House Speaker Tim Miley and his leadership team are forming a Small Business, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development work group with the intent of it becoming a standing committee focusing on those issues when the regular legislative session begins Jan. 8. The work group will travel the state beginning in December through the end of the year to hold panel discussions in different regions regarding how to stimulate small business growth and encourage entrepreneurship.
"We will work collaboratively with people at the local level to hear from as many small business owners and entrepreneurs as possible," Miley said. "We want to know what hurdles they may have faced on their way to success and what hurdles they might still face today. As as legislative body, we want to remove as many hurdles as we can to allow small business to flourish. This tour will also be a great opportunity to showcase these successful individuals as inspirations to others in their communities with similar ambitions."
The biparisan work group will be made up of members that currently run a successful small business or have run one successfully in the past. Kanawha Delegate Doug Skaff, owner and managing partner of Building & Remodeling Warehouse in Nitro, will chair the committee. Delegate Bill Hartman, a retired insurance company owner from Randolph County and Delegate Jason Barrett, the 31-year-old owner of a restaurant in Berkeley County, will be Co-Vice Chairmen of the committee. House Majority Leader Harry Keith White, Bank of Mingo board chairman, will also serve on the committee.
Speaker Miley, who will be an ex officio, non-voting member of the committee, said he has talked to dozens of House members who are also small business owners about this undertaking and there is a great deal of bipartisan interest in serving on the committee. He intends to announce the full membership in the next two weeks, so the committee can begin meeting and touring the state in December.
Delegate Barker was joined by his friends and family as he was administered the oath of office by Boone County Circuit Judge Will Thompson. Delegate Barker is married to Jill Lambert Barker, a vice principal at Chapmanville High School and the couple has one daughter, Katy Grace.
The 22nd District, composed of the majority of Lincoln County and portions of Boone, Logan and Putnam, has two representatives in the House of Delegates. Delegate Barker will complete the remainder of former Delegate Stower’s term, which is set to end December 31, 2014.
Miley was elected to the House in 2004 and has served as chairman of the body's Judiciary Committee since 2009. During a brief speech following his election, Miley pledged to work for bipartisan support while focusing on education and improving the state’s highway and Internet infrastructure, both of which he linked to economic development.
Armstead offered to seek a good working relationship with Miley and the Democrats during a floor speech following the vote.
Miley succeeds Rick Thompson, who recently resigned to become Secretary of the Department of Veterans Assistance in Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's administration.
Democrats unanimously chose the Wayne County lawmaker to serve as speaker for a fourth straight term last winter. Thompson has been Speaker since 2006 and a member of the state House of Delegates since 2000.
Thompson, who is a military veteran, is expected to leave his House seat on June 15 to accept the new position. The current Secretary of Veterans Assistance, Keith Gwinn, is planning to retire.
Governor Tomblin will have 10 days following Thompson’s resignation to call a special session so the House can elect a new Speaker.
The Senate has adjourned Sine Die and thus concludes the first Extraordinary Session of 2013.
The House convened today to consider and pass three bills and adjourned the 1st Extraordinary Session.
Senate Bill 1003, which relates to magistrate court system compensation, was passed along with Senate Bill 1005, which would make a supplementary appropriation from the Civil Contingent Fund and the Consumer Protection Fund.
House Bill 105 , which relates to administration, collection and enforcement of local sales, use and excise taxes by Tax Commissioner, was also passed.
The House stands adjourned.
The Legislature convened this evening for the 2013 First Extraordinary Session to complete legislation on two bills.
Bills that completed legislation this evening include Senate Bill 1001 , which would create a tax increment financing (TIF)district in Monongalia County to fund a new interchange off I-79 and a new baseball field to be used by West Virginia University and Minor League Baseball teams and House Bill 103 , relating to the funding of volunteer fire departments.
There are three other bills being considered including: Senate Bill 1004 , on 2nd reading in the Senate and Senate Bill 1003 and Senate Bill 1005 , both passed in the Senate and is on 1st reading in the House.
The Senate and House will both reconvene tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.
Bills that completed legislation today include: House Bill 2431 , modifying the application process for obtaining a state license to carry a concealed deadly weapon; House Bill 2814 , providing assistance to victims of human trafficking; and House Bill 3160 , which creates a pilot initiative on governance of schools jointly established by adjoining counties.
The Senate also adopted the Conference Committee Report for the Budget Bill and unanimously passed the bill, completing its legislation and sending it to the Governor for signature.
The Senate is in recess until today at 6:00 p.m.
The House amended and re-passed House Bill 2431, House Bill 2814, and House Bill 3160. These bills were vetoed by the governor for technical reasons.
Also passed was House Bill 3160, which establishes a pilot initiative for schools. Schools that are built to serve students from two counties will establish a board to represent the needs of both counties. The House is in recess until 6:00 p.m.
The House officially adjourned the Regular Session sine die.
The conference committee will meet today at 12 p.m. noon in 460M.
The House is adjourned until tomorrow at 3:00 p.m.
The Senate is adjourned until tomorrow at 5:00 p.m.
The conference committee will meet at 5:30 this evening in 460M.
The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11am.
The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 10am.
Both chambers passed several concurrent resolutions and completed three bills total during the final floor session.
215 bills completed legislation during this session.
The House will convene Monday at 4:00 p.m.
The Senate will convene Monday at 5:00 p.m.
House Bill 2431, which would modify the application process for obtaining a state license to carry a concealed deadly weapon and House Bill 2805, which would make the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Public Campaign Financing Pilot Program a permanent program, both completed legislation. Senate Bill 435, which would continue the Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program.
The House will reconvene at 11 p.m.
The Senate reconvened this afternoon to complete 40 pieces of legislation. Among those includes Senate Bill 663, the Feed to Achieve Act, and Senate Bill 464, which would allow 14-16-year-olds to use tanning beds with written parental consent.
The Senate refused to accept the changes the House made to House Bill 2014, the Budget Bill.
The Senate will reconvene tonight at 7:30pm.
The Senate reconvened to complete eight bills and to receive and pass one bill.
Bills completed in the Senate this evening include Senate Bill 172, relating to nonintoxicating beer distributor licenses.
The only bill passed this evening is Senate Bill 580, which would update requirements for dental intern, resident and teaching permits. The bill has been sent back to the House for consideration.
The Senate is in recess until 9:00 p.m.
The Senate reconvened this evening to complete three pieces of legislation including House Bill 2498, which will make it a crime for grand jurors to reveal the identity of an individual who is being indicted.
The Senate also passed two bills including Senate Bill 435, which will continue the Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program.
All House Concurrent Resolutions in the Transportation and Infrastructure committee report were adopted.
House Bill 2579, which would revise the state water quality standard for Selenium and House Bill 3135, which generally relates to voting system certification and procedures at the central counting center, were both completed. House Bill 2571, which relates to who may serve as members of the environmental quality board, was also completed.
The House is in recess until 7:30 p.m.
The conference committee on Senate Bill 435 will at at 5 p.m. in 208W.
The House will reconvene at 9:30 p.m. tonight
Senate Bill 185, which relates to alternative-fuel motor vehicles and qualified refueling infrastructure tax credits and Senate Bill 190, which relates to public-private transportation projects funding, both completed legislation. Senate Bill 460, which exempts certain residents' active duty military pay from state income tax.
Eighteen bills have been amended, passed, and sent back to the Senate. Senate Bill 394 was one of those bills. It relates to scholarships for dependent children of state troopers who die in performance of duty. Senate Bill 22, requiring maternity services coverage for all health insurance plan dependents in certain circumstances, was also amended and passed.
The conference committee for Senate Bill 265 will meet at 2 p.m. in 252.
The House amended, passed and sent back to the Senate four bills including Senate Bill 172, relating to nonintoxicating beer distributor licensees and also completed two bills including Senate Bill 630, relating to Chief Technology Officer's duties with regard to security of government information and Senate Bill 470, permitting wine sale on Sunday mornings at fairs and festivals.
Also, two House Resolutions including House Resolution 37, recognizing the 24th Anniversary of the "Doc for the Day" program and House Resolution 38, memorizing the life of the Honorable Loutellus M. Stout, farmer, association executive and public servant.
The House will reconvene at 4:00 p.m. today
The Senate convened this morning, the last day of the 2013 Regular Legislative Session, to complete 20 bills and amend and pass 18 bills, which were sent back to the House of Delegates for consideration.
Bills completed include House Bill 2717 , requiring that deputy sheriffs be issued ballistic vests upon law-enforcement certification. The bill requires the county commission of each county to expend from the general county fund, upon request and requisition by the sheriff, the necessary expenses of providing the vest.
House Bill 2513 was one bill the Senate passed this morning, improving enforcement of drugged driving offenses. Under this bill,any person who drives a motor vehicle in West Virginia is considered to have given implied consent for a secondary chemical test of the breath or of the blood for controlled substances or drugs.
The Senate is in recess until 1:30 p.m.
The Senate reconvened this afternoon to complete eight bills and pass nine bills.
House Bill 3160 was one bill to complete legislation this afternoon. It creates a pilot initiative on governance of schools jointly established by adjoining counties. One school this bill will effect is a school being built that will serve students from both Lewis and Gilmer County. The bill will allow for a School Board comprised of two members from each county and a one state-level member.
Bills passed this afternoon include House Bill 3020 , also known as the "Michael Cunningham Bill". This bill will improve boat dock and marina safety. Cunningham was killed in a tragic electrical boat accident late last year.
The Senate is in recess until 4:00 p.m.
Of the 20 bills passed was Senate Bill 437, which would regulate commercial dog-breeding operations. Senate Bill 663, which would create the Feed to Achieve Act. This bill would provide free and nutritious breakfasts and lunches to students in public schools, was also passed. In addition to those, House Bill 2014, the budget bill, passed as well. This bill would make apprpriations of public money out of the treasury in accordance with section fifty-one, article six of the constitution.
Senate Bill 470, which would permit wine sale on Sunday mornings at fairs and festivals and Senate Bill 460, which would exempt certain residents' active duty military pay from state income tax, were both advanced to third reading.
One of the bills advanced to second reading was Senate Bill 521, which would create amnesty program for certain drivers with suspended or revoked licenses.
The House also completed legislative action on two House Bills including House Bill 2542, relating to publication of the Senate Register and House Bill 2979, relating to broadband deployment projects.
Also, the House adopted House Concurrent Resolution 107, expressing support for the President's proposal to increase minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.00 and hour as well as House Concurrent Resolution 140. Six Senate Concurrent Resolutions were also adopted in addition to six Senate Concurrent Resolutions.
The House will reconvene today at 3:00 p.m.
Bills that completed legislation in the Senate today include House Bill 2548 , increases the fine and jail time for an assault or battery against an athletic official who is acting in an official capacity. Previously the fine for an assault was between $50 and $100; now, the fine is no more than $500. The jail time has been increased from between 24 hours and 30 days to not more than 6 months. The offender can be charged a fine, jail time, or both.
The bills that passed in the Senate today include House Bill 2453 , also know as "Skylar's Law", expands the Amber Alert Plan. Previously, the plan only included abducted children. This bill will activate Amber Alerts for children who are believed to be missing.
Senate Resolution 66 was one of three resolutions adopted today. It recognized West Virginia's sister-state relationship with Taiwan.
The Senate reconvened this afternoon to concur and complete one bill and advance 54 bills to third reading.
The only bill to complete legislation this afternoon in the Senate was Senate Bill 243 , which modifies an existing Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) rule which establishes an air quality operating permits program for sources of air pollution consistent with the requirements of Title V of the federal Clean Air Act (CAA) and the underlying federal regulation. The rule includes requirements relating to obtaining a permit, submitting an application, paying fees, issuing a permit, and reporting and monitoring information.
The Senate will reconvene tomorrow morning at 11am.