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Today in the Legislature

Friday, January 31, 2014 - 11:59 AM

Senate Introduces Bill For Extending Health Care Provider Tax

The Senate convened at 10 a.m. today to introduce eight bills.

Senate Bill 456 was among the bills introduced today, which would extend the expiration date for the health care provider tax on eligible acute care hospitals. Another piece of legislation introduced, Senate Bill 457, would require inmates in the custody of the Commissioner of Corrections to have the same classes and programs offered in the Division of Corrections facilities.

Senate Bills 267, 381, 405, and 435 had their second reading. Senate Bills 32, 165, 257, 314, 325, 380, 408, and 415 had their first reading.

The following committees will meet Monday:

  • Senate Agriculture and Rural Development at 2 p.m. in 451M

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

 

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Friday, January 31, 2014 - 11:30 AM

House Reads State of Preparedness Bill

The House convened for session today and introduced House Bill 4380 through House Bill 4387. House Bill 4385 would prohibit a juvenile from moving to an adult correctional facility after they turn 18 years old. House Bill 4387 would give a $500 tax credit against state income tax to volunteer fire fighters.

There were four bills on first reading today. One of those bills House Bill 4147, equivelant to Senate Bill 320, relates to state of preparedness.

The following committees will meet today:

  • The House Finance Committee will meet at 11 a.m.    

The following committees will meet on Monday:

  • The House Finance Committee will meet at 10:30 a.m.

 

  • The House Health Committee will host a public hearing regarding Senate Bill 373 in the House Chambers at 5:30 p.m.

 

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

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Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 01:43 PM

Senate Redesignates Health Sciences Scholarship Program

The Senate convened at 11 a.m. today to pass two bills and introduce six pieces of legislation.

Senate Bill 316, which relates to tolling with regard to civil actions, was passed unanimously. Senate Bill 394 was passed as well, which would redesignate the Health Sciences Scholarship Program as the Health Sciences Service Program to reflect the program's purpose as a job recruitment incentive.

Among the legislations introduced was Senate Bill 450, relating to the sale and consumption of alcohol in an outdoor dining area. Senate Bill 455, or the "Move to Improve Act," would require healthier foods and at least 30 minutes of physical activity to battle obesity rates and the resulting health costs.

Senate Bills 267, 381, 405 and 435 had their first readings.

The following committees will meet today:

  • Senate Health and Human Resources at 1 p.m. in 451M
  • Senate Education at 2 p.m. in 451M
  • Senate Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M
  • Senate Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • Senate Children and Poverty at 9 a.m. in 208W
  • Senate Pensions and Retirement at 9:30 a.m. in 451M

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

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Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 12:58 PM

House Introduces Bill That Would Allow Alternate DUI Program

The House recognized today as Generation West Virginia Day and honored young aspiring professionals. The House also adopted five House Concurrent Resolutions. 

The House introduced six bills today, House Bill 4374 through 4379. House Bill 4377 would allow a DUI offender to exchange the revocation of their license for an Alcohol Test and Lock program. 

The following committees will meet today:

  • House Judiciary will meet at 1:15 p.m. in room 410M
  • House Education will meet at 2 p.m. in room 434M
  • House Finance will meet at 2 p.m. in room 460M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • House Judiciary will meet at 8:30 a.m. in room 410M
  • House Finance will meet at 9 a.m. in room 460M 

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

 

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 02:20 PM

The House Passes Five Bills

The House recognized Industries of the Future West Virginia and the George Washington High School Boys Soccer Team State Champions. 

The House voted on House Resolution 6, which would have amended House Rules 25 and 26, and was rejected. House Bills 4367 through 4373 were introduced today. Senate Bill 346 was passed the House and therefore has completed all legislation. House Bill 2954, House Bill 2966, House Bill 4002 and House Bill 4139 all were passed. 

The following committees will meet today:

  • House Political Subdivision will meet at 1 p.m. in room 215E
  • House Industry and Labor will meet at 1:10 p.m. in room 410M
  • House Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development will meet at 2 p.m. in room 215E 
  • House Roads and Transportation will meet at 2 p.m. in room 460M
  • House Energy will meet at 3 p.m. in room 410M
  • House Senior Citizen Issues will meet at 3 p.m. in room 215E
  • House Health and Human Resources will meet at 4:15 p.m. in room 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • House Subcommittee for House Bill 4294 will meet at 8:30 a.m. in room 410M 
  • House Education will meet at 9 a.m. in room 434M 
  • House Finance will meet at 9 a.m. in room 460M
  • House Judiciary will meet at 9:15 a.m. in room 410M 

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

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 02:09 PM

Senate Introduces 4 Bills

The Senate convened at 11 a.m. today to introduce four new bills.

Senate Bill 446 was among the four introduced, which would require an agency to allow a grievant a reasonable amount of time for a representative to appear. Senate Bill 448 was also introduced and would provide a one-time supplement to retired teachers and public employees over the age of 70 to three percent of their retirement benefits.

Senate Bills 316 and 394 were read and will retain their places on the calendar for third reading.

Senate Resolution 11 was passed, declaring it "Innovation & Entrepreneurship Day" at the Capitol.

The following committees will today:

  • Senate Economic Development at 1 p.m. in 451M
  • Senate Natural Resources at 2 p.m. in 451M
  • Senate Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M
  • Senate Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • Senate Finance at 9:30 a.m. in 451M

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

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 01:57 PM

Houses Honors Group "Heroes For Hire"

Today the House recognized Heroes for Hire, a volunteer organization who dress like superheroes to travel to West Virginia schools, churches, fundraisers and children's hospitals. 

The House passed three bills today, House Bill 2387, House Bill 4182 and House Bill 4217. House Bill 2387 would amend the West Virginia Fair Housing Act so people with disabilites who need assistive animals can have them where they live. 

The House introduced House Bills 4343 to 4366. House Bill 4362 would prohibit smoking cigarettes in a vehicle with a child inside. 

The following committees will meet today:

  • House Education will meet at 2 p.m. in room 434M
  • House Finance will meet at 2 p.m. in room 460M
  • House Government Organization at 2 p.m. in room 215E
  • House Judiciary will hold a hearing at 2 p.m. in the chamber. After, the committee will meet in room 410M

The following committees will meet tomorrow: 

  • House Agriculture and Natural Resources will meet at 9 a.m. in room 215E
  • House Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security will meet at 9 a.m. in room 460M 
  • House Banking and Insurance will meet at 10 a.m. in room 215E
  • House Pensions and Retirement will meet at 10 a.m. in room 460M

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

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 01:55 PM

Senate Passes Water Resources Protection Bill

The Senate convened at 11 a.m. today to pass nine bills, including Senate Bill 373.

Senate Bill 373 relates to water resources protection. It would increase the required informtion provided by large quantity water users, drilling contractors or well owners, as well as require the registration of aboveground storage tanks. The Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection would be required to create a program that would regulate these tanks.

Among the other eight passed was Senate Bill 12, which relates to expedited partner therapy. Senate Bill 209 passed as well, which would allow special needs students to participate in graduation ceremonies.

Senate Bills 196, 208, 251, 310, 341, and 359 were also passed. The passed legislative acts will be communicated to the House of Delegates for consideration.

The Senate introduced six bills as well, including Senate Bill 440, which would require the audio and video recording of felony suspects being questioned by law enforcement. Senate Bill 442 was also introduced, permitting certain firearms to be kept in motor vehicles on Capitol Complex grounds.

Senate Bill 394 had its second reading.

The following committees will meet today:

  • Senate Health and Human Resources at 1 p.m. in 451M
  • Senate Education at 2 p.m. in 451M
  • Senate Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M
  • Senate Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • Senate Agriculture and Rural Development at 9 a.m. in 208W

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

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Monday, January 27, 2014 - 03:19 PM

House Passes Two Bills

At today's meeting, the House passed two bills, House Bill 4177 and House Bill 4006, unanimously and both were moved to the Senate for further consideration. The other bill on third reading, House Bill 4182, was laid over until tomorrow. House Bill 4006 relates to child pornography. 

The House also introduced 6 bills, House Bills 4337 through 4342. House Bill 4337 would make domestic violence and sexual offense by strangely an aggravated offense. 

The following committees will meet today:

  • The Finance Committee will meet at 2 p.m. in room 460M
  • The Judiciary Committee will meet at 2:15 p.m. in room 410M 
  • The Health and Human Resources Committee will meet at 4:15 p.m. in room 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • The Finance Committee will meet at 9 a.m. in room 460M 
  • The Judiciary Committee will meet at 9:15 a.m. in room 410M

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

 

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Monday, January 27, 2014 - 03:19 PM

Senate Introduces 8 Bills

The Senate convened today at 1:30 p.m. to introduce eight bills.

Senate Bill 433, relatiing to exempting precious metals from consumers sales tax, was among the legislative acts introduced. Senate Bill 434 was also introduced, which would eliminate the revocation period for certain D.U.I. offenses.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 18 was adopted, recognizing additional higher education budget cuts as detrimental.

Senate Resolution 9 was passed, urging the construction of a state veterans nursing home to be built in Beckley. Senate Resolution 10 was adopted as well, recognizing Leadership Berkeley. 

Senate Bills 12, 208, 209, 310, 316, and 359 will all retain their places on the calendar for third reading. Senate Bills 196, 251, 341, and 373 had their second reading. Senate Bill 373 had amendments adopted. Senate Bill 394 had its first reading.

The following committees will meet today:

  • Senate Banking and Insurance following session in 208W
  • Senate Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • Senate Military at 10 a.m. in 208W
  • Senate Transportation and Infrastructure at 10 a.m. in 451M

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

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Friday, January 24, 2014 - 01:37 PM

House Passes Two Bills

The House of Delegates convened at 10 a.m. to pass two bills and introduce 53 pieces of legislation.

House Bill 2020 was passed, which relates to the conditions of bond for defendants in crimes between family or household members. House Bill 2477, which would permit certain auxilary lighting on motorcycles, passed unanimously. Both will be communicate to the Senate for their consideration.

House Bill 4283 was among the bills introduced, which relates to raising minimum wage. House Bill 4292 was also introduced, which would fund substance abuse services through increased taxes on alcohol.

House Bills 4006, 4177 and 4182 had their second readings. House Bills 2387 and 4217 had their first readings. House Bill 4001 was referred back to House Judiciary after being scheduled for its first reading.

Previously introduced bill were passed by their respective committees and referred to others.

The following committees will meet today:

  • House Finance at 11 a.m. in 460M

The following committees will meet Monday:

  • House Finance at 2 p.m. in 460M
  • House Education at 4 p.m. in 215E

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

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Friday, January 24, 2014 - 01:34 PM

Senate Passes 2 Bills

The Senate introduced Senate Bills 427 to 431 today. Senate Bill 428 would regulate the ownership of dangerous wild animals by creating a regulation board, a rule-making authority and criminal and civil penalties. 

Senate Bill 373 was moved to 2nd reading today. Senate bills 58 and 350 passed uninamously and now move to the House for further consideration. Senate Bill 58 would allow a spouse to void a marriage if he or she didn't know of their spouse was previously convicted of a felony. Senate Bill 350 would require the Department of Agriculture to add rules and regulations to their Rural Rehabilitation Loan Program. 

The Senate is adjourned until 1:30 p.m. on Monday January 27, 2014. 

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Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 01:24 PM

House Passes "Felicity's Law"

The House of Delegates convened at 11 a.m. today to introduce 19 bills and pass one piece of legislation.

House Bill 2757, stating that a dog would be euthanized if an attack results in injuries costing $1,000 or if it has attacked twice in two years, passed unanimously today. It has been given the title "Felicity's Law" because Felicity was the name of the two year old who had been attacked, inspiring the bill.

House Bill 4268 was among the bills introduced today, which relates to the administration of veterans' assistance. House Bill 4274 was also introduced, which would permit the sale of raw milk

House Bills 4006, 4177 and 4182 all received their first readings. House Bills 2020 and 2477 had their second readings as well.

Previously introduced bills were passed in their respective committees and referred to others.

The following committees will meet today:

  • House Judiciary at 1:15 p.m. in 410M
  • House Education at 2 p.m. in 434M
  • House Finance at 2 p.m. in 460M
  • House Government Organization at 3 p.m. in 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • House Finance at 9 a.m. in 460M

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

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Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 01:19 PM

The Senate Introduced New Legislation Today

Today the Senate introduced Senate Bills 418 through 426 and assigned the bills to their respective committees. Senate Bill 419 would provide amnesty from certain offenses for a person who seeks healthcare for someone or for himself or herself who is experiencing an overdose. Senate Bill 421 would remove certain discounts from the motor fuel excise tax.   

Four resolutions were assigned to committees.

Senate Bills 58, 310 and 350 were moved from 2nd reading to 3rd reading. All bills on 1st reading were moved to 2nd reading. 

The following committees will meet today:

  • The Committee on Education will meet at 2 p.m. in room 451M 
  • The Committee on Finance will meet at 3 p.m. in room 208W 
  • The Committee on Judiciary will meet at 3 p.m. in room 451M 

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

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

The Senate is adjourned until 10 a.m. 

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 01:57 PM

House Passes Dual Jurisdiction Bill For Students

The House convened at 11 a.m. today to introduce ten bills and pass one piece of legislation.

House Bill 4003 passed unanimously today, which would grant dual jurisdiction to counties where a student lives in one county and attends school in another. The purpose is to enforce truancy policies. The bill will now be sent to the Senate for consideration.

In the aftermath of the water crisis, two of the bills introduced today relate to assistance and protection in the future. House Bill 4254 would allow a paid leave of absence for certain state employees providing emergency assistance during a state of emergency. House Bill 4258 would create a source water protection program and an industrial aboveground storage tank program.

House Concurrent Resolution 42 was passed as well. This resolution will ask Congress to reconsider and revisit the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. It will now be sent to the Senate for consideration.

House Bills 4021, 4022, 4023, 4024, 4025, 4026, 4027, 4059, 4085, and 4086 were passed by House Government Organization and were suggested to House Judiciary. House Bills 4060, 4061 and 4084 were passed by House Government Organization with amendments and were suggested to House Judiciary. House Bills 4137 and 4162 have been passed by House Education and referred to House Finance, with House Bill 4137 being amended.

House Bills 2020 and 2477 had their first readings. House Bill 2757 had its second reading.

The following committees will meet today:

  • 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 460M
  • House Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at 2 p.m. in 215E
  • 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 p.m. in 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • House Finance at 9 a.m. in 460M
  • House Judiciary at 9:15 a.m. in 410M
  • House Education at 2 p.m. in 464M
  • House Finance at 2 p.m. in 460M
  • House Government Organization at 3 p.m. in 215E

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

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 01:41 PM

The Senate Passed 3 Bills Today

The Senate convened today to take care of business as usual. They referred bills from committees, introduced 17 bills, introduced resolutions, adopted a resolution and passed 3 bills. 

Senate Bill 3, 29, and 346 were passed on 3rd reading today and will now move to the House for further consideration. Senate Bill 3 would allow a person upon death to transfer property over directly to a beneficiary without probate.

Senate Bill 29 would clarify the requirements an officer needs, when pulling over a vehicle for an alleged traffic violation, to search that vehicle.

Senate Bill 346 would make a supplementary appropriation from Lottery Net Profits to the Division of Natural Resources and the Bureau of Senior Services. Senate Bill 29 and Senate Bill 346 will be effective on passage. 

The Senate adopted Senate Resolution 8 which declares January 22, 2014 West Virginia Kids at Risk Day. 

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 Committee on Judiciary will meet at 3 p.m. in room 208W

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 21, 2014 - 01:11 PM

House Passes WV Day of Prayer Bill

The House of Delegates convened at 11 a.m. today to introduce 18 bills and pass one bill.

House Bill 4135 passed today which would make the first Thursday of May "West Virginia Day of Prayer," passed unanimously and will be sent to the Senate for consideration.

One of the bills introduced, House Bill 4240, which would regulate synthetic drugs as Schedule I drugs. House Bill 4243 was also introduced, which relates to including grandchildren of resident landowners as persons not required to have licenses or permits to hunt, trap or fish.

House Bill 2757 had its first floor reading and House Bill 4003 had its second reading.

House Bills 4073 and 4189 were passed by House Health and Human Resources and have been referred to House Judiciary. House Health and Human Resources also passed House Bill 4188 and has suggested it to House Education.

The following committees will meet today:

  • House Education at 2 p.m. in 434M
  • House Finance at  2 p.m. in 460M
  • House Government Organization at 2 p.m. in 215E
  • House Judiciary informational hearing regarding water crisis at 3 p.m. in the House Chamber

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • House Agriculture and Natural Resources at 9 a.m. in 215E
  • House Veterans' Affairs and Homeland Security at 9 a.m. in 460M
  • House Banking and Insurance at 10 a.m. in 215E
  • House Pensions and Retirement at 10 a.m. in 460M
  • 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 460M
  • House Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at 2 p.m. in 215E
  • 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 p.m. in 215E

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

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 01:11 PM

Senate Introduces 14 Bills

The Senate met today to introduce 14 bills, move two bills to 3rd reading and recognize Agricultural Day. Of the bills introduced, Senate Bill 390 would create criminal penalties for spreading false information via the phone during state of emergencies. 

Senate Bill 346 was laid over on 3rd reading until tomorrow. Senate Bill 3 and 29 were moved from 2nd reading to 3rd reading. 

The following committees will meet today:

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

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • The Labor Committee will meet at 9 a.m. in room 208W 
  • The Water Resources Committee will meet at 10 a.m. in room 451M

The Senate is adjourned until 11 a.m.

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Monday, January 20, 2014 - 02:57 PM

House Passes Resolution In Memory of Joseph Blair Talbott

The House convened at 1 p.m. today to pass House Resolution 5, which enrolls a Memorial, in honor of Joseph Blair Talbott.

Talbott served seven terms in the House of Delegates representing Webster and part of Nicholas Counties, in addition to being a marine and teacher. He passed away January 5th.

House Bill 4014, which would increase criminal penalties for littering, passed unanimously today. The bill will now be moved to the Senate for consideration.

Eight pieces of legislation were introduced as well. One of these bills, House Bill 4231, would keep a grandparent visitation order in place unless vacated on in the adoption order. Another piece of legislation introduced was House Bill 4234, which would add jail time to penalties for certain types of trespassing.

House Bills 4003 and 4135 received their second reading.

House Bill 4004 passed House Judiciary and has been referred to House Finance. House Bill 2757 passed House Judiciary by substitute and will receive its first floor reading Tuesday.

The following committees will meet today:

  • House Health and Human Resources at 4 p.m. in 215E
  • House Judiciary at 2 p.m. in 410M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • House Finance at 8:30 a.m. in 460M
  • House Education at 2 p.m. in 434M
  • House Government Organization at 2 p.m. in 215E
  • Also, the House Judiciary Committee will have an informational hearing on the Chemical Leak and Water Crisis at 3 p.m. in the House Chamber.

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

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Monday, January 20, 2014 - 02:47 PM

The Senate Passed Their First Bill of the Session

The Senate passed the first bill of the session today. Passed unanimously on 3rd reading, Senate Bill 278 would amend a clarification of scrap metal to exclude gold, silver, platinum and palladium jewelry, bullion, ingots, or coins. The bill will now move to the House for furthur consideration.   

The Senate introduced 7 bills today. Senate Bill 382 would exempt certain veterans and active duty military organizations from indoor smoking regulations. Senate Bill 3 and Senate Bill 29 were on 1st reading and Senate Bill 346 was on 2nd reading. 

Senate Resolution 7 was adopted today, which commemorated Generation West Virginia Day. The Senate also recognized MLK day, reflecting on the impact Martin Luther King Jr. had on history. 

The following committees will meet today:

  • The Judiciary Committee will meet at 3:15 p.m. in room 208W 
  • The Agriculture and Rural Development Committee will meet at 2:30 p.m. in room 451M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • The Energy, Industry and Mining Committee will meet tomorrow at 9 a.m. in room 208W
  • The Interstate Cooperation Committee will meet tomorrow at 9 a.m. in room 451M
  • The Military Committee will meet tomorrow at 10 a.m. in room 208W
  • The Transportation Committee will meet tomorrow at 10 a.m. in room 451M

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

 

 

 

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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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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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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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