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Friday, March 09, 2012 - 01:58 PM

Texting Bill Passes In House
During today's morning floor session, the House passed Senate Bill 211 which would make both talking and texting on a cell phone while operating a vehicle a primary offense. The bill has been communicated to the Senate for further consideration. In addition, Senate Bill 110, Senate Bill 408, Senate Bill 507, and Senate Bill 588 also passed on third reading.

There were 12 bills that completed legislation including Senate Bill 156 which would allow the Corrections Commissioner to use excess funds to offset operational costs, and Senate Bill 424 which would exempt certain barbers from continuing education requirements.

Of the bills advanced to third reading, Senate Bill 118 would terminate a resident's lease upon their death, and House Bill 353 is in relation to the possession of firearms.

The House is in recess until 2 p.m. today.

Update:

The House Budget Bill passed during the afternoon floor session in addition to six other bills that completed legislation. Among those was House Bill 4103, which would consolidate government services and the enforcement of laws pertaining to the motor carrier industry, House Bill 4433 would modify the criteria for awarding high school diplomas to certain veterans, and House Bill 4489 would strengthen the authority of the West Virginia Municipal Pensions Oversight Board.

A special presentation called "Ghosts of This House" was shown at the conclusion of today's session to pay tribute to the members of the House who are no longer with us.

The House is adjourned until 10 a.m. tomorrow morning.

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