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Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 02:32 PM

House Introduces Bill to Increase Taxes by One Percent

The House of Delegates convened at 11 a.m. today to introduce 21 bills.

Among the bills introduced was House Bill 4456, which would raise the consumer sales tax by one percent for the next four years. House Bill 4472 was introduced as well, which would make it a felony to attempt to enforce a federal or local statute, ordiance, law order, or rule about firearms, accessories, ammunition, and their accouterments if it violates state and federal constitutions.

House Bills 4208, 4283, 4414, and 4421 had their second readings. House Bills 4154, 4237 and 4412 had their first readings.

An attempt to discharge a bill from committee was denied in a tied vote.

Citations recognizing Greenbrier East High School's girls volleyball team and equestrian Robyn Yeager were presented.

The following committees will meet today:

  • House Judiciary at 1:30 p.m. in 410M 
  • House Government Organization at 2 p.m. in 215E
  • House Education at 2:15 p.m. in 434M
  • House Finance at 2:15 p.m. in 460M

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
  • Commission on State Water Resources at 10 a.m. in 208W
  • House Banking and Insurance at 10 a.m. in 215E
  • House Pensions and Retirement at 10 a.m. in 460M

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

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 12:51 PM

The Senate Passes "Dam Ownership" Legislation

Today the Senate adopted two resolutions, Senate Concurrent Resolution 29 and Senate Resolution 24. Senate Concurrent Resolution 29 requests a sign in Releigh County that reads "Birthplace of Bill Withers, noted Grammy Award-winning recording artist." Bill Withers' songs include the famous 1970's classics "Ain't No Sunshine," and "Lean On Me." 

Senate Resolution 24 recognized Steve Antoline, the 2014 Tree Farmer of the Year. 

Four bills were passed today on third reading: Senate Bill 90, Senate Bill 403, Senate Bill 450 and Senate 454, and now move to the House for further consideration. Senate Bill 403 regulates the possession and importation of injurious aquatic species in order to protect West Virginia's water and aquatic life. 

Senate Bill 454 defines "dam owner" in the Dam Control Act after a study by the interim Agriculture and Agribusiness Committee. The legislation clearly defines who holds ownership of the dam. 

The three bills on second reading were all moved to third reading. 

The following committees will meet today:

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

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • Labor will meet at 9 a.m. in room 208W
  • State Water Resources will meet at 10 a.m. in room 208W

The Senate is adjourned until 11 a.m. 

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Monday, February 10, 2014 - 03:20 PM

House Passes Bill For Durable Medical Power of Attorney

The House of Delegates convened at 11 a.m. today to pass three bills, including House Bill 4214. This bill would require the chief medical officer of a mental health facility to help identify and designate a person as durable medical power of attorney for a stable, discharged patient.

House Bill 4336, relating to state control of county schools, also passed. House Bill 4278 passed as well, which would rewrite the procedure by which corporations obtain authorization from the West Virginia Board of Medicine to practice medicine and surgery.

There were nine bills introduced today. Among those introduced was House Bill 4453, which would make Supplemental Security Income exempt from being considered income for child support. House Bill 4455 was also introduced, which would permit the sale of alcohol on Sundays beginning at 10:30 a.m.

House Bills 4208, 4283, 4414, and 4421 had their first readings.

Citations were presented to the MGM Detachment of the Marine Corps League for their work in the community, as well as Fairness West Virginia for advocating civil rights relating to sexuality.

The following committees will meet today:

  • House Judiciary immediately following floor session in 410M
  • House Finance at 2:15 p.m. in 460M
  • House Education at 2:30 p.m. in 434M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • House Finance at 8:30 a.m. in 460M

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

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Monday, February 10, 2014 - 01:38 PM

Senate Recognizes Fairness West Virginia Day

The Senate introduced Senate Bill 516 through Senate Bill 533. Senate Bill 527 would prohibit the sale of beer or wine at self-scan registers. Senate Bill 530 would regulate carbon dioxide emissions from electric generators that use fossil fuel. 

The House Concurrent Resolution 42, the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, was adopted in the Senate. Senate Concurrent Resolution 29 was laid over a day while Senate Resolution 23, recognized Fairness West Virginia Day, was adopted. 

Two bills were passed on third reading, Senate Bill 426 and Senate Bill 470. Senate Bill 426 relates to the appointments to higher education commissions, councils and boards. Senate Bill 470 would make completed grand jury questionnaries confidential. Both bills now move to the House for further consideration. Senate Bill 450, which relates to alcoholic liquors sale and consumption in outdoor dining areas, was laid over for one day. 

The three bills on second reading were moved to third reading. Three bills were moved from first reading to second reading, Senate Bill 515 was referenced to the Senate Finance Committee on first reading. 

The following committees will meet today:

  • Banking and Insurance will meet at 1 p.m. in room 208W 
  • Agricultural and Rural Development will meet at 2 p.m. in room 451M 
  • Finance will meet at 3 p.m. in room 451M
  • Judiciary will meet at 3 p.m. in room 208W 

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • Military will meet at 10 a.m. in room 208W
  • Transportation and Infrastructure will meet at 10 a.m. in room 451M 

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

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Friday, February 07, 2014 - 02:30 PM

House Passes Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act

The House introduced six resolutions and 13 bills. Of the bills introduced, House Bill 4446 would revise laws regarding child welfare in West Virginia.

The House passed two bills on third reading, House Bill 4010 and House Bill 4220. House Bill 4010 would create The Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act. 

There were three bills read on second reading today, House Bill 4214, House Bill 4278 and House Bill 4336. House Bill 4214 would require the mental health facility, from which a patient is discharged, to offer assistance in designating an appropriate person to serve as the patient's medical power of attorney.  

The following committees will meet on Monday:

  • House Finance will meet at 10:30 a.m. in room 460M

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

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Friday, February 07, 2014 - 01:57 PM

Senate Passes Opioid Antagonist Bill

The Senate convened at 10 a.m. today to pass two bills, including Senate Bill 336. This bill would provide emergency serivce personnel with Naloxone and allow them to administer it to those suspected of a narcotic overdose.

Senate Bill 397 passed as well, which expands on what is considering financial exploitation of the elderly.

Additionally, seven bills were introduced today. One of the pieces of legislation introduced today was Senate Bill 514, which would eliminate the expense of meth lab cleanup from the Crime Victims Compensation Act.

Senate Bills 426, 450 and 470 had had their second readings today. Senate Bills 90, 403 and 454 had their first readings.

Marshall Amores spoke on behalf of the Frasure-Singleton Internship. Interns were assigned to assist legislators for one week, attending committee meetings, public hearings and daily floor sessions.

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



Thursday, February 06, 2014 - 01:25 PM

Boy Given Citation for Overcoming Obstacles

The House introduced 15 bills today. One of the bills introduced, House Bill 4433, would require people who receive state and federal assistance to take a drug test.

There were three bills that were read on first reading and two bills that were reading on 2nd reading. One bill on first reading was House Bill 4214, which would give people discharged from mental health facilities help in finding an appropriate medical power of attorney. 

The House gave citations to the School of Osteopathic Medicine, the Sissonville Girls Soccer Team and Cooper Blair; a 10-year-old boy with prosthetic legs who won Gold Medals in four events at the Endeavour Games.  

The following committees will meet today:

  • House Finance will meet at 1 p.m. in room 215E
  • House Judiciary will meet at 1:30 p.m. in room 410M
  • House Education will meet at 2 p.m. in room 434M
  • House Government Organization will meet at 2 p.m. in room 215E
  • House Health and Human Resources will meet at 4 p.m. in room 215E
  • House Political Subdivisions will hold a public hearing on House Bill 4007 at 5:30 in the House Chamber 

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
  • State Water Resources Commission will meet at 10 a.m. in room 208W

 

 

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Thursday, February 06, 2014 - 01:16 PM

Senate Introduces Bill to Allow Certain Firearms Without Permit

The Senate convened at 11 a.m. today to introduce 10 bills and pass one piece of legislation.

Among the bills introduced today was Senate Bill 498, which would permit a person to possess firearms, except for shotguns and rifles, in a vehicle or conveyance without having a concealed deadly weapons permit.

Senate Bill 353 was passed, which would provide the Division of Forestry with the authority to investigate and enforce timber theft violations in state forests.

The Senate approved Senate Resolution 18, recognizing the Community Development Hub's Communities of Achievement Program. Senate Resolutions 19 and 20 were approved as well, recognizing organ procurement organizations and the School of Osteopathic Medicine, respectively.

Senate Bills 336 and 397 had their second readings. Senate Bills 426, 450 and 470 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 Judicary at 3 p.m. in 208W

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

 

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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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