The House convened today to pass 11 bills, six of which completed legislative action.
In an effort to improve safety at construction sites, the House passed Senate Bill 376, which would require workers on public improvement work sites to complete an Occupational Safety and Health Administration-approved ten hour construction safety program. Senate Bill 397 would expand the scope of activities considered to be financial exploitation toward the elderly, a protected person or an incapacitated adult.
Senate Bill 387, which clarifies that duly authorized officers from the District of Columbia or other states have legal custody of their prisoners when traveling through West Virginia, completed legislation. Senate Bill 558 completed legislation as well, which would find and declare a moral obligation to pay the listed claims against state agencies with public moneys. Senate Bill 602 would require health care providers to wear identification badges when providing direct patient care. These bills now await the Governor's signature.
There were 28 bills on second reading, including Senate Bill 252, which would allow certain expelled students to return to school through the Juvenile Drug Court, and House Bill 4015, the budget bill. There were 41 bills on first reading.
A citation was presented to recognize the Moorefield ten and 11 year old softball team.
The House is in recess until 5:45 p.m. today.
UPDATE: The House reconvened this evening to concur with Senate amendments and complete legislative action on six bills.
House Bill 4302 was one of the six bills to complete, which would allow the use of county election officials to conduct elections held for public schools and designate the county commission as the board of canvassers. House Bill 4393 would create the Dangerous Wild Animals Act, which would have a board to issue permits to own wild animals. House Bill 4496 would allow West Virginia State University to have access to 10 percent of the money deposited into the Research Trust Fund.
The following committees will meet tomorrow:
The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.