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WEST VIRGINIA LEGISLATURE

SENATE JOURNAL

EIGHTIETH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION, 2011

TWENTY-FIRST DAY

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Charleston, W. Va., Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Senate met at 11 a.m.
(Senator Kessler, Acting President, in the Chair.)

Prayer was offered by Captain Thomas Richmond, Area Commander, Charleston Area Command of the Salvation Army, Charleston, West Virginia.
Pending the reading of the Journal of Monday, January 31, 2011,
On motion of Senator Yost, the Journal was approved and the further reading thereof dispensed with.
The Senate proceeded to the second order of business and the introduction of guests.
The Senate then proceeded to the third order of business.
A message from The Clerk of the House of Delegates announced the passage by that body and requested the concurrence of the Senate in the passage of
Eng. House Bill No. 2551--A Bill to repeal §36-1-4, §36-1-6, §36-1-17 and §36-1-18 of the Code of West Virginia of 1931, as amended; to repeal §44-5-12, §44-5-13, §44-5-14 and §44-5-15 of said code; to repeal to §44-6-2a of said code; to repeal §44-14-1, §44-14-2, §44-14-3 §44-14-4 and §44-14-5 of said code; to amend and reenact §38-1-13 of said code; to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §44-4-22; to amend and reenact §44-5-1, §44-5-7 and §44-5-11 of said code; to amend and reenact §44-5A-2, §44-5A-3 and §44-5A-4 of said code; to amend said code by adding thereto three new sections, designated §44-5A-5, §44-5A-6 and §44-5A-7; to amend and reenact §44-6-1 and §44-6-2 of said code; to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §44-6-11; to amend and reenact §44-6C-1, §44-6C-2, and §44-6C-9 of said code; to amend and reenact §44-7-1 of said code; to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §44-7-4; and to amend said code by adding thereto a new chapter, designated §44D-1-101, §44D-1-102, §44D-1-103, §44D-1-104, §44D-1-105, §44D-1-106, §44D-1-107, §44D-1-108, §44D-1-109, §44D-1-110, §44D-1-111, §44D-1-112, §44D-1-113, §44D-2-201, §44D-2-202, §44D-2-203, §44D-2-204, §44D-3-301, §44D-3-302, §44D-3-303, §44D-3-304, §44D-3-305, §44D-4-401, §44D-4-402, §44D-4-403, §44D-4-404, §44D-4-405, §44D-4-406, §44D-4-407, §44D-4-408, §44D-4-409, §44D-4-410, §44D-4-411, §44D-4-412, §44D-4-413, §44D-4-414, §44D-4-415, §44D-4-416, §44D-4-417, §44D-5-501, §44D-5-502, §44D-5-503, §44D-5-504, §44D-5-505, §44D-5-506, §44D-5-507, §44D-6-601, §44D-6-602, §44D-6-603, §44D-6-604, §44D-7-701, §44D-7-702, §44D-7-703, §44D-7-704, §44D-7-705, §44D-7-706, §44D-7-707, §44D-7-708, §44D-7-709, §44D-8-801, §44D-8-802, §44D-8-803, §44D-8-804, §44D-8-805, §44D-8-806, §44D-8-807, §44D-8-808, §44D-8-809, §44D-8-810, §44D-8-811, §44D-8-812, §44D-8-813, §44D-8-814, §44D-8-815, §44D-8-816, §44D-8-817, §44D-9-901, §44D-10-1001, §44D-10-1002, §44D-10-1003, §44D-10-1004, §44D-10-1005, §44D-10-1006, §44D-10-1007, §44D-10-1008, §44D-10-1009, §44D-10-1010, §44D-10-1011, §44D-10-1012, §44D-10-1013, §44D-11-1101, §44D-11-1102, §44D-11-1103, §44D-11-1104 and §44D-11-1105, all relating generally to estates and trusts and their administration; providing that certain provisions of current law to have no effect after specified date; providing certain provisions of current law are not to apply to trusts and trustees after specified date; changing names of certain articles of existing code; providing for the creation, administration, revision and termination of trusts; providing for trustees, powers and duties of trustees and substitution of trustees; providing for distribution of trust assets; specifying powers and certain restrictions on powers of fiduciaries; amending the Uniform Prudent Investor Act; modernizing language of certain existing sections of code and deleting obsolete language; adopting West Virginia Uniform Trust Code; providing general provisions and definitions; providing for judicial proceedings; providing for representation of trusts; providing for creation, validity, modification and termination of trusts; providing for creditor's claims; providing for spendthrift trusts, discretionary trusts and revocable trusts; providing for the office of trustee; providing duties and powers of trustees; providing for liability of trustees and rights of persons dealing with trustee; providing various miscellaneous provisions for trusts and trustees; specifying delayed effective date for West Virginia Uniform Trust Code; and providing rules for application of that date.
Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary; and then to the Committee on Finance.
The Senate proceeded to the fourth order of business.
Senator Wells, from the Committee on Military, submitted the following report, which was received:
Your Committee on Military has had under consideration
Senate Bill No. 4, Exempting military, National Guard and reserve income from state income tax.
And reports the same back with the recommendation that it do pass; but under the original double committee reference first be referred to the Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted,
Erik P. Wells,
Chair.
The bill, under the original double committee reference, was then referred to the Committee on Finance.
Senator Wells, from the Committee on Military, submitted the following report, which was received:
Your Committee on Military has had under consideration
Senate Bill No. 100, Establishing program to promote veteran friendly communities.
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,
Erik P. Wells,
Chair.
The bill, under the original double committee reference, was then referred to the Committee on Finance, with amendments from the Committee on Military pending.
Senator Williams, from the Committee on Agriculture, submitted the following report, which was received:
Your Committee on Agriculture has had under consideration
Senate Bill No. 102, Authorizing Commissioner of Agriculture promulgate legislative rule relating to apiaries.
Senate Bill No. 103, Authorizing Commissioner of Agriculture promulgate legislative rule relating to inspection of meat and poultry.
And,
Senate Bill No. 104, Authorizing Commissioner of Agriculture promulgate legislative rule relating to general groundwater protection rules for fertilizers and manures.
And reports the same back with the recommendation that they each do pass; but under the original double committee references first be referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Respectfully submitted,
Bob Williams,
Chair.
The bills, under the original double committee references, were then referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Senator Foster, from the Committee on Pensions, submitted the following report, which was received:
Your Committee on Pensions has had under consideration
Senate Bill No. 109, Authorizing Consolidated Public Retirement Board promulgate legislative rule relating to general provisions.
And,
Senate Bill No. 110, Authorizing Consolidated Public Retirement Board promulgate legislative rule relating to Teachers' Defined Contribution Retirement System.
And reports the same back with the recommendation that they each do pass; but under the original double committee references first be referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Respectfully submitted,
Dan Foster,
Chair.
The bills, under the original double committee references, were then referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
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 Bill No. 120, Authorizing DEP promulgate legislative rule relating to monitoring well design standards.
Senate Bill No. 121, Authorizing DEP promulgate legislative rule relating to requirements governing groundwater standards.
Senate Bill No. 154, Authorizing DNR promulgate legislative rule relating to special motorboating regulations.
Senate Bill No. 155, Authorizing DNR promulgate legislative rule relating to prohibitions when hunting and trapping.
And,
Senate Bill No. 156, Authorizing DNR promulgate legislative rule relating to general hunting.
And reports the same back with the recommendation that they each do pass; but under the original double committee references first be referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Respectfully submitted,
William R. Laird IV,
Chair.
The bills, under the original double committee references, were then referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Senator Prezioso, from the Committee on Finance, submitted the following report, which was received:
Your Committee on Finance has had under consideration
Senate Bill No. 173, Authorizing Secretary of State promulgate legislative rule relating to Combined Voter Registration and Driver Licensing Fund.
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,
Roman W. Prezioso, Jr.,
Chair.
The bill, under the original double committee reference, was then referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, with amendments from the Committee on Finance pending.
Senator Foster, from the Committee on Pensions, submitted the following report, which was received:
Your Committee on Pensions has had under consideration
Senate Bill No. 222, Relating to Municipal Police Officers and Firefighters Retirement System.
And reports the same back with the recommendation that it do pass; but under the original double committee reference first be referred to the Committee on Government Organization.
Respectfully submitted,
Dan Foster,
Chair.
The bill, under the original double committee reference, was then referred to the Committee on Government Organization.
Senator Prezioso, from the Committee on Finance, submitted the following report, which was received:
Your Committee on Finance has had under consideration
Senate Bill No. 254, Making supplementary appropriation of federal funds to Development Office and Division of Human Services.
Senate Bill No. 255, Making supplementary appropriation of unappropriated moneys to various accounts.
And,
Senate Bill No. 342, Making supplementary appropriation to Governor's Office--Civil Contingent Fund.
And reports the same back with the recommendation that they each do pass.
Respectfully submitted,
Roman W. Prezioso, Jr.,
Chair.
At the request of Senator Prezioso, unanimous consent being granted, one of the bills (S. B. No. 342) 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.
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: Barnes, Beach, Boley, Browning, Chafin, Edgell, D. Facemire, K. Facemyer, Foster, Green, Hall, Helmick, Jenkins, Klempa, Laird, McCabe, Miller, Minard, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Tucker, Unger, Wells, Williams, Wills, Yost and Kessler (Acting President)--32.
The nays were: None.
Absent: Fanning and Tomblin (Mr. President)--2.
The bill was read a second time and ordered to engrossment and third reading.
Engrossed Senate Bill No. 342 was then read a third time and put upon its passage.
On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Barnes, Beach, Boley, Browning, Chafin, Edgell, D. Facemire, K. Facemyer, Foster, Green, Hall, Helmick, Jenkins, Klempa, Laird, McCabe, Miller, Minard, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Tucker, Unger, Wells, Williams, Wills, Yost and Kessler (Acting President)--32.
The nays were: None.
Absent: Fanning and Tomblin (Mr. President)--2.
So, a majority of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the Acting President declared the bill (Eng. S. B. No. 342) passed with its title.
Senator Unger moved that the bill take effect from passage.
On this question, the yeas were: Barnes, Beach, Boley, Browning, Chafin, Edgell, D. Facemire, K. Facemyer, Foster, Green, Hall, Helmick, Jenkins, Klempa, Laird, McCabe, Miller, Minard, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Tucker, Unger, Wells, Williams, Wills, Yost and Kessler (Acting President)--32.
The nays were: None.
Absent: Fanning and Tomblin (Mr. President)--2.
So, two thirds of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the Acting President declared the bill (Eng. S. B. No. 342) 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
Senate Bill No. 256, Requiring sex offenders verify e-mail and online identities.
And reports back a committee substitute for same with the following title:
Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 256 (originating in the Committee on the Judiciary)--A Bill to amend and reenact §15-12-10 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to requiring sex offenders to verify their e-mail and other online identities in the same way as they register their physical addresses.
With the recommendation that the committee substitute do pass.
Respectfully submitted,
Corey Palumbo,
Chair.
Senator Prezioso, from the Committee on Finance, submitted the following report, which was received:
Your Committee on Finance has had under consideration
Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 261, Providing for special primary and general election to fill vacancy in office of Governor.
Now on second reading, having been read a first time and referred to the Committee on Finance on January 28, 2011;
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 (Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 261) contained in the preceding report from the Committee on Finance was taken up for immediate consideration, read a second time and ordered to engrossment and third 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: Barnes, Beach, Boley, Browning, Chafin, Edgell, D. Facemire, K. Facemyer, Foster, Green, Hall, Helmick, Jenkins, Klempa, Laird, McCabe, Miller, Minard, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Tucker, Unger, Wells, Williams, Wills, Yost and Kessler (Acting President)--32.
The nays were: None.
Absent: Fanning and Tomblin (Mr. President)--2.
Engrossed Committee Substitute for Senate Bill No. 261 was read a third time and put upon its passage.
On the passage of the bill, the yeas were: Barnes, Beach, Boley, Browning, Chafin, Edgell, D. Facemire, K. Facemyer, Foster, Green, Hall, Helmick, Jenkins, Klempa, Laird, McCabe, Miller, Minard, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Tucker, Unger, Wells, Williams, Wills, Yost and Kessler (Acting President)--32.
The nays were: None.
Absent: Fanning and Tomblin (Mr. President)--2.
So, a majority of all the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the Acting President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 261) passed with its title.
Senator Unger moved that the bill take effect from passage.
On this question, the yeas were: Barnes, Beach, Boley, Browning, Chafin, Edgell, D. Facemire, K. Facemyer, Foster, Green, Hall, Helmick, Jenkins, Klempa, Laird, McCabe, Miller, Minard, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Tucker, Unger, Wells, Williams, Wills, Yost and Kessler (Acting President)--32.
The nays were: None.
Absent: Fanning and Tomblin (Mr. President)--2.
So, two thirds of all the members elected to the Senate having voted in the affirmative, the Acting President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 261) takes effect from passage.
Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.
Senator Prezioso, from the Committee on Finance, submitted the following report, which was received:
Your Committee on Finance has had under consideration
Senate Bill No. 293, Authorizing State Election Commission promulgate legislative rule relating to WV Supreme Court of Appeals Public Campaign Financing Pilot Program.
And reports the same back with the recommendation that it do pass; but under the original double committee reference first be referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Respectfully submitted,
Roman W. Prezioso, Jr.,
Chair.
The bill, under the original double committee reference, was then referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
The Senate proceeded to the sixth order of business.
On motions for leave, severally made, the following bills and joint resolution were introduced, read by their titles, and referred to the appropriate committees:
By Senators Kessler (Acting President), Plymale, Minard and Klempa:
Senate Bill No. 363--A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §16-29-3, relating to retention and destruction of health care records by physicians, osteopaths and dentists; setting forth the time periods records must be kept for different classes of patients; setting forth how records may be destroyed; and defining terms.
Referred to the Committee on Health and Human Resources; and then to the Committee on the Judiciary.
By Senators Fanning, Jenkins, Chafin and Minard:
Senate Bill No. 364--A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §61-6-15, relating to crimes against the peace; unlawful protest activities that disturb or disrupt a funeral or burial service; and criminal penalties.
Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
By Senators Snyder, Klempa, Yost and McCabe:
Senate Bill No. 365--A Bill to amend and reenact §19-23-13b of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to providing additional funds to the West Virginia Racing Commission for its Administration and Promotion Account for the Thoroughbred Development Fund.
Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary; and then to the Committee on Finance.
By Senators Green, Beach, Klempa, Palumbo, Chafin and Plymale:
Senate Bill No. 366--A Bill to amend and reenact §22-17-20 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to the Underground Storage Tank Administrative Fund; and raising from $500,000 to $1 million the balance allowed to be in this fund at the beginning of each year.
Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary; and then to the Committee on Finance.
By Senators Laird, Miller, Wills, Minard and Plymale:
Senate Bill No. 367--A Bill to amend and reenact §3-3-2a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to requiring voting for at least five consecutive days during the period of early voting at locations designated in addition to the county courthouse or courthouse annex for early voting.
Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary; and then to the Committee on Finance.
By Senators Palumbo, Laird, Prezioso, Jenkins, Foster, Unger, Chafin, Plymale, McCabe, Wills, Snyder, Minard and Klempa:
Senate Bill No. 368--A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §15-9-5, relating to requiring the Governor's Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Correction to establish procedures for the investigation of child abuse and neglect investigations through the legislative rule-making process; and requiring establishment of an advisory committee to assist in the development of the rules.
Referred to the Committee on Health and Human Resources; and then to the Committee on the Judiciary.
By Senators Kessler (Acting President), Foster and Laird:
Senate Bill No. 369--A Bill to amend and reenact §30-3-10a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend and reenact §30-14-12b of said code, all relating to granting practicing medical physicians and osteopathic physicians special volunteer medical licenses so they may donate their expertise for the medical care and treatment of indigent and needy patients in a clinic setting organized, in whole or in part, for the delivery of health care services without charge; and establishing qualification, documentation, fee and immunity requirements.
Referred to the Committee on Health and Human Resources; and then to the Committee on the Judiciary.
By Senators Green, Beach, Klempa, Palumbo and Plymale:
Senate Bill No. 370--A Bill to amend and reenact §22-3-7, §22- 3-8 and §22-3-19 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, all relating to environmental resources; Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Act; and fees assessed to coal mining operators by the Division of Mining and Reclamation.
Referred to the Committee on Energy, Industry and Mining; and then to the Committee on Finance.
By Senators Prezioso and D. Facemire:
Senate Bill No. 371--A Bill to amend and reenact §11-24-3b of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to updating the list of jurisdictions identified as tax havens.
Referred to the Committee on Finance.
By Senators Kessler (Acting President) and Hall (By Request of the Executive):
Senate Bill No. 372--A Bill to amend and reenact §11-13A-20a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend and reenact §31-15A-16 of said code, all relating to dedication of coalbed methane severance tax proceeds; redirecting coalbed methane severance tax revenues from the Infrastructure Fund to county economic development authorities; requiring moneys deposited in the Infrastructure Fund prior to July 1, 2011, be distributed to county economic development authorities; removing requirement that the Tax Commissioner provide Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council a breakdown of coalbed methane severance taxes paid and amount of coalbed methane produced by each county; providing calculation methods; specifying a minimum share of coalbed methane severance tax revenue be distributed to producing counties in an amount at least equal to the share received by nonproducing counties; providing for portional adjustments and redesignation for counties deemed nonproducing; providing that no distribution of moneys to exceed total amount of coalbed methane severance tax received in any fiscal year; setting forth the purposes for receiving and conditions of expending such funds by county economic development authorities; requiring approval of respective county commissions and the Development Office prior to expending any funds; prohibiting certain expenditures by counties or county economic development authorities; and authorizing and requiring the Development Office to promulgate legislative rules regarding use of funds, including emergency rules.
Referred to the Committee on Energy, Industry and Mining; and then to the Committee on Finance.
By Senators Kessler (Acting President) and Hall (By Request of the Executive):
Senate Bill No. 373--A Bill to amend and reenact §18-9D-15 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §18-9D-19a, all relating to comprehensive middle schools; allowing, upon application by a county board of education, the School Building Authority to allocate and expend certain moneys for school major improvement projects for vocational programs at comprehensive middle schools; providing legislative findings; defining "comprehensive middle school"; requiring the authority, when planning the construction of a middle or junior high school, to provide funding for comprehensive career technical education facilities to be located, when feasible, on the same site as the middle or junior high school under certain conditions; requiring the authority, upon application of a county board to construct comprehensive career technical education facilities at an existing middle or junior high school, to provide technical assistance to the county in developing a plan for construction of the comprehensive career technical education facility; and requiring, upon development of the plan, the authority to consider funding based on certain criteria.
Referred to the Committee on Education; and then to the Committee on Finance.
By Senators Plymale and Foster:
Senate Bill No. 374--A Bill to amend and reenact §18A-2-4 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend and reenact §18A-4-8, §18A-4-8a and §18A-4-8b of said code, all relating to public education service personnel; requiring county boards to bear the cost of certification renewal for personnel with the class title of Sign Language Interpreter I or II under certain conditions; declaring that time devoted to the process of maintaining or acquiring certification that is a condition of employment constitutes continuing education; deleting certain defined class titles and including service personnel employed under certain deleted class titles under other existing class titles or new class titles; removing Sign Language Specialist from the Braille or Sign Language Specialist class title; prohibiting employment for the first time of a service person as a Food Services Supervisor after a certain date; changing the class title Graphic Artist to Graphic Designer and expanding definition; changing the class title Mail Clerk to Mail Carrier; adding the class titles Sign Language Interpreter I and II; and amending class titles that are to be considered as a single classification of employment.
Referred to the Committee on Education; and then to the Committee on Finance.
By Senators Wells, Plymale, Chafin and Stollings:
Senate Bill No. 375--A Bill to amend and reenact §18B-4-7 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to authority of institutions of higher education to confer degrees; applicability of provisions; minimum standards; requiring collection and dissemination of certain information; authorizing certain reviews and audits; and providing for revocation of degree- granting authority under certain conditions.
Referred to the Committee on Education.
By Senator Beach:
Senate Bill No. 376--A Bill to amend and reenact §36B-3-102 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to permitting unit owners' associations to institute legal action against a unit owner to collect dues or assessments that are overdue or in arrears to the association.
Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
By Senator Beach:
Senate Bill No. 377--A Bill to amend and reenact §61-2-14d of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to failing to provide or return a minor child for visitation; and providing penalties.
Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
By Senators Snyder, Klempa, Yost and McCabe:
Senate Bill No. 378--A Bill to amend and reenact §19-23-14 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to allowing the West Virginia Racing Commission to use certain permit and registration fees to pay salaries and other budgeted expenses; and clarifying that judges and the Racing Commission may also impose fines.
Referred to the Committee on Government Organization; and then to the Committee on Finance.
By Senators Kessler (Acting President), Plymale, Minard, Nohe, Klempa and Yost:
Senate Bill No. 379--A Bill to amend and reenact §15-12-9 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to the registration of out-of-state sex offenders.
Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
By Senators Plymale, Kessler (Acting President), Unger, Browning and Jenkins:
Senate Joint Resolution No. 9--Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of West Virginia, amending article X thereof by adding thereto a new section, designated section twelve, relating to simple majority rule on all county, city, school district and municipal excess levies and bonds; allowing counties, cities, school districts and municipal corporations to approve, by a vote of the people, excess levies and issue bonds by a majority of the votes cast for and against the same; numbering and designating such proposed amendment; and providing a summarized statement of the purpose of such proposed amendment.
Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary; and then to the Committee on Finance.
Senators Foster, Klempa and Yost offered the following resolution:
Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 15--Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the need to improve the awareness and usage of residential fire sprinklers in West Virginia to provide better fire protection to the residents of our state.
Whereas, More than 3,000 fire deaths occur every year in the United States; and
Whereas, The fire problem in the U.S. is overwhelmingly a home fire problem - 80% of all fire deaths in 2006 occurred in the home; and
Whereas, Any improvements in overall fire safety must be improvements in home fire safety, and no strategy has as much documented life safety effectiveness as installed fire sprinklers; and
Whereas, Fire sprinklers respond to a fire while it is still small to control the spread of deadly heat, flames and toxic smoke, and give families time to escape; and
Whereas, Fire sprinklers work so effectively they often put out a fire before the fire department arrives; and
Whereas, In Scottsdale, AZ, a 15-year study of home fire sprinklers showed that the average loss per sprinklered fire incident was $2,166 compared to more than $45,000 for unsprinklered homes; and
Whereas, Fire sprinklers offer a level of residential fire protection that no other fire safety technology can offer; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the need to improve the awareness and usage of residential fire sprinklers in West Virginia to provide better fire protection to the residents of our state; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2012, 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 Browning, Stollings, Green, Klempa and Yost offered the following resolution:
Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 16--Requesting the Division of Highways name WV 54, from its intersection with CR 54/4 to its intersection with WV 16, the "C.C. 'Sonnie' Phillips Bypass".
Whereas, C.C. "Sonnie" Phillips was born April 6, 1925, and has lived in Mullens, West Virginia, his entire life; and
Whereas, C.C. "Sonnie" Phillips graduated from Mullens High School in 1946, Concord College in 1950, West Virginia University in 1951 and received his Drivers Education Certification from Old Dominion College in 1952; and
Whereas, C.C. "Sonnie" Phillips was a teacher at Mullens High School from 1951 to 1972 and went on to become the Principal from 1972 to 1988; and
Whereas, C.C. "Sonnie" Phillips public service includes being Mayor of the City of Mullens from 1972 to 1976; being on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross, Integrated Resources, the Wyoming County Health Department, the Wyoming County Convention & Visitor's Bureau and the King Coal Highway; and
Whereas, C.C. "Sonnie" Phillips is an Elder at First Presbyterian Church of Mullens, is on the Board of Advisors at Southern West Virginia Community & Technical College, is an official with Little League Baseball and Midget League Football of Mullens and is an official with the WVIAC; and
Whereas, C.C. "Sonnie" Phillips is married to his beloved wife, Betty Jo, with whom he shares the joy of having two daughters, Sunny Suzanne and Terri Lea; and
Whereas, It is fitting and proper, to honor C.C. "Sonnie" Phillips for his years of dedicated public service, by naming WV 54, from its intersection with CR 54/4 to its intersection with WV 16, the "C.C. 'Sonnie' Phillips Bypass"; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Division of Highways name WV 54, from its intersection with CR 54/4 to its intersection with WV 16, the "C.C. 'Sonnie' Phillips Bypass"; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to have made and be placed signs identifying the bypass as the "C.C. 'Sonnie' Phillips Bypass"; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and C.C. "Sonnie" Phillips.
Which, under the rules, lies over one day.
Senators Wells, Foster, Chafin, Kessler (Acting President), Stollings, Plymale, McCabe, Palumbo, Minard, Klempa and Yost offered the following resolution:
Senate Resolution No. 18--Honoring the Charleston Catholic High School Volleyball Team for its accomplishments and record- setting performances over the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Whereas, The 2009-2010 Charleston Catholic High School Lady Irish Volleyball teams consisted of team members Katie Stricker, Alison Gregory, Sarah Skeens, Mackenzie Polen, Anne Marie Stonestreet, Christine Snyder, Erica Marcus, Simone Assaley, Caroline Seufer, Hannah Gallian, Jennifer Head, Melissa Head, Christina Criniti, Christina Centofani, Ellie Grubb, Mackenzie Helmick, Haley Kesner, Gina Marks, Sierra Portillo, Ellie Baldwin and Samantha Moore; and
Whereas, The Charleston Catholic High School Lady Irish Volleyball team has won two consecutive Class A State Championships for the 2009 and 2010 seasons; and
Whereas, During their consecutive championship seasons, the Lady Irish compiled a record of 124 wins, 11 losses and 2 ties and recorded the second greatest number of victories in state history for each of the 2009 and 2010 seasons; and
Whereas, The Lady Irish team's record against state-ranked opponents in all three classes of play for 2010 was 47 wins, 6 losses and 1 tie and a remarkable 29 wins, 5 losses and 1 tie against the entire State Tournament field from the three classes; and
Whereas, The Charleston Catholic Lady Irish Volleyball team was nationally ranked for the entire 2010 season by PrepVolleyball.com; and
Whereas, The Lady Irish have been recognized with an unprecedented four consecutive Team Sportsmanship Awards by the Kanawha Southern Volleyball Officials Board; and
Whereas, Charleston Catholic High School also received the Sportsmanship Award at the 2010 Class A State Tournament; and
Whereas, For the first time in state history, four members of the 2010 Lady Irish team were named to the First Team of the West Virginia Sportswriters Association Class A All-State team, Katie Stricker, Mackenzie Polen, Alison Gregory and Sarah Skeens and had a fifth team member, Anne Marie Stonestreet, named as Honorable Mention; and
Whereas, Vince Stricker, the Head Coach of the Lady Irish was named as the Coach of the Year by the Kanawha Southern Volleyball Officials Board and as the Coach of the North-South A-AA All-Star team; and
Whereas, Three Senior Lady Irish players, Katie Stricker, Alison Gregory and Sarah Skeens were named to the North-South All- Star team and multiple team members broke school records and led all volleyball players in the state in numerous statistical categories; and
Whereas, The Charleston Catholic High School Lady Irish Volleyball team is a shining example of what can be accomplished with teamwork, dedication and spirit; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate hereby honors the Charleston Catholic High School Volleyball Team for its accomplishments and record-setting performances over the 2009 and 2010 seasons; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Senate recognizes that the achievements of the Charleston Catholic High School Lady Irish Volleyball team as exemplary in terms of athletic achievement, bringing positive national recognition to the state, and in promoting character through sportsmanship; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Principal of Charleston Catholic High School, to Head Coach Vince Stricker and to each member of the Lady Irish Volleyball Team.
At the request of Senator Wells, 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, unanimous consent being granted, proceeded to the thirteenth order of business.
Senator Kessler (Acting President) announced the appointment of Senator Stollings, of the County of Boone, to the Committee on Rules.
At the request of Senator Unger, and by unanimous consent, the Senate returned to the fourth order of business.
Senator Kessler (Acting President), from the Committee on Rules, submitted the following report, which was received:
Your Committee on Rules has had under consideration
Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 17 (originating in the Committee on Rules)--Adopting joint rules of the Senate and House of Delegates.
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Rules of the Senate and House of Delegates to be adopted as follows and shall govern the proceedings of the eightieth Legislature, subject to amendment as provided in the standing rules of the Senate and the House of Delegates:
Joint Assembly
1. Whenever there shall be a joint assembly of the two houses, a brief account of the proceedings shall be entered upon the Journal of each house, except in the joint assembly for counting votes for state officers.
Joint Assembly to Open and Publish Election Returns
2. As soon as the Senate, being organized, is informed that the House of Delegates is ready to proceed, as provided by section three of article seven of the Constitution, to open and publish the returns of the election for state officers, the Senate, preceded by its President presiding officer and other officers, shall repair in a body to the hall of the House of Delegates. Upon their arrival the Sergeant at Arms of the House of Delegates shall announce the presence of the Senate. The President presiding officer of the Senate shall then address the Speaker of the House, stating that a majority of the Senate has assembled in the hall of the House of Delegates to be present at the opening and publishing of the returns of the elections for State officers, held on the ______ day of _____________. The Speaker of the House of Delegates shall invite the President presiding officer of the Senate to a seat upon his right, and the other members of the Senate and officers thereof to take seats assigned to them, and after announcing that a majority of the House of Delegates is present, shall then open and publish the returns of said election, proceeding by counties in alphabetical order, the Clerks of the two houses each taking down the returns as announced by the Speaker, to be entered upon the Journal of the House, and when completed and tabulated the Speaker shall announce the votes received by each person voted for, for each of said offices, and those receiving the largest number of votes, shall be by him declared duly elected; and the Senate shall then return to its hall, and if any two or more candidates for any of said offices have an equal and the highest number of votes for the same office, the two houses shall immediately proceed to choose one of such persons for said office by a joint vote, as provided by Section 3 of Article VII of the Constitution.
Disagreement and Conference
3. (a) Whenever a measure of one house is amended in the other and the house in which it originated shall refuse to concur in the amendment, the house amending the measure may either insist or recede therefrom. But when a measure originating in one house is amended in the other, the house in which it originated may amend such amendment and a motion therefor shall take precedence of a motion to concur. If said house refuses to concur, the other house may either recede from or insist upon its amendment, and a motion to recede shall take precedence of a motion to insist. The motion to lay on the table or to postpone indefinitely shall not be in order in respect to the motion to recede from or to insist.
A motion to recede having failed shall be equivalent to the adoption of a motion to insist and shall be so entered upon the Journal. A motion to insist being decided in the negative shall be equivalent to the adoption of a motion to recede and shall be so entered upon the Journal. If the motion to insist prevails, the house so insisting shall request a committee of conference on the subject of disagreement, and shall appoint a committee therefor. The other house may thereupon appoint such committee. Unless a different number is agreed upon, such conference committee shall consist of five members from each house.
Such committee shall consider and report upon only the subject matter of the amendment or amendments which were in disagreement, with necessary consequential changes. The committee shall meet at a convenient time, to be agreed upon by their Chairmen, and upon notifying all conferees of the time and place of any such meeting, and having conferred freely, shall report to their respective houses the result of the conference. In case of agreement, the report shall be first made, with the papers referred accompanying it, to the house which refused to concur, and there acted upon; and such action, with the papers referred, shall be immediately reported by the Clerk to the other house. In case of disagreement, the papers shall remain with the house in which the measure originated. If an agreement is reached, the report shall be made and signed in duplicate by at least a majority of the conferees from each house, one of the duplicates being retained by the conferees of each house.
(b) With respect to any conference agreed to within the first fifty-one days of a regular session, the conference committee shall report to each house within seven days of agreement to conference or be discharged, except that upon a concurrent resolution duly adopted by a majority of those present and voting in each house, the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Delegates presiding officer of each house may extend the conference not to exceed an additional three days. In no event shall a conference committee report to each house later than 9:00 P.M. on the sixtieth day.
With respect to any conference agreed to after the fifty-first day of a regular session, or any time during any extraordinary session, the conference committee shall report to each house within three days after agreement to conference or be discharged, except that such conference may be extended by concurrent resolution duly adopted by a majority of those present and voting in each house, for a period not to exceed one additional day. In no event shall a conference committee report to each house later than 9:00 P.M. on the sixtieth day.
Any conference committee which fails to report within the time limits established by this rule shall be deemed to be discharged, and the papers referred shall remain with the house in which the measure originated.
Any conference report shall, upon recognition by the presiding officer, be communicated to each house by its Clerk and made available to members of each house. Each house shall designate a location or office where copies of such report shall be made available. The Clerk shall communicate availability of conference reports by an announcement to the members of said house during the session. Such announcement can be made at any time upon recognition by the presiding officer, and the Clerk shall duly note the time of said announcement. Except as provided herein, the conference report shall lie over one day and shall not be considered in either house until at least the next day following, but thereafter it shall be proper to take up consideration of the conference report at any time otherwise permitted by the rules of such house whether or not such house met on the preceding day: Provided, That after the fifty-ninth day of any regular session or on any day of any extraordinary session a conference committee report may be considered the same day if availability of written copies of such report is communicated to that house while in session at least two hours prior to any consideration: Provided, however, That the conference report may be taken up for immediate consideration at any time by two-thirds vote of the members of that house present.
Nothing herein shall affect the right of the presiding officer of either house to appoint or discharge any conference committee as heretofore provided, such right to appoint and discharge such committee being subject to the rules of each respective house.
The provisions of subsection (b) above shall not apply to the Budget Bill.
Messages Between the Houses
4. When a message is sent by one house to the other, it shall be announced at the door communicated by the Clerk thereof to the Clerk of the house to which it is sent, by the Doorkeeper thereof, if it be in session, and then be respectfully communicated to the presiding officer by the person by whom it may be sent, but no message shall be received during a call of the roll. But the The Clerk of one house may communicate a message to the Clerk of the other after adjournment, and any message so sent shall be received by the house to which it is sent whenever it may be in session.
Bill Processing
5. (a) In every regular session beginning after the effective date of this rule, legislation recommended by the Governor or by executive departments or agencies is requested to be filed in the respective Clerks' offices and a copy sent to Legislative Services, no later than the tenth day of each regular session of a Legislature.
(b) No bill or joint resolution shall be considered on third reading in its house of origin after the fiftieth day, unless authorization shall be granted by a concurrent resolution adopted by a two-thirds vote of the members present of both houses: Provided, That the Budget Bill, or any salary or supplementary appropriation bills may be considered at any time.
(c) This rule may be suspended by adopting a concurrent resolution approved by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting in each house. A house desiring to suspend this rule may adopt a concurrent resolution and proceed as if the concurrent resolution had been adopted in both houses and the rule suspended. Any bill or joint resolution passed pursuant to such concurrent resolution may be communicated to the other house with the concurrent resolution or at any time after the concurrent resolution has been communicated to the other house. The other house may proceed to consider such bill or joint resolution only after adopting the concurrent resolution. The provisions of this rule shall not apply to any extended regular session or to any extraordinary session.
Processing of Bills Authorizing the Promulgation of Proposed Legislative Rules; Duplication and Distribution of Proposed Legislative Rules

5a. A "bill authorizing the promulgation of proposed legislative rules" or a "bill of authorization" is a measure intended to be enacted as general law, which incorporates by reference a proposed legislative rule, with or without amendments or substitutions set forth in the bill, and which authorizes the promulgation and implementation of the proposed legislative rule. The processing of bills authorizing the promulgation of proposed legislative rules shall be governed by the standing rules of the Senate and the House of Delegates, which are supplemented by the provisions of this joint rule. In the case of any conflict between this rule and a standing rule of the Senate or the House of Delegates, the provisions of this rule shall control.
(1) The requirement of either house that bills shall be presented in quadruplicate duplicate applies to bills authorizing the promulgation of proposed legislative rules, but does not apply to the proposed legislative rule which the bill incorporates by reference. Of the quadruplicate duplicate copies, only the designated original copy shall have appended thereto the full text of the proposed legislative rule as finally approved by the agency seeking permission for its promulgation. Other copies of the full text of the proposed legislative rule shall be made available to members of the Legislature as hereinafter provided.
(2) Copies of the full text of each proposed legislative rule shall be reproduced by printing or duplication by the Clerk prior to, or as soon as is reasonably practicable after, the introduction of the bill which would authorize by law the promulgation of the proposed legislative rule. Prior to such printing or duplication, a notation shall be affixed to the proposed legislative rule which identifies the bill number of the introduced bill which would authorize its promulgation and which also identifies the committee or committees of the house to which the bill is to be referred by the presiding officer following its introduction. Otherwise, the copies printed or duplicated shall conform to the copy of the proposed legislative rule appended to the original bill, so as to facilitate the consideration and amendment of the rule throughout the legislative process.
(3) The Clerk shall furnish to any member, upon his or her request, without cost, one copy of the full text of a proposed legislative rule as reproduced by the Clerk in accordance with the provisions of subsection (2) of this joint rule. For any request for an additional copy or copies of the proposed legislative rule, the member requesting the copy or copies shall pay to the Clerk, in advance, a charge which the Clerk has reasonably determined to be adequate to cover the actual cost of the printing or duplication: Provided, That the provisions herein for the Clerk to furnish a member with an additional copy or copies, with a cost charged, may not interfere with or delay the prompt and otherwise timely consideration of bills of authorization by the house or its committees or subcommittees.
(4) Whenever the standing rules of either house require the printing or reprinting of a bill, the rules apply to bills authorizing the promulgation of a proposed legislative rule with the same force and effect as they apply to other bills. However, no printing or reprinting of the proposed legislative rule which is incorporated by reference in the bill of authorization shall be required, other than the printing required by subsection (2) of this joint rule.
(5) Whenever the standing rules of either house require a bill to be read, or fully and distinctly read, the rules apply to bills authorizing the promulgation of a proposed legislative rule with the same force and effect as they apply to other bills. However, no reading of the proposed legislative rule which is incorporated by reference in the bill of authorization shall be required.
One House to Notify Other of Rejection of Bill
6. When a bill or resolution passed in one house is rejected in the other, notice thereof shall be sent to the house in which the same shall have been passed.
Record of Bills and Resolutions
7. The Clerks of the two houses shall keep separate records or registers, in which shall be recorded every action taken by the Senate and House on each bill and resolution.
Clerks to Endorse Bills
8. The Clerks of the two houses shall endorse on each bill a statement of any action taken by their respective bodies.
Notice to Be in Writing
9. Notice to either house of the action of the other shall be in writing, signed by the Clerk of the house giving such notice.
Each House to Have Control of Own Printing
10. Each house may order the printing of bills, resolutions, reports, and other documents without the consent of the other.
Joint Committees
11. Joint standing committees of the Senate and House shall be appointed as follows:
(1) Joint Committee on Enrolled Bills -- To consist of five members from each house.
(2) Joint Committee on Joint Rules -- To consist of the presiding officers and two members of each house, to be appointed by the presiding officers.
(3) Such other joint committees as may be provided for by concurrent resolution. A bill or resolution referred to a joint committee may be recalled from such committee by the house in which it originated.
Engrossed Bills to Be Filed with Clerk of the House
12. All engrossed bills passed by, and joint and concurrent resolutions adopted by, both houses shall be filed with the Clerk of the House to be kept with the rolls of the Legislature and to be used by him in printing and publishing the Acts of the Legislature.
Joint Committee on Enrolled Bills
13. The Joint Committee on Enrolled Bills shall consist of five members of the Senate and five members of the House of Delegates, to be appointed by the presiding officer of each house, whose duty it shall be to compare carefully all bills and joint resolutions passed by both houses, with the enrollment thereof, and to correct any errors or omissions they may discover and to make reports to their respective houses from time to time, of the correctly enrolled bills or joint resolutions. It shall be in order for the Joint Committee on Enrolled Bills to report at any time.
Printing Enrolled Bills
14. After a bill has been passed by both houses, the type from which it was originally printed shall be corrected as to any typographical errors that may not previously have been corrected and to include any amendments that may have been made by either house since the last printing of the bill. After the type has been so corrected, three hundred fifty copies of the bill shall be printed (except charter bills, of which only twenty-five of each shall be printed). Twelve of these copies shall be on seven and one-fourth by ten bond paper, twenty-pound basis of at least fifty percent rag content for the use of the Joint Committee on Enrolled Bills, one of which copies, when properly authenticated, shall become the Enrolled Bill, and the remainder shall be on twenty-pound basis, sulphite bond paper. From these copies all judges shall be furnished enrolled bills as provided for in section fourteen, article one, chapter four of the code. In the case of enrolled bills authorizing the promulgation of a proposed legislative rule, a copy of the full text of the proposed legislative rule which the bill incorporates by reference shall be appended to the bill which has been properly authenticated and designated to be the Enrolled Bill. The copy appended to the Enrolled Bill shall conform to the copy of the full text of the proposed legislative rule appended to the introduced bill. Copies of the proposed legislative rule shall not be appended to the additional copies of the Enrolled Bill. Following action by the Governor, or the failure or refusal of the Governor to approve or disapprove a bill of authorization, the copy of the Enrolled Bill with the proposed legislative rule appended shall be the copy of the bill filed with the Secretary of State in accordance with the provisions of Rule 18 of these Joint Rules.
Authentication of Enrolled Bills
15. Enrolled Bills shall be authenticated by the signature of the Chairman of the House Committee and the Chairman of the Senate Committee, composing such Joint Committee on Enrolled Bills, but in the absence of such Chairman another member of the committee may act in his stead, and they shall require all bills and joint resolutions before such authentication to be free from interlineations or erasures and destroy any previous enrollment containing any interlineations or erasures. A certificate, showing in which house the bill originated and when it takes effect, signed by the Clerks of the two houses, shall be endorsed on the bill. After enrolled bills and joint resolutions are authenticated as aforesaid, they shall be signed by the Speaker of the House and by the President of the Senate presiding officer of each house.
Presenting Bills to Governor
16. After a bill shall have thus been signed in each house, it shall be presented by the said committee to the Governor, for his approval. The said committee shall report the day of presentation to the Governor, which time shall be entered on the Journal of each house.
Record of Enrolled Bills
17. It shall be the duty of the Committee on Enrolled Bills Clerk of the House, as Keeper of the Rolls of the Legislature, to keep a record book of all bills presented to the Governor for his approval. The title and number of each bill presented to the Governor shall be entered in this book, and when a bill is presented to him, the date presented and the signature of the Governor, showing receipt of same, shall be entered at the side of each title.
Action of Governor on Bills
18. When the Legislature is in session, any bill, including an appropriation bill or any part thereof, disapproved by the Governor shall be returned by him to the house in which it originated, with his objections thereto, within five days after receipt thereof, Sundays excepted, or become a law. If the Legislature, by adjournment, prevents the return of a disapproved bill, other than an appropriation bill, within such time, it shall be filed by the Governor in the office of the Secretary of State with his objections within fifteen days, after adjournment, or become a law. If the Legislature, by adjournment, prevents the return of a disapproved appropriation bill or any part thereof, it shall be filed by the Governor in the office of the Secretary of State with his objections within five days after adjournment, or become a law. When any bill, including an appropriation bill or any part thereof, is disapproved after adjournment of the Legislature and such bill with the Governor's objections is filed in the office of the Secretary of State within the prescribed time as aforesaid, the Governor shall notify the house in which the bill originated of his action.
Every bill approved by the Governor shall, within the prescribed time after it is presented to him, as aforesaid, be filed by the Governor in the office of the Secretary of State and the fact of such approval communicated by the Governor to the house in which said bill originated.
Any bill which shall be neither approved nor disapproved by the Governor shall immediately after the expiration of the time fixed by the Constitution in which he may disapprove the same, be filed in the office of the Secretary of State, who shall forthwith engross thereon a certificate to the following effect: "I certify that the foregoing act, having been presented to the Governor for his approval, and not having been returned by him to the house of the Legislature in which it originated within the time prescribed by the Constitution of the State, has become a law without his approval," and shall date and sign the same. The Governor shall notify the house in which the bill originated of each bill becoming a law without his approval.
When a bill is returned to either house of the Legislature with the objections of the Governor, proceedings thereon shall be governed by section fourteen, article seven of the State Constitution. In such cases the Clerk of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of Delegates shall engross the action, if any, of their respective houses on the reconsideration of the bill, and sign the same.
The action of the Governor on all bills presented to him shall be appropriately noted in the Journals of the two houses.
Joint Meetings of Committees
19. Whenever any bill has been referred by the Senate to one of its standing committees, and the same or like bill has been referred by the House to one of its committees, the Chairmen of the respective committees, when in their judgment the interest of legislation or the expedition of business will be better served thereby, may arrange for a joint meeting of their committees for the consideration of such bill. All joint committee meetings shall be presided over by the Chairman of the Senate committee.
What Shall Be Printed in the Journal
20. The following shall always be printed in the Journal of each house:
(a) Messages from the Governor and messages from the other house, the titles of all bills and the title and text of all resolutions.
(b) A record of all votes taken by yeas and nays as required by the Constitution, the rules of the respective houses and these rules; and a brief statement of the contents of each petition, memorial, or paper presented to each house.
(c) A true and accurate account of the proceedings of each house.
Manner of Printing the Journal and Bills
21. In printing the daily Journal of the proceedings of each house there shall be printed at the top of each page, except the first, the date of the Journal; and on the last page of each day's Journal shall be printed the calendar for the next day.
At the top of the first page of each bill, preceding the title and number thereof, there shall be printed the name of the person by whom or the committee by which it was introduced and the date of introduction; and at the top of each page, except the first, shall be printed the number of the bill.
Regulation and Use of Legislative Offices, Chambers, Halls, Stairways and Corridors

22. The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Delegates The presiding officer of each house shall have power to assign and regulate the office space in the portions of the Capitol used by their respective houses and to grant permission for the use of such space and the legislative Chambers for other than legislative purposes. They shall also have jurisdiction over all halls, stairways and corridors in the areas used by their respective houses. The presiding officers may submit any question or request arising under the foregoing provisions of this rule to the Committee on Rules of their respective houses for determination and action.
The area on the second floor between the legislative Chambers and surrounding the rotunda on the second floor shall be under the jurisdiction of the Joint Committee on Rules. It shall be the duty of this committee to maintain and preserve the aesthetic features of this area of the Capitol. No display or exhibition of any material or objects in this area shall be permitted without approval of the committee.
Attaching pictures, posters, cards or placards on the walls in any manner whatsoever in the halls, stairways and corridors in the areas used by the respective houses and in the area between the legislative Chambers surrounding and to the east and west of the rotunda is prohibited.
Resolutions
23. Resolutions requiring concurrent action may originate in either house, and shall be of two kinds, namely:
Joint Resolutions: These resolutions shall be used for proposing amendments to the State Constitution and for ratifying amendments to the Constitution of the United States. Joint resolutions proposing amendments to the State Constitution shall be adopted as provided in section two, article fourteen of said Constitution.
Concurrent Resolutions: Such resolutions shall be used for all purposes not covered by joint resolutions as defined above.
Suspension of Joint Rules
24. No Joint Rule shall be suspended, except by a two-thirds vote of each house, and unless there be unanimous consent, such vote shall be taken by yeas and nays.
Transfer Amounts Between Items
25. The Clerk of the Senate, with the approval of the President presiding officer, is authorized to make written request to the State Auditor for the transfer of amounts between items of the total appropriations for the Senate, in order to protect or increase the efficiency of the service. Upon receipt of such written request, the State Auditor shall transfer the amounts as requested.
26. The Clerk of the House of Delegates, with the approval of the Speaker presiding officer, is authorized to make written request to the State Auditor for the transfer of amounts between items of the total appropriations for the House of Delegates, in order to protect or increase the efficiency of the service. Upon receipt of such written request, the State Auditor shall transfer the amounts as requested.
27. The Clerk of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of Delegates, with the approval of the President and Speaker presiding officers, are authorized to make a joint written request to the State Auditor for the transfer of amounts between items of the total appropriations for joint expenses of the Legislature, in order to protect or increase the efficiency of the service. Upon receipt of such written request, the State Auditor shall transfer the amounts as requested.
Lobbying
28.
(Rescinded by SCR2, 2nd Ex. Sess., 1990)

Joint Committee on Pensions and Retirement
29. (a) A joint standing committee of the Senate and House, named the Joint Committee on Pensions and Retirement, shall continually study and investigate public retirement systems. All pension and retirement related legislation introduced in the Legislature shall be referred to the committee in addition to any other reference the presiding officer may designate. Upon reference of any pension or retirement related legislation, the committee shall forward such legislation to the actuary of the Consolidated Public Retirement Board or other actuary or actuarial firm who shall return an actuarial letter or note to the committee prior to the committee's consideration of such legislation.
(b) The committee shall consist of seven members of the Senate to be appointed by the President presiding officer of the Senate and seven members of the House of Delegates to be appointed by the Speaker presiding officer of the House of Delegates. If possible, no more than five of the seven members appointed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Delegates presiding officers of the Senate and the House of Delegates, respectively, may be members of the same political party.
(c) The committee shall make a continuing study and investigation of retirement benefit plans applicable to non-federal government employees in this state. The powers and duties of the committee include, but are not limited to, the following:
(1) Studying retirement benefit plans applicable to non- federal government employees in the state of West Virginia, including, without limitation, federal plans available to such employees;
(2) Making recommendations within the scope of the study with particular attention to financing of the various pension funds and financing of accrued liabilities;
(3) Considering all aspects of pension planning and operation, and making recommendations designed to establish and maintain sound pension policy as to all funds;
(4) Filing a report to each regular session of the Legislature concerning activities conducted between sessions;
(5) Analyzing each item of proposed pension and retirement legislation, including amendments thereto, with particular reference to analysis as to cost, actuarial soundness, and adherence to sound pension policy, and reporting of its findings in regard thereto to the Legislature; and
(6) Maintaining reference materials concerning pension and retirement matters, including, without limitation, information as to laws and systems in other states.
(d) The committee shall hold meetings at such times and places as it may designate. The President of the Senate shall appoint a cochair of the committee from the Senate members and the Speaker of the House of Delegates shall appoint a cochair of the committee from the House of Delegates members The presiding officer of each house shall appoint a co-chair of the committee. When the Legislature is not in session, the committee shall meet and conduct its business as a joint committee.
When the Legislature is in session, in addition to joint meetings, the members of either house may meet separately from members of the other house to conduct committee business concerning pension and retirement related legislation introduced or originated in that house. When the members meet separately, they may function as other committees of that house. As far as practicable, relevant information, including actuarial letters or notes, gathered by members meeting separately from the other house shall be sent to the co-chair of the other house if it is considering the same or similar legislation.
Bill Carryover
30.
(Rescinded by SCR 1, Reg. Sess., 1988)

Governing Powers
31. The President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Delegates presiding officers of each house shall have the power to and are hereby authorized to act on behalf of the Legislature as required by the business and legal affairs of the Legislature unless otherwise directed by a majority vote of both houses while the Legislature is in session or by the majority vote of the Joint Committee on Government and Finance while the Legislature is not in session.
Receipt of Constitutional Petitions and Resolutions
32. Any application from a county commission or a verified petition from the voters of a county seeking to reform, alter or modify a county commission pursuant to Article IX, Section 13 of the West Virginia Constitution and any related documents that may be subsequently submitted shall be filed with the Clerk of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of Delegates. The Clerk of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of Delegates shall verify that the application, petition or related document has been properly submitted to the other clerk before processing it in his or her respective house. Such applications, petitions and related documents not submitted to both the Clerk of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of Delegates will not be submitted to either house for processing or consideration by the Legislature.
When the Legislature is not sitting in regular session, upon receipt of an application, petition or related document from a county commission by the Clerk of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of Delegates, it shall be processed as a regular order of business at the next regular session following receipt of the application, petition or related document.
Effective with the 2009 regular session of the Legislature, an application or petition to reform, alter or modify a county commission filed with the Legislature on or after the tenth day of a regular legislative session may not be processed or considered by the Legislature until the next regular legislative session.
An application or petition to reform, alter or modify a county commission filed with the Legislature is only valid for the session in which it was processed and such application or petition not acted upon during that session is null and void.
If an application or petition to reform, alter or modify a county commission filed with the Legislature is determined by the Legislature to have an unconstitutional provision, then the Legislature may: (a) Request that the application or petition be corrected and resubmitted; or (b) make changes necessary to meet the constitutional objection. A corrected application or petition may be processed by the Legislature if there is sufficient time remaining in the session for full consideration. If any request by the Legislature to correct an application or petition prevents full consideration of that application or petition during the session in which it would have been considered, the House and the Senate may process the corrected application or petition at the next regular session.
And reports the same back with the recommendation that it be adopted.
Respectfully submitted,
Jeffrey V. Kessler,
Chair ex officio.
At the request of Senator Unger, unanimous consent being granted, the resolution was taken up for immediate consideration.
Following discussion,
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 and request concurrence therein.
Thereafter, at the request of Senator Boley, and by unanimous consent, the remarks by Senators Unger, Chafin, Jenkins and Hall regarding the adoption of Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 17 were ordered printed in the Appendix to the Journal.
The Senate proceeded to the seventh order of business.
Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 8, Requesting DOH name segment of U. S. Route 33 "Sergeant Clinton M. Hedrick and World War II Veterans Memorial Highway".
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 and request concurrence therein.
Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 9, Requesting DOH name bridge on U. S. Route 220 in Smoke Hole, Pendleton County, "Pendleton County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge".
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 and request concurrence therein.
The Senate proceeded to the eighth order of business.
Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 93, Relating to escape from custody of Division of Juvenile Services.
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, Boley, Browning, Chafin, Edgell, D. Facemire, K. Facemyer, Foster, Green, Hall, Helmick, Jenkins, Klempa, Laird, McCabe, Miller, Minard, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Tucker, Unger, Wells, Williams, Wills, Yost and Kessler (Acting President)--32.
The nays were: None.
Absent: Fanning and Tomblin (Mr. President)--2.
So, a majority of all the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the Acting President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 93) passed with its title.
Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.
Eng. Senate Bill No. 184, Relating to disposition of remains of military service member who dies while serving in military.
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, Boley, Browning, Chafin, Edgell, D. Facemire, K. Facemyer, Foster, Green, Hall, Helmick, Jenkins, Klempa, Laird, McCabe, Miller, Minard, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Tucker, Unger, Wells, Williams, Wills, Yost and Kessler (Acting President)--32.
The nays were: None.
Absent: Fanning and Tomblin (Mr. President)--2.
So, a majority of all the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the Acting President declared the bill (Eng. S. B. No. 184) passed with its title.
Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.
Eng. Senate Bill No. 192, Protecting consumers from price gouging and unfair pricing practices.
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, Boley, Browning, Chafin, Edgell, D. Facemire, K. Facemyer, Foster, Green, Hall, Helmick, Jenkins, Klempa, Laird, McCabe, Miller, Minard, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Tucker, Unger, Wells, Williams, Wills, Yost and Kessler (Acting President)--32.
The nays were: None.
Absent: Fanning and Tomblin (Mr. President)--2.
So, a majority of all the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the Acting President declared the bill (Eng. S. B. No. 192) passed with its title.
Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.
Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 213, Relating to crimes using computers, telephones and electronic devices.
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, Boley, Browning, Chafin, Edgell, D. Facemire, K. Facemyer, Foster, Green, Hall, Helmick, Jenkins, Klempa, Laird, McCabe, Miller, Minard, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Tucker, Unger, Wells, Williams, Wills, Yost and Kessler (Acting President)--32.
The nays were: None.
Absent: Fanning and Tomblin (Mr. President)--2.
So, a majority of all the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the Acting President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 213) passed with its title.
Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.
Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 216, Modifying definition "imminent danger to physical well-being of a child".
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, Boley, Browning, Chafin, Edgell, D. Facemire, K. Facemyer, Foster, Green, Hall, Helmick, Jenkins, Klempa, Laird, McCabe, Miller, Minard, Nohe, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Snyder, Stollings, Sypolt, Tucker, Unger, Wells, Williams, Wills, Yost and Kessler (Acting President)--32.
The nays were: None.
Absent: Fanning and Tomblin (Mr. President)--2.
So, a majority of all the members present and voting having voted in the affirmative, the Acting President declared the bill (Eng. Com. Sub. for S. B. No. 216) passed with its title.
Ordered, That The Clerk communicate to the House of Delegates the action of the Senate and request concurrence therein.
The Senate proceeded to the ninth order of business.
Com. Sub. for Senate Bill No. 63, Relating to Board of Pharmacy and controlled substances.
On second reading, coming up in regular order, was read a second time.
At the request of Senator Unger, and by unanimous consent, the bill was advanced to third reading with the right for amendments to be considered on that reading.
The Senate proceeded to the twelfth order of business.
Remarks were made by Senators Unger and Snyder.
Thereafter, at the request of Senator Browning, and by unanimous consent, the remarks by Senators Unger and Snyder were ordered printed in the Appendix to the Journal.
On motion of Senator Unger, leaves of absence for the day were granted Senators Tomblin (Mr. President) and Fanning.
Pending announcement of meetings of standing committees of the Senate,
On motion of Senator Unger, the Senate adjourned until tomorrow, Wednesday, February 2, 2011, at 11 a.m.
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