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Today in the Legislature

Friday, February 26, 2010 - 01:27 PM

Senate Recognizes Grange Day, Passes 11 Bills
The Senate reconvened to pass 11 bills, including Senate Bill 398, which would prohibit landfill disposal of certain electronic devices, and Senate Bill 471, which would increase circuit clerks' copying charge.

In addition, Senate Bill 219, which relates to managing the state motor vehicle fleet, and 11 other bills advanced to third reading. Forty-eight bills advanced to second reading, including Senate Bill 518, which would create the Governor's Commission to Seize Future of Energy for America.

The Senate also adopted two resolutions. Senate Resolution 42 established February 26, 2010 as West Virginia Grange Day, while Senate Resolution 43 recognized U.S. Power Squadrons District 7.

The following committees will meet Monday:
Judiciary-9:30 a.m.-208W
Natural Resources-1 p.m.-208W
Government Organization-2 p.m.-451M
Pensions-2 p.m.-208W
Finance-3 p.m.-451M

The Senate will reconvene Monday at 11 a.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Friday, February 26, 2010 - 12:44 PM

House Passes 16 Bills During Busy Morning Session
It was a busy morning in the House today as they adopted one resolution, passed 16 bills and advanced 17 bills to third reading.

Senate Bill 548 completed legislative action and will continue to the governor's desk. It extends the time the Boone County Board of Education can meet to determine a renewal for the county's school excess levees.

Other passed bills included Senate Bill 477, which would require that all reports given to the legislative librarian be given in electronic form and House Bill 4182, which would make changes to the Emergency Medical Services Retirement System Act. The bills read on second reading include House Bill 4161, which would create a Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs, House Bill 4623, which would add six additional members to the Equal Pay Commission, and House Bill 4652, which would establish a school calender committee for each county.

The West Virginia State Grange was honored today as the oldest agriculture and rural organization in West Virginia with the adoption of House Resolution 24.

The following committees will meet today:
Judiciary-12:30 p.m. 410M
Finance-12:30 p.m. 460M

The House will reconvene at 3 p.m. today.

UPDATE: The House reconvened at 3 p.m. and received several committee reports. The House will reconvene at 11 a.m. Monday.



Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 01:15 PM

Senate Suspends Constitutional Rule to Pass House Bill 4037
The Senate reconvened to pass five bills, including House Bill 4037, which was passed by the Senate after the suspension of a Constitutional rule saying a bill must be read on three separate days. The bill relates to federal subsidy bonds and bond financing and has now completed legislative action.

In addition, 10 bills advanced to third reading, including Senate Bill 398, which would prohibit the landfill disposal of certain electronic devices, and House Bill 553, which would extend time to purchase full service credit in Teachers' Defined Contribution Retirement System.

Twenty seven bills were advanced to second reading, including 17 bills that were presented on first reading before second committee reference. These bills include Senate Bill 427, which would rename and reorganize the West Virginia Parkways, Economic Development and Tourism Authority as the West Virginia Parkways Authority, and Senate Bill 627, which would increase penalties for littering.

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

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance-9:30 a.m.-451M
Transportation and Infrastructure-10 a.m.-451M

The Senate will reconvene 11 a.m. tomorrow.

›› Completed Legislation

Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 01:09 PM

House Passes Version of "Tech Park" Bill
The House reconvened today and passed two bills and read 24 bills on second reading.

The first bill passed was Senate Bill 611. This bill would remove the requirement that offices of the Higher Education Policy Commission, the Vice Chancellor for Administration and the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education be located in Charleston. The House adopted a title change and the bill will return to the Senate for approval.

The next bill passed was House Bill 4524, which would revise the definition for "all-terrain vehicle" as well as include a definition for utility terrain vehicles.

The House also read 24 bills on second reading. Among these bills was House Bill 4521, which would create a sales tax holiday for purchases of guns and ammunition. House Bill 4328 was amended into Senate Bill 477, which also advanced.

The following committees will meet today:
Judiciary-1:30 p.m. 410M
Finance-2 p.m. 460M
Government Organization-2:30 p.m. 215E
Education-3 p.m. 434M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Judiciary-9 a.m. 410M
Finance-9:30 a.m. 460M
Rules-10:45 a.m. Speakers Office

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.



Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 06:12 PM

House Advances 24 Bills to Third Reading
Members of the House reconvened this evening at 5:30 p.m. and presented 24 bills for first reading.

Bills on first reading included House Bill 4137 which would use voter registration to determine the placement of political parties on the general election ballot and House Bill 4162 which would provide a tax credit for obtaining certain certifications by the United States Green Building Council Leadership. Also, House Bill 4185 which would allow deputy sheriffs to work past the mandatory retirement age of 65 with written consent from the county sheriff.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

Finance-9 a.m. 460M
Rules-10:45 a.m. Speakers Office
Government Organization-2:30 p.m. 215E

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.



Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 01:33 PM

House Passes Magistrate Bill; 13 Other Bills Passed
The House of Delegates recovened this morning and presented 15 bills for third reading and two for second reading. Bills on third reading included House Bill 3110 would rename conservation officers to be natural resource police officers. House Bill 4188 which would create the Anti-Criminal Street Gang Act. Also, House Bill 4292 which would require a person to have a Bachelor's degree or two years of magistrate experience to serve as a magistrate.

The two bills presented for second reading were Senate Bill 611 which would remove location requirements for certain higher education offices and House Bill 4524 which would revise the definition of "all terrain vehicle" and include a definition for utility terrain vehicle.

The following committees will meet today:

Energy-1 p.m. 460M
Political Subdivisions-1:15 p.m. 215E
Roads & Transportation-2 p.m. 215E
Senior Citizen-2:30 p.m. 215E
Health & Human Resources-3:30 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

Finance-9 a.m. 460M
Judiciary-9 a.m. 410M
Finance-1:30 p.m. 460M
Government Organization-2 p.m. 215E

The House will reconvene this evening at 5:30 p.m.



Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 01:17 PM

Senate Passes Domestic Violence Bill
The Senate reconvened today at 11 a.m. and passed 14 bills on third reading.

The Senate passed Senate Bill 490, which would provide family court judges with the flexibility to deal with different kinds of domestic violence by allowing them to make orders that last for longer periods of time. The bill expands the definition of domestic violence to include stalking and cruelty or other actions to family pets.

Bills passed also included Senate Bill 128, which would add Smart 529 college savings plans to the approved investment options for settlement trust proceeds held on behalf of a minor by the parent, guardian, or next friend of the minor.

The Senate also honored Donald Spence, principal of Dingess Elementary School, for his dedication to education. Under his leadership, the students at Dingess Elementary School improved their scores on a more rigorous WESTEST, while many other schools saw their scores drop. According to the resolution, he and the teachers and students at Dingess Elementary School, "are shining examples of what can be accomplished through strong leadership, positive attitudes and the desire to be the best."

The following committees will meet today:
Health and Human Resources- 2 p.m. 451M
Government Organization- 2 p.m. 208W
Finance- 3 p.m. 451M
Judiciary- 3 p.m. 208W

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance- 9:30 a.m. 451M
Judiciary- 10 a.m. 208W
Government Organization- 1 p.m. 208W

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.



Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - 02:14 PM

Optometry Bill Passed by Senate
The Senate reconvened today at 11 a.m. and passed Senate Bill 230.

This bill, also known as the Optometry Bill, would allow optometrists with the proper training to perform three procedures using therapeutic lasers, but only in situations when the optometrist is working in collaboration with a West Virginia licensed opthamologist; the opthamologist must be within 40 miles of the optometrist performing the procedure.

In addition to the Optometry Bill, 11 bills were also passed. Other bills passed include Senate Bill 443 , which would require those convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol, and who are on probation, paroled, or on other conditional release for that offense, to participate in the Motor Vehicle Test and Lock Program.

Also in the Senate, a resolution was adopted declaring February 23, 2010 West Virginia University Day. Several WVU dignitaries were in attendance, and a steel drum quartet from the College of Creative Arts performed in the chamber.

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

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Economic Development- 9 a.m. 451M
Energy, Industry and Mining- 10 a.m. 208W
Natural Resources- 1 p.m. 208W

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

›› Senate bills introduced on this date


Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - 12:50 PM

Two Bills Pass House; 15 Bills Advance to Third Reading
Members of the House reconvened this morning at 11 a.m. adopting two resolutions and presenting two bills for third reading. House Bill 4145 provides services and facilities to assist student veterans at state institutions of higher education. Also, House Bill 4299 which provides that nonstate retired employees who have worked for their last nonstate employer for less than five years are responsible for their entire premium cost.

Members also presented 3 bills for first and 15 for second reading. Bills on first reading included House Bill 2050 which would expand the counties covered by West Virginia Route 2 and Interstate 68 Authority to include Cabell, Mason and Jackson counties and increase the number of members. Senate Bill 611 which would remove location requirements for certain higher education offices.

Bills on second reading included House Bill 4036 which would establish the Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission. Additionally, House Bill 4188 would create the Anti-Criminal Street Gang Act.

The following committees will meet today:

Political Subdivisions-1 p.m. 215E
Finance-1:30 p.m. 460M
Judiciary-1:30 p.m. 410M
Government Organization-2 p.m. 215E
Education-3 p.m. 434M
OPEB Work Group-4 p.m. 460M
LOCEA-5 p.m. 434M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

Agriculture-8:30 a.m. 215E
Veterans Affairs-9 a.m. House Chamber
Natural Resources-9:15 a.m. 215E
Banking & Insurance-10 a.m. 215E
Pensions-10 a.m. 460M
Energy-1 p.m. 460M
Roads-2 p.m. 215E
Senior Citizen-3 p.m. 215E
Health & Human Resources-4 p.m. 215E

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

›› House bills introduced on this date


Monday, February 22, 2010 - 02:09 PM

Senate Passes Property Tax Bill; 15 Other Bills Passed
The Senate reconvened today at 11 a.m. and passed 16 bills.

Senate Bill 401 would reform and modernize procedures and time frames for assessments of real and personal property, notices of assessments, and appeals of assessments. It provides special provisions for the assessment of industrial and natural resources property.

The Senate also passed Senate Bill 517, which would create the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act. Under the proposed bill, any requirement of state law describing or requiring that a land record document be an original, on paper, or in writing are satisfied by a document in electronic form. In addition, any requirement that the document contain a signature or acknowledgment is satisfied by an electronic signature or acknowledgment.

Additionally, the Senate advanced several bills to third reading, including Senate Bill 230, better known as the Optometry Bill. Several amendments were adopted before advancing the bill to third reading with the right to amend.

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

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Economic Development- 9 a.m. 451M
Transportation and Infrastructure- 10 a.m. 451M
Government Organization- 2 p.m. 208W
Banking and Insurance- 2 p.m. 208W

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

›› Senate bills introduced on this date


Monday, February 22, 2010 - 01:14 PM

Second Measure Completes Legislation on Deadline for Introduction of Bills
Members of the House reconvened this morning introducing 72 bills, adopting seven resolutions and passing two bills. Today marks the last day members may introduce bills in both the House and Senate. However, this deadline does not apply to originating or supplementary appropriations bills.

Bills introduced this morning included House Bill 4596 which would remove the Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health from professional licensure boards. House Bill 4604 would increase criminal penalties for persons who obstruct, flee from or make false statements to law-enforcement officers. Also, House Bill 4652 would establish a school calendar committee for each county.

Two bills were presented for third reading this morning. Senate Bill 391 relates to county board of education members' eligibility. Also on third reading was House Bill 4187 which continues the current hazardous waste management fee until 2015.

Additionally, two bills were presented for second reading. House Bill 4145 would provide services and facilities to assist student veterans at state institutions of higher education. Also, House Bill 4299 which would provide that nonstate retired employees who have worked for their last nonstate employer for less than five years are responsible for their entire premium cost.

Members also presented 15 bills for first reading. These bills included House Bill 3110 which would rename conservation officers to be natural resources police officers. House Bill 4188 which would create the Anti-Criminal Street Gang Act, and House Bill 4352 which would authorize the WV Supreme Court of Appeals to create a Business Court Division within certain circuit court districts.

The following committees will meet today:

Finance-1:30 p.m. 460M
Judiciary-1:30 p.m. 410M
Government Organization-1:30 p.m. 215E
Political Subdivisions-3:00 p.m. 215E

The following committees will meet tommorrow:

Judiciary-9:00 a.m. 410M
Finance-9:15 a.m. 460M
Government Organization-2:00 p.m. 215E

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

›› House bills introduced on this date
›› Completed Legislation

Monday, February 22, 2010 - 10:44 AM

Legislative Landmark Days Approach, Today Last Day to Introduce Most Bills
As the Legislature reaches the last few weeks of the 2010 Regular Session, the Calendar plays an ever-increasing role in legislative actions. Several deadlines, established by both procedural and constitutional rules, come into play as the final day of session approaches. The following is a list of these upcoming deadlines:

February 22, 2010 (41st Day) - Last day to introduce bills in the Senate and the House. (Senate Rule 14, House Rule 91a) Does not apply to originating or supplementary appropriation bills. Does not apply to Senate or House resolution or concurrent resolutions.

February 28th (47th Day) - Bills are due out of committees in their house of origin to ensure three full days of reading.

March 3rd (50th Day) “Crossover Day” - Final day for bills to be considered in house of origin. As per Joint Rule 5, the 50th day of session is the final day for bills to be considered in their house of origin. House bills must be out of the House, and Senate bills must be out of the Senate. This rule doesn’t apply to budget bills or supplementary appropriations. The rule can also be suspended for a particular bill by concurrent resolution approved by two-thirds of both chambers.

March 10th (57th Day) - Last day for most committee reports. In order to guarantee three full days of reading, committee reports are due on this day. Bills reported out of committee on the 58th day must be taken up for immediate consideration and read a first time to guarantee three full days. Committee reports can also be received on the final two days of session, but the constitutional rule requiring a bill be read on three separate days must be suspended by a four-fifths vote of those members present per the West Virginia Constitution §6-29.

March 13th (60th Day) - Final day of regular session. According to §6-22 of the West Virginia Constitution, the regular session cannot exceed 60 calendar days from the second Wednesday of January. Traditionally, the Legislature adjourns sine die at midnight on this day before immediately going into extended session for the purpose of finalizing the budget. However, the regular session can be extended for other purposes by a two-thirds vote by both houses.

Beyond March 13th - Extended Budget Session - If the Legislature hasn’t passed the budget bill before the 57th day of session, the Governor is required by the West Virginia Constitution (§6-51D) to issue a proclamation extending the session for the sole purpose of finalizing the budget. This allows the Legislature to consider the financial impact of the bills it passed during the regular session. During this extended session, budget conferees from the House and Senate meet to work out a final version of the budget, which must then be passed by both bodies before going to the Governor.



Friday, February 19, 2010 - 01:28 PM

Senate Advances 16 Bills to Third Reading
As voices of the Glenville State Choir filled the chamber, the Senate reconvened today at 11 a.m.

They advanced 16 bills to third reading, including Senate Bill 443, which would require those convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol and who are on probation, paroled or on other conditional release for that offense to participate in the Motor Vehicle Test and Lock Program. The bill establishes conditions for participation in the program. The bill also provides a sentencing court with the authority to set eligibility requirements for participation in the program.

The Senate also adopted House Resolution 33 , which declared February 19, 2010 Higher Education Day. Many of West Virginia's colleges presented displays throughout the Capitol Building.

The following committees will meet Monday:
Pensions- 2 p.m. 451M
Judiciary- 3 p.m. 208W
Finance- 3 p.m. 451M

The Senate will reconvene Monday at 11 a.m.

›› Senate bills introduced on this date


Friday, February 19, 2010 - 01:00 PM

House Passes Six Bills; Three Advanced to Third Reading
The House reconvened this morning at 11 a.m. and were greeted with the spiritual sounds of The Martin Luther King Jr. Male Chorus. The chorus, which hails from Charleston, was at the State Capitol to continue the celebration of Black History Month.

This morning members also passed six bills, introduced 28 bills and adopted six resolutions. Bills passed included House Bill 4212 which would require the Public Service Commission to update railroad walkway safety regulations. Also passed was House Bill 4361 which would remove provisions prohibiting sharing domestic violence information with other governements.

Additionally, three bills were presented for second reading and two for first reading. Bills on second reading included Senate Bill 391 which relates to county board of education members' eligibility. Also, House Bill 4187 which would continue the current hazardous waste management fee until 2015.

Members also introduced 28 bills this morning. These included House Bill 4576 which would terminate tolls on the West Virginia Turnpike before 2020. Also introduced was House Bill 4583 which would permit municipalities and counties to use proceeds from the hotel occupancy tax to fund public libraries.

The following committees will meet on Monday:

Judiciary-9 a.m. 410M
Finance-9:30 a.m. 460M
Government Organization-1:30 p.m. 215E
Finance-1:30 p.m. 460M
Political Subdivisions-3 p.m. 215E
Health & Human Resources-4 p.m. 215E

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

›› House bills introduced on this date


Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 01:26 PM

Senate Suspends Rules to Pass Controlled Substance Bill
The Senate reconvened today at 11 a.m. and suspended the constitutional rule which says a bill must be read on three separate days in order to pass Senate Bill 364.

The bill would permit duly authorized agents of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, for use in post-mortem examinations, to have access to inspect certain confidential information on controlled substances that is required to be kept by the State Board of Pharmacy.

The Senate also suspended the constitutional rule to pass Senate Bill 611, which would remove location requirements for offices of the Higher Education Policy Commission, the Vice Chancellor for Administration and the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education.

Additionally, four resolutions were adopted including Senate Resolution 28, which honored the Boy Scouts of America for their 100 anniversary. The Boy Scouts deliver 30 million hours of community service every year.

The following committees will meet today:
Education- 2 p.m. 451M
Finance- 3 p.m. 451M
Judiciary- 3 p.m. 208W

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

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

›› Senate bills introduced on this date


Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 12:54 PM

Six House Bills Advanced to Third Reading, Local Hero Honored
Members from the House reconvened this morning introducing 38 bills and adopting three resolutions. Legislators also presented a citation to Melquan Brown. Brown, a Charleston native was presented with the citation for rescuing a girl he barely knew that had fallen through an ice covered creek.

Bills introduced this morning included House Bill 4532 which would allow the Division of Energy to develop a public relations campaign focused on educating the Washington, D.C. area and the federal government about West Virginia coal. Also introduced this morning was House Bill 4564 which would alter apportionment of the membership of the House of Delegates by adding a 59th delegate district consisting of portions of Mason and Putnam counties.

Additionally, 6 bills were presented for second reading and 3 for first reading. Bills on second reading included House Bill 4277 which would authorize the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection to issue National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits. Also, House Bill 4361 which would remove provisions prohibiting sharing domestic violence information with other governments.

The following committees will meet today:

Judiciary-1 p.m. 410M
Joint Finance-1 p.m. House Chamber
Education-2 p.m. 434M
Government Organization-2 p.m. 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

Roads & Transportation-10 a.m. 215E
Education-9 a.m. 434M
Judiciary-9 a.m. 410M

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

›› House bills introduced on this date


Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 01:58 PM

Senate Adopts Six Resolutions, Passes One Bill
It was Children's Day in the Legislature today and the Senate celebrated it with Senate Resolution 27, which honored Kids' Chance of West Virginia.

Senate Bill 372, which would update language in the West Virginia Medical Practice Act, passed.

The following resolutions were adopted: Senate Concurrent Resolution 25, Senate Concurrent Resolution 26, House Concurrent Resolution 2, House Concurrent Resolution 11 and House Concurrent Resolution 17.

11 bills were introduced including Senate Bill 590, which would develop a state coal education campaign, Senate Bill 598, which would create a misdemeanor offense for child neglect with substantial risk of injury, and Senate Bill 599, which would create a felony offense for reckless transfer of HIV or AIDS.

The following committees will meet today:

Natural Resources-1 p.m. 208W
Confirmations-1:30 p.m. 219M
Government Organization-2 p.m. 208W
Finance-3 p.m. 451M
Judiciary-3 p.m. 208W

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

Finance-9:30 a.m. 451M
Judiciary-10 a.m. 208W

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 01:54 PM

House Passes Bill Helping Municipalities Deal with Vacant Properties
The House reconvened to pass five bills, including House Bill 4034, which would authorize any municipality to enact by ordinance a vacant property registration program. The House also introduced House Bill 4526, which would require the removal of ice and snow from vehicles before operating them on highways, and six other bills.

In addition, the House adopted House Joint Resolution 101, the Commercial and Industrial Tangible Personal Property Tax Exemption Amendment, and six bills advanced to second reading, including House Bill 4354, which relates to conditions and arrests in domestic violence matters.

The House also adopted House Concurrent Resolution 56, which if adopted by the Senate, would place signs in Fayette County indicating the crossing of the 38th Parallel North in honor of veterans of the Korean War.

The following committees will meet today:
Roads and Transportation-2 p.m.-215E
Health and Human Resources-4:30 p.m.-215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance-9 a.m.-460M
Judiciary-9 a.m.-410M
Government Organization-2 p.m.-215E

The House will reconvene 11 a.m. tomorrow.

›› House bills introduced on this date


Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - 12:56 PM

Senate Passes Police Chief Bill
The Senate celebrated Corrections Day and West Virginia Human Resources Day as they adopted two resolutions, passed four bills and introduced six more.

In keeping with Corrections Day, Senate Bill 89 passed unanimously. This bill would allow police chiefs and deputy chiefs to return to previously held police positions at the end of their elected term.

Other bills passed included Senate Bill 354, which would change terminology relating to traffic crashes, Senate Bill 382, which would change oil and gas drilling reporting procedures, and Senate Bill 391, which would change county board of education member's eligibility requirements.

Senate Bill 372, which would update language within the West Virginia Medical Practice Act, was read a second time and will be on third reading tomorrow.

Introduced bills included Senate Bill 583, Senate Bill 584, Senate Bill 585, Senate Bill 586, Senate Bill 587 and Senate Bill 588.

The following committees will meet today:

Health and Human Resources-1 p.m. 451M
Banking and Insurance-2 p.m. 208W
Finance-3 p.m. 451M
Judiciary-3 p.m. 208W

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

Labor-9 a.m. 208W
Energy, Industry and Mining- 10 a.m. 208W
Natural Resources- 1 p.m. 208W
Confirmations-1:30 p.m. 219M
Government Organization-2 p.m. 208W

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

›› Senate bills introduced on this date


Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - 12:55 PM

House Recognizes Corrections Day
The House of Delegates reconvened to pass House Bill 4220, which would require the Board of Medicine to treat a person qualified as a radiologic practitioner assistant as a radiologist assistant. One House Joint Resolution, House Resolution 101, the Commercial and Industrial Tangible Personal Property Tax Exemption Amendment, and five bills also advanced to third reading, including House Bill 4034, which would authorize any municipality to enact by ordinance a vacant property registration program.

In addition, the House adopted House Resolution 22, establishing February 16, 2010 as Corrections Day. Four House Concurrent Resolutions were adopted as well.

Fifteen bills were introduced to the House, including House Bill 4514, which would eliminate the sales tax on food.

The following committees will meet today:

Finance-1 p.m.-460M
Judiciary-1 p.m.-410M
Government Organization-2 p.m.-215E
Education-2 p.m.-434M
Natural Resources-4 p.m.-215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

Agriculture-8:30 a.m.-215E
Veterans Affairs-9 a.m.-460M
Natural Resources-9:15 a.m.-215E
Banking and Insurance-10 a.m.-215E
Pensions and Retirement-10 a.m.-460M
Political Subdivisions-1 p.m.-410M
Roads and Transportation-2 p.m.-215E
Senior Citizen Issues-3 p.m.-215E
Health and Human Resources-4 p.m.-215E

The House will reconvene 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Monday, February 15, 2010 - 01:13 PM

Senate Honors Veterans with Resolutions and Legislation
The Senate honored local heroes this morning as they reconvened and passed five bills and introduced 10.

The Senate first honored local hero Melquan Brown, a high school student who saved a girl who had fallen through the ice of a pond, by adopting Senate Resolution 22. Brown attends Capitol High School in Charleston.

They then honored West Virginian military veterans with the adoption of Senate Resolution 23, which declared today Veteran's Visibility Day, and Senate Resolution 24, which honored World War II veterans.

The senators were joined in the chamber by 21 West Virginia veterans.

They passed five bills, the first of which being Senate Bill 38, which would create a West Virginia Servicemembers Civic Relief Act. This bill would put the federal Servicemembers Civic Relief Act into state law.

The other four bills the Senate passed include: Senate Bill 218, which would provide early parole for certain non-violent inmates, Senate Bill 236, which would create an Aquaculture Development Act, Senate Bill 397, which would create a single dwelling residential housing index, and Senate Bill 436, which would replace Latin with the English equivalent in a portion of West Virginia Code.

Four bills will be in third reading tomorrow, including Senate Bill 89, Senate Bill 354, Senate Bill 382, and Senate Bill 391.

The Senate continued to honor veterans with the introduction of Senate Bill 574. This bill would establish December 7 as a special Memorial Day.

The following committees will meet today:

Natural Resouces-1 p.m. 208W
Pensions-2 p.m. 208W
Finance-3 p.m. 451M
Judiciary-3 p.m. 208W

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

Transportation and Infrastructure, hearing on snow removal and emergency response-9 a.m. 451M
Government Organization-10 a.m. 208W
Health and Human Resources-1 p.m. 451M
Education-2 p.m. 451M
Banking and Insurance-2 p.m. 208W
Finance-3 p.m. 451M
Judiciary-3 p.m. 208W

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Monday, February 15, 2010 - 12:44 PM

House Passes Five Bills, Honors State Veterans
The House reconvened to unanimously pass five bills, including House Bill 4179, which would remove the termination date of the Equal Pay Commission. In addition, House Bill 4220 advanced to third reading and six bills advanced to second reading.

Sixteen bills were introduced in the House, including House Bill 4498, which would prohibit smoking in the capitol building and all offices.

The House also established Feb. 15, 2010 as Veterans Visibility Day through the adoption of House Resolution 21. Various veterans were present to receive the resolution.

The following committees will meet today:
Judiciary-1 p.m.-410M
Finance-1:30 p.m.-460M
Health and Human Resources-4 p.m.-215E
Roads and Transportation-4:30 p.m.-460M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Judiciary-9 a.m.-410M

The House will reconvene 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Friday, February 12, 2010 - 12:51 PM

Senate Finishes Another Week
The Senate convened for a quick Friday session this morning and read six bills on second reading, as well as introduced 21 bills.

Bills on second reading included Senate Bill 38, Senate Bill 218, Senate Bill 236, Senate Bill 391, Senate Bill 397 and Senate Bill 436.

The bills introduced included Senate Bill 552, which would create an Office of Child Advocacy, Senate Bill 558, which would create neighborhood watch programs and Senate Bill 567, which would create the Nonprofit Adventure and Recreational Responsibility Act.

The following committees will meet Monday:
Transportation and Infrastructure-10 a.m. 451M
Natural Resources-1 p.m. 208W
Pensions-2 p.m. 208W
Finance-3 p.m. 451M
Judiciary-3 p.m. 208W

The Senate will reconvene Monday at 11 a.m.

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Friday, February 12, 2010 - 12:47 PM

House Introduces 31 Bills, Moves Five to Third Reading
Five bills advanced to third reading as the House reconvened. These bills were part of Friday's special calendar and include House Bill 4179, which would remove the termination date of the Equal Pay Commission.

The House named six bridges through the adoption of House concurrent resolutions and also introduced 31 bills, including House Bill 4472, which would prohibit the use of of a mobile communication device to engage in text messaging or additional technologies while operating a motor vehicle, and House Bill 4479, which would establish a bill of rights for children in foster care.

Students from the Pre-K Public Employees Day Care Center led the House in the Pledge of Allegiance and entertained delegates through the singing of two songs, including "Country Roads."

The following committees will meet Monday:
Finance-9:15 a.m.-460M
Health and Human Resources-4 p.m.-215E
Roads and Transportation-4:30 p.m.-410M

The House will reconvene at 10:45 a.m. Monday.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 03:51 PM

Tourism Day Attracts Statewide Exhibits
Tourism and entertainment sites from all over the state flocked to the capitol to show what makes West Virginia "wild and wonderful."

Pictured are three participating exhibits from Sculpted Air, Tasty Blend Foods, Inc., and Southern West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Sculpted Air by Dizzy Doc is a professional entertainment business that takes the art of balloon animals to the next level. Dizzy Doc has been a balloon artist for 17 years and this marks his third year at the capitol. Today, he sculpted a balloon heart in honor of Valentine's Day, but his largest piece was a model of the New River Gorge Bridge, which took him 48 hours to complete. He has also made a replica of the State Capitol, which stood at 22 and a half feet tall and 33 feet wide.

Tasty Blend Foods, Inc., is a company based in Fraziers Bottom, W.Va. Sales Manager Homer Combs presented samples of prepared mixes from his company. They have several food mixes available ranging from biscuit mix to mashed potatoes to desserts.

The Southern West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau also had an exhibit to showcase tourism in their area. Places such as the Hatfield-McCoy Trail, the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and the New River Gorge Bridge are just a few examples of what tourists and residents of the state can engage in.

Many other attractions were also featured throughout the capitol, creating a cornucopia of tourism opportunities.




Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 12:47 PM

Five House Bills Moved to Second Reading
The House of Delegates reconvened on the 30th day of session to introduce 21 bills. These bills include House Bill 4438, which would create a commission to develop a pilot program to help at-risk youth in West Virginia, and House Bill 4446, which would re-categorize recycled energy as a renewable energy resource.

Five bills also progressed to second reading, including House Bill 4179, which would remove the termination date of the Equal Pay Commission, and House Bill 4355, which would make it a felony offense to disarm or attempt to disarm probation officers and parole officers.

The following committees will meet today:
Finance-1 p.m.-460M
Judiciary-1 p.m.-410M
Government Organization-1:30 p.m.-215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Government Organization-10 a.m.-215E

The House will reconvene 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 12:45 PM

Senate Passes Bill Re-categorizing Recycled Energy as a Renewable Resource
The Senate reconvened this morning and passed two bills after introducing 15.

The bills passed included Senate Bill 350, which would include energy produced from exhaust heat, waste gas and electricity extracted from a pressure drop in gas to the list of renewable energy resources, and Senate Bill 405, which would allow the Department of Environmental Protection to issue legislative rules relating to oil wells, gas wells and other wells.

The introduced bills included Senate Bill 541, which would increase penalties for passing a stopped school bus, Senate Bill 544, which would require death certificates to legibly state the cause of death, and Senate Bill 545, which would create a Drunk Driving Victim's Compensation Fund, among others.

The following committees will meet today:
Health and Human Resources-1 p.m. 451M
Judiciary-2:45 p.m. 208W
Finance-3 p.m. 451M

The following committee will meet tomorrow:
Economic Development-9 a.m. 451M

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 01:46 PM

Senate Passes Three Bills; Honors Marshall University
As the Senate reconvened this morning, members were greeted by the sounds of the Marshall University Fife and Drum Corps. The corps members played three songs, including a rousing rendition of Yankee Doodle Dandee.

Highlighting the Session was the passage of three bills. Senate Bill 380 would expand animal fighting prohibitions, Senate Bill 420 which would deny certain retired troopers from carrying handguns. Also passed this morning was Senate Bill 499 which would change the name of certain community and technical colleges.

Senate Bill 350 was advanced to third reading. If passed this bill would recategorize recycled energy as renewable energy resource. Additionally, Senate Bill 436 was advanced to second reading. If passed this bill would update language relating to process of incorporation.

Members also adopted Senate Resolution 20 designating today as Marshall University Day at the State Capitol.

The following committees will meet today:

Education-2 p.m. 451M
Banking-2 p.m. 208W
Judiciary-3 p.m. 208W
Finance-3 p.m. 451M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

Energy-10 a.m. 208W
Government Organization-2 p.m. 208W

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 01:27 PM

House Votes to Increase Penalties for Selling Tobacco to Minors
The House reconvened today at 11 a.m. and passed House Bill 2773.

The bill would increase monetary penalties for selling tobacco products to minors. First-time offenders would be fined $100 for violating the law, currently the fine is $25.

Four additional bills were passed. Bills passed include House Bill 4134,which would remove non-utilized code sections, and House Bill 4194, which would incorporate the Division of Criminal Justice Services into the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. House Bill 4128 relates to insurance companies deemed to be in hazardous financial condition and House Bill 4247 would provide counties the discretion to accompany an electronic poll book with a printed poll book.

Also, House Resolution 20 was adopted naming Wednesday, February 10, 2010 "Marshall University Day." Several leaders from Marshall University, along with school mascot Marco, were present to receive the resolution. Delegates participated by wearing green attire.

The following committees will meet today:
Roads and Transportation- 2 p.m. 215E
Health and Human Resources- 4:30 p.m. 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Judiciary- 9 a.m. 410M
Government Organization- 1:30 p.m. 215E

THe House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Tuesday, February 09, 2010 - 12:37 PM

House Introduces Bill Increasing Funds For Autism Spectrum Disorders
The House reconvened today at 11 a.m. and introduced a bill concerning autism spectrum disorders.

House Bill 4410 would require health insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorders. The bill sets forth the types of coverage required and requires medical services to be provided on a nondiscriminatory basis. Fourteen other bills were introduced during the brief session.

The House also advanced five bills to third reading. The bills advanced included House Bill 2773 which would increase the monetary penalties for selling tobacco products to minors, and House Bill 4128, which relates to insurance companies deemed to be in hazardous financial conditions.

The following committees will meet today:
Judiciary- 1 p.m. 410M
Government Organization- 1:30 p.m. 215E
Education- 2 p.m. 434M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Agriculture- 8:30 a.m. 215E
Natural Resources- 9:15 a.m. 215E
Pensions and Retirement- 10 a.m. 460M
Banking and Insurance- 10 a.m. 215E
Constitutional Revisions- 2 p.m. 410M
Senior Citizen Issues- 3 p.m. 215E
Health and Human Resources- 4:30 p.m. 215E

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Tuesday, February 09, 2010 - 12:05 PM

Four Bills Advanced to Third Reading
The Senate reconvened this morning, introducing seven bills and advancing four bills to third reading. Bills introduced included Senate Bill 515 which would prohibit certain firearm purchases. Senate Bill 516 would create public shooting ranges permits. Also introduced today was Senate Bill 518 would create the Governor's Commission to Seize Future of Energy for America.

Highlighting the Session was the advancement of four bills to third reading. Senate Bill 380, Senate Bill 405, Senate Bill 420 and Senate Bill 499 will be up for vote tomorrow. Additionally, Senate Bill 350 was advanced to second reading. If passed, this bill would re-categorize recycled energy as renewable energy resource.

The following committees will meet today:
Education-2 p.m. 451M
Banking-2 p.m. 208W
Judiciary-3 p.m. 208W
Finance-3 p.m. 451M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Energy-10 a.m. 208W
Government Organization-2 p.m. 208W

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Monday, February 08, 2010 - 12:16 PM

House Passes Physical Therapy Bill
The House reconvened today at 11 a.m. and passed House Bill 4140, also known as the Physical Therapy Bill. The purpose of the bill would be to update the law governing the practice of physical therapy.

Two additional bills were passed. House Bill 2663 would expand the power of municipal parking authority officers and House Bill 4166 would allow persons over the age of 35 who are already employed by a fire department to transfer without committing a violation.

Five bills were advanced to second reading. Bills advanced include House Bill 2773, which would increase the monetary penalities for selling tobacco products to minors, and House Bill 4247, which would provide counties the discretion to accompany an electronic poll book with a printed poll book.

The House also introduced 19 bills; the House has introduced a total of 1,110 bills this Session.

The following committees will meet today:
Health and Human Resources- 4 p.m. 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Judiciary- 9 a.m. House Judiciary
Government Organization- 1:30 p.m. 215E

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Monday, February 08, 2010 - 12:04 PM

Banking Bill Passes Senate With Unanimous Vote
The Senate reconvened this morning at 11 a.m. Members introduced 11 bills and adopted nine resolutions. Highlighting the Session was the unanimous passage of Senate Bill 381. This bill regulates the ability of Division of Banking employees to obtain certain loans.

One bill was presented for second reading and will be scheduled for a vote tomorrow. Senate Bill 405 would authorize Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to promulgate legislative rule relating to oil and gas wells and other wells.

Additionally, three bills were presented for first reading. Senate Bill 380 would expand animal fighting prohibitions. Senate Bill 420 would deny certain retired troopers from carrying handguns and Senate Bill 499 seeks to change the names of certain community and technical colleges.

Members also adopted Senate Resolution 19 which congratulates Erica Jade Goldsmith on being named Miss West Virginia for 2010.

The following committees will meet today:

Natural Resources-1 p.m. 208W
Pensions-2 p.m. 451M
Judiciary-2:30 p.m. 208W
Finance-3 p.m. 451M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

Economic Development-9 a.m. 451M
Government Organization-10 a.m. 208W
Transportation-10 a.m. 451M
Banking-2 p.m. 208W

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Friday, February 05, 2010 - 12:20 PM

Banking BIll Set For Vote Next Week
Members of the Senate reconvened this morning at 11 a.m. Highlighting the Session was the advancement of Senate Bill 381 to third reading and a possible vote next week. If passed, the bill would regulate the ability of Division of Banking employees to obtain certain loans.

During the Session members introduced 19 bills, presented seven resolutions and one resolution was adopted. Bills introduced included Senate Bill 484 which would limit landowners' civil liability for certain hunting injuries. Also, Senate Bill 495 would require magistrates possess bachelor's or associate degree.

Additionally, Senate Bill 405 was presented for first reading. If passed, this bill would authorize DEP to promulgate legislative rule relating to oil and gas wells and other wells.

Members adopted Senate Resolution 16 which recognizes the contributions of the WV Women Ordinance Workers.

The following committees will meet on Monday:

Pensions-2 p.m. 208W
Judiciary-3 p.m. 208W

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



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Friday, February 05, 2010 - 12:16 PM

House Adopts "National Wear Red Day" Resolution
The House reconvened today at 11 a.m. and adopted two resolutions honoring women.

House Resolution 16 was adopted, declaring February 5th, "National Wear Red Day", in awareness of women's heart disease. Members of the House participated, donning red attire for today's Session.

Also honored were West Virginia women who were part of the Women's Ordinance Workers during World War II. House Resolution 17 was adopted and several "Rosie the Riveters" ladies were present.

In addition, House Bill 4140 and House Bill 4166 were advanced to third reading.

The following committees will meet on Monday:
Health and Human Resources- 4 p.m. 213E

The House will reconvene Monday at 11 a.m.

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Thursday, February 04, 2010 - 02:45 PM

Ceremony Recognizes Sacrifice of State Law Enforcement

Lawmakers from both the House and Senate adopted resolutions declaring today Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Law enforcement officers from around the state were honored today at the State Capitol. In addition to law enforcement officials, families of fallen officers were also in attendance. A ceremony was also held in the Capitol rotunda.

Captain Bryan Davis, a Prevention Resource Officer from the Ritchie County Sheriff's office, said that he has experienced losing someone close to him in the line of duty and that it is important to honor the families of those fallen officers.

"It means a lot. I have been affected by someone who was killed in the line of duty. Its nice that other families who are affected the same can come here and be honored," he said.



Thursday, February 04, 2010 - 02:18 PM

House Suspends Rules to Pass Bill for Hardy County
The House reconvened today at 11 a.m. and passed three bills.

The House suspended the constitutional rule requiring a bill be read on three separate days in order to pass House Bill 4309, which would authorize the town of Moorefield, the Hardy County Commission and Hardy County's largest corporate user of public wastewater facilities to construct and maintain a state of the art regional wastewater treatment plant.

One additional bill was passed. House Bill 2503 would require licensed tattoo artists to inform patrons, prior to performing the tattoo procedure, of the potential problems that a tattoo may cause in relation to the reading of magnetic resonance imaging.

The following committees will meet today:
Judiciary- 1 p.m. 410M
Government Organization- 1:30 p.m. 215E
Education- 2 p.m. House Education
Education Subcommittee- 4 p.m. House Education

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Thursday, February 04, 2010 - 01:18 PM

Senate Resolution Honors State Law Enforcement
The Senate reconvened this morning introducing 16 bills, adopting 6 resolutions and presenting one bill for first reading.

Bills introduced today included, Senate Bill 473 which would authorize conservation officers to conduct boat safety checks. Senate Bill 476 which would create the West Virginia Innovation and Development Act. Also introduced today, was Senate Bill 468 which would permit certain retirees employment without an annuity payment decrease.

Senate Bill 381 was presented for first reading. If passed, this bill would regulate the ability of the Division of Banking employees to obtain certain loans.

Members of the Senate also adopted 6 resolutions including Senate Resolution 15 designating today as Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Members presented the resolution to numerous law enforcement officials from around the state. Also presented with the resolution were the wife and parents of the late Jerry Jones. A Charleston Police Officer, Jones only 27, was tragically killed in the line of duty last fall.

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

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Economic Development-9 a.m. 208W
Military-10 a.m. 208W

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Wednesday, February 03, 2010 - 12:36 PM

Fourteen Bills Introduced in Senate
The Senate met briefly to continue with the introduction of bills. Thirteen bills were introduced, including Senate Bill 455, which would require that people arrested for felonies submit DNA samples, and Senate Bill 459, which would require Senate confirmation of certain board and commission appointees. The Senate heard reports in regards to previously introduced bills now in committees for consideration.

Two resolutions were also adopted, including Senate Resolution 13, which declared February 3, 2010 as "Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Day" and Senate Resolution 14, which designated February 3, 2010 as "Social Work Day."

The following committees will meet today:

Government Organization-2 p.m.-208W
Finance-3 p.m.-451M
Judiciary-3 p.m.-208W

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

Economic Development-10:30 a.m.-President's Conference Room
Education-2 p.m.-451M
Finance-3 p.m.-451M
Judiciary-3 p.m.-208W

The Senate will reconvene 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Wednesday, February 03, 2010 - 12:35 PM

Bill Relating to Criminal Parole Passes House
The House reconvened today at 11 a.m. and passed three bills.

House Bill 4171 relates to assessments that take place when a convicted criminal is up for parole. These criminals are currently subjected to various assessments concerning the nature of the original crime, behavior during incarceration and psycho-analysis. This bill would encourage the use of criminogenic risk and needs assessments; these psychological assessments can be used to predict if the criminal may commit an unlawful act again and can be used to assess the needs of the criminal if parole is granted.

The additional bills passed included House Bill 4133, which would clarify the requirements to practice marriage and family therapy, and House Bill 4142, which would update the practice of environmental health science and the State Board of Sanitarians.

Also, the House advanced two bills to third reading, House Bill 2503 and House Bill 2663.

Additionally, the House adopted House Resolution 13 declaring Wednesday, February 3, 2010 as "Professional Social Work Day." Several Delegates introduced guests from Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Awareness groups who had booths set up in the capitol rotunda.

The following committees will meet today:
Energy, Industry and Labor- 1 p.m. 460M
Constitutional Revision- 2 p.m. House Chamber
Roads and Transportation- 2 p.m. 215E
Health and Human Resources- 4 p.m. 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance Subcommittee- 9 a.m. 460M

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010 - 12:44 PM

House Votes to Raise Penalty for Unreported Child Abuse
With a unanimous vote, the House passed House Bill 2612 after reconvening today at 11 a.m. This bill would increase penalities for failing to report child abuse; penalities would include 30 days jail time, $1000 fine or a combination of the two.

Also passed was House Bill 2561, which would provide applicants for a farm use exemption certificates not to be required to appear before any assessor for renewal.

Three bills were advanced to third reading, including House Bill 4133 which would clarify the requirements to practice marriage and family therapy. Two bills were advance to second reading, including House Bill 2503 which would require licensed tattoo artists to inform patrons, prior to performing the tattoo procedure, of the potential problems that the tattoo may cause in relation to magnetic resonance imaging studies.

The House also introduced 42 bills. Introduced bills included House Bill 4264, which would require manually counting ballots in five percent of the relevant precincts in contested elections, and House Bill 4271 which relates to spped restrictions.

The following committees will meet today:
Judiciary- 1 p.m. 410
Government Organization- 1:30 p.m. 215E
Joint Education- 2 p.m. House Chamber
Joint Judiciary- 4 p.m. House Chamber

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Agriculture- 8:30 a.m. 215E
Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security- 9 a.m. 460
Natural Resources- 9:15 a.m. 215E
Banking and Insurance- 10 a.m. 215E
Pension and Retirement- 10 a.m. 460
Political Subdivisions- 1 p.m. 215E
Roads and Transportation- 2 p.m. 215E
Senior Citizen Issues- 3 p.m. 215E
Health and Human Resources- 4 p.m. 215E

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010 - 11:45 AM

Senate Honors Crime Victims Day, Passes Three Bills
The Senate reconvened to unanimously pass three bills, including Senate Bill 215, which would add the assault of volunteer firefighters and emergency medical service employees to existing laws for malicious assault, Senate Bill 339, which would correct invalid code reference related to voter registration list and Senate Bill 388, which would specify the number of members on municipal planning commissions.

In addition to passing three bills, the Senate introduced 19 bills, including Senate Bill 433, which would increase the compulsory school attendance age. Students from Kanawha Presbyterian Preschool led the Senate in the Pledge of Allegiance and sang "You're a Grand Old Flag."

With the adoption of Senate Resolution 12, the Senate established February 2, 2010 as Crime Victims Day.

The following committees will meet today:

Health and Human Resources-1 p.m.-451M
Banking and Insurance-2 p.m.-208W
Joint Education-2 p.m.-House Chamber
Finance-3 p.m.-451M
Judiciary-3:15 p.m.-208W

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

Pensions-10 a.m.-451M
Energy, Industry and Mining-10 a.m.-208W
Government Organization-2 p.m.-208W
Finance-3 p.m.-451M
Judiciary-3 p.m.-208W

The Senate will reconvene 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Monday, February 01, 2010 - 12:42 PM

House Passes Bill Concerning Hallucinogen
The House reconvened today at 11 a.m. and passed House Bill 4018, which would make it illegal to possess salvia divinorum when it is intended for human consumption. Salvia divinorum is a leafy plant that is being used as a hallucinogenic drug. For this reason, possession would result in a fine, up to six months jail time, or a combination of the two.

Two additional bills were passed. House Bill 2485, would allow pharmacy interns to vend pseudoephedrine and other chemical prescursors of methamphetamine. Pharmacy interns are defined as those who have graduated from pharmacy school, but are working with a licensed pharmacist while they are not yet licensed. House Bill 4139 relates to professional licensing boards.

The House also advanced two bills, House Bill 2561 and House Bill 2612, on to third reading. House Bill 4133, House Bill 4142 and House Bill 4171 were advanced to second reading.

The following committees will meet today:
Finance Subcommittee- 1 p.m. 460
Finance- 1:45 p.m. 460
Joint Judiciary- 3 p.m. House Chamber

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance - 9 a.m. - 460M
Finance - 1 p.m. - 460M
Government Organization - 1:30 p.m. - 215E
Constitutional Revision - Public hearing - 2 p.m. - House Chamber - concerning House Joint Resolution 101 and a proposed committee substitute submitted by the Governor
Federal Stimulus Utilization- 3 p.m. - 460

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Monday, February 01, 2010 - 12:12 PM

Senate Celebrates Women's Day
The Senate reconvened to adopt two resolutions, including Senate Resolution 11 , which designated February 1, 2010 as "Women's Day."

Three bills advanced to third reading, including Senate Bill 215, which would add the assault of volunteer firefighters and emergency service employees to existing laws for malicious assault, Senate Bill 339, which would correct invalid code reference related to voter registration list, and Senate Bill 388, which would specify the number of members on municipal planning commissions.

The Senate also introduced 29 bills, including Senate Bill 423, which would provide dentists tax incentive for free dental care.

The following committees will meet today:
Natural Resources-1 p.m.-208W
Agriculture-2 p.m.-208W
Joint Judiciary-3 p.m.-House Chamber
Finance-3 p.m.-451M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Economic Development-9 a.m.-451M
Government Organization-10 a.m.-208W
Transportation and Infrastructure-10 a.m.-451M
Banking and Insurance-2 p.m.-208W

The Senate will reconvene 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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