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Friday, January 17, 2014 - 12:16 PM

Senate Introduces Six Bills on the Tenth Day of Session

The Senate met today at 10 a.m. to introduce six bills and to adopt two resolutions. 

Senate Bills 374 through 379 were introduced. Of the bills inroduced, Senate Bill 376 would require certain construction workers to complete an OSHA Safety Program. Senate Bill 377 would create Native American Tribes Unique Recognition, Authentication and Listing Act. Senate Bill 378 would redefine "authorized emergency vehicle" to include garbage trucks and other sanitation vehicles.

Of the bills that have been introduced this session Senate Bill 278 is on 2nd reading and Senate Bill 346 is on 1st reading.

The Senate is adjourned until Monday at 1 p.m.   

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Friday, January 17, 2014 - 12:16 PM

House Introduces 22 New Bills

The House of Delegates convened at 10 a.m. today to introduce 22 new bills.

House Bill 4212 was among those introduced, which would establish a methamphetamine registry. Another bill introduced was House Bill 4227, which would require the certification of correctness as to the design, construction and performance of domestic and commercial liquefied petroleum gas-consuming equipment.

House Bills 4020, 4035 and 4069 all passed House Government Organization and have been referred to House Judiciary. House Bill 4057 was amended and passed by House Government Organization and has been referred to House Judiciary.

House Bill 4015 had its second reading and House Bill 4135 had its first.

The following committees will meet Monday:

  • House Judiciary at 1:30 p.m. in 410M
  • House Health and Human Resources at 4 p.m. in 215E

The House is adjourned until 1 p.m. Monday.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 01:32 PM

House Passes WV Small Business Emergency Act Unanimously

The House convened today at 11 a.m. to adopt House Bill 4175.

The House voted to suspend the constitutional law that would require House Bill 4175 to be read on three separate occasions. The bill passed unanimously and is to be effective from passage. It will now move on for passage in the Senate. The bill would help small businesses affected during a state of emergency.

An additional 13 bills were introduced, including House Bill 4197, which relates to the development of corporate sponsorships for state parks and recreational areas. House Bill 4200 was also introduced, which relates to the possession of concealed deadly weapons in certain buildings owned by the state.

House Bill 4014 had its first reading today.

House Bills 4039, 4071, 4074, 4075, 4076, 4077, and 4098 were passed by the House Committee on Health and Human Resources and has been referred to House Judiciary. House Veterans' Affairs and Homeland Security passed House Bill 2895 and has referred it to House Finance. House Roads and Transportation passed House Bill 2135 and House Bill 2477 and has referred them to House Judiciary, as well as House Bill 2522 which has been referred to House Finance. House Judiciary passed House Bill 4006 and has referred it to House Finance, as well as House Bill 4135 which will have its first reading on the daily calendar Friday.

The following committees will meet today:

  • Subcommittee on House Bill 4139 at 1:15 p.m. in 410M
  • House Education at 2 p.m. in 434M
  • House Finance budget hearings at 2 p.m. in 460M
  • House Government Organization at 2 p.m. in 215E
  • House Judicary at 2 p.m. in 410M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • House Finance budget hearings at 9 a.m. in 460M
  • Joint Committee on Water Resources at 9 a.m. in 208W

The House is adjourned until 10 a.m.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 01:32 PM

The Senate Met Today and Introduced 16 Bills

Today the Senate met to introduce bills and refer bills to committees. The body introduced Senate Bills 358 through 373.

Senator Snyder spoke about Senate Bill 368, a bill that would repeal an article of West Virginia law. The law, which requires retailers to charge 7 percent over what they pay for a product wholesale, became law in 1939. Senator Snyder specifically spoke about how this law affects gas prices because of lawsuits 25 years ago. 

This bill would repeal the article that allows unfair trade practices.  

The following committees will meet today:

  • The Judiciary Committee will meet at 3 p.m. in room 208W 
  • The Education Committee will meet at 2 p.m. in room 451M
  • The Finance Committee will meet at 3 p.m. in room 451M 
  • The Healh and Human Resources Committee will meet at 1 p.m. in room 451M 

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • The joint Committee on Water Resources will meet at 9 a.m. in room 208W

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

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 01:11 PM

House Introduces Immediate Emergency Financial Assistance Bill

The House of Delegates convened at 11 a.m. today to introduce 18 bills.

Among these bills was House Bill 4175, which would provide immediate emergency financial assistance to small businesses located in areas where there has been a state of emergency. Another bill introduced was House Bill 4190, relating to controlling methamphetamine.

The West Virginia Crime Victims Compensation Fund was presented a citation recognizing today as "Crime Victims Day" by House Speaker Tim Miley.

The following committees will meet today:

  • House Government Organization 15 minutes after floor session in 215E
  • House Industry and Labor at 1 p.m. in 410M
  • House Political Subdivisions at 1 p.m. in 215E
  • House Roads and Transportation at 2 p.m. in 215E
  • House Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at 2 p.m. in 460M
  • House Energy at 3 p.m. in 410M
  • House Senior Citizen Issues at 3 p.m. in 215E
  • House Health and Human Resources at 4:30 p.m. in 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • House Finance at 9 a.m. in 460M

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


 

UPDATE:

The House reconvened at 4 p.m. to submit committee reports.

House Bill 4010 was amended and passed by House Political Subdivisions and has been referred to House Judiciary. House Bill 4082 and House Bill 4083 both passed House Industry and Labor and have also been referred to House Judiciary. House Bill 4175 passed House Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Economic development and has been referred to House Finance.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • House Judiciary at 9:15 a.m. in 410M
  • House Education at 2 p.m. in 434M
  • House Government Organization at 2 p.m. in 215E

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

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 12:56 PM

The Senate Met Today to Introduce and Refer Bills, and to Adopt a Resolution

The Senate met today and introduced 7 bills, adopted a resolution and referred bills to their respective committees. 

One of the bills introduced today, Senate Bill 355, would amend the Water Resources Protection and Management Act.

The Senate also adopted Senate Resolution 6 which recognized Crime Victims Day at the Legislature.

Of all the bills that were referred to committees today, Senate Bills 26, 96, 259 and 270 were referred to the Economic Development Committee. After those bills pass through the Economic Development Committee, they'll be referred to the Judiciary Committee. 

The following committees will meet today:

  • The Committee on Natural Resources will meet at 2 p.m. in room 451M
  • The Committee on Finance will meet at 3 p.m. in room 451M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • The Committee on Finance will meet at 9:30 a.m. in room 451M

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

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 07:01 PM

House Introduces Emergency Preparedness Bill

The House convened this evening at 6 p.m. to introduce a total of 50 bills, some of which were at the request of the Executive.

One bill introduced this evening was House Bill 4147 which relates to emergency preparedness. Another, House Bill 4167, would increase criminal penalties for damages to a cemetery or graveyard.

Several House members also expressed sympathy and gratitude to those who have helped during the current water crisis affecting nine counties in West Virginia.

The following committees will meet this evening:

  • House Government Organization 15 minutes after the floor session in 215E.
  • House Judiciary at 7 p.m. in 410M.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • House Agriculture and Natural Resources at 9 a.m. in 215E.
  • House Veterans' Affairs/Homeland Security at 9 a.m. in 460M.
  • House Banking and Insurance at 10 a.m. in 215E.
  • House Industry and Labor at 1 p.m. in 410M.
  • House Political Subdivisions at 1 p.m. at 215E.
  • House Roads and Transportation at 2 p.m. in 215E.
  • House Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at 2 p.m. in 460M.
  • House Energy at 3 p.m. in 410M.
  • House Senior Citizen Issues at 3 p.m. in 215E.

The House adjourned until 11 a.m. Wednesday.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 12:07 PM

The Senate Met for the 7th Day to Introduce 13 Bills

The Senate convened today to introduce 13 bills and refer them to their respective committees.

One of the bills introduced was Senate Bill 338 which relates to the Tourism Development Act. Also introduced was Senate Bill 339, which would add tramadol and related salts and isomers to Schedule IV controlled substances.

The Senate has adjourned until tomorrow at 11 a.m.  

The following committee meetings will be held today: 

Health and Human Resources at 1 p.m. in 451M

Education at 2 p.m. in 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M 

 

 

 

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Monday, January 13, 2014 - 03:33 PM

Two Bills Introduced as Senate Continues to Meet

The Senate met today to introduce two bills and referred the bills to their respective committees. 

The Senate introduced SB 336 and SB 337. Senate Bill 336 would allow the possession of opioid antagonist by certain public safety personnel. Opioid antagonist are commonly used for the maintenance for former opioid addicts. Senate Bill 337 would authorize DOH to increase gross weight limitations on certain Brooke County roads. 

The Senate is adjourned until Tuesday at 11 a.m.

The following committees will meet tomorrow: 

Transportation and Infrastructure at 10 a.m. in 208W

Military Committee at 10 a.m. in the President’s Conference Room 

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Monday, January 13, 2014 - 03:32 PM

House Meets Briefly, Budget Meetings Cancelled

 

The House of Delegates met today at 1 p.m to determine the absense of a quorum.

All House Finance budget hearings scheduled for today and tomorrow were rescheduled at a later date.

The House is adjourned until 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The Judiciary Committee will meet 30 minutes after Tuesday's floor session adjourns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Monday, January 13, 2014 - 10:54 AM

Water Emergency In Nine Counties, Brief Friday Session Held

On Friday, due to cirmcumstances surrounding a chemical leak which contaminted the water for people in nine counties serviced by West Virginia American Water complany, the House and Senate each held very brief floor sessions with limited members and staff. 

The House gaveled in briefly to determine the absence of a quorum.

The Senate also briefly met and introduced several bills and resolutions from the Bulletin Board for January 10th.

The House of Delegates and Senate both adjourned until Monday, January 13th, 2014 at 1 p.m.

 

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Thursday, January 09, 2014 - 02:12 PM

House Adopts Two Resolutions; New Bills Introduced and Old Bills Carried Over

The House of Delegates met at 11 a.m. today for the second day of Regular Session.

Today was acknowledged as Monongolia County Day with a citation given to celebrate the county's accomplishments.

A citation was also presented to the family of the late Congressman Harley Orrin Staggers.

Two house resolutions relating to procedures were adopted. 

House Resolution 2 establishes the Calendars of the House. As it was adopted, there are two separate calendars, the Daily Calendar and the House Calendar. Nothing on the House Calendar shall take precedence over items on the Daily Calendar without a two-thirds vote. Nothing can be removed from the Daily Calendar without a majority vote by the Committee on Rules, and a majority vote by the Committee on Rules can add a removed item to the schedule once again. A roll call of all votes pertaining to the preparation of the House Calendar will be kept on record.

 House Resolution 4 re-establishes and realigns Standing Committees.

Among the changes made by the adoption of this resolution, House Resolution 4 merged two committees to form the Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources. The Committee on Industry and Labor, Economic Development and Small Business was divided, becoming respectively, the Comittee on Industry and Labor, the Committee on Energy, and the Committee on Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.

Unresolved bills from the previous session were carried over, along with several new bills introduced, bringing the count to 743 bills.

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

The following committees will meet today:

House Finance today at 1 p.m. in 460M.

House Judiciary today at 1 p.m. in 410M.

House Education today at 2 p.m. in 434M.

Government Organization today at 3 p.m. in 215E.

 

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

House Health tomorrow at 9:15 a.m. in the House Chamber.

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Thursday, January 09, 2014 - 01:09 PM

Senate Honors Harley Orrin Staggers Sr. And Celebrates Monongalia County Day

The Senate met today to introduce seven bills and pass two resolutions, one joint resolution and one concurrent resolution.

One of the bills introduced today, Senate Bill 309, would redefine "eligible institutions" to receive PROMISE scholarship funds.

The Senate also adopted Senate Resolution 3, which honored Harley Orrin Staggers Sr. From Mineral County. Senator Bob Williams spoke of his character, his past careers and his past achievements.

Additionally, the Senate adopted Senate Resolution 4 celebrating the first ever Monongalia County Day.

The Senate will adjourn until tomorrow at 10 a.m.

The following committees will meet today:

Senate Education Committee at 2 p.m. in 451M.

Senate Judiciary Committee at 2 p.m. in 208M.

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

 

 

 

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014 - 08:16 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 4015

Senate Bill 306

 

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

Senate Finance will meet at 9:30 a.m. in room 451M.

House Finance will meet at 9 a.m. in room 460M.

House Judiciary will meet at 9:15 a.m. in room 410M.

 

The Senate and House are in recess until 11:00 a.m. tomorrow.

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014 - 01:59 PM

House Begins 2nd Session of 81st Legislature; 15 Bills Introduced

This afternoon, the House of Delegates convened for the 2nd Regular Session of the 81st Legislature.

After adopting procedural resolutions, the House adopted  House Concurrent Resolution 1, which extends an invitation to the Governor to deliver the State of the State address tonight at 7 p.m.

Additionally, the House introduced 15 bills for consideration.

Bills introduced include  House Bill 4004, relating to criminal offenses for child abuse, and  House Bill 4014, which would increase criminal penalties for littering.

The House is in recess until 6:50 p.m.

Joint Finance Committee will hold a block grant hearing at 2 p.m. in 460M.

Meetings tomorrow include:

House Finance at 9 a.m. in 460M.

House Judiciary at 9:15 a.m. in 410M.

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014 - 01:44 PM

Senate Convenes For The Second Session of the 81st W.Va. Legislature

The State Senate convened for the Second Regular Session of the 81st Legislature today at noon. After establishing a quorum, the body adopted Senate Resolution 1, that raised a committee to notify the House that the Senate had assembled, and  Senate Resolution 2, that raised a committee to notify the Governor that the Legislature had assembled. 

The Senate was informed that the House adopted  House Concurrent Resolution 1, that extended an invitation to the Governor to deliver the State of the State address to the Joint Assembly of the West Virginia Legislature tonight at 7 p.m. 

The Senate is in recess until 6:40 p.m. 

 

UPDATE:

The Senate reconvened this evening to read and introduce 305 bills. The Senate also introduced seven Senate Joint Resolutions and referred them to appropriate committees.

The Senate is in recess until after Governor Tomblin's State of the State address.

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014 - 10:49 AM

Second Regular Session of 81st Legislature Set to Begin

The Second Regular Session of the 81st Legislature is set to convene today at Noon. Follow this blog for updates on all action from the House and Senate floor.

You can also listen to all of the floor action and committee meetings live by visiting:  http://www.legis.state.wv.us/live.cfm

Follow the 2014 Legislative Calendar to keep up with all landmark days of the Regular Session: http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bulletin_Board/calendar_2014.cfm

 

 

 

 

 

 




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