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Today in the Legislature

Friday, February 29, 2008 - 04:53 PM

52nd Day Ends with Committee Reports in House
The House met briefly this evening to receive various committee reports.

The following committees will meet Sunday, March 2:
Judiciary - 4:00 p.m. - 410M

The following committees will meet Monday, March 3:
Education - 9:00 a.m. - 432M
Judiciary - 9:00 a.m. - 410M
Finance Hearing on Senate Bill 770 - 9:30 a.m. - House Chamber

The House is adjourned until 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 3.



Friday, February 29, 2008 - 12:50 PM

Four Bills Complete Legislative Action in the Senate
The Senate honored former lawmaker John H. Bowling Jr. by presenting his family with Senate Resolution 29. The Honorable John H. Bowling, Jr. was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1965 and to the West Virginia Senate in 1967. Bowling was also a member of the Greenbrier County Commission and a Mayor of White Sulphur Springs.

House Bill 4074, House Bill 4076, House Bill 4364 and House Bill 4676 have completed legislative action and now will be sent to the Governor for his approval.

House Bill 4074 will create an Office for Oral Health under the Bureau of Public Health. House Bill 4364 will amend various requirements for motor vehicle dealers and House Bill 4676 will continue the permissible appropriation of Public Employees Insurance Reserve Fund money to the bureau for medical services.

Two bills on second reading advanced to third reading and eight bills were read a first time.

The following committees will meet on Monday:
Judiciary - 10:00 a.m. - 208W
Pensions - 1:00 p.m. - 451M
Government Organization - 2:00 p.m. - 208W
Finance - 3:00 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 3:00 p.m. - 208W

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

›› Completed Legislation

Friday, February 29, 2008 - 12:12 PM

House Completes Legislation on Two Bills
Members of the House voted to pass Senate Bill 579 , which will appoint additional members from Virginia to Bluefield's sanitary board, and Senate Bill 704 , which will regulate how insurance companies operate their businesses, require licensing of the company and brokers and work to limit fraudulent practices. This brings the total number of bills completing legislation to 10.

The House voted to table all House bills remaining on third reading on the Special Calender.

Fourteen bills on first reading were advanced to second reading. One bill, Senate Bill 270 would eliminate provisions that require circuit clerks to handle and disburse inmate funds.

The following committees will meet today:
Finance - 1:30 p.m. - 460M
Education Subcommittee on Vision 20/20 - 2:00 p.m. - 432M

The following committees will meet Sunday:
Judiciary - 4:00 p.m. - 410M

The following committees will meet Monday:
Judiciary - 9:00 a.m. - 410M
Finance Hearing on Senate Bill 770 - 9:30 a.m. - House Chamber
Finance Hearing on Senate Bill 667 - 3:30 p.m. - House Chamber

The House will recess until 4:00 p.m. this evening

›› Completed Legislation

Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 05:24 PM

House Receives Committee Reports During Evening Session
Members of the House met to receive various committee reports on the 51st day of session.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Health and Human Resources - 8:30 a.m. - 215E
Judiciary - 9:00 a.m. - 410M
Finance - 10:00 a.m. - 460M
Judiciary - 30 minutes after floor session - 410M

The House is adjourned until 11:00 a.m. tomorrow.



Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 12:52 PM

Higher Education Day Features Scale Model of Capitol Complex
The Legislature celebrated “Higher Education Day” today as the halls of the state Capitol were filled with displays from various colleges, universities and community and technical schools from around the state. Information regarding course offerings and campus amenities were available for citizens to learn more about the individual schools and staff representing the various schools were also on hand to answer any questions interested bystanders posed.

One of the schools, the Community and Technical College at the West Virginia University Institute of Technology, based in Montgomery, WV, brought a 1/36th scale model of the Capitol Complex and the surrounding area to the Upper Rotunda.

The model, a project by the students in the computer-aided drafting and design department at the college, will replace an outdated model built in 1974 and will help state officials plan for emergencies and other events held at the Capitol.

Professors Bill Javins and Jim King were on hand to answer questions about the model and were the professors charged with helping create both the virtual and physical models with the help of over 30 students. The model includes such intricate details from around the Complex as the Veterans Memorial, the statue of Lincoln Walks at Midnight as well as a handcrafted eagle sitting atop the dome.

The model took nearly two years to complete and will now be used on a daily basis by the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety and the Division of Protective Services to aid officials securing the Capitol during high profile visits from dignitaries or the many fairs and festivals held on the grounds throughout the year.



Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 12:49 PM

House Passes Castle Doctrine Bill
The House Judiciary Committee reported out Senate Bill 145 with the recommendation that it do pass. This bill, which will allow West Virginia residents to use reasonable force to protect themselves against intruders in places where they have legal authority, was taken up for immediate consideration. The House voted to suspend constitutional rules, moved it to third reading and then voted to pass the bill.

A bill on third reading, House Bill 4568, which would require accident and sickness insurance providers and HMO's to cover the treatment of Lyme disease, was tabled by the House.

Senate Bill 704, which would regulate how insurance companies operate their businesses, require licensing of the company and brokers and work to limit fraudulent practices, was advanced from second reading to third.

The following committees will meet today:
Political Subdivisions - 1:00 p.m. - 215E
Finance Subcommittee on Court Claims - 1:15 p.m. - 460M
Finance - 1:30 p.m. - 460M
Government Organization - 1:30 p.m. - 215E
Education - 2:00p.m. - 432M
Education Subcommittee C - following Education meeting - 432M
Judiciary - 2:00p.m. - 410M
Senior Issues - 4:00p.m. - 215

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance - 9:00 a.m. - 460M
Judiciary - 9:00 a.m. - 410M
Government Organization - 9:30 a.m. - 215E

The House will recess until 5:00 p.m. this evening.

›› Completed Legislation

Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 12:28 PM

Bill to Create Office of Oral Health Advances to Third Reading in Senate
The halls of the Capitol were lined this afternoon with booths from many of West Virginia's fine institutions of higher learning as today is Higher Education Day in the Legislature.

Five bills on third reading were laid over and will be on third reading again tomorrow. Eight bills were on second reading, three of which were laid over one day. House Bill 4076, House Bill 4364 and House Bill 4676 were read a second time and advanced to third reading. House Bill 4074 was also advanced to third reading and would create an Office of Oral Health under the Bureau for Public Health and would authorize a full-time office director.

The Senate also took up committee reports this afternoon. Three bills out of committee were taken up for immediate consideration and read a first time.

The following committees will meet this afternoon::
Confirmations - 1:00 p.m. - 208W
Health and Human Resources - 1:00 p.m. - 451M
Banking and Insurance - 2:00 p.m. - 208W
Education - 2:00 p.m. - 451M
Finance - 3:00 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 3:00 p.m. - 208W
Education - 5:00 p.m. - 451M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Economic Development - 9:00 a.m. - 451M
Military Committee - 10:00 a.m. - 208W
Transportation and Infrastructure -10:00 a.m. - 451M

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



Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 08:34 PM

50th Day in Senate Concludes with Crossover Deadline
Senate Bill 239, Senate Bill 680 and Senate Bill 248 passed the Senate this evening and were sent to the House for consideration. Senate Bill 248 would provide that West Virginia will not participate in the Real ID Act of 2005.

In addition, the Constitutional Rule was suspended for 10 bills that were read a second and third time and passed by the Senate. Senate Bill 499 would eliminate the timber severance tax. In addition, Senate Bill 693 would create senior resident lifetime hunting, fishing and trapping licenses.

The Senate also received committee reports during this evening’s session and five bills were reported out and read a first, second and third time due to the Constitutional Rule being suspended. These bills include Senate Bill 373, Senate Bill 390, Senate Bill 456, Senate Bill 735 and Senate Bill 751.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Confirmations - 1:00 p.m. - 208W
Health and Human Resources - 1:00 p.m. - 451M
Banking and Insurance - 2:00 p.m. - 208W
Education - 2:00 p.m. - 451M
Finance - 3:00 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 3:00 p.m. - 208W
Education - 5:00 p.m. - 451M

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



Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 04:32 PM

Senate Passes Bill Reducing Certain Landfill Solid Waste Assessment Fees
A total of 31 Senate bills were passed during the afternoon session and sent to the House for consideration. Senate Bill 770 would reduce certain landfill solid waste assessment fees in West Virginia. In addition, Senate Bill 556 would provide for prior written authorization from private property owners for the towing of motor vehicles without the consent of the owner of the vehicle. This bill would also require criminal background checks for drivers of tow vehicles.

Senate Bill 239 and Senate Bill 680, which would reduce the Corporation Net Income Tax Rate effective January 1, 2009, were moved to the foot of bills on third reading.

Five bills were laid over one day including Senate Bill 235, Senate Bill 533, Senate Bill 594, Senate Bill 702 and Senate Bill 767.

The following committees will meet today:
Judiciary - 4:45 p.m. - 208W

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Confirmations - 1:00 p.m. - 208W

The Senate will recess until 5:30 p.m.



Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 04:14 PM

13 More Bills Passed During Afternoon Session in House
Members of the House voted and passed 13 bills, including House Bill 4476, the Public-Private Transportation Facilities Act that would permit the state to enter into agreements with private entities to construct and improve transportation facilities.

In addition, House Bill 4568 was laid over on the House Special Calendar and House Bill 4618 was tabled.

The following committees will not meet as scheduled today:
Political Subdivisions

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Health & Human Resources Subcommittee on Long Term Health - 8:30 a.m. - 215E
Judiciary - 9:30 a.m. - 410M
Government Organization - 1:30 p.m. - 215E
Finance - 1:30 p.m. - 460M
Education - 2:00 p.m. - 432M
Judiciary - 2:00 p.m. - 410M
Senior Issues - 4:00 p.m. - 215E

The House adjourned until 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, February 28.



Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 01:15 PM

House Votes to Pass Four Bills, Honors Home Schooling Day at Legislature
A citation was issued during the morning session to honor students, teachers and families who participate in home schooling and were commended for their service and dedication during Home Schooling Day at the Legislature.

House Resolution 28, which honors the late Charles E. "Tate" Lohr, was also adopted. Lohr was a former member of the House of Delegates from Mercer County and was remembered for his efforts and hard work during his time in the Legislature.

Members of the House voted and passed four bills, including House Bill 4047, which would prohibit using a cell phone or text messaging while driving except when using a hands-free device or in the case of an emergency and House Bill 4304, which would revise the Anatomical Gift Act.

In addition, the House took up Senate Bill 704, which would regulate viatical life insurance settlements, for immediate consideration and was read for a first time.

The following committees will meet today:
Industry & Labor, Economic Development & Small Business - 1:30 p.m. - 215E
Roads & Transportation - 2:00 p.m. - 215E
Rules - 2:15 p.m. - Speaker's Office
The Constitutional Revision meeting for 2:00 p.m. was canceled.

The House is in recess until 2:30 this afternoon.



Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 12:51 PM

Constitutional Rule Suspended for 4 Senate Bills
Senate Bill 505 and Senate Bill 715 were reported out of the Finance Committee. The constitutional rule requiring a bill be read on three separate days was suspended for the bills, they were read three times and sent to the House for consideration.

The Judiciary Committee reported Senate Bill 712 out on second reading, and, with the constitutional rule being suspended, the bill was read a third time and sent to the House for consideration. In addition, the constitutional rule was suspended for Senate Bill 736, which was read three times, passed by the Senate and sent to the House.

Four bills from the House, House Bill 4364, House Bill 4628, House Bill 4676 and House Bill 4677 were taken up for immediate consideration and read a first time.

The following committees will meet today:
Finance - 1:15 p.m. - 451M

The Senate is in recess until 1:30 p.m.



Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 07:40 PM

Senate Passes Legislation to Grant Power to Board of Pharmacy Facilities
The Senate advanced 36 bills on second reading to third reading. Senate Bill 248 would provide that West Virginia will not participate in the “REAL ID Act of 2005" enacted by the United States Congress in Public Law 109-13. In addition, Senate Bill 286 would provide personal immunity from civil liability for adult protective services workers and child protective service workers for acts, errors or omissions that occurred during the course of their official duties.

Senate Bill 667 was read a third time and passed this evening. This bill relates to policemen’s and firemen’s pension and relief funds. Senate Bill722 was amended and read a third time. This bill passed the Senate and would require that the Board of Pharmacy have oversight over free clinics that provide pharmaceutical services. Senate Bill 758 was laid over one day.

Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 693 was read for a first time and would create a senior resident lifetime hunting, fishing and trapping license.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Energy, Industry and Mining - 9:00 a.m. - 208W
Finance - 9:30 a.m. - 451M
Energy, Industry and Mining - 10:00 a.m. - 208W
Pensions - 1:00 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary- 3:00 p.m. - 208W

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

›› Completed Legislation

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 05:51 PM

Six More Bills Passed During Evening Session in House
Members of the House voted and passed six more bills today. These bills include House Bill 4637, which would create the Broadband Deployment Council that would develop a strategy and mechanism that would extend broadband to every West Virginian, and House Bill 4677, which would reduce the requirement that the Director of Personnel must have five years experience in personnel management.

There were eight bills moved from House Calendar to Special House Calendar that were advanced to third reading. House Bill 4664 was also on third reading and laid over.

The following committees will meet tomorrow, February 27:
Rules - 10:30 a.m. - Speaker's Office
Constitutional Revision - 2:00 p.m. - 410M

The House is adjourned until 11:00 a.m. tomorrow.



Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 03:54 PM

House Passes 16 Bills on Third Reading, Two Laid Over
During the afternoon session, the House passed 16 bills on the House Special Calendar that will now be considered in the Senate. This includes House Bill 4611, which would update the safety rules and regulations pertaining to walkways along rail tracks.

House Bill 4534, which would permit a five hundred dollar credit against personal income tax for the purchase of new wood and pellet stoves, and House Bill 4618, which would regulate the business of viatical settlements, were on third reading and were laid over for one day.

The following committees will meet today:
Rules - 4:15 p.m. - Speaker's Office

The House is in recess until 4:30 p.m.



Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 02:50 PM

Senate Bill Reducing Corporation Net Income Tax Rate Laid Over One Day
In the afternoon session, the Senate passed an additional 20 bills and sent them to the House for consideration. Among these bills, Senate Bill 653 would permit the sales of life, accident or sickness insurance over the Internet. In addition, Senate Bill 779 would prohibit the spending of hotel occupancy proceeds between February 1, 2008 and July 1, 2009 to those convention & visitor’s bureaus and regional travel councils not in existence and engaged in business in West Virginia as of February 1, 2008. This brings the total bills passed by the Senate today to 37.

Senate Bill 667, Senate Bill 722 and Senate Bill 758 were placed at the foot of the bills on second reading. Also, Senate Bill 680, which would reduce the Corporation Net Income Tax rate effective January 1, 2009 was laid over one day.

The following committees will meet today:
Judiciary - 3:30 p.m. - 208W
Natural Resources - 5:00 p.m. - 208W

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

The Senate is in recess until 5:30 p.m.



Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 12:49 PM

House Adopts Resolution to Honor Former Member
Today, the House adopted House Resolution 27, which honors the lifetime achievements of former Delegate Richard Lee Shwartz.

Members of the House voted to pass 24 bills that were on third reading on the House Special Calendar. These bills included House Bill 4406, which would establish standards for the duration that students may ride one-way on a school bus. Elementary students would be limited to 30 minutes on the bus, middle school, junior and intermediate students to 45 minutes and high school students to 60 minutes. Another bill, House Bill 4418, would establish a statewide system for hospitals to report their infection rate.

The following committees will meet today:
Rules - 2:00 p.m. - Speaker's Office

The following committees will meet tomorrow, February 27:
Agriculture and National Resources - 9:00 a.m. - 215E
Pensions - 10:00 a.m. - 460M
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 House is in recess until 2:30 p.m.



Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 12:46 PM

Senate Passes Bill Establishing the West Virginia Research Trust Fund
Two communications received from the House of Delegates, House Bill 4074 and House Bill 4368, were taken up for immediate consideration and read a first time. The Finance Committee reported six bills that were read a first time, the Judiciary Committee reported one bill taken up for immediate consideration and the Interstate Cooperation Committee reported one bill read a first time.

The Senate also adopted Senate Resolution 24 which honored Jack L. Miller, former member of the House of Delegates (1960-62) as well as former Senator (1962-69). He also served as Commissioner of Finance and Administration from 1969-1970.

17 Senate bills on third reading were passed and sent to the House for consideration thus far with Senate Bill 594 being laid over one day. One of the bills advanced, Senate Bill 101, would exempt nonprofit companies who provide electricity from paying property tax. In addition, Senate Bill 287, would establish directed research endowment funds at Marshall University and West Virginia University to help promote research, scholarship and economic development. This bill would provide that private donations are matched by the allocation and distribution of money from the new West Virginia Research Trust Fund.

The Senate is in recess until 1:00 p.m.



Monday, February 25, 2008 - 07:17 PM

School Uniform Incentive Pilot Program Advanced to Third Reading
In the evening session of the Senate, 37 bills on second reading were advanced to third reading. One of these bills, Senate Bill 65, would create a school uniforms incentive pilot program that would allocate $100,000 to the state board to provide funding for up to 10 public elementary schools that meet certain criteria and adopt school uniform policies. This funding would be used to benefit the school and the students in ways such as school safety, new playgrounds, school equipment purchases and other beneficial ways. Senate Bill 680 would reduce the Corporation Net Income Tax rate beginning after December 31, 2008.

The Senate received additional committee reports this evening. The Finance Committee reported out seven bills that were taken up for immediate consideration and read a first time. The Finance Committee also reported out Senate Bill 248 on its second reading.

The Judiciary Committee reported out eight bills that were taken up for immediate consideration and read a first time. Senate Bill 316 was re-referred to the Judiciary Committee. Four bills reported out of the Government Organizaton Committee were read a first time.

The Energy, Industry and Mining Committee reported out Senate Bill 706 on its second reading.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance - 9:30 a.m. - 451M
Transportation and Infrastructure - 10:00 a.m. - 451M
Education - 2:00 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 3:00 p.m. - 208W
Finance - 3:30 p.m. - 451M
Education - 5:00 p.m. - 451M

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



Monday, February 25, 2008 - 05:54 PM

12 Bills Pass to Senate, 58 Bills Advanced to Third Reading in House
Members of the House passed 12 more bills this afternoon that will now be considered in the Senate. These bills include House Bill 2967, which would create the "West Virginia Remembers" program, House Bill 4082, which relates to the Public Employees Retirement System, and House Bill 4402, which relates to compulsive gambling.

In addition, House Bill 2967 and House Bill 4148 were moved from the House Calendar to the Special House Calendar. Seven bills appearing on the Special House Calendar were moved to the House Calendar.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Health & Human Resources - Subcommittee on Long Term Health - 8:30 a.m. - 215E
Education - Subcommittee B - 9:00 a.m. - 432M
Health & Human Resources - Subcommittee B - 9:30 a.m. - 215E
Rules - 10:45 a.m. - Speaker's Office

The House is adjourned until 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 26.



Monday, February 25, 2008 - 03:22 PM

House Passes 27 Bills During Afternoon Session
The House voted on 27 bills that were on third reading on the House Special Calendar. These bills included House Bill 4023, which would prohibit a student from obtaining a driver's license if they fail to receive passing grades or withdraw from school and House Bill 4132, which would prohibit employers from mandating captive meetings with their employees that relate to political matters. These bills will now be considered in the Senate.

The following committees will meet this afternoon:
Rules - 4:00 p.m. - Speaker's Office

The House is in recess until 4:30 p.m.



Monday, February 25, 2008 - 02:29 PM

32 Bills Pass Out of the Senate, Two Bills Laid Over Until Tomorrow
The Finance Committee reported seven bills to the Senate with four taken up for immediate consideration. These bills included Senate Bill 88, Senate Bill 235, Senate Bill 702, Senate Bill 786. Two bills, Senate Bill 659 and Senate Bill 696, were reported from the Finance Committee on second reading. The Judiciary Committee reported three bills with all three being taken up for immediate consideration and read a first time. These bills included Senate Bill 286, Senate Bill 501 and Senate Bill 781.

The Senate adopted Senate Resolution 21, honoring Brian William Linn who was a former member of the United States Army, former West Virginia State Trooper and dedicated public servant. In addition, Senate Resolution 22 and Senate Resolution 23 were adopted and recognize February 25, 2008 as Corrections Day and Law Enforcement Appreciation day, respectively.

Of the 36 bills listed on the Senate Calendar, Senate Bill 239 and Senate Bill 779 were moved to the Rules Calendar while Senate Bill 507 and Senate Bill 772 were laid over until tomorrow. The other 32 bills on third reading were passed and sent to the House for consideration. Senate Bill 456 would gradually phase out the business franchise tax by January 1, 2013.

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

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Transportation and Infrastructure - 10:00 a.m. - 451M

The scheduled Pensions and Natural Resource Committee meetings are cancelled for today. The scheduled Economic Development Committee meeting is cancelled for tomorrow.

The Senate will recess until 5:30 p.m. on Monday, February 25.



Monday, February 25, 2008 - 01:28 PM

End-of-Session Deadlines Approach for Legislature
As the Legislature reaches the last few days of the 2008 Regular Session, the calendar plays an ever-increasing role in legislative actions. Several deadlines, established by both procedural and constitutional rules, come into play as the final day of session approaches. The following is a list of these upcoming deadlines:

Feb. 27 (50th Day) - “Crossover Day” - Final day for bills to be considered in house of origin
As per Joint Rule 5, the 50th day of session is the final day for bills to be considered in their house of origin. House bills must be out of the House, and Senate bills must be out of the Senate. This rule doesn’t apply to budget bills or supplementary appropriations. The rule can also be suspended for a particular bill by concurrent resolution approved by two-thirds of both chambers.

March 5 (57th Day) - Last day for most committee reports
In order to guarantee three full days of reading, committee reports are due on this day. Bills reported out of committee on the 58th day must be taken up for immediate consideration and read a first time to guarantee three full days. Committee reports can also be received on the final two days of session, but the constitutional rule requiring a bill be read on three separate days must be suspended by a four-fifths vote of those members present (W. Va. Constitution §6-29).

March 8 (60th Day) - Final day of regular session
According to §6-22 of the West Virginia Constitution, the regular session cannot exceed 60 calendar days from the second Wednesday of January. Traditionally, the Legislature adjourns sine die at midnight on this day before immediately going into extended session for the purpose of finalizing the budget. However, the regular session can be extended for other purposes by a two-thirds vote by both houses.

Beyond March 8 - Extended Budget Session
If the Legislature hasn’t passed the budget bill before the 57th day of session, the Governor is required by the W. Va. Constitution (§6-51D) to issue a proclamation extending the session for the sole purpose of finalizing the budget. This allows the Legislature to consider the financial impact of the bills it passed during the regular session. During this extended session, budget conferees from the House and Senate meet to work out a final version of the budget, which must then be passed by both bodies before going to the Governor.



Monday, February 25, 2008 - 12:22 PM

House Honors Corrections and Law Enforcement Day in Legislature
Members of the House adopted resolutions to honor state law enforcement officers, officials, agencies and the Department of Corrections for their commitment and dedication to protecting the citizens of West Virginia. Brian William Linn, a State Trooper who passed away in the line of duty in late 2007, was also honored for his contributions to his county, state, and country.

There were three bills that were taken up for immediate consideration and read for a first time. These bills were House Bill 4549, which would provide an exemption from workers' compensation in certain circumstances for volunteer fire departments, House Bll 4636, which would make changes to workers' compensation insurance, and House Bill 4643, which would establish an Office of Minority Business Development within the West Virginia Development Office.

In addition, four resolutions on the House Special Calendar were also adopted.

The House is in recess until 1:20 p.m. this afternoon.



Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 07:18 PM

House Recieves 49 Committee Reports During Evening Session
Today marks the last day that bills are due out of committees in their house of origin to ensure three full days for readings. There were 49 bills reported out of committee which were taken up for immediate consideration and read for the first time in the House. These bills advanced to second reading. In addition, three bills originating in the House Finance Committee were introduced, read a first time and advanced to second reading.

All bills that were on third reading were laid over on the House Special Calendar and five bills on second reading advanced to third reading.

There were 32 bills on first reading that advanced to second reading. These bills include House Bill 4082, which relates to the Public Employees Retirement System, House Bill 4421, which would repeal the corporate license tax, and House Bill 4554, which would test school bus operators every other year.

The following committees will meet today:
Judiciary - 7:30 p.m. - 410M

The House will reconvene at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 25.



Friday, February 22, 2008 - 04:40 PM

17 Senate Committee Reports Received, Taken Up for Immediate Consideration
The Senate Finance Committee reported 10 bills that were taken up for immediate consideration and read a first time. Senate Bill 634, was reported out of the Finance Committee on second reading. Five bills reported out of the Judiciary Committee were also taken up for immediate consideration. These bills included Senate Bill 503, Senate Bill 600, Senate Bill 653, Senate Bill 720, Senate Bill 785. One bill reported out of the Judiciary Committee was read a second time. In total, 17 bills were taken up for immediate consideration with 15 on first reading and two on second reading.

The following committees will meet Monday, February 25:
Finance - 10:00 a.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 10 a.m. - 208W

The Senate will reconvene at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 25.



Friday, February 22, 2008 - 01:57 PM

Four Bills Passed in Senate; One Laid Over Until Monday
Seven bills reported out of committees were taken up for immediate consideration and read a first time prior to the second committee reference. Two of those bills, Senate Bill 782 and Senate Bill 783, originated in the Finance Committee. Another bill taken up for immediate consideration, Senate Bill 784 originated in the Rules Committee.




In addition, four bills on third reading were passed and sent to the House for consideration. One of these bills, Senate Bill 462, would raise the mental health treatment refusal age of consent from twelve to eighteen. Another bill on third reading, Senate Bill 185, was laid over until Monday. 35 bills on second reading were advanced to third reading.

16 bills were on first reading on the Senate Calendar and advanced to second reading.

The following committees will meet today:
Finance - 2:00 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 2:30 p.m. - 208W

The following committees will meet Monday, February 25:
Government Organization - 2:00 p.m. - 208W

The Senate will recess until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 22.

›› Senate bills introduced on this date


Friday, February 22, 2008 - 12:27 PM

Citations Issued for Military Service
Today, the House honored Denver Gandee, Charles Hardman and Gail King with citations recognizing their extraordinary dedication to military service and for the state of West Virginia.

Four bills were passed in the House and will now be considered in the Senate. One of these bills, House Bill 4018, would renew the West Virginia Small Business Linked Deposit Program.

There were 24 bills on second reading. Of these bills include House Bill 4023, which would deny students who withdraw from school or fail to receive passing grades a driver's license. House Bill 4047, which would prohibit the use of cell phones and text messaging while driving, was also advanced to third reading.

In addition, there were five bills on first reading.

The following committees will meet today:
Government Organization - 12:45 p.m. - 215E
Judiciary - 1:00 p.m. - 410M

The following committees will meet Sunday, February 24:
Finance - 1:30 p.m. - 460M
Government Organization - 3:30 p.m. - 215E

The House will reconvene at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 24.



Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 06:27 PM

16 Bills Read for the First Time During Evening Session
The Senate had thirty bills reported from committees with sixteen being taken up for immediate consideration and read for the first time. Some of these bills included Senate Bill 58, Senate Bill 65, Senate Bill 340, Senate Bill 705 and Senate Bill 770.

The scheduled Military committee and Transportation & Infrastructure committee meetings were cancelled for tomorrow morning.

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

›› Senate bills introduced on this date


Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 01:22 PM

Six Bills Taken Up for Immediate Consideration in Senate
Six bills reported out of committees were taken up for immediate consideration and read a first time prior to the second committee reference. In addition, four bills on third reading were passed and sent to the House for consideration. One of these bills,Senate Bill 165, would set out procedures for returning any unused donated personal leave days back to the donor or donors for school employees. Four bills on second reading were advanced to third reading,Senate Bill 185 was also advanced to third reading, but with the right to amend and Senate Bill 465 was laid over until tomorrow.

21 bills were on first reading on the Senate calendar and were advanced to second reading.

The following committees will meet today:
Health and Human Resources - 1:00 p.m. - 451M
Government Organization - 1:30 p.m. - 208W
Banking and Insurance - 2:00 p.m. - 208W
Education - 2:00 p.m. - 451M
Finance - 3:00 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 3:00 p.m. - 208w

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance - 9:30 a.m. - 451M

The Senate will recess until 5:30 p.m. this evening.

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Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 01:10 PM

House Passes Teachers' Retirement Bill, Honors Music Hall of Fame
The House was treated to the sounds of the Tulsa High School Select Ensemble to begin this morning's session.

The founding members of the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame were issued a citation today honoring their dedication to music and the arts. The House also recognized members of the Chapmanville Girls Softball team as the 2007 Softball State Champions and honored their coach for his many years of service to the team and athletics.

Nine bills on third reading were passed by the House. One of these bills, House Bill 4496, which would provide opportunities for members of the Teachers' Defined Contribution Retirement System to the State Teachers Retirement System. These bills will now be sent to the Senate for its consideration.

There were 24 bills on second reading. House Bill 4047, which would prohibit the use of cell phones and text messaging while driving, was laid over on the House Special Calendar. In addition, five bills were on first reading.

The following committees will meet today:
Government Organization - 2:00 p.m. - 215E
Judiciary - 2:00 p.m. - 410M
Education - 2:30 - 452M
Subcommittee B Education - immediately following Education meeting
Finance - 2:00 p.m. - 460M

The following committees will meet tomorrow, February, 6:
Judiciary - 9:00 a.m. - 410M
Finance - 9:00 a.m. - 460M

The House will reconvene at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 22.



Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 06:12 PM

Senate Reports 30 Bills From Committee
Thirty bills were reported out of committee during this evening's session. There were 13 bills read for a first time and refered to their appropiate committees. These bills were Senate Bills 331, 502, 530, 619, 633, 634, 686, 693, 751, 709, 706, 708, 712, and 788.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Education - 2:00 p.m. - 451M
Banking and Insurance - 2:00 p.m. - 208W

The Senate adjourned until 11:00 a.m. tomorrow.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 05:24 PM

Committee Reports Received in House During Evening Session
The House met briefly this evening to receive committee reports.

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

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



Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 12:41 PM

Children From the School for the Deaf and Blind Perform in House
Members of the House of Delegates were treated to a musical and visual performance by children from the WV School for the Deaf and Blind today. The group performed three songs, the last of which was the West Virginia favorite, "Country Roads."

Five bills were on third reading today, four of which passed the House. One of these bills, Committee Substitute for House Bill 4124 would add CPR and First Aid training to the health education curriculum in secondary schools. House Bill 3056 was on third reading, but will lie over until tomorrow. There were 11 bills on second reading and 7 bills on first reading on House Special Calendar today.


The following committees will meet today:
Roads and Transportation - 2:00 p.m. - 215E
Judiciary - 2:00 p.m. - House Chambers
Political Subdivisions - 3:00 p.m. - 215E
Health and Human Resources - 4:00 p.m. - 215E
Joint Committee on Industry and Labor - 4:00 p.m. - House Chamber

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Health Subcommittee on Long-term Health Care - 8:30 a.m. - 215E
Finance - 9:00 a.m. - 460M
Judiciary - 9:00 a.m. - 410M
Government Organization - 9:30 a.m. - 215E
Education - 2:30 p.m. - 434M
Senior Citizens Issues - 4:00 p.m.

The House will recess until 5:00 p.m. this evening.



Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 12:30 PM

Eight Bills Passed During Morning Session in Senate
The Senate passed eight bills this morning, including Senate Bill 519, which would extend the Hazardous Waste Material Management Fee Fund sunset provision, and Senate Bill 606, which would would give teachers who are regularly employed on a full-time basis hiring preference for summer school programs over substitute and part-time teachers.

Six bills were on second reading on the Senate Calendar. However, Senate Bills 185 and Senate Bill 465 were laid over until tomorrow.

In addition, four bills on first reading were advanced to second. There were also five bills reported out of committee and read a first time.

The following committees will meet today:
Natural Resources - 1:00 p.m. - 208W
Pensions - 1:00 p.m. - 451M
Government Organization - 1:30 p.m. - 208W
Health and Human Resources - 2:15 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 3:00 p.m. - 208W
Finance - 3:00 p.m. - 451M
Joint Energy, Industry and Mining - 4:00 p.m. - House Chamber
Economic Development - 5:00 p.m. - 451M

The following committees will meet tomorrow, February 21:
Subcommittee A Banking and Insurance - 9:00 a.m. - 208W
Finance - 9:30 a.m. - 451M

The Senate is in recess until 5:30 p.m. today.



Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 12:49 PM

Mountaineer Introduced in the House on WVU and WVU Extension Day
The halls of the Capitol were lined with blue and gold, in celebration of West Virginia University and WVU Extension Day in the Legislature. Many of the schools at WVU had booths set up, including the School of Pharmacy, the School of Nursing and the College of Law. Head football coach Bill Stewart also traveled to Charleston today and the WVU Mountaineer, Brady Campbell, received a warm welcome as he was introduced in the House.

House Bill 4385, which would revise certain powers and duties of the Legislative Auditor and House Bill 4411, which would exempt land-based finfish aquaculture facilities from certain sludge management requirements were passed in the House and will go on to the Senate for its consideration.

There were five bills on second reading and 11 on third reading. Committee Substitute for House Bill 4148 would authorize that net settlement proceeds held for a minor may be invested in a Smart 529 plan.

The following committees will meet today:
Finance - 1:00 p.m. - 460M
Judiciary Subcommittee B - 1:00 p.m. - 410M
Judiciary Subcommittee C - 1:00 p.m. - 252M
Education - 2:00 p.m. - 434M
Judiciary - 2:00 p.m. - 410M
Government Organization - 2:30 p.m. - 215E
Seniors Issues - 4:00 p.m. - 215E

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

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

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 12:44 PM

Senate Passes 10 Bills on WVU and WVU Extension Day
Ten bills on third reading were passed by the Senate today, including Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 145, which would allow a person to use strong force against an intruder, and Senate Bill 301, which relates to the State Police Retirement Fund. House Bill 4327, which would update the maximum wage allowed in charitable bingo, was passed with a title amendment, which must be approved by the House before being sent to the Governor.

Eight bills on second reading on the Senate Calendar were advanced to third reading. One of these bills, Senate Bill 317, would update the licensing requirements for physicians and podiatrists. Three bills on second reading, Senate bills 165, 305 and 465, were laid over until tomorrow. In addition, three bills on first reading were advanced to second.

The following committees will meet today:
Judiciary - 1:00 p.m. - 208W
Health and Human Resources - 1:00 p.m. - 451M
Natural Resources - 1:00 p.m. - 208W
Banking and Insurance - 2:00 p.m. - 208W
Education - 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 451M
Finance - 3:00 p.m. - 451M

The following committees will meet tomorrow, February 20:
Transportation and Infrastructure - 9:00 a.m. - 451M
Energy, Industry and Mining - 10:00 a.m. - 208W
Government Organization - 2:00 p.m. - 208W
Joint Energy, Industry and Mining - 4:00 p.m. - House Chamber

The Senate adjourned until 11:00 a.m. tomorrow.



Monday, February 18, 2008 - 05:44 PM

Senate Introduces 52 Bills Before Deadline
After reconvening at 5 p.m., the Senate introduced 52 new bills, including Senate Bill 725, which relates to beverage sales in schools, and Senate Bill 733, which would create the Electronic Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Act.

A total of 775 bills have been introduced in the Senate this session. Today was the last for introducing bills with the exception of supplementary and originating bills.

The Senate is adjourned until 11:00 a.m. tomorrow.

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Monday, February 18, 2008 - 05:18 PM

56 House Bills Introduced
The House briefly reconvened this evening to receive committee reports and introduce bills, as today is the final day to introduce bills in both chambers, excluding budget or supplementary appropriation bills. The House introduced 56 more bills this evening. Among the bills introduced were House Bill 4651, which would consolidate all gaming-related functions within the Department of Revenue into a single gaming commission and House Bill 4682 which would increase the fine for littering from $50 to $100.

Also meeting tomorrow are:
Government Organization - 9:30 a.m. - 460M
Government Organization - 2:30 p.m. - 460M

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

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Monday, February 18, 2008 - 12:36 PM

Senate Honors West Virginian Special Olympics Team
Members of the Senate honored the Special Olympics West Virginia Team for their outstanding achievements in the World Special Olympics in China.

Three bills on third reading were passed today. These bills include Senate Bill 9, which would require the State Board of Education to provide an orientation program in firearms and firearms safety in the public schools, Senate Bill 193, which would allow consumer lenders to sell home and automobile membership plans to their customers, and Senate Bill 290, which would create a felony offense of unauthorized practice of certain health care professions. These bills will now be considered in the House. In addition, 10 bills were advanced to third reading.

The Senate also introduced 40 bills, including Senate Bill 693, which would would permit senior citizens to have a lifetime hunting, fishing and trapping license, and Senate Bill 700, which would require coal prospectors to record and report certain geological information.

Today is the last day for bills to be introduced in the Senate.

The following committees will meet today, February 18:
Natural Resources - 1:00 p.m. - 208W
Pensions - 1:00 p.m. - 451M
Government Organization - 2:00 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 3:00 p.m. - 208W
Finance - 3:00 p.m. - 451M

The following committees will meet tomorrow, February 19:
Economic Development - 9:00 a.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 10:15 a.m. - 208W
Transportation and Infrastructure - 10:00 a.m. - 451M
Education - 2:00 p.m. - 451M

The Senate is in recess until 5:00 p.m. this evening.

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Monday, February 18, 2008 - 12:32 PM

62 Bills Added to House Slate During Morning Session
Today is the last day to introduce bills in the House of Delegates. By Sunday, February 24 all bills are due out of committees in their house of origin in order to ensure three full days for readings. Wednesday, February 27 marks the last day to consider bills on third reading in their house of origin, excluding budget bills or supplementary appropriation bills.

There were three bills on third reading in the House today. Committee Substitute for House Bill 4157, Committee Substitute for House Bill 4331 and House Bill 4512 were passed out of the House and will go to the Senate for its consideration.

House Bill 4411 was on second reading in the House today and would exempt land-based finfish aquaculture facilities from certain sludge management requirements. Six bills were on first reading on the House Special Calendar today.

The following committees will meet today:
Judiciary Subcommittee A - 1:00 p.m. - 432M
Judiciary Subcommittee B - 1:00 p.m. - 410M
Judiciary Subcommittee C - 1:00 p.m. - 252M
Finance Subcommittee on the Court of Claims - 1:15 p.m. - 460M
Finance Committee - 1:30 p.m. - 460M
Government Organization Committee - 1:30 p.m. - 215E
Education Subcommittee E - 2:00 p.m. - 432M
Judiciary Committee - 2:00 p.m. - 410M
Health and Human Resources – 4:00 p.m. – 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow, February 19:
Health Subcommittee - 8:30 a.m. - 215E
Finance Committee - 9:15 a.m. - 460M
Judiciary Committee - 9:00 a.m. - 410M
Education Committee - 2:00 p.m. - 432M

The House will recess until 5:00 p.m. this evening.

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Friday, February 15, 2008 - 12:34 PM

Senate Recognizes Frasure-Singleton Interns
Michael Bush, a sophomore from West Virginia Wesleyan College, represented the West Virginia Legislature's Frasure-Singleton Internship and addressed the Senate to commend and thank the Senators, Internship Committee members and staff for their hard work and dedication to make the internship program a success. Michael and participating Frasure-Singleton interns received a standing ovation by members of the Senate.

Eleven bills were advanced to second reading. One of these bills, Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 145, would a person to use reasonable force in defense of self, real and personal property.

The Senate also introduced eight bills, including Senate Bill 676, which would limit certain park and recreation owners' liabilities.

The following committees will meet Monday, February 18:
Natural Resources - 1:00 p.m. - 208W
Pensions - 1:15 p.m. - 451M
Government Organization - 2:00 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 3:00 p.m. - 208W

The Senate adjourned until 11 a.m. on Monday, February 18.

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Friday, February 15, 2008 - 12:26 PM

One Bill Completes Legislative Action, Four Others Pass Out of the House
Another bill completed legislative action today. Senate Bill 257 is now awaiting the Governor's signature and will repeal outdated penitentiary code provisions. Committee Substitute for House Bill 4389, House Bill 4464, House Bill 4465 and House Bill 4513 were passed out of the House today and will go on to the Senate for its consideration.

There were two bills on second reading and two bills on first reading on the House Special Calendar today.

There were 13 new bills introduced in the House today. House Bill 4580 would designate December 7, "Pearl Harbor Day," as a legal state holiday.

The following committees will meet Monday, February 18::
Judiciary - 9:00 a.m. - 410M
Judiciary Subcommittee A - 1:00 p.m. - TBA
Judiciary Subcommittee B - 1:00 p.m. - 410M
Judiciary Subcommittee C - 1:00 p.m. - TBA
Government Organization - 1:30 p.m. - 215E
Health and Human Resources - 4:00 p.m. - 215E

The House will reconvene at 11:00 a.m.on Monday, February 18.

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Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 12:48 PM

House Bill Requires State-Purchased U.S. and W.Va. Flags to Be Made in U.S.
Two bills eliminating some outdated provisions in the State Code, Senate Bill 258 and Senate Bill 262, completed legislative action today and now await the Governor's signature.

Committee Substitute for House Bill 4150 also passed out of the House today. The bill, which now goes to the Senate for approval, would require that United States and West Virginia flags purchased with state funds be made in the United States.

Six bills were on second reading and two bills were on first reading on the House Special Calendar today.


The following committees will meet today:
Education - 2:00 p.m. – 434M
Judiciary - 2:00 p.m. - 410M
Senior Citizens Issues - 4:00 p.m. - 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Banking and Insurance - 8:30 a.m. - 252
Committee on Pensions and Retirement - 8:30 a.m. - 215E
Education - 9:00 a.m. - 434M
Finance - 9:30 a.m. - 460M
Judiciary - 9:30 a.m. - 410M
Roads and Transportation - 12:30 p.m. - 215 E

The House will reconvene at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, February 15.

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Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 12:14 PM

Senate Advances Three Bills to Second Reading
Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 9, Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 193, and Senate Bill 290 advanced to second reading in the Senate today.

The Senate also introduced 12 bills, including Senate Bill 664, which would exempt family court judges and magistrates from concealed weapon licensing requirements, and Senate Bill 668, which would require DUI offenders to perform community service.

The following committees will meet today:
Health & Human Resources - 1:00 p.m. - 451M
Education - 2:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. - 451M
Finance - 3:00 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 3:00 p.m. - 208W

The following committees will meet tomorrow, February 15:
Transportation and Infrastructure - 10:00 a.m. - 451M

The Senate adjourned until 11 a.m. on Friday, February 15.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 12:48 PM

Four Bills Sent to Senate; Two Resolutions Adopted
Four bills on third reading passed the House and were sent to the Senate for consideration. One bill, House Bill 4329, would allow an individual to register a Class G vehicle for a two-year period and would also provide for alternative methods of payment of fees. The House also adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 20, which urges Congress to pass legislation protecting the public from toxic imports.

Today was recognized as Children’s Day with the adoption of House Resolution 20. This resolution acknowledges that West Virginia's children are the state's most precious resource and the Legislature has a responsibility to give our children every opportunity to succeed and prosper.

Three bills on second reading on the House Special Calendar were advanced to third reading. In addition, six bills on first reading were advanced to second reading.

The House introduced 13 new bills. One of these, House Bill 4516, would allow certain state employees to be paid for unused sick leave days once per year. Another House bill introduced, House Bill 4519, would permit internet sales of life, accident and sickness insurance. This brings the total number of House bills introduced this session to 1,154.

The following committees will meet today:
Industry Labor, small business and economic development – 1:00 p.m. – 215E
Pensions and Retirement – 2:00 p.m. – 460M
Roads and Transportation - 2:00 p.m. – 215E
Political Subdivisions – 3:00 p.m. – 215E
Health and Human Resources – 4:00 p.m. – 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Government Organization - 8:30 a.m. – 215E
Joint Health and Judiciary – 8:30 a.m. – House Chamber
Finance - 9:00 a.m. – 460M
Education Subcommittee B – 9:30 a.m. – 410M
Education – 2:00 p.m. – 410M

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 12:46 PM

Senate Celebrates Children's Day, Sends Three Bills to the House
Today, second grade students from Saint Agnes Elementary of Charleston led Senators in the Pledge of Allegiance in honor of "Children's Day" at the Legislature as designated by Senate Resolution 18.

The Senate also honored the Children's Theater of Charleston with Senate Resolution 16 for its 75 years of work. Another resolution, Senate Resolution 17, honored dozens of teachers who were recently certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Twelve bills were introduced in the Senate today. One bill, Senate Bill 658, would allow for the West Virginia Department of Transportation to create and distribute a "Stop Domestic Violence" license plate.

Three bills on third reading on the Senate Calendar were passed and will now be sent to the House for its approval. Senate Bill 298 would include drug and alcohol abuse by parents or guardians as a form of child abuse.

The following committees will meet today:
Pensions - 1:15 p.m. - 451M
Government Organization - 2:00 p.m. - 208W
Finance - 3:00 p.m. - 208W
Judiciary - 3:00 p.m. - 208W

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance - 9:00 a.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 10:00 a.m. - 208W
Education - 2:00 p.m. amd 5:00 p.m. - 451M

The Senate will reconvene at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, February 14.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - 12:37 PM

Abraham Lincoln's 199th Birthday Recognized in the House
Members of the House honored the 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, who would have celebrated his 199th birthday today. On April 20, 1863, President Lincoln issued the proclamation through which West Virginia achieved statehood, making it the only state born out of the armed conflict of the Civil War.

A statue of Abraham Lincoln stands outside of the Capitol and is based on the poem “Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight” by Vachel Lindsay.

Five bills on second reading on the House Special Calendar were advanced to third reading. In addition, three bills on first reading were advanced to second reading.

The House introduced 16 new bills. One of these, House Bill 4498, would limit liability for repair costs to automobile owners when they hit a deer on a public highway. Another House bill introduced, House Bill 4508, would eliminate the West Virginia income tax on social security benefits.

This brings the total number of House bills introduced this session to 1,141.




The following committees will meet today:
Finance - 1:00 p.m. – 460M
Industry and Labor, Economic Development and Small Business – 1:00 p.m. – 215E
Government Organization - 1:30 p.m. – 215E
Government Organization Subcommittee - Following the Government Organization meeting– 215E
Finance – 2:00 p.m. – 460M
Judiciary – 2:00 p.m. – 410M
Health and Human Resources Subcommittee – 3:00 p.m. – 252
Roads and Transportation Subcommittee – 4:00 p.m. – 252
Senior Citizens Subcommittee A – 4:00 p.m. – 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Roads and Transportation Subcommittee B - 8:00 a.m. – 215E
Agriculture and Natural Resources – 9:00 a.m. – 215E
Veteran Affairs and Homeland Security - 9:00 a.m. – 215E
Banking and Insurance – 10:00 a.m. – 215E
Pensions and Retirement – 10:00 a.m. – 460M
Roads and Transportation - 2:00 p.m. – 215E
Political Subdivisions – 3:00 p.m. – 215E
Health and Human Resources – 4:00 p.m. – 215E

The House will reconvene at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 13.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - 12:29 PM

Senate Honors Leadership Jefferson, Passes One Bill
Today, the Senate adopted Senate Resolution 15, which recognizes Leadership Jefferson for its strides towards educating current and future community leaders about Jefferson County's assets and opportunities while working to develop team and leadership skills.

In addition, eight bills, one joint resolution and two concurrent resolutions were introduced in the Senate today.

The Senate passed Senate Bill 512 and sent it to the House for approval. This bill would change the number of members on the Records Management and Preservation Board for county government entities from nine to 11 members.

Three bills were advanced from second to third reading on the Senate Calender. One bill, Senate Bill 627, would classify a terror threat as a felony regardless of intent to actually commit the alleged act.

The following committees will meet today:
Banking Subcommittee A - 1:30 p.m. - 208W
Banking - 2:00 p.m. - 208W
Education - 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 451M
Finance - 3:00 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 3:00 p.m. - 208W

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Judiciary Subcommittee on SB 166 - 9:00 a.m. - President's Conference Room
Labor - 9:00 a.m. - 208W
Energy, Industry and Mining - 10:00 a.m. - 208W
Pensions - 1:15 p.m. - 451M
Government Organization - 2:00 p.m. - 208W

The Senate will reconvene at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow Wednesday, February 13.

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Monday, February 11, 2008 - 12:21 PM

House Adopts Resolution to Honor Former Member
Today, the House adopted seven resolutions. One, House Resolution 18, commemorated the passing of a former member of the House, James T. Nicol. Nicol gave twenty years of distinguished service to his country as a soldier with the Air Force and went on to serve as a member of the House of Delegates from 1993-1994. His family accepted the resolution on his behalf today on the floor.

Two other bills on third reading on the House Special Calendarwere passed and sent to the Senate for consideration. In addition, five bills on first reading were advanced to second reading.

The House introduced 18 new bills. One of these, House Bill 4481, would authorize the Commissioner of Highways to install “move over” signs along interstate highways and would apply to motorists approaching disabled or emergency vehicles. Another House bill introduced, House Bill 4483, would prohibit certain sex offenders from loitering within one thousand feet of a school or child care facility, school bus stop or other child safety zone.

This brings the total number of House bills introduced this session to 1,125.

The following committees will meet on Monday, February 11:
Education - 1:30 p.m. – 434M
Finance Subcommittee on Rules – 1:30 p.m. – 460M
Government Organization - 2:00 p.m. – 215E
Judiciary - 2:00 p.m. – 410M
Roads and Transportation Subcommittee – 3:00 p.m. – 215E
Health and Human Resources – 4:00 p.m. – 215E

The following committees will meet on Tuesday, February 12:
Education Subcommittee A - 9:00 a.m. – 432M
Finance – 9:00 a.m. – 460M
Health and Human Resources Subcommittee A - 9:00 a.m. – 215E
Judiciary – 9:00 a.m. – 410M
Finance – 1:00 p.m. – 460M
Government Organization - 1:30 p.m. – 215E
Finance – 2:00 p.m. – 460M
Senior Citizens Subcommittee – 4:00 p.m. – 215E

The House will reconvene at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 12.

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Monday, February 11, 2008 - 11:58 AM

Senate Passes Defensive Driving Class Bill
The Senate passed Senate Bill 242 today and sent it to the House for approval. It would allow drivers who complete a defensive driving class, do not have any outstanding violations above 12 points or have not taken the course within the last two years to deduct three points from their license.

One bill on second reading on the senate Calender was advanced to third reading. In addition, two bills on first reading were advanced to second reading.

The Senate also introduced 19 bills and three joint resolutions proposing changes to the state constitution. Bills introduced include Senate Bill 642, which would allow for the transfer of assets from the Teachers' Defined Contribution Retirement System to the State Teachers Retirement System.

The following committees will meet today:
Finance - 3:00 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 3:00 p.m. - 208W

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Economic Development - 9:00 a.m. - 451M
Transportation - 10:00 a.m. - 451M
Education - 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 451M

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

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Friday, February 08, 2008 - 04:49 PM

Tourism Day at the Capitol
With 432,000 West Virginians working in tourism and the number of overnight visitors to our state rising two percent to 11,628,000 annually, growth in the tourism industry is evident. More people are traveling from out of state to enjoy our state’s beautiful, unique landscape and the opportunities it affords visitors. Tourism is booming in West Virginia, with an estimated economic impact of $3.9 billion each year.

On February 8, representatives from dozens of West Virginia’s facets of tourism assembled in celebration of West Virginia Tourism Day at the Capitol. Various display booths covering topics ranging from wildlife to space stretched from the Senate to the House side of the rotunda and consumed the well areas of the floor below.

All organizations present hoped to spread information about what West Virginia has to offer. “If our organizations were more recognized, people would take a better look at the economic impact that we have in small cities. That impact is way greater than what people realize,” said Paul Marey, an officer on the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Association of Fairs and Festivals.

Adventure activities like whitewater rafting and atv tours, luxury resorts such as the Greenbrier and Glade Springs, various fairs, festivals, museums, state parks and other fun activities and local attractions were all featured today at the Capitol.

Legislators took Tourism Day as an opportunity to visit these various booths, sample the foods of West Virginia companies and speak with the representatives from tourism organizations. “It’s great when people come out to advocate things that will better West Virginia. These displays reach out to West Virginians and urge legislative reaction,” said Senator Mike Hall.

Tourism Day has left the Capitol, but it was able to draw attention to West Virginia’s blossoming tourism economy.



Friday, February 08, 2008 - 01:19 PM

House Sends Two Bills to Governor
Today, the House passed, Senate Bill 459, which would authorize rules of the School Building Authority and the Higher Education Policy Commission. The House also concurred in making House Bill 4147 effective from passage. These bills will now be sent to the Governor for his approval.

Six other bills on third reading on the House Special Calendarwere passed and sent to the Senate for consideration. In addition, two bills on second reading were advanced to third reading.

The House introduced 13 new bills. One of these, House Bill 4467, would make it a misdemeanor to falsify educational or academic records to obtain a benefit. Another House bill introduced, House Bill 4474, would require registered nurses to be present in operating rooms. This brings the total number of House bills introduced this session to 1,107.

The following committees will meet on Monday, February 11:
Education - 1:30 p.m. – 432M
Finance Subcommittee on Rules – 1:30 p.m. – 460M
Government Organization - 2:00 p.m. – 215E
Roads and Transportation Subcommittee – 3:00 p.m. – 215E
Health and Human Resources – 4:00 p.m. – 215E

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

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Friday, February 08, 2008 - 12:16 PM

Senate Recognizes the Legislature's Frasure-Singleton Interns
Today, Megan Fitzwater, a representative from the West Virginia Legislature's Frasure-Singleton Internship, addressed the Senate to commend and thank the Senators, Internship Committee members and staff for helping to make this internship possible. After concluding her speech, the Senators gave Megan and all participating Frasure-Singleton Interns a standing ovation.

The Senate had one bill on first reading. Senate Bill 512 would change the number of members on the Records Management and Preservation Board for county government entities from nine to eleven members to accurately reflect the actual board membership.

One other bill on the Senate Calender was advanced from second reading to third.

Eleven bills were introduced in the Senate today. Senate Bill 621 would prohibit lottery ticket sales during certain hours on Sundays. Another introduced bill, Senate Bill 625 would require school principals to make personnel recommendations for the appointment, assignment, promotion, transfer and dismissal of all personnel under his or her supervision.

The following committees will meet Monday, February 11:
Judiciary - 3:00p.m. - 451M

The Senate will reconvene at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 11, 2008

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Thursday, February 07, 2008 - 01:09 PM

House Honors Titans Baseball Team and Geri Olympics
Citations were issued today for the West Virginia Titans baseball team and West Virginia Geri Olympics. The Titans baseball team had a perfect 8-0 record during the USSSA Ten and Under AA World Series Championship. The West Virginia Geri Olympics is an exciting athletic competition for nursing home residents.

Seven bills on second reading on the House Special Calendar were advanced to third reading. One of these bills, House Bill 4030 , would require workplace fatalities to be reported to the Division of Labor. In addition, two bills on first reading were advanced to second reading.

The House introduced 14 new bills. One of these, House Bill 4460, would require property owners to disclose previous existence of a crystal meth lab. Another House bill introduced, House Bill 4461, would provide health insurance under PEIA for surviving dependents of State Police officers killed in the line of duty. This brings the total number of House bills introduced this session to 1,094.

The following committees will meet today:
Finance - 1:00 p.m. – 460M
Government Organization – 1:00 p.m. – 215E
Judiciary Subcommittee A - 1:00 p.m. – 410M
Education – 1:30 p.m. – 432M
Education Subcomittee B – following Education meeting at 1:30 – 432M
Judiciary Subcommittee B – 2:00 p.m. – 410M
Finance – 3:00 p.m. – 460M
Judiciary Subcommittee C – 3:00 - 410M
Senior Issues – 4:00 – 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Judiciary – 9:00 a.m. – 410M
Finance Subcommittee on Rules – 9:30 a.m. – 460M
Roads and Transportation - 12:30 p.m. – 215E

The House will reconvene at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, February 8.

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Thursday, February 07, 2008 - 11:54 AM

Second House Bill Passes in Senate as Session Reaches Midpoint
Today in the Senate, House Bill 4147 was reported out of the Government Organization Committee and was passed after suspension of the constitutional rule requiring a bill to be read on three seperate days. This bill will allow the Speaker of the House and the Senate President to designate parking during legislative and interim sessions. The House must agree to make the bill effective from passage before it can be sent to the Governor for his signature.

One bill on first reading was advanced to second reading. Senate Bill 242 would allow drivers who complete a defensive driving class, do not have any outstanding violations above twelve points or have taken the course within the last two years to deduct three points from their license.

The Senate also introduced 19 bills today. One bill, Senate Bill 604 would allow expectant mothers entering their third trimester to obtain special parking permits. These permits would be valid until the infant's first birthday.

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

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Military - 10:00a.m. - 208W
Natural Resources - 10:00a.m. - 451M

The Senate will reconvene at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 8.

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008 - 12:31 PM

Women's Day in Legislature, Farm Bureau, Firefighters Honored in House
Representatives for Women's Day in the Legislature, WV State Firemen Association, and Farm Bureau and Forestry Association were recognized by members of the House today.

The House introduced two concurrent resolutions. One of these resolutions was House Concurrent Resolution 34 which would request that the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study a four day work week consisting of ten hour days for city, county and state employees.

There were three bills on third reading, today. These bills include House Bill 4075, which would allow a video recording device monitoring system during Amber Alerts, House Bill 4328, which would exclude the service of a poll worker from being considered as a prohibited political activity, and House Bill 4344, which would enforce minimum requirements relative to tethering or chaining animals which are intended to protect animals from cruel treatment. These bills passed and now will be considered in the Senate.

There were 14 bills that were also introduced, bringing the total number of House bills introduced this session to 1080.

The following committees will meet today:
Industry & Labor - 1:00 p.m. - 215E
Roads & 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, February, 6:
Education - 9:00 a.m. - 432
Education - 1:30 - 432
Education Subcommittee B - following Education meeting at 1:30 - 432
Senior Issues - 4:00 p.m. - 215E

The House will reconvene at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 7.

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008 - 12:18 PM

First Bill Completes Legislative Action
The first bill to complete legislative action during the 2008 Regular Session was passed today. House Bill 2517 will give the Board of Banking and Financial Institutions the authority to approve acquisitions of out-of-state banks by West Virginia state banks.

There were no bills on first or second reading on the Senate Calendar today, however fourteen new bills were introduced. Senate Bill 586 was introduced today and would authorize pharmacists to dispense prescriptions remotely and administer immunizations.

There have been 596 bills total introduced in the Senate this session.

The following committees will meet today:
Natural Resources Committee - 1:00 p.m. - 208W
Pensions Committee - 1:15 p.m. - 451M
Government Organization Committee - 2:00 p.m. - 208W
Finance Subcommittee A - 3:00 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary Committee - 3:00 p.m. - 208W

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

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

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Tuesday, February 05, 2008 - 12:34 PM

Hurricane High School Choir, Band, Athletes Honored in House
Members of the House issued citations to members of the Hurricane High School Red Hot Show Choir and various athletic teams for their hard work and dedication and for their accomplishments in the last year.

The House introduced four concurrent resolutions and one joint resolution. House Joint Resolution 16 would increase the homestead exemption from $20,000 to $30,000. House Resolution 17 was also introduced today and would expresses support for West Virginia University Institute of Technology and the institution's revitalization and continued presence in Montgomery, West Virginia.

There was one bill on third reading, today. House Bill 4032 would allow the payment of wages made through a direct deposit system using an automated teller machine card or other means of electronic transfer. The bill was passed and will now be considered in the Senate.

Three bills were on second reading. These bills include House Bill 4075, which would allow a video recording device monitoring system during Amber Alerts, House Bill 4328, which would exclude the service of a poll worker from being considered as a prohibited political activity, and House Bill 4344, which would enforce minimum requirements relative to tethering or chaining animals which are intended to protect animals from cruel treatment.

The following committees will meet today:
Finance - 1:00 p.m. - 460M
Judiciary Subcommittee A - 1:00 p.m. - 410M
Government Organization - 1:30 p.m. - 215E
Judiciary Subcommittee C - 2:00 p.m. - 410M
Education - 2:00 p.m. - 432M
Education Subcommittee B - 3:00 p.m. - 432M
Banking & Insurance Subcommittee A - 4:00 p.m. - 252
Senior Citizens Issues - 4:00 p.m. - 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow, February, 5:
Homeland Security - 9:00 a.m. - 460M
Banking & Insurance - 10:00 a.m. - 215E
Pensions - 10:00 a.m. - 460M
Industry & Labor - 1:00 p.m. - 215E
Roads & Transportation - 2:00 p.m. - 215E
Health & Human Resources - 4:00 p.m. - 215E

The House will reconvene at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 6.

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Tuesday, February 05, 2008 - 12:31 PM

Senate Hears Performance by Marshall's Marching Thunder
Members of the Senate heard a performance from members of Marshall's Marching Thunder today.

Senate Bill 275 and House Bill 2517 were on second reading in the Senate today. Senate Bill 275, similar to House Bill 2517, was re-committed to the Committee on Banking and Finance. House Bill 2517 was advanced to third reading.

There were 16 bills introduced in the Senate today. Senate Bill 573 would increase the annual salaries of public school teachers and service personnel. Senate Bill 574 would increase State Police compensation.

The following committees will today:
Health and Human Resources Committee - 2:00 p.m. - 208W
Banking and Insurance Committee - 2:00 p.m. - 208W
Education Committee - 2:00 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary Committee - 2:45 p.m. - 208W
Finance Subcommittee A - 3:00 p.m. - 451M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Labor Committee - 9:00 a.m. - 208W
Energy, Industry and Mining Committee - 10:00 a.m. - 208W
Natural Resources Committee - 1:00 p.m. - 208W
Pensions Committee - 1:15 p.m. - 451M
Government Organization Committee - 2:00 p.m. - 208W

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

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Monday, February 04, 2008 - 12:12 PM

"Almost Heaven" Resolution Adopted in House
Members of the House adopted House Concurrent Resolution 27, which would designate "Almost Heaven -- West Virginia -- Wild and Wonderful" as the official roadway welcome slogan of the State of West Virginia. The resolution will now be sent to the Senate for its consideration.

The House passed three bills today. These bills were House Bill 2711, which would allow fire officers to use adjacent property to prevent a fire from spreading; House Bill 4052, which would develop a uniform maternal risk screening tool to serve as an alert to medical care providers in evaluation and assessment of high-risk pregnancies; and House Bill 4099, which would allow vehicles designated by the Secretary of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety for emergency response by the Division of Corrections, Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority and Division of Juvenile Services to use red flashing lights.

The House adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 34, which amends the Joint Rules of the House and the Senate. The resolution adds Joint Rule 32, which relates to petitions regarding county commissions.

The following committees will meet today:
Health and Human Resources Subcommittee B - 12:30 p.m. - 252
Government Organization - 1:00 p.m. - 215E
Finance - 1:45 p.m. - 460M
Education - 2:00 p.m. - 432M
Judiciary - 2:00 p.m. - 410M
Joint Judiciary & Finance - 3:00 p.m. - House Chamber
Health and Human Resources - 4:00 p.m. - 215E
Senior Citizens Issues - 4:00 p.m. - 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow, February, 4:
Finance - 9:00 a.m. - 460M
Health and Human Resources - 9:00 a.m. - 215E
Judiciary - 9:00 a.m. - 410M
Government Organization - 1:30 p.m. - 215E
Judiciary Subcommittee C - 2:00 p.m. - 410M
Banking & Insurance - 4:00 p.m. - 252

The House will reconvene at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 5.

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Monday, February 04, 2008 - 12:03 PM

Senate Passes Two Bills on Marshall Day in the Legislature
Two bills were on third reading and were passed by the Senate today. Senate Bill 217 and Senate Bill 292 will now go to the House for its consideration.

There was one bill on second reading and one bill on first reading on the Senate Calendar today. The Senate also introduced 17 new bills and four resolutions.

Senate Bill 564 was introduced today and relates to higher education tuition and fees waivers.

The following committees will today:
Natural Resources Committee - 1:00 p.m. - 208W
Government Organization - 2:00 p.m. - 208W
Pensions Committee - 2:00 p.m - 451M
Finance Subcommittee A - 3:00 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary Committee - 3:00 p.m. - 208W

The following committees will meet tomorrow, February 5:
Economic Development Committee - 9:00 a.m. - 451M
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee - 10:00 a.m. - 451M
Health and Human Resources Committee - 1:00 p.m. - 451M
Committee on Banking and Insurance - 2:00 p.m. - 208W
Education Committee - 2:00 p.m. - 451M

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

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Friday, February 01, 2008 - 12:26 PM

House Resolution Honors William Slonaker
Members of the House adopted Resolution 16, which honors the late William "Bill" Slonaker, a former representative in the House of Delegates. The resolution honors his dedication as a public servant and for his work in the farming industry.

The House passed six bills today. These bills include House Bill 4116, which would update terms in West Virginia Personal Income Tax Act, and House Bill 4021, which would revise mining safety equipment requirements and enhance penalties for crimes against mining property.

One bill was introduced. House Bill 4032, would allow the payment of wages made through a direct deposit system that uses an automated teller machine card or other means of electronic transfer.

The following committees will meet Monday, February 4:
Roads and Transportation - 10:30 a.m. - 315E
Heath and Human Resources Subcommittee B - 12:30 p.m. - 252
Finance - 1:30 - 460M
Education - 2:00 p.m. - 343
Health and Human Resources - 4:00 p.m. - 315E

The House will reconvene at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 4.

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Friday, February 01, 2008 - 11:57 AM

Two Bills Advance to Third Reading in the Senate
Three bills were on second reading on the Senate Calendar today. Senate Bill 217 and Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 292 advanced to third reading. Senate Bill 275 was laid over until Monday.

There were a total of 19 bills and four resolutions introduced today in the Senate.

Senate Bill 544 would establish an electronic health information data-sharing pilot program.

The following committees will meet Monday:
Natural Resources Committee - 1:00 p.m. - 208W
Government Organization - 2:00 p.m. - 208W
Judiciary Committee - 2:00 p.m. - 208W
Pensions Committee - 2:00 p.m - 451M

The Senate will reconvene at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 4, 2008

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