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Today in the Legislature

Friday, March 18, 2011 - 06:52 PM

Budget Bill Completes Legislation, Legislature Adjourns Sine Die
The 1st Regular Session of the 80th Legislature adjourned today with the completion of the budget bill.

House Bill 2012 provides for the implementation of state's budget of $11.4 billion. The bill specifies the general use and provisions for the budget.

Thirteen bills were also taken up for reconsideration by the Legislature. Each bill was sent back from the Governor's office to receive amendments from the House. Most of the amendments required technical, clean-up language to further explain the purpose of the bill.

Of these bills, House Bill 2464 will provide for the additions to the Ethics Act and will require public servants and spouses to disclose additional information on financial disclosure statements.

House Bill 2525 will prohibit the practice of social work without a license. Senate Bill 428 will increase the fees charged by the clerk of the circuit court for medical professional liability actions from $260 to $280.

Senate Bill 219 will provide a mechanism for the Governor to borrow funds from the Revenue Shortfall Reserve Fund and deposit those funds into the Unemployment Compensation Fund if the balance of the Unemployment Compensation Fund drops below $20 million.

Every bill that was taken up for reconsideration by the Legislature was passed with amendments and completed the legislative process.

Additionally, House Bill 2542, House Bill 2639, House Bill 2663, House Bill 2995, House Bill 3196, Senate Bill 121, Senate Bill 238, Senate Bill 263 and Senate Bill 295 were also completed and sent back to the Governor's office.

The 1st Regular Session for the 80th Legislature has adjourned sine die.

›› Completed Legislation

Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 04:27 PM

House Presents Citation Honoring Young Marine Sergeant Major
This afternoon, the House presented a citation honoring Young Marine Sergeant Major Emily Richmond, who is a member of the Young Marine Program in Weirton, W.Va. She is the national runner-up for Young Marine of the Year and is the number one ranking female Young Marine nationwide.

The House also appointed a select committee on redistricting.

The conference committee on House Bill 2012 will meet at 4:30 p.m. today in 460M.

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 4 p.m.



Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 11:26 AM

Senate Continues Extended Budget Session
The Senate held a brief floor session this morning to announce the time for the conference committee meeting that will review the budget bill, House Bill 2012.

The conference committee will meet today at 4:30 p.m. in the House Finance Committee Room, 460M.

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 5 p.m.

›› Senate bills introduced on this date


Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 05:00 PM

Senate Annouces Budget Committee Meeting
This evening, the Senate held a brief floor session to announce the time for the conference committee meeting to review the budget bill, House Bill 2012.

The conference committee will meet today at 5 p.m. in the Senate Finance Committee Room, 451M.

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.



Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 12:43 PM

House Honors WV Family Planning Program
This morning the House met in a brief session and presented a citation to the Department of Health and Human Resources' West Virginia Family Planning Program. The citation honored the program for its devotion of making contraceptive supplies and services available to persons who want and need them but are unable to afford them without government assistance.

The conference committee on the budget bill, House Bill 2012, will meet today at 5 p.m. in the Senate Finance Committee Room, 451M.

The House will reconvene at 4 p.m. tomorrow.



Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 04:24 PM

House to Conference for First Budget Meeting
This afternoon, the House received an executive message that extended the budget session an additional three days through this Friday, March 18.

The conference committee on the budget bill, House Bill 2012, will meet with the Senate today at 4:30 p.m. for an organizational meeting in the House Finance Committee Room, 460M.

The House will reconvene at noon tomorrow.

A second conference committee meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow evening in the Senate Finance Committee Room, 451M.

›› House bills introduced on this date


Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 11:30 AM

Senate Receives Executive Message Extending Budget Session
This morning, the Senate received an executive message, which extends the budget session an additional three days through Friday, March 18.

The conference committee on the budget bill, House Bill 2012, will meet today at 4:30 p.m. for an organizational meeting in the House Finance Committee Room, 460M.

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.



Monday, March 14, 2011 - 11:49 AM

Conferees Appointed for Extended Budget Session
At 12 a.m. Sunday morning the 80th Legislature’s 60-day session came to a close and today will mark the beginning of the extended budget session for House Bill 2012, which sets forth the legislative budget and supplementary appropriation bills–making allocations of public money out of the treasury.

Generally, as legislation moves through the committee and legislative process, the House and the Senate may find themselves unable to reach an agreement on every provision considered on a bill. When this occurs, and neither body will recede or retract its provisions to a bill, the legislation is referred to a conference committee. A conference committee is comprised of members from both bodies, with an equal number from each, and are formed to resolve the differences between the House and Senate versions of a bill. If a compromise is reached, each body will either pass or reject the conference committee bill.

For the budget bill, a conference committee was appointed on the final day of regular session. The conferees appointed from the House include Delegates White (D-Mingo), T. Campbell (D-Greenbrier), M. Poling (D-Barbour), Kominar (D-Mingo), Perdue (D-Wayne), Anderson (R-Wood), and Evans (R-Grant). Appointed Senate conferees include Senators Prezioso (D-Marion), D. Facemire (D-Braxton), Plymale (D-Wayne), McCabe (D-Kanawha), Unger (D-Berkeley), Stollings (D-Boone), and Hall (R-Putnam).

The House will convene today at 4 p.m. and the Senate will convene at 5 p.m.

Update The House of Delegates and state Senate convened briefly for the extended budget session Monday afternoon and then adjourned.

The Senate will reconvene 11 a.m. tomorrow, March 15.

The House will reconvene 4 p.m. tomorrow, March 15.



Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 12:45 AM

60-Day Regular Session of the 80th Legislature Adjourns
This evening ends the first regular session of the 80th Legislature for the Senate and House of Delegates.

In the final chamber sessions, the Legislature completed 19 pieces of legislation. Among those bills sent to the governor was House Bill 2986, which will clarify those allowed and prohibited fires times and seasons. The bill will also establish an industrial permit and fee, as well as set forth fire control requirements and establish criminal and civil penalties.

Additionally completed was Senate Bill 192, which will permit suppliers of gasoline or other motor fuels to sell products to distributers at a price that does not exceed the average of the Oil Price Information Service’s average wholesale rack price.

A total of 190 bills completed legislation this session. Of those, 102 originated in the House and 88 originated in the Senate.

The House is adjourned until 4:00 p.m. on Monday and the Senate until 5:00 p.m. Monday evening.






›› Completed Legislation

Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 10:57 PM

Completion Of Seven Bills In Senate Includes Autism Bill
This evening, the Senate met and completed seven pieces of legislation. Of those bills, one was the highly discussed autism bill.

After a long journey, House Bill 2693 was officially completed in the Senate tonight. This bill will provide for autism spectrum disorders to fall under insurance coverage. This bill was sent to the Governor and is awaiting his signature.

House Bill 2639 will authorize the Board of Physical Therapy to define a legislative rule relating to General Provisions for Athletic Trainers.

Additionally, Senate Bill 193 was completed as well. This bill will expand the responsibilities of the law-enforcement training sub-committee and rename it the law-enforcement professional standards sub-committee.

Senate Bill 488 will revise the West Virginia HIV testing statute to conform with the most recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention This bill was sent to the Governor for consideration.

The Senate also amended the House's amendment to Senate Bill 616 and then sent it back to the House for it's further consideration.

Additionally, the Senate refused to recede from it's version of Senate Bill 614 and House Bill 2513 and sent requests to the House to ask it to recede instead.

The remaining pieces of legislation completed are available through the link below.

The Senate will stand in brief recess until 11 p.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 10:37 PM

Passing of Autism Bill Fills House Chamber with Joy
The House reconvened this evening at 8:45 p.m. to meet for the fourth floor session of the day.

In the House, House Bill 2693, which will require insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorders, was passed to the sounds of rejoicing in the chamber gallery.

Additionally 25 other bills completed legislation during session, including House Bill 2888, which will strengthen the protections for whistleblowers of unsafe working conditions in mines.

Additionally, the House passed six bills and communicated them to the Senate for further consideration. Among bills passed was House Bill 2362, which would increase penalties for financial exploitation of an elderly person or incapacitated adult

The House will stand in recess until 11:00 p.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 09:26 PM

House Completes Seven Bills in Evening Session
The House reconvened this evening to meet for the third floor session of the day.

Seven bills completed legislation during session, including Senate Bill 436, which will provide continuing of personal income tax adjustment to the gross income of certain retirees receiving pensions from defined pension plans that terminated and are being paid a reduced maximum benefit guarantee.

Additionally, the House passed 11 bills and communicated them to the Senate for further consideration. Among bills passed was Senate Bill 465, which would enact the Marcellus Gas and Manufacturing Development Act of 2011--encouraging and facilitating the development of oil and gas wells and the downstream uses of natural gas in this state and economic development in this state associated with production and various downstream uses.

The House will stand in recess until 8:45 p.m.

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Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 08:00 PM

Senate Completes Legislation On Eight Bills During Evening Session
The third floor session of the evening yielded the completion of eight additional bills in the Senate.

Each bill was communicated from the House with amendment. Following the amendments, the Senate voted on and completed the eight bills.

A brief sampling of bills include, Senate Bill 35 which will raise the tax credit for non-family adoptions from $2,000 to $4,000. This bill was sent to the Governor's office and is awaiting signature.

Senate Bill 330 will create “FACTS for Higher Education” by establishing fair, accountable, credible, transparent and systematic mechanisms to determine classification status and compensation for classified employees.This bill was completed in committee substitute form.

A bill that will authorize the Policy Commission and the Council to collect and disseminate information they consider necessary to aid consumers in assessing the performance of institutions of higher education in the state. Senate Bill 375 was also completed and sent to the Governor.

Additionally, the remaining five bills that completed legislation are available through the link below.

The Senate will stand in brief recess until 8 p.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 01:43 PM

Fourteen Bills Complete Legislation In The Senate
In the first floor session of the day, eight bills completed the legislative process and the Senate received numerous messages from the House.

The Senate also stood in brief recess to recognize the legislative interns from this session. Of the bills completed, Senate Bill 563 will authorize municipalities to design and implement Deferred Retirement Option Plans for fund members.

Senate Bill 484 will designate the Higher Education Policy Commission as a state institution of higher education. This bill was sent to the Governor's office and is awaiting approval.

Additonally, Senate Bill 253 will amend the insurance code to adopt recent changes to the model act adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners with respect to holding companies and systemic risks was completed.

Senate Bill 177 will authorize the State Tax Department to define a legislative rule relating to an exchange of information agreement between the State Tax Department and the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

The remaining bills that completed legislation are available through the link below.

The Senate will stand in brief recess until 1:30 p.m.

UPDATE
This afternoon, the Senate met and passed 16 bills, including House Bill 2562, which relates to the State Athletic Commission.

Three of the bills on third reading completed legislation. Those bills were House Bill 2959, House Bill 3045 and House Bill 3100.

The Senate also received conference committee reports regarding House Bill 2464 and House Bill 2879. Those bills now await the governor's signature.

House Bill 2958 was read for a second time, advanced to third reading and passed. This bill also completed legislative action.

The Senate will stand in brief recess today until 5:30 p.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 12:48 PM

Public Employee Pay Raise Bill Passes House
On this final, 60th day of the 80th Legislature, the House met in a brief morning session before standing in recess.

During session, the House passed eight bills–completing legislation on Senate Bill 366 and Senate Bill 376, which will allow unit owners’ associations to institute legal action against a unit owner for the purpose of collecting dues or assessments that are overdue or in debt to the association.

Additionally, the House received reports from conference committees on two House bills, including House Bill 2879, which would provide a one-time, non-base building, supplemental salary increase for state employees, teachers, service personnel, members of the West Virginia State Police and conservation officers. The House adopted the conference committee report and made it effective from passage.

The conference committee report on House Bill 2464 was also adopted and made it effective July 1, 2011. The bill would add additional requirements to the Ethics Act.

Also, the House adopted House House Resolution 43–commemorating the passing of Jackie Withrow, a woman, wife and states woman of enormous compassion and courage who dedicated her life in service to the most vulnerable of West Virginians.

The following committees will meet today:
Finance - 1 p.m. - 460M

The House will stand in recess until 2:30 p.m.

UPDATE
In the second floor session of the day, four bills passed with House amendments. These bills were sent back to the Senate for consideration.

Of these bills, Senate Bill 391 would authorize rotating community voting locations. Following amendments, the bill was sent back to the Senate to be reviewed.

Senate Bill 408 would provide for a health insurance exchange in accordance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

A bill that would expire funds into the unappropriated surplus balance in the state and general revenue fund. House Bill 3272 was sent back to the Senate pending House amendments.

Additionally, Senate Bill 330 was passed by the House and sent back to the Senate.

The House also appointed conference committees regarding House Bill 2362, House Bill 2663, House Bill 2745 and House Bill 2757 to further discuss the bills.

The House will be in recess until 7 p.m.

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Friday, March 11, 2011 - 07:02 PM

Three Bills Complete Legislation in House
This evening, the House of Delegates met, and two bills completed legislation after the House received the messages from the Senate and concurred with its amendments. Those bills were House Bill 2345, which changes the membership of the PEIA Financial Board , House Bill 2763, which prohibits the Executive Director of Workforce West Virginia from billing a reimbursable employer under the unemployment compensation law for overpaid amounts of benefits paid to a claimant, and House Bill 2864, which relates to the creation of a misdemeanor crime of unlawful restraint in the first and second degree.

The House also passed five bills. One of those bills was Senate Bill 614, which would permit specific law-enforcement officials access to certain confidential pharmaceutical information.

Additionally, the House read 26 bills for a second time and advanced them to third reading on tomorrow’s calendar.

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Friday, March 11, 2011 - 02:41 PM

Senate Passes 10 Bills in Morning Session
Today, the Senate held a lengthy morning session before recessing for a short break.

During session, the Senate passed 10 bills, including House Bill 2517, which will allow correctional industries to directly purchase workers’ compensation coverage for inmates.

Also passed was House Bill 2248, which will expand the list of federal law-enforcement officers who are extended the authority of state and local law-enforcement officers to enforce laws of this state.

Additionally, the Senate adopted Senate Resolution 53, which honors Fred Pace for his heroic and selfless act, in saving the lives of four young automobile accident victims.

Also adopted, was Senate Resolution 54, which urges the U. S. Navy to continue Parkersburg High School’s NJROTC Program.

The Senate will reconvene today at 3:30 p.m.

Upon reconvening, the Senate sent six bills to third reading and passed House Bill 2159, relating to prohibiting members of the news media from being compelled to give testimony and House Bill 2693 which would require insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorders.

The bills passed will return to the House of Delegates to be acted upon.

The Senate will reconvene tonight at 5 p.m.

UPDATE
In a brief evening session, the Senate completed two pieces of legislation and passed numerous bills to the House with amendments.

Of the bills that completed the legislative process, House Bill 2981 will clarify the payment for trade certifications and will also allow the use of tuition assistance for West Virginia National Guard members who are enrolled in certain medical programs.

A bill that will require the disclosure of the number of stamps by brand name that have been purchased from non-participating tobacco manufacturers was also completed. House Bill 2969 was sent to the Governor's office for approval.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance- 10 a.m.- 460M

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Friday, March 11, 2011 - 01:19 PM

House Passes its Version of Budget Bill
Today in the House, four bills completed the legislative process and after much debate the House passed its version of the Budget Bill.

Each chamber must come up with its own version of the budget bill, which it must submit to the other for consideration. This morning House Bill 2012 , the Budget Bill, was passed through the House and sent to the Senate for further review.

Of the bills that completed legislation, House Bill 2936 will change the dates of canvassing votes in a primary election from the Friday following the primary election to the Monday following the primary election. This bill was sent to the Governor and is awaiting his signature.

A bill that would establish a program and procedure for monitoring the practice of unlicensed personnel administering medication in nursing homes was completed. House Bill 3196 will develop a pilot program that will be conducted by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Personnel Nurses.

Additionally, House Bill 2075 and House Bill 2860 were completed and sent to the Governor.

The following committees will meet today:
Conference Committee regarding House Bill 2464- 3 p.m.- 219E

After a brief recess, the House reconvened to complete legislation on Senate Bill 121 and Senate Bill 461 and are awaiting the Governor's signature.

Senate Bill 121 will authorize the Department of Environmental Protection to issue a legislative rule relating to requirements governing groundwater standards. Senate Bill 461 will provide a criminal penalty for a violation of a restraining order entered upon a conviction for stalking or harassment.

Additionally, the House passed six bills, which were communicated to the Senate for further consideration. Among bills passed was Senate Bill 242, which would dedicate a portion of the coal severance tax to the county of origin.

The House will stand in brief recess until 5 p.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 07:20 PM

Seven Bills Complete Legislation In House
After a brief recess and lengthy floor session, seven bills completed legislation and 18 were advanced to third reading.

Early this morning a motion that required every bill on third reading must be read in its entirety on the floor was submitted.Constitutionally, this motion must be upheld.

Of the bills that completed legislation this evening, Senate Bill 356 will make a captive insurance company that is organized as a risk retention group subject to certain insurance code provisions.

A bill that will update the list of jurisdictions identified as being tax havens was also completed. Senate Bill 371 was sent to the Governor and is awaiting his signature.

Senate Bill 492 will maximize federal funding for Medicaid by establishing a hospital Medicaid upper-level payment program for a two-year period. This bill was completed in committee substitute form and was sent to the Governor for consideration.

Additionally, the remaining pieces of legislation completed this evening are available through the link below.

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 02:47 PM

Pseudoephedrine Bill Does Not Pass Senate
Today in the Senate, 19 bills were read for the third time. 10 completed legislation, with eight returning to the House of Delegates amended and one rejection of a bill.

Of those that completed legislation, a sampling includes House Bill 2498, which would regulate the practice of dentistry and House Bill 2949, which would simplify and consolidate senior citizen property tax relief programs, and make those programs available only to eligible “low income” homeowners.

The Senate also rejected House Bill 2946, which would require a medical prescription for drug products containing the active ingredient ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, phenylpropanolamine or other chemical ingredients used to produce methamphetamine.

The following committees will meet today:
Education - 2:45 p.m. - 451M
Finance - 3:30 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 3 p.m. - 208W
Government Organization - 2:00 p.m. - 208W
Health and Human Resources - 2:00 p.m. - 451M

This evening the Senate met and passed 22 bills, which will be sent to the House for further consideration. Among bills passed, was House Bill 3225, which would add to the definition of harassment, intimidation or bullying.

Additionally, the Senate received 13 standing committee reports. Among reports received, six were immediately considered and read a first time.

The following committees will meet tomorrow morning:
Finance - 9:30 a.m. - 451M

The Senate will reconvene Friday at 11 a.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 02:08 PM

House Adopts Sheriff Term Limit Resolution
Before recessing for an afternoon break, the House met in a lengthy late morning session.

A non-debatable motion was made to have all bills on third reading be read in its entirety.

The House read and voted on seven out of the 16 bills on third reading. Additionally, the House adopted Senate Joint Resolution 10, which relates to sheriff term limits.

Among the seven bills read, three completed legislation and four passed the House and will be communicated to the Senate for further consideration, including Senate Bill 328, which would conform West Virginia law concerning the issuance and maintenance of commercial driver’s licenses with federal law and rule.

Th following committees will be meeting today:
Finance - 2 p.m. - 460M

The House will reconvene today at 4 p.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Wednesday, March 09, 2011 - 01:35 PM

Senate Passes Texting Bill
This morning, the Senate read eight bills for a third time and passed them. One of those bills was House Bill 2555, which would establish the offense of operating a motor vehicle while sending, reading or receiving a text message. The Senate amended this bill to also make failure to wear a seat belt a primary offense.

The Senate also concurred with the House amendment and passed Senate Bill 282, which continues the Highway Design-Build Pilot Program. This bill now awaits the governor's signature.

Additionally, eight resolutions were adopted. One of those, Senate Resolution 48 memorializes the life of the Honorable Ralph Dale Williams.

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:
Finance - 9:30 a.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 10 a.m. - 208W
Government Organization - 1 p.m. - 208W
Health and Human Resources - 1 p.m. - 451M

The Senate will stand in recess until 6 p.m. today.

UPDATE

This evening, the Senate received a veto message from the governor regarding Senate Bill 458 due to a title error. The Senate amended the title and passed it. The bill was communicated to the House for its reconsideration.

The Senate also received committee reports, took 13 up for immediate consideration and read them for a first time. One of those bills was House Bill 2505, which would add synthetic cannabinoids, hallucinogens and stimulants to the Schedule I list of controlled substances.

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Wednesday, March 09, 2011 - 12:43 PM

11 Bills Complete Legislation In House
Today in the House 11 bills completed the legislative process and 24 bills advanced to third reading for the next floor session.

Each completed piece of legislation was sent to the Governor's office and is awaiting his signature. A brief sampling of the bills completed are listed below.

House Bill 2750 would make the commission of sexual assault or abuse an additional consideration a judge may use when issuing an order to temporarily or permanently remove a child from the home. House Bill 3205 would provides any individual convicted of a criminal offense and sentenced to confinement in a regional jail a reduction in the sentence for successful completion of rehabilitation or education programs.

Also completed, Senate Bill 349 would require an agent that has a bitter taste to be placed in engine coolants and antifreeze. Senate Bill 538 would establish the Learn and Earn Cooperative Education Program between eligible community and technical colleges.

Additionally, seven other bills were completed today and are available through the link below.

The following committees will meet today:
Judiciary- 1:30 p.m.- 410E
Finance- 2:30 p.m.- 460M

The House will stand in brief recess until 5:30 p.m.

UPDATE
A brief evening session in the House yielded the completion of one piece of legislation and numerous committee reports were received.

House Bill 2971 will make technical changes to section 11 of the State Code in order to conform to the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement. This bill will also make a technical change to the application of the term "durable medical equipment".

Upon completion, the bill was sent to the Governor and is now awaiting his signature.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance- 9:30 a.m.- 460M

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Tuesday, March 08, 2011 - 07:12 PM

Senate Passes Retirement Bill
This evening, the Senate passed House Bill 2765, which relates to the retirement plans administered by the West Virginia Consolidated Public Retirement Board. This bill completed legislation and awaits the governor's signature.

Eight bills were read for a second time and were advanced to third reading on tomorrow's calendar. One of those bill was House Bill 2555, which would establish the offense of operating a motor vehicle while sending, reading or receiving a text message.

Additionally, the Senate heard 35 committee reports and took 13 up for immediate consideration and read them a first time. One of the bills that was read for a first time was House Bill 3225, which would expand the definition of harassment, intimidation or bullying.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Judiciary - 9 a.m. - 208W
Government Organization - 2 p.m. - 208W

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Tuesday, March 08, 2011 - 01:45 PM

Senate Passes Resolution, Names Road Honoring Former Legislator
This morning, the Senate adopted House Concurrent Resolution 14, which designates the "Senator Don Caruth Memorial Road." The Senate also adopted House Concurrent Resolution 77, which designates the "SP5 Lloyd 'Buddy' Greene Jr. Memorial Bridge," and House Concurrent Resolution 103, which designates the "Lt. Ronnie D. Ferrell Memorial Bridge."

Additionally, the Senate received messages from the House and took up House Concurrent Resolution 139, which calls for the Congress of the United States to offer and support a resolution honoring the life of Frank Woodruff Buckles, and provides that Mr. Buckles body be allowed to lie in honor in the United States Capitol rotunda.

Nineteen bills were passed, as well, including House Bill 2939, which would clarify the definition of compensation for purposes of calculating required contributions to the public employees retirement system. Nine of those bills completed legislation and await the governor's signature.

The following committees will meet today:
Health and Human Resources - 1 p.m. - 451M
Education - 2 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 2:30 p.m. - 208W
Finance - 3 p.m. - 451M
Finance subcommittee on Autism - 4 p.m. - 451M
Government Organization - 5 p.m. - 208W

The following committees will meet tomorrow morning:
Energy, Industry and Mining - 10 a.m. - 208W

The Senate will reconvene today at 6 p.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Tuesday, March 08, 2011 - 12:30 PM

House Recognizes International Women's Day, Completes Legislation
The House honored the accomplishments of women around the world and one bill completed legislation today. With the adoption of House Resolution 37, March 8, 2011 has been designated International Women's Day at the Legislature.

Senate Bill 413 completed legislation as well. This bill would change the title of the Racing Commissioner's secretary to executive director. The bill has been sent to the Governor's office and is awaiting his signature.

Additionally, the House also moved seven bills to third reading for the next floor session. Among these bills, Senate Bill 234 would revise the Municipal Economic Opportunity Development District Act.

A bill that would allow non-profit research corporations affiliated with an institution of higher education to operate vehicles that have been issued special plates was read a second time today. Senate Bill 263 was sent to third reading for tomorrow's floor session.

Senate Bill 235, Senate Bill 295, Senate Bill 349, Senate Bill 514 and Senate Bill 538 were also advanced.

The following committees will meet today:
Finance- 1:30 p.m.- 460M

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

The House will stand in brief recess until 5:30 p.m.

UPDATE
The House held a brief evening session today to receive a number of committee reports and messages from the Senate.

Along with the reports, two bills completed legislation with the concurrence of Senate amendments. House Bill 2525 would prohibit the practice of social work without a license. This bill was sent to the Governor and is awaiting his signature.

House Bill 2871 that would provide that the brownfield economic development districts must comply with local planning laws before an application will be approved has completed legislation as well.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Judiciary- 8:30 a.m.- 410E
Finance- 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.- 460M

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Monday, March 07, 2011 - 01:12 PM

Marcellus Bill Gets Advanced To Third Reading
Today in the House, three bills were sent to third reading for the next floor session and eight bills were advanced to second reading.

The House also stood in honor for friend and fellow lawmaker who passed away last fall. Sam J. Argento served the West Virginia Legislature for six years and was memorialized with the adoption of House Resolution 34.

Among the bills read a second time, a bill that would create the Marcellus Gas and Manufacturing Act was sent to third reading. Senate Bill 465 was advanced with a restricted right to an amendment.

Senate Bill 413 was also read a second time on the floor. This bill would change the title of the Racing Commissioner's secretary title to executive director.

A bill that would provide for the continuation of the Highway Design-Build Pilot Program was furthered as well. Senate Bill 282 would extended the program until June 2013.

The following committees will meet today:
Education Sub. Committee C regarding Senate Bill 592- 12 p.m.- 434M
Education Sub. Committee B regarding Senate Bill 373- 12:30 p.m.- 434M
Finance- 1 p.m.- 460M
Judiciary- 1:30 p.m.- 410M
Education- 2 p.m.- 434M
Health and Human Resources- 4 p.m.- 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance- 9:30 a.m.-460M

The House will stand in brief recess until 5:30 p.m.

In a brief evening session, the House heard numerous committee reports and one bill completed legislation.

House Bill 2708 would remove a 12-month limitation on certain agreements between or among law-enforcement agencies. This bill was sent to the Governor and is now awaiting his signature.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Judiciary- 8:30 a.m.- 410M
Education- 9 a.m.- 434M

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Monday, March 07, 2011 - 01:08 PM

Three Bills Complete Legislation in Senate
This morning, the Senate passed five bills. Three of those bills completed legislation and now await the governor's signature. Those bills are Senate Bill 216, which modifies the definition "imminent danger to physical well-being of a child", Senate Bill 256, which requires sex offenders verify e-mail and online identities, and Senate Bill 486, which creates the WVU-Tech Revitalization Project.

The Senate also adopted three resolutions. Senate Resolution 44 designates March 6-12, 2011 as "National Problem Gambling Awareness Week." Senate Resolution 45 designates March 2011 as "American Red Cross Month." Senate Resolution 46 recognizes the Republic of China (Taiwan) on occasion of its 100th anniversary.

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

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Economic Development - 9 a.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 9:15 a.m. - 208W
Government Organization - 10 a.m. - 208W
Transportation and Infrastructure - 10 a.m. - 451M
Health and Human Resources - 1 p.m. - 451M
Education - 2 p.m. - 451M

The Senate will reconvene today at 5 p.m.

This evening, the Senate received nine committee reports. House Bill 2802, which would prohibit the use of turning lanes for through traffic under certain circumstances, and House Bill 3000, which would make it lawful to hunt coyotes with a green colored light, were taken up for immediate consideration and read a first time prior to their second committee references.

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Friday, March 04, 2011 - 12:50 PM

Five Bills Complete Legislation In House
Today in the House five bills completed the legislative process and two were moved to second reading for the next floor session. Each bill that completed legislation was sent to the Governor's office and are awaiting his signature.

Among the bills that completed legislation, Senate Bill 61 would authorize Supreme Court judges to appoint hearing officers in juvenile courts. The hearing officers would be limited to current or senior-status court judges.

A bill that would provide for the electronic registration of wildlife was completed today. Senate Bill 358 was sent to the Governor for consideration.

Senate Bill 392 would change the definition of "accredited thoroughbred" horses. This bill would also require this registration with the Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

Additionally, Senate Bill 60 and Senate Bill 582 have also completed legislation today.

The following committees will meet today:
Finance- 12:30 p.m.- 460M
Judiciary- 1 p.m.- 410M

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

The House will reconvene Monday at 11 a.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Friday, March 04, 2011 - 12:48 PM

Senate Amends Pay Raise Bill, Advances It to 3rd Reading
This morning, the Senate read for a second time and amended Senate Bill 615, which would increase salaries for certain public employees. This bill was advanced to third reading on Monday's Senate calendar. Following that, the Senate amended the provisions of Senate Bill 615 into House Bill 2879, which would provide a one-time nonbase building, supplemental salary increase for all eligible state employees. This bill was also advanced to third reading on Monday's calendar.

House Bill 2708, which would remove a 12-month limitation for certain agreements between or among law-enforcement agencies, was also amended and advanced to third reading.

The Senate also received committee reports and took 11 up for immediate consideration and read them for a first time. One of those bills was House Bill 2885, which would allow a guardian or conservator to be employed or in an employment contract with a behavioral health provider.

Additionally, the Senate adopoted Senate Resolution 43, which recognizes the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

The following committees will meet on Monday:
Judiciary - 10 a.m. - 208W
Pensions - 1 p.m. - 208W

The Senate will reconvene Monday at 11 a.m.



Thursday, March 03, 2011 - 01:44 PM

Senate Logging Sediment Control Act Completes Legislation
The Senate met in a late morning session to receive several messages from the House regarding 42 bills.

Among those bills, was Senate Bill 458, which completed legislation this morning when the Senate concurred with the House’s amendments and passed the bill. This bill will update the Logging Sediment Control Act to include a biennial licensure and fee. The bill is now awaiting the Governor's signature.

Additionally, the Senate received several reports from standing committees regarding bills and resolutions, including Senate Concurrent Resolution 39–requesting Department of Highways name West Virginia 20 between the city of Cowen and the Webster and Nicholas County lines "Chief Samuel 'Ed' Plummer Memorial Highway".

The following committees will be meeting this afternoon:
Health and Human Resources - 1 p.m. - 451M
Banking and Insurance - 2 p.m. - 208W
Education - 2 p.m. - 451M
Finance - 3 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 3 p.m. - 208W

The following Committees will be meeting tomorrow morning:
Transportation and Infrastructure- 10 a.m. - 451M
Economic Development- 9 a.m. - 451M

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Thursday, March 03, 2011 - 12:41 PM

Horizontal Drilling Bill Gets First Reading In House
In a brief floor session, the House moved eight bills to third reading and suspended the rules to read one bill a first time.

Of these bills, Senate Bill 424 was taken up for immediate consideration and read a first time on the floor. This bill would modernize the oil and gas regulatory programs. It would also provide for the regulation of horizontal drilling and drilling processes that utilize large volumes of water.

Senate Bill 256 was sent to third reading today. This bill would require sex offenders to verify e-mail and online identities.

A bill that would modify the definition of the definition of "imminent danger" will also be read a third time tomorrow. Senate Bill 216 relates to the "imminent danger" of the physical well-being of a child.

Additionally, Senate Bill 60, Senate Bill 61, Senate Bill 358, Senate Bill 392, Senate Bill 486 and Senate Bill 582 were sent to third reading for the next floor session.

The following committees will meet today:
Political Subdivisions- 1 p.m.- 215E
Constitutional Revision- 2 p.m.- 410M
Roads and Transportation- 2 p.m.- 215E
Health and Human Resources- 4 p.m.- 215E
Judiciary public hearing regarding Senate Bill 408- 5 p.m.- House Chambers

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Education- 9 a.m.- 434M
Finance- 9 a.m.- 460M
Judiciary- 9 a.m.- 410M
Government Organization- 9:30 a.m.- 215E

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.



Wednesday, March 02, 2011 - 06:52 PM

Senate Passes Public Employees Bonus Bill
This evening, the Senate passed 16 bills, including House Bill 3145. which would provide a one-time bonus to certain annuitants of the Public Employees Retirement System and the State Teachers Retirement System. This bill now goes back to the House for its further consideration.

Three of those bills were on second reading, and the Senate suspended the constitutional rule requiring a bill be read on three separate days in order to vote on them. Two other bills on second reading, Senate Bill350 and Senate Bill 539 were advanced to third reading.

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

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.



Wednesday, March 02, 2011 - 05:23 PM

House Passes Bullying Bill
In the second floor session of the day, the House passed 14 bills and moved eight to second reading for tomorrow's session.

Of these bills, House Bill 3225 was passed in amended form. This bill would expand the definition of harassment, intimidation and bullying. This bill was sent to the Senate for further consideration.

A bill that would provide for the uniformity in the way landlords would return security deposits to tenants was passed. House Bill 3202 would also provide penalties for any landlord who did not act in compliance with regulations.

Additionally, House Bill 3194, House Bill 3196, House Bill 3204, House Bill 3224, House Bill 3231, House Bill 3243, House Bill 3270 and House Bill 3271were also passed in the House and communicated to the Senate for review.

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

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.



Wednesday, March 02, 2011 - 02:38 PM

Senate Passes Coal Severance Tax Bill
This morning, the Senate passed 18 bills, including Senate Bill 242, which would dedicate a portion of coal severance tax to the county of origin, Senate Bill 424, which would create the Natural Gas Horizontal Well Control Act, and Senate Bill 447, which would relate to violations of school attendance requirements. Those bills will now to to the House for its consideration.

The following committees will meet today:
Natural Resources - 1:45 p.m. - 208W
Government Organization - 2:15 p.m. - 208W
Judiciary - 3 p.m. - 208W

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Health and Human Resources - 1 p.m. - 451M
Banking and Insurance - 2 p.m. - 208W

The Senate will reconvene today at 4 p.m.



Wednesday, March 02, 2011 - 01:19 PM

Cross-Over Day Yields Passage Of 34 Bills In The House
Today marks the 50th day of the Legislature and cross-over day here at the Capitol. In a early floor session, the House passed 34 bills.

Each bill will be communicated to the Senate for additional review. Of these bills, Senate Bill 458 was passed with an amendment. This bill would update the Logging Sediment Control Act and provide for a $150 licensing fee.

House Bill 2159 was also passed today. This bill would prohibit a member of the news media from being compelled in any court regarding information from a source without their consent. This bill was sent to the Senate for further consideration.

Another bill that was passed in the House today was House Bill 3054. This bill would authorize the West Virginia State Police to administer a DNA identification system and provide for the collection of DNA was passed.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Banking and Insurance- 10 a.m.- 215E
Pensions and Retirement- 10 a.m.- 460M
Energy, Industry and Labor, Economic Development and Small Business- 1 p.m.- 460M
Political Subdivisions- 1 p.m.- 215E
Constitutional Revision- 2 p.m.- 410M
Roads and Transportation- 2 p.m.- 215E
Judiciary public hearing regarding Senate Bill 408- 5 p.m.- House Chambers

The House will stand in brief recess until 4 p.m. today.



Tuesday, March 01, 2011 - 05:16 PM

Legislature Launches Mobile Site
The West Virginia Legislature has recently launched a new mobile site for use on Apple iPhones, iPads and devices running the Android operating system. Now, when visiting the Legislature’s site from one of these mobile devices, users will be redirected to the mobile site.

Though web-based, the mobile site has the look and interactivity of the traditional iPhone interface.

The mobile site offers links to full Senate, House and committee membership information; complete bill status information; Senate and House daily, special and local calendars; the complete WV Code; and, links to live audio schedule and feeds in the Senate and House. A link back to the full West Virginia Legislature web site is also available.

Like a traditional iPhone/ iPad app – individuals can add a “home screen icon” of the Legislature’s mobile site to their mobile device in a few easy steps.










Tuesday, March 01, 2011 - 03:08 PM

West Virginia National Guard Day at the Legislature
Today, the Legislature celebrated “West Virginia National Guard Day”, by honoring our troops and learning about all the National Guard has to offer.

The National Guard provides incredible versatility for its troops while serving their community, state and country. The Guard enables its troops to respond to reconstruction missions, domestic emergencies, combat missions and much more. Additionally, the Guard has programs that assist with the state’s counter-drug efforts, which is an issue that has been getting a lot of attention at the Legislature this session.

The National Guard Prevention and Outreach Program is a substance abuse program that provides a variety of outlets to help soldiers with alcohol and drug dependencies. It features mental health and prevention and outreach programs designed to help Guard members and their families maintain healthy lifestyles.

Among the many National Guard programs visiting the Legislature this afternoon, was the Drug Demand Reduction Program, which provides drug abuse prevention education and safe decision practices to West Virginia’s youth.

Technical Sargent, Michael Barr travels across the state to provide education to young people in a safe and entertaining environment. Not only does the program teach about drug use and good decision making, but it also gives students a chance to bond with one another through team building activities, such as rock climbing, Barr said.

The Drug Demand Reduction Program provides support to state and local community based organizations, law enforcement agencies, educational institutions, and coalitions. “The main goal of this program is to try to reduce drug usage not just in youth, but throughout the entire state,” said Barr.



Tuesday, March 01, 2011 - 01:17 PM

House Education Bill Passes Through Senate
This morning, the Senate passed 11 bills, including House Bill 2709, which would allow county school boards to enter into energy-saving contracts. The bill will now go back to the House for its further consideration.

Twenty-five bills were read for a second time and advanced to third reading. Senate Bill 242, which would dedicate a portion of coal severance tax to the county of origin, and Senate Bill 484, which would relate to management agreements of the Higher Education Policy Commission, were both amended before being advanced to third reading.

Additionally, the Senate took up five standing committee reports for immediate consideration. The Senate read Senate Joint Resolution 11, Senate Bill 277 and Senate Bill 436 a second time and advanced them to third reading. Senate Bill 535 was read a first time and advanced to second reading. Senate Concurrent Resolution 43 was adopted.

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

The following committee will meet tomorrow morning:
Confirmations - 10 a.m. - 214W

The Senate will reconvene today at 6 p.m.

This evening, the Senate received nine standing committee reports and took them all up for immediate consideration. Four of those bills were read for a first time and advanced to second reading. The other five were read a second time and advanced to third reading. One of those bills was Senate Bill 505, which would relate generally to gaming at licensed racetracks and historic resort hotels.

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.



Tuesday, March 01, 2011 - 12:37 PM

House Passes Concealed Weapons Bill
The House passed 7 bills in a brief late morning chamber session.

Among those bills passed today were House Bill 3067, which would enhance funding for civil legal services for the poor, House Bill 3050, which would remove statutory fees and permit the Board of Dieticians to set the fees legislative rule and House Bill 3087, which would require qualifying law-enforcement officers to receive certification to carry a concealed firearm nationwide as provided in the federal Law-Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004.

48 bills were also read for a second time and moved to third reading, including House Bill 2159 which would prohibit members of the news media from being compelled to give testimony relating to the source of information without the consent of the person or person in the public communication and House Bill 3143 which would increase the fine and minimum penalty for causing death or injury to animals used by law enforcement agencies and in explosion explosive detection.

The following committees will meet today:
Government Organization - 12:00 p.m. - 215E

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.

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