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Monday, February 27, 2017 - 04:31 PM

Bill to Streamline DUI Charges Considered by Senate Judiciary

The Senate Judiciary Committee is considering a bill for passage that would transfer decision-making to the courts instead of the Division of Motor Vehicles concerning license suspension and revocation in cases where an individual is charged with driving under the influence.

The bill, SB 212, would allow magistrates to make determinations concerning a driver’s license in accordance with certain procedures, and all within the context of the criminal action.

Committee counsel Jennifer Greenlief said the bill was created to "streamline the process by which DUI charges are handled," by removing the burden of coordinating criminal and administrative proceedings for each case.

The DMV currently has a backlog of cases that Greenlief said could take 3-4 years to process due to continuances from schedule conflicts in cases.

Greenlief said the bill would "undoubtedly" save time in processing those cases.

The bill is identical to SB 534, which passed the Senate 24-10 last year and was sent by the House to be studied during the interim. No further action was taken with the bill after interim.

Prior to discussion of the bill, the committee approved SB 439 to be reported to the floor, which would clarify that because Salem Correctional Center lies in two counties, and the Courts of both Counties have expressed concern regarding venue, that venue shall lie in Harrison County for all actions. 



Monday, February 27, 2017 - 03:57 PM

Four Bill Move through House Gov. Org.

Today, House Gov. Org met and discussed four bills. All will be reported to floor with recommendation that they do pass; two bill will be referred to House Finance.

HB 2343 would require the State Police lease rather than buy vehicles, if its cost effective. The cars would be "wrapped" in state police colors. Wraps are a temporary paint job and could possibly be done at a cost between $500-$1,000; much cheaper than an actual paint job. 

"If the leasing was cheaper, State Police would have a new fleet," Chairman Howell said. Because most leasing companies have vehicles no more than five years old. 

This bill will be reported to the floor to be referred to the Finance Committee for farther consideration.

HB 2475 would require the Auditor and other state, county, district or municipal officers to certify to the Tax Commissioner the identity of payees prior to issuance of payments, and authorize the Tax Commissioner to identify those payees who are not in good standing with the Tax Department and to require the Auditor or issuing officer to forward to the Tax Commissioner the lesser of the amount of tax interest and penalty owed or the remaining amount of payment. This bill requires the Auditor or issuing officer or agent to notify the vendor or contractor of the amount being withheld and requires payment be withheld until the vendor or contractor is in good standing. 

This does not apply to income tax; only other fees owed to the state. 

State Auditor John McCuskey said, "We will not hire new people, because the current staff is capable. We will not increase the cost to the state."

This bill will be reported to the floor to be referred to the Finance Committee. 

HB 2502 would allow a licensed professional in another state to apply for licensure in West Virginia, if certain conditions are met. It would allow for the use of experience in work in another state to fulfill education requirements in certain occupations. 

This bill will be reported to the floor. 

HB 2630 would authorize the Board of Medicine and the Board of Osteopathic Medicine to share staff when it is efficient and practical to do so. 

The bill will be reported to the floor.



Monday, February 27, 2017 - 03:32 PM

Amended SB 344 is Reported by Senate Banking and Insurance Committee

The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee met today and reported SB 344 to the Committee on Judiciary with a recommendation that it pass.

Senate Bill 344 would specify that payments made on consumer credit sales and loans must be applied in order that they are due, otherwise there are penalties.

Senator Romano (D-Harrison) suggested the bill penalizes those who are trying to pay their minimum payments by allowing the late fee penalties to carry over.

Mr. Loren Allen, a presenter representing the Banking Commission. said the bill is well within the rights and obligations of the signers of the contract and is designed to punish chronic late payers and not those who have missed one payment, or are trying to meet their minimum payments.

Senator Romano then presented an amendment that would only penalize with late fees for the months where payments were late in order to prevent stacking. This amendment was defeated.

Senator Facemire (D-Braxton) suggested an amendment that would exempt credit cards from the bill, due to their fluctuation of minimum payments. This amendment was adopted. 

Senate Bill 344 as amended was then sent to the Committee on Judiciary with the recommendation that it pass.



Monday, February 27, 2017 - 01:41 PM

Trapping ID, Regional Trail Systems Bills Approved in Senate Natural Resources

The Senate Committee on Natural Resources has approved two bills to be reported to the full Senate with the recommendation that they pass.

SB 410 would allow a West Virginia Division of Natural Resources identification tag to be used to identify a trap, instead of just the name and address of the trapper.

Committee counsel Noelle Starek said the bill arose from a "constituent issue," in which a citizen believed the ID could serve as an equivalent to a name and address.

Some committee members rose concerns regarding the length of the process it could take to contact the DNR in order to retrieve a trapper's address and name, in case of an emergency involving the trap.

Memembers were reasurred by DNR Colonel Jerry Jenkins that the process would not take very long, as the DNR also has an extension with 9-1-1 emergency services.

SB 28 would allow three or more contiguous counties to create a regional recreation authority for off-highway vehicle trail riding and other recreational purposes.

The bill is modeled after an orginial law pertaining to the Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Authority.

Starek said supporters of the bill claim it will "boost economic development and tourism" by providing more unique trail systems throughout the state and Appalachian region.

Each recreation area would have to span at least 10,000 acres and be self-sustaining, aside from devoted funds from county commissions or federal trail and recreation grants.

The bill will be referred to the Senate Committe on Government Organization once reported to the floor.



Monday, February 27, 2017 - 01:39 PM

Four Bill Pass on House Floor

Today, four bills passed in the House, five bills were on second reading and two bills were on first reading. Bills passed were 2001, 2028, 2359, and 2479.

HB 2001 modifies the ethics and purchasing laws to provide more transparency in the government. 

HB 2028  allows a plaintiff or petitioner to file a claim or petition against the state, a state officer, or a state agency in the circuit court of a county in which the plaintiff or petitioner resides or in which a claim arose, as well as in the Circuit Court of Kanawha County. 

HB 2359  aligns the criminal penalties of practicing osteopathic medicine with those of practicing allopathic medicine. 

HB 2479  adopts and implement the provisions of the Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act in West Virginia. 

Committee Meetings Today

Roads and Transportation: 1: 30 p.m. in 215E

Judiciary: 2 p.m. in 410M

Finance: 2 p.m. in 460M

Education: 2:30 p.m. in 434M

Gov. Org.: 3 p.m. in 215E

Committee Meetings Tomorrow

Ag. and Nat. Resources: 9 a.m. in 215E

Industry and Labor: 10 a.m. in 215E

Political Subdivision: 1 p.m. in 434M

Select Committee on Prevention and Treatment: 3:30 p.m. in 215E

Pensions and Retirement: 4 p.m. in 460M

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



Monday, February 27, 2017 - 12:51 PM

Six Bills Passed Today on Senate Floor

The Senate met today and passed six bills to the House. The bills were SB 80, SB 164, SB 204, SB 231, SB 330, and SB 349.

Senate Bill 80 would equalize the criminal penalty for entering without breaking regardless of the time of day.

Senate Bill 164 would relate to traffic regulations and special load limits. This bill would make it more feasible for trucks to carry telephone poles and not need special permits to do so.

Senate Bill 204 would require persons appointed to fill vacancies by the Governor have the same qualifications for the vacated office.

Senate Bill 231 would relate to the State Board of Education and Medicaid-eligible children.

Senate Bill 330 would alter language in the West Virginia Workplace Freedom Act.

Senate Bill 349 would repeal outdated code relating to the division of corrections.

Bills on second reading were SB 9, SB 125, SB 214SB 236, SB 321, and SB 426. SB 9 and SB 236 were laid over for one day and will stay on second reading.

Senate Resolution 22 was adopted which congratulated the Cabell Midland Golf Team on winning the 2016 Class AAA golf tournament.

Senate Resolution 23 was adopted which recognized Leadership Berkeley for its service, dedication, and commitment to Berkeley County.

Senate Bills 442-457 were introduced today.

Some senators had remarks today. Senator Mullins (R-Raleigh) said that he was disappointed in the Confirmations Committee and thy should stop trying to catch people up in "gotcha questions" but work in a bipartisan manner. Senator Trump (R-Morgan) defended Senate Bill 330. Senator Karnes (R-Upshur) said Nevada has switched from an income tax to a higher consumption tax and that they have grown much more than West Virginia has since they have done that. Senator Romano (D-Harrison) said the Senate should not be interjecting themselves into the third branch of government and Senate Bill 330 would do that.

The following committees meet today:

Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M.

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W.

Banking and Insurance at 2 p.m. in 451M.

Natural Resources at 1 p.m. in 208W.

Tomorrow, Transportation and Infrastructure meets at 10 a.m. in 451M.

 

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



Friday, February 24, 2017 - 03:00 PM

Five Bills Discussed in House Judiciary

Today the Judiciary Committee met and discussed five bills.

HB 2329 would make it unlawful to product, manufacture, or possess fentanyl. This bill sets penalties for offenses.

HB 2367 would establish organized retail crime as a crime and establish penalties.

HB 2579 would increase the penalties for transportation of narcotics and certain controlled substances into the state.

HB 2526 would classify more drugs to Schedule I, II, IV, and V of controlled substances.

HB 2648 would increase the minimum sentence by three years for individuals convicted of manufacturing, delivering, or transporting controlled substances in the presence of a minor.

HB 2620 would create a central repository of drug overdose information in West Virginia. It establishes the program, purpose and a reporting system requirements. 



Friday, February 24, 2017 - 02:38 PM

Senate Tax Reform Hears Presentations on Repealing Income Tax

The Senate's Select Committee on Tax Reform heard presentations from two major fiscal research organizations on a bill that would repeal the personal income tax in West Virginia.

The bill, SB 335, would also phase out the consumer sales and service tax and the use tax to create and enact a general consumption tax law.

Tax Foundation policy analyst Jared Walczak said the "very bold approach" of eliminating the income tax would increase productivity and migration into the state, as seen in other states that have enacted similar legislation.

"West Virginia has some disadvantages," Walczak said. "The tax code needs to be more attractive."

Walczak said a lower or nonexistent income tax in the state would make it much easier or more enticing for businesses to locate in the state, especially since West Virginia is closely located to several major cities including Pittsburgh, Columbus and Washington, D.C.

Executive director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, Ted Boettner, said the shift of revenue dependence onto a general consumption tax would most likely harm to low- and moderate-income families, while cutting costs for high-earning families.

Boettner said some low-income earners would have to pay up to $2,700 more in taxes each year if the bill were to pass.

Unlike the Tax Foundation's findings, Boettner said his research showed that major cuts to income tax make "little difference" in stimulating state economies.

"I would make a strong argument that there wouldn't be economic growth," Boettner said.

Members of the committee are looking forward to developing the bill further to explore the possibilities it could present the state, as well as address issues the state would wish to avoid.

"It's something big for this state," Senator Glenn Jeffries (D-Putnam) said. "It's huge."

Nine states currently do not have an income tax. Many other states have lowered their income tax or are considering legislation to eliminate the tax.

The committee will examine the specifics of the committee substitute for the bill at the next meeting. The fiscal note will also be analyzed if available at that time.

Once approved by the comittee, the bill will be referred to the Senate Finance Committee.



Friday, February 24, 2017 - 12:13 PM

Three Bills Pass the Senate Today

Today the Senate passed three bills. Those bills were SB 41, SB 113, and SB 325.

Senate Bill 41 would extend the time a person may be subject to probation.

Senate Bill 113 would authorize the DEP to promulgate the legislative rules bundle in order to be consistent with federal standards.

Senate Bill 325 would relate to crossbow hunting.

Bills on Second reading were SB 9, SB 80, SB 164, SB 204, SB 231, SB 236, SB 330, and SB 349 with SB 9 and SB 236 being laid over one day.

Senate Bills 427-441 were introduced.

The following committees meet today:

The Select Committee on Tax Reform at 1:30 p.m. and 10 a.m. Monday in 451M.

 

The Senate is adjourned until Monday at 11 a.m.



Friday, February 24, 2017 - 12:03 PM

Four Bills on Second Reading in House

Committee Substitutes for HB 2001, HB 2028, HB 2359, and HB 2479 were read for the second time today.

HB 2001 would modify the ethics and purchasing laws to provide more transparency in government. 

HB 2028 would allow a plaintiff or petitioner to file a claim or petition against the state, a state officer, or state agency in the circuit court of a county in which the plaintiff or petitioner resides or which a claim arose as well as in the Circuit Court of Kanawha County. 

HB 2359 would align the criminal penalties of practicing osteopathic medicine with those of practicing allopathic medicine. 

HB 2479 would adopt and implement the provisions of the Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act in West Virginia. 

Committee Meetings Today

Judiciary: Continuing at 12:15 p.m. in 410M

Committee Meetings Monday, Feb. 27th 

Judiciary Public Hearing on HB 2506 at 8:30 a.m. in the House Chamber

Roads and Transportation: 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. in 215E

Finance: 2 p.m. in 460M

Gov. Org.: 2 p.m. in 215E

Education: 2:30 p.m. in 434M

 

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. on Monday.



Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 03:18 PM

Senate Government Organization Committee Reports Five Bills

The Senate Government Organization Committee met today and reported five bills. The bills reported were SB 346, SB 180, SB 235, SB 221, and SB 190.

Senate Bill 346 would relate generally to jurisdiction of PSC over motor carriers. The bill was reported to the full Senate with recommendation that it pass.

Senate Bill 180 would relate to PSC jurisdiction over certain telephone company and internet services. The bill was reported to the full Senate with recommendation that it pass.

Senate Bill 235 would relate to motorcycle registration renewal. The bill was reported to the Committee on Finance with the recommendation that it pass.

Senate Bill 221 would relate to the composition of the PEIA Finance Board. It reduces the board from ten to eight members and also requires specific qualifications of those members. The bill was reported to the full Senate with recommendation that it pass. 

Senate Bill 190 would eliminate bidders' preference for in-state vendors on state contracts. The bill was reported to the full Senate with recommendation that it pass.



Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 03:03 PM

ACT Testing Bill Approved, Pilot Program Postponed in Senate Education

The Senate Education Committee has approved a bill that would require ACT and ACT Aspire to be used as the official comprehensive statewide student assessment.

The bill, SB 18, was reviewed by a subcommittee with Senator Patricia Rucker (R-Jefferson) as the Chair and Robert Plymale (D-Wayne) and Charles Trump (R-Morgan) as memebers.

The subcommittee culminated a report to present to the committee on the bill. The amendments suggested in the report were approved.

The bill will be referred to Senate Finance once reported to the floor.

The committee postponed decision on SB 251, which would create a three-year pilot program to establish school-based mental and behavioral health services for students and families as an alternative to standard disciplinary measures.

Dept. of Education Assisstant Director Justin Boggs said many schools have been requesting this kind of program to give students the attention they need, as well as keep kids out of juvenille centers.

The bill will be discussed in a future committee meeting.



Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 02:30 PM

House Banking and Insurance Discuss Five Bills Today

House Banking and Insurance met today to discuss five bills and four move on to other committees; two will be discussed more in the next meeting. 

HB 2619 would adopt the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' Risk Management and Own Risk Solvency Assessment Model Act for implementation by West Virginia insurers so that they are better equipped to assess their financial condition and remain solvent. If passed, this bill would take effect January 1, 2018. This bill will be reported to the floor with do recommendation that it do pass, but first be referred to the Judiciary Committee. 

HB 2471 would require insurance coverage for breast cancer screening be provided by the Public Employees Insurance Agency, accident and sickness insurance providers, group accident and sickness insurance providers. If passed, this bill would take effect January 1, 2018. This bill is to help with the "next step" after an issue is found in a mammogram. It would help cover the ultra sound to discover the details of the issue. This bill will be reported to the floor with the recommendation that it do pass, but first be refered to Finance Committee. 

HB 2460 would require teleheath services be treated the same as in person treatment. This bill will be reported to the floor with the recommendation that it do pass, but first be refered to the Committee on Health and Human Resources. 

Discussion on HB 2439 and HB 2672 will continue at the next meeting. 

HB 2439 would prohibit civil or administration action for unfair claim settlement practices against individuals and to require that these actions may only be maintained against insurance companies. This bill was laid over to the next meeting.

HB 2672 would eliminate conflicting provisions within current code relating to the application of payment and the assessment of delinquency fees on consumer credit sales and consumer loans.



Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 02:20 PM

Senate Committee on Energy, Industry and Mining Reports SB 16

The Senate Committee on Energy, Industry and Mining met today and reported SB 16 out of the committee.

Senate Bill 16 would repeal a section of code that would give tax exemptions to wind related power projects.

Brian Brown, a representative of Next Era Energy Resources said that the company he represents owns the Mountaineer Wind Energy Center that was built in 2002. He said that they were planning an expansion that would bring in property tax revenue. Removing the tax exemptions from wind projects would put the project in jeopardy.

The next presenter said that the tax breaks started in 2001. He elaborated that businesses come to West Virginia expecting these breaks and that it isn't fair to repeal them once these projects are built. Senator Mullins (R-Raleigh) said that 14 years is a long time to be propped up by the state and that they shouldn't expect them forever.

Senator Blair (R-Berkeley) said that other businesses don't get these tax breaks and that it is unfair now that they are turning a profit. 

Senator Facemire (D-Braxton) said that the amount that they no longer exempt is negotiable but they need the industry to work with the legislature.

Senate Bill 16 was then reported to the Senate Committee on Finance with the recommendation that it pass.



Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 02:07 PM

Senate Health Approves Two Bills, Postpones Bill on SNAP Requirments

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Resources has approved two bills to be reported to the floor with the recommendation that they pass.

SB 4 would allow certain licensed professionals to donate their time to the care of the indigent and the needy in this state for up to seven days at a time, despite the professional only being licensed in a different state.

The bill was passed by the legislature last year but was vetoed by former governor Earl Ray Tomblin due to a provision in the bill that would allow volunteering professionals to gain credit for their time against continuing education requirements needed to maintain their license. 

The provision has been removed from this year's bill by the committee's counsel to encourage passage.

CEO of West Virginia Health Right Dr. Angie Settle spoke to the committee in support of the bill. She said the bill would allow practitioners from other states to be able to help West Virginia in states of emergency, particularly, such as during the flood crisis during the summer of 2016.

SB 347 would modernize the Physician Assistants Practice Act by altering the make-up of the Board of Medicine to include a second physician assistant, allowing physician assistants to prescribe Schedule II and Schedule III drugs in certain circumstances, elimininating the need for a recertification exam once the physician assistant is board certified and allowing physician assistants to be reimbursed at the same rate as physicians and advance practice registered nurses.

The committee also moved to postone their decision on the last bill under consideration, SB 60, until a future meeting date.

SB 60 would provide for eligibility and fraud requirements for public assistance by requiring the Department of Health and Human Resources to implement work requirements for applicants for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

DHHR Deputy Secretary Jeremiah Samples addressed concerns from committee members about untintended consequences of the bill, such as how the bill would apply to counties suffering from an economic depression or how the bill relates to other federal services.

Samples said the bill was originally introduced to address high unemployment rates in the state.

Senate Bills 4 and 347 will be referred to Senate Judiciary once reported to the floor.



Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 01:03 PM

Bill to Rename Court of Claims passes in House

Today in the House of Delegates three bills were passed. Committee Substitute of HB 2447 passed 66-34.

HB 2447 renames the Court of Claims as the state Claims Commission and renames the judge as commissioners. It provides the explicit powers for the removal of commissioners and authority to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance for the hiring of a clerk, chief deputy clerk, and deputy clerks. It also shortens the procedure for certain road condition claims. 

Committee Substitutes of HB 2404 and HB 2465 also passed unanimously today. 

HB 2404 keeps persons who are convicted of certain criminal offenses from acquiring property from their victims through joint tenancy or inheritance. 

HB 2465 modifies the requirements that allow a child witness to testify by closed circuit television. 

Committee Meetings Today

Banking and Insurance: 1 p.m. in 410M

Senior Citizen Issues: 1 p.m. in 215E

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

Energy: 2 p.m. in 410M

Select Committee on Prevention and Treatment: 3:30 p.m.

Committee Meetings Tomorrow

Finance: 9 a.m. in 460M

Judiciary: 9 a.m. in 410M

Education: 9 a.m. in 434M

On Monday at 8:30 a.m. in the House Chamber, there will be Public Hearing of the Judiciary Committee on HB 2506- Relating to the implementation of water quality standards for the protection of drinking water. 

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m.



Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 12:26 PM

Senate Passes Senate Bills 182 and 240

The Senate met today to pass two bills today. The bills were SB 182 and SB 240. Upon passage they were sent to the House.

Senate Bill 182 would provide procedures that would prevent disqualifying low bids for government construction contracts due to document technicalities.

Senate Bill 240 would create the crime of nonconsensual distribution of sexual images.

Bills on second reading that advanced to third reading today were SB 41, SB 113, and SB 325. SB 330 was laid over for one day.

Senate Bills 405-425 were introduced.

Senate Resolution 20 was adopted today and recognized the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine for its excellence in medical education and its contribution to Greenbrier County.

Senate Resolution 21 was also adopted today and designated February 23, 2017 as WV Local Foods Day.

The following committees meet today:

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

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

Education at 2 p.m. in 451M.

Government Organization at 2 p.m. in 208W.

Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M.

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W.

Tomorrow Confirmations will meet at 10 a.m. in 208W.

 

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



Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 11:10 AM

Senate Workforce Approves Bills Related to Employee Wages

The Senate Workforce Committee has approved two bills with the recommendation that they pass.

SB 224 would repeal the requirement for an employer’s bond for wages and benefits for certain designated employers and related requirements.

Senator Glenn Jeffries (D-Putnam) proposed an amendment to the bill that would raise the maximum fine to $60,000 from the original $30,000 for any person, firm or corporation who knowingly, willfully and fraudulently disposes of or relocates assets with intent to deprive employees of their wages and fringe benefits.

Jeffries said he believed this would help to "catch larger companies" that commit more serious crimes with employees' wages.

Senator Ryan Weld (R-Brooke) voiced his support for the amendment. The amendment was unanimously approved.

SB 239 would protect an employee’s wages or salaries from being withheld or diverted for political activities without the express, written authorization of the employee.

Senior vice president of AFL-CIO Bob Brown spoke in opposition of the bill on behalf of the American Federation of Teachers in West Virginia, since the bill would add another form to be considered from the Secretary of State's Office by members of labor organizations.

Brown said the additional form would simply be an "administrative burden" and "another layer of paper and bureaucracy" for a system that already works with the initial forms received by labor organizations.

President of the West Virginia Education Association Dale Lee also spoke against the bill for similar reasons.

"We religiously file reports to the Secretary of State's Office," Lee said. "There's never been a question about any contributions."

Senator Ron Stollings (D-Boone) voiced his opposition to the bill, asking Republican members to do the same, since he said they often support the party ideal of eliminating bureaucracy.

Both bills will be referred to Senate Judiciary once reported to the floor.



Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 04:27 PM

Senate Judiciary Reports Two Bills, One Comm. Sub. to the Floor

The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved two bills and one committee substitute to be reported to the floor with the recommendation that they pass.

ORG 1 is a bill created by the Senate Judiciary that would repeal a Division of Natural Resources legislative rule realing to the Litter Control Grant Program, since the Department of Environmental Protection is now in authority over the program.

SB 214 would adopt the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act to preserve and protect certain legal material in official electronic records that may be unavailable in physical form.

The committee substitute for SB 125 contains nine seperate bills relating to authorizing the Department of Health and Human Resources to promulgate legislative rules. These bills are SB 118 through SB 126.

SB 118 would authorize the Department of Health and Human Resources to promulgate a legislative rule relating to expedited partner therapy.

SB 119 would authorize the Department of Health and Human Resources to promulgate a legislative rule relating to clinical laboratory technician and technologist licensure and certification.

SB 120 would authorize the Department of Health and Human Resources to promulgate a legislative rule relating to clandestine drug laboratory remediation.

SB 121 would authorize the Department of Health and Human Resources to promulgate a legislative rule relating to medication-assisted opioid treatment programs.

SB 122 would authorize the Department of Health and Human Resources to promulgate a legislative rule relating to office-based, medication-assisted treatment.

SB 123 would authorize the Health Care Authority to promulgate a legislative rule relating to exemption from certificate of need.

SB 124 would authorize the Health Care Authority to promulgate a legislative rule relating to Rural Health Systems Grant Program.

SB 125 would authorize the Health Care Authority to promulgate a legislative rule relating to the Hospital Assistance Grant Program.

SB 126 would authorize the Health Care Authority to promulgate a legislative rule relating to certificate of need.

Senator Charles Trump (R-Morgan), Chair, removed SB 55 from consideration on the agenda for today, but said the bill would be revisited in a future meeting.



Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 03:58 PM

Four Bills Moved through House Judiciary Today

The House Judiciary Committee met at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. today and moved HB 2506, HB 2486, HB 2083, and HB 2585.

HB 2506 would require permits limits to be calculated using design flows recommended by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for protection of human health. It's a technical bill and it was said the bill would not alter the existing quality standards. It allows for overlapping of mixing zones, which could lead to more carcinogens and toxins released into streams and rivers. 

HB 2486 would allow medical records and releases for medical information to be requested and required without a court order, when a party's health condition is at issue in a civil action. 

HB 2083 would increase the penalties from exposing children to methamphetamine manufacturing from 2-10 years to 3-15 years.

HB 2585 would create criminal offenses relating to money laundering. Two new felonies are specified in the bill: laundering criminal proceeds through financial transaction and the transportation, transmission, or transfer of criminal proceeds. 




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