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Today in the Legislature

Friday, February 05, 2016 - 01:50 PM

WV Workplace Freedom Act Completes Legislation

The Senate met today at 11 a.m.

 

The West Virginia Workplace Freedom Act was returned to the Senate this afternoon with House amendments. The Senate concurred with the amendments with an 18-16 vote and the bill completed legislation. This bill, in addition to the Prevailing Wage Bill, will now be sent to the Governor’s office for final approval. 

 

Senate Bills 29, 159, 265, 270, 385 and 415 were passed unanimously. Senate Bill 330, requiring automobile liability insurers provide 10 days’ notice of intent to cancel due to nonpayment of premium, passed with a 27-7 vote. Senate Bill 387, regarding to shared animal ownership agreements to consume raw milk, was passed with a 22-12 vote. 

 

Senate Bills 68, 326 and 361 were advanced to the third reading. Along with House Bill 4007, which relates generally to the appointment of attorneys to assist the Attorney General.

 

Bills introduced to the Senate toady were 520-530.

 

The Judiciary committee will meet today at 3 p.m. in 208W.

The Finance committee will meet tomorrow prior to session at 9 a.m. 

 

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow, Saturday February 6th, at 10 a.m. 

The Government Organizations committee will meet tomorrow immediately following session. 

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Friday, February 05, 2016 - 12:26 PM

Concealed Carry Moves to Third Reading with Amendments Pending

The House of Delegates met today at 11 a.m. 

Senate Bill 32 passed unanimously in the House, was amended and will return to the Senate. This bill would relate to withdrawal of candidates for office and filling vacancies. 

House Bill 4244 also passed, which would work to eliminate the need of a public hearing when no objection is filed on an application from an out of state-chartered credit union to establish a branch in West Virginia.

House Bill 4245 also passed in the House. This bill would require the cashier or executive officer of a banking institiution to provide shareholders with the institutions most recent year-end audited financial statement. 

Multiple bills were sent to third reading. Among these bills were: Senate Bill 342. Senate Bill 357, Senate Bill 360, House Bill 2366, House Bill 2511, House Bill 4145House Bill 4163 and House Bill 4393.

 

The following committees will meet today:

Judiciary: 12:45 p.m. 

 

The following committees will meet prior to session Monday morning:

Judiciary: 9 a.m. 

 

The House will reconvene Monday at 11 a.m. 

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Thursday, February 04, 2016 - 05:30 PM

WV Workplace Freedom Act Passes the House

The House of Delegates met today at 11 a.m.

Senate Bill 1, also known as the West Virginia Workplace Freedom Act was voted on in the House today. After about 38 delegates stood up to debate their point, the bill passed with a vote of 54 to 46. The bill will now return to the Senate for consideration again.

House Bill 4311 and 4313 were also passed.

House Bills 4244, 4245 and Senate Bill 32 were on second reading today, and an amendment on Senate Bill 32 was adopted.

House Bills 2366, 2511, 4007, 4145, 4163 and 4393 were on first reading today. 

 

The following committees will meet tomorrow morning:

Finance: 9 a.m.

Gov. Org.: 9 a.m.

Judiciary: 9 a.m.

 

The House will reconvene tomorrow morning at 11 a.m.

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Thursday, February 04, 2016 - 02:30 PM

Prevailing Wage Bill Becomes Second to Complete Legislation

The Senate met today at 11 a.m. 

 

House Bill 4005, repealing the prevailing hourly rate of wages requirements, completed legislation this afternoon. On January 27th, the bill passed in the House of Delegates with a vote of 55 to 44. After debate, the Senate passed the bill with a 18-16 vote. The bill will now be sent to the Governor’s office for final approval.  

 

Senate bills 40 and 109 were also read, put to a vote and passed today. These bills will go to the House of Delegates for further consideration. House Bill 2101, eliminating obsolete government entities, was passed in the Senate with an amended title. The House will now have to concur with this amendment in order for the bill to complete legislation. 

 

Senate bills 29, 159, 265, 270, 330, 385, 387 and 415 were read for the second time and advanced to the third reading. 

 

Introduced today were Senate bills 505-519. Senate Bill 518 makes it unlawful to discriminate against persons due to sexual orientation. 

 

The following committees will meet today:

 

Energy at 1:40 p.m. in 208W

Health & Human Resources at 1:40 p.m. in 451M

Government Organizations at 2:15 p.m. in 208W

Education at 2:15 p.m. in 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M

 

The committee on Finance will meet tomorrow at 10 a.m. prior to session. 

 

 

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m. 

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016 - 01:10 PM

Senate Advances Prevailing Wage Bill to Third Reading

The Senate met today at 11 a.m. 

 

Bills 485-504 were introduced. Senate Bill 504 relates to the confidentiality of juvenile records.

 

Senate bills 123, 254, 261, 268, 306 and 369 were read for the third time, put to a vote and unanimously passed. The bills will now be sent to the House of Delegates for consideration. 

 

House Bill 4005, repealing prevailing hourly rate of wage requirements, was read for the second time and advanced to the third reading. Senators Snyder and Romano proposed to amend the bill but were rejected with a 16-18 vote. This bill, along with House Bill 2101 and Senate Bills 40 and 109, will be discussed tomorrow and put to a vote. 

 

 

The following committees will meet today:

 

Economic Development at 1:30 p.m. in 451M

Natural Resources at 2 p.m. in 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M

 

The Committee on Finance will have a budget hearing at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow before session.

 

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m. 

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016 - 12:37 PM

West Virginia Workplace Freedom Act Amended on Second Reading

The House of Delegates met at 11 a.m. today.

House Bill 4243, which would extend the time that certain nonprofit community groups are exempt from the moratorium on creating new nursing home beds, was voted on today. The bill was passed unanimously.

Senate Bill 1, the WV Workplace Freedom Act, was on second reading today, which means it could be subjected to amendments. Delegate John Shott, Judiciary Chairman, offered a strike and insert amendment, which would essentially replace the majority of Senate Bill 1. The amendment would, among other things, remove the continuing penalty for violation, making it a one-time penalty, as well as require a person to be proven to have knowingly violated the bill. The amendment was adopted, and the bill passed onto third reading, to be voted on tomorrow.

House Bill 4311 and 4313 advanced to third reading SB 32, House Bill 4244 and House Bill 4245 advanced to second reading.

 

The following committee meetings will be held today:
Vet Affairs: 1 p.m.
Judiciary: 1:15 p.m.
Finance: 2 p.m.
Education: 2 p.m.

The following committee meetings will be held tomorrow prior to session:
Small Business: 9 a.m. in Gov. Org.


There will be a public hearing in the House Chamber tomorrow at 9 a.m. The hearing will discuss House Bill 4014.

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Tuesday, February 02, 2016 - 01:36 PM

Senate Designates Go Red for Women Day, Passes Five Bills

The Senate met today at 11 a.m.

 

Senate Resolution 21 was adopted today, designating February 5, 2016 Go Red for Women Day in the Legislature. The Senate members received a CPR demonstration on the floor.

 

Five Senate bills, 271, 333, 334, 336 and 343, were put to a vote and unanimously passed. Senate Bill 333 regards the taking and registering of wildlife, Senate Bill 334 identifies coyote as a fur-bearing animal and woodchuck as a game animal, and Senate Bill 336 relates to crossbow hunting. These bills will now be sent to the House of Delegates for further consideration.

 

Senate Bills 123, 254, 261, 268, 306 and 369 were read for the second time and will be put to a vote tomorrow after the third reading. Senate Bill 109, repealing code provisions related to certain reports by trustees for property, and House Bill 2101, eliminating obsolete government entities, were laid over one day and will retain their places on the calendar.

Senate Bills 455-484 were introduced on the floor.

 

The following meetings will meet today:

 

Energy, Industry & Mining at 1:30 p.m. in 208W

Health & Human Resources at 1:30 p.m. in 451M

Government Organizations at 2 p.m. in 208W

Education at 2 pm. in 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M

 

The Military committee will meet tomorrow at 10 a.m. before session.

 

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m. 

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Tuesday, February 02, 2016 - 12:56 PM

First bill completes legislation, Senate Bill 364

The House of Delegates met today at 11 a.m.  

On Feb. 2, the House of Delegates passed the first bill to complete legislation in the second session of the 2016 Legislature.

Senate Bill 364 – Supplemental appropriation expiring funds from General Revenue – was effective from passage after the House of Delegates voted on its passage 96-2. On Jan. 27, the bill passed the Senate 34-0.

The purpose of the supplemental appropriation bill is to expire funds from the aforesaid accounts to the State Fund, General Revenue unappropriated balance for the fiscal year 2016. SB 364 was requested by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to help close a nearly $400 million budget shortfall for this year. The measure would take nearly $52 million from the Rainy Day fund to help close the budget gap.

House Bill 4175 also passed in the House after debate. The bill relates to generally to rules relating to home schooling. 

House Bill 4243 was sent to third reading.

Three bills were sent to second reading including Senate Bill 1, The West Virginia Workplace Freedom Act, House Bill 4311 and House Bill 4313

 

The following committees will meet today:

Political Subdivisions1:30 in House Education Room 

Education: 2 p.m. 

Health and Human Resources: 2:30 p.m. in 215E

Judiciary: 2:30 p.m.

Prevention and Substance Abuse: 4 p.m. 

 

The following committees will meet prior to session tomorrow:

Finance: 9 a.m. 

Judiciary: 9 a.m. 

Government Organization: 9 a.m. 

 

A public hearing over House Bill 4014 will be held on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 9 a.m. in the House Chamber.

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m. 

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Monday, February 01, 2016 - 01:55 PM

House Bill 4235 passes

The House met today at 11 a.m. and passed House Bill 4235. This bill standardizes the filing date requirements for administration of estates, 60 days.

Senate Bill 364 was read for the second time today, which means it could be amended. The bill appropriates expiring funds from the General Fund. Delegate Sponaugle proposed an amended which would transfer approximately $50 million of the expiring funds to support PEIA.

This amendment struck a chord with many delegates as they debated the potential of the amendment. Some stated appropriating these funds would be an important first step to solving the PEIA crisis. However, others stated doing so would only harm the programs already funded by the bill.
The amendment was rejected by a vote of 36 to 63.

House Bill 4189, which came to second reading today, was tabled. This bill is nearly synonymous with Senate Bill 364.

House Bill 4175, which relates to homeschooling was sent to third reading.

House Bill 4243 was sent to second reading.

The following committees will meet today:

Finance: 2 p.m.

Judiciary: 2 p.m.

Education: 2 p.m.

Government Organizations: 2 p.m.

Roads and transportation: 5 p.m.

 

The following committees will meet tomorrow prior to session:

Agriculture: 8 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Industry and Labor: 9:30 a.m.

 

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

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Monday, February 01, 2016 - 01:19 PM

Senate Passes Seven Bills, Advances Five to Third Reading

The Senate met today at 11 a.m. and passed seven bills. 

Senate Bill 379, relating to candidate filing fees, and Senate Bill 329, eliminating sunset provision for commission to study residential placement of children, were both passed. These, in addition to Senate Bills 15, 27, 150, 288 and 338, will be sent to the House of Delegates for further consideration.

 

Senate Bills 271, 333, 334, 336 and 343 advanced to the third reading and will be put to a vote tomorrow on the floor.

 

Bills 436-450 were introduced to the Senate today.

 

The following committees will meet today:

Agriculture & Rural Development at 1:15 p.m. in 451M

Banking & Insurance at 2 p.m. in 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W

 

The Transportation & Infrastructure will meet tomorrow at 10 a.m.

 

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. 

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Friday, January 29, 2016 - 02:55 PM

House passes four bills to comply with federal ruling

The House of Delegates met today at 11 a.m.

Four bills created to comply with the federal ruling on the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission case were passed.

House Bill 4227 was passed with a vote of 75 to 23. This bill would change the make up of the Real Estate Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board.

House Bill 4230 was passed with a vote of 75 to 23 as well. This bill would change the make up of the Board of Professional Engineers.

House Bill 4238 was passed with a vote of 72 to 25. This bill would change the make up of the Board of Professional Surveyors.

House Bill 4241 was passed with a vote of 73 to 25. This bill would change the make up of the Real Estate Commission.

Two Bills on second reading were voted to be laid over until Monday. Senate Bill 364 relates to the appropriation of expiring funds from General Revenue. House Bill 4189 also relates to the expiring of specific funds to the State Fund, General Revenue.

House Bill 4235 was sent to third reading, to be voted on Monday. This bill relates to the publication requirements for the administration of estates.

House Bill 4175, which relates to homeschooling, was sent to second reading.

 

The following committee will meet today after session:

Judiciary: 1:30 p.m.

 

The following committees will meet prior to session Monday morning:

Finance: 1 p.m.

Roads and Transportation: 1 p.m.

Judiciary: 1:30 p.m. 

Government Organization: 2 p.m.

 

The House will reconvene Monday morning at 11 a.m.

 

 

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Friday, January 29, 2016 - 12:22 PM

Four Bills Passed in Senate

The Senate met briefly today at 11 a.m. 

Senate bills 14, 146, 202, and 216 were passed with a unanimous vote. Senate Bill 146 establishes instruction standards for early childhood education. Senate Bill 216 authorizes the Human Rights Commission to promulgate legislative rule relating to the Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act. These will now be sent to the House of Delegates for further consideration. 

Senate Bills 423-435 were introduced today and will go to committee for review.

Seven bills were read for the second time today: Senate Bills 15, 27, 150, 288, 329, 338, and 379. These will be read for the third time and put to a vote on Monday morning. 

 

Government Organization will meet Monday, February 1st at 9 a.m. in 208W.

 

The Senate will reconvene at 11 a.m. on Monday morning. 

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Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 01:01 PM

The House of Delegates Meets Briefly

The House of Delegates met today at 11 a.m.

The following bills were sent to third reading today:

House Bill 4189 would expire fund to unappropriated balance in State Fund, General Revenue, from the Department of Revenue.

House Bill 4227 would add citizen members to the Real Estate Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board. 

House Bill 4230 would work to add citizen members to the board of Registration for Professional Engineers.

House Bill 4238 would add citizen members to the board of Professional Surveyors. 

House Bill 4241 would add citizen members to the Real Estate Commission. 

There was a bill that was sent to second reading. House Bill 4235 would relate to the publication requirements of the adminstration of estates. 

 

The following committees will meet today:

Senior Citizen Issues: 1 p.m. 

Health and Human Resources: 2 p.m.

Energy: 2 p.m. 

 

The following committees will meet prior to session tomorrow: 

Finance: 9 a.m. 

Education: 9 a.m. 

Government Organization: 9 a.m. 

Judiciary: 9:30 a.m. 

 

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m. 

 

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Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 12:10 PM

Senate Passes Two Bills

The Senate met briefly today at 11 a.m.

Bills 262 and 290 were passed. Senate Bill 262 eliminates the need for law enforcement to obtain court order prior to having access to inmate mail and phone recordings. Senate Bill 290 authorizes assignments of wages by employers and payment by payroll card. These bills will now head to the House of Delegates for consideration. 

Bills 411-422 were introduced, including Senate Bill 417, which creates the 2016 Coal Jobs and Safety Act. This bill will preserve employment and promote health and safety in the coal industry. 

Senate Bills 14, 146, 202, and 216 were read for the second time and advanced to the third reading. The Senate will vote on these bills tomorrow. 

 

The following committees will meet today:

Energy, Industry and Mining at 1 p.m. in 208W

Health & Human Resources at 1 p.m. in 451M

Government Orgs. at 2 p.m. and 5:50 p.m. in 208W

Education at 2 p.m. in 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M

 

The Judiciary committee will meet tomorrow before session at 10 a.m. in 208W.

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 04:15 PM

Repealing prevailing wage bill passes

The House of Delegates met today from 11 a.m. until approximately 3 p.m. Two bills were passed and go to the Senate for action.

House Bill 4005 - Repealing the prevailing hourly rate of wages requirements, was brought to a vote. Several members from both sides of the issue stood to advocate viewpoints.

The bill would repeal the prevailing wage bill which requires contractors that work on public projects, such as schools, civic centers, etc. be paid based upon a wage that is calculated to be typical for that work in that area. One side argues these wages are inaccurately high and by repealing the Prevailing Wage bill, taxpayers will save money, and the state will be able to fund many more projects because they don't have to meet high pay standards. The other side argues that repealing the bill will only lower wages, and hurt the economy by lessening the amount of money going through it.

Prior to the vote, Delegate Isaac Sponaugle, D-Pendleton, proposed a motion that the Speaker be directed to request an economic impact statement regarding the potential outcomes of repealing the prevailing wage. He and his fellow supporters requested the study be done prior to carrying out a vote on the bill. The motion was rejected with a vote of 38 to 61.

The bill passed with a vote of 55 to 44.

House Bill 2130, which would include law enforcement among those professionals of which the assault or battery would lead to enhanced criminal penalties, was passed. Several members stood to express support or opposition of the bill, and many questions were asked to clarify the details of the bill. The bill would simply add law enforcement to the list of those with extra protection and would not change the previously set penalty limitations.

The bill passed by a vote of 91 to 7.

House Bills 4189, 4227, 4230, 4238 and 4241 were all sent to second reading. They will be open for amendments during tomorrows session.

 

The following committees will meet today:

Finance: 3:45

Judiciary: 4 p.m.

Education: 4:30 p.m.

 

The following committees will meet tomorrow morning prior to session:

Small Business: 9 a.m. in Room 215E

Banking and Insurance: 10 a.m. in Room 215E

 

The Judiciary Committee will be hosting two public hearings tomorrow morning. At 8:30 a.m. there will be a discussion on Senate Bill 1, the WV Workplace Freedom Act. At 9:30 a.m. there will be a discussion on House Bill 4012, the West Virginia Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

 

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

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 01:34 PM

Senate Passes Seven Bills

The Senate met today at 11 a.m. introducing bills 392-410 and passing seven bills. 

Senate Bill 107, creates the Uniform Interstate Deopositions and Discovery Act, Senate Bill 157, would authorize the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission to promulgate a legislative rule relating to Nonintoxicating Beer Licensing and Operations Procedures, and Senate Bill 195, would authorize the Department of Health and Human Resources to promulgate a legislative rule relating to West Virginia Clearance for Access; Registry and Employment screening. These measures were all passed with unanimous votes. 

The Senate also passed bills 342, 357, 360, and 364Senate Bill 342 decreases appropriations from State Fund, General Revenue to DHHR, Division of Human Services and Bureau of Senior Services. Senate Bill 357 provides supplemental appropriation from Lottery Net Profits to Bureau of Senior Services, Lottery Senior Citizens Fund. Senate Bill 360 provides supplemental appropriation to Division of Human Services. Senate Bill 364 provides supplemental appropriation expiring funds from General Revenue. These bills now head to the House of Delegates for consideration.

Senate Bill 14, Senate Bill 202 and Senate Bill 216 were read for the first time and advanced to the second reading for tomorrow. 

Senate Bill 262, eliminating the need for law enforcement to obtain court order prior to having access to inmate mail and phone recordings, and Senate Bill 290, authorizing the assignment of wages by employers and payment by payroll card, were read for the second time and advanced to the third reading. 

 

The following committees will meet today:

Economic Development at 1 p.m. in 451M

Natural Resources at 2 p.m. in 451M

Pensions at 2 p.m. in 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W

 

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m. 

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 01:37 PM

Senate Passes Five Bills, Introduces Four

The Senate met today at 11 a.m. and introduced four new bills, 288-291.

Senate Bill 13 was read for the third time and brought to a vote. This bill regards increasing penalties for overtaking and passing stopped school buses. It passed with a 33-1 vote. 

Senate Bills 32, 102, 311, and 323 were also read for the third time and each passed with a 34-0 vote. 

Senate Bill 32 relates to the withdrawal of candidates for office and filling vacancies. Senate Bill 102 requires all law-enforcement agencies in West Virginia to certify qualified law-enforcement officers to carry concealed firearms nationwide as provided by the federal Law-Enforcement Officers Safety Act.

Senate Bill 311 allows permanent exception for mortgage modification or refinancing loan under federal Making Home Affordable program. Senate Bill 323 corrects the subsection designations in the statute regarding trepassing on property. 

Senate Bill 107, regarding Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act, and Senate Bill 195, which authorizes DHHR to promulgate legislative rules, were both read for the second time today and advanced to the third reading. The bills will be read again and voted on tomorrow in session. 

Senate Bills 146, 262 and 290 were read for the first time and advanced to the second reading. 

 

The following comittees will meet today:

Energy, Industry and Mining at 1:20 p.m. in 208W

Health & Human Resources at 1:30 p.m. in 451M

Education at 2 p.m. in 451M

Government Orgs. at 2 p.m.

Pensions at 2 p.m. in 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W

Economic Development at 4 p.m. in 451M

 

The following committee will meet tomorrow before session: 

Military at 10 a.m. in 451M

 

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 12:58 PM

Six House Bills Passed

The House of Delegates met today at 11 a.m. 

A total of six House Bills were passed today.

House Bill 2147 was passed by a unanimous vote. This bill would require circuit courts when appointing council for alleged protected persons, to make appointments from a listing of interested attorneys. 

House Bill 2584 was also passed by the House by a unanimous vote which would allow a judge to excuse a potential juror from juru until a later date based on seasonal employment.

House Bill 2588 was passed by a 65-34 vote. This bill relates to the filing of financial statements with the Secretary of State.

House Bill 2796 passed by a unanimous vote. This particular bill would provide paid leave for certain state employees during a State of Emergency.

House Bill 4038 also passed by a unanimous vote. This bill relates to insurance requirements for refilling topical eye medicine.

House Bill 2130 and House Bill 4005 were sent to third reading. 

 

The following committees will meet today:

Prevention & Substance Abuse: 1 p.m. in 215E

Political Subdivisions: 1 p.m. in House Education Committee Room

Health & Human Resources: 2 p.m. in 215E

Energy: 2 p.m. in House Judiciary Room

 

The following committees will meet prior to the session tomorrow:

Finance: 9:30 a.m.

Judiciary: 10 a.m. 

Education: 9:30 a.m. 

Government Organization: 9 a.m. 

 

There House Judiciary Committee is hosting a public hearing tomorrow beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the House Chamber. The public hearing will discuss House Bill 4145

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m. 

 

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Monday, January 25, 2016 - 03:10 PM

House Bills 4002, 4007 passed

The House of Delegates met today at 1 p.m.

House Bill 4002 was read for the third time and brought to a vote today. The bill relates to accountability of the rule-making committee. According to bill supporters, there is currently no system for checking over past rules and ensuring they aren't obsolete, and this bill would provide a system to do so. The bill passed and will be sent to the Senate for consideration.

House Bill 4007 was also read for the third time and brought to a vote. This bill would provide a process for appointing or hiring private attorneys to assist the Attorney General. The bill passed and will be sent to the Senate for consideration.

House Bill 4031 was read for the third time and brought to a vote today. The bill would require agencies to respond to requested comments during the rule-making process. The bill passed and will be sent to the Senate for consideration.

House Bill 2147 was sent to third reading with an amendment, to be voted on tomorrow. House Bill 2584, House Bill 2588, House Bill 2800 and House Bill 4038 were all sent to third reading, to be voted on tomorrow.

House Bill 2130 and House Bill 4005 were both sent to second reading.

 

The following meetings will be held today:

Finance: 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. in House Finance 

Judiciary:  3 p.m. in House Judiciary

Education:  3 p.m. in House Education

Government Org.: 3 p.m. in House Gov. Org.

Roads and Transportation: 4 p.m. in House Gov. Org.

 

The following meetings will be held tomorrow prior to session:

Industry and Labor:  9 a.m. in House Gov. Org.

Ag. and Natural Resources: 10 a.m. in House Gov. Org. 

 

The house will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Monday, January 25, 2016 - 12:50 PM

Senate Welcomes Senator Cline, Introduces 13 Bills

The Senate met briefly today at 11 a.m. and gave a warm welcome to Senator Sue Cline with a standing ovation. 

Senate Resolution 8 was adopted, naming January 25th, 2016 Home School Day in the West Virginia Legislature. The George Washington High School girls volleyball team was also recognized with the adoption of Senate Resolution 9 for their 65-1-1 season record and AAA State Championship title. 

Senate Bill 13, which increases penalties for overtaking and passing stopped school buses, and Senate Bill 32, relating to the withdrawal of candidates for office and filling vacancies, were advanced to the third reading and will be voted on tomorrow morning. 

There were 13 new Senate bills introduced, including Senate Bill 383, which promotes the efficient extraction of oil and gas resources.  

 

The following committees will meet today:

Agriculture & Rural Development at 1 p.m. in 451M

Banking & Insurance at 2 p.m. in 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W

 

The following committee will meet tomorrow before session:

Transportation & Infastructure at 10 a.m. 

 

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

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