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Wednesday, March 07, 2012 - 12:53 PM

House Completes Legislative Action On Eight Bills
Today in the House, Delegates adopted House Resolution 36. The resolution recognizes and welcomes the Turkish Delegation from the Zonguldak Chamber of Commerce and Business Association. Additionally, the House also adopted House Resolution 36 memoralizing the life of the honorable Frederick "Sonny" Peddicord III. Businessman and dedicated public servant, Peddicord served three terms in the West Virginia House of Delegates where he served on the Government Organization and Finance Committees and was Vice Chairman of the Agriculture Committee.

A total of four bills completed legislative action and nine bills were passed on third reading with amendments during the morning session. The four bills completed include: Senate Bill 185, which relates to Employee Suggestion Award Programs; Senate Bill 387, which would require training of floodplain managers; Senate Bill 430, which; would conform code provisions to Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement; and Senate Bill 571, which would authorize the Supreme Court to establish mental hygiene commissioners' compensation.

A sampling of bills passed on third reading include: Senate Bill 362, which would authorize bond issuance for Cacapon Resort State Park and Beech Fork State Park capital, and Senate Bill 186, which would provide salary equity supplement payments to teachers and service personnel.

Twenty six bills were also read on second reading during today's floor session. Senate Bill 156 would allow Corrections Commissioners to use excess funds to offset operational costs. Senate Bill 202 would permit Division of Forestry to enter into stewardship contracts with U.S. Forest Service.

Five bills were read on first reading. Senate Bill 571 relates to Broadband Deployment Council, and Senate Bill 110, Senate Bill 211 would create traffic offenses for texting or using handheld wireless communication devices while driving.

The following meetings will be held this afternoon:
Finance- 1:30 p.m.- 460M
Judiciary- 1:30 p.m.- 410M
Education- 2:30 p.m.- 434M

The House is in recess until 5:00 p.m. this evening.
Update:The House briefly met this afternoon following a recess in order to take up committee reports.

The House concurred on several Senate amendments and completed legislation on the following bills: House Bill 4654, which relates to the provision of mailing services by the CPRB to certain retiree organizations; House Bill 4530, which authorizes PSC to consider and issue a financing order to certain regulated electic utilities; House Bill 4345, which prohibits the unauthorized sale of railroad scrap metal; and House Bill 4338, which will raise the maximum value amount of an abandoned motor vehicle.

The following committees will meet immediately following the conclusion of the evening floor session:
Judiciary Committee - 410M
Finance - 460M

The following meetings will be held tomorrow morning:
Education - 9 a.m. - 434M

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow

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