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Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 11:41 AM

House Completed Budget Bill

The House of Delegates passed House Bill 116 - Authorizing the Governor to direct payment of certain state debt.

The bill allows the governor to create a public employees fund, and completed legislation. 

The House recessed until 1 p.m.

UPDATE:

The House reconvened just before 2 p.m. to suspend the rules and read Senate Bill 1015 a first and second time, putting it upon its passage. The bill passed the House and completed legislation.

The House also suspended rules and passed Senate Bill 1017 - Authorizing miscellaneous agencies and boards to promulgate legislative rules. The bill completed legislation.

The House introduced and read House Bill 123 and House Bill 128 a first time.

The House recessed until just before 4 p.m.

UPDATE:

The House reconvened to concur and complete Senate Bill 1013 - The Budget Bill. The bill completed legislation and goes to the Governor. The House also completed Senate Bill 1010 -  Supplemental appropriation from State Fund, General Revenue to Department of Education, State Board of Education. 

House Bill 123 was read a first time before being postponed until after 5 p.m. and House Bill 128 was passed.

The House is in recess until 5 p.m.

UPDATE:

The House passed House Bill 123 and sent it to the Senate where it completed legislation.

The House is adjourned sine die.

›› Completed Legislation

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 11:41 AM

Senate Amends Budget, Passes Two Bills

The Senate amended the House amendments to the Budget Bill and passed it back to the House during a brief morning floor session.

The body also passed Senate Bill 1015, which relates to participation in Motor Vehicle Alcohol Test and Lock Program, and Senate Bill 1017, which authorizes miscellaneous agencies and boards to promulgate legislative rules. These bills now head to the House of Delegates for consideration.

The Senate is in recess until 1:30 p.m.

UPDATE:

Senate met briefly on Tuesday evening to suspend the rules and complete legislative action on two bills.

House Bill 123 establishes the PEIA Financial Stabilitiy Fund. The fund will offset premium increases for active employyees and retirees over the next four years. House Bill 128 extends the Volunteer Fire Department Workers'Compensation Premium Subsidy Fund. 

The Senate has adjourned Sine Die

 

 

›› Completed Legislation

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 06:04 PM

Senate Completes Action on Tobacco Tax Increase, Passes Boone County School Bill

The Senate concurred in the House amendments to the tobacco tax increase, completing action on the legislation during a brief evening floor session on Monday.

Senate Bill 1012 raises the tobacoo tax by 65 cents per pack on cigarettes and other tobacco products, as well as e-cigarettes and vaping products. The bill is expected to generate roughly $100 million per year for the general revenue fund. The legiislation now awaits the Governor's signature.

The Senate also passed Senate Bill 1010 , which would allocate $2.1 million to the Boone County Board of Education to pay teachers and school service personnel through the end of the fiscal year. The bill now heads to the House of Delegates for consideration.

Finally, the Senate amended and passed House Bill 116, which allows the Governor to direct payment of certain state debts during a fiscal crisis. The bill will be up for completion in the House tomorrow.

The Senate has adjourned until tomorrow at 10 a.m.



Monday, June 13, 2016 - 04:42 PM

House Passes Budget Bill

The House of Delegates passed Senate Bill 1013 - the Budget bill.

The bill was amended by the House Finance committee to take some money from the greyhound racing industry to put towards Volunteer Fire Departments. The bill also was amended on the floor to include $500,000 toward Blue Ridge Community and 
Technical College. Another floor amendment transfered money to the West Virginia Center for Professional Development.

The House also passed Senate Bill 1012 which would be a $.65 increase on cigarettes and tobacco products.

Both SB 1013 and SB 1012 have to go back to the Senate before completing legislation.

The House adjourned until 10 a.m. tomorrow.



Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 03:35 PM

Senate Advances Bill to Help Boone County Schools

The Senate suspended the constitutional rules to advance Senate Bill 1010 to third reading and amend it during a brief afternoon floor session Sunday. The legislation would allocate $2.1 million to the Boone County Board of Education to pay teachers and school service personnel through the end of the fiscal year. The bill is scheduled for a vote tomorrow in the Senate.

The Senate has adjourned until tomorrow at 4 p.m.



Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 03:13 PM

House Passes Debt Bill

The House of Delegates passed House Bill 116 during a special session on Sunday.

HB 116 would authorize the Governor to make a direct payment of certain state debt. The original bill was to authorize the Governor to issue executive orders to furlough state employees, however, the version of the bill passed by the House did not include those provisions.

The House also read SB 1011 and SB 1012 a first time, and introduced HB 120 and HB 121.

UPDATE:

The House read Senate Bill 1013 - the Budget bill - a first time.

The House recessed until noon on Monday.



Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 05:02 PM

House Reconvenes Special Session

The House of Delegates on Saturday met to receive the veto message from the Governor notifying the Legislature he vetoed HB 101 - Budget Bill. A motion to reconsider the bill and pass the bill over the Governor's objections failed.

The House received three bills from the Senate following their passage from that body earlier today. Senate Bill 1011, reducing distributions to WV Infrastructure Fund; Senate Bill 1012, increasing tax rate on cigarettes and other tobacco products; and, Senate Bill 1013 - Budget Bill, were introduced and referred to the House Finance Committee.

House Finance will meet at 4:50 p.m. today in Room 460M.

The House is adjourned until tomorrow, Sunday, June 12th, at 2 p.m.



Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 01:46 PM

Senate Passes Budget with Tobacco Tax Increase

The Senate suspended the constitutional rules requiring a bill be read on three separate days to quickly pass a tobacco increase, along with the Budget Bill, during a morning floor session on Saturday.

Senate Bill 1012 raises the tobacoo tax by 65 cents per pack on cigarettes and other tobacco products, as well as e-cigarettes and vaping products. The bill is expected to generate roughly $100 million per year for the general revenue fund. Following the passage of the tobacco tax increase, the body quickly passed Senate Bill 1013 , the Budget Bill. The revamped budget measure is a balanced approach that includes rouhgly $100 million in additional revenue, $110 million in cuts and $70 million from the Rainy Day Fund.

The Senate began the day by passing Senate Bill 1011, which reduces distributions to the West Virginia Infrastructure Fund by an additional $10 million. 

All three bills now move on for consideration in the House of Delegates.

Senate Finance met at 12:50 p.m. in 451M

The Senate has adjourned until tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.

 

 

 



Thursday, June 02, 2016 - 07:38 PM

Senate Passes Budget, Adjourns To Date Certain

This evening the Senate amended and passed House Bill 101, the Budget Bill. The legislation went on to complete legislative action in the House of Delegates.

Earlier in the day, the Senate suspended the constitutional rules and completed action on House Bill 117 and House Bill 118, both of which are rules bills dealing with the Department of Environmental Protection.

The Senate has adjourned until June 12th at 2:00 p.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Thursday, June 02, 2016 - 11:50 AM

House Adjourns Until June 12

The House of Delegates met Thursday morning, passing two bills and introducing one.

The House passed House Bill 117 and House Bill 118 - both rules bills dealing with the Department of Environmental Protection taken up during the regular session.

The House introduced House Bill 119 which would give emergency funds to the Boone County educational system. The House sent the bill to the Finance committee.

UPDATE:

The House completed legislation on House Bill 101 - the Budget Bill - the bill goes to the Governor for action.

The House adjourned from the Extraordinary Session until 2 p.m. June 12.

 

›› Completed Legislation

Wednesday, June 01, 2016 - 05:30 PM

House, Senate Work Toward Passing Budget

The Legislature convened for the 12th day of the Extraordinary session.

The House of Delegates took up two bills placed on the Governor's call. House Bill 117 was read a first time in the second session on Tuesday. House Bill 116 was double referenced and refered to the Finance committee after Judiciary.

The House also completed legislation on SB 1002 - Expiring funds from various accounts to unappropriated balance in State Fund, General Revenue. The bill goes to Gov. Tomblin for his signature.

The Senate referred Senate Bill 1001, the budget bill, to the rules committee. The Senate also advanced HB 101 - the budget bill - to third reading with the right to amend.

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow. The Senate is adjourned until 10 a.m. tomorrow.

House Judiciary will meet at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

House Finance will meet at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.

Senate Finance will meet at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

House Gov. Org. will meet at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

›› Completed Legislation

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 04:13 PM

Senate Takes Up House Budget Bill

The Senate took up House Bill 101, the House's version of the budget bill, for immediate consideration and read it a first time today during a brief afternoon floor session. The body again laid over its own budget measure and plans to amend Senate Bill 1001 into the House's version tomorrow.

The House gaveled in briefly before adjourning.

The Senate and the House are both adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Senate Finance met this afternoon and will meet again tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. in 451M

House Finance will meet tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. in 215E

 



Friday, May 27, 2016 - 12:53 PM

House Passes Version of Budget Bill

The House of Delegates discussed the budget bill several hours on Friday before passing the legislation.

House Bill 101 - the budget bill - borrows about $140 million from the Rainy Day Fund and make some across-the-board cuts totaling $200 million.

The bill passed 61-37, and would now go to the Senate for consideration.

The House is adjourned until 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31.



Friday, May 27, 2016 - 12:28 PM

Senate Completes Action on Bill to Fill 2016 Budget

The Senate concurred in the House amendments and completed action on Senate Bill 1002 during a brief morning floor session. The legislation fills the deficit in the current, 2016 state budget.

Work continues to complete action on a budget for 2017.

The Senate has adjourned until Tuesday, May 31 at 1 p.m.



Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 08:22 PM

House Moves Its Version of Budget Bill to Third Reading

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.

 



Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 03:50 PM

Legislature Meets Briefly

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.

UPDATE:

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.



Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 03:14 PM

House Rejects Cigarette Tax Hike

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 read HB 106 - Reducing the distributions to the West Virginia Infrastructure Fund a second time. SB 1002 and HB 105 were read a first time.

The House adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

The Senate met briefly to held the budget bill on second reading one day. The Senate also introduced SB 1007 and adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.



Monday, May 23, 2016 - 03:16 PM

House Amends Cigarette Tax Bill

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.



Monday, May 23, 2016 - 09:46 AM

Senate gavels in, out

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.

UPDATE:

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.



Friday, May 20, 2016 - 11:58 AM

Legislature Adjourns for Weekend

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.




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