Delegate Martin "Rick" Atkinson III (R-Roane) was sworn in this afternoon by House Speaker Tim Armstead. His wife, Jeanette Atkinson, and his sons Martin Atkinson IV and Ryan Atkinson joined him during the ceremony.
Delegate Atkinson was appointed by Governor Tomblin to represent the 11th District after (former) Delegate Bob Ashley was appointed to the State Senate.
Bob Ashley (R-Roane) was sworn into the Senate this afternoon during a brief ceremony in the Senate Chamber. Senate President Bill Cole (R- Mercer) administered the oath of office. Ashley was joined in the chamber by his son, Ben.
Ashley will represent the Third Senatorial District, which is comprised of Pleasants, Wirt, Wood and part of Roane County.
The Spencer, W.Va. native was appointed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to fill the vacancy created when David Nohe resigned his Senate seat following his appointment to the West Virginia Parole Board late last month.
Ashley comes to the Senate after 29 years of distinguished service in the House of Delegates, serving from 1984-1998 and again from 2000-2015. He is in the middle of his 15th term in the House and was serving as Vice Chairman of the House Finance Committee and as a member of the House Rules Committee. Ashley served as House Minority Leader from 1994-1998.
Attendees from the American Legion Mountaineer Boys State descended on the Capitol Thursday in Charleston, WV to hear from speakers representing different branches of government and to attend a mock legislative session in the Senate and House Chambers.
At the American Legion Boys State, an annual camp which takes place the second week in June each year, participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of American citizens. High school juniors are selected by local American Legion Posts to attend the program.
Senate Health Committee Counsel Jeff Johnson assisted the group for the seventh straight year and was himself a participant when he was in high school.
“Boys State is a great opportunity for students who have an interest in government to gain an understanding in the legislative process,” said Johnson.
The American Legion Boys State has been a program of The American Legion since 1935 and the West Virginia Chapter was created in 1936 and holds the second oldest charter in the nation.
Steven Shaffer (D - Preston), representing the 52nd Delegate District, was sworn into office during a brief ceremony Tuesday morning in the House Chamber. West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis administered the oath of office. Shaffer was joined in the ceremony by his former law partner Ronnie Brown, his current law partner Paul Estep, his son Stephen and his two grandchildren Addison and Owen.
Shaffer fills the vacancy left by the retirement of Larry Williams, who is stepping aside after 22 years in the Legislature to accept a position with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture.
Shaffer, a former coal miner, was elected mayor of Tunnelton in 1980 as well as to the Preston County Board of Education in 1996. He also served as assistant prosecutor for Preston County from 2003 to 2005 and is currently a partner at Estep & Shaffer, L.C. Attorneys at Law.
They also amended and repassed six bills to address the veto objections of the Governor.
Senate Bill 286 will provide medical and religious exemptions from mandatory immunizations for school children. Senate Bill 287 will provide for the awarding of a posthumous high school diploma to parents of a high school senior who dies during the senior year. The bill is to be known as "Todd's Law". Senate Bill 529 will modify calculation of final average salary, employee contribution rate and number of months to equal a year of service credit and military service credit for members of the Public Employees Retirement System who first were employed by a participating employer.
House Bill 2648 will allow authorized entities to maintain a stock of epinephrine auto-injectors to be used for emergency treatment during anaphylactic reactions. House Bill 2664 will increase penalties for causing death or injury while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. House Bill 2880 will create a pilot program to assist participants in addressing their dependence on opioids, by maintaining abstinence from the use of those substances and reducing recidivism.
The House of Delegates and state Senate have adjourned SINE Die
The Senate reconvened this afternoon to take up executive messages on three vetoed bills.
The body amended and repassed Senate Bill 286 relating to exemptions for compulsory immunizations of students, Senate Bill 287, providing posthumous high school diplomas, and Senate Bill 529 relating to PERS, SPRS and TRS benefits and costs.
The Senate is in recess until 3:30 p.m.
House Bill 2016, the Budget Bill, expected to be voted on this afternoon.
Budget Conference Committee Report is now available on the web site.
Both chambers willl take up veto messages.
The House is in recess until 3 p.m.
The Senate is in recess until 2 p.m.
Both the House and Senate announced the conference committee on House Bill 2016, the Budget Bill will meet at 10 a.m. in 460M.
The House stands adjourned until 9 a.m. tomorrow.
The Senate stands adjourned until 9 a.m. tomorrow.
The House and Senate both briefly met to continue work on the budget bill. The House also announced enrolled bills. Budget Conferees for House Bill 2016 are Senators Mike Hall, Chris Walters, Dave Sypolt, Greg Boso, Roman Prezioso, Ron Stollings and Robert Plymale and Delegates Eric Nelson, Bill Anderson, Bob Ashley, Ray Canterbury, Brent Boggs, Harry Keith White and Larry Williams.
The Budget Conference Committee is meeting at 5:30 p.m. in Room 460M
The House and Senate are both adjourned until 9:00 a.m. tomorrow
After adjourning the regular session both the House and Senate reconvened briefly to begin the extended budget session where the only bill to be considered is House Bill 2016, the Budget Bill.
The House and Senate will both convene at 5 p.m. for the Extended Budget Session
The senate reconvined after a short recess and finished legislation on 11 bills. House Bill 2939 will clarify and specifically include sexual misconduct by a student upon another student as warranting mandatory reporting to law enforcement. The bill makes failure to report such misconduct a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a fine of $10,000. The bill also increases the penalty for other failures to report. Senate Bill 584 will transfer Cedar Lakes Camp and Conference Center to private, nonstock, not-for-profit corporation.
The Senate is adjurned 12:05 A.M.
They convined briefly for extended budget session.
Following the recess the Senate met and completed legislation on five bills. Senate Bill 455 will allow boards of governors of institutions of higher education more flexibility in the procurement and payment of certain expenses.
Senate Bill 439 was amended and passed. It will clarify and update the law regarding higher education personnel generally and to clarify the roles of the Higher Education Policy Commission, the Community and Technical College Council, and higher education institutions, especially as it relates to classification and compensation.
The Senate refused to concur with house amendments to Senate Bill 325 which would set deadlines for candidates to file financial disclosure statements with the Ethics Commission. The bill clarifies to which office the Ethics Commission sends copies of the statements. The bill disqualifies any candidate who fails to file the statement by the deadline.
The senate is in recess until 9:15 P.M.
Following recess, the Senate met and completed action on nine bills after concurring in House amendments. House Bill 2011 completed legislation, relating to disbursements from the Workers' Compensation Fund where an injury is self inflicted or intentionally caused by the employer.
The Senate refused to concur with the House on Senate Bill 286, relating to the exemptions compulsory immunizations of students. The body requested the House recede.
The Senate refused to recede on four bills, and requested a conference. House Bill 2664 was one of the bills to be appointed a conference committee, creating "Andrea and Willy's Law." The Bill would increase penalities for driving under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances or drugs.
The Senate is in recess until 7:20 p.m.
The House reconvened to hear Senate messages. The House concurred and completed legislative action on House Bill 2011. This bill relates to to disbursements from the Workers' Compensation Fund where an injury is self inflicted or intentionally caused by the employee.
The House completed legislative action on five bills. One such bill was Senate Bill 318. This bill relates to payment of wages by employer. Another bill was House Bill 2878, which will create a one-stop electronic business portal in West Virginia. These bills await signature by the governor.
The House passed 18 bills. These include bills such as Senate Bill 310, which would exempt nonprofit public utility companies from B&O tax. Another such bill would be Senate Bill 447. This bill would allow issuance of diploma by public, private or home school administrator. These bills await concurrence by the Senate.
The House reconvened this evening to take up Senate messages. The House concurred with and completed legislative action on six bills. These include House Bill 2161, which adopts the Uniform Act on Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking. Another such bill was House Bill 2395. This bill creates the Storm Scammer Consumer Protection Act.
The House also passed Senate Bill 529. This bill relates to PERS, SPRS and TRS benefits and cost.
The House rejected House Bill 2688, due to a tie vote of 49 for and 49 against.
The House stands adjourned until 5:00 p.m. Monday March 16th, 2015
Today, the last day of the regular session, the Senate met and completed action on 17 bills. Six of the bills, including SB 423, were completed after the Senate concurred in House amendments and passed the bills. Senate Bill 423 amends the Aboveground Storage Tank Act, now focusing on tanks with a capacity of 10,000 gallons or above. House Bill 2840 also completed, and would provide an alternate means for students to make up lost instructional days.
The Senate also passed 12 bills, 10 of which were on third reading including Senate Bill 2934, which would repeal certain common core standards. Senate Bills 312 and 393 also passed after the Senate amended House amendments. Senate Bill 312 would set a deadline by which canidates of general elections or their financial agents must file financial statements in order to avoid being disqualified. Senate Bills 393 would reform West Virginia's juvenile justice system.
House Bill 2263 was referred to Judiciary on third reading. HB 2263 adds language to the West Virginia Code to provide guidance for prosecuting attorneys in cases involving abused and neglected children.
The Senate is in recess until 5 p.m.
Today is the 60th day and last day of the first session of the 82nd Legislature.
During this morning's floor session the House took up seven bills up for immediate consideration to concur with Senate amendments in order to complete legislative action on them. One House Bill 2005 which relates to alternative programs for education of teachers.
The House completed legislative action on four bills. One such bill was Senate Bill 242 which would create criminal penalties for certain automated telephone calls during state of emergency or preparedness. Another bill was Senate Bill 250 which relates to conservation Agency financial assistance applications from district supervisors.
The delegates refused to concur with the Senate amendments on House Bill 2016, the Budget Bill. This bill makes appropriations of public money out of the treasury in accordance with the Constitution. This sets the state's spending for fiscal year 2016 and directs the money to the appropriate agencies. House Bill 2646 was another bill the body refused to concur with the Senate amendments. This bill relates to legalizing and regulating the sale and use of fireworks.
In addition, four bills were amended and passed. Senate Bill 434 was moved up on the calendar and was amended before being passed. The bill relates to horse racing. Senate Bill 286 was heavily debated then passed. This bill relates to exemptions for compulsory immunizations of students.
The House Resolution 22 was taken up for immediate consideration and adopted. This will commemorate the life of H. Laban White.
The House adopted twenty-six other resolutions.
WVPB2 will be live broadcasting today from 11a.m. -5 p.m. and 8 p.m.-12 a.m.
The House is in recess until 2:30 p.m. this afternoon.
This evening the House met to complete legislative action on three bills. Including Senate Bill 267 which would repeal code relating to Governor's Office of Health Enhancement and Lifestyle Planning. Senate Bill 363 which will establish maximum rates and service limitations for reimbursement of health care services by Court of Claims. Senate Bill 510 which will create the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.
The House concurred and completed House Bill 2098 and House Bill 2224. HB 2098 will authorize those health care professionals to provide services to patients or residents of state-run veterans' facilities without obtaining an authorization to practice. HB 2224 will provide that historical reenactors are not violating the provision prohibiting unlawful military organization.
The House refused to concur with Senate amendments on Senate Bill 37. A conference committee was appointed.
Six bills were passed as well. One bill was Senate Bill 273 relating to brewer, resident brewer and brewpub licensing and operations. Another was Senate Bill 267, which would repeal code relating to Governor's Office of Health Enchantment and Lifestyle Planning.
The House advanced thirty bills to third reading.
The following House committees will meet tomorrow:
Judiciary will meet at 9:15 a.m. in 410M
The House is adjourned until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow
WVPB2 will broadcast for eight hours on Saturday from 11a.m. -5 p.m. and 8 p.m.-12 a.m.
Today the House passed Senate Bill 423. This bill will amend the Aboveground Storage Tank Act. The bill will be sent to the Senate for concurrence with House amendments.
The House completed legislative action on two bills. One such bill was Senate Bill 407, which implements a state safety oversight program. The other bill to complete was Senate Bill 486, which authorizes special license plates for Civil Air Patrol vehicles. Both bills await the governor's signature.
Eight other bills were passed by the House. One such bill was Senate Bill 323. This bill relates to municipal home rule. Another bill that passed was Senate Bill 12, which relates to payment of separated employee's outstandings wages.
The House is in recess until 4:00 p.m.
During today's floor session, the Senate completed action on 15 bills, including Senate Bills 19 and 583. Senate Bill 19 would specify minimum early childhood education program education days, and Senate Bill 583 would increase tax rate on providers of certain nursing facility service.
The Senate also passed 12 bills, including House Bill 2016, pertaining to the state budget. The budget bill was taken up for immediate consideration, and with suspension of the constitutional rules, the bill was read three times and passed. House Bills 2366 and 2479, which were on third reading, were laid over for one day.
After receiving messages from the House, The Senate refused to concur in House amendments on Senate Bill 192, authorizing Department of Transportation promulgate legislative rules, and requested that the House recede. The Senate also refused to recede from their amendments on House Bill 2368, relating from child welfare, and appointed a conference committee for the bill.
Twenty bills on second reading were advanced to third, and House Bill 2636 was deferred to until the foot of second reading.
The Senate is in recess until 7 p.m.
The Senate reconvened this evening, completing action on four bills following concurrence in House amendments, including Senate Bill 12. SB 12 relates to payment of separated employee's outstanding wages.
Action was reconsidered on Senate Bill 435, creating WV Sheriffs' Bureau of Professional Standards. The Senate repassed the bill as a result of the Governor's veto, and now awaits the House to concur.
The Senate concurred with amendments on Senate Bill 323, relating to municipal home rule. The body refused to concur with the House on Senate Bills 170 and 518. SB 170 would authorizing Bureau of Commerce promulgate legislative rules. SB 518 would permit county and municipal economic development authorities invest certain funds
A conference committee was called for House Bill 2939 after the Senate refused to recede. HB 2939 relates to requirements for mandatory reporting of sexual offenses on school premises involving students.
Senate Bill 2636, exempting information contained in a concealed weapon permit application from the Freedom of Information Act, was advanced to third reading.
The Senate is adjourned 10:30 a.m. tomorrow.
The House reconvened this evening to pass House Bill 2016, the Budget Bill. This bill makes appopriations of public money out of the treasury in accordance with the Constitution. This sets the state's spending for fiscal year 2016 and directs the money to the appropriate agencies.
Twelve bills were read for a second time. One bill was Senate Bill 14, the Public Charter Schools Act. The House moved the bill to third reading with amendments pending. Another bill was Senate Bill 423 and was also moved to third reading with amendments pending. This bill would amend the Aboveground Storage Tank Act.
Thirty-six bills were read for a first time.
The House also took up Senate messages. The House completed legislative action on House Bill 2283 and House Bill 2652. HB 2283 would authorize the Department of Environmental Protection to promulgate legislative rule. HB 2652 would reduce the assessment paid by hospitals to the Health Care Authority. They completed legislative action on several others.
The House is adjourned until 9:30 a.m. tomorrow