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Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 11:25 AM

Senate Approves Governor's Nominations, Adjourns Sine Die

The Senate met briefly Tuesday morning to approve all 114 of Governor Tomblin's appointments to various boards, agencies and commissions.

The Senate has adjourned Sine Die



Monday, September 19, 2016 - 12:33 PM

House Adjourns Sine Die

The House of Delegates met briefly for the second time during a special session to pass a flood relief bill.

Lawmakers made several introductions and appointed a committee of three to inform the Senate they were ready to adjourn.

The House is adjourned sine die.



Monday, September 19, 2016 - 12:18 PM

Senate Completes Action on Flood Relief Legislation

The Senate completed action on House Bill 201 Monday, legislation that will dispense about $85 million of flood relief to impacted areas around West Virginia.

The funding includes $55 million from the state's Rainy Day emergency reserve fund, $21 million of unappropriated balances in two state lottery accounts, and transferring $9 million of funds that had yet to be spent from the 2015-2016 state budget. The money now goes into the Governor's Civil Contingency Fund, where it can be dispersed to match federal funds.

This funding assures the state can draw down federal disaster recovery funds to cover more than $339 million in damage from the June 23 flood.

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

 

 



Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 06:49 PM

Senate Begins Special Session for Flood Relief

The Senate convened the Second Special Session of 2016 on Sunday evening. The session is expected to bring $85 million of flood relief to the impacted areas in West Virginia.

The body is expected to pass House Bill 201 tommorow. The House of Delegates passed the bill this evening.

The Senate also made confirmation of the Governor's nominations a special order of business for Sept. 20 at 11 a.m.

Read the Governor's proclamation

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



Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 06:44 PM

House Passes Appropriations Bill to Flood Relief

The House of Delegates passed a bill that would aide in flood relief for residents still suffering from June flooding in the state.

The House convened for the 2016 Second Extraordinary Session on Sunday, immediately passing House Bill 201. The bill would appropriate about $85 million for flood relief efforts. The money would be moved from the State Fund, General Revenue into the Civil Contingent Fund "to pay obligations and ongoing expenses incurred by the state," according to the Governor's proclamation.

The House adjourned until noon on Monday.




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