respective discipline on the subject of drug diversion training and best practice prescribing of controlled substances training for each person issued a license or certificate by their respective board who prescribes, administers or dispenses a controlled substance, as that term is defined in section one hundred one, article one, chapter sixty-a of this code, and shall develop a certification form pursuant to subdivision (b)(2) of this section.

    (2) Each person who receives his or her initial license or certificate from any of the boards set forth in subsection (b) shall complete the continuing education requirements set forth in subsection (b) within one year of receiving his or her initial license from that board and each person licensed or certified by any of the boards set forth in subsection (b) who has held his or her license or certificate for longer than one year shall complete the continuing education requirements set forth in subsection (b) as a prerequisite to each license renewal: Provided, That a person subject to subsection (b) may waive the continuing education requirements for license renewal set forth in subsection (b) if he or she completes and submits to his or her licensing board a certification form developed by his or her licensing board attesting that he or she has not prescribed, administered, or dispensed a controlled substance, as that term is defined in section one hundred one, article one, chapter sixty-a of this code, during the entire applicable reporting period.

    (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code or the provision of any rule to the contrary, each person licensed to practice registered professional nursing or licensed as an advanced nurse practitioner by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, each person licensed as a licensed practical nurse by the West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses, each person issued a license to practice midwifery as a nurse-midwife by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, each person issued a license to practice chiropractic by the West Virginia Board of Chiropractic, each person licensed to practice psychology by the Board of Examiners of Psychologists, each person licensed to practice social work by the West Virginia Board of Social Work, and each person licensed to practice professional counseling by the West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling, shall complete two hours of continuing education for each reporting period on mental health conditions common to veterans and family members of veterans, as the continuing education is established or approved by his or her respective licensing board. The two hours shall be part of the total hours of continuing education required by each board and not two additional hours.

    (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code or the provision of any rule to the contrary, on or before July 1, 2015, the boards referred to in this subsection shall establish continuing education requirements and criteria and approve continuing education coursework appropriate to their respective discipline on the subject of mental health conditions common to veterans and family members of veterans, in cooperation with the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Assistance. The continuing education shall include training on inquiring about whether the patients are veterans or family members of veterans, and screening for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, risk of suicide, depression and grief, and prevention of suicide.

    (2) On or after July 1, 2017, each person licensed by any of the boards set forth in this subsection shall complete the continuing education described herein as a prerequisite to his or her next license renewal.

    The bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4318), as amended, was then ordered to third reading.

    Eng. House Bill No. 4332, Extending the time that certain nonprofit community groups are exempt from the moratorium on creating new nursing home beds.

    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. 4373, Relating to driver education programs.

    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. 4410, Redefining auctioneer exceptions.

    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 §19-2C-1, §19-2C-3, §19-2C-5, §19-2C-5a, §19-2C-6, §19-2C-6b, §19-2C-8 and §19-2C-9 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted; and that said code be amended by adding thereto three new sections, designated §19-2C-3a, §19-2C-3b and §19-2C-9a, all to read as follows:

ARTICLE 2C. AUCTIONEERS.

§19-2C-1. Definitions.

    For the purposes of this article:

    (a) The term "Auctioneer" means and includes a person who sells goods or real estate at public auction for another on commission or for other compensation. The term "auctioneer" does not include:

    (1) Persons conducting sales at auctions conducted by or under the direction of any public authority or pursuant to any judicial order or direction or to any sale required by law to be at auction;

    (2) The owner of any real or personal property when personally sold at auction by such the owner and such the owner has not personally conducted an auction within the previous twelve-month period;

    (3) Persons conducting sales pursuant to a deed of trust; or other security agreement;

    (4) Fiduciaries of estates when selling real or personal property of such the estate;

    (5) Persons conducting sales on behalf of charitable, religious, fraternal or other nonprofit organizations; and

    (6) Persons properly licensed pursuant to the provisions of article twelve forty, chapter forty-seven thirty of this code when conducting an auction, any portion of which contains any leasehold or any estate in land whether corporeal or incorporeal, freehold or nonfreehold, when such the person is retained to conduct an auction by a receiver or trustee in bankruptcy, a fiduciary acting under the authority of a deed of trust or will, or a fiduciary of a decedent's estate: Provided, That nothing contained in this article exempts persons conducting sales at public markets from the provisions of article two-a of this chapter, where the sale is confined solely to livestock, poultry and other agriculture and horticulture products.

    (b) The term "public auction" means any public sale of real or personal property when offers or bids are made by prospective purchasers and the property sold to the highest bidder.

    (c) The term (b) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Agriculture of West Virginia.

    (d) The term (c) "Department" means the West Virginia Department of Agriculture.

    (d) “Escrow account” means a separate custodial or trust fund account maintained by the auctioneer. 

    (e) "Public auction" means any public sale of real or personal property when offers or bids are made by prospective purchasers and the property sold to the highest bidder.

§19-2C-3. Procedure for license; Department of Agriculture as statutory agent for licensees.

    Any person who wishes to conduct an auction as

    (a) An applicant for an auctioneer may apply for a license shall:

    (1) Apply on forms prescribed by the commissioner; and containing such information as the commissioner may require by a legislative rule promulgated in accordance with article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code.

    (2) Pay a nonreturnable application fee of $50 shall accompany each application as well as and a license fee; and of $50. All fees collected under this article shall be paid into a special revenue fund in the State Treasury to be used by the Department of Agriculture for the expressed purpose of administering and enforcing this article and for providing continuing education for auctioneers: Provided, That for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1997, fees collected under this article shall be paid into the state fund, general revenue.

    In addition to the payment of fees, an applicant shall

    (3) File with his or her application a bond as required in section four of by this article.

    (b) The commissioner shall, within thirty days after the receipt of an application, notify the applicant of his or her eligibility to be examined at the next regularly scheduled examination, as well as the date of the examination.

    In the event (c) If the license is denied, the commissioner shall refund the license fee submitted with the application to the applicant.

    (d) All licenses issued expire on December 31 of each year. but are renewable A license may be renewed upon the payment of the annual license renewal fee within sixty days of the expiration date. Renewals received more than sixty days after the expiration date are subject to a late renewal fee of $25 in addition to the annual renewal fee. The commissioner shall may not renew licenses which have

    (e) A license that has been expired for more than two years and cannot be renewed until the auctioneer or apprentice auctioneer shall take takes the written and oral examination, and pay pays the examination fee in order to renew his or her license. The commissioner shall may not renew a license unless the applicant and complies with the other requirements of this article.

    (f) Where an auctioneer or apprentice auctioneer requires a duplicate or replacement license or a license reflecting a change in information, the auctioneer or apprentice auctioneer shall submit a the fee of $5 with the request.

    (g) The state Department of Agriculture is the agent for the purpose of service of process on any a licensed auctioneer for any action occasioned by the performance of the duties of the auctioneer. Every licensed auctioneer, by virtue of his or her application for a license, shall be considered to have consented to the statutory agency.

§19-2C-3a. Rulemaking.

    (a) The commissioner shall propose rules for legislative approval in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, to:

    (1) Establish the license requirements for auctioneers and apprentice auctioneers, including the bond requirements;

    (2) Set a fee schedule;

    (3) Establish the renewal and expiration requirements for licenses;

    (4) Establish the continuing education requirements for licensees;

    (5) Establish waiver of examination requirements for apprentice auctioneers;

    (6) Permit consent agreements or negotiated settlements for the civil penalties; and

    (7) Implement the provisions of this article.

    (b) The fees in effect on January 1, 2014, shall remain in effect until modified by legislative rule.

§19-2C-3b. Special revenue fund.

    All fees collected under this article shall be paid into a special revenue fund in the State Treasury to be used by the Department of Agriculture for the purpose of administering and enforcing this article, and providing continuing education for auctioneers.

§19-2C-5. Requirements for auctioneer license; duties of licensee.

    (1) Each (a) A person seeking a an auctioneer license hereunder after the effective date of this section shall submit satisfactory evidence to the commissioner showing that he or she:

    (a) That he or she (1) Has successfully completed the written and oral examinations provided for in required by this article;

    (b) That He or she (2) Has a good reputation;

    (c) That He or she (3) Is of trustworthy character;

    (d) That He or she (4) Has met the apprenticeship requirements set forth in this article, if applicable;

    (e) That He or she (5) Is a citizen of the United States; and

    (f) That he or she (6) Has a general knowledge of the auctioneering profession and the principles involved in conducting an auction.

    (2) The commissioner shall promulgate propose such reasonable rules and regulations as he or she considers necessary to carry out the intent and the administration and enforcement of this article, which said rules and regulations shall be promulgated proposed for legislative approval in accordance with the applicable provisions of chapter twenty-nine-a of this code.

    (3) Each (b) A licensee shall:

    (1) Promptly produce for inspection such his or her license at all sales conducted by or participated in by such the licensee when requested to do so by any person; and shall

    (2) Keep complete and accurate records of all transactions engaged in for a period of six months, which three years.

    (c) For the purposes of this section, the term “record” includes, but is not limited to:

    (1) Copies of signed contracts, including the names of buyers and their addresses;

    (2) Clerk sheets showing items sold, including buyers numbers or names, and the selling prices; and

    (3) Final settlement papers.

    (d) The records of the auctioneer shall be open to inspection by the commissioner or his or her authorized representative.

§19-2C-5a. Examinations of applicants; excuse for illness.

    (a) Examinations shall be held in April and October of each year, at a time and place to be designated by the commissioner or his or her authorized representative.

    Any (b) An individual auctioneer applicant may take the examination for auctioneer or apprentice auctioneer at the regularly scheduled time and place.

    (c) The apprentice auctioneer's examination shall consist of a written examination.

    (d) The auctioneer's examination will shall consist of both a written and oral examination. The passing grade for any written or oral examination shall be seventy percent out of one hundred percent. The oral portion will be scored by the commissioner or his or her authorized representative.

    (e) If the applicant fails either the written or oral portion of the examination, no license will be issued and he or she shall may not be administered the examination again until the next regularly scheduled examination date.

    (f) A person who is qualified for a auctioneer's has an auctioneer license as provided for in this article is considered to be a professional in his or her trade.

    (g) Only one notice only of the examination shall will be mailed or emailed to the applicant at the address given on the application. If the applicant fails to appear for such an examination, except as provided herein in this subsection, a new application and a new fee shall be required. No fee shall will be returned, except when the applicant fails to take the examination because of illness evidenced by a doctor's certificate sent to the commissioner. If excused because of illness, the applicant shall be admitted to the next scheduled examination without paying an additional fee. No applicant shall may be excused from taking the scheduled examination for any reason other than illness, unless in the judgment of the commissioner the applicant would suffer undue hardship by not being excused.

    (h) An examination fee of $50, in addition to and any other fees required by this article, shall be collected from each person taking such an examination. If the applicant has previously paid the examination fee and successfully completed the apprentice auctioneer's examination, no additional examination fee will be required to take the auctioneer's examination. as provided for in this article

    (i) If the commissioner determines that an applicant does not qualify for a license, he or she shall so notify the applicant by certified mail. The notice shall state:

    (1) The reason for the refusal to grant a license; and

    (2) The applicant's right to appeal the commissioner's decision within twenty days of receipt of the notice.

    (j) An examination shall is not be required for the renewal of any a license, unless such the license has been revoked or suspended, or has expired. in which case the applicant may be required, by If the license was revoked or suspended, then the commissioner may require a person to take and pass any a written or oral examination. required by the department In cases where If a license has been expired for more than two years and was not been revoked or suspended, then the applicant is required to take and pass any written and oral examinations required by the department commissioner. The commissioner is hereby authorized to promulgate as he or she considers necessary for the renewal of auctioneer licenses, including, but not limited to, requirements for continuing education of auctioneers.

§19-2C-6. Requirements for apprentice auctioneer license.

    The Department of Agriculture may grant apprentice auctioneer's licenses to those persons considered qualified by the commissioner. Every applicant for

    (a) A person seeking an apprentice auctioneer's auctioneer license must take and pass a written examination relating to the skills and knowledge and statutes and regulations governing auctioneers. Every applicant shall furnish to the commissioner, on forms provided by the department commissioner, satisfactory proof of the following that he or she:

    (a) That he or she (1) Has a good reputation;

    (b) That he or she (2) Is a trustworthy character; and

    (c) That he or she (3) Is a citizen of the United States; and

    (4) Has taken and passed a written examination relating to the skills and knowledge of the statutes and rules governing auctioneers.

    Any (b) An apprentice auctioneer may take the examination to become an auctioneer after completing one of the following:

    (1) Serving a two-year apprenticeship under a licensed auctioneer; or Provided, That if the apprentice auctioneer has attended

    (2) Attending a nationally accredited graduate school of auctioneering, approved by the commissioner, he or she shall serve and serving an apprenticeship of only six months.

    (c) Before an apprentice auctioneer may take the auctioneer's examination, the apprentice auctioneer shall conduct at least six auction sales under the direct supervision of the sponsoring auctioneer. The commissioner may waive the requirements of this section, on an individual basis, upon the presentation of written evidence that the applicant has educational training or exceptional experience in the auctioneering profession and that the applicant has been unable to obtain sponsorship by a licensed auctioneer: Provided, however, That the commissioner shall promulgate rules and regulations setting forth educational and experience qualifications which would entitle an individual to a waiver of the provisions of this section: Provided further, That the commissioner shall may not waive apprenticeship requirements for any an applicant without the concurrence of the board of review.

    (d) When any an apprentice auctioneer is discharged or terminates his or her employment with an auctioneer for any reason, the auctioneer shall immediately provide written notification to the commissioner. No discharged or terminated apprentice auctioneer shall may thereafter perform any acts under the authority of his or her license until such the apprentice auctioneer receives a new license bearing the name and address of his or her new employer. No more than one license shall may be issued to any an apprentice auctioneer for the same period of time. The fee for the transfer of the license of an apprentice auctioneer to a new employer auctioneer is $15.

    The fee for the annual renewal of the apprentice auctioneer's license is $50. Bond requirements for an apprentice auctioneer shall be established by reasonable rules and regulations promulgated by the commissioner, and both the annual renewal fee and the bond must be filed with the Department of Agriculture: Provided, That the bond required by this section shall may not be less than $5,000.

    (e) The department shall commissioner may not issue an apprentice auctioneer's auctioneer license until bond has been filed. in accordance with this article All apprentice auctioneer licenses expire on December 31 of each year, but are renewable upon the payment of the annual fee.

    (f) A person cannot be licensed as an apprentice auctioneer for more than three years without applying for an auctioneer license. Should an apprentice auctioneer allow the three year limit to lapse, then the apprentice auctioneer shall be required to take the apprentice examination and meet all the requirements of this article.

§19-2C-6b. Duties and responsibilities of an apprentice auctioneer and a sponsoring auctioneer.

    An (a) A licensed apprentice auctioneer shall only conduct or assist in auctions under the direct supervision of his or her sponsoring auctioneer. A licensed apprentice auctioneer may not enter into a contract to conduct an auction, unless the contract is cosigned by his or her sponsoring auctioneer.

    (b) The sponsoring auctioneer is responsible for:

    (1) The actions of an apprentice auctioneer It is his responsibility to ensure adherence to this and all applicable sections of state law; Provided, That and

    (2) Training the apprentice auctioneer in all aspects of practical business functions and duties related to the auctioneering profession.

    (c) Should an apprentice auctioneer fail to pass both the written and oral examinations to become a fully licensed auctioneer in two consecutive testing sessions, the sponsorship will be terminated. The apprentice auctioneer will be permitted one additional opportunity to pass the oral and written auctioneer examinations only after serving another six-month apprenticeship under a different sponsoring auctioneer.

    (d) A sponsoring auctioneer relieved of his or her sponsorship will not be considered for another sponsorship unless he or she provides a written affidavit to the commissioner that he or she fully understands the responsibilities of a sponsoring auctioneer and gives the details as to what additional training will be provided to a new apprentice auctioneer. If the commissioner or his or her representative approves the presented plan, then an auctioneer may be permitted to sponsor a new apprentice auctioneer.

    (e) If the an apprentice auctioneer conducts auctions an auction without the consent of his sponsor or her sponsoring auctioneer, then only the apprentice auctioneer is subject to the penalties set forth in section eight of this article.

§19-2C-8. Penalties.

    (a) Criminal penalties. -- Any person, firm, association or corporation violating any of the provisions a provision of this article or of the rules, and regulations adopted pursuant to the provisions thereof shall be is guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, thereof shall be fined not less than $50 $250 nor more than $200 $500 for the first offense, and not less than $400 $500 nor more than $1,000 for the second and subsequent offenses. Magistrates have concurrent jurisdiction with circuit courts to enforce the provisions of this article.

    (b) Civil penalties. -- (1) Any person violating a provision of this article or any rule or regulation adopted hereunder the rules, may be assessed a civil penalty by the commissioner. In determining the amount of any the civil penalty, the commissioner shall give due consideration to the history of previous violations of by the person, the seriousness of the violation, and the demonstrated good faith of the person charged in attempting to achieve compliance with this article before and after written notification of the violation. (2) The commissioner may assess a penalty of not more than $200 for each first offense, and not more than $1,000 for a second and subsequent offense. and (3) The civil penalty is payable to the State of West Virginia and is collectible in any manner now or hereafter provided for collection of debt. If any person liable to pay the civil penalty neglects or refuses to pay the same penalty, the amount of the civil penalty, together with interest at ten percent, is a lien in favor of the State of West Virginia upon the property, both real and personal, of such a the person after the same has been entered and docketed to record in the county where such the property is situated. The clerk of the county, upon receipt of the certified copy of such the lien, shall enter same it to record without requiring the payment of costs as a condition precedent to recording.

    (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the commissioner may promulgate and adopt rules which permit consent agreements or negotiated settlements for the civil penalties assessed as a result of violation of the provisions of this article.

    (d) (c) No state court may allow for the recovery of damages for any administrative action taken if the court finds that there was probable cause for such action.

§19-2C-9. Written contracts.

    (a) No person shall may act as an auctioneer on the sale at public auction of any goods, wares, merchandise or of any other property, real or personal, until he or she has entered into a written contract in duplicate with the owner or consignor of the property to be sold. containing the terms and conditions upon which the licensee receives or accepts the property for sale at auction. No apprentice auctioneer shall may be authorized to enter into a contract without the written consent of his or her sponsoring auctioneer. All contracts shall be in the name of and on behalf of the sponsoring auctioneer.

    The commissioner may require by rule the following (a) That written contracts

    (b) The written contract shall:

    (1) State the terms and conditions upon which the auctioneer receives or accepts the property for sale at auction;

    (2) Be between the auctioneer and the seller;

    (3) Be made in duplicate;

    (b) That the original contract is to

    (4) Be retained by the auctioneer for a period of six months three years from the date of final settlement;

    (c) That one copy of the contract is to

    (5) Be furnished to each person that entered into the contract;

    (d) (6) State that an apprentice auctioneer may not contract directly with a client but only through his or her sponsoring auctioneer;

    (e) (7) State that an apprentice auctioneer may not engage in a sale with an auctioneer by whom he or she is not sponsored without first obtaining the written consent of his or her sponsoring auctioneer; and

    (f) That on all contracts between an auctioneer and a seller there shall be

    (8) Have a prominent statement indicating that the auctioneer is licensed by the Department of Agriculture and is bonded in favor of the State of West Virginia; and

    (9) Include the following information:

    (A) The name, address and phone number of the owner of the property to be sold or the consignor;

    (B) The date of the auction or a termination date of the contract;

    (C) The terms and conditions of the auction;

    (D) The location of the auction;

    (E) The date the owner or consignor is to be paid;

    (F) A statement establishing the responsibility for bad checks, debts and unpaid auction items;

    (G) A detailed list of all fees to be charged by the auctioneer, including commissions, rentals, advertising and labor;

    (H) A statement of the auctioneer's policy regarding absentee bidding;

    (I) A statement above the owner's signature line: "I have read and accept the terms of the contract"; and

    (J) A statement indicating that an explanation of settlement of the auction, or settlement sheet, will be provided to the owner or consignor at the end of the auction.

§19-2C-9a. Escrow accounts.

    Each auctioneer shall maintain an escrow account and deposit all moneys from each sale from an auction in the escrow account within twenty-four hours of the completion of the sale or on the first business day following the sale, unless the owner or consignor was paid in cash directly at the end of the sale.

    The bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4410), as amended, was then ordered to third reading.

    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.

    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:

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

ARTICLE 15. SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT ACT.

§22-15-8. Limit on the size of solid waste facilities; rulemaking.

    (a) On and after October 1, 1991, it is unlawful to operate any commercial solid waste facility that handles between ten thousand and thirty thousand tons of solid waste per month, except as provided in section nine of this article and sections twenty-six, twenty-seven and twenty-eight, articles four and four-a, chapter twenty-two-c of this code.

    (b) Except as provided in section nine of this article, the maximum quantity of solid waste which may lawfully be received or disposed of at any commercial solid waste facility is thirty thousand tons per month.

    (c) The director secretary shall, within the limits contained in this article, place a limit on the amount of solid waste received or disposed of per month in commercial solid waste facilities. The director secretary shall consider at a minimum the following criteria in determining a commercial solid waste facility’s monthly tonnage limit:

    (1) The proximity and potential impact of the solid waste facility upon groundwater, surface water and potable water;

    (2) The projected life and design capacity of the solid waste facility;

    (3) The available air space, lined acreage, equipment type and size, adequate personnel and wastewater treatment capabilities; and

    (4) Other factors related to the environmentally safe and efficient disposal of solid waste.

    (d) Within the limits established in this article, the director secretary shall determine the amount of sewage sludge which may be safely treated, stored, processed, composted, dumped or placed in a solid waste facility.

    (e) The director secretary shall promulgate emergency rules and propose for legislative promulgation, legislative rules pursuant to the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, to effectuate the requirements of this section. When developing the rules, the director secretary shall consider at a minimum the potential impact of the treatment, storage, processing, composting, dumping or placing sewage sludge at a solid waste facility:

    (1) On the groundwater, surface waters and potable waters in the area;

    (2) On the air quality in the area;

    (3) On the projected life and design capacity of the solid waste facility;

    (4) On the available air space, lined acreage, equipment type and size, personnel and wastewater treatment capabilities;

    (5) The facility's ability to adequately develop markets and market the product which results from the proper treatment of sewage sludge; and

    (6) Other factors related to the environmentally safe and efficient treatment, storage, processing, composting, dumping or placing of sewage sludge at a solid waste facility.

    (f) Sewage sludge disposed of at a landfill must contain at least twenty percent solid by weight. This requirement may be met by adding or blending sand, sawdust, lime, leaves, soil or other materials that have been approved by the director secretary prior to disposal. Alternative sewage sludge disposal methods can be utilized upon obtaining written approval from the director secretary. No facility may accept for land filling in any month sewage sludge in excess of twenty-five percent of the total tons of solid waste accepted at the facility for land filling in the preceding month.

    (g) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, a commercial solid waste facility that is not located in a karst region as determined by the West Virginia Geologic and Economic Survey may lawfully receive drill cuttings and drilling waste generated from horizontal well sites above the monthly tonnage limits of the commercial solid waste facility under the following conditions and limitations:

    (1) (A) The drill cuttings and associated drilling waste are placed in a separate cell dedicated solely to the disposal of drill cuttings and drilling waste; and

    (B) The separate cell dedicated to drill cuttings and associated drilling waste is constructed pursuant to the standards set out in this article and Legislative rules promulgated thereunder; and

    (C) The facility has obtained any certificate of need, or amended certificate of need, authorizing such separate cell as may be required by the public service commission in accordance with section one-c, article two, chapter twenty-four of this code.

    (2) The secretary may only allow those solid waste facilities that applied by December 31, 2013, for a permit modification to construct a separate cell for drill cuttings and associated drilling waste, to accept drill cuttings and associated drilling waste at its commercial solid waste facility without counting the deposited drill cuttings and associated drilling waste towards the landfill’s permitted monthly tonnage limits, until September 30, 2014.

    (3) No solid waste facility may exclude or refuse to take municipal solid waste in the quantity up to and including its permitted tonnage limit while the facility is allowed to lawfully receive drill cuttings or drilling waste above its permitted tonnage limits.

    (h) Any solid waste facility taking drill cuttings and drilling waste must install radiation monitors by January 1, 2015. The secretary shall promulgate emergency and legislative rules to establish limits for unique toxins associated with drill cuttings and drilling waste including, but not limited to heavy metals, petroleum-related chemicals, (benezene, tluene, xylene, barium, chlorides, radium and radon and establish the procedures the facility must follow if that limit is exceeded: Provided, That said rules shall establish and set forth a procedure to provide that any detected radiation readings above any established radiation limits will require that the solid waste landfill immediately cease accepting all affected drill cuttings and drilling waste until the secretary has inspected said landfill and certified pursuant to established rules and regulations that radiation levels have returned to below the established radiation limits. Any truck load of drill cuttings or drilling waste which exceeds the radiation reading limits shall not be allowed to enter the landfill until inspected and approved by the Department of Environmental Protection.

    (i) The total amount of waste received at a commercial solid waste landfill with one or more operating cells on its property may not exceed the total volume of its permitted capacity for that facility in any month, and the quantities of drill cuttings and drilling waste received at that facility shall be counted and applied toward the facility’s established tonnage cap.

    (j) On or before January 1, 2015, the secretary shall submit an investigation and report to the Joint Legislative Oversight Commission on Water Resources and the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Government and Finance which examines: (1) The hazardous characteristics of leachate collected from solid waste facilities receiving drill cuttings and drilling waste, including but not limite to the presence of heavy metals, petroleum related chemicals (benzene, toluene, xylene, etc.) barium, chlorides, radium and radon; (2) the potential negative impacts on the surface water or groundwater resources of this state associated with the collection, treatment and disposal of leachate from such landfills; and (3) the technical and economic feasibility and benefits of establishing additional and/or separate disposal locations which are funded, constructed, owned and/or operated by the oil and gas industry.

§22-15-11. Solid waste assessment fee; penalties.

    (a) Imposition. -- A solid waste assessment fee is hereby imposed upon the disposal of solid waste at any solid waste disposal facility in this state in the amount of one dollar and seventy-five cents per ton or part thereof of solid waste. The fee imposed by this section is in addition to all other fees and taxes levied by law and shall be added to and constitute part of any other fee charged by the operator or owner of the solid waste disposal facility.

    (b) Collection, return, payment and records. -- The person disposing of solid waste at the solid waste disposal facility shall pay the fee imposed by this section, whether or not such person owns the solid waste, and the fee shall be collected by the operator of the solid waste facility who shall remit it to the tax commissioner.

    (1) The fee imposed by this section accrues at the time the solid waste is delivered to the solid waste disposal facility.

    (2) The operator shall remit the fee imposed by this section to the tax commissioner on or before the fifteenth day of the month next succeeding the month in which the fee accrued. Upon remittance of the fee, the operator is required to file returns on forms and in the manner as prescribed by the tax commissioner.

    (3) The operator shall account to the state for all fees collected under this section and shall hold them in trust for the state until remitted to the tax commissioner.

    (4) If any operator fails to collect the fee imposed by this section, he or she is personally liable for such amount as he or she failed to collect, plus applicable additions to tax, penalties and interest imposed by article ten, chapter eleven of this code.

    (5) Whenever any operator fails to collect, truthfully account for, remit the fee or file returns with the fee as required in this section, the tax commissioner may serve written notice requiring such operator to collect the fees which become collectible after service of such notice, to deposit such fees in a bank approved by the tax commissioner, in a separate account, in trust for and payable to the tax commissioner and to keep the amount of such fees in such account until remitted to the tax commissioner. Such notice remains in effect until a notice of cancellation is served on the operator or owner by the tax commissioner.

    (6) Whenever the owner of a solid waste disposal facility leases the solid waste facility to an operator, the operator is primarily liable for collection and remittance of the fee imposed by this section and the owner is secondarily liable for remittance of the fee imposed by this section. However, if the operator fails, in whole or in part, to discharge his or her obligations under this section, the owner and the operator of the solid waste facility are jointly and severally responsible and liable for compliance with the provisions of this section.

    (7) If the operator or owner responsible for collecting the fee imposed by this section is an association or corporation, the officers thereof are liable, jointly and severally, for any default on the part of the association or corporation, and payment of the fee and any additions to tax, penalties and interest imposed by article ten, chapter eleven of this code may be enforced against them as against the association or corporation which they represent.

    (8) Each person disposing of solid waste at a solid waste disposal facility and each person required to collect the fee imposed by this section shall keep complete and accurate records in such form as the tax commissioner may require in accordance with the rules of the tax commissioner.

    (c) Regulated motor carriers. -- The fee imposed by this section and section twenty-two, article five, chapter seven of this code is considered a necessary and reasonable cost for motor carriers of solid waste subject to the jurisdiction of the public service commission under chapter twenty-four-a of this code. Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, upon the filing of a petition by an affected motor carrier, the public service commission shall, within fourteen days, reflect the cost of said fee in said motor carrier's rates for solid waste removal service. In calculating the amount of said fee to said motor carrier, the commission shall use the national average of pounds of waste generated per person per day as determined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

    (d) Definition of solid waste disposal facility. -- For purposes of this section, the term "solid waste disposal facility" means any approved solid waste facility or open dump in this state, and includes a transfer station when the solid waste collected at the transfer station is not finally disposed of at a solid waste disposal facility within this state that collects the fee imposed by this section. Nothing herein authorizes in any way the creation or operation of or contribution to an open dump.

    (e) Exemptions. -- The following transactions are exempt from the fee imposed by this section:

    (1) Disposal of solid waste at a solid waste disposal facility by the person who owns, operates or leases the solid waste disposal facility if the facility is used exclusively to dispose of waste originally produced by such person in such person's regular business or personal activities or by persons utilizing the facility on a cost-sharing or nonprofit basis;

    (2) Reuse or recycling of any solid waste;

    (3) Disposal of residential solid waste by an individual not in the business of hauling or disposing of solid waste on such days and times as designated by the director secretary is exempt from the solid waste assessment fee; and

    (4) Disposal of solid waste at a solid waste disposal facility by a commercial recycler which disposes of thirty percent or less of the total waste it processes for recycling. In order to qualify for this exemption each commercial recycler must keep accurate records of incoming and outgoing waste by weight. Such records must be made available to the appropriate inspectors from the division, upon request.

    (f) Procedure and administration. -- Notwithstanding section three, article ten, chapter eleven of this code, each and every provision of the "West Virginia Tax Procedure and Administration Act" set forth in article ten, chapter eleven of this code shall apply to the fee imposed by this section with like effect as if said act were applicable only to the fee imposed by this section and were set forth in extenso herein.

    (g) Criminal penalties. -- Notwithstanding section two, article nine, chapter eleven of this code, sections three through seventeen, article nine, chapter eleven of this code shall apply to the fee imposed by this section with like effect as if said sections were applicable only to the fee imposed by this section and were set forth in extenso herein.

    (h) Dedication of proceeds. -- The net proceeds of the fee collected by the tax commissioner pursuant to this section shall be deposited at least monthly in an account designated by the director secretary. The director secretary shall allocate twenty-five cents for each ton of solid waste disposed of in this state upon which the fee imposed by this section is collected and shall deposit the total amount so allocated into the "Solid Waste Reclamation and Environmental Response Fund" to be expended for the purposes hereinafter specified. The first one million dollars of the net proceeds of the fee imposed by this section collected in each fiscal year shall be deposited in the "Solid Waste Enforcement Fund" and expended for the purposes hereinafter specified. The next two hundred fifty thousand dollars of the net proceeds of the fee imposed by this section collected in each fiscal year shall be deposited in the "Solid Waste Management Board Reserve Fund", and expended for the purposes hereinafter specified: Provided, That in any year in which the water development authority determines that the solid waste management board reserve fund is adequate to defer any contingent liability of the fund, the water development authority shall so certify to the director secretary and the director secretary shall then cause no less than fifty thousand dollars nor more than two hundred fifty thousand dollars to be deposited to the fund: Provided, however, That in any year in which the water development authority determines that the solid waste management board reserve fund is inadequate to defer any contingent liability of the fund, the water development authority shall so certify to the director secretary and the director secretary shall then cause not less than two hundred fifty thousand dollars nor more than five hundred thousand dollars to be deposited in the fund: Provided further, That if a facility owned or operated by the state of West Virginia is denied site approval by a county or regional solid waste authority, and if such denial contributes, in whole or in part, to a default, or drawing upon a reserve fund, on any indebtedness issued or approved by the solid waste management board, then in that event the solid waste management board or its fiscal agent may withhold all or any part of any funds which would otherwise be directed to such county or regional authority and shall deposit such withheld funds in the appropriate reserve fund. The director secretary shall allocate the remainder, if any, of said net proceeds among the following three special revenue accounts for the purpose of maintaining a reasonable balance in each special revenue account, which are hereby continued in the State Treasury:

    (1) The "Solid Waste Enforcement Fund" which shall be expended by the director secretary for administration, inspection, enforcement and permitting activities established pursuant to this article;

    (2) The "Solid Waste Management Board Reserve Fund" which shall be exclusively dedicated to providing a reserve fund for the issuance and security of solid waste disposal revenue bonds issued by the solid waste management board pursuant to article three, chapter twenty-two-c of this code;

    (3) The "Solid Waste Reclamation and Environmental Response Fund" which may be expended by the director secretary for the purposes of reclamation, cleanup and remedial actions intended to minimize or mitigate damage to the environment, natural resources, public water supplies, water resources and the public health, safety and welfare which may result from open dumps or solid waste not disposed of in a proper or lawful manner.

    (i) Findings. -- In addition to the purposes and legislative findings set forth in section one of this article, the Legislature finds as follows:

    (1) In-state and out-of-state locations producing solid waste should bear the responsibility of disposing of said solid waste or compensate other localities for costs associated with accepting such solid waste;

    (2) The costs of maintaining and policing the streets and highways of the state and its communities are increased by long distance transportation of large volumes of solid waste; and

    (3) Local approved solid waste facilities are being prematurely depleted by solid waste originating from other locations.

    (j) The “Gas Field Highway Repair and Horizontal Drilling Waste Study Fund” is hereby created as a special revenue fund in the State Treasury to be administered by West Virginia division of highways and to be expended only on the improvement, maintenance, and repair of public roads of three lanes or less located in the wasteshed from which the revenue was received that are identified by the commissioner of highways as having been damaged by trucks and other traffic associated with horizontal well drilling sites or the disposal of waste generated by such sites, and that experience congestion caused, in whole or in part, by such trucks and traffic that interferes with the use of said roads by residents in the vicinity of such roads: Provided, That up to $750,000 from such fund shall be made available to the Department of Environmental Protection from the same fund to offset contracted costs incurred by that Division of Environmental Protection while undertaking the horizontal drilling waste disposal studies mandated by the provisions of subsection (j), section eight of this article. Any balance remaining in the special revenue account at the end of any fiscal year shall not revert to the General Revenue Fund but shall remain in the special revenue account and shall be used solely in a manner consistent with this section. The fund shall consist of the fee provided for in subsection (k) of this section.

    (k) Horizontal drilling waste assessment fee--An additional solid waste assessment fee is hereby imposed upon the disposal of drill cuttings and drilling waste generated by horizontal well sites in the amount of one dollar per ton, which fee is in addition to all other fees and taxes levied by this section or otherwise and shall be added to and constitute part of any other fee charged by the operator or owner of the solid waste disposal facility: Provided, That the horizontal drilling waste assessment fee shall be collected and administered in the same manner as the solid waste assessment fee imposed by this section, but shall be imposed only upon the disposal of drill cuttings and drilling waste generated by horizontal well sites.

    On motion of Senator Snyder, the following amendment to the Government Organization committee amendment to the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4411) was next reported by the Clerk:

    On page three, section eight, subsection (g), after the words “located in a” by inserting the words “county in a”.

    Following discussion,

    The question being on the adoption of Senator Snyder's amendment to the Government Organization committee amendment to the bill, the same was put and prevailed.

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

    The bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4411), as amended, was then ordered to third reading.

    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.

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

    Eng. House Bill No. 4454, Relating to the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sundays by private licensees.

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

    At the request of Senator Walters, and by unanimous consent, the bill was advanced to third reading with the unreported Government Organization committee amendment pending and the right for further amendments to be considered on that reading.

    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.

    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:

    On page three, section three-a, line twenty-two, by striking out the word “eleven” and inserting in lieu thereof the word “ten”.

    At the request of Senator Walters, and by unanimous consent, the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4455), as amended, was advanced to third reading with the right for further amendments to be considered on that reading.

    Eng. House Bill No. 4460, Relating to violating provisions of the civil service law for paid fire departments.

    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. 4473, Relating to establishing voting precincts and changing the composition of standard receiving boards.

    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 section and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

ARTICLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS AND DEFINITIONS.

§3-1-5. Voting precincts and places established; number of voters in precincts; precinct map; municipal map.

    (a) The precinct shall be is the basic territorial election unit. The county commission shall divide each magisterial district of the county into election precincts, shall number the precincts, shall determine and establish the boundaries thereof and shall designate one voting place in each precinct, which place shall be established as nearly as possible at the point most convenient for the voters of the precinct. Each magisterial district shall contain at least one voting precinct and each precinct shall have but one voting place therein.

    Each precinct within any urban center shall contain not less than three hundred nor more than one thousand five hundred registered voters. Each precinct in a rural or less thickly settled area shall contain not less than two hundred nor more than seven hundred registered voters, unless upon a written finding by the county commission that establishment of or retention of a precinct of less than two hundred voters would prevent undue hardship to the voters, the Secretary of State determines that such precinct be exempt from the two hundred voter minimum limit. A county commission may permit the establishment or retention of a precinct less than the minimum numbers allowed in this subsection upon making a written finding that to do otherwise would cause undue hardship to the voters. If, at any time the number of registered voters exceeds the maximum number specified, the county commission shall rearrange the precincts within the political division so that the new precincts each contain a number of registered voters within the designated limits: Provided, That any precincts with polling places that are within a one mile radius of each other on or after July 1, 2014, may be consolidated, at the discretion of the county clerk and county commission into one or more new precincts that contain not more than three thousand registered voters in any urban center, nor more than one thousand five hundred registered voters in a rural or less thickly settled area: Provided, however, That no precincts may be consolidated pursuant to this section if the consolidation would create a geographical barrier or path of travel between voters in a precinct and their proposed new polling place that would create an undue hardship to voters of any current precinct.

    If a county commission fails to rearrange the precincts as required, any qualified voter of the county may apply for a writ of mandamus to compel the performance of this duty: Provided, That when in the discretion of the county commission, there is only one place convenient to vote within the precinct and when there are more than seven hundred registered voters within the existing precinct, the county commission may designate two or more precincts with the same geographic boundaries and which have voting places located within the same building. The county commission shall designate alphabetically the voters who will be are eligible to vote in each precinct so created. Each such precinct shall be operated separately and independently with separate voting booths, ballot boxes, election commissioners and clerks, and whenever possible, in separate rooms. No two of such the precincts may use the same counting board.

    (b) In order to facilitate the conduct of local and special elections and the use of election registration records therein, precinct boundaries shall be established to coincide with the boundaries of any municipality of the county and with the wards or other geographical districts of the municipality except in instances where found by the county commission to be wholly impracticable so to do. Governing bodies of all municipalities shall provide accurate and current maps of their boundaries to the clerk of any county commission of a county in which any portion of the municipality is located.

    (c) To facilitate the federal and state redistricting process, precinct boundaries must shall be comprised of intersecting geographic physical features or municipal boundaries recognized by the U. S. Census Bureau. For purposes of this subsection, geographic physical features include streets, roads, streams, creeks, rivers, railroad tracks and mountain ridge lines. The county commission of every county must shall modify precinct boundaries to follow geographic physical features or municipal boundaries and submit changes to the West Virginia office of Legislative Services Joint Committee on Government and Finance by June 30, 2007, and by June 30, every ten calendar years thereafter. The county commission must shall also submit precinct boundary details to the U.S. Census Bureau upon request.

    The West Virginia office of Legislative Services shall be available for consultation with the county commission regarding the precinct modification process: Provided, That nothing in this subsection removes or limits the ultimate responsibility of the county commission to modify precinct boundaries to follow geographic physical features.

    (d) The provisions of this section are subject to the provisions of section twenty-eight, article four of this chapter relating to the number of voters in precincts in which voting machines are used.

    (e) (d) The county commission shall keep available at all times during business hours in the courthouse at a place convenient for public inspection a map or maps of the county and municipalities with the current boundaries of all precincts.

§3-1-29. Boards of election officials; definitions, composition of boards, determination of number and type.

    (a) For the purpose of this article:

    (1) The term "standard receiving board" means those election officials charged with conducting the process of voting within a precinct and consists of no less than five persons, to be comprised as follows: including one team of poll clerks, one team of election commissioners for the ballot box and one additional election commissioner: Provided, That if a municipal election is held at a time when there is no county or state election, the standard receiving board is to consist of four persons, including one team of poll clerks and one team of election commissioners for the ballot box;

    (2) The term "expanded receiving board" means a standard receiving board as defined in subdivision (1) of this subsection and one additional team of poll clerks;

    (A) Each precinct shall have at least one team of poll clerks, one team of election commissioners for the ballot box and one additional election commissioner.

    (B) At the discretion of the county clerk and county commission, any county may add additional teams of poll clerks and commissioners to any precinct, as necessary to fairly and efficiently conduct an election;

    (3) (2) The term "counting board" means those election officials charged with counting the ballots at the precinct in counties using paper ballots and includes one team of poll clerks, one team of election commissioners and one additional commissioner;

    (4) (3) The term "team of poll clerks" or "team of election commissioners" means two persons appointed by opposite political parties to perform the specific functions of the office: Provided, That no team of poll clerks or team of election commissioners may consist of two persons with the same registered political party affiliation or two persons registered with no political party affiliation; and

    (5) (4) The term “election official trainee” means an individual who is sixteen or seventeen years of age who meets the requirements of subdivisions (2), (3), (4), (5) and (6), subsection (a), section twenty-eight of this article.

    (b) The composition of boards of election officials shall be Has follows:

    (1) In any primary, general or special election other than a presidential primary or presidential general election, each election precinct is to have one standard receiving board;

    (2) In presidential primary and presidential general elections, each election precinct is to have one receiving board as follows:

    (A) For precincts of less than five hundred registered voters, one standard receiving board; and

    (B) For precincts of more than five hundred registered voters, one standard receiving board or, at the discretion of the county commission, one expanded receiving board.

    (3) In any election conducted using paper ballots, counting boards may be allowed or required as follows:

    (A) For any state, county or municipal special election, a counting board may be allowed at the discretion of the county commission;

    (B) In a statewide primary or general election, one counting board is required for any precinct of more than four hundred registered voters and one counting board may be allowed, at the discretion of the county commission, for any precinct of at least two hundred but no more than four hundred registered voters; and

    (C) In a municipal primary or general election, one counting board may be allowed, at the discretion of the municipal governing body, for any precinct of more than two hundred registered voters.

    (c) (b) For each primary and general election in the county, the county commission shall designate the number and type of election boards for the various precincts according to the provisions of this section. At least eighty-four days before each primary and general election the county commission shall notify the county executive committees of the two major political parties in writing of the number of nominations which may be made for poll clerks and election commissioners.

    (d) (c) For each municipal election held at a time when there is no county or state election:

    (1) The governing body of the municipality shall perform the duties of the county commission as provided in this section; and

    (2) The standard receiving board may, at the discretion of the official charged with the administration of election, consist of as few as four persons, including one team of poll clerks and one team of election commissioners for the ballot box.

    The bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4473), as amended, was then ordered to third reading.

    Eng. House Bill No. 4529, Relating to the sale of wine.

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

    At the request of Senator Walters, 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. 4538, Relating to the Board of Dentistry.

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

    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.

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

    The following amendments to the bill, from the Committee on the Judiciary, were reported by the Clerk, considered simultaneously, and adopted:

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

ARTICLE 16. NONINTOXICATING BEER.

§11-16-3. Definitions.

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

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

    (1) (2) "Brewer" or "manufacturer" means any person firm, association, partnership or corporation manufacturing, brewing, mixing, concocting, blending, bottling or otherwise producing or importing or transshipping from a foreign country nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer for sale at wholesale to any licensed distributor. Brewer or manufacturer may be used interchangeably throughout this article. A brewer may obtain only one brewer’s license for its nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    (7) (10) “Growler” means a glass ceramic or metal container or jug, capable of being securely sealed, utilized by a brewpub for purposes of off-premise sales of nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer for personal consumption not on a licensed premise and not for resale.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

§11-16-17a. Commissioner to investigate, review and approve or deny franchise agreements, labels, brands and line extensions.

    (a) The commissioner shall investigate and review:

    (1) All franchise agreements and any amendments to a franchise agreement to verify compliance with this article and the promulgated rules.

    (2) The registration of all container labels for brands manufactured, imported or sold in West Virginia.

    (3) The registration of all brands and line extensions with the commissioner that are the subject of a franchise agreement or an amendment to a franchise agreement.

    (4) The appointment of all brands or line extensions to a distributor in a brewer’s established franchise distributor network and to that distributor’s assigned territory from the brewer.

    (5) The appointment of all brands or line extensions acquired by a brewer as either an acquiring brewer, successor brewer and also any successor entities of a brewer, as specified in subdivision (3), subsection (a), section twenty-one of this article, to the distributor in the selling brewer’s established franchise distributor network and to that distributor’s assigned territory.

    (b) The commissioner’s investigation and review under subsection (a) of this section may include, but is not limited to: the brewer, its subsidiaries, parent entities, contracted entities, affiliated entities, associated entities or any other related entities, the brewer’s corporate structure, the nature of the relatedness of various entities, ownership, trade names or partial trade names, logos, copyrights, trademarks or trade design, product codes, marketing and advertising, promotion or pricing.

    (c) The commissioner may approve or deny any item listed in subsection (a) of this section as determined by the commissioner in accordance with this article, the promulgated rules as the facts and circumstances dictate.

    (d) Any brewer adversely affected by a denial as specified in subdivision (3) or (4), subsection (a) of this section, may request, in writing, a final written determination from the commissioner.

    (e) Upon receipt of final determination as provided in subsection (d), a brewer may request an administrative hearing by filing a written petition and as otherwise required per section twenty-four of this article and the rules promulgated by the commissioner. Upon filing a written petition, the brewer shall file a $1,000 hearing deposit, via certified check or money order, to cover the costs of the hearing. Such certified check or money order shall be made payable to the commissioner. In any such hearing held by the request of a brewer, the burden of proof is on the brewer and the standard of review for the administrative hearing is by a preponderance of the evidence.

§11-16-20. Unlawful acts of brewers or manufacturers; criminal penalties.

    (a) It shall be is unlawful:

    (1) For any brewer or manufacturer, or any other person, firm or corporation engaging in the business of selling nonintoxicating beer, ale or other malt beverage or cooler to a distributor or wholesaler, to discriminate in price, allowance, rebate, refund, commission, discount or service between distributors or wholesalers licensed in West Virginia. "Discriminate," as used in this section, shall mean granting of more favorable prices, allowances, rebates, refunds, commissions, discounts or services to one West Virginia distributor or wholesaler than to another.

    (2) For any brewer or manufacturer, or any other person, firm or corporation engaged in the business of selling nonintoxicating beer, ale or other malt beverage or malt cooler to a distributor or wholesaler, to sell or deliver nonintoxicating beer, ale or other malt beverage or malt cooler to any licensed distributor or wholesaler unless and until such brewer, manufacturer, person, firm or corporation, as the case may be, shall have filed the brewery or dock price of such beer, ale or other malt beverage or malt cooler, by brands and container sizes, with the commissioner. The pricing submitted to the commissioner shall also be submitted contemporaneously to the licensed distributor or wholesaler. No price schedule shall be put into effect until fourteen ninety days after receipt of same by the commissioner and shall be submitted on or before the following quarterly dates of January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1 of the calendar year to be effective: Provided, That any price reductions shall remain in effect not less than thirty ninety days.

    (3) For any brewer or manufacturer, resident brewer or any other person, firm or corporation engaged in the business of selling nonintoxicating beer, ale or other malt beverage or malt cooler to a distributor or wholesaler to sell, offer for sale or transport to West Virginia any nonintoxicating beer, ale or other malt beverage or malt cooler unless it has first registered its labels and assigned to the appropriate distributor per an equitable franchise agreement, all as approved by the commissioner.

    (4) For any brewer or manufacturer, or any other person, firm or corporation engaged in the business of selling nonintoxicating beer, ale or other malt beverage or malt cooler to provide, furnish, transport or sell its nonintoxicating beer products, brands and line extensions to any person or distributor other than the appointed distributor per the franchise agreement and established in the franchise distributor network in the territory assigned to that appointed distributor.

    (5) For any brewer or manufacturer, or any other person, firm or corporation engaged in the business of selling nonintoxicating beer, ale or other malt beverage or malt cooler to provide, furnish, transport or sell its nonintoxicating beer products, brands and line extensions that have been denied by the commissioner.

    (6) For any resident brewer that chooses to utilize a franchise agreement and a franchise distributor network, either in addition to or in conjunction with its limited quantity of nonintoxicating beer for self-distribution, to violate this section and the resident brewer is subject to the sanctions in subsections (b) and (c) of this section.

    (b) The violation of any provision of this section by any brewer or manufacturer shall constitute grounds for the forfeiture of the bond furnished by such brewer or manufacturer in accordance with the provisions of section twelve of this article.

    (c) The violation of this section by any brewer or manufacturer is grounds for sanctions as determined by the commissioner in accordance with sections twenty-three and twenty-four of this article and the rules promulgated by the commissioner.

    (d) Any resident brewer that chooses to utilize a franchise agreement and a franchise distributor network, either in addition to or in conjunction with its limited quantity of nonintoxicating beer for self-distribution, shall be treated as a brewer under this article and the applicable promulgated rules.

§11-16-21. Requirements as to franchise agreements between brewers and distributors; transfer of franchise by distributor; franchise distributor network; notice thereof to brewer; arbitration of disputes as to such transfer; violations and penalties; limitation of section.

    (a) On and after July 1, 1971, it shall be unlawful for any brewer to transfer or deliver to a distributor any nonintoxicating beer, ale or other malt beverage or malt cooler without first having entered into an equitable franchise agreement with such distributor, which franchise agreement and any amendments to that agreement shall be in writing, shall be identical as to terms and conditions with all other franchise agreements and any amendments between such brewer and its other distributors in this state in its approved franchise distributor network, all as approved by the commissioner and which shall contain a provision in substance or effect as follows:

    (1) The brewer recognizes that the distributor is free to manage his or her business in the manner the distributor deems best and that this prerogative vests in the distributor, subject to the provisions of this article, the exclusive right: to (A) To establish his or her selling prices; (B) to select have the distribution rights to the brands and line extensions of nonintoxicating beer products that are bound by franchise agreements specifying a distributor’s assigned territory and that are assigned to a franchise distributor network, and, further, that the distributor may determine which brands and line extensions of nonintoxicating beer products he or she wishes to handle; and (C) to determine the efforts and resources which the distributor will exert to develop and promote the sale of the brewer's nonintoxicating beer products handled by the distributor. However, since the brewer does not expect that its products brewer’s nonintoxicating beer products, brands and line extensions shall only be handled by the distributor with a franchise agreement for a certain territory in West Virginia as a part of the brewer’s overall franchise distributor network in West Virginia and will not be sold by others other distributors in the territory, assigned to the distributor, the brewer is dependent upon the appointed distributor alone for the sale of such products in said the assigned territory. Consequently, the brewer expects that the distributor will price competitively the nonintoxicating beer products handled by the distributor, devote reasonable effort and resources to the sale of such products and maintain a satisfactory sales level.

    (2) The franchise agreement binds the parties so that a distributor, appointed by a brewer, may distribute all of the brewer’s nonintoxicating beer products, brands or family of brands imported and offered for sale in West Virginia, including, but not limited to: existing brands, line extensions and new brands in the brewer’s assigned territory for the distributor. All brands and line extensions being imported or offered for sale in West Virginia must be listed by the brewer in the franchise agreement or a written amendment to the franchise agreement. A franchise agreement may be amended by mutual written agreement of the parties as approved by the commissioner with identical terms and conditions for a brewer and all of its distributors. Any approved amendment to the franchise agreement becomes a part of the franchise agreement.

    (2) (3) Whenever the manufacturing, bottling or other production rights for the sale of nonintoxicating beer at wholesale of any brewer is acquired by another brewer, the franchised distributor and franchise distributor network of the selling brewer shall be entitled to continue distributing the selling brewer's nonintoxicating beer products as authorized in the franchised distributor's existing franchise agreement and the acquiring brewer shall market all the selling brewer's nonintoxicating beer products through said franchised distributor and franchise distributor network as though the acquiring brewer had made the franchise agreement and the acquiring brewer may terminate said franchise agreement only in accordance with subdivision (2), subsection (b) of this section: Provided, That the acquiring brewer may distribute any of its other nonintoxicating beer products through its duly authorized franchises and franchise distributor network in accordance with all other provisions of this section. Further, this subdivision shall apply to the brewer, successor brewers and also any successor entities of a brewer who shall be bound by the existing franchise agreement and the franchise distributor network, unless all the parties mutually agree, in writing, to change or cancel the existing franchise agreement and franchise distributor network or unless the brewer terminates a distributor as provided in this article and the promulgated rules.

    (b) It shall also be unlawful:

    (1) For any brewer, or brewpub resident brewer or distributor, or any officer, agent or representative of any brewer, or brewpub resident brewer or distributor, to coerce or persuade or attempt to coerce or persuade any person licensed to sell, distribute or job nonintoxicating beer, ale or other malt beverage or malt cooler at wholesale or retail, to enter into any contracts or agreements, whether written or oral, or to take any other action which will violate or tend to violate any provision of this article or any of the rules, regulations, standards, requirements or orders of the commissioner promulgated as provided in this section;

    (2) For any brewer, or brewpub resident brewer or distributor, or any officer, agent or representative of any brewer, or brewpub resident brewer or distributor, to cancel, terminate or rescind without due regard for the equities of such brewer, or brewpub resident brewer or distributor and without just cause, any franchise agreement, whether oral or written, and in the case of an oral franchise agreement, whether the same was entered into on or before June 11, 1971, and in the case of a franchise agreement in writing, whether the same was entered into on, before or subsequent to July 1, 1971. The cancellation, termination or rescission of any such franchise agreement shall not become effective for at least ninety days after written notice of such cancellation, termination or rescission has been served on the affected party and the Commissioner by certified mail, return receipt requested: Provided, That said ninety-day period and said notice of cancellation, termination or rescission shall not apply if such cancellation, termination or rescission is agreed to in writing by both the brewer and the distributor involved. or

    (c) In the event a distributor desires to sell or transfer his or her franchise and assigned territory in the brewer or resident brewer’s franchise distributor network, such distributor shall give to the brewer, or brewpub resident brewer at least sixty days’ notice in writing of such impending sale or transfer and the identity of the person, firm or corporation to whom such sale or transfer is to be made and such other information as the brewer or resident brewer may reasonably request. Such notice shall be made upon forms and contain such additional information as the Commissioner by rule or regulation shall prescribe. A copy of such notice shall be forwarded to the commissioner. The brewer or brewpub resident brewer shall be given sixty days to approve or disapprove of such sale or transfer. If the brewer or brewpub resident brewer neither approves nor disapproves thereof within sixty days of the date of receipt of such notice, the sale or transfer of such franchise shall be deemed to be approved by such brewer or resident brewer. In the event the brewer or brewpub resident brewer shall disapprove of the sale or transfer to the prospective franchisee, transferee or purchaser, such brewer or brewpub resident brewer shall give notice to the distributor of that fact in writing, setting forth the reason or reasons for such disapproval. The approval shall not be unreasonably withheld by the brewer or brewpub resident brewer. The fact that the prospective franchisee, transferee or purchaser has not had prior experience in the nonintoxicating beer business or beer business shall not be deemed sufficient reason in and of itself for a valid disapproval of the proposed sale or transfer, but may be considered in conjunction with other adverse factors in supporting the position of the brewer or brewpub resident brewer. Nor may the brewer or brewpub resident brewer impose requirements upon the prospective franchisee, transferee or purchaser which are more stringent or restrictive than those currently demanded of or imposed upon the brewer's brewer or brewpub's resident brewers or other distributors in the State of West Virginia. A copy of such notice of disapproval shall likewise be forwarded to the commissioner and to the prospective franchisee, transferee or purchaser. In the event the issue be not resolved within twenty days from the date of such disapproval, either the brewer, brewpub resident brewer, distributor or prospective franchisee, transferee or purchaser shall notify the other parties of his or her demand for arbitration and shall likewise notify the commissioner thereof. A dispute or disagreement shall thereupon be submitted to arbitration in the county in which the distributor's principal place of business is located by a board of three arbitrators, which request for arbitration shall name one arbitrator. The party receiving such notice shall within ten days thereafter by notice to the party demanding arbitration name the second arbitrator or, failing to do so, the second arbitrator shall be appointed by the chief judge of the circuit court of the county in which the distributor's principal place of business is located on request of the party requesting arbitration in the first instance. The two arbitrators so appointed shall name the third or, failing to do so within ten days after appointment of the second arbitrator, the third arbitrator may be appointed by said chief judge upon request of either party. The arbitrators so appointed shall promptly hear and determine and the questions submitted pursuant to the procedures established by the American Arbitration Association and shall render their decision with all reasonable speed and dispatch but in no event later than twenty days after the conclusion of evidence. Said decision shall include findings of fact and conclusions of law and shall be based upon the justice and equity of the matter. Each party shall be given notice of such decision. If the decision of the arbitrators be in favor of or in approval of the proposed sale or transfer, the brewer or brewpub resident brewer shall forthwith agree to the same and shall immediately transfer the franchise to the proposed franchisee, transferee or purchaser unless notice of intent to appeal such decision is given the arbitrators and all other parties within ten days of notification of such decision. If any such party deems himself or herself aggrieved thereby, such party shall have a right to bring an appropriate action in circuit court. Any and all notices given pursuant to this subsection shall be given to all parties by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested.

    (d) The violation of any provision of this section by any brewer or brewpub resident brewer shall constitute grounds for the forfeiture of the bond furnished by such brewer or brewpub resident brewer in accordance with the provisions of section twelve of this article and shall also constitute grounds for sanctions in accordance with sections twenty-three and twenty-four of this article. Moreover, any circuit court of the county in which a distributor's principal place of business is located shall have the jurisdiction and power to enjoin the cancellation, termination or rescission of any franchise agreement between a brewer or brewpub resident brewer and such distributor and, in granting an injunction to a distributor, the court shall provide that the brewer or brewpub resident brewer so enjoined shall not supply the customers or territory of the distributor while the injunction is in effect.;

    And,

    By striking out the enacting section and inserting in lieu thereof a new enacting section:

    That §11-16-3 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted; that said code be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §11-16-17a; and that §11-16-20 and §11-16-21 of said code be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows:.

    The bill (Eng. H. B. No. 4549), as amended, was then ordered to third reading.

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4552, Relating to the court of claims.

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

    The following amendments to the bill, from the Committee on the Judiciary, were reported by the Clerk, considered simultaneously, and adopted:

    On page seven, section thirteen-a, line sixty-five, after the word “misdemeanors” by striking out the coma and the word “or” and inserting in lieu thereof the word “and”;

    And,

    On page fifteen, section twenty-eight, lines ten and eleven, by striking the words “in any other court of this state” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “are not subject to judicial review”.

    The bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4552), as amended, was then ordered to third reading.

    Pending announcement of meetings of standing committees of the Senate, including majority and minority party caucuses,

    On motion of Senator Unger, the Senate recessed until 6 p.m. today.

Night Session

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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4210, Juvenile sentencing reform.

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

    The end of today’s first reading calendar having been reached, the Senate returned to the consideration of

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

    On third reading, coming up in deferred order, with the right having been granted on yesterday, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, for amendments to be received on third reading, was again reported by the Clerk.

    At the request of Senator Unger, unanimous consent being granted, the bill was laid over one day, retaining its place on the calendar, and with the right for amendments to be considered on third reading remaining in effect.

    Action as to Engrossed House Bill No. 4256 having been concluded, the Senate proceeded to the consideration of

    Eng. House Joint Resolution No. 108, Nonprofit Youth Organization Tax Exemption Support Amendment.

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

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

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

    On page two by striking out everything after the enacting section and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

ARTICLE X. TAXATION AND FINANCE.

§12. Nonprofit youth organization revenue exemption.

    Notwithstanding any provision of this Constitution to the contrary, real property in this state which is owned by a non-profit organization that has as its primary purpose the development of youth through adventure, educational or recreational activities for young people and others, which property contains facilities built at a cost of not less than $100,000,000 and which property is capable of supporting additional activities within the region and the State of West Virginia is exempt from ad valorem property taxation whether or not such property is used for the nonprofit organization’s primary purpose or to generate revenue for the benefit of the nonprofit organization subject to any requirements, limitations and conditions as may be prescribed by general law: Provided, That the tax exemption authorized by the provisions of this section shall not become effective until the Legislature adopts enabling legislation authorizing the exemption’s implementation and concurrently prescribing requirements, limitations and conditions for the use of the tax exempt facility that protect local and regionally located businesses from use of the tax exempt facility in a manner that causes unfair competition and unreasonable loss of revenue to those businesses.

    Resolved further, That in accordance with the provisions of article eleven, chapter three of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, such proposed amendment is hereby numbered “Amendment No. 1” and designated as the “Nonprofit Youth Organization Tax Exemption Support Amendment” and the purpose of the proposed amendment is summarized as follows: “To amend the State Constitution to exempt certain nonprofit youth organizations from ad valorem property taxation on property owned by the organization which is leased or used to support the organization.” This tax exemption does not take effect until the Legislature enacts laws that protect local and regional businesses from unfair competition and unreasonable loss of revenue from business competition by the facility utilizing this tax exemption.

    The resolution (Eng. H. J. R. No. 108), as amended, was then ordered to third reading.

    Action as to Engrossed House Joint Resolution No. 108 having been concluded, the Senate proceeded to the consideration of

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4039, Authorizing miscellaneous boards and agencies to promulgate legislative rules.

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

    The following amendments to the bill, from the Committee on the Judiciary, were reported by the Clerk, considered simultaneously, and adopted:

    On page nine, section four, after line six, by inserting the following:

    On page thirty-two, by striking out the words “10.2.p. One roster: thirty-five dollars ($35); Roster subscription fee:;” and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

    “10.2.q. One roster: thirty-five dollars ($35); 10.2.r. Roster subscription fee: fifty dollars ($50);”;

    And by relettering the remaining subdivisions.;

    On page sixteen, section seven, line five, after the word “authorized” by striking out the period and adding the following: with the following amendment:

    On page three, section 7, by striking out all of subsection 7.3.;

    And,

    On page seventeen, section eight, line twenty, after the word “authorized” by striking out the period and adding the following: with the following amendment:

    §16-16-9. Poultry Exemptions.

    9.1. A poultry producer who otherwise meets the requirements of the exemption for poultry producers that slaughter or process 20,000 or fewer birds per calendar year under the federal Poultry Products Inspection Act, 21 U. S. C. 464(c)(3), may not keep a poultry flock of more than 3,000 birds at any one time.

    The bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4039), as amended, was then ordered to third reading.

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

    On motion of Senator Unger, the Senate requested the return from the House of Delegates of

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

    Passed by the Senate in earlier proceedings today,

    The bill still being in the possession of the Senate,

    On motion of Senator Unger, the Senate reconsidered the vote as to the passage of the bill.

    The vote thereon having been reconsidered,

    On motion of Senator Unger, the Senate reconsidered its action by which on yesterday, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, it adopted the Health and Human Resources committee amendment, as amended, to the bill (shown in the Senate Journal of that day, pages 93 to 98, inclusive).

    The vote thereon having been reconsidered,

    The question again being on the adoption of the Health and Human Resources committee amendment to the bill, as amended.

    Thereafter, on motion of Senator Palumbo, the following amendments to the Health and Human Resources committee amendment to the bill, as amended, were reported by the Clerk, considered simultaneously, and adopted:

    On page one, section twelve, line fourteen, by striking out the word “consists” and inserting in lieu thereof the word “consist”;

    On page four, section twelve, line thirteen, after the word “or” by inserting the word “the”;

    And,

    On page five, section twelve, line thirteen, by striking out the word “The” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “Under the following circumstances, the”.

    The question now 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, as just amended, was again ordered to third reading.

    Having been engrossed, the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4363) was then read a third time and put upon its passage.

    On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Cann, Carmichael, Chafin, Cole, Cookman, Edgell, 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)--32.

    The nays were: None.

    Absent: Barnes and Facemire--2.

    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. 4363) passed with its title.

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

    On motion of Senator Palumbo, the Senate returned to the consideration of

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4552, Relating to the court of claims.

    Having been read a second time and amended in earlier proceedings today.

    On motion of Senator Palumbo, the Senate reconsidered the vote by which in earlier proceedings today it adopted the Judiciary committee amendments to the bill (shown in the Senate Journal of today, page 215).

    The vote thereon having been reconsidered,

    The question again being on the adoption of the Judiciary committee amendments to the bill.

    At the request of Senator Palumbo, as chair of the Committee on the Judiciary, and by unanimous consent, the Judiciary committee amendments to the bill were withdrawn.

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

    On page fifteen, section twenty-eight, lines ten and eleven, by striking out the words “any other court of this state” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “are not subject to judicial review”.

    The bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4552), as amended, was then ordered to third reading.

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

    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. 72, Requesting DOH name bridge on Rt. 16, War, McDowell County "Army SFC Anthony Baron PTSD Awareness Bridge".

    And reports back a committee substitute for same as follows:

    Com. Sub. for Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 72 (originating in the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure)--Requesting the Division of Highways to name bridge number 24-16-13.39 (24A107) on Route 16 in War, McDowell County, West Virginia, the “U. S. Army SFC Anthony Barton Memorial Bridge”.

    Whereas, Anthony Barton was born in Bluefield, West Virginia, on April 25, 1980; and

    Whereas, Anthony Barton graduated from Big Creek High School in War, West Virginia, where he was co-valedictorian of the class of 1998 and excelled in football and wrestling. He subsequently received an organizational leadership degree from Mountain State University; and

    Whereas, SFC Anthony Barton served in the West Virginia Army National Guard from December, 2001 until his death in 2012; and

    Whereas, SFC Anthony Barton served fourteen months in Iraq with the West Virginia Army National Guard as a military police officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom; and

    Whereas, SFC Anthony Barton was a highly decorated soldier who received numerous awards and medals for his service, including the Meritorious Service Medal (Posthumous), Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 2, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, Meritorious Unit Citation, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, West Virginia Emergency Service Ribbon with 2 Oakleaf Clusters, West Virginia State Service Ribbon with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, West Virginia Service Ribbon and Shoulder Sleeve Insignia For Wartime Service — 101st Airborne and 15th MP Brigade; and

    Whereas, SFC Anthony Barton also served the state's citizenry on many occasions as a member of the West Virginia National Guard when he assisted during severe flooding, major snowstorms and other state emergencies; and

    Whereas, SFC Anthony Barton was a certified police officer who graduated from the West Virginia State Police Academy, and he served as a McDowell County deputy sheriff and as a police officer with the Town of War while serving in the West Virginia National Guard; and

    Whereas, SFC Anthony Barton Anthony also enjoyed riding his Harley and playing guitar, and he was actively involved in the New Testament Christian Church where he played guitar; and

    Whereas, SFC Anthony Barton Anthony suffered from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) resulting from the highly stressful conditions of his deployment in Iraq; and

    Whereas, Sadly, SFC Anthony Barton Anthony lost his battle with PTSD on December 26, 2012; and

    Whereas, SFC Anthony Barton is survived by his spouse, Jessica Barton; children, James Tanner Beckett and Jared Ray Barton; parents, Donald and Mary Barton; sister, Tara Adkins, and her husband, Matthew; grandparents, Clinton and Delores Tyree; four nephews, Michael Anthony and Andrew Reid Adkins, Declan Patrick O'Neil and Bodhi Jasper Hines; and numerous aunts and uncles and other family and friends; and

    Whereas, It is only fitting that we honor the life of SFC Anthony Barton by naming this bridge in his memory as a lasting tribute to his dedicated service and sacrifice on behalf of his country, state and community; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name bridge number 24-16-13.39 (24A107) on Route 16 in War, McDowell County, West Virginia, the “U. S. Army SFC Anthony Barton 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 as the “U. S. Army SFC Anthony Barton 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 and to the family of Anthony Barton.

    And,

    Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 73, Requesting DOH name bridge in Beckley "Arland W. Hatcher Memorial Bridge".

    And reports back a committee substitute for same as follows:

    Com. Sub. for Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 73 (originating in the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure)--Requesting the Division of Highways to name bridge number 41-77-42.30 (41A226), carrying northbound traffic on U. S. I-77 over the West Virginia Route 16 Connector, at the South Beckley exit of the West Virginia Turnpike in Raleigh county, West Virginia, the “U. S. Army PFC Arland W. Hatcher Memorial Bridge”.

    Whereas, Arland W. Hatcher was born in Fitzpatrick, Raleigh County, West Virginia, February 2, 1924; and

    Whereas, Arland W. Hatcher married Rachael Walker in Beckley, West Virginia, November 5, 1942, and the couple raised five children; and

    Whereas, Arland W. Hatcher entered the United States Army and served in the 37th Infantry as a combat military policeman during World War II; and

    Whereas, Arland W. Hatcher’s duties included service at New Caledonia, Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Luzon the Philippines and Japan; and

    Whereas, Arland W. Hatcher’s military duties at one time included protecting General Douglas MacArthur and the General’s home in the Philippines; and

    Whereas, Following the war, Arland W. Hatcher worked in Ohio and enjoyed such hobbies as working with wood, camping and golfing; and

    Whereas, Arland W. Hatcher died April 7, 2005; and

    Whereas, It is fitting that an enduring structure commemorate Arland W. Hatcher’s service to his country during World War II; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name bridge number 41-77-42.30 (41A226), carrying northbound traffic on U. S. I-77 over the West Virginia Route 16 Connector, at the South Beckley exit of the West Virginia Turnpike in Raleigh County, West Virginia, the “U. S. Army PFC Arland W. Hatcher Memorial Bridge”; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Commissioner of the Division of Highways is hereby requested to erect signs at both ends of the bridge containing bold and prominent letters proclaiming the bridge to be the “U. S. Army PFC Arland W. Hatcher 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 two 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. 72 and 73) 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 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. 2477, Permitting certain auxiliary lighting on motorcycles.

    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. 2477) 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. 2757, Private cause of action for the humane destruction of a dog.

    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. 2757) 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. 3011, Removing the provision that requires an applicant to meet federal requirements concerning the production, distribution and sale of industrial hemp prior to being licensed.

    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. 3011) 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 Plymale, from the Committee on Education, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Education has had under consideration

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4002, Relating to the computation of local share for public school support purposes.

    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 Finance.

                                  Respectfully submitted,

                                    Robert H. Plymale,

                                      Chair.

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

    At the request of Senator Plymale, and by unanimous consent, the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4002) was taken up for immediate consideration, read a first time and ordered to second reading.

    On motion of Senator Unger, the constitutional rule requiring a bill to be read on three separate days was suspended by a vote of four fifths of the members present, taken by yeas and nays.

    On suspending the constitutional rule, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Cann, Carmichael, Chafin, Cole, Cookman, Edgell, 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)--32.

    The nays were: None.

    Absent: Barnes and Facemire--2.

    The bill was read a second time.

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

    By striking out everything after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the provisions of Engrossed Committee Substitute for Senate Bill No. 432.

    The bill, as amended, was ordered to third reading.

    Having been engrossed, the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4002) was then read a third time and put upon its passage.

    On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Cann, Carmichael, Chafin, Cole, Cookman, Edgell, 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)--32.

    The nays were: None.

    Absent: Barnes and Facemire--2.

    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. 4002) passed.

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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4002--A Bill to amend and reenact §11-1C-5b of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend and reenact §18-9A-2, §18-9A-2a and §18-9A-11 of said code, all relating to calculating local share; changing the deadline for Tax Commissioner to report the total assessed values to the State Board of Education; delaying use of assessment ratio study for calculating local share until the second consecutive year, and consecutive years thereafter, that assessments are below sixty percent of market value including the ten-percent variance; creating assumption that all property in a county is assessed at sixty percent for the purpose of determining whether to use the sales ratio analysis in the calculation of local share when a valid sales ratio analysis cannot be obtained due to a lack of arm’s-length sales of property in a county; allowing Tax Commissioner to waive the use of the sales ratio analysis for calculating local share upon a showing by the assessor of that county that the preliminary sales ratio for the next succeeding year would meet the minimum ratio; delaying the increase in the percent of local levy rate for county boards of education used for calculating local share until the second consecutive year, and consecutive years thereafter, that assessments are below sixty percent of market value including the ten-percent variance; clarifying language pertaining to the amount that assumed assessed values is to be added to for the purpose of calculating local share; and requiring the state to use the most recent projections or estimations that may be available from the Tax Department for any estimation or preliminary computations of local share required prior to the report to the state board by the Tax Commissioner.

    Senator Unger moved that the bill take effect from passage.

    On this question, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Cann, Carmichael, Chafin, Cole, Cookman, Edgell, 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)--32.

    The nays were: None.

    Absent: Barnes and Facemire--2.

    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. 4002) takes effect from passage.

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

    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. 4139, Restricting parental rights of child custody and visitation when the child was conceived as a result of a sexual assault or sexual abuse.

    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. 4139) 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. 4204, Relating to the nonrenewal or cancellation of property insurance coverage policies in force for at least four years.

    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. 4204) 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. 4220, Relating to waiver of jury trial in claims arising from consumer transactions.

    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. 4220) 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 Plymale, from the Committee on Education, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Education has had under consideration

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4228, Repealing or removing certain portions of education-related statutes that have expired.

    And has amended same.

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

                                  Respectfully submitted,

                                    Robert H. Plymale,

                                      Chair.

    At the request of Senator Plymale, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4228) contained in the preceding report from the Committee on Education was taken up for immediate consideration, read a first time and ordered to second reading.

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

    Your Committee on Education has had under consideration

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4316, Creating the student data accessability, transparency and accountability act.

    And has amended same.

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

                                  Respectfully submitted,

                                    Robert H. Plymale,

                                      Chair.

    At the request of Senator Plymale, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4316) contained in the preceding report from the Committee on Education 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. 4333, Relating to the redirection of certain Lottery revenues to the State Excess Lottery Revenue Fund.

    And has amended same.

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

                                  Respectfully submitted,

                                    Roman W. Prezioso, Jr.,

                                      Chair.

    Senator Prezioso requested unanimous consent that the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4333) contained in the preceding report from the Committee on Finance be taken up for immediate consideration.

    Which consent was not granted, Senator Snyder objecting.

    Senator Prezioso then moved that the bill be taken up for immediate consideration.

    Following discussion,

    The question being on the adoption of Senator Prezioso's aforestated motion, the same was put and prevailed.

    Engrossed Committee Substitute for House Bill No. 4333 was then read a first time and ordered to second reading.

    Thereafter, at the request of Senator Wells, and by unanimous consent, the remarks by Senators Snyder, Prezioso and McCabe regarding the adoption of the motion to take Engrossed Committee Substitute for House Bill No. 4333 up for immediate consideration were ordered printed in the Appendix to the Journal.

    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. 4343, West Virginia Project Launchpad Act.

    And has amended same.

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

                                  Respectfully submitted,

                                    Roman W. Prezioso, Jr.,

                                      Chair.

    At the request of Senator Prezioso, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4343) 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. House Bill No. 4346, Establishing separate standards of performance for carbon dioxide emissions.

    With an amendment from the Committee on Energy, Industry and Mining pending;

    And reports the same back with the recommendation that it do pass as amended by the Committee on Energy, Industry and Mining 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. 4346) 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. 4347, Relating to affirmative defenses against mechanics' liens.

    Now on second reading, having been read a first time and rereferred to the Committee on the Judiciary on March 5, 2014;

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

                                  Respectfully submitted,

                                    Corey Palumbo,

                                      Chair.

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

    Your Committee on the Judiciary has had under consideration

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4349, Clarifying retirement dependent child scholarship and burial benefits under a Qualified Domestic Relations Order.

    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. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4349) 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. 4360, Relating to consumer credit protection.

    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. 4360) 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. 4432, Adopting Principle Based Reserving as the method by which life insurance company reserves are calculated.

    Now on second reading, having been read a first time and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary on March 3, 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. 4480, Relating to investment of the Acid Mine Drainage Fund.

    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. 4480) 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. 4560, Relating to reimbursement for copies of medical records.

    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. 4560) 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. 4588, Protecting unborn children who are capable of experiencing pain by prohibiting abortion after twenty weeks.

    With amendments from the Committee on Health and Human Resources pending;

    And has also amended same.

    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 as last amended by the Committee on the Judiciary.

                                  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. House Bill No. 4601, Relating to fiscal management and regulation of publicly-owned utilities.

    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. 4601) 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 Plymale, from the Committee on Education, submitted the following report, which was received:

    Your Committee on Education has had under consideration

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4608, Defining dyslexia and dyscalculia.

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

                                  Respectfully submitted,

                                    Robert H. Plymale,

                                      Chair.

    At the request of Senator Plymale, unanimous consent being granted, the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4608) contained in the preceding report from the Committee on Education 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. 9, The "Army S/SGT Raymond Lawrence Berry Memorial Bridge".

    Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 20, The "Army Corporal William Eugene Shank Memorial Bridge".

    Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 39, Army LTC Robert "Bob" Marslender Bridge.

    Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 44, Carnie L. Spratt Memorial Bridge.

    Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 47, Army SFC Michael Joe "Joey" Marushia Memorial Bridge.

    Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 48, Corporal Tracy Thurman Walls Memorial Bridge.

    Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 63, Army SPC Gary Wayne Hudnall Memorial Bridge.

    Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 74, Deputy Roger Lee Treadway Memorial Bridge.

    And,

    Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 107, "William Dakota "Kody" Faine 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 (Com. Sub. for H. C. R. Nos. 9, 20, 39, 44, 47, 48, 63, 74 and 107) 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.

    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. 17, The "Captain Isaac Alt West Virginia Militia Memorial Bridge".

    And has amended same.

    Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 28, William S. (Bill) Croaff Memorial Bridge.

    And has amended same.

    Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 34, Marine Private Rudy Varney Bridge - Purple Heart Recipient.

    And has amended same.

    House Concurrent Resolution No. 49, Army PFC Lilborn Dillon Memorial Road.

    And has amended same.

    Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 52, Kennenth A. Chapman Sr. Memorial Bridge.

    And has amended same.

    Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 60, Lester W. 'Cappy' Burnside, Jr. Bridge.

    And has amended same.

    Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 64, SSG Earl F. (Fred) Brown Memorial Bridge.

    And has amended same.

    Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 65, Army SP4 Harold "Skip" Grouser Memorial Bridge.

    And has amended same.

    Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 66, Quentin H. Wickline Memorial Bridge.

    And has amended same.

    And,

    Com. Sub. for House Concurrent Resolution No. 71, Army Private William C. Bias 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.

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

    Your Committee on Health and Human Resources has had under consideration

    House Concurrent Resolution No. 25, Urging the West Virginia Governor's Office and the Senate and House Finance Committees to include sufficient funds in the budget to eliminate the wait list for the Aged and Disabled Waiver program.

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

                                  Respectfully submitted,

                                    Ron Stollings,

                                      Chair.

    At the request of Senator Stollings, unanimous consent being granted, the resolution (H. C. R. No. 25) contained in the preceding report from the Committee on Health and Human Resources was taken up for immediate consideration.

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

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

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

    Your Committee on Health and Human Resources has had under consideration

    House Concurrent Resolution No. 57, Providing for the licensing of adult day health centers that implement a hybrid model of care.

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

                                  Respectfully submitted,

                                    Ron Stollings,

                                      Chair.

    At the request of Senator Snyder, as chair of the Committee on Government Organization, unanimous consent was granted to dispense with the second committee reference of the resolution contained in the foregoing report from the Committee on Health and Human Resources.

    At the request of Senator Stollings, unanimous consent being granted, the resolution (H. C. R. No. 25) was taken up for immediate consideration.

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

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

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

    Your Committee on Health and Human Resources has had under consideration

    House Concurrent Resolution No. 58, Requesting a study on the growing needs for in-home care and personal services for West Virginia's aging population.

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

                                  Respectfully submitted,

                                    Ron Stollings,

                                      Chair.

    The resolution, under the original double committee reference, was then referred to the Committee on Rules.

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

    Your Committee on Health and Human Resources has had under consideration

    House Concurrent Resolution No. 59, Urging the Governor to direct the Bureau of Senior Services to issue a report on the needs for in-home care.

    And has amended same.

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

                                  Respectfully submitted,

                                    Ron Stollings,

                                      Chair.

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

    Your Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has had under consideration

    House Concurrent Resolution No. 68, Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to undertake a study of the development of a high speed commuter rail system in West Virginia.

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

                                  Respectfully submitted,

                                    Robert D. Beach,

                                      Chair.

    The resolution, under the original double committee reference, was then referred to the Committee on Rules.

    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

    House Concurrent Resolution No. 105, Urging Congress to pass the Safe Freight Act.

    And has amended same.

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

                                  Respectfully submitted,

                                    Robert D. Beach,

                                      Chair.

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

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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 58, Relating to basis for voidable marriages and annulments.

    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, to take effect from passage, and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the House of Delegates amendments, as to

    Eng. Senate Bill No. 209, Allowing special needs students to participate in graduation ceremonies.

    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:

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

    That §18-20-1 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:

ARTICLE 20. EDUCATION OF EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN.

§18-20-1. Establishment of special programs and teaching services for exceptional children; modified diploma graduation.

    (a) In accordance with the following provisions, county boards of education throughout the state shall establish and maintain for all exceptional children between five and twenty-one years of age special educational programs, including, but not limited to, special schools or classes, regular classroom programs, home-teaching or visiting-teacher services for any type or classification as the state board shall approve. Special educational programs shall continue to be provided to those children who are at least twenty-one years of age and enrolled in the above mentioned "special education program" prior to September 1, 1991, until they reach twenty-three years of age. Provisions shall be made for educating exceptional children (including the handicapped and the gifted) who differ from the average or normal in physical, mental or emotional characteristics, or in communicative or intellectual deviation characteristics, or in both communicative and intellectual deviation characteristics, to the extent that they cannot be educated safely or profitably in the regular classes of the public schools or to the extent that they need special educational provisions within the regular classroom in order to educate them in accordance with their capacities, limitations and needs: Provided, That for the school year beginning on July 1, 1990, provisions shall be made for educating exceptional children, including the handicapped, the gifted in grades one through eight, the pupils enrolled on July 1, 1989, in the gifted program in grades nine through twelve and the exceptional gifted in grades nine through twelve. The term "exceptional gifted" means those students in grades nine through twelve identified as gifted and at least one of the following: Behavior disorder, specific learning disabilities, psychological adjustment disorder, underachieving or economically disadvantaged. Exceptional gifted children shall be referred for identification pursuant to recommendation by a school psychologist, school counselor, principal, teacher, parent or by self-referral, at which time the placement process, including development of an individualized education program, and attendant due process rights, shall commence. Exceptional gifted children, for purposes of calculating adjusted enrollment pursuant to section two, article nine-a of this chapter, shall not exceed one percent of net enrollment in grades nine through twelve. Nothing herein shall be construed to limit the number of students identified as exceptional gifted and who receive appropriate services. Each county board of education is mandated to provide gifted education to its students according to guidelines promulgated by the state board and consistent with the provisions of this chapter. Upon the recommendation of a principal, counselor, teacher and parent, a student who does not meet the gifted eligibility criteria may participate in any school program deemed appropriate for the student provided that classroom space is available. In addition, county boards of education may establish and maintain other educational services for exceptional children as the State Superintendent of Schools may approve.

    (b) County boards of education shall establish and maintain these special educational programs, including, but not limited to, special schools classes, regular class programs, home-teaching and visiting-teacher services. The special education programs shall include home-teaching or visiting-teacher services for children who are homebound due to injury or who for any other reason as certified by a licensed physician are homebound for a period that has lasted or will last more than three weeks. Provided, That pupils receiving such homebound or visiting-teacher services shall not be included when computing adjusted enrollment as defined in section two, article nine-a, chapter eighteen of this code. The state board shall adopt rules to advance and accomplish this program and to assure that all exceptional children in the state, including children in mental health facilities, residential institutions and private schools, will receive an education in accordance with the mandates of state and federal laws: Provided, however, That commencing with the school year beginning on July 1, 1991, all exceptional children in the state in foster care and correctional facilities will receive an education in accordance with the mandates of state and federal laws.

    (c) Each county board of education shall adopt a policy that allows a student with disabilities whose individualized education program provides for a modified diploma to participate in the graduation ceremony of his or her same grade classmates if requested in writing by his or her parent or legal guardian. The county board shall also permit the student to continue receiving his or her special education services after the graduation ceremony. The county board may not terminate, deny or declare the student ineligible for post-graduation ceremony special education services due to his or her participation in the graduation ceremony.;

    And,

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

    Eng. Senate Bill No. 209--A Bill to amend and reenact §18-20-1 the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to special programs and services for exceptional children; requiring county boards to allow student with disabilities whose individualized education plan provides for a modified diploma to participate in graduation ceremony with same grade classmates; permitting continued special education services; and prohibiting county boards from denying continuing special education services to the student due to participation in graduation ceremony.

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

    Engrossed Senate Bill No. 209, as amended by the House of Delegates, was then put upon its passage.

    On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Cann, Carmichael, Chafin, Cole, Cookman, Edgell, Fitzsimmons, 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)--31.

    The nays were: None.

    Absent: Barnes, Facemire and Green--3.

    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. 209) passed with its House of Delegates amended title.

    Senator Unger moved that the bill take effect from passage.

    On this question, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Cann, Carmichael, Chafin, Cole, Cookman, Edgell, Fitzsimmons, 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)--31.

    The nays were: None.

    Absent: Barnes, Facemire and Green--3.

    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. 209) 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, to take effect July 1, 2014, of

    Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 322, Providing state compensate officials, officers and employees every two weeks with certain exceptions.

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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 378, Relating to special speed limitations as to waste service vehicles.

    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. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 408, Relating to parole.

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

    Eng. Senate Bill No. 457, Requiring programs for temporarily detained inmates in regional jails.

    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 20. WEST VIRGINIA REGIONAL JAIL AND CORRECTIONAL FACILITY AUTHORITY.

§31-20-5h. Programs for inmates committed to prison.

    (a) The Division of Corrections may develop and implement a cognitive behavioral program to address the needs of inmates detained in a regional jail, but committed to the custody of the Commissioner of Corrections. The program shall be developed in consultation with the Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority, and may be offered by video teleconference or webinar technology. The costs of the program shall be paid out of funds appropriated to the Division of Corrections. The program shall be covered by the rehabilitation plan policies and procedures adopted by the Division of Corrections under subsection (h), section thirteen, article twelve, chapter sixty-two of this code.

    (b) In addition to subsection (a), the Division of Corrections shall make available to each inmate in the custody of the commissioner who is detained in a regional jail facility awaiting transfer to a Division of Corrections facility, those programs and courses, as are determined by an inmate’s risk and needs assessment mandated by section thirteen, article twelve, chapter sixty-two of this code, necessary to prepare the inmate for parole. Such programming and courses shall be provided by the Division of Corrections personnel or the commissioner’s designees.

    (c) The Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority shall provide the necessary facilities and equipment to effectuate this section or, upon the agreement of the Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority and the commissioner, other facilities may be utilized.

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

    Engrossed Senate Bill No. 457, as amended by the House of Delegates, was then put upon its passage.

    On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Cann, Carmichael, Chafin, Cole, Cookman, Edgell, Fitzsimmons, 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)--31.

    The nays were: None.

    Absent: Barnes, Facemire and Green--3.

    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. 457) 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, to take effect from passage, and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the House of Delegates amendments, as to

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

    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:

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

ARTICLE 1B. HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY COMMISSION.

§18B-1B-6. Appointment of institutional presidents; evaluation.

    (a) Appointment of institutional presidents. -- Appointment of presidents of the state institutions of higher education shall be made as follows:

    (1) The initial contract term for a president of a state institution of higher education may not exceed two years. At the end of the initial contract period, and subject to the provisions of subsection (c) of this section, the governing board may offer the president a contract of longer duration, but not to exceed five years.

    (A) The provisions relating to initial contract periods do not affect the terms of a current contract for any person holding a multiyear contract and serving as president of a state institution of higher education or division of a state institution of higher education delivering community and technical education on June 30, 2008.

    (B) At the end of the current contract period and thereafter, the governing board shall make presidential appointments in accordance with the provisions of this section.

    (2) The person who is president, provost or divisional administrative head of the community and technical college on June 30, 2008, becomes the president of the institution on the effective date of this section.

    (3) (2) The president of a state institution of higher education serves at the will and pleasure of the appointing governing board.

    (4) (3) Subject to the approval of the commission, the governing board of the institution appoints a president for Bluefield State College, Concord University, Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Marshall University, Shepherd University, West Liberty State College University, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, West Virginia State University and West Virginia University.

    (5) (4) Subject to the approval of the council, the governing board of the community and technical college appoints a president for Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, the Community and Technical College at West Virginia University Institute of Technology BridgeValley Community and Technical College, Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Marshall Mountwest Community and Technical College, New River Community and Technical College, Pierpont Community and Technical College, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, West Virginia Northern Community and Technical College West Virginia State Community and Technical College and West Virginia University at Parkersburg.

    (b) Other appointments. -- The institutional president of West Virginia University appoints a provost campus president to be the administrative head of Potomac State College of West Virginia University and a provost campus president to be the administrative head of West Virginia University Institute of Technology.

    (c) Evaluation of presidents. --

    (1) The appointing governing board shall conduct written performance evaluations of the institution's president. Evaluations shall be done at the end of the initial two-year contract period and in every third year of employment as president thereafter, recognizing unique characteristics of the institution and using institutional personnel, boards of advisors as appropriate, staff of the appropriate governing board and persons knowledgeable in higher education matters who are not otherwise employed by a governing board. A part of the evaluation shall be a determination of the success of the institution in meeting the requirements of its institutional compact and in achieving the goals, objectives and priorities established in articles one and one-d of this chapter.

    (2) After reviewing the evaluations, the governing board of governors shall make a determination by majority vote of its members on continuing employment and the compensation level for the president in accordance with the provisions of subsection (a) of this section.

    (d) The legislative rules of the commission and council each shall propose a rule for legislative approval promulgated in accordance with the provisions of section six, article one of this chapter and article three-a, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code by September 1, 2008 to which are in effect on January 1, 2014, continue in effect unless amended or repealed. The rules provide guidance for the institutional governing boards in filling vacancies in the office of president in accordance with the provisions of this chapter The rule and shall include, but is are not limited to, clarifying the powers, duties and roles of the governing boards, the commission, the council and the chancellors in the presidential appointment process.

    (e) The Legislature finds that an emergency exists and, therefore, the commission and the council each shall file a rule to implement the provisions of this section as an emergency rule by September 1, 2008, pursuant to the provisions of article three-a, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code. The emergency rule may not be implemented without prior approval of the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability.;

    And,

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

    Eng. Senate Bill No. 483--A Bill to amend and reenact §18B-1B-6 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to renaming the administrative heads of Potomac State College of West Virginia University and West Virginia University Institute of Technology; and updating obsolete provisions.

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

    Engrossed Senate Bill No. 483, as amended by the House of Delegates, was then put upon its passage.

    On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Cann, Carmichael, Chafin, Cole, Cookman, Edgell, Fitzsimmons, 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)--31.

    The nays were: None.

    Absent: Barnes, Facemire and Green--3.

    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. 483) passed with its House of Delegates amended title.

    Senator Unger moved that the bill take effect from passage.

    On this question, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Cann, Carmichael, Chafin, Cole, Cookman, Edgell, Fitzsimmons, 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)--31.

    The nays were: None.

    Absent: Barnes, Facemire and Green--3.

    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. 483) takes effect from passage.

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

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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 603, Relating to testing for presence of methane in underground mines.

    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:

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

ARTICLE 2. UNDERGROUND MINES.

§22A-2-43. Actions to detect and respond to excess methane.

    The following actions are required to detect and respond to excess methane. Subsections (a) through (f) pertain to methane testing with hand-held devices:

    (a) Hand-held testing required. -- In any mine, no electrical equipment or permissible diesel powered equipment may be brought in by the last open crosscut until a qualified person tests for methane. If one percent or more methane is present, the equipment may not be taken into the area until the methane concentration is reduced to less than one percent. Thereafter, subsequent methane examinations shall be made at least every twenty minutes while any electrical or diesel powered equipment is present and energized.

    (b) Location of tests. –- Tests for methane concentrations under this section shall be made at least twelve inches from the roof, face, ribs and floor.

    (c) Working places and intake air courses. --

    (1) When one percent or more methane is present in a working place or an intake air course, including an air course in which a belt conveyor is located or in an area where mechanized mining equipment is being installed or removed:

    (A) Except intrinsically safe atmospheric monitoring systems (AMS), electrically powered equipment in the affected area shall be de-energized and other mechanized equipment shall be shut off.

    (B) Changes or adjustments shall be made at once to the ventilation system to reduce the concentration of methane to less than one percent.

    (C) No other work shall be permitted in the affected area until the methane concentration is less than one percent.

    (2) When one and five-tenths percent or more methane is present in a working place or an intake air course, including an air course in which a belt conveyor is located or in an area where mechanized mining equipment is being installed or removed:

    (A) Except for the mine foreman, assistant mine foreman, or individuals authorized by the mine foreman or assistant mine foreman, all individuals shall be withdrawn from the affected area. If a federal or state mine inspector is present in the area of the mine where one and five-tenths percent or more of methane is detected, the federal or state mine inspector and the miners’ representative, if any, may remain in the area with the mine foreman, assistant mine foreman or other individuals authorized by the mine foreman or assistant mine foreman.

    (B) Except for intrinsically safe AMS, electrically powered equipment in the affected area shall be disconnected at the power source.

    (d) Return air split. --

    (1) When one percent or more methane is present in a return air split between the last working place on a working section and where that split of air meets another split of air or the location at which the split is used to ventilate seals or worked-out areas, changes or adjustments shall be made at once to the ventilation system to reduce the concentration of methane in the return air to less than one percent.

    (2) When one and five-tenths percent or more methane is present in a return air split between the last working place on a working section and where that split of air meets another split of air or the location where the split is used to ventilate seals or worked-out areas, except for the mine foreman, assistant mine foreman or individuals authorized by the mine or assistant mine foreman, all individuals shall be withdrawn from the affected area. If a federal or state mine inspector is present in the area of the mine where one and five-tenths percent or more of methane is detected, the federal or state mine inspector and the miners’ representative, if any, may remain in the area with the mine foreman, assistant mine foreman or other individuals authorized by the mine foreman or assistant mine foreman.

    (3) Other than intrinsically safe AMS, equipment in the affected area shall be de-energized, electric power shall be disconnected at the power source and other mechanized equipment shall be shut off.

    (4) No other work shall be permitted in the affected area until the methane concentration in the return air is less than one percent.

    (e) Return air split alternative. --

    (1) The provisions of this paragraph may apply if:

    (A) The quantity of air in the split ventilating the active workings is at least twenty seven thousand cubic feet per minute in the last open crosscut or the quantity specified in the approved ventilation plan, whichever is greater.

    (B) The methane content of the air in the split is continuously monitored during mining operations by an AMS that gives a visual and audible signal on the working section when the methane in the return air reaches one and five-tenths percent and the methane content is monitored as specified in the approved ventilation plan.

    (C) Rock dust is continuously applied with a mechanical duster to the return air course during coal production at a location in the air course immediately outby the most inby monitoring point.

    (2) When one and five-tenths percent or more methane is present in a return air split between a point in the return opposite the section loading point and where that split of air meets another split of air or where the split of air is used to ventilate seals or worked-out areas:

    (A) Changes or adjustments shall be made at once to the ventilation system to reduce the concentration of methane in the return air below one and five-tenths percent.

    (B) Except for the mine foreman, assistant mine foreman or individuals authorized by the mine foreman or assistant mine foreman, all individuals shall be withdrawn from the affected area. If a federal or state mine inspector is present in the area of the mine where one and five-tenths percent or more of methane is detected, the federal or state mine inspector and the miners’ representative, if any, may remain in the area with the mine foreman, assistant mine foreman or other individuals authorized by the mine foreman or assistant mine foreman.

    (C) Except for intrinsically safe AMS, equipment in the affected area shall be de-energized, electric power shall be disconnected at the power source and other mechanized equipment shall be shut off.

    (D) No other work shall be permitted in the affected area until the methane concentration in the return air is less than one and five-tenths percent.

    (f) Bleeders and other return air courses. --

    The concentration of methane in a bleeder split of air immediately before the air in the split joins another split of air, or in a return air course other than as described in subsections (d) and (e) of this section, shall not exceed two percent.

    (g) Machine mounted methane monitors. --

    (1) Approved methane monitors shall be installed and maintained on all face cutting machines, continuous miners, longwall face equipment and other mechanized equipment used to extract coal or load coal within the working place.

    (2) The sensing device for methane monitors on longwall shearing machines shall be installed at the return air end of the longwall face. An additional sensing device also shall be installed on the longwall shearing machine, downwind and as close to the cutting head as practicable. An alternative location or locations for the sensing device required on the longwall shearing machine may be approved in the ventilation plan.

    (3) The sensing devices of methane monitors shall be installed as close to the working face as practicable.

    (4) Methane monitors shall be maintained in permissible and proper operating condition and shall be calibrated with a known air-methane mixture at least once every fifteen days and a record of the calibration shall be recorded with ink or indelible pencil by the person performing the calibration in a book prescribed by the director and maintained on the surface. Calibration records shall be retained for inspection for at least one year from the date of the test. To assure that methane monitors are properly maintained and calibrated, the operator shall use persons properly trained in the maintenance, calibration, and permissibility of methane monitors to calibrate and maintain the devices.

    (h) Automatic de-energization of extraction apparatus electrical equipment or shut down of diesel equipment. --

    When the methane concentration at any machine-mounted methane monitor reaches one percent, the monitor shall give a warning signal. The warning signal device of the methane monitor shall be visible to a person operating the equipment on which the monitor is mounted. The methane monitor shall automatically de-energize the extraction apparatus on the machine on which it is mounted, but not the machine as a whole to facilitate proper mining procedures electric equipment or shut down diesel-powered equipment on which it is mounted when:

    (1) The methane concentration at any machine-mounted methane monitor reaches one and twenty-five one hundredths five-tenths percent; for a sustained period or

    (2) The monitor is not operating properly.

    The machine’s extraction apparatus machine may not again be started in that place until the methane concentration measured by the methane monitor is less than one percent.

    (i) Compliance schedule for machine refit.--

    Within one hundred twenty days of the effective date of the amendments to this section, the Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety shall promulgate legislative rules pursuant to article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code establishing calibration procedures, defining the term “sustained period” for purposes of implementing this section, and establishing a compliance schedule setting forth the time frame in which all new and existing face cutting machines, continuous miners, longwall face equipment and other mechanized equipment used to extract coal or load coal within the working place shall be refitted with methane monitors. Enforcement of subsections (g) and (h) of this section shall not commence until after the time frame is established by rule.;

    And,

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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 603--A Bill to amend and reenact §22A-2-43 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to testing for the presence of methane in underground mines; requiring automatic de-energization or shut down of equipment when a machine-mounted methane monitor indicates a methane concentration of one and five-tenths percent; and removing the requirement that the Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety promulgate a legislative rule defining the term “sustained period”.

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

    Engrossed Committee Substitute for Senate Bill No. 603, as amended by the House of Delegates, was then put upon its passage.

    On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Blair, Boley, Cann, Carmichael, Chafin, Cole, Cookman, Edgell, Fitzsimmons, 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)--31.

    The nays were: None.

    Absent: Barnes, Facemire and Green--3.

    So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 603) passed with its House of Delegates amended title.

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

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

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

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

    Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill No. 4175, West Virginia Small Business Emergency Act.

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

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

    On page two, section eight, subsection (c), after the words “through this program” by changing the period to a colon and inserting the following proviso: Provided, That the authorization also identify an appropriate source of funding for the loans.;

    On page three, section eight, subsection (e), before the words “The principal” by inserting the following: The source of principal for any loan provided under this section shall be from funds appropriated to the Civil Contingent Fund or from any other appropriation designated for or applicable to the purpose of providing state of emergency loans to small businesses.;

    On page three, section eight, subsection (e), by striking out “$15,000” and inserting in lieu thereof “$20,000”;

    On page three, section eight, subsection (f), after the word “state.” by inserting the following: Payments of principal shall be credited back to the source of funding, or if the source of funding has expired, to the general revenue fund of the state.;

    On page three, section eight, subsection (g), after the word “terms of the written agreement” by inserting the words “and any costs to the state for the collection”;

    On page four, section eight, subsection (h), after the words “the applicant” by inserting the words “required security”;

    And,

    On page four, section eight, subsection (i), by striking out the words “Legislature’s joint committee” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “Joint Committee on Government and Finance”.

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

    Engrossed Committee Substitute for House Bill No. 4175, as amended, was then put upon its passage.

    On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Beach, Boley, Cann, Chafin, Cookman, Edgell, Fitzsimmons, D. Hall, Jenkins, Kirkendoll, Laird, McCabe, Miller, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Snyder, Stollings, Tucker, Unger, Walters, Wells, Williams, Yost and Kessler (Mr. President)--26.

    The nays were: Blair, Carmichael, Cole, M. Hall and Sypolt--5.

    Absent: Barnes, Facemire and Green--3.

    So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for H. B. No. 4175) passed with its title.

    Senator Unger moved that the bill take effect from passage.

    On this question, the yeas were: Beach, Boley, Cann, Chafin, Cookman, Edgell, Fitzsimmons, D. Hall, Jenkins, Kirkendoll, Laird, McCabe, Miller, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Snyder, Stollings, Tucker, Unger, Walters, Wells, Williams, Yost and Kessler (Mr. President)--26.

    The nays were: Blair, Carmichael, Cole, M. Hall and Sypolt--5.

    Absent: Barnes, Facemire and Green--3.

    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. 4175) 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 Senate amendments to, and the passage as amended, with its Senate amended title, to take effect from passage, of

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

    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. 4402, Providing a procedure for the conditional discharge for first offense underage purchase, consumption, sale, service or possession of alcoholic liquor.

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

    On motion of Senator Unger, a leave of absence for the day was granted Senator Facemire.

    Pending announcement of majority and minority party caucuses,

    On motion of Senator Unger, the Senate adjourned until tomorrow, Friday, March 7, 2014, at 11 a.m.

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