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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 02:57 PM

2014 HotRod Power Tour Hosts West Virginia Lawmakers in Charleston Stop

West Virginia Delegates attended a reception at Haddad Park on Monday evening during the 2014 HotRod Power Tour in downtown Charleston. Delegates in attendance for the event included Minority Leader Tim Armstead, Eric Nelson, Jim Butler, Gary Howell, Kelli Sobonya, Eric Householder, Scott Cadle, Ron Walters, and Danny Wells. The reception was hosted by the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) and Source Interlink Media, the parent company of HotRod Magazine.

 

After dinner, several speakers talked briefly about how excited they were with Charleston being a stop on the 2014 Power Tour, the beauty of West Virginia, and how big of an impact the State Legislators make. Speakers included Peter Englehart (Chairman of the Board, Source InterLink Media), Chris Kersting (President & CEO of SEMA), and Doug Evans (Editor of HotRod Magazine).  Delegate Gary Howell (R-Mineral), who is currently serving as the National Chairman of The State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus - SEMA, also gave some brief comments to the attendees after being introduced by Doug Evans.

 

While a few Delegates brought their hot rods to the car show, Delegates Howell and Householder are traveling with the 3,000+ other enthusiasts participating in the 2014 HotRod Power Tour in Howell's modified 1999 Jeep Cherokee.

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTOS

  • In the Photo (L to R): Delegates Eric Nelson, Jim Butler, Gary Howell, Source Interlink Media's Peter Englehart, Delegates Kelli Sobonya, Eric Householder, Scott Cadle, Tim Armstead,  Ron Walters
  • Delegate Jim Butler next to his well-patina'd 1963 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible
  • Delegate Scott Cadle next to his Plymouth GTX



Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 03:59 PM

Special Session Concludes, Budget Cuts Restored and Minimum Wage Fix Passes

Lawmakers finished a three day extraordinary session, the 2nd of 2014, on Wednesday.  Lawmakers approved a total of six measures during the brief session.

Included in one measure, Senate Bill 2003, was an amendment to restore funds to several child advocacy and domestic violence prevention programs. The funding for these programs would come from a one time reduction of $1.06 million of the Racetrack Purse Fund. The bill further supplements and amends Title II Appropriations from the State Excess Lottery Revenue Fund to various programs.

Lawmakers also approved and pass House Bill 201, which relates to the application of minimum wage and maximum hour standards.  The bill clarifies that employers in the state will continue to e governed by federal law regarding maximum hours and overtime pay.

regarding maximum hours and overtime pay.
clarifies that employers in the state will continue to be governed by federal law regarding maximum hours and overtime pay - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140519/GZ01/140519231/1137#sthash.cVSinyuT.dpuf
clarifies that employers in the state will continue to be governed by federal law regarding maximum hours and overtime pay - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140519/GZ01/140519231/1137#sthash.cVSinyuT.dpuf
clarifies that employers in the state will continue to be governed by federal law regarding maximum hours and overtime pay - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140519/GZ01/140519231/1137#sthash.cVSinyuT.dpuf
clarifies that employers in the state will continue to be governed by federal law regarding maximum hours and overtime pay - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140519/GZ01/140519231/1137#sthash.cVSinyuT.dpuf
clarifies that employers in the state will continue to be governed by federal law regarding maximum hours and overtime pay - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140519/GZ01/140519231/1137#sthash.cVSinyuT.dpuf
clarifies that employers in the state will continue to be governed by federal law regarding maximum hours and overtime pay - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140519/GZ01/140519231/1137#sthash.cVSinyuT.dpuRacetrack Purse Fund was reduced by that $1.06 million - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140521/GZ01/140529843/1419#sthash.FishgtdV.dpuf
acetrack Purse Fund was reduced by that $1.06 million - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140521/GZ01/140529843/1419#sthash.FishgtdV.dpuf

Other bills passed included: House Bill 202, which will delay the effective date of the affirmative defense to an action to enforce a mechanic's lien; House Bill 203, relating to to boat dock and marina safety; Senate Bill 2004, which authorizes a transfer of money to the Courtesy Patrol Fund according to the expenditure schedule set by Budget Office; and, Senate Bill 2006, which extends the time for the Richwood, WV Common Council to meet as levying body.

The House of Delegates and state Senate have adjourned Sine Die.

 
   
acetrack Purse Fund was reduced by that $1.06 million - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140521/GZ01/140529843/1419#sthash.FishgtdV.dpuf
Racetrack Purse Fund was reduced by that $1.06 million - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140521/GZ01/140529843/1419#sthash.FishgtdV.dpuf

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 05:15 PM

Special Session Continues Through Second Day of Interim Meetings

Today, the state Senate and the House of Delegates met to continue deliberations regarding the 2nd Extraordinary Session of 2014.  Both bodies received an Amended Proclamation adding one measure to the Governor's call.

That bill, House Bill 206 and Senate Bill 2006, would extend the time for the Richwood, WV Common Council to meet as levying body.  The House version was read a first time in the House of Delegates while the Senate passed their version.

The House also read for a second time House Bill 201, House Bill 202, House Bill 203House Bill 204, House Bill 205 as well as Senate Bill 2003 and Senate Bill 2004.

The Senate also read a 2nd time Senate Bill 2005, which relates to the application of minimum wage and maximum hour standards.

The House of Delegates is adjourned until 10 a.m. tomorrow.

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

 

 

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Monday, May 19, 2014 - 01:21 PM

West Virginia Legislature Begins 2nd Extraordinary Session of 2014

UPDATE

The Senate convened briefly this evening and suspended the consistutional rules requiring a bill be read on three seperate days to pass Senate Bill 2003, which would supplement and amend Title II Appropriations from the State Excess Lottery Revenue Fund, and Senate Bill 2004, which authorizes the transfer of up to $4.7 million to the Courtesy Patrol Fund according to the expenditure schedule set by the Budget Office. 

The Senate also recieved the committee report for Senate Bill 2005, which relates to the application of minimum wage and maximum hour standards.

The House convened shortly after the Senate adjourned to read Senate Bill 2003 and Senate Bill 2004 a first time.

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11:30 a.m.

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at Noon.

 

At Noon, the House of Delegates and state Senate were called into Extraordinary Session by Proclamation of the Governor. Each body introduced five bills for consideration during this session. 

The legislation under consideration was introduced in the Senate and referred to the respectives Senate Committees to continue discussion while in the House of Delegates, each bill was read a first time.  Then, House Bill 201, House Bill 204 and House Bill 205, were referred to the House Finance Committee.

 The Senate will reconvene today at 4 p.m.

The House will reconvene today at 4:30 p.m.

 

The Following Senate Committees will meet today:

Senate Finance in room 451 M at 3 p.m.

Senate Judiciary in room 208 W at 3 p.m.

 

The following House Committees will meet today:

House Finance in room 460 M at 1:15 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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Friday, March 14, 2014 - 03:35 PM

Extraordinary Session Begins in House

The House convened after the budget session today to begin the extraordinary session. This session is to consider ten bills not completed by the end of the regular session. Constitutional rule was suspended so that each bill may have all three readings today.

House Bill 101 was passed, which would redistribute certain revenue to the State Excess Lottery Revenue Fund for appropriation. House Bill 104 passed as well, which would increase the cap for collections into the Land Division special revenue account of the Department of Agriculture from $1.5 million to $2 million. The amounts in excess of the cap would be divided evenly between the special revenue account and the General Revenue Fund of the State. House Bill 106 relates to debt service and bonds secured by the State Excess Lottery Revenue Fund.

The House also passed House Bill 107, relating to the disposal of drill cuttings and associated drilling waste generated from well sites at commercial solid waste facilities. House Bill 108, establishing a regulatory system for sexual assault forensic examinations, passed as well.

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


UPDATE: The House reconvened this evening to complete legislative action on four bills, including Senate Bill 1002. This bill will expire funds in the State Fund, General Revenue, and make supplementary appropriations to the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.

Senate Bill 1003 completed legislative action as well, which will expire funds in the State Fund, General Revenue, and make supplementary appropriation to various accounts. Senate Bill 1005 will authorize an increase in the salaries of county commissioners and elected county officials. Senate Bill 1009 completed legislative action, which relates to the computation of local share for public school support purposes.

The House concurred with the Senate's amendment on House Bill 108 and the bill has completed legislative action.

All completed bills will be sent to the Governor for his approval.

The House has adjourned Sine Die.

 

 

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Friday, March 14, 2014 - 02:37 PM

Senate Convenes for the 1st Extraordinary Session

The Senate convened for the 1st extraordinary session this afternoon. The Senate introduced ten bills, Senate Bill 1001 through Senate Bill 1009, and were referred to the appropriate committees.

The following committees will meet today:

  • Finance at 2:35 p.m. in room 451M
  • Judiciary at 2:35 p.m. in room 208W 

The Senate is in recess until 3:30 p.m. 


Update:

The Senate reconvened this evening to pass four bills: Senate Bill 1002 which expires funds in the State Fund, the General Revenue and makes supplementary appropriations to MAPS; Senate Bill 1003 which expires funds in the State Fund, the General Revenue and makes supplementary appropriations to various accounts; Senate Bill 1009 which relates to the computation of local share for public school support purposes and Senate Bill 1005 which would allow counties to increase the salaries of elected county officials. These bills now move to the House for passage.  

The Senate received messages from the House and suspended rules to pass five house bills. Of the bills passed, four bills completed legislation: House Bill 101 relates to the transfer of certain revenues derived from lottery archives; House Bill 104 increases the annual cap for collections into the Land division special revenue account of the Department of Agriculture;House Bill 106 relates to the debt service on bonds secured by the State Excess Lottery Fund and House Bill 107 relates to the disposal of drill cuttings and associated drilling waste generated from well sites at commercial solid waste facilities. The Senate made a technical amendment to House Bill 108, which relates to the regulatory system for sexual assault forensic examinations, and now moves to the House to concur and pass.    

All nine bills that completed legislation now move to the Governor for approval. 

The Senate is adjourned Sine Die.  

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Friday, March 14, 2014 - 12:02 PM

Budget Bill Completes Legislative Action

The Senate and House met today to adopt conference committee reports and pass Senate Bill 306, the budget bill. The bill has completed legislative action and will be sent to the Governor for his approval.

Both chambers concurred on amendments made to Senate Bill 307 and House Bill 4445 after the Governor's veto. The bills will be sent back to the Governor for his approval.

The Senate and House have adjourned Sine Die.

The Senate and House will meet for the 1st Extraordinary Session at 2 p.m. today.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 04:02 PM

Budget Bill Further Considered

The Budget Conference Committee met today to further discuss Senate Bill 306. The House and Senate also met to establish a quorum.

The following committees will meet today:

  • Budget Conference Committee at 4 p.m. in 451M

The Senate is in recess until 5 p.m.

The House is in recess until 6 p.m.


The Senate reconvened this evening to announce the Budget is agreed upon and the bill will most likely be voted on tomorrow.

The House received the committee report for the Budget Bill and announced that special session will begin after the Budget Bill is voted upon tomorrow.

The Senate is in recess until 7 p.m. 

The House is adjourned until 11:30 a.m. tomorrow.

 


The Senate met this evening to receive the conference committee reports for Senate Bill 306, the budget bill.   

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

 

 

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 03:57 PM

Budget Session Extended, Possible Special Session

The House and the Senate convened today to announce the budget session has been extended until Friday, March 14. A proposed special session could begin after Senate Bill 306 is settled on Friday to consider previously introduced bills that did not complete in time.

The following Committees will meet tomorrow:

  • Budget Conference Committee at 10 a.m. and noon in 451M

The House is adjourned until 3 p.m. tomorrow. 

The Senate is adjourned until 1 p.m. tomorrow. 

 

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 09:53 AM

Budget Conference Committee Announced

The House and Senate convened today to announce the time for the Budget Conference Committee, discussing Senate Bill 306.

The following committees will meet today:

  • Budget Conference Committee at 10:30 a.m. in 451M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • Budget Conference Committee at 12 p.m. in 451M

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

The House is adjourned until 3 p.m. tomorrow.

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Monday, March 10, 2014 - 06:40 PM

Legislature Convenes for Budget Session

The House of Delegates and the Senate convened today to begin the budget session.

The House met to determine a quorum. Delegates Boggs, Reynolds, Williams, Perdue, Anderson, A. Evans, and Canterbury were appointed to the Conference Committee for the budget bill, Senate Bill 306.

The Senate appointed Senators Prezioso, Unger, Plymale, Stollings, Facemire, M. Hall, and Sypolt.

The House is adjourned until 9 a.m.

The Senate is adjourned 9:30 a.m.

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Sunday, March 09, 2014 - 12:50 AM

Legislature Adjourns 2014 Regular Session

The Legislature adjourned the 2nd session of the 81st Legislature at midnight. 

Both chambers went till 12 a.m., passing legislation during the final, 60th-day, floor session. Out of the 1,876 bills introduced, 198 bills  (104 House Bills and 94 Senate Bills) completed legislation this session.

 

Some major pieces of legislation passed, and now head to the Governor's desk:

The Senate is adjourned until Monday at 6 p.m. 

The House is adjourned until Monday at 5:30 p.m. 

Budget Conference Committee will meet on Monday, at 4 p.m. in room 451M.


House Budget Conferees are Delegates Boggs, Reynolds, Williams, Perdue, Anderson, Allen Evans, and Canterbury

 

 

 

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Saturday, March 08, 2014 - 06:27 PM

House Convenes for Last Day of Session

The House covened today for the last day of the regular session to pass 45 bills, 11 of which have completed legislative action. Senate amendments on 15 bills were concurred.

Senate Bill 6 was among the bills passed, which would regulate the sale of drug products used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. The bill would lower the amount of these drugs one can get over-the-counter per year and would allow counties to vote on whether or not a prescription would be required.

The budget bill, Senate Bill 306, was amended to include aspects of House Bill 4015 and passed. Senate Bill 419 was passed as well, which would create the Overdose Prevention Act. This would create immunity from citation, arrest or prosecution for a person who seeks medical treatment for someone who has suffered from a drug or alcohol overdose.

The House did not concur with the Senate amendments on: House Bill 4298, changing the experience requirements of the composition of the members of the West Virginia Ethics Commission; House Bill 4283, raising the minimum wage; House Bill 4208, banning synthetic hallucinogens; and House Bill 4411, allowing the disposal of drill cuttings and associated drilling waste generated from well sites in commercial solid waste facilities.

The following committees will meet today:

The House is in recess until 6:05 p.m. today.


UPDATE: The House reconvened this evening to pass an additional six bills, including Senate Bill 461. This bill would create the Future Fund, in which 25 percent of the annual revenue in excess of $175 million from the severance tax on oil and natural gas would be despoited beginning July 1, 2014. No money from this fund could be expended or appropriated until the fiscal year of 2020.

Senate Bill 12 was passed, which would permit healthcare providers to expedite care for partners of patients with sexually transmitted diseases without physically examining the partner. This would allow for the prescribing, dispensing, furnishing or providing of prescription antibiotics. Senate Bill 204, relating to crime victims compensation awards, was passed as well.

The House rejected two Senate Joint Resolutions. Senate Joint Resolution 12, which proposed the Protecting and Conserving West Virginia's Water Resources for the Use and Benefit of its Citizens Amendment, was rejected. The House also rejected Senate Joint Resolution 14, which proposed the Future Fund Amendment.

The following committees will meet today:

  • Conference Committee on House Bill 4411 at 8:30 p.m. in the Senate Conference Room

The House has recessed for ten minutes.

 

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Saturday, March 08, 2014 - 05:07 PM

Senate Meets for the Last Day of Session

On the 60th and last day of the session, the Senate read 29 bills a third time and referred three to the foot of bills on third reading. Of the bills read, six have completed legislation and the remaining 23 now move to the House for approval. House Bill 4184 was amended and passed, which creates the West Virginia Tourism Development Act. Another bill that passed is House Bill 4335, which relates to a child's right to nurse. Additionally, House Bill 4588, which prohibits abortions after 20 weeks in order to protect an unborn child, was passed in the Senate. 

The Senate received messages from the House and concurred and passed 14 bills, two of which will return to the House for approval. One of which was Senate Bill 373, the water resources protection bill, was passed and now moves back to the House for approval. The Senate concurred and passed Senate Bill 376, which would require certain construction workers complete the OSHA safety program.  

The Senate is in recess until 5:30 


Update

The Senate reconvened this evening to receive conference committee reports for ">House Bill 4208, House Bill 4236 and House Bill 4619. The Senate also refused to concur to House amended Senate Bill 6, Senate Bill 306 and Senate Bill 345

The Senate is in recess until 7:15 


The Senate reconvened this evening and amended House amended Senate Bill 344, relating to supplemental appropriations, and Senate Bill 623, relating to substance abuse screening of mine personnel. Both bills now move back to the House for the body to concur and pass. The Senate refused to concur and pass House amended Senate Bill 419, the Overdose Prevention Act. 

Senate Bill 6, the psuedoephedrine bill, and House Bill 4208, banning synthetic hallucinagens, both were assigned conference committees. Additionally, The Senate refused to receive House Bill 4286, the Captive Cervid Farming Act, and requested a conference committee.  

The Senate is in recess until 8:15


 

The Senate received conference committee reports for House Bill 4298, which relates to the West Virginia Ethics Comission, and Senate Bill 6, the psuedoephedrine bill. The Senate received messages from the House and completed legislation on 10 bills. One of the bills that completed is Senate Bill 253, which clarifies code for the Community-Based Demonstration Pilot Program to Improve Outcomes for At-Risk Youth.  

The Senate is in recess until 10 p.m.   

 

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Friday, March 07, 2014 - 04:46 PM

House Completes Legislative Action on Benefit Corporation Act

The House convened today to pass 24 bills, nine of which completed legislative action, including Senate Bill 202. This bill would create the Benefit Corporation Act, which would allow for the creation of a corporate entity that would allow a business to consider societal and environmental purposes in addition to profit.

Senate Bill 3 completed legislative action as well, which would create the Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act. This act would allow the owner of real property to pass the property to a beneficiary upon death without probate. Senate Bill 357 would provide the Logging Sediment Control Act's civil and criminal penalties.

Other bills that with be sent back to the Senate for the concurrence of amendments include Senate Bill 434. This bill would eliminate the revocation period for DUI offenders if they are eligible for the Alcohol Test and Lock Program, apply prior to the date of revocation, agree to use the Test and Lock Device for the required length of time, and waive the right to an administrative hearing. Senate Bill 477 passed as well, which would provide that the use of a planning period can be determined by the teacher.

The following committees will meet today:

  • House Education immediately following the floor session in 434M
  • House Health and Human Resources immediately following the floor session in 215E-A

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


UPDATE: The House reconvened this evening to read 47 bills a second time.

Senate Bill 6 was among those read, which would regulate the sale of drugs used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. The bill was amended and no longer requires a prescription to receive these drugs, but instead lowers the amount one can get over the counter.

The Senate's budget bill, Senate Bill 306, was on second reading as well. Senate Bill 317 would create a uniform regulation of firearms, ammunition and firearm accessories throughout West Virginia rather than determined by counties or municipalities. Senate Bill 391 would give a $1,000 across-the-board raise for teachers, a two percent raise and an increase in the equity supplement of $12 per month for school service personnel.

Senate Bill 461 would create the West Virginia Future Fund. Under this, 25 percent of the annual revenue in excess of $175 million from the severance tax on oil and natural gas would be deposited into the fund beginning July 1, 2014. The fund would be invested by the Investment Management Board and could not be expended or appropriated until the fiscal year 2020.

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

 

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Friday, March 07, 2014 - 04:29 PM

Minimum Wage Bill Passes in Senate

The Senate passed 36 bills on third reading and amended and adopted House Joint Resolution 108, the Nonprofit Youth Organization Tax Exemption Support Amendment. One of the bills is House Bill 4005, which increases criminal offenses for child neglect. House Bill 4006, also passed, defines crimes and increases penalties for the possession and distribution of child pornography. Another bill is House Bill 4283,  which would raise the minimum wage. All three bills now move back to the House for approval before completing legislation. 

Of the bills passed, 13 bills completed legislation. House Bill 4196, one of the bills that completed legislation, would require the Workforce Investment Council to provide local workforce investment boards information and guidance to better educate men and women about higher paying jobs. 

The Senate received three messages from the House and refused to concur and pass two bills that the House amended. House Bill 4236, relating to the sexual assault examination network, and House Bill 4619, which authorizes innovation school districts, will go to conference committees. The Senate suspended rules and passed House Bill 4621, which relates to funds of the Board of Risk and Insurance Management, Patient Injury Compensation Fund from the Board of Risk and Insurance Management Medical Liability Fund, and now has completed legislative action. 

The Senate is in recess until 4 p.m. 

The following committees will meet today:

  • Finance at 3:30 p.m. in room 451M
  • Judiciary at 3:30 p.m. in room 208W

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • Confirmations at 10:30 a.m.

 

Update 

The Senate reconvened this evening to read 32 bills a second time, including House Bill 4588, which prohibits abortion after twenty weeks. The bill was amended and advanced to third reading. 

Additionally, House Bill 4552, which relates to the court of claims, was passed after the bill was read a third time.

The Senate passed the House amended version of Senate Bill 373, the water resources protection bill, after the Senate amended it. The bill now moves to the House to concur and pass.    

The Senate is adjourned until 11 a.m. 

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Thursday, March 06, 2014 - 04:40 PM

Senate Passes Budget Bill

The Senate passed 17 bills on third reading today, including Senate Bill 306, or the Budget Bill. For the first time funds from the West Virginia Rainy Day Fund will be used to balance the budget for the 2015 fiscal year. The Budget Bill now moves to the House for further consideration. House Bill 4393, which would create the Dangerous Wild Animals Act, also passed the Senate and now moves back to the House for approval.  

Of the bills that passed, seven completed legislation including House Bill 4284, or the Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act. The bill protects pregnant women in the workplace from discrimination due to their pregnancy, child birth or associated medical conditions. 

House Bill 4256, which amends state police annual salary schedule, and House Joint Resolution 108, which is the Nonprofit Youth Organization Tax Exemption Support Amendment, were moved to the foot of bills on first reading. House Bill 4039 would authorize boards and agencies to promulgate legislative rules and was moved to the foot of bills on second reading. These bills will likely be taken up when the Senate reconvenes this evening. 

The following committees will meet today:

  • Health and Human Resources at 3:15 p.m. in room 451M
  • Education at 3:30 p.m. in room 451M
  • Government Organization at 3:30 p.m. in room 208W
  • Finance at 4 p.m. in room 451M
  • Judiciary at 4 p.m. in room 208W

The Senate is in recess until 6 p.m. 


UPDATE:

The Senate reconvened this evening to receive committee reports, adopt several House Concurrent Resolutions, advance 17 bills to second reading, advance one bill to third reading, pass two bills and complete legislation on five bills. House Bill 4256 was laid over on third reading.

Bills that completed legislation include Senate Bill 209, allowing special needs students to participate in graduation ceremonies, and House Bill 4175, creating the West Virginia Small Business Emergency Act.

One of the bills passed, House Bill 4363, was reconsidered by the Senate before passage. The bill would set up an informal dispute resolution process within the Department of Health and Human Resources for decisions which adversely impact behavior health providers.

House Bill 4343, which would create the West Virginia Project Launchpad Act, was one of the bills read a first time. The bill would allow the Governor to designate up to 10 geographic areas as economic development launch pads. 

The Senate is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow

 

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Thursday, March 06, 2014 - 04:12 PM

House Passes Occupational Safety and Health Administration Bill

The House convened today to pass 11 bills, six of which completed legislative action.

In an effort to improve safety at construction sites, the House passed Senate Bill 376, which would require workers on public improvement work sites to complete an Occupational Safety and Health Administration-approved ten hour construction safety program. Senate Bill 397 would expand the scope of activities considered to be financial exploitation toward the elderly, a protected person or an incapacitated adult.

Senate Bill 387, which clarifies that duly authorized officers from the District of Columbia or other states have legal custody of their prisoners when traveling through West Virginia, completed legislation. Senate Bill 558 completed legislation as well, which would find and declare a moral obligation to pay the listed claims against state agencies with public moneys. Senate Bill 602 would require health care providers to wear identification badges when providing direct patient care. These bills now await the Governor's signature.

There were 28 bills on second reading, including Senate Bill 252, which would allow certain expelled students to return to school through the Juvenile Drug Court, and House Bill 4015, the budget bill. There were 41 bills on first reading.

A citation was presented to recognize the Moorefield ten and 11 year old softball team.

 

The House is in recess until 5:45 p.m. today.


UPDATE: The House reconvened this evening to concur with Senate amendments and complete legislative action on six bills.

House Bill 4302 was one of the six bills to complete, which would allow the use of county election officials to conduct elections held for public schools and designate the county commission as the board of canvassers. House Bill 4393 would create the Dangerous Wild Animals Act, which would have a board to issue permits to own wild animals. House Bill 4496 would allow West Virginia State University to have access to 10 percent of the money deposited into the Research Trust Fund.

The House refused to concur with the Senate amendments on House Bill 4236, which would create the Sexual Assault Examination Network, and House Bill 4619, authorizing Innovation School Districts.

Senate Bill 359, removing hand canvassing requirements of electronic voting machine, had its second reading. Senate Bill 306, the budget bill, had its first reading.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • House Finance at 9:30 a.m. in 460M

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

 

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - 11:16 PM

House Passes Water Resources Protection and Management Act

The House of Delegates reconvened this evening after a recess to amend and pass Senate Bill 373, the Water Resources Protection and Management Act. This bill would change the definition of a large quantity user to a person who uses at least 300,000 gallons of water in 30 day period. It would require large quantity users to report water withdrawals annually and any agency that contributes to the funding of the steam gage network to notify the Public Service Commission and the USGS if they cannot maintain its level of funding. Drilling contractors and well owners would have to report the depth to groundwater of drilled wells. The Department of Environmental Protection would report annually to the Comission on the implementation of the State Water Resources Management Plan and survey results.

Senate Bill 373 would also require the registration of existing aboveground storage tanks and directs the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection to regulate both new and existing aboveground storage tanks. The bill will be sent back to the Senate for the concurrence of the amendments. 

 

An additional five bills were passed, four of which have completed legislative action and are awaiting the Governor's signature. Senate Bill 378 would add garbage trucks and other sanitation vehicles to the list of authorized emergency vehicles and require them to use flashing lights or other visual signals to indicate the presence of workers. House Bill 4067 would authorize the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety to promulgate legislative rules.

Other bills which completed  legislative action were House Bills 4304 and 4618. House Bill 4304 would provide rules for motor vehicles passing bicycles on roadways. House Bill 4618 would establishes the Transformative System of Support for Early Literacy to ensure all students read proficiently by the end of the 3rd grade.

The House concurred with the Senate amendment of House Bill 4175 and passed it with another amendment. This bill would create the West Virginia Small Business Emergency Act, providing financial assistance to small businesses in locations that have declared a state of emergency. It will be sent back to the Senate for concurrence and completion.

 

The House is adjourned until 12:00 p.m. tomorrow

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - 02:22 PM

Juror Qualification Bill Completes Legislation

The Senate concurred and passed five Senate Bills that were amended and passed in the House. The following bills have now completed legislation – Senate Bill 90 would make preventing or interfering with a call to emergency service personnel a criminal offense, Senate Bill 314 relates to the appropriation of hotel occupancy tax proceeds to counties with no more than one hospital, Senate Bill 328 would terminate Strategic Research and Development Tax Credit, Senate Bill 331 relates to consumer's sales, service and use tax, Senate Bill 405 would require judge's permission to release juror's qualification forms after a trial ends.

The Senate passed six bills on third reading that completed legislation. Additionally, the Senate passed three bills that now move back to the House for approval before completing legislation. Of the 18 bills that were read a second time, nine bills were amended and all were advanced to third reading.   

One of the resolutions that the Senate adopted today was Senate Resolution 47, which designates March as the American Red Cross Month. Senate Resolution 48, also adopted, recognized the 34th anniversary of the sister-state relationship of West Virginia with the Republic of China, Taiwan. 

The following committees will meet today:

  • Confirmations at 1 p.m. in room 208W
  • Government Organization at 2 p.m. in room 208W
  • Natural Resources at 2 p.m. in room 451M
  • Finance at 3 p.m. in room 451M
  • Judiciary at 3 p.m. in room 208W

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • Judiciary at 10 a.m. in room 208W
  • Finance at 10 a.m. in room 451M

The Senate is in recess until 5 p.m.  


Update 

The Senate reconvened at 6 p.m. to hear committee reports. There were 24 bills read a first time. 

The Senate is adjourned until 11 a.m. 

 

 

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