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Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 03:06 PM

House Passes First Bill of the 2013 Regular Session
This morning, the House convened for the eighth day of the regular session.

The House of Delegates passed House Bill 2434, the first House Bill passed during the 2013 Regular Session, which will give magistrates a pay increase and give all magistrates statewide equal pay.

House Resolution 8 was adopted, making February 20, 2013 “Marshall University Day.” The John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps performed the National Anthem and "West Virginia Hills" to commemorate the occasion.

The House also introduced 23 more bills, including House Bill 2561, which would amend the current requirements to get a concealed weapons license.

The House will reconvene tomorrow morning at 11 am.

Committees meeting today:
House Political Subdivisions Committee - 2pm - 215E
House Energy, Industry & Labor, Economic Development & Small Business Committee - 2pm - 460M
House Constitutional Revision Committee - 3pm - 410M
House Roads & Transportation Committee - 3pm - 215E
House Senior Citizen Issues Committee - 4pm - 215E
House Health & Human Resources Committee - 5pm - 215E

Committees meeting tomorrow:
House Finance Committee - 1pm - 460M
House Government Organization Committee - 2pm - 215E

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 03:06 PM

Senate Passes Two Bills

The Senate met today to introduce 117 bills, 3 Senate Concurrent Resolutions, and 1 Senate Resolution.

Senate Bill 74 was amended on Third reading to do some technical clean-up and was then passed. Also passed was Senate Bill 116.

Senate Resolution 15, designating February 20, 2013 as Marshall University Day was adopted.

The following committees will meet today:
Government Organization Committee - 2 p.m. - 208W
Finance Committee - 3 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary Committee - 3 p.m. - 208W

The following Committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance Committee 9:30 a.m. - 451M
Health and Human Resource Committee - 1 p.m. - 451M
Education Committee - 2 p.m. - 451M

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow February 21, 2013 at 11 a.m.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 01:29 PM

House Adopts Resolutions Honoring Clay Center, Makes Today Home School Day
The West Virginia House of Delegates convened for the seventh day of the 2013 Regular Session this morning.

House Resolution 10 was adopted, recognizing the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia’s contributions to the state. The House also adopted House Resolution 11, making February 19, 2013 “West Virginia Home School Day.”

House Bill 2434 was read for the second time and advanced to third reading.

The House introduced 28 bills, including four by request of the Governor.

The House of Delegates will reconvene tomorrow at 11 am.

Committees meeting today:
House Judiciary Committee - 2pm - 410M
House Finance Committee - 2pm - 460M
House Government Organization Committee - 2pm - 215E

Committees meeting tomorrow:
House Agriculture Committee - 8:15am - 215E
House Natural Resources Committee - 8:45am - 215E
House Veterans Affairs & Homeland Security Committee - 9:15am - 460M
House Banking & Insurance Committee - 10am - 215E
House Pensions & Retirement Committee - 10am - 460M
House Political Subdivisions Committee - 1pm - 215E
House Energy, Industry & Labor, Economic Development & Small Business Committee - 1pm - 460M
House Constitutional Revision Committee - 2pm - 410M
House Roads & Transportation Committee - 2pm - 215E
House Senior Citizen Issues Committee - 3pm - 215E
House Health & Human Resources Committee - 4pm - 215E

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 01:01 PM

Two Bills Advance to Third Reading
The Senate reconvened today to introduce 12 bills and 3 Senate Resolutions.

Of the three resolutions, Senate Resolution 13, recognizing Kendyl Ryan, was adopted. Ryan was granted the national GEAR UP Youth of the Year Award.

Senate Bill 74, which would replace "other infamous offense" term relating to jury service disqualification and Senate Bill 116, which relates to crimes against property involving graffiti, were both advanced to third reading.

The following committees will meet today:
Natural Resources Committee - 1 p.m. - 208W
Education Committee - 2 p.m. - 451M
Finance Committee - 3 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary Committee - 3 p.m. - 208W

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Select Committee on Child Poverty - 10 a.m. - 451M
Labor Committee - 9 a.m. - 208W
Economic Development Committee - 1 p.m. - 451M
Education Committee - 2 p.m. - 451M
Government Organization Committee - 2 p.m. - 208W

The Senate will reconvene February 20, 2013 at 11 a.m.

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Monday, February 18, 2013 - 03:22 PM

Magistrate Pay Raise Bill Advances to Second Reading
The House of Delegates convened this afternoon for the sixth day of the 2013 Regular Session.

The House signed a citation making today Preston County Day and observed Veteran’s Visibility Day by acknowledging those who served.

The House also introduced seven bills.

House Bill 2434, regarding pay raises in the magistrate court system, was read for the first time then advanced to second reading.

The House is adjourned until 11 am tomorrow.

Committees Meeting Today:
Finance Committee - 2pm - 460M
Judiciary Committee - 2:15pm - 410M

Committees Meeting Tomorrow:
Finance Committee - 9am - 460M
Judiciary Committee - 3pm - House Chamber
Government Organization Committee - 1pm - 215E
Education Committee - 9am - 434M

Committees Meeting Wednesday:
Pensions & Retirement Committee - 10am - 460M
Political Subdivisions Committee - 1pm - 215E

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Monday, February 18, 2013 - 03:18 PM

Graffiti Bill Passes On To Second Reading
The State Senators met today at 1 p.m. for the sixth day of the Regular Session. February 18, 2013 was designated as Veterans Visibility Day.

Introduced were 14 Senate Bills, 1 Senate Joint Resolution and 2 Senate Resolutions. The West Virginia Municipal League was also represented by several mayors of municipalities who were also in attendance.

Two bills were read a first time and advanced to Second Reading . Senate Bill 74, which would replace "other infamous offense" term relating to jury service disqualification and Senate Bill 116, which relates to crimes against property involving graffiti which is similar to a House Bill that was passed last session but was vetoed for technical reasons.

The Senate is adjourned until 11 am tomorrow.

The following committee will meet today:
Committee on Finance - 3 p.m. - 451M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Energy, Industry and Mining - 9 a.m. - 208W
Transportation and Infrastructure - 10 a.m. - 451M
Military Committee - 10 a.m. - 208W
Natural Resources Committee - 1 p.m. - 208W

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Monday, February 18, 2013 - 03:06 PM

Legislature Recognizes Veterans' Visibility Day

Veterans' Visibility Day was held today at the Capitol to honor West Virginia's active and retired military veterans and to give them a chance to express their concerns to the legislators.

Today's observance was made up of two separate ceremonies: the first was held in the House Chamber at 9:00am and the second was held in the Senate Chamber at 11:00am.

Senator Erik Wells, a veteran and current chairman of the Senate Military Committee and the Interim Veterans' Affairs Committee, spoke during the ceremony in the Senate Chamber this morning expressing his gratitude for our men and women in uniform serving our state and country. Senator Wells introduced Senate Resolution 11 today which designated February 18, 2013 as Veterans' Visibility Day.

Earlier in the House Chamber, Congressman Rahall received the 2012 Harry S. Truman Award from the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) in recognition of his legislative efforts in support of the men and women serving in the National Guard.



Friday, February 15, 2013 - 12:48 PM

House Introduces Pipeline Safety Bill
The West Virginia House of Delegates convened Friday morning for the third day of the 2013 Regular Session.

The House introduced 46 bills, including 12 bills requested by the Governor. One of the bills was House Bill 2505, which would increase civil penalties for pipeline safety violations.

The House will reconvene Monday at 1 pm.

Committees meeting Monday:
Health and Human Resources Committee - 10am - 215E

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Friday, February 15, 2013 - 12:30 PM

Third Day of Session Sees 29 Bills Introduced in the Senate
The Senate reconvened today at 11 a.m. to introduce 29 bills.

Bills introduced included Senate Bill 170, which would create the Keep Jobs in West Virginia Act and and Senate Bill 181, which would clarify drugged driving offence, a proposal outlined by the Governor.

The following committees will meet Monday, February 18, 2013:
Conformations Committee - 12:30 p.m. - 451M
Banking and Insurance Committee - 2:00 p.m. - 208W
Agricultural Committee - 2:15 p.m. - 451M


The Senate is adjourned until 1 p.m. on Monday February 18, 2013.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 12:36 PM

19 Bills Introduced in the Senate
Introduced in the Senate today were 19 bills during the brief floor session. Resolutions adopted included Senate Resolution 8, which designated February 14, 2013 as Corrections Day and Senate Resolution 9, honoring Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.

The following committees will meet today:
Joint Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure-1 p.m.-House Chamber
Health and Human Resources-1 p.m.-451M
Education Committee-2 p.m.-451M
Finance Committee-3 p.m.-451M
Judiciary Committee-3 p.m.-208W

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

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Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 12:27 PM

House Introduces 36 BIlls, Makes Today Corrections Day
The House of Delegates met today at 11 am for the second day of the Regular Session.

The color guard from the Correctional Facilities presented the colors to start today’s floor session.

Two citations were passed, one honoring the Westside High School women’s basketball team 2012 State Championship. The Second citation honored two Medal of Honor Recipients from the state.

House Resolution 7 was also adopted, making February 14, 2013 Corrections Day.

The House introduced 36 bills.

Committees meeting today:
House Finance Committee - 1 pm - 460M
House Judiciary Committee - 1 pm - 410M
Joint Committee on Transportation - 1pm - House Chamber
Education Committee - 3 pm - 434M

Committees meeting tomorrow morning:
House Education Committee - 9 am - 434M

›› House bills introduced on this date


Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 08:10 PM

Legislators Convene to Hear State of the State Address
The House and Senate reconvened at 7:00 p.m. this evening for a joint session in the House Chamber for the Governor’s presentation of the State of the State Address.

Both the House and the Senate met briefly following the address to introduce the proposed Budget Bill.

BUDGET BILLS
House Bill 2014
Senate Bill 143

The following committees will meet tomorrow morning:
Senate Finance- 9:30 a.m. - 451M
House Finance-9 a.m.- 460M
House Government Organization-9 a.m.- 215E

Both will reconvene in their respective chambers at 11:00 a.m.



Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 02:36 PM

House Convenes for First Day of the 81st Legislature
This afternoon, the House of Delegates convened for the 1st Regular Session of the 81st Legislature.

After adopting procedural resolutions the House adopted House Concurrent Resolution 3, which extends a formal invitation to the Governor to deliver the State of the State address tonight at 7 P.M.

The House also passed House Concurrent Resolution 3, making February 13, 2013 Nurses Unity Day.

The following committee will meet today:
Joint Finance-2 P.M.-460M

The following committee will meet tomorrow:
House Finance-9 A.M.-460M
Government Organization-9 A.M.-215E

The House is in recess and will reconvene at 6:50 P.M. this evening.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 02:19 PM

Senate Convenes For The First Session of the 81st W.Va. Legislature
The State Senate convened the First Regular Session of the 81st Legislature today at noon. After establishing a quorum, the Senate introduced 142 bills.

The body then adopted Senate Resolution 6, which created a Select Committee on Children in Poverty, and Senate Resolution 7, which designated February 13 as West Virginia Nurses Unity Day. The Senate was informed that the House adopted House Concurrent Resolution 3 , which extends a formal invitation to the Governor to deliver the State of the State Address tonight at 7 P.M.

The following committees will meet today:
Government Organization-2 P.M.-208W
Economic Development-1 P.M.-451M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance Committee-9:30 A.M.-451M
Transportation and Infrastructure-1 P.M.-House Chamber

The Senate is in recess until 6:45 P.M.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 05:15 PM

House Republicans Plan to Push Jobs, Education Reform

The House Minority held a press conference today detailing their plan for the upcoming Regular Session starting Wednesday. House Minority Leader Tim Armstead (R-Kanawha) highlighted the caucus’s initiative for the upcoming session, including education reform and creating jobs. “Too many of our fellow West Virginians are looking for work. Other are trying to work two low-paying jobs to make ends meet and feed their families.”

Education reform was the second main point highlighted during the conference. Armstead stressed that, although on the brink of education reform, we need to keep the focus on the students.

“We must remove the red tape and top-heavy bureaucracy that dictates every move from Charleston and allow our principals to administer their schools, our teachers to teach and our students to learn,” Armstead said.

Armstead also announced the leadership appointments for the House Republican office. Daryl Cowles (R-Morgan) was announced as the House Minority Whip while Patrick Lane (R-Kanawha) was appointed as the caucus chair.

Other appointments included Carol Miller (R-Cabell) as the new member advisor, Eric Nelson (R-Kanawha) as the Republican Conference Director of Fiscal Policy, John O’Neal IV (R-Raleigh) as the Republican Conference Director of Policy Initiatives, and John Ellem (R-Wood) as the caucus ethics advisor




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