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Today in the Legislature

Thursday, January 31, 2008 - 01:08 PM

House Resolution Declares Animal Appreciation Day
Members of the House adopted Resolution 15, which designates January 31, 2008 as Animal Appreciation Day. This resolution calls to honor the 97 humane societies and animal shelters in West Virginia to continue their work in protecting animals across the state.

The House passed House Bill 4053, which would protect consumers from unsolicited and fraudulent offers from unsolicited pop-up electronic mail known as spyware. The bill will now be considered in the Senate.

There were six bills on second reading today, including House Bill 4028, which would authorize counties and municipalities to enter into energy-saving contracts, and House Bill 4125, which would increase the faculty senate funds available to classroom teachers and librarians.

The House also introduced 24 new bills, including House Bill 4358, which would make it a misdemeanor for an owner or manager of an elephant to engage in abusive behavior toward the elephant, and House Bill 4368, which would reduce acts of student violence and disruptive behavior and increase penalties for chronically disruptive students.

The following committees will meet today:
Judiciary Subcommittee A - 1:00 p.m. - 410M
Finance - 1:00 p.m. - 460M
Health & Human Resources - 1:30 p.m. - 215E
Education Subcommittee B - 1:30 p.m. - 432M
Judiciary - 2:00 p.m. - 410M
Select Committee on Senior Citizens Issues - 4:00 p.m. - 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow, February 1:
Veterans Affairs - 9:00 a.m. - House Chamber
Education Subcommittee B - 10:00 a.m. - 432M

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

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Thursday, January 31, 2008 - 12:31 PM

Senate Designates Today Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day
One bill was on second reading today on the Senate Calendar. Senate Bill 217 would reduce the compliance time for nonresident traffic violations.

Senate Bill 275 and Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 292 were on first reading in the Senate today. Senate Bill 275 would provide the Division of Banking notification of state banks' and holding companies' applications for out-of-state bank aquisitions. Commmittee Substitute for Senate Bill 292 would allow the Commissioner of the Banking to issue bond claims to collect certain unpaid penalties and invoices.

The Senate also heard 29 new bills introduced. One of these bills is Senate Bill 515 would absolve landowners' liability for injuries to individuals hunting on their property. The Senate also passed Senate Resolution 13 which designates today, January 31, 2008, "Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day." This resolution creates awareness of a possible tax credit that could award West Virginians making under $40,000 annually up to $4,700.

The following committees will meet today:
Health and Human Resources Committee - 1:00 p.m. - 451M
Banking and Insurance Committee - 2:00 p.m. - 208W
Education Committee - 2:00 p.m. - 451M
Finance – 3:00 p.m. – 451M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Joint Military Committee - 9:00 a.m. - House Chamber

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 12:48 PM

House Presents Ruth Sullivan With Citation of Honor
Ruth Sullivan was honored today in the House for her lifetime achievements in her battle for improving the livelihood of autistic people. She was one of the founders of the National Society of Autistic Children and served as its first president. She also founded one of the first classrooms for autistic children. Her ambition to educate children with autism led to the creation of The Autism Service Center, which currently serves 365 children. After they presented Sullivan with her citation, the House vowed to address this issue.

Three bills were passed by the House and sent to the Senate for approval. The committee substitute for House Bill 4092 would require a person to pass an examination in order to be licensed as a forester or forestry technician, and clarifies and updates the board’s rule-making authority. Upon a vacancy on the Board of Foresters, the Governor will appoint a new registered foretry technician, with the consent of the Senate, from the ten nominees recommended by the West Virginia Chapter of the Society of American Foresters

One bill, House Bill 4053, was on second reading. House Bill 4053 would amend the West Virginia Computer Crime and Abuse Act to better improve computer users and operators.

Six bills were on first reading today. One bill, House Bill 3122 allows members of the National Guard or reserve component who have completed their military obligation with an honorable discharge or service connected disability discharge to be considered eligible for job training and employment preference.

The following committees will meet today:
Industry and Labor - 1:15p.m. - 215E
Roads and Transportation - 2:00p.m. - 215E
Constitutional Revision - 2:00p.m. - 418
Political Subdivisions - 3:00p.m. - 215E
Health and Human Resources - 4:00p.m. - 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Education Subcommittee A - 9:00a.m. - 434
Judiciary Subcommittee B - 9:00a.m. - 418
Judiciary Subcommittee A - 1:00p.m. - 418
Senior Issues - 4:00p.m. - 215E

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

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 12:30 PM

Committees Report Bills to Senate with Recommendation They do Pass
Three Senate bills on third reading on the Senate Calendar were passed and sent to the House for consideration. One of these bills, Senate Bill 234, would create the Maternal Mortality Review Team. This team would review the deaths of women who die during pregnancy, at the time of birth or within one year of the child’s birth. This team would help establish patterns and trends in such deaths which would contribute to public health planning. In addition, one bill on first reading was advanced to second reading.

The banking and insurance committee reported two bills to the Senate with the recommendation they do pass. These bills will be on first reading tomorrow. Several other committees reported six bills to the Senate with the recommendation they do pass, but first will go to the finance committee.

The Senate introduced 16 new bills. One of these, Senate Bill 490, would mandate water service connection. Another Senate bill introduced, Senate Bill 496, would protect voter registration information. This brings the total number of Senate bills introduced this session to 505.

The following committees will meet today:
Agriculture - 1:00 p.m. – 451M
Pensions – 1:00 p.m. – 208W
Government Organization - 2:00 p.m. – 208W
Finance Subcommittee A – 3:00 p.m. – 451M
Judiciary – 3:00 p.m. – 208W
Education Subcommittee – 4:30 p.m. – 451M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance Subcommittee B – 9:30 a.m. – 451M
Judiciary – 10:00 a.m. – 451M
Energy, Industry, & Mining - 10:00 a.m. - 208W
Agriculture - 1:00 p.m. – 208W
Pensions – 1:00 p.m. – 208W
Government Organization - 2:00 p.m. – 208W

The Senate will reconvene at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, January 31.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008 - 05:09 PM

West Virginia State Grange Day
When the nation thinks of West Virginia resources, coal is the first image to cross minds. “Wild and Wonderful” follows suit with scenes of white water rafting, mountain biking, snow skiing, and rock climbing stimulating visitors’ imaginations. Coal and tourism definitely are two sources of revenue for the mountain state economy; but agriculture and its partner, agribusiness, provides the mountain state with renewable, home-grown sustenance.

On January 29, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture and the West Virginia Conservation Agency lined the well of the Capitol with display booths representing the successes of state agriculture production, business and conservation programs.

A quick look at state agriculture shows West Virginia leading the nation in the percentage of family-owned farms. It’s number one crop is hay with the Eastern Panhandle specializing in apples and peaches. According to the Department of Agriculture, West Virginia ranks 10th in apple production. In 2006, there were approximately 410,000 cattle, 32,000 sheep and 19,000 goats in the state - with the Eastern Panhandle alone raising over 86 million chickens annually. There also are 860 registered beekeepers who maintain over 11,700 thriving colonies in West Virginia.

A variety of agribusinesses ranging from cottage industries to farmers’ markets, fish farms and buffalo ranches, to name a few recent business enterprises, have proven West Virginians to be innovative and productive.

In keeping with maintaining the land, conservation districts also focus on soil and water conservation programs to guarantee a healthy agricultural and public safety environment.

With the production of crops and animals comes a myriad of local fairs and festivals which highlight the efforts of the state’s farm communities. While most fairs and festivals provide communities with an identity and needed additional revenue, the West Virginia State Fair, touted as “West Virginia’s Biggest Garden Party”, rises above them all and impacts its home county of Greenbrier with an estimated $8.9 million and generates approximately $1.3 million in fair-related spending.

Both chambers of the legislature have committees dedicated to agriculture in the state - the House Agriculture & Natural Resources and the Senate Agriculture Committees give lawmakers insights into the difficulties and successes of West Virginia's farming industries.

Lawmakers had the opportunity on Tuesday to meet with many of their farming constituents and sample the fruits of their efforts - apples from the tree, poultry farm chicken, dairy farm ice cream and many other home grown specialties.

During both of the House and Senate floor sessions, lawmakers adopted House Resolution 12 and Senate Resolution 10 honoring The West Virginia State Grange, which is the world’s first Farm Fraternal Association and the state’s oldest agricultural and rural community organization by designating January 29, 2008, West Virginia State Grange Day.



Tuesday, January 29, 2008 - 12:48 PM

Senators Send More Bills Over to House
Three Senate bills on third reading on the Senate Calendar were passed and sent to the House for consideration. One of these bills, Senate Bill 72 , would expand the territory of the Route 2 and Interstate 68 Authority. In addition, three bills on second reading were advanced to third reading without amendment.

The Senate introduced 12 new bills. One of these, Senate Bill 479, would create a database of DNA samples from felony arrests. This brings the total number of Senate bills introduced this session to 489.

In addition, the Rules Committee originated a resolution that would modify the joint rules of the Senate and House. Senate Concurrent Resolution 34 relates to the filing of petitions regarding county commissions.

The following committees will meet today:
Health and Human Resources - 1:00 p.m. – 451M
Banking and Insurance - 2:00 p.m. – 208W
Joint Education – 2:00 p.m. – House Chamber
Finance – 3:00 p.m. – 451 M
Judiciary – 3:00 p.m. – 208W

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Energy, Industry, & Mining - 10:00 a.m. - 208W
Agriculture - 1:00 p.m. – 208W
Pensions – 1:00 p.m. – 208W
Government Organization - 2:00 p.m. – 208W

The Senate will reconvene at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, January 30.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008 - 12:32 PM

Community Action Agencies Honored in the House Today
Members of the House adopted House Resolution 11 , which honors the committement of Community Action Agency workers. These agencies provide programs that address issues of West Virginians, such as child care and nutrition for the elderly and children.

One bill was passed by the House and sent to the Senate for approval. House Bill 2517 would allow the Board of Banking and Financial Institutions to have the authority to approve the acquisitions of banks from outside of West Virginia by West Virginia banks.

Three bills were on second reading today. One such bill, House Bill 4092, would require that persons wishing to be licensed as a forester or forestry technician would have to pass a certain test. This bill would also require that the person assuming an empty seat on the Board of Foresters must have passed this test. There were no bills on first reading today in the House.

The following committees will meet today:
Finance - 1:00p.m. - 460M
Industrial and Labor - 1:15p.m. - 215E
Government Organization - 1:30p.m. - 215E
Joint Committee on Education - 2:00p.m. - House Chamber
Political Subdivisions - 3:00p.m. - 212E
Education Subcommittee C - 3:00p.m. - 434
Higher Education - 3:00p.m. - 434E
Senior Issues - 4:00p.m. - 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Agriculture - 8:30a.m. - 215E
Homeland Security - 9:00 a.m. - 464M
Banking - 11:00a.m. - 215E
Roads and Transportation - 2:00p.m. - 215E
Health and Human Resources - 4:00p.m. - 215E

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

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Monday, January 28, 2008 - 12:02 PM

Leadership Berkeley Recognized in the Senate
Guests from Leadership Berkeley, a Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce program designed to develop and enhance community leadership, were recognized today on the floor of the Senate with the adoption of Senate Resolution 9.

Five bills on third reading were passed and will go to the House for consideration. One of these bills, Senate Bill 238 , would increase the monetary limit to file circuit court suit. The other bills passed would repeal outdated codes relating to correctional centers. Three bills were advanced to third reading and will be up for passage on Tuesday. In addition, three Senate bills on first reading were advanced to second reading.

The Senate introduced 18 bills. One of these bills, Senate Bill 465 , would eliminate the business franchise tax. This brings the total number of Senate bills introduced this session to 477.

The following committees will meet today:
Natural Resources - 1:00 p.m. - 208W
Finance Subcommittee A - 3:00 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 3:00 p.m. - 208W

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Banking and Insurance - 4:00 p.m. - 208W
Economic Development - 9:00 a.m. - 451M
Transportation and Infrastructure - 10:00 a.m. – 451M

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

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Monday, January 28, 2008 - 10:39 AM

The House Introduces Eight New Bills and Passes Five Others
Five bills were passed by the House and sent to the Senate for approval today, such as, House Bill 3215 which would remove the administrative link between Shepherd University and Blue Ridge Community and Technical College.

One bill was on second reading. House Bill 2517 would allow the Board of Banking and Financial Institutions to have the authority to approve acquisitions of out of state banks by West Virginia banks.

There were three bills on first reading including House Bill 4141 which would require that written status reports on civil actions brought against state government agencies only be required when requested by the Speaker of the House or the Senate President

There were also eight introduced bills, such as House Bill 4301 which would expand the West Virginia Children's Health Insurance Program to children of certain state employees. Also, House Bill 4302 which would allow aged or disabled farmers to continue to have their farmland appraised as farm property after the land is not longer used to farm was introduced. Also, House Bill 4305, which was introduced on behalf of the governor, would provide an annual exemption from the consumers sales and service tax for the purchases of certain energy efficient products was introduced.

The following Committees will meet today:
Education - 1:00p.m.- 434M
Judiciary - 2:00p.m. - 418M
Health and Human Resources - 4:00p.m.- 215E


The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance - 9:00 a.m. - 464M
Judiciary - 10:00a.m. - 418M
Finance - 1:00p.m. - 464M
Government Organization - 1:30p.m. - 215E
Senior Issues - 2:00p.m. - 215E

The House will convene at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow.

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Friday, January 25, 2008 - 03:09 PM

Official State Fossil Resolutions Aim to Educate
Currently, no fossil has been designated as the official fossil for the State of West Virginia. However, there are Concurrent Resolutions circulating in both Chambers of the Legislature which seek to designate a state fossil, the Megalonyx Jeffersonii or Jefferson's Ground Sloth, in honor of President Thomas Jefferson. See House Concurrent Resolution 12 and Senate Concurrent Resolution 29.

According to both resolutions, in 1797 President Thomas Jefferson obtained and described fossil bones from a limestone cave in what is now Monroe County. These bones were again described by Casper Wistar in 1799 as the bones of a giant extinct ground sloth. The bones are from the Ice Age, or Pleistocene Epoch, which lasted from 10,000 to 1.8 million years ago, and afford an opportunity for special studies in American, state and natural history for the students of the state.

The Legislature believes that increased interest in both fossils and their study has become more common around West Virginia and by designating a state fossil, the state could better promote the earth sciences and the history of our region. If these resolutions were to be adopted, West Virginia would become the 40th state in the nation to name an official state fossil.



Friday, January 25, 2008 - 12:39 PM

Senate Introduces Over 100 Rule-Making Bills
Three Senate bills on first reading were advanced to second reading on the Senate Calendar. One of these bills, Senate Bill 257, would repeal outdated penitentiary code provisions. Five bills were advanced to third reading and will be up for passage on Monday.

The Senate introduced 116 rule-making bills, as well as received an originating bill from the Education Committee. The originating bill was Senate Bill 459, which would clarify the authority of the School Building Authority. This brings the total number of Senate bills introduced this session to 459.

The Senate also introduced Senate Resolution 8, which would express support for West Virginia University Institute of Technology.

The following committees will meet Monday, January 28:
Natural Resources - 1:00 p.m. - 208W
Finance Subcommittee A - 3:00 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 3:00 p.m. - 208W

The Senate will reconvene at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 28.

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Friday, January 25, 2008 - 11:48 AM

Ten Bills Introduced in the House as Week Three Concludes
Ten bills were introduced in the House today. House Bill 4285 would require prosecutors or assistant prosecutors that desire to carry a concealed weapon to undergo annual training. House Bill 4291 would require election officials and poll workers to be trained within thirty days of a scheduled election. House Bill 4294 would create a special registration plate for the American Veteran's Organization (AMVETS).

The House passed one bill today, House Bill 4019, and it will now be sent to the Senate for approval.

The following committees will meet today:
Joint Finance - 12:00 p.m. - 451M

The following committees will meet Monday:
Education - 1:00 p.m. - 434M
Finance - 1:45 p.m. - 464M
Judiciary - 2:00 p.m. - 418M
Health Care& Human Resources - 4:00 p.m. - 213E

The House will reconvene on Monday, January 28 at 11:00 a.m.

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Thursday, January 24, 2008 - 12:46 PM

Senate Introduces Constitutional Amendment
Five Senate bills on first reading were advanced to second reading on the Senate Calendar. One of these bills, Senate Bill 238, would increase the monetary limit to file a circuit court suit. The other four bills also have same as companion bills in the House of Delegates.

The Senate also introduced 16 bills, bringing the total number of Senate bills introduced this session to 342. Some of these new bills included Senate Bill 327, which would expend money for certain veterans' grave markers, and Senate Bill 339, which would create the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act.

The Senate also introduced Senate Joint Resolution 7 which would amend the Constitution to designate a Homestead Exemption Increase Amendment.

The following committees will meet today, January 24:
Health and Human Resources - 1:00 p.m. - 451M
Education - 2:00 p.m. - 451M
Finance - 3:00 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 3:00 p.m. - 208W

The following committees will meet tomorrow, January 25:
Joint Judiciary Committee - 9:00 a.m. - House Chamber
Military - 10:00 a.m. - 208W

The Senate will reconvene at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 25.

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Thursday, January 24, 2008 - 12:13 PM

House Resolution Names January 24 Disability Advocacy Day
The House also unanimously voted to pass House Resolution 9 which makes January 24, 2008 Disability Advocacy Day after members of the Fair Shake Network were presented before the House.

The House also introduced 12 new Bills. One such bill, House Bill 4162, relates to leaving children unattended or supervised in motor vehicles.

Three bills passed by the Senate were introduced by the House: House Bill 4164 would prohibit discrimination based upon age and sexual orientation. Three bills were also passed by the House: House Bill 271,House Bill 272 and House Bill 273. House members voted to pass two committee substitute biils: House Bill 4036 and House Bill 4053.

The following committees will meet today:
Finance - 1:00 p.m. - 451M
House Education Subcommittee E - 1:00 p.m. - 432M
Government Organization - 1:30 p.m. - 215E
House Education Subcommittee B - 2:00 p.m. - 432M
Senior Issues - 4:00 p.m. - 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Joint Committee on Judiciary - 9:00 a.m. - House Chamber
House Education Subcommittee C - 10:00 a.m. - 432M

House is adjourned until 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, January 25

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 11:47 AM

Senate Passes First Bills, Receives More Committee Reports
Senate Bill 271, Senate Bill 272, and Senate Bill 273 were the first bills passed today by the Senate. These bills will be sent to the House.

The Education and Judiciary committees sent recommendations to the Senate to pass seven bills. Five of these bills will be on first reading on the Senate calendar. The other two were re-referred to committee.

The Senate also introduced 25 bills, including Senate Bill 313, which would prohibit text messaging while driving, Senate Bill 316, which would create the Joint Parenting Act, and Senate Bill 318, which would exempt Social Security income from state income tax.

The following committees will meet today:
Government Organization - 2:00 p.m. - 208W
Pensions - 2:00 p.m. - 451M
Finance Subcommittee A - 3:00 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 3:00 p.m. - 208W

The following committees will meet tomorrow, January 24:
Finance Subcommittee B - 9:30 a.m. - 451M

The Senate adjourned until 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 24.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 11:46 AM

Bill on Third Reading Laid Over Until Tomorrow
There were two bills on first reading in the House today. House Bill 4019 relates to civil actions filed in the courts of the state. House Bill 4036 was on third reading today, but will be carried over and read on third reading tomorrow.

The House of Delegates introduced 24 bills today, including House Bill 4139 which would allow persons with impaired vision to obtain a Class G driver's license. This bill would require these drivers to use a bioptic device to operate a motor vehicle.

The following committees will meet today:
Industry & Labor/ Economic Development & Small Business - 1:00 p.m. - 215E
Roads and Transportation - 2:00 p.m. - 215E
Political Subdivisions - 3:00 p.m. - 215E
Health & Human Resources - 4:00 p.m. - 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance - 9:00 a.m - 460M
Judiciary - 9:30 a.m. - 410M
Finance - 1:00 p.m. - 460M
Government Organization - 1:30 p.m. - 215E
Select Committee on Senior Citizen Issues - 4:00 p.m. - 215E

The House is adjourned until 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, January 24, 2008.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 12:02 PM

First Bills Advance to Third Reading in Senate
Three Senate bills on second reading were advanced to third reading on the Senate Calendar. The Senate received House Bill 4010, which would remove the limitations on terms for members on the board of library directors, for consideration.

The Senate also introduced 15 bills, bringing the total number of Senate bills introduced this session to 301. Some of these new bills included Senate Bill 287, which would establish the West Virginia Research Trust Fund, and Senate Bill 297, which would authorize school building autorities to issue revenue bonds from the state's excess lottery fund. These bills were requested by the Governor.

The following committees will meet today, January 22:
Health and Human Resources - 1:00 p.m. - 451M
Education - 2:00 p.m. - 451M
Finance Subcommittee B - 3:00 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 3:00 p.m. - 208W

The following committees will meet tomorrow, January 23:
Government Organization - 2:00 p.m. - 208W
Pensions - 3:00 p.m. - 208W

The Senate will reconvene at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 23.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 11:54 AM

Crime Victim's Day Marked, Bill Advances to Third Reading
Today the House of Delegates adopted House Resolution 8 which names today, January 22, 2008, Crime Victim's Day.

There were no bills on third reading today, but Committee Substitute for House Bill 4036 was read for the second time on the House Calendar .

The House also introduced 13 new bills today, which brings the total number of bills introduced in the House this session to 763.

The following committees will meet today:
Education - 1:00 p.m. - 432M
Finance - 1:00 p.m. - 460M
Government Organization - 1:30 p.m. - 215E
Judiciary - 2:00 p.m. - 410M
Select Committee on Senior Citizen Issues - 4:00 p.m. - 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Homeland Security/Veterans Affairs - 9:00 a.m. - 460M
Pensions and Retirement - 10:00 a.m. - 460M
Banking & Insurance - 10:00 a.m. - 215E
Roads and Transportation - 2:00 p.m. - 215E
Political Subdivisions - 3:00 p.m. - 215E
Health & Human Resources - 4:00 p.m. - 215E

The House is adjourned until 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, January 23, 2008.

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Monday, January 21, 2008 - 03:39 PM

Remembering Dr. King
Today at the Captiol, lawmakers took time to honor and remember the great works and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a hero of the civil rights movement in this country and a fighter for justice and equality for all oppressed people.

Former Cabell County Delegate Arley Johnson reenacted Dr. King's pivotal "I Have a Dream" speech on the floor of the House of Delegates, which has become a yearly tradition when members are in session. There were a myriad of events scheduled including a bell ringing ceremony following a remembrance march featuring local school children outside the Capitol to honor Dr. King.



Monday, January 21, 2008 - 12:38 PM

Governor Sends Revised Budget to Senate
The Senate received today a message from the Governor containing recommended changes to the budget bill.

The Senate also received three bills that were passed by the House. These bills were assigned to appropriate committees.

Senate Bill 271, which would establish a grievance procedure for State Police; Senate Bill 272, which would clarify telemarketing solicitation definition; and Senate 273, which would clarify statutory references, were all advanced to second reading.

The Judiciary committee will not be meeting today.

The following committees will meet tomorrow, Tuesday January 22:
Transportation and Infrastructure - 10:00 a.m. - 451M
Finance Subcommittee A - 3:00 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 3:00 p.m. - 208W

The Senate will reconvene at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22.

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Monday, January 21, 2008 - 12:37 PM

Another Day in Session, Another Bill Passed Out of House
The House of Delegates voted on another bill for passage today. Members passed House Bill 4010 which would remove the limitations on terms for members on the board of library directors.

There were no bills on second reading today and House Bill 4036 was on first reading. This bill would grant the board of Respitory Care Practitioners rulemaking authority and the issuance of temporary permits to students.

The House also heard House Resolution 7 which names today, January 21, 2008, Veteran's Visability Day.

The following committees will meet today, January 21st:
Education - 1:00 p.m. - 432M
Judiciary - 2:00 p.m. - 410M
Finance - 1:45 p.m. - 460M
Health and Human Resources - 4:00 p.m. - 215E

The following meetings will meet tomorrow:
Finance - 9:00 a.m. - 460M
Government Organization - 1:30 p.m. - 215E
Finance - 2:00 p.m. - 460M

The House is adjourned until 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, January 22, 2008.

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Friday, January 18, 2008 - 01:25 PM

Lawmakers Continue Push for Safer Mines
The statue, “The West Virginia Coal Miner” stands on the capitol grounds, “in honor and in recognition of the men and women who have devoted a career, some a lifetime, towards providing the state, nation, and world with low-cost reliable household and industrial energy.” After several mine tragedies in recent years, the statue's significance has grown - as has state lawmaker's continued push for safer mining legislation.

Two years ago this weekend a fire at the Aracoma Alma Mine No. 1 at Melville in Logan County claimed the lives of two miners. This came following the Sago mine disaster which claimed 12 brave miners and was followed by separate accidents in Boone County which claimed two more lives. This caused a "stand-down on mine safety" at West Virginia coal mines until all could be thoroughly inspected. Lawmakers swiftly took action, passing the 2006 mine safety legislation, Senate Bill 247, to address issues raised by these disasters.

Mine safety continues to be an issue of upmost importance during this 2008 Regular Session, as the House of Delegates has already passed House Bill 2020 and sent it to the Senate for its approval. The bill requires mine operators to inform employees of any hazardous chemical substances and lead exposure through warning notices clearly posted in the work area. The bill also specifies that the state Director of the Office of Miner’s Health, Safety and Training must compile the list of hazardous substances and related safety information, as well as set a criminal penalty in case of violation.



Friday, January 18, 2008 - 11:56 AM

Tenth Day of Session Yields Three More Passed Bills in House
Three bills which were passed out of the Judiciary Committee earlier in the week were read a third time and passed unanimously by the House. The bills will now be sent to the Senate for consideration.

Committee Substitute for House Bill 2104 would ensure a victim's right to testify at sentencing in criminal cases. The committee substitute would change language that would require judges to make sure that victim's were given proper notice of the sentencing hearing.

Committee Substitute for House Bill 2402 would prohibit a person from impersonating a public official by copying or imitating the markings of a public agency or official on a motor vehicle.

House Bill 2503 would authorize the Division of Motor Vehicles to issue an indentification card to West Virginia residents who already possess a valid driver's license.

There was only one bill on second reading and zero bills on first reading today on the House Calendar . A total of six bills were introduced in the House today.

The following committees will meet Monday, January 21st:
Education - 1:00 p.m. - 432M
Judiciary - 1:30 p.m. - 410M
Finance - 1:45 p.m. - 460M
Health and Human Resources - 4:00 p.m. - 215E

The House is adjourned until 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 21, 2008.

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Friday, January 18, 2008 - 11:37 AM

Senate Receives First Bills From House
The Senate received two bills for consideration from the House today. House Bill 2020 would require mine operators to provide notice of hazardous chemical substances and lead exposure to its employees. House Bill 4038 would allow the Division of Labor to promulgate rules relating to the licensing of elevator workers.

The Senate also introduced 23 bills, raising the total number of bills introduced in the Senate to 273. This includes three bills that originated from the Judiciary Committee. These bills will be on first reading Monday.

The Senate will reconvene at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 21.

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Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 12:26 PM

First Bills Pass Out of House
The first two bills to reach third reading on the House Calendar were passed today.

House Bill 2020 would require mine operators to provide notice of hazardous chemical substances and lead exposure to its employees. House Bill 4038 would allow the Division of Labor to promulgate rules relating to the licensing of elevator workers. These bills will now go to the Senate for its consideration.

Also on the House Calendar three bills were read a second time and advanced to third reading and one bill was on first reading and advanced to second reading.

The House also introduced 26 new bills today which brings the total number of bills introduced in the House this session to 717.

The following committees will meet today:
Education Subcommittee B - 1:00 p.m. - 432M
Finance - 1:00 p.m. - 460M
Government Organization - 1:30 p.m. - 215E
Judiciary - 2:00 p.m. - House Chamber
LOCEA - 2:00 p.m. - 450M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Judiciary - 9:00 a.m. - 410M

The House is adjourned until 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, January 18, 2008.

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Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 12:11 PM

Senate Receives First Committee Report
The Senate met today to introduce 13 bills. Some of these issues include Senate Bill 248, which proposes that West Virginia will not participate in the Real ID Act of 2005, the Senior Citizen Property Tax Payment Deferment Act (Senate Bill 239) and Senate Bill 242, which would allow a point deduction for licensees attending defensive driving classes.

The Senate also received its first committee report. The Pensions Committee recommended that the Senate pass a committee substitute for Senate Bill 201, which would modify the terms used for certain retirement benefits disqualification. The bill will now be sent to the Finance Committee as part of a double committee reference.

The following committees will meet today:
Joint Judiciary - 2:00 p.m. - House Chamber
Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability (Joint) - 2:00 p.m. - 450M
Finance Subcommittee B - 3:00 p.m. - 451M

The Senate adjourned until 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, January 18.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 11:52 AM

Senate Begins With Music From McDowell County Students
The Senate began its workday with music from students from War, W.Va., in honor of McDowell County Day. The Senate introduced 19 bills that addressed a variety of topics, such as the presence of unhealthy snacks in schools and the modification of laws concerning concealed handguns licenses and fees. Senate Bill 222 would permit only healthy beverages and snacks in West Virginia schools. Three bills were introduced today by request of the governor. One such bill, Senate Bill 225, would establish supplementary salary schedules for certain teachers. Another piece of legislation introduced on behalf of the governor concerns the recruitment of teachers. Senate Bill 223 would establish recruitment bonuses for certain teachers.

The following committees will meet today:
Pensions - 2:00 p.m. - 451M
Finance Subcommittee A - 3:00 p.m. - 451M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance Subcommittee B - 9:30 a.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 10:00a.m. - 208W

The Senate will reconvene at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 17.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 11:42 AM

Bills Advance to Passage Stage in House
Three more bills have made it through the committee process and were on today's House Calendar and advanced to second reading. Two other bills have advanced to the third reading and will be up for passage tomorrow. The House also introduced 10 more bills including two bills which resulted from months of study in interim meetings. House Bill 4051, woud provide that only healthy beverages and healthy or nutritional snacks may be sold in the county school system.

The following meetings will meet today:
Political Subdivisions - 3:00 p.m. - 215E
Health and Human Resources - 4:00 p.m. - 215E

The following meetings will meet tomorrow:
Finance - 9:00 a.m. - 460M
Finance - 1:00 p.m. - 460M
Judiciary - 2:00 p.m. - House Chamber

The House is adjourned until 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, January 17, 2008.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 01:39 PM

Bluegrass Band Performs For Delegates
In lieu of the usual prayer in the House Chamber, House of Delegates members were treated to a performance by the Nicholas County bluegrass band, Laurel Creek. The band played two songs, "Heavens Jubilee" and "The Twelve", the latter of which was dedicated to the twelve miners who lost their lives as a result of the Sago Mine tragedy in 2006.

The band were invited as guests of the delegates representing the 29th, 35th, 36th, 39th and 40th delegate districts.




Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 01:25 PM

Industry of the Future Day at the Capitol
Today the Legislature invited the WV Technology Association to the state Capitol to help celebrate Industry of the Future in West Virginia. Industries of the Future - West Virginia (IOF-WV) is a partnership which grew out of a collaboration between West Virginia University, the West Virginia Division of Energy and the U.S. Department of Energy. For more information on this organization, visit their website at www.iofwv.nrcce.wvu.edu.





Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 11:59 AM

Three Bills Added to Senate Hopper
During the fifth day of the session, three new bills were introduced in the Senate. Senate Bill 219 deals with the county development fees. Another proposed bill, Senate Bill 218, relates to the nonpartisan election of Supreme Court justices and circuit court judges. The other bill, Senate Bill 217, would reduce compliance time for nonresident traffic violations.

Committee meetings today:
Finance Subcommittee B - 3:00 p.m. - 451M
Education - 2:00 p.m. - 451M

The Senate will readjourn tomorrow Wednesday, January 15 at 11 a.m.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 11:52 AM

First Bills Reach House Calendar
Two bills completed the committee process and were reported to the House floor yesterday. Today these bills were read a first time on the House Calendar and advanced to second reading. The House also introduced 4 more bills during today's session. House Bill 4047 , would prohibit the use of cell phone and text-messaging devices while operating a motor vehicle except when using a hands-free device or in the case of an emergency. Another bill, , provides that all employees have the right to review and copy the contents of their personnel file. House Bill 4048.

The following committees will meet today:
Education - 1:00 p.m. - 432M
Government Organization - 1:00p.m. - 215E
Finance - 1:00 p.m. - 465M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Health and Human Resources - 4:00 p.m. - 439M
Political Subdivisions - 3:00 p.m. - 215E
Veterans Affairs - 1:00 p.m. - 215E

The House adjourned until 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, January 16.

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Monday, January 14, 2008 - 04:47 PM

Mingo County Day at the Legislature
Today over 100 citizens traveled from Mingo County to the state Capitol in Charleston as the Legislature celebrated "Mingo County Day".

The group heard from a variety of elected officials representing the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches, were given a tour of the statehouse and were able to watch a floor session take place.

Groups from other counties and many varying interest groups often come to the Capitol during session to better express in person their views on issues important to their causes.



Monday, January 14, 2008 - 12:26 PM

Senate Reconvenes For the Beginning of the Second Week of the Session
The Senate met to introduce one bill - Senate Bill 216, introduced by request of the Governor, would eliminate the coalbed methane tax exemption under the Severance and Business Privilege Tax Act.

The following Senate committees will meet today:
Natural Resources - 1:00 p.m - 451M
Government Organization - 1:45 p.m. - 451M
Finance - 2:30 p.m. - 451M
Finance Subcommittee A - 3 p.m.- 451M

The following Senate committees will meet tomorrow:
Economic Development - 9:00 a.m. - 451M

The Senate will adjourn at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, January 15.

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Monday, January 14, 2008 - 11:50 AM

House Reconvenes to Begin Second Week of Session
The House of Delegates introduced 9 more bills during today's session. One of these bills, House Bill 4041 , deals with the regulation and treatment of the production of natural gas and coalbed methane. Another bill introduced was, House Bill 4042, a bipartisan effort that is known as the Joint Parenting Act. Each of the bills introduced were referred to the appropriate committees.

The following committees will meet today:

Finance - 1:00 p.m. - 465M
Judiciary - 2:00 p.m. - 210W
Education - 2:00 p.m. - 432M

The following committees will meet tomorrow, January 15:

Finance - 9:00 a.m. - 465M
Judiciary - 9:00 a.m. - 210W
Education - 1:00 p.m. - 432M

The House adjourned until 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, January 15.

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Friday, January 11, 2008 - 12:00 PM

House Convenes For Third Day of Session
The House of Delegates met briefly today and introduced 10 new bills, which were then referred to the appropriate committees. Included in those bills is the bipartisan House Bill 4037. This bill would reduce the state income tax liability for certain retired public employees.

The following House Committees will meet Monday, January 14, 2008:
Finance - 1:00 p.m. - 465M
Judiciary - 2:00 p.m. - 210W
Health and Human Resources - 4:00 p.m. - 439M

The House adjourned until 11:00 a.m Monday, January 14, 2008.

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Friday, January 11, 2008 - 11:44 AM

Senate Meets for Third Day of Session
The Senate met this morning to introduce 10 bills and one joint resolution. Bills introduced include Senate Bill 206, which would provide allocated Fire Protection Fund Revenue to Fire Chief's and Foreman's Associations for certain expenses, and Senate Bill 213, which would require Promise Scholarship repayments under certain circumstances. The joint resolution was Senate Joint Resolution 6, which proposes an amendment to the state constitution designated the Merit Selection of Justices and Judges Amendment.

The following Senate committees will meet Monday, January 14:
Government Organization - 2 p.m. - 208W

The Senate adjourned until 11 a.m. on Monday, January 14.

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Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 12:09 PM

House Convenes for Second Day of Session
The House of Delegates briefly met today and introduced 13 new bills which were referred to their appropriate committee. Included in the bills introduced were several proposals the Governor highlighted in his State-of-the-State address. One of these bills, House Bill 4022,would establish the Indigent Defense Commission to assist Public Defender Services. The committees will begin studying their assigned issues in the coming days and weeks.

The following House Committees will meet today:
Finance - 1:00 p.m - Room 460M

The following House Committees will meet tomorrow, Friday, January 11, 2008:
Judiciary - 9:00 a.m - Room 410M
Government Organization - 9:30 a.m - Room 215E

The House adjourned until 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, January 11, 2008.

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Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 11:51 AM

Senate Receives First Bills from Governor
On the second day of the 2008 regular session, the Senate met to introduce 55 bills. This brings the total number of bills introduced to 205.

Some of the bills introduced covered topics alluded to by the Governor in his State of the State Address last night. These include Senate Bill 186, which would renew the Small Business Linked Deposit Program. Another bill requested by the Governor was Senate Bill 205, which would suspend or deny driver's licenses for students who fail or withdraw from school.

The following Senate committees will meet today, January 10, 2008:
Finance - 3 p.m. - 451M

The following Senate committees will meet Monday January 14, 2008:
Government Organization - 2 p.m. - 208W

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow January 11, 2008 at 11 a.m.

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008 - 08:27 PM

Governor Manchin Delivers State-of-the-State Address
The House and Senate reconvened at 7:00pm for a joint session in the House Chamber for Governor Manchin's presentation of the 2008 State-of-the-State address.

The Governor presented the legislature with his proposed legislation for the upcoming session, including the 2008 Budget Bill. ( Senate Bill 150 and House Bill 4014)

The House and Senate met briefly afterwards to advance the new legislation to the appropriate committees.

The Senate and House of Delegates will reconvene tomorrow, Thursday, January 10, 2008 at 11:00am in their respective chambers.



Wednesday, January 09, 2008 - 01:36 PM

Senate Begins Regular Session
The Senate convened for the start of the 2008 Regular Session today. Special committees announced to the House of Delegates and the Governor that the Senate was in session with a quorum. The Senate also adopted a concurrent resolution accepting an invitation to the House Chamber for the State of the State address at 7 p.m. tonight.

The Senate also introduced 149 bills and four joint resolutions, which propose amendments to the state constitution. The Senate then recessed until 6:45 p.m.

Senate Committee Meetings:
Jan. 9
Finance - 2 p.m. - 451M

Jan. 10
Finance - 9:30 a.m. - 451M

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008 - 01:28 PM

House Convenes for the 2nd Regular Session of the 78th Legislature
Today, the House of Delegates met on the first day of the 2008 Regular Session. Upon appointing committees to inform the Governor and the State Senate that the House was present and ready to represent the citizens of West Virginia, Delegates began by introducing 635 carry-over bills from last session as well as 13 newly drafted pieces of legislation.

The following House Committees will meet today:

Finance - 2:00 p.m - Room 460M

The following House Committees will meet tomorrow, Thursday, January 10, 2008:

Finance - 9:00 a.m - Room 460M
Finance - 1:00 p.m - Room 460M

House stands in recess until 6:45 p.m at which time they will reconvene in the House Chamber to hear the Governor’s State of the State address.

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008 - 09:31 AM

78th Legislature Returns to Capitol
Today, the 78th West Virginia Legislature begins its second regular session. Both the House of Delegates and the Senate will convene at noon in their respective chambers.

Later, at 7 p.m., lawmakers will meet in the House Chamber for the Governor’s annual State of the State Address. The Governor’s Web site will be providing streaming audio and video of the speech.

Throughout the 60-day session, this site will be constantly updated with information on legislation, committee meetings and other goings-on in the Legislature.




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