The House of Delegates discussed the budget bill, moving it to third reading late Thursday night.
HB 101 - the budget bill - was discussed on second reading on the House floor for several hours. Delegates offered amendments, all but one were either withdrawn or rejected.
Delegate Denise Campbell's amendment to borrow $500,000 from the Rainy Day Fund was accepted.
In the previous session, the House passed SB 1002 - Expiring funds from various accounts to unappropriated balance in State Fund, General Revenue. The House also passed HB 105 - transfering funds from the Licensed Racetrack Modernation Fund.
The Senate met briefly two times on Thursday, with no legislation to take up.
Both houses adjourned until 10 a.m. tomorrow.
The Legislature convened briefly before both houses recessed until this evening.
The House of Delegates postponed action on HB 106 - Reducing the distributions to the West Virginia Infrastructure Fund. The Hosue also read SB 1002 and HB 105 a second time. HB 101 - the Budget Bill - was moved to second reading.
The Senate met briefly before recessing until 4 p.m.
The House is in recess until 5 p.m.
The Senate laid over SB 1001 - the Budget Bill - before gaveling out in an evening session.
The Senate is adjourned until 9 a.m. tomorrow.
The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.
The House of Delegates met over three hours continuing discussion on a bill that would have increased the tax on cigarettes and tobacco products.
The legislation failed on a vote of 44-55.
The House introduced nine bills.
The House adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.
The House of Delegates met to discuss a bill that would seek to raise the cigarette tax $.45 per pack.
Senate Bill 1005 was amended in the House to exclude the tax of e-cigerattes and vapor products. The bill was originally a tax on those types of products as well as cigarettes. The bill was read a second time, amended, and moved to third reading.
House Bill 106 - Reducing the distributions of the West Virginia Infrastructure Fund - was moved to second reading and read a first time during today's session.
House Finance will meet at 5 p.m. tonight for budget discussions.
The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.
The West Virginia Senate met briefly this morning to go over when budget discussions will proceed.
Senate Finance will meet in the chamber to allow all members to attend, asking questions of the budget bill. Senate Bill 1001, the budget bill, can be viewed here.
Finance convenes at 1 p.m. today. The Senate is in recess until 4 p.m.
The Senate gaveled in and back out in an afternoon session.
Legislators advanced SB 1001, the budget bill, to second reading.
The Senate is adjourned until 1 p.m. tomorrow.
The Legislature convened for the fifth day of the 2016 Extraordinary Session.
The House of Delegates read Senate Bill 1005 - Increasing tax rate on cigarettes and tobacco products - a first time, moving it to second reading on Monday. House Finance will meet at 1 p.m. today in 460M and 9 a.m. Monday in 460M.
The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. Monday.
The Senate gaveled in and back out. They will reconvene at 9:30 a.m. Monday.
The Senate passed the Governor's tobacco tax increase during a brief floor session Wednesday afternoon. Senate Bill 1005 would increase the state's cigarette tax by 45 cents per pack, increase taxes on smokless tobacco products, and create a new tax on e-cigarette liquids.
The legislation is projected to raise over $70 million in revenue. The first $1 million generated would be dedicated to state's smoking cessation fund. The next $43 million would be allocated to fund PEIA. The remainder of the revenue would be placed in the state's general revenue budget. The bill now goes to the House of Delegates for consideration.
The Senate has adjourned until tomorrow at 11:30 a.m.
Senate Finance will meet at 2 p.m. in 451M
Senate Judiciary will meet at 3 p.m. in 208W
The House of Delegates met briefly for the fourth day of the 2016 Extraordinary Session.
The House introduced two bills: House Bill 104 and 105. House Finance will meet at 2 p.m. today in 215E.
The House is in recess until 5:30 p.m.
The House met briefly on Wednesday evening to receive the Senate message regarding the passage of Senate Bill 105, which would increase the tax rate on cigarettes and tobacco products. The House dispensed with the committee reference and moved the bill to the floor. The legislation will be on first reading tomorrow.
The House has adjourned until tomorrow at 11 a.m.
House Finance will meet tomorrow at 9 a.m. in 215E
The Senate passed Senate Bill 1002 this afternoon, a measure that would fill the revenue hole in the current 2016 state budget that ends June 30. The funding bill includes the sweeping of various state accounts, $12 million from the Legislature’s traffic account and $29 million from the Rainy Day Fund. The bill moves on to the House of Delegates for consideration.
The Senate also advanced Senate Bill 1005 , a measure to increase the tobacco tax by 45 cents, to third reading. The legislation is scheduled for a vote in the Senate tomorrow.
Senate Bill 1006, which would authorize the Governor to furlough state employees and pay certain obligations in event of fiscal emergency, was introduced and referred to the Judiciary committee on Wednesday.
The Senate is adjourned until tomorrow at 11:30 a.m.
Senate Finance will meet tomorrow at 10 a.m. in 451M.
The House of Delegates met briefly for the third day of the 2016 Extraordinary session.
No bills were introduced or advanced.
House Finance will meet today at 2 p.m. and again tomorrow at 9 a.m. in 215E.
The body is in recess until 5 p.m. today.
UPDATE 5:11 p.m.
The House reconvened for a brief floor session.
The House received the Senate message on the passage of Senate Bill 1002 and referred the measure to the Finance committee. Finance will not meet, as previoulsy stated, in the morning.
The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.
The Legislature met briefly during the second day of the 2016 Extraordinary Session.
The Senate moved Senate Bill 1005 to second reading, referring it to the Finance committee. Members of the House of Delegates made remarks regarding the state budget woes. The House did not read any bills or introduce new bills.
The House will reconvene at 11 a.m. tomorrow. The Senate will reconvene at 3:30 p.m. today.
Senate Finance meets today at 1 p.m. in 451M.
House Finance meets today at 3 p.m. in 460M.
Senate Bill 1005,which would increase the tax rate on cigarettes and tobacco products, was read a first time again this evening after the Senate Finannce Committee made changes to the bill earlier today. Senate Bill 1002, which would expire funds from various accounts to unappropriated balance in State Fund, General Revenue, was also read a first time.
The Senate has adjourned until tomorrow at 11:30 a.m.
The West Virginia Legislature convened the 1st Extraordinay Session of 2016 today at Noon. The body will continue to work to balance West Virginia's budget during this special session.
The House of Delegates introduced three bills. House Bill 101, the Budget Bill, would make appropriations of public money out of the treasury in accordance with section fifty-one, article six of the Constitution. House Bill 102 would make a supplementary appropriation and House Bill 103 would increase the tax on cigarettes.
In addition to introducing identical bills to the three above, the Senate also introduced Senate Bill 1003, which would impose consumers sales and service tax and use tax on telecommunications and ancillary services and Senate Bill 1004, which would increase the consumers sales and service tax and use tax.
The Senate also read its version of the cigarette tax increase, Senate Bill 1005, a first time, advancing it to second reading.
The Joint Committee on Finance will meet at 2 p.m. today in the House Chamber
House Finance will meet at 4 p.m. today and 9 a.m. tomorrow in 460M
The House has adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.
The Senate is in recess until 4 p.m.
The Senate met briefly this evening.
The Senate has adjourned until tomorrow at 10 a.m.
The West Virginia House of Delegates and Senate convened for the Extended Budget session before adjourning Sine Die.
Before adjourned, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 601 - Relating to exception from jurisdiction of PSC for materials recovery facilities or mixed waste processing facilitie. The bill was vetoed by the Governor citing technical errors. Both the House and Senate repassed the bill, to complete legislation.
Senators and Delegates will leave town although Senate Bill 269 - the Budget Bill - was not addressed. Lawmakers will come back for a special session to address the budget shortfall. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued a statement following new revenue estimates for Fiscal Year 2017, calling on more time to work out the issues.
Tomblin said because of newly projected budget shortfall of $92.4 million, lawmakers will likely reconvene next month.
The Senate and the House of Delegates both met briefly this evening to continue discussion on the Budget Bill. Senate Bill 269.
The Budget Conference Committee will meet tomorrow at 11 a.m. in 451M
The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.
The House of Delegates will meet tomorrow at 5:00 p.m.
The 82nd Legislative sessison for the House of Delegates and State Senate adjourned tonight at midnight. They then quickly reconvened to address the Budget Bill. The Budget Bill was put in to the Extended Budget Session.
The Budget Bill, or Senate Bill 269, addresses the budgetary obstacles and procedures for the next fiscal year.
The bill will be addressed in conference by five House representatives and five Senate representatives. The House representatives are: Nelson, E., Anderson, Householder, Miller and Perry. The Senate representatives are: Hall, Walters, Sypolt, Prezioso and Plymale.
The conference will meet Monday morning at 11 a.m.
When the House reconvened at 9:45 p.m., the conference committe regarding HB 4013 reported back with a recommendation. The bill would require persons desiring to vote to provide valid identification in order to do so. The report was adopted and the bill passed; it now awaits Senate concurrence.
HB 4317 was passed after reconsideration.
HB 4217 passed with adoption of a title amendment.
The House concurred with the Senate and allowed the following to complete legislation: SB 619, HB 4155, HB 4060, SB 272, HB 4378, SB 454, SB 107, SB 159, SB 465, HB 2605, HB 4201, HB 4566, HB 4738 and SB 157.
The Senate message about HB 4053 regarding the DEP regulation on wood stoves was postponed until 11:30 p.m.
The conference comittee report regarding SB 378 which relates to truancy intervention was rejected.
A conference committee regarding SB 269, the Budget Bill, was appointed.
The House will be adjourned until 12:15 a.m.
After reconvening at 7:45 p.m., the House of Delegates continued recieving Senate communications.
The House of Delegates concurred with the Senate and allowed the following bills to complete legislation: HB 2366, HB 4662, HB 4388, HB 4176, HB 4730, HB 4009, HB 2826, HB 4033, HB 4040, HB 4364, HB 4168, HB 4186, HB 4655, SB 702, HB 4659,
HB 4261, HB 4507, HB 4295, HB 4724, SB 404,
Additonally, the House requested for the Senate to recede from their amendments regarding HB 4605.
The House chose to recede from their position regarding SB 283, allowing it to complete legislation.
The report from the Conference Committee regarding SB 13 was adopted and completed legislation.
The report from the Conference Committee regarding SB 597 was adopted and passed; it now awaits Senate passage.
Several more members whom will not plan to return next session stood up to share their appreciation for their colleagues including Delegate Scott Cadle (R-13) and Delegate Chris Stansbury (R-35).
Rules will meet at 9:40 p.m.
The House will stand in recess until 9:45 p.m.
After reconvening at 5 p.m. the House of Delegates reviewed several Senate Communications.
The House concurred with the Senate and allowed the following bills to complete legislation: SB 267 which would modify the removal procedure for certain county, school district and municipal officers, SB 298 also known as the Brunch Bill and would permit restaurants, private clubs and wineries to sell alcohol on Sundays, SB 311 which allows a permanent exception for mortgage modification or refinancing loan under federal Making Home Affordable program, SB 634 which creates the William R. Laird IV Second Chance Driver's License Act, HB 2665 which relates to participation in Motor Vehicle Alcohol Test and Lock Program, HB 4237 supporting the Strengthening Families Act, HB 4314 which would prohibit the sale of powdered or crystalline alcohol, HB 4334 which would clarify the requirements for a license to practice as an advanced practice registered nurse and expanding prescriptive authority, HB 4740 which would permit that current members of the National Guard or Reserves may be excused from jury duty,
The House agreed to a conference committee regarding SB 454 which relates to licensing and regulating medication-assisted treatment programs for substance use disorders.
Several members of the House whom will not be returning next session, stood up to share emotional stories and thank their colleagues for their comraderie, including Delegate Jim Morgan (D-16), Delegate Anna Border-Sheppard (R-9), Delegate Walter Duke (R-61), Delegate Denise Campbell (D-43), Delegate Joshua Nelson (R-23), Delegate Stephen Skinner (D-67), Delegate Ryan Weld (R-2), Delegate David Perry (D-32), Delegate Don Perdue (D-19), Delegate Doug Reynolds (D-17), Delegate Mike Azinger (R-10), Delegate Larry Faircloth (R-60), Delegate John McCuskey (R-35), Delegate Bill Flanigan (R-51), Delegate Randy Smith (R-53) and Delegate Lynwood "Woody" Ireland (R-17).
The Conference Committee regarding SB 454 will meet in the back of the Senate Chamber at 7:15 p.m.
The House will be in recess until 7:45 p.m.
After reconvening at 1 p.m., the House of Delegates concurred and passed 11 bills, allowing them to complete legislation.
They were: SB 306, which permits the sale of county or district property online, SB 524 which rewrites the Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists article, HB 2205 which creates the crime of prohibited sexual contact by a psychotherapist, HB 4038 which relates to insurance requirements for refilling topical eye medicine, HB 4146 which provides insurance coverage for abuse-deterrent opiod analgesic drugs, HB 4307 which allows the carrying of firearms for self-defense in state parks, state parks and state recreational areas, HB 4323 which relates to the reporting of emergency incidents by well operators and pipeline operators, HB 4537 which relates to the regulation of chronic pain clinics, HB 4554 which allows an increase in the gross weight limitation on certain roads in Greenbrier County, HB 4558 which relates to victim notification and designation of additional individuals to receive notice of an offender's releas and HB 4561 which creates a special hiring process for West Virginia Division of Highways employees.
The House concurred with, but added further amendments to HB 4365 which relates to the certificate of need process. It will return to the Senate for concurrence.
HB 4383 which would make individuals responsible for costs relating to the filing of excessive false complaints was passed with a title amendment adopted by the House and sent back to the Senate for concurrence.
The House of Delegates spent some time during the afternoon claiming honors and showing appreciation for the many staff members that serve behind the scenes, allowing everything to run smoothly.
The House Rules committee will meet at 3:45 p.m.
The House will be in recess until 4 p.m.
The Senate convened today at 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
23 Senate bills completed legislation today. Those include: Senate Bills 262, 267, 278, 293, 298, 306, 311, 339, 345, 361, 427, 431, 454, 504, 524, 567, 588, 597, 601, 602, 618, 634 and 686. Senate Bill 339 would establish the Judicial Compensation Commission. Senate Bill 686 would authorize loca governing authorities hold sanctioned motor vehicle races on roads, streets or airports under their jurisdiction.
After reconvening at 2:30 p.m., the Senate passed an additional 27 of the 40 bills on third reading. House Bill 4035, permitting pharmacists to furnish naloxone hydrochloride, and House Bill 4542, allowing persons with property within rural fire protection districts to opt out of fire protection coverage, were referred to the Committee on Rules on the third reading.
One additional bill was read and passed on third reading during session at 7 p.m. That bill was House Bill 4201.
House Bill 4660 was rejected on the Senate floor with an 11-21 Y/N vote with two senators absent. This bill related to the information required to be included in support of an application to the Public Service Commission for a certificate of convenience and necessity for a water, sewer and/or stormwater service project. House Bill 4271 was also rejected on the Senate floor with a 6-28 Y/N vote. This bill would have ended discretionary transfers to the Licensed Racetrack Modernization Fund.
The Senate adopted House Concurrent Resolution 36, which would allow for a constitutional convention of states regarding a balanced budget amendment.
The Committee on Rules met at 1:30 p.m. in the Senate President's Conference Room.
The Education Committee met at 5:45 p.m. in 451M.
The Judiciary Committee met at 5:50 p.m. in 208W.
The 82nd Legislative session ended at midnight.