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Today in the Legislature

Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 01:03 PM

Senate Completes Senate Bill 105 and Adjourns Sine Die
Today the Senate completed Senate Bill 105,which would allow rule making authority relating to administration, collection and enforcement of local sales, use and excise taxes by the Tax Commissioner.

The Senate has adjourned Sine Die and thus concludes the first Extraordinary Session of 2013.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 12:47 PM

House Adjourns 1st Extraordinary Session Sine Die

The House convened today to consider and pass three bills and adjourned the 1st Extraordinary Session.

Senate Bill 1003, which relates to magistrate court system compensation, was passed along with Senate Bill 1005, which would make a supplementary appropriation from the Civil Contingent Fund and the Consumer Protection Fund.

House Bill 105 , which relates to administration, collection and enforcement of local sales, use and excise taxes by Tax Commissioner, was also passed.

The House stands adjourned.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 07:54 PM

81st West Virginia Legislature Convenes for 2013 First Extraordinary Session

The Legislature convened this evening for the 2013 First Extraordinary Session to complete legislation on two bills.

Bills that completed legislation this evening include Senate Bill 1001 , which would create a tax increment financing (TIF)district in Monongalia County to fund a new interchange off I-79 and a new baseball field to be used by West Virginia University and Minor League Baseball teams and House Bill 103 , relating to the funding of volunteer fire departments.

There are three other bills being considered including: Senate Bill 1004 , on 2nd reading in the Senate and Senate Bill 1003 and Senate Bill 1005 , both passed in the Senate and is on 1st reading in the House.

The Senate and House will both reconvene tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 06:01 PM

Senate Completes Legislation on Budget Bill
The Senate convened this evening to complete legislation on House Bill 2014 , the Budget Bill and three bills that were vetoed and sent back from Governor Tomblin.

Bills that completed legislation today include: House Bill 2431 , modifying the application process for obtaining a state license to carry a concealed deadly weapon; House Bill 2814 , providing assistance to victims of human trafficking; and House Bill 3160 , which creates a pilot initiative on governance of schools jointly established by adjoining counties.

The Senate also adopted the Conference Committee Report for the Budget Bill and unanimously passed the bill, completing its legislation and sending it to the Governor for signature.

The Senate is in recess until today at 6:00 p.m.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 04:48 PM

House Passes Budget Bill
The House convened today to pass three bills vetoed by the Governor and pass House Bill 2014, the Budget Bill.

The House amended and re-passed House Bill 2431, House Bill 2814, and House Bill 3160. These bills were vetoed by the governor for technical reasons.

House Bill 2431, which relates to the application process for a state license to carry a concealed weapon, was passed along with House Bill 2814, which relates to human trafficking.

Also passed was House Bill 3160, which establishes a pilot initiative for schools. Schools that are built to serve students from two counties will establish a board to represent the needs of both counties. The House is in recess until 6:00 p.m.

UPDATE:

The House officially adjourned the Regular Session sine die.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 11:11 AM

Legislature Continues to Work on Budget Bill
The House of Delegates and the Senate met briefly this morning to announce conference committee meeting time for House Bill 2014 , the Budget Bill.

The conference committee will meet today at 12 p.m. noon in 460M.

The House is adjourned until tomorrow at 3:00 p.m.
The Senate is adjourned until tomorrow at 5:00 p.m.



Monday, April 15, 2013 - 05:29 PM

Budget Bill Conference Committee Announced
The House of Delegates and the Senate convened briefly this evening to announce the conference committee meeting time and the conferees for House Bill 2014, the Budget Bill.

The conference committee will meet at 5:30 this evening in 460M.

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11am.

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 10am.



Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 12:23 AM

Legislature Adjourns 2013 Regular Legislative Session
The Legislature adjourned at midnight tonight completing the 2013 Regular Legislative Session.

Both chambers passed several concurrent resolutions and completed three bills total during the final floor session.

215 bills completed legislation during this session.

The House will convene Monday at 4:00 p.m.

The Senate will convene Monday at 5:00 p.m.













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Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 10:49 PM

House Completes Legislation on Senate Bill 435, Home Rule Bill
The House reconvened to receive reports and completed legislation on 13 bills.

House Bill 2431, which would modify the application process for obtaining a state license to carry a concealed deadly weapon and House Bill 2805, which would make the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Public Campaign Financing Pilot Program a permanent program, both completed legislation. Senate Bill 435, which would continue the Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program.

The House will reconvene at 11 p.m.

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Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 06:33 PM

Senate Completes Feed to Achieve Act

The Senate reconvened this afternoon to complete 40 pieces of legislation. Among those includes Senate Bill 663, the Feed to Achieve Act, and Senate Bill 464, which would allow 14-16-year-olds to use tanning beds with written parental consent.

The Senate refused to accept the changes the House made to House Bill 2014, the Budget Bill.

The Senate also adopted Senate Resolution 69 and House Concurrent Resolution 140, both of which would make July 16 "Atomic Veterans Day of Remembrance."

The Senate will reconvene tonight at 7:30pm.

UPDATE:

The Senate reconvened to complete eight bills and to receive and pass one bill.

Bills completed in the Senate this evening include Senate Bill 172, relating to nonintoxicating beer distributor licenses.

The only bill passed this evening is Senate Bill 580, which would update requirements for dental intern, resident and teaching permits. The bill has been sent back to the House for consideration.

The Senate is in recess until 9:00 p.m.

UPDATE:

The Senate reconvened this evening to complete three pieces of legislation including House Bill 2498, which will make it a crime for grand jurors to reveal the identity of an individual who is being indicted.

The Senate also passed two bills including Senate Bill 435, which will continue the Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program.

All House Concurrent Resolutions in the Transportation and Infrastructure committee report were adopted.

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Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 05:02 PM

House Completes Legislation On Selenium Bill
The House reconvened to receive Senate reports and complete legislation on 17 bills.

House Bill 2579, which would revise the state water quality standard for Selenium and House Bill 3135, which generally relates to voting system certification and procedures at the central counting center, were both completed. House Bill 2571, which relates to who may serve as members of the environmental quality board, was also completed.

The House is in recess until 7:30 p.m.

The conference committee on Senate Bill 435 will at at 5 p.m. in 208W.

UPDATE

The House completed legislative action on a number of House Bills including House Bill 2747, relating to Open Governmental Proceedings and House Bill 2738, relating to the Center for Nursing.

The House will reconvene at 9:30 p.m. tonight

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Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 01:47 PM

House Completes Legislative Action on Three Bills







The House met today to complete legislation on three bills.

Senate Bill 185, which relates to alternative-fuel motor vehicles and qualified refueling infrastructure tax credits and Senate Bill 190, which relates to public-private transportation projects funding, both completed legislation. Senate Bill 460, which exempts certain residents' active duty military pay from state income tax.

Eighteen bills have been amended, passed, and sent back to the Senate. Senate Bill 394 was one of those bills. It relates to scholarships for dependent children of state troopers who die in performance of duty. Senate Bill 22, requiring maternity services coverage for all health insurance plan dependents in certain circumstances, was also amended and passed.

The conference committee for Senate Bill 265 will meet at 2 p.m. in 252.

UPDATE:

The House amended, passed and sent back to the Senate four bills including Senate Bill 172, relating to nonintoxicating beer distributor licensees and also completed two bills including Senate Bill 630, relating to Chief Technology Officer's duties with regard to security of government information and Senate Bill 470, permitting wine sale on Sunday mornings at fairs and festivals.

Also, two House Resolutions including House Resolution 37, recognizing the 24th Anniversary of the "Doc for the Day" program and House Resolution 38, memorizing the life of the Honorable Loutellus M. Stout, farmer, association executive and public servant.

The House will reconvene at 4:00 p.m. today

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Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 01:24 PM

The Senate Convenes for the Final Day of the 2013 Regular Legislative Session












The Senate convened this morning, the last day of the 2013 Regular Legislative Session, to complete 20 bills and amend and pass 18 bills, which were sent back to the House of Delegates for consideration.

Bills completed include House Bill 2717 , requiring that deputy sheriffs be issued ballistic vests upon law-enforcement certification. The bill requires the county commission of each county to expend from the general county fund, upon request and requisition by the sheriff, the necessary expenses of providing the vest.

House Bill 2513 was one bill the Senate passed this morning, improving enforcement of drugged driving offenses. Under this bill,any person who drives a motor vehicle in West Virginia is considered to have given implied consent for a secondary chemical test of the breath or of the blood for controlled substances or drugs.

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

UPDATE:

The Senate reconvened this afternoon to complete eight bills and pass nine bills.

House Bill 3160 was one bill to complete legislation this afternoon. It creates a pilot initiative on governance of schools jointly established by adjoining counties. One school this bill will effect is a school being built that will serve students from both Lewis and Gilmer County. The bill will allow for a School Board comprised of two members from each county and a one state-level member.

Bills passed this afternoon include House Bill 3020 , also known as the "Michael Cunningham Bill". This bill will improve boat dock and marina safety. Cunningham was killed in a tragic electrical boat accident late last year.

The Senate is in recess until 4:00 p.m.

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Friday, April 12, 2013 - 08:25 PM

House Passes Feed To Achieve Act and Budget Bill
The House reconvened this evening to pass 20 bills, advance 29 bills to third reading, and three bills to second reading.

Of the 20 bills passed was Senate Bill 437, which would regulate commercial dog-breeding operations. Senate Bill 663, which would create the Feed to Achieve Act. This bill would provide free and nutritious breakfasts and lunches to students in public schools, was also passed. In addition to those, House Bill 2014, the budget bill, passed as well. This bill would make apprpriations of public money out of the treasury in accordance with section fifty-one, article six of the constitution.

Senate Bill 470, which would permit wine sale on Sunday mornings at fairs and festivals and Senate Bill 460, which would exempt certain residents' active duty military pay from state income tax, were both advanced to third reading.

One of the bills advanced to second reading was Senate Bill 521, which would create amnesty program for certain drivers with suspended or revoked licenses.

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Friday, April 12, 2013 - 01:46 PM

House Passes Prison Overcrowding Bill, Senate Bill 371
Today during the morning session, the House passed 15 Senate Bills including Senate Bill 371, genreally relating to prison overcrowding and also completed legislation on four Senate Bills, including Senate Bill 331, permitting Courthouse Facility Improvement Authority to issue bonds.

The House also completed legislative action on two House Bills including House Bill 2542, relating to publication of the Senate Register and House Bill 2979, relating to broadband deployment projects.

Also, the House adopted House Concurrent Resolution 107, expressing support for the President's proposal to increase minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.00 and hour as well as House Concurrent Resolution 140. Six Senate Concurrent Resolutions were also adopted in addition to six Senate Concurrent Resolutions.

The House will reconvene today at 3:00 p.m.

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Friday, April 12, 2013 - 01:42 PM

Senate Passes
The Senate convened this morning to complete legislation on 17 bills, pass 14 bills, and adopt three Senate Resolutions.

Bills that completed legislation in the Senate today include House Bill 2548 , increases the fine and jail time for an assault or battery against an athletic official who is acting in an official capacity. Previously the fine for an assault was between $50 and $100; now, the fine is no more than $500. The jail time has been increased from between 24 hours and 30 days to not more than 6 months. The offender can be charged a fine, jail time, or both.

The bills that passed in the Senate today include House Bill 2453 , also know as "Skylar's Law", expands the Amber Alert Plan. Previously, the plan only included abducted children. This bill will activate Amber Alerts for children who are believed to be missing.

Senate Resolution 66 was one of three resolutions adopted today. It recognized West Virginia's sister-state relationship with Taiwan.

UPDATE:

The Senate reconvened this afternoon to concur and complete one bill and advance 54 bills to third reading.

The only bill to complete legislation this afternoon in the Senate was Senate Bill 243 , which modifies an existing Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) rule which establishes an air quality operating permits program for sources of air pollution consistent with the requirements of Title V of the federal Clean Air Act (CAA) and the underlying federal regulation. The rule includes requirements relating to obtaining a permit, submitting an application, paying fees, issuing a permit, and reporting and monitoring information.

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow morning at 11am.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 04:44 PM

House Advances Prison Overcrowding Bill And Budget Bill To Third Reading
The House reconvened this afternoon to complete the special calendar.

Thirty-nine bills were read and advanced to third reading. Senate Bill 371, which relates to jail overcrowding. The bill clarifies that offenses subject to graduated sanctions for probationers and parolees are not applicable to new criminal conduct other than minor traffic violations and simple possession of controlled substances as virtually all West Virginia offenses or one or the other. This bill along with Senate Bill 481, which relates to juvenile mental health treatment, advanced to third reading.

House Bill 2014 was also advanced to third reading. This bill relates to the budget, it would make appropriations of public money out of the treasury in accordance with section fifty-one, article six of the Constitution.

Senate Bill 172, which relates to nonintoxicating beer distributor licensees and Senate Bill 414, which clarifies hunting and fishing license-issuing authorities were both advanced to second reading.

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

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Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 01:21 PM

Senate Concurs and Completes Four Bills, Passes Three
The Senate convened this morning to concur and complete four bills, pass three bills, advance 28 bills to second reading, and 25 to first reading.

Bills that completed legislation today include House Bill 2471 , prohibiting the restriction or otherwise lawful possession, use, carrying, transfer, transportation, storage or display of a firearm or ammunition during a declared state of emergency.

House Bill 2497 , one of three bills that passed unanimously today, relates to broadband deployment projects. The bill will increase the minimum data rates & other minimum services required in broadband service.

Bills advanced to third reading today include House Bill 2357 , relating to sexting by minors.

Finally, the Senate received a proclamation from the Governor extending the Legislative Session by six days to solely consider the budget bill.

The following committees will meet today:

The Committee on Education will meet today at 2:00 p.m. in 451M.
The Committee on Finance will meet today at 3:00 p.m. in 451M.
The Committee on Judiciary will meet today at 3:00 p.m. in 208W.

The Senate is in recess until today at 5:00 p.m.

UPDATE

The Senate reconvened this evening to receive committee reports and read several bills a first time.

Bills read a first time include House Bill 2265, relating to the school access safety act.

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 12:52 PM

House Completes Legislative Action On 17 Bills

The House met today to complete legislation on 17 bills.

Of the 17 bills passed was Senate Bill 387, which relates to family court judge supervision of criminal background investigations. This bill would grant family court judges the authority to compel and supervise investigation on the background of a criminal when appropriate.

House Bill 2815 was also completed. This bill would clarify and modify the process of appointing and terminating guardians for minors in the primary context of administration of estates and trusts. This bill addresses who may file a petition for guardianship of a minor, venue, interaction with other court cases, service requirements, circumstances that may warrant appointment of a guardian, and more.

The House also adopted House Resolution 35 today. This resolution recognizes the 100th year of the West Virginia Division of Highways.

The House is in recess until 1:30 p.m. today.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 01:40 PM

Senate Completes Legislation Making Failure to Wear a Seat Belt a Primary Offense
The Senate convened this morning to complete legislation on four bills, pass two bills, advance three bills to third reading, 27 to second reading, and adopt three Senate Resolutions.

Bills that completed legislation today include House Bill 2108 , making the failure to wear a seat belt a primary offense. The bill is now awaiting signature from the Governor.

House Bill 2395 , which would permit the Bureau of Senior Services to require in-home care workers to get background checks, is one bill that passed in the Senate today.

Bills on second reading today include House Bill 2979 , which relates to broadband deployment projects. Senator Plymale presented an amendment to the bill that would put those in the state without broadband access at top priority. The amendment was adopted and the bill was advanced to third reading.

Finally, the Senate adopted three resolutions today recognizing the Division of Highways, congratulating Bluefield High School boys' basketball team on their state championship title, and designating April 10, 2013 as "Crime Victims' Day" at the Legislature.

The following committees will meet today:

The Committee on Economic Development will meet today at 1:00 p.m. in 451M.
The Committee on Finance will meet today at 3:00 p.m. in 451M.
The Committee on Judiciary will meet today at 3:00 p.m. in 208W.

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

UPDATE:

The Senate reconvened this evening to receive committee reports, read several bills for a first time, and adopt a Senate Concurrent Resolution.

Bills read a first time include House Bill 2600, which would authorize county commissions to create resort area districts.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

The Committee on Finance will meet tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. in 451M.
The Committee on Judiciary will meet tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in 208W.

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 01:24 PM

House Completes Legislative Action on Five Bills
Today on the floor, the House completed five House Bills that were reported from the Senate, including House Bill 2521, relating to the West Virginia Contraband Forfeiture Act and also passed seven Senate Bills including Senate Bill 60, relating to name-change notice publication requirements.

The House advanced 21 Senate Bills to third reading, including Senate Bill 446, conforming motor fuel taxes with International Fuel Tax Agreement. In addition, 38 Senate Bills and one House Bill were read for the first time today including Senate Bill 481, relating to juvenile mental health treatment.

Eight House Concurrent Resolutions were adopted as well, including House Concurrent Resolution 135, proclaiming West Virginia as a Purple Heart State, and House Resolution 34, designating today as "Crime Victims Day" at the Legislature.

Committees Meeting Today:
Judiciary Committee: 1:10 p.m. 410M
Finance Committee: 1:30 p.m. 460M

The House will reconvene today at 5:00 p.m.

UPDATE:

The House met briefly to receive committee reports and received a proclamation from the governor extending the regular session to solely consider the budget bill. House Bill 2395, relating to senior services, was reported out of the Senate, voted on and completed legislation. The House also rejected Senate amendments made to House Bill 2471 and asked the Senate to withdraw those amendments.

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.

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Tuesday, April 09, 2013 - 01:45 PM

House Completes Two Senate Bills, Advances 20 to Second Reading
Today on the floor, the House completed legislation on two Senate Bills which included Senate Bill 80, including substitute teaching in job duties of certain professional educators employed by county boards and Senate Bill 183, updating terms in Corporation Net Income Tax Act.

The House also advanced six bills to third reading including Senate Bill 158, creating Complete Streets Act and also advanced 20 bills to second reading including Senate Bill 491, relating to car license cost recovery fee.

Also, the House adopted five House Concurrent Resolutions including House Concurent Resolution 105, requesting a study on the necessity of hiring additional fraud investigators for the Department of Health and Human Resources and Medical Fraud Control Unit.

Committees Meeting Today:
Finance Committee: 1:45 p.m. 460M
Judiciary Committee: 2:00 p.m. 410M
Government and Organization Committee: 2:00 p.m. 215E

Committees Meeting Tomorrow:
Natural Resources Committee: 8:45 a.m. 215E
Roads and Transportation Committee: Immediately after tomorrow's morning session

The House will reconvene today at 5:00 p.m.

UPDATE:

The House met briefly today to receive committee reports.

The following committee will meet today:
Government Organization - 15 minutes following session - 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
House Judiciary - 8:30 a.m. - 410M
House Finance - 9:30 a.m. - 460M

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.

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Tuesday, April 09, 2013 - 01:33 PM

Senate Completes Legislation on 10 Bills
The Senate convened today to complete 10 bills, pass seven bills, advance six bills to second reading, six to first reading, and adopt two Senate Resolutions.

The bills that completed legislation today include House Bill 2361 , which relates to the definition of "eligible veteran" for certain state training and employment preference benefits and Senate Bill 458 , which will permit PEIA health plans to operate on calendar-year basis.

Bills passed in the Senate today include House Bill 2471, which would prohibit the restriction or otherwise lawful possession, use, carrying, transfer, transportation, storage or display of a firearm or ammunition during a declared state of emergency.

The Senate adopted two Resolutions this morning congratulating Cabell Midland High School Show Choir for their West Virginia Music Educators Association 2013 Large Mixed Group Show Choir State Champion Title and Cabell Midland High School Marching Band for their many accomplishments this past year.

The following committees will meet today:

The Committee on Health and Human Resources will meet today at 1:00 p.m. in 451M.
The Committee on Natural Resources will meet today at 1:00 p.m. in 208W.
The Committee on Education will meet today at 2:00 p.m. at 451M.
The Committee on Government Organization will meet today at 2:00 p.m. in 208W.
The Committee on Finance will meet today at 3:00 p.m. in 451M.
The Committee on Judiciary will meet today at 3:00 p.m. in 208W.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will meet tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. in 451M.
The Committee on Economic Development will meet tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. in 451M.
The Committee on Government Organization will meet tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. in 208W.

UPDATE:

The Senate reconvened briefly this evening to receive committee reports and read several bills a first time.

Bills read a first time and advanced to second reading include House Bill 2470 , which would provide sign support specialists or educational sign language interpreters in the education of exceptional children.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

The Committee on Judiciary will meet tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in 208W.

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.

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Monday, April 08, 2013 - 12:50 PM

Senate Concurs and Completes Seven Bills, Recognizes Today as Jefferson County Day
The Senate convened this morning to pass seven bills, advance 15 bills to third reading, six bills to second reading, and adopt two Senate Resolutions.

The Senate concurred and passed seven bills that were sent back to the Senate from the House with amendments.

Bills passed to third reading include House Bill 2463, which would repeal the article of the WV Code that permits the sterilization of persons deemed to be mentally incompetent.

House Bill 2108, which would make the failure to wear a seat belt a primary offense, was one bill passed to second reading today.

Finally, the Senate adopted two Senate Resolutions congratulating Tug Valley High School's Boys' Basketball Team on their State Championship win and recognizing April 8, 2013 as Jefferson County Day.

The following committees will meet today:

The Committee on Government Organization will meet today at 1:00 p.m. in 208W.
The Committee on Banking and Insurance will meet today at 2:00 p.m. in 208W.
The Committee on Judiciary will meet today at 3:00 p.m. in 208W.
The Committee on Finance will meet today at 3:00 p.m. in 451M.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

The Select Committee on Children and Poverty will meet tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. in 208W.
The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will meet tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. in 451M.
The committee on Military will meet tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in 208W.

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.



Monday, April 08, 2013 - 12:43 PM

House Amends and Passes Two Senate Bills
Today on the floor, the House passed Senate Bill 145, amending election complaint procedures, and Senate Bill 458, permitting PEIA health plans to operate on calendar-year basis. These bills were amended by the House and must go back to the Senate for approval. Senate Bill 71, requiring descriptions or easements of rights-of-way include width in addition to the centerline, was originally scheduled to be read for the third time, but was laid over until tomorrow.

Senate Bill 80, including substitute teaching in job duties of certain professional educators employed by county boards and Senate Bill 183, updating terms in Corporation Net Income Tax were both advanced to third reading.

In addition, six Senate Bills were read for the first time including, Senate Bill 158, creating Complete Streets Act.

Committees Meeting Today:
Judiciary Committee: 12:45 p.m. 410M
Finance Committee: 1:00 p.m. 460M
Government and Organization Committee: 1:00 p.m. 215E

The House will reconvene today at 5:00 p.m.

UPDATE:

The House met briefly to receive committee reports. Also, a motion to dispense with a second reference for Senate Bill 116 failed to receive the 2/3 votes required and the bill now heads to House Finance for further consideration.

The House Education Committee will meet immediately upon adjournment and the House Judiciary Committee will meet tonight at 6:00 p.m.

Committees Meeting Tomorrow:
Education Committee: 8:30 a.m. 434M
Judiciary Committee: 9:00 a.m. 410M
Finance Committee: 9:00 a.m. 460M

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.

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Friday, April 05, 2013 - 12:49 PM

House Passes Six Senate Bills
Today on the floor, Senate Bill 571, extending the time Oceana City Council can meet as a levying body, was intended to be read for the first time, but due to the suspension of the constitutional rule, was read all three times today and completed legislation in addition to Senate Bill 421, exempting certain school mascots from prohibition of firearms possession on school grounds.

Four Senate Bills were passed including Senate Bill 638, terminating certain severance tax exemption for production of natural gas or oil. There were four Senate Bills that were read for the second time including Senate Bill 435, continuing the Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program and two Senate Bills were also read for the first time.

The House adopted four Senate Concurrent Resolutions including Senate Concurrent Resolution 11, requesting DOH name portion of State Route 214 "Army Pvt. Parker Meikle Memorial Road.

Committees Meeting Today:
Judiciary Committee: 12:30 p.m. 410M
Finance Committee: 1:00 p.m.460M

Committees Meeting Monday:
Health and Human Resources Committee: 10:00 a.m. 215E
Government and Organization Committee: 1:00 p.m. 215E

The House will reconvene Monday at 11:00 a.m.

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Friday, April 05, 2013 - 12:16 PM

Senate Adopts Concurrent Resolution Naming August 16 Airborne Day in West Virginia
The Senate convened briefly this morning to receive committee reports, adopt one House Concurrent Resolution, and advance 15 bills to second reading.

The Senate adopted House Concurrent Resolution 11 today, annually recognizing August 16 "Airborne Day" in West Virginia.

Bills advanced to second reading include House Bill 2314, which would authorize a family court judge to order a child to be taken into custody in emergency situations.

The Senate also took time to remember the 29 lives lost in the Upper Big Branch Mine accident three years ago today.


The following committees will meet Monday:

The Committee on Government Organization will meet Monday at 1:00 p.m. in 208W.
The Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development will meet Monday at 2:00 p.m. in 451M.

The Senate will reconvene Monday at 11:00 a.m.



Thursday, April 04, 2013 - 01:29 PM

House Completes Senate Bill 448, Sent to Governor For Approval
Today in the House, Senate Bill 430, defining "employment term" in Teachers' Defined Contribution Retirement System and Senate Bill 431, relating to public employer liability for delinquent retirement contributions were both passed. Also, Senate Bill 448, increasing the number of demonstration dealer plates issued to large commercial vehicles was completed today, meaning that it will go straight to the Governor for official signing.

In addition, five Senate Bills were read for the second time including Senate Bill 383, which would authorize family court judges to appoint counsel in certain contempt cases. There were four Senate Bills on first reading today as well including Senate Bill 145, which would amend election complaint procedures.

House Resolution 32 was adopted honoring the contributions of Governor William Gaston Caperton III to the youth of West Virginia. Senate Concurrent Resolution 7 , Designating Hall Flintlock Model 1819 the official state firearm was adopted. Citations recognizing WVU Law professor Frank Cleckley and Citizens Conservation Corps were also presented today.

Committees Meeting Today:
Political Subdivisions Committee: 1:00 p.m. 215E
Energy, Industry, Labor and Economic Development/Small Business: 1:00 p.m. 460M
Roads and Transportation: 2:00 p.m. 215E
Senior Issues: 3:00 p.m. 215E
Health and Human Resources: 3:30 p.m. 215E

Committees Meeting Tomorrow:
Agriculture: 8:15 a.m. 215E
Natural Resources: 8:45 a.m. 215E
Banking and Insurance: 10 a.m. 215E
Pensions and Retirement: 10:00 a.m. 460M

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.

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Thursday, April 04, 2013 - 01:17 PM

Senate Welcomes Distinguished Guests Today

The Senate convened today to receive committee reports and present three Senate Resolutions.

Senate Resolution 56 was adopted in the chamber today honoring West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Justice Franklin Cleckley. Justice Cleckley is currently a professor at West Virginia University School of Law. He was the first black Supreme Court Justice and law professor at West Virginia University.

Also presented today was Senate Resolution 57, recognizing former West Virginia Governor Gaston Caperton. Governor Caperton was a 2-term governor and was acknowledged for his services to the state, particularly in his work with the College Board, a nonprofit organization that promotes excellence and equity in education through programs for K–12 and higher education institutions.

Finally, Senate Resolution 58 was adopted, recognizing the Citizens' Conservation Corps of West Virginia, an organization that works to strengthen and revitalize communities all across the Mountain State.

The following committees will meet today:

The Committee on Education will meet today at 2:00 p.m. in 451M.
The Committee on Judiciary will meet today at 3:00 p.m. in 208W.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

The Committee on Labor will meet tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. in 208W.

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.



Wednesday, April 03, 2013 - 04:17 PM

Bill To Remove Tolls By 2020 Passes House
The House reconvened this afternoon to pass 18 bills, advance five bills to third reading, and advance two bills to second reading.

House Bill 3163 is one of the 18 bills to pass. This bill would require all debt obligations of the West Virginia parkways authority to be satisfied by February 1, 2020. It would remove tolls on turnpikes when the bonds obtained by those tolls are fulfilled.

House Bill 3112 was also passed. This bill relates to compensation awards to victims of crimes. It would increase the maximum amount that may be awarded for victim relocation costs to $2500 from $2000. Additionally it would allow reasonable travel expenses for a claimant to attend parole hearings.

Among the four bills advanced to third reading was House Bill 2776, which authorizes the Commissioner to issue no more than ten additional special demonstration plates used by new and used dealers of larger commercial type vehicles.

House Bill 2777 was one of the two bill advanced to second reading. This bill would authorize family court judges to appoint counsel in certain contempt cases.

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



Wednesday, April 03, 2013 - 01:09 PM

House Passes 32 Bills, Cross-Over Day Today
Today is the 50th day of this legislative session, the last day to consider a bill on third reading in its house of origin. The House met today to pass 32 bills in the morning session.

House Bill 2357 was among the bills passed. This bill relates to sexting by minors. It would require the Attorney General to develop an educational diversion program for minors accused of sexting.

Also passed was House Bill 2513, which would improve enforcement of drugged driving offenses. Anyone who drives a motor vehicle in this state, by doing so, implies consent to a "preliminary breath analysis and a secondary chemical test of either his or her blood, breath, or urine for the purposes of determining the controlled substance and drug content of his or her blood".

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
House Education - 9 a.m. - 434M
House Judiciary - 9 a.m. - 410M
House Finance - 9:15 a.m. - 460M
House Government Organization - 9:30 a.m. - 215E

The House is in recess until 2:30 p.m. today.



Wednesday, April 03, 2013 - 12:42 PM

Senate Marks Cross-Over Day, Passes 31 Bills
The Senate reconvened this morning to pass 31 bills. Today was the last day for the Senate to pass Senate bills. The Senate can now only consider House bills that have passed the full House.

Senate Bill 118, which would create the “I Support Veterans” license plate, and Senate Bill 615, which would temporarily lower the table game license renewal fee for pari-mutuel racetracks, were two of the bills passed.

Senate Bill 459, which relates to the warranties of used motor vehicles, was read for a second time. No bills were on first reading.

Senate Resolution 55, which recognizes the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, was adopted.

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11am.

Committees meeting today:

Senate Judiciary Committee - 3pm - 208W

Committees meeting tomorrow:

Senate Health and Human Resources Committee - 1pm - 451M
Senate Education Committee - 2pm - 451M



Tuesday, April 02, 2013 - 02:00 PM

WVU Rifle Team Honored in Senate
The Senate completed two pieces of legislation this morning, the 49th day of the regular session.

Both House Bill 2800, which relates to the Teachers’ Retirement System, and House Bill 2802, which relates to the Emergency Medical Services Retirement System, were passed unanimously.

The Senate also passed 20 senate bills, including Senate Bill 624, which would amend the penalties for those who willfully fail to pay child support, and Senate Bill 98, which would establish the Shale Research, Education, Policy and Economic Development Center at WVU.

On second reading were 27 bills, including Senate Bill 90, which would make DUI causing death or serious bodily injury a felony offense, and Senate Bill 656, which would establish a special committee to study the problems facing the gaming industry.

Senate Bill 459, which relates to warranties on used motor vehicles, was read for the first time.

The Senate also adopted three resolutions. Senate Resolution 52, memorializing the life of the Honorable Ursula Jae Spears, Senate Resolution 53, recognizing Josh Miller for his film “Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey,” and Senate Resolution 54, recognizing the WVU Rifle Team for winning the 2013 National Championship, were all adopted.

The Senate the reconvene this afternoon at 4:30.

Committees meeting today:

Senate Education Committee - 2pm - 451M
Senate Finance Committee - 3pm - 451M
Senate Judiciary Committee - 3pm - 208W

Committees meeting tomorrow:

Senate Economic Development Committee - 1pm - 451M
Senate Government Organization Committee - 2pm - 208W

UPDATE:

The Senate reconvened this afternoon to receive committee reports and to read three bills (Senate Bills 444, 481, and 615) for a second time.

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 10am.

›› Completed Legislation

Tuesday, April 02, 2013 - 01:45 PM

House Recognizes World Autism Day
Today as the House recognized World Autism Day on the floor with a citation as well as blue candles on each members desk, 10 bills were passed, including House Bill 3135, generally relating to voting system certification and procedures.

Tomorrow will be the last day House bills are eligible to be passed in the House Chamber with exception for the Budget Bill and because of that, 55 bills were advanced to third reading today including House Bill 2265, relating to the school access safety act. Also, House Bill 3065, was originally on second reading today, but was advanced to 3rd reading and was passed in light of the suspension of the constitutional rule mandating that a bill be read three separate times on different days.

In addition, House Bill 2776, which would increase filing fees in certain civil actions was read for the first time today.

A citation was also awarded to the WVU Rifle Team for their achievements in winning their 15th National Championship last month.

Committees Meeting Today:

Judiciary Committee: 2:00 p.m. 410M
Government and Organization Committee: 2:00 p.m. 215E
Health and Human Resources Committee: 3:30 p.m. 215E

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.



Monday, April 01, 2013 - 05:20 PM

House Passes Three Bills During Afternoon Session
The House reconvened to pass three bills, advance 10 bills to third reading, and advance 56 bills to second reading.

House Bill 2626, authorizing the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety to promulgate Legislative Rules was passed. This bill would authorize the Governor's Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Correction to promulgate a legislative rule relating to Law Enforcement Training and Certification Standards.

House Bill 2754, which relates to further defining a retailer engaging in business in this state for purposes of sales and use taxes was passed along with House Bill 2571, which relates to who may serve as members of the environmental quality board.

Among the 10 bills advanced to third reading was House Bill 2866. This bill would provide an exception to allow a resident of a dwelling house to discharge a firearm in a lawful manner within five hundred feet. This can only be done if the firearm is being discharged with the express or implied knowledge and consent of all residents of that dwelling house, and no other dwelling houses are located within five hundred feet of where the firearm is discharged.

One of the 56 bills advanced to third reading was House Bill 2128. This bill would provide that all employees have the right to review and copy the contents of their personnel file.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Government Organization - 2 p.m. - 215E
Health and Human Resources - 4 p.m. - 215E

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



Monday, April 01, 2013 - 02:24 PM

House Passes 11 Bills, Salem International University Recognized
Today in the House, 11 bills were passed and one House citation was presented.

Among the 11 bills was House Bill 2766, which would create the "West Virginia Winners" program. This program would help promote healthy and active lifestyles for West Virginians.

House Bill 2759, which relates to standards for emergency medical service personnel was also passed. This bill would establish that no fee be charged for the certification or re-certification of Emergency Medical Technician-Miner.

The citation presented recognized Salem International University. SIU is celebrating their 125th anniversary today.

The following committees will meet today:
House Judiciary - 2:15 - 410M
House Government Organization - 3 p.m. - 215E

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



Monday, April 01, 2013 - 01:50 PM

Senate Completes Two Pieces of Legislation

The Senate convened this morning, the 48th day of session, to complete two pieces of legislation.

House Bill 2487, which would ban the use of laetrile (a drug used for cancer treatment), and House Bill 3013, which would allow the legislature to create job creation work groups, passed the Senate today and will be sent to the Governor to be signed.

Senate Bill 460, which would exempt certain state residents’ active duty military pay from state income tax, and Senate Bill 557, which would extend the Preventive Care Pilot Program, were two of the 26 bills to pass the Senate today.

The Senate read 26 bills for the second time, including two House bills: HB 2800, which relates to the Teachers’ Retirement System, and HB 2802, relating to the Emergency Medical Services Retirement System.

Senate Bill 103, creating the West Virginia Commuter Rail Act, and Senate Bill 638, which would terminate certain severance tax exemptions for the production of oil or natural gas, were two other bills read a second time.

The Senate had three bills on first reading which were Senate Bill 117, which would make the possession of burglar’s tools a criminal offense, Senate Bill 365, which relates to the expungement of certain criminal convictions, and Senate Bill 594, which would establish procedures in the Court of Claims relating to an unjust arrest, conviction, or imprisonment claim.

The Senate adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 18, naming a portion of State Route 20 in Wyoming County the “David and Janet Lee Memorial Highway.” Senate Resolution 50, which supports the commitments made to Patriot Coal employees, and 51, recognizing Salem International University, were also adopted.

The Senate will reconvene this afternoon at 4:30pm.

Committees meeting today:

Senate Energy, Industry, & Mining Committee - 9am - 208W Senate Finance Committee - 9:30am - 451M Senate Government Organization Committee - 2pm - 208W
Senate Education Committee - 2pm - 451M Senate Judiciary Committee - 3pm - 208W
Senate Finance Committee - 3pm - 451M

UPDATE:

The Senate reconvened this evening to hear committee reports. Of the bills reported out of committees, twenty of the bills were read a first time.

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11am.




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