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Today in the Legislature

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 01:39 PM

House Passes Skylar's Law, Bill 2453
Today on the floor, 12 bills were passed, including House Bill 2453, or otherwise known as Skylar’s Law, which would expand the coverage under the Amber Alert Plan, which currently applies only to children believed to be abducted. This bill would include children reported to law enforcement authorities as missing, regardless of circumstance.

There were two bills on the calendar that were to be read for the third time today, but were laid over to a later day. Also, four bills were read for the second time today along with eight on first reading.

Committees Meeting Today:
Finance Committee: 1:00 p.m. in 460M
Judiciary Committee: 1:15 p.m. 410M
Political Subdivisions Committee: 1:15 p.m. 215E
Energy, Industry & Labor/Economic Development & Small Business Committee: 1:15 p.m. 460M
Constitutional Review Committee 2:00 p.m. 410M
Roads and Transportation Committee: 2:00 p.m. 215E
Health and Human Resources Committee: 3:30 p.m. 215E

Committees Meeting Tomorrow:

Finance Committee: 9:00 a.m. 460M
Banking and Insurance Committee: 10:00 a.m. 215E

The House will reconvene today at 5:00 p.m.

UPDATE:

The House met briefly this evening to receive committee reports.

Health and Human Resources Committee will reconvene post adjournment
Judiciary Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. today and tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.

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



Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 01:29 PM

Senate Passes Eight Bills, Recognizes Substance Abuse Awareness

The Senate convened today to pass nine bills, advance five bills to third reading, advance 16 bills to second reading, and adopt one Senate Resolution.

Bills passed today include Senate Bill 10, which would permit the Board of Medicine, Board of Dental Examiners and the Board of Osteopathy to independently initiate disciplinary proceedings in certain circumstances based on information received from the Board of Pharmacy concerning data from the controlled substance monitoring program.

Senate Bill 384 was read a first time today and advanced to second reading. The bill would establish that dependent children of State Troopers who die in the performance of duty could receive up to $7,500 in scholarship money per year.

The Senate also recognized the West Virginia Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors along with the West Virginia Certification Board of Addiction and Prevention with a resolution for their efforts in bringing awareness and solutions to substance abuse.

The following committees will meet today:

The Committee on Finance will meet today at 3:00 p.m. in 451M.
The Committee on Judiciary will meet today at 3:00 p.m. in 208W.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

The Committee on Finance will meet tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. in 451M.
The Committee on Judiciary will meet tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in 208W.
The Committee on Health and Human Resources will meet tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. in 451M.

UPDATE:

The Senate reconvened at 4:30 p.m. to receive committee reports. There were 21 bills taken up for immediate consideration and read a first time prior to the second committee reference.

Bills read a first time and advanced to second reading include Senate Bill 167, which would create the West Virginia Future Fund. The Future Fund will be created from a portion of natural resources severance taxes and will turn a one-time source of revenue into a permanent source of wealth for our state. The fund itself will be self-sustaining, even once the natural resources have been exhausted.

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

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 01:49 PM

Four Bills Pass House on Legislature's 42nd Day of Session.
Today on the floor, four bills were passed in the House including House Bill 2237, relating to the prescribing of the drug naloxone, House Bill 2853, establishing a regulatory system for sexual assault forensic examinations, House Bill 2590, relating to several environmental and economic development programs and House Bill 2733, relating to the hearings before the Office of Administrative Hearings.

Also on the floor, 14 bills were read for the second time, including HB 2717 which would require that deputy sheriffs be issued a bullet proof vest upon law enforcement certification. In addition, four bills were read for the first time including House Bill 2108, which would make failure to wear a safety belt a primary offense.

Citations were presented to Bridgeport Girls Basketball team for their AA 2013 State Championship, Cabellas and Poca Elementary School for academic excellence today as well.

Committees Meeting Today:

Judiciary Committee: 2:00 p.m. 410M
Government & Organization Committee: 2:00 p.m. 215E
Education Committee: 2:30 p.m. 434M

Committees Meeting Tomorrow:

Agriculture: 8:15 a.m. 215E
Veteran’s Affairs: 9:15 a.m. 460M
Banking and Insurance: 10:00 a.m.215E
Pensions and Retirement:10:00 a.m. 460M
Political Subdivisions: 1:00 p.m. 215E
Energy, Industry and Labor/Economic Development and Small Business: 1:00 p.m. 460M
Roads and Transportation: 2:00 p.m. 215E
Health and Human Resources: 4:00 215E

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



Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 12:33 PM

Senate Passes Bill Creating Complete Streets Act

The Senate convened this morning to pass 11 bills, advance 8 bills to third reading, and adopt two Senate Resolutions.

Bills passed today include Senate Bill 158, which would create the Complete Streets Act. This act would ensure the safety of all travelers including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders through policies, design guidance, planning, development, construction and maintenance of roads in this state.

Senate Bill 80 was one bill passed to third reading today. The bill would require certain central office administrators and supervisors to substitute teach on at least three instructional days each school year. Superintendents and those who have never held a valid teaching certificate or administrative certificate are exempt from the requirement.

The Senate also passed resolutions congratulating the Bridgeport High School Lady Indian's basketball team for their 2013 AA State Championship title and recognizing the Society of Human Resource Management.

The following committees will meet today:

The Committee on Health and Human Resources will meet today at 1:00 p.m. in 451M.
The Committee on Natural Resources will meet today at 1:00 p.m. in 208W.
The Committee on Education will meet today at 2:00 p.m. in 451M.
The Committee on Finance will meet today at 3:00 p.m. in 451M.
The Committee on Judiciary will meet today at 3:00 p.m. in 208W.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

The Committee on Children and Poverty will meet tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. in 451M.
The Committee on Labor will meet tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. in 208W.
The Committee on Roads and Transportation will meet tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in 208W.

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

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Monday, March 25, 2013 - 01:34 PM

House Adopts Resolution Making August 16 "Airborne Day"
The House of Delegates met this morning, the 41st day of the Regular Session, to pass one piece of legislation.

House Bill 2463, which would repeal the section of the state code that allows the sterilization of those deemed mentally incompetent, passed unanimously.

Bills on second reading included House Bill 2733, which relates to hearings before the Office of Administrative Hearings, and three other bills.

On first reading were 14 bills, including House Bill 2717, which would require deputy sheriffs be issued ballistic vests following law-enforcement certification.

The House also adopted six concurrent resolutions, including House Concurrent Resolution 11, which would make August 16, “Airborne Day” in West Virginia. Also adopted was House Resolution 28, which would call upon Patriot Coal to “live up to their obligations to active and retired miners, their families, and widows.”

The Wayne Middle School History Team 2 and the Hurricane High School men’s soccer team received citations at the beginning of today’s session.

Today, the last day to introduce legislation, the House introduced 80 bills.

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11am.

Committees meeting today:

House Judiciary Committee - 1pm - 410M
House Finance Committee - 2pm - 460M

Committees meeting tomorrow:
House Finance Committee - 9am - 460M
House Government Organization Committee - 2pm - 215E

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Monday, March 25, 2013 - 01:24 PM

Senate Passes Bill Tightening Distribution of Controlled Substances

The Senate met this morning to pass 10 bills, advance 11 bills to third reading, and adopt one Senate Resolution.

The bills passed today include Senate Bill 11, relating to West Virginia schedules of controlled substances. This bill will limit the prescription size patients can receive at one time from a pharmacy but will still allow doctors to refill prescriptions at their discretion.

Bills advanced to second reading include Senate Bill 584, which would create a Pretrial Release Program. This program would allow a court or county to review pretrial criminal defendants in regional jails and make recommendations for the release of those who have not be convicted of a crime but are awaiting a trial based on their low risk of flight and risk of danger to the community. Those accused of pedophilia, violent crimes, or out-of-state drug offenders would not be eligible for pretrial release.

There were 35 bills introduced today, the 41st day of the legislative session. Today was the last day for lawmakers to introduce bills aside from supplementary bills or bills originating from committee.

The following committees will meet today:

The Committee on Agriculture will meet today at 2:00 p.m. in 451M.
The Committee on Banking and Insurance will meet today at 2:00 p.m. in 208W.
The Committee on Finance will meet today at 3:00 p.m. in 451M.
The Committee on Judiciary will meet today at 3:00 p.m. in 208W.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

The Committee on Energy, Industry, and Labor will meet tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. in 208W.
The Committee on Military will meet tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in 208W.
The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will meet tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in 451M.
The Committee on Education will meet tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. in 451M.
The Committee on Government Organization will meet tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. 208W.

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

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Friday, March 22, 2013 - 02:01 PM

Education Bill Passes House
The House convened this morning to pass Senate Bill 359, which would reform the state’s education system. An extended school calendar, a greater emphasis on qualifications for new teachers being hired, and less of adding planning time for teachers are some of the aspects of the legislation. The bill, which passed the Senate on Monday, is the second bill this session to pass both chambers.

The House also passed eleven other bills, including House Bill 2534, which would require pawn shops to see photo identification when purchasing items.

House Bill 2463, which would remove the part of the state code allowing the sterilization of persons considered mentally incompetent, was read for the second time. On first reading were four bills, including House Bill 2583, which would establish a uniform system for sexual assault forensic examinations.

House Concurrent Resolution 12, which would make March 31st “West Virginia State Trooper Day,” and HCR 17, which would create the "State Police Cpl. Marshall Lee Bailey and Trooper Eric Michael Workman Memorial Interchange" in Clay County, were both adopted unanimously.

The House will reconvene on Monday, March 25, 2013, at 11am.

Committees meeting Monday:

House Finance Committee - 9:15am - 460M
House Health and Human Resources Committee - 10am - 215E

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Friday, March 22, 2013 - 01:13 PM

Senate Passes Four Bills, Recognizes Today as WVU Day
The Senate convened today to pass four bills, advance 10 bills to third reading, and adopt one Senate Resolution.

Bills passed include Senate Bill 201, Senate Bill 341, Senate Bill 571, and Senate Bill 407, requiring cellular and phone companies to provide certain information to Bureau for Child Support Enforcement.

Senate Resolution 44 was also adopted today recognizing March 22, 2013 as West Virginia University Day. Steve Bonanno, WVU Extension Interim Director, accepted the Resolution on behalf of the University.

The Senate also adopted an amended House Concurrent Resolution 42 today acknowledging the life of former Delegate Mike Whitt, by requesting the creation of the Mike Whitt Memorial Highway.

The following committees will meet Monday:

The Committee on Banking and Insurance will meet Monday immediately following the floor session.

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

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Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 03:10 PM

House Advances Education Reform, Passes Three Bills
On the floor today, twelve bills were read for a second time. One of these bills were, Senate Bill 359, the bill that is making major reforms in our education system, and after a lengthy debate today, five amendments were considered and rejected. The bill was advanced to third reading and will be formally voted on tomorrow.

Also, three bills were passed today including House Bill 2815, which would clarify and modify the process of appointing and terminating guardians for minors.

Three citations were presented to those participating in Higher Education day at the Capitol, Toyota, and Kendyl Ryan for the “Gear Up Youth of the Year Award.”

Committees Meeting Today:

Judiciary Committee: 2:30 p.m in 410M
Government & Organization Committee: 2:30 p.m. in 215E
Education Committee: 2:30 p.m. in 434M
Finance Committee: 2:30 p.m. in 460M

Committees Meeting Tomorrow:

Judiciary Committee: 9:00 a.m in 410M
Education Committee: 9:00 a.m. in 434M
Finance Committee: 9:00 a.m. in 460M

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

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Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 01:47 PM

Senate Unanimously Passes Governor's Prison Overcrowding Bill

The Senate convened today to pass Senate Bill 371 , relating to prison reform.

Currently, West Virginia has one of the fastest growing prison populations in the United States with a rate that is three times higher than the national average. This bill will reduce the overcrowding problem by requiring supervision of released criminals, focusing resources on high-risk and violent offenders, and funding drug rehabilitation programs in prisons. This reform will help to correct this program without compromising the safety of West Virginia citizens.

Legislators worked with the Council of State Governments during interim meetings to study the problems with the West Virginia prison system and to find solutions. Many of the changes this bill makes have been enforced in other states with prison overcrowding problems across the country and have been highly effective. The bill has been reported to the House.

Other business addressed today includes the advancement of three bills to third reading and the presentation of three Senate Resolutions.

Those recognized in the resolutions include the Toyota Plant in Buffalo, W.Va., the WV Campus Contact Advisory Board, and Maggie Drazba, a stand-out WV Prep School distance runner from St. Marys High School.

The following committees will meet today:

The Committee on Education will meet today at 2:00 p.m. in 451M.
The Committee on Finance will meet today at 3:00 p.m. in 451M.
The Committee on Judiciary will meet today at 3:00 p.m. in 208W.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

The Committee on Roads and Transportation will meet tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. in 451M.

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

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 01:13 PM

Education Bill Read in House for First Time
The House of Delegates met at 11am this morning, the 36th day of session.

House Resolution 20, which would honor the survivors and victims of the 1972 Blacksville Mine Fire, and House Concurrent Resolutions 10, 18, 19, 20, 21, 30, 47, and 63 were all adopted.

Three bills, House Bills 2780, 2815, and 2842, were read for the second time. On first reading were twelve bills, including Senate Bill 359, which would reform the education system.

The George Washington High School Volleyball team was recognized with a citation honoring their 2012 state championship. A citation to mark Self-Injury Awareness Day was also issued.

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11am.

Committees meeting today:

House Veterans Affairs & Homeland Security Committee - 12:45pm - 460M
House Energy, Industry & Labor, Economic Development & Small Business - 1pm - 460M
House Political Subdivisions Committee - 1pm - 215E
House Roads & Transportation Committee - 2pm - 215E
House Senior Citizen Issues Committee - 3pm - 215E
House Health & Human Resource Committee - 4pm - 215E

Committees meeting tomorrow:

House Finance Committee - 1pm - 460M
House Education Committee - 2pm - 434M
House Government Organization Committee - 2pm - 215E

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 12:54 PM

Bill Allowing Administration of the Opioid Antidote Passes Through the Senate
On the floor today, the Senate introduced 12 bills, passed three bills, advanced one bill to third reading, and advanced four bills to second reading.

Senate Bill 27, Senate Bill 441, and Senate Bill 477, which relates to electronic registration of voters, were all passed.

Senate Bill 371, which relates to prison overcrowding was advanced to third reading.

Senate Bill 201, Senate Bill 341, Senate Bill 404, and Senate Bill 407, which requires cellular and phone companies to provide certain information to Bureau for Child Support Enforcement, were advanced to second reading.

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

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance - 9:30 a.m. - 451M
Education - 2 p.m. - 451M

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 01:18 PM

House Passes Bill Relating to At-Risk Students
The House of Delegates met this morning for the 35th day of the 2013 Regular Session.

House Bill 2861, which relates to the enrollment of at-risk students in public school, was passed unanimously. House Concurrent Resolutions 45, 46, and 58 were also adopted. House Bills 2780, 2815, and 2845 were read for the first time.

House Resolution 24, which made March 19, 2013 “West Virginia State University Day,” was adopted.

The George Washington High School Men's and Women’s swim teams were honored with a citation from the House congratulating their 2012 state championship wins.

Committees Meeting Today:

House Education Committee - 2pm - 434M
House Government Organization Committee - 2pm - 215E
House Judiciary Committee - 2pm - 410M
House Finance Committee - 2pm - 460M

Committees Meeting Tomorrow:

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

**UPDATE**

The House of Delegates reconvened this afternoon to receive committee reports. One of the bills, Senate Bill 359, regarding education reform, was one of the bills reported to the House floor.

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 12:57 PM

Senate Passes Bill Relating to Municipal Policemen and Firemen Pensions
The Senate met today to introduce 10 bills, pass four, and advances three to third reading.

Senate Bill 183, Senate Bill 446, Senate Bill 358, and Senate Bill 208, which would make supplementary appropriation from State Fund, General Revenue, to Department of Commerce, Division of Labor, and DHHR, Division of Human Services.

Senate Bill 27, Senate Bill 477, and Senate Bill 441, which relates to withdrawal of erroneous state tax liens, were all advanced to third reading.

Senate Resolution 39 designated today, March 19, 2013 as West Virginia State University Day.

The following committees will meet today:
Health and Human Resources - 1 p.m. 451M
Natural Resources - 1 p.m. - 208W
Education - 2 p.m. - 451M
Government Organization - 2 p.m. - 208W
Finance - 3 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 3 p.m. - 208W

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Labor Committee - 9 a.m. - 208W Child and Poverty - 10 a.m. - 451M

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Monday, March 18, 2013 - 02:50 PM

Senate Passes Education Bill
The Senate met briefly this afternoon to vote on Senate Bill 359, which related generally to reforming public education.

Lawmakers made several amendments changing the criteria for hiring state teachers. Principals and Faculty Senate recommendations would carry double weight where as recommendations one through nine will have equal weight. Additionally, Out of School Environment (OSE) days would be reduced from 12 to six days to make sure that students receive 180 days of instruction. An amendment was also made to remove the Teach for America program.

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

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Monday, March 18, 2013 - 01:56 PM

House Passes Seven Bills, Will Reconvene This Afternoon
The House of Delegates passed seven bills this morning, the 34th day of the regular session.

House Bills 2046, 2497, 2603, 2762, 2770, 2819, and 2847 were all passed.

Also passed were nine House Concurrent Resolutions, including HCR 44, which would call for an evaluation of the state’s court system.

The Wayne High School Football team received a citation honoring their 2012 Class AA State Championship. The West Virginia Pregnancy Care Centers also received a citation.

UPDATE:

The House met this afternoon to receive messages from the Senate. Senate Bill 359, regarding education reform, was one of five bills conveyed to the House.

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11am.

Committees meeting today:

House Finance Committee - 1pm - 460M
House Judiciary Committee - 1pm - 410M
House Government Organization Committee - 1pm - 215E

Committees meeting tomorrow:

House Finance Committee - 9am - 460M
House Judiciary Committee - 2pm - 410M
House Government Organization Committee - 2pm - 215E

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Monday, March 18, 2013 - 01:21 PM

Senate Passes Four Bills, Delays Consideration on Senate Bill 359 Until Afternoon
The Senate reconvened today to pass four bills, advance four bills to third reading, and three bills to second reading.

Senate bills passed include Senate Bill 108, Senate Bill 353, Senate Bill 412, and Senate Bill 464, which would regulate tanning facilities and establish criminal penalties for violations.

Senate bills advanced to third reading include Senate Bill 183, Senate Bill 208, Senate Bill 358, and Senate Bill 446, which would maintain conformity with the international fuel tax agreement. Senate Bills advanced to second reading include Senate Bill 27, Senate Bill 441, and Senate Bill 447, which relates to electronic registration of voters.

The Senate Adopted Senate Resolution 38 today, recognizing volunteers and staff at pregnancy care centers.

Following discussions, Senate Bill 359 was moved to the foot of the calender for further consideration following a brief recess.

The following committees will meet today:
Agriculture and Rural Development - 2 p.m. - 451M
Banking and Insurance - 2 p.m. - 208W
Finance - 3 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 3 p.m. - 208W

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

The Senate is in recess until 1:30 p.m. today.

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Friday, March 15, 2013 - 01:25 PM

First Bill of Legislative Session Completed
The House of Delegates met this morning to mark the 31st day of the 2013 Regular Session.

Senate Bill 197, which relates to expired and unappropriated funds, was passed, marking the first bill to pass both houses.

The House adopted eight House Concurrent Resolutions, including HCR 27, which would rename the “West Hamlin Bridge” the “Army SSGT Arthur N. McMellon Memorial Bridge.”

Also, the House had eight bills on second reading, including House Bill 2847, which relates to the collection of real property and personal property taxes. All bills were advanced to third reading. House Bill 2861, which relates to at-risk students in public schools, was read for the first time.

The West Virginia Golf Association was on hand at the beginning of the session to receive a citation from the House congratulating their achievements over their past 100 years.

The House will reconvene at 11am on Monday.

Committees Meeting Today:

House Government Organization Committee - 30 minutes following adjournment - 215E

Committees Meeting Monday (March 18, 2013):

House Health and Human Resources Committee - 10am - 215E
House Finance Committee - 1pm - 460M
House Government Organization Committee - 1pm - 215E

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Friday, March 15, 2013 - 01:14 PM

Senate Seeks to Designate Hall Flintlock Model of 1819 as State Firearm
The Senate met today and passed four bills, advanced four bills to third reading, and advanced four bills to second reading.

Bills that passed unanimously include Senate Bill 159, Senate Bill 383, Senate Bill 427, and Senate Bill 368, which would clarify certain criminal conviction constitutes basis for voiding marriage.

Bills advanced to third reading include Senate Bill 108, Senate Bill 353, Senate Bill 412, and Senate Bill 464, which would regulate tanning facilities.

Bills advanced to second reading include Senate Bill 183, Senate Bill 208, Senate Bill 446, and Senate Bill 358, which relates to municipal policemen and firemen pensions.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 7 would officially designate the Hall Flintlock Model of 1819 as the state firearm.the Hall rifle was made at the U.S. Arsenal in Harpers Ferry and patented by Captain John H. Hall on May 21, 1811. The resolution must now go to the House for further consideration.

Update:

Senate Bill 359, relating to education reform, which had been moved to the foot of bills on first reading earlier in the day, was laid over on third reading for further consideration on Monday, March 18.

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

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Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 01:11 PM

House Passes Bill Regarding Limited Business Partnerships
The House of Delegates convened this morning for the 30th day of the regular session.

House Bill 2567, relating to the Secretary of State’s jurisdiction over limited partnerships, was passed unanimously. Senate Bill 197, which relates to expired and unappropriated funds, was read for the second time.

The House read eight bills for the first time, including House Bill 2046, which would require wireless telecommunications companies to give law enforcement information about a missing persons cell phone in a timely manner. The House also introduced 17 bills.

Representatives from the West Virginia Federation of Democratic Women were on hand to receive a citation honoring their work for the state. House Resolution 22, which would make March 14, 2013 “Generation West Virginia Day” and House Resolution 23, which would honor the life of Carl C. Thomas, were both adopted.

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11am.

Committees meeting today:

House Judiciary Committee - 1pm - 410M
House Government Organization Committee - 1pm - 215E
House Education Committee - 2pm - 434M
House Joint Education and Finance Committees - 1pm - House Chamber

Committees meeting tomorrow:

House Judiciary Committee - 9am - 410M
House Education Committee - 9am - 424M
House Finance Committee - 9am - 460M

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Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 12:59 PM

Senate Advances Education Bill To 3rd Reading
The Senate convened today to advance Senate Bill 383, Senate Bill 427, Senate Bill 368, and Senate Bill 159 to third reading. Also advanced to third reading was Senate Bill 359, relating generally to reforming public education.

Bills advanced to second reading were Senate Bill 464, Senate Bill 412, Senate Bill 353, and Senate Bill 108.

Senate Resolutions introduced today include Senate Resolution 35 designating today, March 14, 2013 as Generation West Virginia Day and Senate Resolution 36, recognizing Affiliate Program of High Technology Foundation.

The following committees will meet today:
Health and Human Resources - 1 p.m. - 451M
Education - 2 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 3 p.m. - 208W

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 01:08 PM

Senate Reads Education Reform Bill 359 For The First Time Today

Today, Senate Bill 200, relating to the Eyewitness Identification Act and Senate Bill 372, creating a criminal offense for interfering with an emergency service call were both unanimously passed today.

Also on the floor, Senate Bill 359, relating to education reform was read for the first time prior to going to the finance committee. Also Senate Bill 159, creating uniform real property transfer on death act, Senate Bill 368, clarifying certain criminal conviction constitutes basis for voiding marriage, Senate Bill 383, authorizing family court judges to appoint counsel in certain contempt cases and Senate Bill 427, clarifying requirements for certain motor vehicle searches were read for the first time today.

The Senate also adopted three resolutions recognizing the Huntington Prep basketball team, Cabell Midland Cross Country team for their AAA 2013 State Championship and truck drivers for their safe driving.

 

 

Committees Meeting Today:

  • Child Poverty Committee :7:00 p.m. in Oak Hill, WV
  • Judiciary Committee: 3:00 p.m. in 208W
  • Finance Committee: 3:00 p.m. in 451M

Committees Meeting Tomorrow:

  • Finance Committee: 9:30 a.m. in 451M
  • Health and Human Resources Committee: 1:00 p.m. in 451M
  • Education Committee: 2:00 p.m. in 451M

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

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 01:07 PM

House Passes Bill Allowing Public Schools To Use Epinephrine Auto-injectors

Today the House convened to introduce 10 bills, pass four bills, and advance one bill to third reading.

Bills that passed today include House Bill 2397, House Bill 2414, House Bill 2567, and House Bill 2729, which would allow schools to voluntarily maintain and use epinephrine auto-injectors, also known as EpiPens.

The bills introduced today include House Bill 2925, which would authorize natural gas utility companies to invest in natural gas compression equipment to be installed in residential property for natural gas fueling of automobiles.

The House also presented citations recognizing West Virginia Donor Designation Day, Americorps, OMEGA WV Truck Association and professional truck drivers in West Virginia, and St. Joseph Central Catholic High School Prep Basketball Team.

The following committees will meet today:

The Committee on Energy, Industry, and Labor, Economic Development and Small Business will meet today at 1:00 p.m. in 460M.
The Committee on Political Subdivisions will meet today at 1:00 p.m. in 215E.
The Committee on Constitutional Revisions will meet today at 2:00 p.m. in 410M.
The Committee on Roads and Transportation will meet today at 2:00 p.m. 215E.
The Committee on Senior Citizen Issues will meet today at 3:00 p.m. in 215E.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

The Committee on Finance will meet tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in 460M.

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

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 12:45 PM

Senate Recognizes Huntington High Wrestling Team
Today on the Senate floor, Senate Resolution 31, was adopted recognizing Huntington High School wrestling team for receiving the 2013 AAA State Championship title.

Senate Bill 387, relating to family court judge supervision of criminal background investigations, Senate Bill 386, relating to personal safety orders and Senate Bill 423, providing certain convicted persons reduction in sentence were passed unanimously.

On second reading today were SB 372, creating a criminal offense for interfering with emergency service calls and SB 200, relating to the Eyewitness Identification Act and were advanced to third reading.

Committees Meeting Today:

Senate Natural Resources Committee: 1:00 p.m. 208W
Senate Health & Human Resources Committee: 1:00 p.m. 451M
Senate Education Committee: 2:00 p.m 451M
Senate Judiciary Committee: 3:00 p.m. 208W
Senate Finance Committe: 3:00 p.m. 451M
*CANCELLED*Senate Education Committee: 5:00 p.m 451M

Committees Meeting Tomorrow:

Senate Child and Poverty Committee: 10:00 a.m.451M
Senate Economic Development: 1:00 p.m. 451M
Senate Government & Organization Committee: 2:00 p.m. 208W
Senate Interstate Cooperation Committee: 2:00 p.m. 451M

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

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 12:21 PM

House Recognizes West Virginia's Youngest Published Author

The House convened this morning to introduce 17 bills and issue two citations. The House also advanced three bills to third reading and one bill to second reading.

The House issued a citation to Chloe Rose of Clay County recognizing her as the youngest published author in West Virginia. Chloe was accompanied by her mother,Tammy Rose, her brother, Elijah and her sister, Adalee.

House bills advanced to third reading today included House Bill 2729 which would allow schools to voluntarily maintain and use epinephrine auto-injectors.

The following committees will meet today:

The Committee on Education will meet today at 2:00 p.m. in 434M.
The Committee on Finance will meet today at 2:00 p.m. in 460M.
The Committee on Government Organization will meet today at 2:00 p.m. in 215E.
The Committee on Judiciary will meet today at 2:00 p.m. in 410M.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

The Committee on Agriculture will meet tomorrow at 8:15 a.m. in 215E.
The Committee on Natural Resources will meet tomorrow at 8:45 a.m. in 215E.
The Committee on Veteran's Affairs and Homeland Security will meet tomorrow at 9:15 a.m. in 460M.
The Committee on Banking and Insurance will meet tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in 215E.
The Committee on Pensions and Retirement will meet tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in 460M.

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

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Monday, March 11, 2013 - 02:49 PM

House Passes Bill Creating Uniform Regulation of Firearms and Ammunition

The House convened today to introduce eight bills and two House Resolutions. The House also passed four bills and advanced four bills to second reading.

The House recognized the Charleston Catholic High School men's soccer team in the Chamber this afternoon for their Division AA championship title.

Bills passed include House Bill 2361, House Bill 2553, House Bill 2554, and House Bill 2760, which would create a uniform regulation of firearms, ammunition, and firearm accessories.

Bills introduced today include House Bill 2889, which would recognize the right of judges and magistrates of West Virginia Courts who are licensed to carry a concealed weapon to carry a concealed firearm in court buildings.

The following committees will meet today:

The Committee on Judiciary will meet today at 2:00 p.m. in 410M.
The Committee on Finance will meet today at 2:30 p.m. in 460M.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

The Committee on Government Organization will meet tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. in 215E.

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. in the House Chamber.

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Monday, March 11, 2013 - 01:13 PM

Senate Passes Bill to Permit Monongalia County Commision to Levy Special Excise Tax
Today on the floor, the Senate adopted three resolutions recognizing Innovation and Entrepreneurship day, Leadership Jefferson and congratulating St. Agnes School Lady Vikings basketball team.

Senate Bill 125, permitting Monongalia County Commission to levy special district excise tax, was unanimously passed today.

In addition,Senate Bill 423, certain convicted persons reduction in sentence, was advanced to third reading and Senate Bill 200,relating to eyewitness identification act and Senate Bill 372,which would create a criminal offense interfering with emergency service call were both advanced to second reading today.

Committees Meeting Today:
Banking & Insurance Committee: 2:00 p.m. 208W
Judiciary Committee: 3:00 p.m. 208W
Finance Committee 3:00 p.m. 451M

Committees Meeting Tomorrow:
Energy, Industry and Mining Committee: 9:00 a.m 208W
Transportation & Infrastructure Committee: 10:00 a.m. 451M
Military Committee: 10:00 a.m. 208W
Natural Resources Committee: 1:00 p.m. 208W
Heath & Human Resources: 1:00 p.m. 451M
Education Committee: 2:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. 451M
Government & Organization Committee: 2:00 p.m. 208W

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Friday, March 08, 2013 - 01:23 PM

House Passes Four Bills, Advances Four to 3rd Reading

The House convened at 11:00 a.m. today to introduce 20 bills and present two citations. The House also passed four bills and advanced four bills to 3rd reading.

Bills passed include House Bill 2351 , House Bill 2450, House Bill 2764, and finally, House Bill 2579, which would revise state water quality standards for Selenium.

The following bills were advanced to 3rd reading: House Bill 2361, House Bill 2553, House Bill 2554, House Bill 2760.

Bills introduced today include House Bill 2867, which would award qualified disabled state troopers the Purple Heart by the Superintendent of the State Police.

The following committees will meet Monday:

The Committee on Health and Human Resources will meet Monday at 11:00 a.m. in 215E.
The Committee on Finance will meet Monday at 2:00 p.m. in 460M.

The House will reconvene Monday at 1:00 p.m.

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Friday, March 08, 2013 - 12:58 PM

Senate Advances Bill 125 to Third Reading
Today the Senate convened for a quick floor session and read three bills for the first time as well as moved one bill to third reading.

Senate Bill 125,which would permit Monongalia County Commission to levy special district exercise tax was read for the second time today and advanced to third reading.

Senate Bill 386, which relates to personal safety orders, Senate Bill 387,which relates to family court judge supervision of criminal background investigations and Senate Bill 423, which relates to sentence reductions of certain convicted persons were all read for the first time today, and advanced to second reading.

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

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Thursday, March 07, 2013 - 01:06 PM

Senate Adopts Resolution 27 Recognizing Southern Area Public Library
Today the Senate recognized the Southern Area Public Library from Lost Creek, West Virginia for earning the award for the Best Small Library in America for 2013 by the Library Journal.

Senate Resolution 27 was adopted in honor of their hard work and dedication to earn this award.

Also on the floor, Senate Bill 139, which would regulate certain purchases of precious metals and gems and Senate Bill 435, which would continue the municipal home rule program were originally on second reading, but due to a suspension of the constitutional rule, both bills were read a third time and passed unanimously.

Committees Meeting Today:

Senate Health & Human Resources: 1:00 p.m. 451M
Senate Education: 2:00 & 5:00 p.m. 451M
Senate Judiciary: 3:00 p.m. 208W
Senate Finance: 3:00 p.m. 451M

Committees Meeting Tomorrow:

Senate Pensions Committee: 10:00 a.m. 208W

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

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Thursday, March 07, 2013 - 12:35 PM

House Designates Today "Child Advocacy Center Day"

The House convened today at 11:00 a.m. to introduce 10 bills and one House Resolution.

The House advanced four bills to third reading today including House Bill 2579, which would revise the state water quality standard for selenium. There were also four bills advanced to second reading.

Bills introduced today included House Bill 2856, which would prohibit discrimination based upon age or sexual orientation.

The House also adopted House Resolution 19, recognizing March 7, 2013 as Child Advocacy Center Day to acknowledge those who work to assist alleged victims of child abuse and their families.

The following committees will meet today:

The Committee on Finance will meet today at 1:00 p.m. in the House Chamber.
The Committee on Judiciary will meet today at 2:00 p.m. in 410M.
The Committee on Government Organization will meet today at 2:00 p.m. in 215E.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

The Committee on Finance will meet tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. in 460M.
The Committee on Judiciary will meet tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. in 410M.

The House will reconvene at 11:00 a.m.

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Wednesday, March 06, 2013 - 01:32 PM

Senate Marks Today As "Women's Day," This Month As "American Red Cross Month"
The Senate convened this morning for the 22nd day of the 2013 Regular Session.

Senate Bill 101, which would include nursing homes and their health care providers in the Medical Professional Liability Act, was passed.

Senate Bill 139, which would regulate certain purchases of precious gems and metals, and Senate Bill 435, which would continue the Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program, were read for the first time. In addition to these two bills, 16 bills were introduced.

The Senate also adopted Senate Resolution 25, making March 6, 2013 “Women’s Day,” and Senate Resolution 26, making this month “American Red Cross Month.” Representatives from each group were on hand to accept their respective resolutions.

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11am.

Committees meeting today:
Senate Economic Development Committee - 1pm - 451M
Senate Government Organization Committee - 2pm - 451M
Senate Judiciary Committee - 3pm - 208W
Senate Finance Committee - 3pm - 451M

Committees meeting tomorrow:
Senate Judiciary Committee - 10am - 208W
Senate Education Committee - 2pm - 451M
Senate Education Committee - 5pm - 451M

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Wednesday, March 06, 2013 - 01:12 PM

House Passes One Bill, Four Bills Advance to Second Reading
Today, in the House, a citation was presented recognizing the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Day at the Legislature. Also presented was a citation recognizing the National Association of Social Workers from West Virginia's Chapter.

The House passed House Bill 2585, which relates to increasing the time to file a petition in response to notice of an increased assessment of certain real and personal property.

House Bill 2351, House Bill 2450, House Bill 2579, and House Bill 2764 were all advanced to second reading.

The following committee will meet today:
House Energy, Industry and Labor,Economic Development and Small Business Committee - 1 p.m. - 460M
House Political Subdivision - 1 p.m. - 215E
House Constitutional Revision Committee - 2 p.m. - 410M
House Roads and Transportation - 2 p.m. - 215E
House Senior Issues - 3 p.m. - 215E
House Health - 4 p.m. - 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Joint House Education and Finance - 9 a.m. - House Chamber
House Government Organization - 1 p.m. - 215E

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Tuesday, March 05, 2013 - 12:43 PM

Five Bills Move Out of Senate
The Senate passed five bills this morning, March 4, 2013:

Senate Bill 47, regarding livestock trespassing laws;
Senate Bill 194, regarding the Medicaid program contract procedure;
Senate Bill 214, abolishing the interview requirement for medical licensee applicants;
Senate Bill 335, exempting certain hospitals from a certificate of need;
Senate Bill 338, would codify the existing common law in West Virginia in regards to trespassers of real property.

In addition to the five bills passed, Senate Bill 101, which would clarify the Medical Professional Liability Act, was read for the first time. Also, 21 bills were introduced.

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11am.

Committees meeting today:

Senate Health & Human Resources Committee - 1pm - 451M
Senate Education Committee - 2pm - 451M
Senate Government Organization Committee - 2pm - 208W
Senate Finance Committee - 3pm - 451M
Senate Judiciary Committee - 3pm - 208W
Senate Education Committee - 5pm - 451M

Committees meeting tomorrow:

Senate Children & Poverty Committee - 10am - 451M
Senate Economic Development Committee - 1pm - 451M
Senate Government Organization Committee - 2pm - 208W

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Tuesday, March 05, 2013 - 12:25 PM

House Designates Today As Women's Day
The House reconvened today to introduce 19 bills. House Bill 2829 and House Bill 2820 were two of the 19 bill. House Bill 2829 relates to the nomination and election of magistrates and House Bill 2820 would prohibit a person convicted of a sexual offense against a child from being on school property without written permission.

House Resolution 17, honoring the West Virginia Women's Commission was adopted. This resolution designated today, March 5, 2013 as Women's Day at the West Virginia Legislature.

House Bill 2585, which would increase the time to file a petition in response to notice of an increased assessment, was passed on to third reading.

The following committees will meet today:
House Government Organization - 2 p.m. - 215E
Joint House and Finance - 2 p.m. - House Chamber
House Judiciary - 2 p.m. - 410M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Natural Resources - 8:45 a.m. - 215E
Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security - 9:15 a.m. - 460M
Banking and Insurance - 10 a.m. - 215E
Pensions and Retirement - 10 a.m. - 460M

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Monday, March 04, 2013 - 02:48 PM

Senate Passes Two Bills

The Senate convened this morning for the 20th day of the Regular Session.

Senate Bill 172, relating to the sale of nonintoxicating beer, and Senate Bill 197, relating to the expiring of funds from the State Fund and appropriating them into various accounts, were passed unanimously.

The Senate also had five bills on second reading: Senate Bills 47, 196, 214, 335, and 338. Senate Bill 101, which would clarify the Medical Professional Liability Act, was read for the first time. In addition to these bills, 16 new bills were introduced.

The Senate will reconvene at 11am tomorrow.

Committees meeting today:

Senate Judiciary Committee - 3pm - 208W
Senate Finance Committee - 3pm - 451M

Committees meeting tomorrow:
Senate Energy, Industry, and Mining Committee - 9am - 208W
Senate Military Committee - 10am - 208W
Senate Transportation & Infrastructure Committee - 10am - 451M
Senate Health & Human Resources - 1pm - 451M
Senate Education Committee - 2pm - 451M
Senate Education Committee - 5pm - 451M

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Monday, March 04, 2013 - 02:45 PM

House Passes Bill Concerning Qualifications for Embalming License
The House reconvened today to introduce 16 bills and pass one.

House Bill 2586, relating to qualifications for a license to practice embalming, passed through the House unanimously.

Special guests graced the House with their musical talents. Abby Latocha sang the National Anthem before the members. Latocha is a student from Mannington Middle School.

To celebrate tourism day, John Wyatt and his wide Donna Jean performed "Song of the Mountains". Wyatt and his wife are from Rainelle, West Virginia and specialize in acoustical folk, bluegrass, and gospel music.

The following committees will meet today:
House Finance - 2 p.m. - 460M
House Judiciary - 2 p.m. - 410M
House Education - 3 p.m. - 434M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
House Finance and Education - 9 a.m. - House Chamber
House Government Organization - 2 p.m. - 215E

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

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Friday, March 01, 2013 - 12:45 PM

Drum Ensemble Performs for Senate
The Senate convened this morning for the 17th day of the 2013 Regular Session.

Today’s session started off with a performance by the Greenbrier Academy for Girls’ drum ensemble from Pence Springs, WV.

Senate Bills 172 and 197 were read for the second time and will advance to a third reading. Meanwhile, five senate bills on first reading were advanced to second reading.

The Senate adopted Senate Resolution 23, commemorating the victims and survivors of the 1972 Blacksville Mine Fire.

The Senate will reconvene Monday, March 4, 2013 at 1pm.

Committees meeting Monday:
Senate Agriculture & Rural Development Committee - 12pm - 208W

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Friday, March 01, 2013 - 12:21 PM

House Passes Bill Prohibiting the Use of Laetrile
The life of the Honorable Richard J. Campbell was memorialized today in the House with House Resolution 16. Campbell was an extraordinary educator, civic leader, veteran, a man of great experience.

The House passed two bills today: House Bill 2314, which would authorize a family court judge to order a child to be taken into custody in emergency situations and House Bill 2487, which would prohibit the use of laetrile. Both bills were passed with a unanimous vote.

House Bill 2586, relating to qualifications for a license to practice embalming was advanced to third reading.

The following committees will meet Monday:
House Health - 11 a.m. - 215E
Judiciary Committee - 2 p.m. - House Chamber

The House will reconvene Monday, March 4, 2013 at 1 p.m.

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