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Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 12:49 PM

House and Senate Adjourn 2nd Extraordinary Session
During the afternoon session, the House passed all six supplemental appropriation bills then appointed a committee of three to inform the Senate that the House has completed all business of the 2nd Extraordinary Session.

The Senate met this afternoon to confirm various appointments before adjourning.

The House and Senate adjourned Sine Die.

›› Completed Legislation

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 12:20 PM

House Advances Bills to Third Reading, Senate Accepts Message Regarding Appointments
This afternoon, the House met briefly to advance all bills to third reading with the right to amend.

The Senate also met this afternoon in order to accept messages from the Senate President and the Governor calling for confirmations of Executive appointments.

Both the House and Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 12:00 p.m.

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Monday, June 15, 2009 - 06:20 PM

House Receives Message Regarding Passage of Six Bills
In an evening session of the House of Delegates, members received and took up for immediate consideration six measures which the state Senate passed earlier in the afternoon. The bills were read a first time and advanced to second reading.

The bills all deal with the appropriation of state funds and include Senate Bill 2001, Senate Bill 2002, Senate Bill 2003, Senate Bill 2004, Senate Bill 2005 and Senate Bill 2006. They will be on second reading on the calendar tomorrow.

The House is adjourned for the evening and will reconvene at 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 16th, 2009.



Monday, June 15, 2009 - 06:09 PM

Senate Passes Six Bills in Evening Floor Session
The Senate passed all six bills introduced earlier this afternoon during their evening floor session. They suspended the constitutional rules, requiring that the bills be read on three separate days, advancing them to second and third reading before passing them.

The passed bills include Senate Bill 2001, Senate Bill 2002, Senate Bill 2003, Senate Bill 2004, Senate Bill 2005 and Senate Bill 2006. These bills will now head to the House of Delegates for consideration.

The Senate Confirmations Committee will meet tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. in Room 208W.

The Senate will reconvene at 12:00 p.m. tomorrow.



Monday, June 15, 2009 - 12:58 PM

Senate Begins Second Special Session of 2009, Introduces Six Bills
The Senate began the second Special Session of 2009 today at 12:00 p.m., introducing six bills and sending them to the Senate Finance Committee for further consideration. The bills introduced this afternoon include:

Senate Bill 2001 makes a supplementary appropriation of Lottery Net Profits to various accounts.
Senate Bill 2002 makes a supplementary appropriation from General Revenue to the Department of Administration.
Senate Bill 2003 makes a supplementary appropriation from General Revenue to various accounts.
Senate Bill 2004 supplements, amends and increases items from the State Road Fund to the Department of Transportation.
Senate Bill 2005 makes a supplementary appropriation from General Revenue to the Department of Education and Arts.
Senate Bill 2006 makes a supplementary appropriation from State Excess Lottery Revenue Fund to the Department of Education.

The Senate Finance Committee will meet today at 2:00 p.m. in Room 451M.

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

›› Senate bills introduced on this date


Monday, June 15, 2009 - 12:42 PM

House of Delegates Convene Second Extraordinary Session

Members of the House of Delegates met briefly at Noon to receive the Governor's Call regarding the 2nd Special Session agenda.

Six bills were introduced relating to the appropriation of state funds. They are:

House Bill 201, which makes a supplementary appropriation of Lottery Net Profits to various education related accounts; House Bill 202, which makes a supplementary appropriation from General Revenue to the state Department of Administration; House Bill 203, which makes a supplementary appropriation of Lottery Net Profits to various state agency accounts; House Bill 204, which supplements, amends and increases items from the State Road Fund to the state Department of Transportation; House Bill 205, which makes a supplementary appropriation from General Revenue to the state Department of Education and Arts; and, House Bill 206, which makes a supplementary appropriation from the State Excess Lottery Revenue Fund to the state Department of Education.

The bills were then referred to the House Finance Committee for their consideration.

The House Finance Committee will meet at 2:00 p.m. in Room 460 M.

The House is in recess until 6:00 p.m. later today.

Meanwhile, June Interim Meetings continue through the week.

›› House bills introduced on this date


Friday, June 12, 2009 - 04:50 PM

Legislature Called Into Second Special Session
Lawmakers who will be at the West Virginia State Captiol this coming week for monthly Interim Meetings starting on June 15th will also convene the Second Extraordinary Session of 2009.

The Legislature will convene the session at noon on Monday, June 15th, 2009. In total, there are 19 items on the Governor's Call, all dealing with supplemental appropriations from the state budget..

The June Interim Schedule is also now available on-line. Also available are the Study Assignments covering the topics the various Interim Committees will examine.



Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - 09:19 AM

Legislature Passes Total of 15 Measures During Recently Adjourned Special Session
After completion and passage of the Fiscal Year 2010 Budget lawmakers were called into the First Extraordinary Session of 2009. Each bill on the Governor's Call was discussed, debated and passed. These included:

House Bill 102 - which adjusted gross receipts from pari-mutual racetracks with West Virginia Lottery racetrack table games. It increased percentages of racetrack table games revenues that are distributed to host counties and municipalities.

House Bill 103 - created the Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Act which established a minimum alternative and renewable energy portfolio. By the year 2025, at least 25 percent of the electric energy sold to retail customers in this state is to be generated from alternative and renewable energy resources.

House Bill 104 - continues the Motor Fuel Excise Tax Shortfall Reserve Fund although a specific date (June 30, 2013) has been set to terminate the fund.

House Bill 105 -reclassifies retail liquor licenses. Liquor licenses run on a 10 year cycle and are up for re-bidding. The measure allows standalone stores to opt out of competitive bidding and would allow them to pay the minimum bid plus 10 percent.

House Bill 109 - establishes zones of educational innovation that will allow school employees to collaboratively devise and implement 21st Century school improvement strategies that are currently restrained and/or restricted by policies issued by the state board or the West Virginia Code.

House Bill 113 - reissues revenue bonds for tourism and education and provides a procedure for selecting projects which are to receive moneys from the bonds.

Senate Bill 1001 - helps struggling third- and fourth-grade students get back up to par with their peers through a summer instruction program. The additional in-school, after-school or summer school instruction would cover deficiencies in reading, math, or language arts.

Senate Bill 1002 - allows the development of pay rates and employment requirements to support the recruitment and retention of certain classified service positions at Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital and William R. Sharpe Hospital. The Legislature found that the two mental health facilities have extreme difficulty in recruiting and retaining health care providers and other employees who assist in the direct service of medical care to patients.

Senate Bill 1003 - establishes the High- Technology Business Property Valuation Act which would make some high tech materials and tangible personal property exempt from the consumers sales and service tax and the use tax. In addition the bill calls for taxing high-tech companies at their salvage value, which is five percent of actual value. The measure is designed to encourage high-tech companies to locate Internet “server farms” in the state.

Senate Bill 1006 - revises dates for action with respect to hiring, termination, resignation or transfer of teachers and school personnel so that hiring determinations may be made earlier in the year to better allow county boards to recruit new teachers. It also allows county school boards to hire graduating college seniors, pending their obtaining a teacher’s certificate. This change permits school boards to participate at job fairs.

Senate Bill 1009 - provides a tax deduction for creation of trusts to support children with autism and also establishes the procedure of creating the funds.

Senate Bill 1010 - allows a county commission to adopt an ordinance that limits the areas of the county in which a business may offer "exotic entertainment". However, changes in an ordinance prior to the passage of this bill may not affect an existing business.

Senate Bill 1011 - expands the Office of Coalfield Community Development's authority to develop post-mining land use plans for mountaintop-removal sites. This would assure the participation of the office in working with local economic development authorities in developing post-mine sites.

Senate Bill 1014 - provides $26.5 million to assist flood victims throughout the state.

Senate Bill 1015 - provides $21 million to ease the backlog of past-due payments owed by the state’s Public Defender Services. The program reimburses attorneys who are asked by judges to represent poor people in criminal and other cases.

The Legislature has adjourned Sine Die and will return to Charleston for June Interim Meetings on June 15-17.

›› Completed Legislation

Tuesday, June 02, 2009 - 05:05 PM

Senate Passes 11 Bills to Close Out First Special Session of 2009
In a late afternoon session the Senate passed the following six bills that had been read a first time earlier today:

House Bill 102 relates to the allocation of adjusted gross receipts from pari-mutuel racetracks with West Virginia Lottery racetrack table games.
House Bill 103 deals with the Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Act.
House Bill 104 relates to the Motor Fuel Excise Tax Shortfall Reserve Fund.
House Bill 105 relates to the issuance of retail licenses for the sale of liquor.
House Bill 109 creates the School Innovations Zones Act.
House Bill 113 relates to revenue bonds for tourism and education and provides a procedure for the selection of projects to receive money resulting from such bonds.

The Senate also concurred with House amendments on five other bills and approved them for passage. The amended bills that passed were Senate Bill 1001, Senate Bill 1003, Senate Bill 1006, Senate Bill 1010 and Senate Bill 1011

The Senate adjourned Sine Die.

›› Completed Legislation

Tuesday, June 02, 2009 - 03:58 PM

House Passes Bill for Disaster Relief Funds
The House of Delegates met in the afternoon and passed nine Senate bills, four of which have now completed legislative action. This includes a bill, Senate Bill 1014, which will appropriate roughly $26 million from the state's Revenue Shortfall Reserve Fund or "Rainy Day" Fund, to the Governor's Civil Contingent Fund for use in the flood recovery in the disaster areas of Southern West Virginia.

Three other bills were also passed and have now completed legislative action. They are:

Senate Bill 1002, which relates to the recruitment and retention of certain employees at Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital and William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital; Senate Bill 1009 which provides a tax deduction for trust funds for children with autism; and, Senate Bill 1015, which makes a supplemental appropriation of $21 million from the state's Excess Lottery Revenue Fund to Public Defender Services.

Five other bills were also passed but were amended by the House of Delegates and must now go to the Senate for their consideration and/or approval. They are:

Senate Bill 1001 which would create critical skills instructional support programs for third and eighth grades; Senate Bill 1003 which would create the High-Technology Business Property Valuation Act; Senate Bill 1006 which relates to the hiring, termination, transferring and reassigning of teachers and school personnel; Senate Bill 1010 which provides county commissions with the authority to regulate the locations of exotic entertainment businesses; and, Senate Bill 1011 which relates to post-mine land use development.

The House is in recess until 4:00 p.m. later today.

Following a short recess the House met and concurred with Senate amendments to two bills. These bills have now completed legislative action. They are:

House Bill 103, creating the Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Act; and, Senate Bill 1011 which relates to post-mine land use development.

The House has now adjourned Sine Die.

›› Completed Legislation

Tuesday, June 02, 2009 - 01:29 PM

Senate Passes Three Bills, Advance Six Bills to Second Reading
In its late morning floor session the Senate passed three bills and read six bills a first time. The passed bills include Senate Bill 1009 which provides tax deduction for trust funds for children with autism, and two supplemental bills. Senate Bill 1014 is a supplemental appropriation for flood recovery and Senate Bill 1015 makes a supplemental appropriation from the Excess Lottery Revenue Fund to Public Defender Services.

These bills will now head to the House for consideration.

The Senate also advanced the following six bills to second reading:

House Bill 102 relates to the allocation of adjusted gross receipts from pari-mutuel racetracks with West Virginia Lottery racetrack table games.
House Bill 103 deals with the Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Act.
House Bill 104 relates to the Motor Fuel Excise Tax Shortfall Reserve Fund.
House Bill 105 relates to the issuance of retail licenses for the sale of liquor.
House Bill 109 creates the School Innovations Zones Act.
House Bill 113 relates to revenue bonds for tourism and education and provides a procedure for the selection of projects to receive money resulting from such bonds.

The Senate Finance Committee will meet today at 1:15 p.m. in Room 451M.

The Senate will reconvene today at 3:00 p.m.



Tuesday, June 02, 2009 - 12:54 PM

House Passes Six Bills
The House met this morning and passed a total of six bills. Those bills passed by the House were:

House Bill 102, relating to the allocation of adjusted gross receipts from pari-mutuel racetracks with West Virginia Lottery racetrack table games; House Bill 103, creating the Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Act; House Bill 104, relating to the Motor Fuel Excise Tax Shortfall Reserve Fund; House Bill 105, relating to the issuance of retail licenses for the sale of liquor; House Bill 109, relating to the School Innovation Zones Act; House Bill 113, relating to revenue bonds for tourism and education and providing a procedure for the selection of projects to receive moneys resulting from such bonds;

These bills will now move to the Senate for further consideration.

The House will reconvene this afternoon at 2:30 p.m.



Monday, June 01, 2009 - 05:32 PM

House Receives Senate Messages, Moves 13 Bills to Third Reading
This evening, the House received messages from the Senate stating that the Senate had passed six bills. Each of these bills were then read a first time in the House.

The House also advanced 13 bills to third reading,with the right to amend, including House Bill 107, relating to critical skills instruction programs for students in grades three and eight and House Bill 112, ensuring the post-mine development of reclaimed surface mine property.

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



Monday, June 01, 2009 - 04:28 PM

Senate Passes Six Bills in Afternoon Floor Session
The Senate passed six bills in their afternoon floor session, reading all of the bills a second time and then suspending the constitutional rules and reading them a third time to speed up the legislative process. The following bills passed this afternoon:

Senate Bill 1001 creates critical skills instructional support programs for third and eighth grades.
Senate Bill 1002 relates to recruitment and retention of certain employees at Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital and William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital.
Senate Bill 1003 creates the High-Technology Business Property Valuation Act.
Senate Bill 1006 relates to hiring, terminating, transferring and reassigning teachers and school personnel.
Senate Bill 1010 provides county commissions with authority to regulate location of exotic entertainment businesses.
Senate Bill 1011 relates to post-mine land use development.

These bills will now move to the House for consideration.

The Senate Finance Committee will meet tomorrow, Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 451M.

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



Monday, June 01, 2009 - 11:42 AM

Senate Meets on Day Two of the First Special Session
During a morning meeting of the Senate five bills were reported out of their respective committees. Three of the bills were reported out of the Education Committee and were read a second time prior to being referred to the Finance Committee for its consideration.

Senate Bill 1001 would create critical skills instructional support programs for third and eighth grades.
Senate Bill 1006 relates to the hiring, termination, transferring and reassigning of teachers and school personnel.
Senate Bill 1008 would create the School Innovation Zones Act.

Two other bills were reported out of the Judiciary Committee after being amended. They are:

Senate Bill 1004 which relates to the allocation of adjusted gross receipts from pari-mutuel racetracks with racetrack table games; and, Senate Bill 1007 which relates to the issuance and classification of retail liquor licenses. These bills were referred to the Finance Committee for further evaluation.

The Senate Finance Committee meets today, Monday, June 1st, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. in Room 451M.

The Senate is in recess until 3:00 p.m. today.




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