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Wednesday, February 05, 2014 - 03:44 PM

House Passes Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act

The House gave five citations. One of the citations given recognized the importance of organ donation. 

With the Governor's approval, Senate Bill 346 has passed all legislation. Senate Bill 32, 165, 257, 314, 325, 380, 408 and 415 were all introduced in the House and were referred to the appropriate committees. Senate Bill 408 is relating to the powers and duties of the Parole Board including the elegibility of parole, procedures of granting parole and timely parole hearings.     

House Bills 4409 through 4418 were introduced today. House Bill 4415 relates to DNA sample collection of people arrested of a felony. The House adopted Concurrent Resolution 25, 57, 58 and 59 that all relate to senior citizen issues.

Senate Bill 341, which would  make a supplementary appropriation to the Department of Health and Human Resources from the State Excess Lottery Revenue Fund, passed and is now sent to the Governor's Office for approval. The House passed three other bills, House Bill 4196, 4236 and 4284.  House Bill 4284 would protect pregnant women in the workforce and allow them to require certain accomodations because of a medical condition. 

The following committees will meet today:

  • House Senior Citizen Issues Committee will meet today at 3 p.m. in room 215E
  • House Health and Human Resources Committee will meet today at 4:15 p.m. in room 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • House Subcommittee on House Bill 4347 will meet at 8:30 a.m. in room 410M
  • House Finance Committee will meet at 9 a.m. in room 460M

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Wednesday, February 05, 2014 - 02:11 PM

Senate Recognizes Social Worker's Day, Preston County Day, & Mine Rescue Team

The Senate convened at 11 a.m. today to recognize Social Worker's Day, Preston County Day and the Pinnacle Blue Mine Rescue Team.

Senate Resolutions 15 and 16 were approved, recognizing today as Social Worker's Day and Preston County Day, respectively. Senate Resolution 17 recognized the Pinnacle Blue Mine Rescue Team for their performance in the National Coal Mine Rescue Competition.

The Senate passed five bills today, including Senate Bill 387, which clarifies that officer have legal custody of their prisoners when in West Virginia. Senate Bill 395, relating to the operation and oversight of certain human services benefit programs, passed today as well.

Other bills passed were Senate Bill 357 and House Bills 4177 and 4182. Senate Bills 387, 395 and 357 will be communicated to the House of Delegates for their approval. House Bills 4177 and 4182 have completed legislation and will be sent to the governor.

There were also 12 bills introduced.

Among the bills introduced today was Senate Bill 493, which would exclude days a student was suspended when determining truancy. Senate Bill 497 was introduced as well, which would remove restrictions as to where certain lottery games are permitted to be played.

Senate Bill 353 had its second reading today and Senate Bill 336 had its first reading.

The following committees will meet today:

  • Senate Economic Development at 1 p.m. in 451M
  • Senate Government Organization in 208W
  • 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 Banking and Insurance at 10 a.m. in 208W
  • Senate Finance at 10 a.m. in 451M

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

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Tuesday, February 04, 2014 - 02:23 PM

"Country Roads" Step Away from State Song

Today, The Pikeview Boys Soccer Team and the Leadership Jefferson program were both honored and awarded with citations from the House.

The House introduced five House Concurrent Resolutions today and adopted seven House Concurrent Resolutions that now move to the Senate for further consideration. If adopted by the Senate, House Concurrent Resolution 40  would make "Take Me Home Country Roads" by John Denver the fourth state song along with "The West Virginia Hills," "West Virginia, My Home Sweet Home," and "This Is My West Virginia."   

The House passed four bills on third reading, House Bills 4147, 4186, 4287 and 4332, that now move to the Senate for further consideration. House Bill 4186 would add provisions to the current procedures for qualifying and receiving a concealed weapons license. 

The following committees will meet today:

  • House Judiciary will meet at 1:45 p.m. in room 410M
  • House Education will meet at 2 p.m. in room 434M
  • House Finance will meet at 2 p.m. and will hold a public hearing in the House Chamber at 4 p.m. 
  • House Government Organization will meet at 2 p.m. in room 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • House Agriculture and Natural Resources will meet at 9 a.m. in room 215E
  • House Banking and Insurance will meet at 10 a.m. in room 215E
  • House Pension 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, February 04, 2014 - 02:05 PM

Senate Passes Bill Relating to Harm to Trespassers

The Senate convened at 11 a.m. today to pass eight bills.

Senate Bill 257, relating to a landowner's liability for harm to trespassers, was among the bills passed. Senate Bill 408 was passed as well, which would entitle inmates in the custody of the commissioner to a timely parole hearing without regard to location.

Senate Bills 32, 165, 314, 325, 380, and 415 were also passed. They will communicated to the House of Delegates for their consideration.

Seven bills were introduced. Senate Bill 479 would provide vocational certification, licensure or college credit for military training and experience. Another bill introduced was Senate Bill 482, which would require food handling examinations and cards.

Bills on their second reading today were Senate Bills 341, 357, 387, and 395, as well as House Bills 4177 and 4182. Senate Bill 353 had its first 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 Labor at 9 a.m. in 208W
  • State Water Resources at 10 a.m. in 208W

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

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Monday, February 03, 2014 - 02:47 PM

Senate Observes Randolph County Day, Passes Four Bills

The Senate adopted Senate Resolution 13, designating Randolph County Day, and passed four bills during an afternoon floor session on Monday.

Among the bills that passed today, Senate Bill 381 would require CPR and Heimlich manuevuer instructions in public schools and Senate Bill 405 would require a presiding judge's permission to release juror qualification forms after a trial's conclusion. Senate Bills 267, ensuring that state courts have jurisdiction of fraudulent or unauthorized purchasing card use and 435, correcting a code reference relating to handgun safety training for certain court personnel, also moved on to the House of Delegates for consideration.


The Senate read eight bills a second time, including Senate Bill 325, which provides that the state Fire Marshal serve at will and pleasure of Fire Commission.  Senate Bills 357, 387, and 395 along with House Bills 4177 and 4182 were read a first time.

The Senate also introduced 15 bills today.

The following committees will meet today:

  • Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W
  • Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • Transportation an Infrastructure at 10 a.m. in 451M
  • Health and Human Resources at 1 p.m. in 451M
  • Education at 2 p.m. in 451M

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

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Monday, February 03, 2014 - 02:39 PM

House Honors Life of Ruth Stafford Goldsmith

The House of Delegates convened at 1 p.m. today to adopt House Resolution 8 in memorialize the life of the Honorable Ruth Stafford Goldsmith.

Goldsmith served as a delegate representing Kanawha County in 1980 and 1990 and served on South Charleston City Council. She spent much of her time as a community advocate and a public servant.

The House introduced seven new bills as well. House Bill 4388 would prohibit legislators from certain political fundraising activities for specified times before, during and after the Legislature is in session. House Bill 4390 relates to developing education standards and privacy for student's and teacher's information.

House Bills 4147, 4186, 4287, and 4332 had their second readings. House Bills 4196, 4236 and 4284 and Senate Bill 341 had their first readings.

Today was also recognized as Randolph County Day and Humane Society Day, with citations given for each.

The following committees will meet today:

  • House Judiciary 30 minutes after adjournment
  • House Finance at 2 p.m. in 460M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • House Finance at 9:30 a.m. in 460M

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

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