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Monday, March 25, 2013 - 01:24 PM

Senate Passes Bill Tightening Distribution of Controlled Substances

The Senate met this morning to pass 10 bills, advance 11 bills to third reading, and adopt one Senate Resolution.

The bills passed today include Senate Bill 11, relating to West Virginia schedules of controlled substances. This bill will limit the prescription size patients can receive at one time from a pharmacy but will still allow doctors to refill prescriptions at their discretion.

Bills advanced to second reading include Senate Bill 584, which would create a Pretrial Release Program. This program would allow a court or county to review pretrial criminal defendants in regional jails and make recommendations for the release of those who have not be convicted of a crime but are awaiting a trial based on their low risk of flight and risk of danger to the community. Those accused of pedophilia, violent crimes, or out-of-state drug offenders would not be eligible for pretrial release.

There were 35 bills introduced today, the 41st day of the legislative session. Today was the last day for lawmakers to introduce bills aside from supplementary bills or bills originating from committee.

The following committees will meet today:

The Committee on Agriculture will meet today at 2:00 p.m. in 451M.
The Committee on Banking and Insurance will meet today at 2:00 p.m. in 208W.
The Committee on Finance will meet today at 3:00 p.m. in 451M.
The Committee on Judiciary will meet today at 3:00 p.m. in 208W.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

The Committee on Energy, Industry, and Labor will meet tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. in 208W.
The Committee on Military will meet tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in 208W.
The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will meet tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in 451M.
The Committee on Education will meet tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. in 451M.
The Committee on Government Organization will meet tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. 208W.

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.

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