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Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 11:59 AM

Harrison County Delegate Takes Oath Of Office

Delegate Patsy Samuel Trecost II (D-Harrison) was sworn into office this morning in a ceremony in the House Chamber. He was accompanied by his son Tre and Pastor Michael Hopkins of the Simpson Creek Baptist Church in Bridgeport, WV.

House Clerk Greg Gray administered the oath to Delegate Trecost.

The 2015 Regular Session begin on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015.



Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 04:04 PM

Senator Mullins Sworn Into Office

Senator Jeff Mullins (R-Raleigh), representing the 9th Senatorial District, took his oath of office today in the Senate Chamber accompanied by his wife Andrea, sons Keith and Chase, sister and Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Karen Bowling and other family and friends.

Senator Mullins was administered the oath by West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin.

The 2015 Regular Session of the 82nd West Virginia Legislature begins Wednesday, January 14th, 2015.

 

 



Monday, December 15, 2014 - 05:49 PM

Six Lawmakers Take Oath of Office

Over the weekend and today a group of six lawmakers took the oath of office for both the House of Delegates and State Senate.

On Sunday, Delegate Walter Duke (R-Berkeley) was administered the oath in the House Chambers by West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin. He was joined at the ceremony by his wife Mary.

On Monday, Senator Ron Stollings (D-Boone), Delegate Harry Keith White (D-Mingo) and Delegate Justin Marcum (D-Mingo) were each administered the oath by Judge Miki J. Thompson of the 30th Judicial Circuit, also in the House Chamber.

Monday afternoon, Judge Joanna Tabit of the 13th Judicial Circuit administered the oath of office to two Delegates in the House Chamber. Delegate John McCuskey (R-Kanawha) took his oath with his wife Wendy in attendance.

Delegate Brad White (R-Kanawha) took his oath with his wife Lisa and his two daughters, Bria and Braelyn, by his side as well as a number of friends and family in attendance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Friday, December 12, 2014 - 04:50 PM

Kent Leonhardt and Robert Karnes Sworn Into Senate

Kent Leonhardt (R- Marion, 2nd District) and Robert Karnes (R-Upshur, 12th District) were each sworn into the Senate Friday afternoon during individual ceremonies in the Senate Chamber.

Senator Leonhardt was joined at the ceromony by his wife Shirley, his mother Arlene and his youngest of three sisters, Karin.

Senator Karnes was joined by his wife Amy and his eight children: Nathan, Rachel, Elijah, Emma, Sarah, Seth, Asa and Levi.

West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry II administered the oath of office to both Senators.

The first Regular Session of the 82nd West Virginia Legislature begins at Noon on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015. 

 

 

 

 



Monday, December 08, 2014 - 06:11 PM

Delegate Stansbury Takes His Oath of Office

This evening, West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry II administered the oath of office to Chris Stansbury (R-Kanawha), representing the 35th Delegate District.

Delegate Stansbury was joined at his swearing-in ceremony by his wife Amber and his two young sons, Grant and Reed, as well as a group of supporters and friends.

The first Regular Session of the 82nd West Virginia Legislature begins at Noon on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015. 



Sunday, December 07, 2014 - 03:57 PM

Several Delegates Sworn In Sunday Afternoon

Multiple Delegates were sworn into office Sunday afternoon during both group and individual ceromonies in the House Chamber.

The Delegates officially sworn into office today during individual ceremonies are listed below as follows: George Ambler (R-Greenbrier, 42nd District), Theresa Waxman (R-Harrison, 48th District), Amy Summers (R-Taylor, 49th District), John Kelly (R-Wood, 10th District), Danny Wagner (R-Barbour, 47th District), Mark Zatezalo (R-Hancock, 1st District), Jordan Hill (R-Nicholas, 41st District), Ryan Weld (R-Brooke, 2nd District), Frank Deem (R-Wood, 10th District), Matthew Rohrbach (R-Cabell, 17th District), Mike Azinger (R-Wood, 10th District), Anna Border-Sheppard (R-Wood, 9th District), Paul Espinosa (R-Jefferson, 66th District)), Michael Folk (R-Berkeley, 63rd District), Randy Smith (R-Preston, 53rd District), Brian Kurcaba (R - Monongalia, 51st District)

West Virginia Supreme Court Justices Brent Benjamin and Allen Loughry II each took part in administering the oaths of office.

The 1st Session of the 82nd West Virignia Legislature begins on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015.

 



Saturday, December 06, 2014 - 08:42 PM

Youngest Delegate in West Virginia History Takes the Oath of Office

In a ceremony attended by friends and family in the House Chamber tonight, newly elected Saira Blair, (R-Morgan), representing the 59th Delegate District, took her oath of office. 

Delegate Blair won her primary at the age of 17, and at 18-years-old is the youngest Delegate ever elected in the state of West Virginia. The West Virginia University freshman was administered the oath of office by 23rd Circuit Judge John C. Yoder.

The first Regular Session of the 82nd West Virginia Legislature begins on January 14th, 2015.

 

 



Saturday, December 06, 2014 - 12:19 PM

Four Delegates Sworn In Saturday Morning

Three newly elected Delegates and one incumbent were officially sworn into office during a brief ceremony Saturday morning in the House Chamber. Shawn Fluharty(D- Ohio) (3rd District) Kenneth Hicks(D-Wayne) (19th District) Ralph Rodighiero (D- Logan) (24th District) and Stephen Skinner (D- Jefferson) (67th District) all took the oath of office administered by House Clerk Greg Gray.

The 1st Session of the 82nd Legislature begins on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015.



Friday, December 05, 2014 - 03:21 PM

Delegate Andrew Byrd Sworn In Friday Afternoon

Andrew D. Byrd (D-Kanawha) was officially sworn into office on Friday at 2 p.m. during a brief ceremony with friends and family in the House Chamber. Byrd will represent the 35th Delegate District. West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Margaret L. Workman administered the oath of office.

The 1st Session of the 82nd West Virignia Legislature begins on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015.



Friday, December 05, 2014 - 12:45 PM

Near Capacity Crowd Watches Fayette Delegates Swearing In

A crowd of over 60 Fayette County residents filled the House Chamber Friday at 11 a.m to watch the newest Delegates swearing in ceremonies.

Newly elected Tom Fast, (R-Fayette), and Kayla Kessinger, (R-Fayette), both representing the 32nd Delegate District, were sworn in alongside their family and friends in Charleston. 

 

The oaths of office were administered by West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry II.

 The 2015 Regular Session of the 82nd West Virginia Legislature will begin on Wednesday, January 14th, 2014.



Thursday, December 04, 2014 - 06:07 PM

Senator Takubo and Delegate Ihle Attend Swearing In Ceremonies

Thursday evening two more incoming lawmakers were sworn in during ceremonies at the West Virginia Capitol.

Newly elected Senator, Tom Takubo, (R-Kanawha), representing the 17th Senatorial District, took the oath of office in the Senate Chamber Thursday evening with his family in attendance.  Administering the oath of office was West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry II.

Justice Loughry later administered the oath of office in the House Chamber for newly elected Delegate, Michael Ihle, (R-Jackson), representing the 13th Delegate District.

The 1st Session of the 82nd West Virignia Legislature begins on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015.



Tuesday, December 02, 2014 - 06:31 PM

Delegate Swearing In Ceremonies Mark the Start of December

Incumbent House of Delegate members who recently won re-election as well as two newly elected House of Delegate members attended swearing in ceremonies yesterday and today in the House Chamber ahead of them taking office in January.

Newly elected Jill Upson, (R-Jefferson) representing the 65th Delegate District, was sworn in by Justice Brent Benjamin on Monday, December 1st.

 

Incumbent Delegates Bob Ashley (R-Roane) representing the 11th Delegate District, Jim Butler (R-Putnam) representing the 14th Delegate District, Scott Cadle (R-Mason) representing the 13th Delegate District and Steve Westfall (R-Jackson) representing the 12th Delegate District along with newly elected Roger Hanshaw (R-Clay), representing the 33rd Delegate District, were all sworn in on Tuesday, December 2nd, by Fourth Circuit Judge Thomas C. Evans.



Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 02:57 PM

2014 HotRod Power Tour Hosts West Virginia Lawmakers in Charleston Stop

West Virginia Delegates attended a reception at Haddad Park on Monday evening during the 2014 HotRod Power Tour in downtown Charleston. Delegates in attendance for the event included Minority Leader Tim Armstead, Eric Nelson, Jim Butler, Gary Howell, Kelli Sobonya, Eric Householder, Scott Cadle, Ron Walters, and Danny Wells. The reception was hosted by the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) and Source Interlink Media, the parent company of HotRod Magazine.

 

After dinner, several speakers talked briefly about how excited they were with Charleston being a stop on the 2014 Power Tour, the beauty of West Virginia, and how big of an impact the State Legislators make. Speakers included Peter Englehart (Chairman of the Board, Source InterLink Media), Chris Kersting (President & CEO of SEMA), and Doug Evans (Editor of HotRod Magazine).  Delegate Gary Howell (R-Mineral), who is currently serving as the National Chairman of The State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus - SEMA, also gave some brief comments to the attendees after being introduced by Doug Evans.

 

While a few Delegates brought their hot rods to the car show, Delegates Howell and Householder are traveling with the 3,000+ other enthusiasts participating in the 2014 HotRod Power Tour in Howell's modified 1999 Jeep Cherokee.

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTOS

  • In the Photo (L to R): Delegates Eric Nelson, Jim Butler, Gary Howell, Source Interlink Media's Peter Englehart, Delegates Kelli Sobonya, Eric Householder, Scott Cadle, Tim Armstead,  Ron Walters
  • Delegate Jim Butler next to his well-patina'd 1963 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible
  • Delegate Scott Cadle next to his Plymouth GTX



Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 03:59 PM

Special Session Concludes, Budget Cuts Restored and Minimum Wage Fix Passes

Lawmakers finished a three day extraordinary session, the 2nd of 2014, on Wednesday.  Lawmakers approved a total of six measures during the brief session.

Included in one measure, Senate Bill 2003, was an amendment to restore funds to several child advocacy and domestic violence prevention programs. The funding for these programs would come from a one time reduction of $1.06 million of the Racetrack Purse Fund. The bill further supplements and amends Title II Appropriations from the State Excess Lottery Revenue Fund to various programs.

Lawmakers also approved and pass House Bill 201, which relates to the application of minimum wage and maximum hour standards.  The bill clarifies that employers in the state will continue to e governed by federal law regarding maximum hours and overtime pay.

regarding maximum hours and overtime pay.
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clarifies that employers in the state will continue to be governed by federal law regarding maximum hours and overtime pay - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140519/GZ01/140519231/1137#sthash.cVSinyuT.dpuf
clarifies that employers in the state will continue to be governed by federal law regarding maximum hours and overtime pay - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140519/GZ01/140519231/1137#sthash.cVSinyuT.dpuf
clarifies that employers in the state will continue to be governed by federal law regarding maximum hours and overtime pay - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140519/GZ01/140519231/1137#sthash.cVSinyuT.dpuf
clarifies that employers in the state will continue to be governed by federal law regarding maximum hours and overtime pay - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140519/GZ01/140519231/1137#sthash.cVSinyuT.dpuf
clarifies that employers in the state will continue to be governed by federal law regarding maximum hours and overtime pay - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140519/GZ01/140519231/1137#sthash.cVSinyuT.dpuRacetrack Purse Fund was reduced by that $1.06 million - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140521/GZ01/140529843/1419#sthash.FishgtdV.dpuf
acetrack Purse Fund was reduced by that $1.06 million - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140521/GZ01/140529843/1419#sthash.FishgtdV.dpuf

Other bills passed included: House Bill 202, which will delay the effective date of the affirmative defense to an action to enforce a mechanic's lien; House Bill 203, relating to to boat dock and marina safety; Senate Bill 2004, which authorizes a transfer of money to the Courtesy Patrol Fund according to the expenditure schedule set by Budget Office; and, Senate Bill 2006, which extends the time for the Richwood, WV Common Council to meet as levying body.

The House of Delegates and state Senate have adjourned Sine Die.

 
   
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Racetrack Purse Fund was reduced by that $1.06 million - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140521/GZ01/140529843/1419#sthash.FishgtdV.dpuf

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 05:15 PM

Special Session Continues Through Second Day of Interim Meetings

Today, the state Senate and the House of Delegates met to continue deliberations regarding the 2nd Extraordinary Session of 2014.  Both bodies received an Amended Proclamation adding one measure to the Governor's call.

That bill, House Bill 206 and Senate Bill 2006, would extend the time for the Richwood, WV Common Council to meet as levying body.  The House version was read a first time in the House of Delegates while the Senate passed their version.

The House also read for a second time House Bill 201, House Bill 202, House Bill 203House Bill 204, House Bill 205 as well as Senate Bill 2003 and Senate Bill 2004.

The Senate also read a 2nd time Senate Bill 2005, which relates to the application of minimum wage and maximum hour standards.

The House of Delegates is adjourned until 10 a.m. tomorrow.

The Senate is adjourned until 11:00 a.m. tomorrow.

 

 

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Monday, May 19, 2014 - 01:21 PM

West Virginia Legislature Begins 2nd Extraordinary Session of 2014

UPDATE

The Senate convened briefly this evening and suspended the consistutional rules requiring a bill be read on three seperate days to pass Senate Bill 2003, which would supplement and amend Title II Appropriations from the State Excess Lottery Revenue Fund, and Senate Bill 2004, which authorizes the transfer of up to $4.7 million to the Courtesy Patrol Fund according to the expenditure schedule set by the Budget Office. 

The Senate also recieved the committee report for Senate Bill 2005, which relates to the application of minimum wage and maximum hour standards.

The House convened shortly after the Senate adjourned to read Senate Bill 2003 and Senate Bill 2004 a first time.

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11:30 a.m.

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at Noon.

 

At Noon, the House of Delegates and state Senate were called into Extraordinary Session by Proclamation of the Governor. Each body introduced five bills for consideration during this session. 

The legislation under consideration was introduced in the Senate and referred to the respectives Senate Committees to continue discussion while in the House of Delegates, each bill was read a first time.  Then, House Bill 201, House Bill 204 and House Bill 205, were referred to the House Finance Committee.

 The Senate will reconvene today at 4 p.m.

The House will reconvene today at 4:30 p.m.

 

The Following Senate Committees will meet today:

Senate Finance in room 451 M at 3 p.m.

Senate Judiciary in room 208 W at 3 p.m.

 

The following House Committees will meet today:

House Finance in room 460 M at 1:15 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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Friday, March 14, 2014 - 03:35 PM

Extraordinary Session Begins in House

The House convened after the budget session today to begin the extraordinary session. This session is to consider ten bills not completed by the end of the regular session. Constitutional rule was suspended so that each bill may have all three readings today.

House Bill 101 was passed, which would redistribute certain revenue to the State Excess Lottery Revenue Fund for appropriation. House Bill 104 passed as well, which would increase the cap for collections into the Land Division special revenue account of the Department of Agriculture from $1.5 million to $2 million. The amounts in excess of the cap would be divided evenly between the special revenue account and the General Revenue Fund of the State. House Bill 106 relates to debt service and bonds secured by the State Excess Lottery Revenue Fund.

The House also passed House Bill 107, relating to the disposal of drill cuttings and associated drilling waste generated from well sites at commercial solid waste facilities. House Bill 108, establishing a regulatory system for sexual assault forensic examinations, passed as well.

The House is in recess until 4:30 p.m. today.


UPDATE: The House reconvened this evening to complete legislative action on four bills, including Senate Bill 1002. This bill will expire funds in the State Fund, General Revenue, and make supplementary appropriations to the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.

Senate Bill 1003 completed legislative action as well, which will expire funds in the State Fund, General Revenue, and make supplementary appropriation to various accounts. Senate Bill 1005 will authorize an increase in the salaries of county commissioners and elected county officials. Senate Bill 1009 completed legislative action, which relates to the computation of local share for public school support purposes.

The House concurred with the Senate's amendment on House Bill 108 and the bill has completed legislative action.

All completed bills will be sent to the Governor for his approval.

The House has adjourned Sine Die.

 

 

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Friday, March 14, 2014 - 02:37 PM

Senate Convenes for the 1st Extraordinary Session

The Senate convened for the 1st extraordinary session this afternoon. The Senate introduced ten bills, Senate Bill 1001 through Senate Bill 1009, and were referred to the appropriate committees.

The following committees will meet today:

  • Finance at 2:35 p.m. in room 451M
  • Judiciary at 2:35 p.m. in room 208W 

The Senate is in recess until 3:30 p.m. 


Update:

The Senate reconvened this evening to pass four bills: Senate Bill 1002 which expires funds in the State Fund, the General Revenue and makes supplementary appropriations to MAPS; Senate Bill 1003 which expires funds in the State Fund, the General Revenue and makes supplementary appropriations to various accounts; Senate Bill 1009 which relates to the computation of local share for public school support purposes and Senate Bill 1005 which would allow counties to increase the salaries of elected county officials. These bills now move to the House for passage.  

The Senate received messages from the House and suspended rules to pass five house bills. Of the bills passed, four bills completed legislation: House Bill 101 relates to the transfer of certain revenues derived from lottery archives; House Bill 104 increases the annual cap for collections into the Land division special revenue account of the Department of Agriculture;House Bill 106 relates to the debt service on bonds secured by the State Excess Lottery Fund and House Bill 107 relates to the disposal of drill cuttings and associated drilling waste generated from well sites at commercial solid waste facilities. The Senate made a technical amendment to House Bill 108, which relates to the regulatory system for sexual assault forensic examinations, and now moves to the House to concur and pass.    

All nine bills that completed legislation now move to the Governor for approval. 

The Senate is adjourned Sine Die.  

›› Completed Legislation

Friday, March 14, 2014 - 12:02 PM

Budget Bill Completes Legislative Action

The Senate and House met today to adopt conference committee reports and pass Senate Bill 306, the budget bill. The bill has completed legislative action and will be sent to the Governor for his approval.

Both chambers concurred on amendments made to Senate Bill 307 and House Bill 4445 after the Governor's veto. The bills will be sent back to the Governor for his approval.

The Senate and House have adjourned Sine Die.

The Senate and House will meet for the 1st Extraordinary Session at 2 p.m. today.

›› Completed Legislation

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 04:02 PM

Budget Bill Further Considered

The Budget Conference Committee met today to further discuss Senate Bill 306. The House and Senate also met to establish a quorum.

The following committees will meet today:

  • Budget Conference Committee at 4 p.m. in 451M

The Senate is in recess until 5 p.m.

The House is in recess until 6 p.m.


The Senate reconvened this evening to announce the Budget is agreed upon and the bill will most likely be voted on tomorrow.

The House received the committee report for the Budget Bill and announced that special session will begin after the Budget Bill is voted upon tomorrow.

The Senate is in recess until 7 p.m. 

The House is adjourned until 11:30 a.m. tomorrow.

 


The Senate met this evening to receive the conference committee reports for Senate Bill 306, the budget bill.   

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

 

 

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