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Ryan Ferns (R - Ohio, 01)


Capitol Office:
Room 439M, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7918

37 Jenna Way Drive
Wheeling, WV, 26003
Home Phone: NA
Business Phone: (304) 280-7133


CHAIR: Health and Human Resources
CHAIR: Labor
VICE CHAIR: Economic Development
VICE CHAIR: Judiciary
Banking and Insurance
Government Organization

CHAIR: Health
CHAIR: Health and Human Resources Accountability
CHAIR: Labor and Worker Safety Issues
VICE CHAIR: Economic Development
VICE CHAIR: Judiciary
Government Organization
Tax Reform
Workforce Investment for Economic Development


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Senator Ferns was the Lead Sponsor of 38 bills
SB 6Requiring drug screening and testing of applicants for TANF programSigned
SB 47Rewriting licensing requirements for practice of medicine and surgery and podiatrySigned
SB 48Establishing Mental Health, Veteran and Service Members CourtPendingFinance
SB 49Excluding mobile x-ray services from health care provider taxPendingHealth and Human Resources
SB 50Clarifying certain nonprofit-owned hospitals may have only one governing bodyPendingJudiciary
SB 51Exempting certain employers from discriminating against tobacco usersPendingHealth and Human Resources
SB 52Modifying requirements for child witness to testify by closed circuit televisionPendingJudiciary
SB 68Disallowing Health Care Authority to conduct rate review and set rates for hospitalsSigned
SB 271Regulating practice of accountancySigned
SB 273Setting forth required provisions regarding prior authorization of drug benefits by insurersPendingBanking and Insurance
SB 278Clarifying physicians' mutual insurance company is not state or quasi-state actorSigned
SB 279Specifying how assessed value of any share of natural resource property is to be determinedPendingNatural Resources
SB 281Requiring health care providers and facilities to notify patient when mammogram indicates dense breast tissuePendingHealth and Human Resources
SB 283Creating crime when fire is caused by operation of clandestine drug laboratorySigned
SB 284Providing for approval by county commission of all health policies enacted by local boards of healthPendingHealth and Human Resources
SB 285Allowing adult adoptees and their descendants to access adoption records PendingHealth and Human Resources
SB 301Changing amounts of prejudgment and post-judgment interestPendingJudiciary
SB 302Limiting products liability actions PendingJudiciary
SB 304Providing insurance coverage for abuse-deterrent opioid analgesic drugsPendingBanking and Insurance
SB 320Permitting practice of telemedicinePending
SB 322Regulating pharmacy benefits managersPendingHealth and Human Resources
SB 377Relating to liability of spouses or relatives to assist in paying for indigent funeral service expensesPendingHealth and Human Resources
SB 395Extending expiration date for tax rate on eligible acute-care hospitalsPendingFinance
SB 404Removing prohibition on billing persons for testing for HIV and sexually transmitted diseasesSigned
SB 438Requiring DHHR be present at judicial proceedingsPendingJudiciary
SB 467Creating new simplified and expedited certificate of need processPendingHealth and Human Resources
SB 475Providing rebuttable presumptions for certain injuries and diseases for firefighters and police officersPendingBanking and Insurance
SB 508Relating to civil claims for private nuisancePendingJudiciary
SB 531Providing for court-appointed special advocate in each judicial circuitPendingFinance
SB 541Requiring agencies analyze impact of proposed and existing regulations on small businessPending
SB 542Admissibility of certain evidence in civil action on use or nonuse of safety beltPendingJudiciary
SB 561Setting rates for accident and sickness insurancePendingHealth and Human Resources
SB 566Creating new tax on insurance reserves held by accident and sickness insurance carriersPendingHealth and Human Resources
SB 569Regulation of chronic pain clinicsPendingHealth and Human Resources
SB 572Defining criteria private insurance carriers must consider in setting ratesPendingHealth and Human Resources
SB 597Relating generally to Health Care AuthoritySigned
SB 605Continuing personal income tax adjustment to certain retireesPendingFinance
SB 655Reducing severance tax on coal to 4 percentPendingFinance


Release TitleDate
West Virginia Senate Passes Bill to Provide for Drug Screening of TANF Applicants02/09/2016
Senator Ryan Ferns Named Chairman of Labor Committee 01/08/2016
Delegate Storch, Senator Ferns To Host Tax Reform Public Comment Hearing November 19th In Wheeling11/16/2015
Senator Ryan Ferns Brings Ohio Governor John Kasich to Charleston to Discuss Federal Balanced Budget Amendment02/18/2015
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