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Today in the Legislature

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 10:39 AM

2009 Interim Committee Meeting Dates Announced
An abbreviated May interim schedule will coincide with the reconvening of the upcoming Extended Budget Session on May 26. Unlike previous years, when meetings were held for 3 days beginning on Sunday - meetings will begin on Mondays or Tuesdays for 2009.

May Interim Schedule
May 26, 3:00 p.m., Post Audits
May 27, 12:00 noon, Commission on Special Investigations
May 28, 12:00 noon, Joint Committee on Government and Finance

2009 Interim Dates
May 26-28 (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday)
June 15-17 (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday)
July 14-16 (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday)
August 10-12 (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday)
September 14-16 (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday)
October 13-15 (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday)
November 17-19 (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday)
December 7-9 (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday)
January 10-12, 2010 (Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday)



Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 12:51 AM

Legislature Adjourns Until May 26th


Both the House and Senate met briefly after midnight to conclude business before adjourning until late May for the extended budget session.

The House heard and passed Senate Bill 771, Senate Bill 772 and Senate Bill 773 on third reading.

The House also adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 83 which provides for adjournment of Legislature until May 26, 2009 at noon.


The House and Senate will reconvene at Tuesday, May 26.

›› Completed Legislation

Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 12:37 AM

House Concludes 60th Night of 2009 Session
The House heard Senate messages concerning 20 bills in the last minutes of the Regular Session. Of these, 16 bills completed legislative action. House Bill 2884, which establishes a Long-Term Care Partnership Program and Senate Bill 256, which provides additional requirements for certain property annexation, are two of the bills that passed in the last minutes of the Regular Session of the 79th Legislature. Several of these were settled through conference committees.

Four bills were communicated to the Senate and only House Bill 3146, which relates to seniority rights for school service personnel, completed legislative action.

The Senate adjourned until 12:01 a.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 12:24 AM

As the Clock Approached Midnight, the Voting Board Lit Green in the Senate
As the Legislators closed business until their return for extended session of the 1st Session of the 79th Legislature, 213 bills had completed legislative action. The Senate introduced 773 bills for the 2009 session. Of those introduced, 107 became completed legislation.

Completing legislation during the night session of the Senate, House Bill 2535 gives tax credit to residents for installing a solar energy system on their property.

House Bill 3195establishes a funding mechanism for state aid for local health departments and that no public health department will experience decreases based on the new funding formula for the next three years.

House Bill 2877 increases the monetary penalties, to remove the possibility of incarceration and to add community service for a minor who misrepresents his or her age when purchasing alcohol.

The Senate is in recess until 12:01 a.m.



Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 11:33 PM

Coal Rocks the Chambers
After being adopted by the Senate during the Saturday evening session, House Concurrent Resolution 37 completed legislative action, making bituminous coal the official state rock of West Virginia.

West Virginia is the second largest Bituminous Coal producing state in the United States, producing 157,456 short tons of Bituminous Coal just last year alone. The coal industry has evolved into, and has been for many years, an integral part of the economic and social fabric of West Virginia. It is fitting that a substance critical to the economic well-being of this great State of West Virginia and otherwise steeped in its history as Bituminous Coal be recognized as the official state rock of West Virginia.

This resolution was drafted as a result of a petition started by a young student, Britnee Gibson, from Gilbert High School in Mingo County.

›› Completed Legislation

Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 10:15 PM

Interns Speak to Attentive House, Video Honors Deceased Former Members
The House met for a thoughtful and reminiscent session to hear interns speak about their experiences at the Capitol and display a commemorative video. Legislative interns Missy Myers, Lindsey Strain, Morgan McMahon and Ashley Crakes spoke warmly of their tenure in the 79th Legislature thanking both lawmakers and staff for the indelible experiences they had serving. Delivered with both gravitas and humor, each intern was given a standing ovation and members moved to have their remarks printed in the House journal.

A video presentation was displayed to a full audience in the House. The video, entitled "Ghosts of this House," commemorated and honored the lives of many former delegates who have passed away in the recent past. The video was received with tears and a standing ovation. Members spoke warmly of their fallen colleagues following the slideshow and expressed heartfelt thank-you’s for the presentation of the video. The House Majority Leader segued into thanking all the staff members that have served this session.

Eleven bills were also passed and sent to the Senate including Senate Bill 398, which would impose certain restrictions on a graduated driver's license to increase public safety. Conference committee reports have been run back and forth from both the House and the Senate as the 79th Legislature rapidly approaches its end at midnight.

The House is in recess until 10:15 p.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 08:16 PM

House Back in at 8:30
The House met again at 7:30 p.m. this evening for a brief session in which five bills completed legislative action.

House Bill 2788 protects incapacitated persons and the elderly who, reliant upon the care of others, are extremely vulnerable members of our society from abuse and neglect by caregivers, guardians or custodians, by more clearly defining the offense of abuse or neglect of incapacitated adults or elder persons which result in the death of such persons.

The House is in recess until 8:30 p.m. this evening

›› Completed Legislation

Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 07:56 PM

Governor Receives 15 More Bills from Senate
In the third Senate session of the day, 15 bills completed legislative action. Senate Bill 461, which extends selenium effluent limits compliance time, was one of the bills that passed to the Governor for his signature. House Bill 3336, which continues early intervention services to families with developmentally delayed infants and toddlers but eliminating the cost-free provision, and House Bill 2931 which removes a severance tax on timber for tax years 2010 through 2013, were sent to the House for concurrence. All of these bills were either communicated from the House or were on third reading in the Senate.

Two bills, Senate Bill 373, which relates to changes in the PROMISE Scholarship, and Senate Bill 249, which relates to the annual school calendar, were not concurred upon and the Senate selected members to take up the bills within a conference committee.

The Senate also considered 22 resolutions presented as unfinished business this evening. Senate Concurrent Resolution 73, Senate Concurrent Resolution 74 and Senate Concurrent Resolution 75 were referred to the Rules Committee. Nineteen House Concurrent Resolutions completed legislative action.

Finally, the Senate requested House Bill 2891, which relates to primary elections and nominating procedures of third-party candidates, from the House in an effort to reconsider the title amendment. It was then sent back to the House for concurrence.

The Senate will reconvene at 8:30 p.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 05:21 PM

House Recesses Until 7:30 p.m.
The House met again at 4 p.m. this afternoon for a brief session in which 10 bills completed legislative action.

House Bill 2968 would require the State Fire Commission to establish safety standards for the design, construction, location, installation, maintenance and operation of liquefied petroleum gas systems as well as establishing training standards and qualifications for persons who install or maintain liquefied petroleum gas systems.

The House is in recess until 7:30 p.m. this evening

›› Completed Legislation

Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 05:11 PM

Senate Creates Conference Committee on Governor's Education Bill
The Senate reconvened at 2 p.m. and passed 13 bills on third reading. The messages were sent to the House for concurrence.

House Bill 2412 would provide certain county commissions with authority to regulate the location of businesses offering exotic entertainment; House Bill 2485 would allow pharmacy interns to vend pseudoephedrine and other chemical precursors of methamphetamine; and House Bill 2870 would extend the deadline of the buyback provision under the Teachers' Defined Contribution Retirement System to the State Teachers Retirement System to 90 days.

The Senate created conference committees, one of which relates to House Bill 2832. The bill would create a critical skills instructional support program for students in third and eighth grade. The student assistance team would recommend students who need additional academic help to be successful at the next grade level. The instructional support program would be a condition for promotion, and the county boards would implement the program by July 1, 2010.

Bills are moving back and forth between the two Legislative bodies and will continue until 12 a.m. when the Legislature will go into recess until mid May for an Extended Session.

The Senate is in recess until 5 p.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 02:47 PM

House Completes Legislative Action on Six Bills During Lengthy Morning Session
Morning soon became afternoon during the early session of the House today. During this time, six bills completed legislative action. Of those bills completing legislation, House Bill 2771 requires contractors to submit documentation that they have complied with state regulations prior to the final payment for their work. This bill would define that a contract under this section would have a price floor set at $50,000. The bill would also not require employees who must submit to federal Department of Transportation drug testing to submit to further drug testing. The bill requires a contractor to submit yearly documentation to the awarding agency on its drug-free workplace policy.

If you're in the market for a new vehicle but worried that your new vehicle may have already suffered some wear and tear, then House Bill 2557 may peak your interest. This bill, an extension of the "lemon law," requires car dealerships to provide consumers with a written disclosure of any repairs to a new car that were performed after the shipment from the manufacturer to the dealer, including to the repair of any damage caused during transit.

House Bill 2360 protects the safety of tobaccoo users, by insuring that tobacco products are not sold in any packaging other than the original factory wrapped package and that cigarettes are not sold individually.

The House is in recess until 4:00 p.m. today

›› Completed Legislation

Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 01:47 PM

Interns Take Center Stage in the Senate
After the prayer and introductions this morning, the Senate recessed briefly to be addressed by three of the interns that have served the Legislature this session. Carlo Sciara, Emily Mervine and Stephen Schelling spoke fondly about their experiences in the past months at the state Capitol. College students have the opportunity to be interns for specific members, for committees or for all members through a journalism internship for the Legislature during regular sessions.

Following the addresses, members adopted two resolutions. The first was to congratulate the Martinsburg High School basketball team for winning the 2009 Class AAA championship, through Senate Resolution 57. Then, through Senate Resolution 58, the Senate memorialized life of Glenn Thomas "Tom" Searls (pictured), a longtime capitol reporter for the Charleston Gazette. Several members rose to recall memories and the Searls family was present on the floor to accept the Resolution.

The Senate received messages from the House regarding 17 bills. Members refused to concur on Senate Bill 249, which would relate to the annual school calendar, and sent it back to the House. For bills like House Bill 2621, which prohibits the use of cell phone and text-messaging devices while operating a motor vehicle except for emergencies, the Senate refused to concur with the House and appointed a conference committee to settle the matter. Nine bills were passed and completed legislative action.

The Senate also heard executive nominations this morning. Members voted to show their consent for nominations within messages 2, 4 and 8.

The Senate recessed until 2:00 p.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Friday, April 10, 2009 - 07:34 PM

Promise Scholarship Cap Advances in the House, School Calendar Bill Passes
The House met for an evening session on the penultimate day of the 79th Legislature advancing 21 bills into completed legislative action, bringing the total number of completed bills awaiting the governor’s signature to 132.

After lengthy debate, Senate Bill 373 was advanced to third reading. The bill proposes to set a cap on the amount of money that may be awarded for the Promise Scholarship. If passed in the Senate, recipients of the scholarship would receive $4,750 or the cost of tuition, whichever amount is of lesser value.

Senate Bill 249 passed the House and, if the Senate agrees with the House’s amendments, would provide more flexibility for county school boards to meet the 180 instructional days requirement. The earliest starting week would be replaced so that students receive two full weeks of instruction before Labor day in the first week of September. The bill would also provide for additional noninstructional days to be scheduled before the instructional term begins.

The House will reconvene at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow

›› Completed Legislation

Friday, April 10, 2009 - 07:05 PM

Senate Passes Greenbrier Bill into Law
In the evening session of the Senate, members passed a bill that will bring gaming to the historic Greenbrier Resort. Senate Bill 575 authorizes table games, slot machines, video lottery machines and certain games of chance to be permitted for participation by guests at The Greenbrier Resort. The bill sets the same standards for games at the Greenbrier that are already in affect at other gambling establishments in West Virginia.

Two bills from the Senate Committee on Finance were reported and advanced to second reading this evening. House Bill 2535 would give tax credit to residents for installing a solar energy system on their property.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance - 10:15 a.m. - Rear of Senate Chamber
Rules - 10:30 a.m. - President's Conference Room


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



Friday, April 10, 2009 - 05:27 PM

Carbon Storage Measure Passes Senate
The Senate passed several bills to the House for their approval during the 3 p.m. session. One of the bills passed, House Bill 2860, would regulate the sequestration and storage of carbon dioxide.

It would allow the injection of carbon dioxide and associated constituents into subsurface geologic formations in order to prevent its release into the atmosphere, reducing the carbon footprint of the state's many fossil-fueled power plants. Storage of carbon dioxide will be controlled with permits issued through the Division of Environmental Protection (DEP). The Secretary of DEP would monitor these activities. The bill would also establish a working group of industry and governmental experts to study issues related to the activity and report them to the Legislature and the Governor by July 1, 2010 and July 1, 2011.

It is currently against the law to shoot at or kill a bear cub that weighs less than 100 pounds, or any bear accompanied by a cub. House Bill 3063 unanimously passed, and it would prohibit shooting any bear under 75 lbs. or 50 lbs. field dressed.

The Senate will reconvene at 5:30 p.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Friday, April 10, 2009 - 03:01 PM

Bill Allowing Sunday Liquor Sales Passes House
The House passed five bills this afternoon, including Senate Bill 282, which relates to retail liquor licenses' classification. The majority of the session was spent in debate over an amendment to the bill that would authorize businesses with liquor licenses to sell liquor on Sundays after 1 p.m. The amendment passed by a narrow margin, and the bill was sent to the Senate for approval.

Senate Bill 575 also passed the House. The bill would allow gaming operations to be held at the historic resort hotel, The Greenbriar Resort in White Sulphur Springs.

The following committees will meet today:
Finance - Immediately Following Session - 460M

The House is in recess until 5:00 p.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Friday, April 10, 2009 - 01:41 PM

Senate Passes 3 Stimulus Appropriations Bills
The Senate reconvened this morning to advance bills on Friday's calendar.

One of the highlights of the morning was the discussion of three of the bills on third reading today: Senate Bill 771, Senate Bill 772 and Senate Bill 773. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, all of these bills appropriate federal funds to agencies in the state in hopes of stimulating the economy. Many members expressed concern and asked questions about how the money will be used throughout the state. These bills have passed and have been sent to the House for consideration.

Seven other bills were presented on third reading today. Among these were House Bill 2419, which provides inmates a reduction in sentence for completion of education and rehabilitation programs and House Bill 2719, which would allow the sale and distribution of craft beers with 12 percent alcohol content in the state. Only House Bill 2695 was sent to the House for concurrence.

Members also heard messages from the House. In this manner, 17 bills were presented. Fifteen passed, have completed legislative action and have been sent to the Governor for his signature. Among these were Senate Bill 600, which relates to coal reclamation tax and Senate Bill 239, which allows a majority vote for certain metro government approval. House Bill 2819 and House Bill 2968 were both requested to return from the House for the Senate to make changes on title amendments and effective dates. The Senate then sent the bills back to the House for concurrence.

A total of 25 bills completed legislative action this evening and now await the governor's approval.

Finally, the Senate adopted nine concurrent resolutions. Most of these dealt with the Joint Committee on Government and Finance being requested to conduct studies. Senate Concurrent Resolution 64, for instance, requested the committee to study carbon dioxide cap and trade proposals. The Senate also adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 71, which would recognize the importance of the oil and natural gas industry in West Virginia.

The following committees will meet today:
Confirmations - 2:00 p.m. - 208W
Judiciary - 2:45 p.m. - 208W


The Senate is in recess until 3:00 p.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Friday, April 10, 2009 - 11:43 AM

House Passes Green Initiative, Adjourns until 1 p.m.
The House reconvened this morning to read bills on third reading and complete unfinished business from Friday's calendar.

Among the five bills to complete legislative action this morning, the green initiative Senate Bill 507 was passed. The bill will require the West Virginia Clean Coal Technology Council to study carbon capture and control and to make quarterly reports to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance on the results.

The House passed 10 bills on third reading and sent them to the Senate for approval. The House will meet early in the afternoon to finish bills on third and second reading, as well as receive committee reports.

The House is in recess until 1:00 p.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Thursday, April 09, 2009 - 08:04 PM

Amended Bills Return to the House
The Senate reconvened at 5:30 p.m. this evening to finish the April 9 Calendar. The Senate suspended the constitutional rule to read bills on three separate days several times tonight. This allowed for specific bills on second reading to advance to third and be eligible for passage.

Some of the bills passed and sent to the House include: House Bill 2360 which would insure that tobacco products are not sold in any packaging other than the original; House Bill 2504 would establish the Silver Alert Plan, which is an alert system for missing cognitively impaired persons; and House Bill 2694 would establish certain requirements for modification of custodial rights for parent's or guardian's that have been deployed to the United States Armed Forces.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance - 9:00 a.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 10:00 a.m. - 208W
Transportation - 10:00 a.m.
Rules - 10:30 a.m. - President's Conference Room
Confirmations - 2:00 p.m. - 208W
The Committee on Economic Development will not meet tomorrow.

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

›› Completed Legislation

Thursday, April 09, 2009 - 06:56 PM

House Honors Former Member, Completes Legislative Action on 19 Bills
The House reconvened for an evening session to read bills on second and first reading from Thursday's calendar.

A total of 19 bills completed legislative action this evening and now await the governor's approval. House Bill 2684 would create the West Virginia Drug Offender Accountability and Treatment Act with the intent to reduce the incidence of substance abuse and the crimes resulting from it. House Bill 2753 would continue the Pilot Highway Design Build Program with up to 10 pilot projects with funds available up to $150 million. The bill calls for the development of emergency rules to govern the program. House Bill 2950 would create the Neighborhood Housing and Economic Stabilization Program and authorize the Economic Development Authority to contract with the Housing Development Fund to administer the program.

One bill was advanced on third reading, Senate Bill 761 would extend criminal penalties for prohibited entry into commercial property enclosed by a fence or wall or into certain structures used for utility transmission or distribution.

All bills were advanced on second and first readings.

The House adopted House Resolution 50 commemorating the life of former West Virginia Delegate Eustace Frederick who served Mercer County from 1994 to 2007. Frederick was recognized for his contributions as a civic leader, business leader and innovator. Friend and companion Shirley Ofsa (pictured) accepted the citation from the House. She was accompanied by Delegates Frazier, Porter and Shott. Frederick passed away in November of last year.

The House will reconvene at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow.

›› Completed Legislation

Thursday, April 09, 2009 - 03:39 PM

Therapeutic Horse Riding Center Displays Program at the Capitol
The capitol halls were visited today by Sunny the horse. “Born” in 2008, she isn’t your typical horse. She is an equicizer, a mechanical horse used for training, practice or exercise as well as therapy for individuals with disabilities, all within a safe and controlled environment. The non-profit organization, On Eagles’ Wings Therapeutic Riding Center, from Fairmont displayed Sunny along with their unique therapy program to members of the Legislature.

Established in 2007, the mission of On Eagles’ Wings is to provide a safe environment for individuals with disabilities, enabling them to enrich and enhance their lives through equine assisted activities and therapies. The movement of a horse stimulates the same muscles on a person as walking would, and these motions positively affect the physical, cognitive and sensory systems in a person.

On Eagles’ Wings takes this principle and applies it through several types of equine assisted activities along with the guidance of the farm’s owner, Carol Petitto, certified instructors Patty Harman, Erika James and Beth Rine, and through volunteers of all ages. The group and instructors are certified by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, the governing body for all equine assisted activities and therapies.



Thursday, April 09, 2009 - 02:05 PM

Senate Sends Two Amended Early Voting Measures Back to the House
The Senate passed 13 bills on third reading today and requested the House to concur with the amended versions. The majority of the bills were unanimously passed including two that deal with voting measures in municipalities.

House Bill 2464 would authorize county commissions to designate locations for early voting other than the county courthouse or annex. However, the courthouse would still be the primary location for early voting.

House Bill 3134 would establish a voting by mail pilot program. Five municipalities would be selected by the Secretary of State to conduct the program. All registered and other qualified voters of the municipalities would be eligible to participate.

Among the bills on third reading, House Bill 2920 would eliminate the felony conviction for a second or subsequent conviction of petit larceny. There was an amendment offered on the floor which would add the contents of Senate Bill 650 to the bill. The amendment would make an accessory after the fact guilty of a felony for certain crimes. The Senate adopted the amendment and passed the bill which will now be sent back to the House for approval.

The following committees will meet today:
Education- 2 p.m.- 451M
Finance- 3 p.m.- 451M
Judiciary- 3 p.m.- 208W

The Senate is in recess until 5:30 p.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Thursday, April 09, 2009 - 10:26 AM

House Passes Seven Bills into Law, Sends 16 to the Senate for Approval
The House reconvened for an early morning session to read bills on third reading and complete unfinished business from Thursday's calendar.

A total of seven bills completed legislative action this morning and now await the governor's approval, including Senate Bill 338, which would create an additional judge in the 17th judicial circuit court in Monongalia County.

Among the 16 bills passed in the House and sent to the Senate, Senate Bill 239 would authorize counties with a population exceeding 150,000 and a Class I municipality to approve metro government by a majority vote. Senate Bill 335 would authorize the Division of Culture and History Commissioner to distribute funds for the support and development of state and local fairs and festivals.

The following committees will meet today:
Stimulus Utilization - After the Morning Floor Session - 460M
Pensions & Retirement - After the Morning Floor Session - 215E
Education - After the Morning Floor Session - 434

The House is in recess until 5:00 p.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Wednesday, April 08, 2009 - 07:08 PM

Senate Completes Legislative Action on Eight Bills During Evening Session
Green was seen on the voting machine in the Senate Chambers during an evening session today as 16 bills passed and eight more completed legislation on day number 57 of the 1st Session of the 79th Legislature. Of those bills completing legislative action, House Bill 2839 would eliminate the definition of "intractable pain" in the Management of Pain Act and replaces it with the definition of the word "pain,” currently in use by the Board of Medicine and the Board of Osteopathy. Rather than using the meaning of "intractable pain,” a state of pain having a cause that cannot be removed, the Management of Pain Act will adhere to the definition of "pain," meaning an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage.

House Bill 3196 would declare certain claims against the state and its agencies to be moral obligations of the state to pay using public funds, and directs the Auditor to issue warrants for the payments to be made.

Fourteen bills advanced to third reading today in the Senate. Of those bills advancing, House Bill 2541 would include poultry among those domesticated farm animals or stock which the owner would be liable for damages caused by those animals when they enter on the property of another.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance - 9:00 a.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 9:30 a.m. - 208W
Rules Committee - 10:30 a.m. - 451M
Agriculture- Following Morning Floor Session - Rear of the Chamber
Education- 2:00 p.m. - 451M
Finance - 3:00 p.m. - 451M

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

›› Completed Legislation

Wednesday, April 08, 2009 - 06:13 PM

Two Bills Pass, House Adjourns until 9 a.m.
The House reconvened on Wednesday evening to finish presenting the bills from the morning's calendar. They also met to hear the reports from the afternoon committee meetings.

On third reading this evening were Senate Bill 672, which creates the Mental Health Stabilization Act of 2009 and Senate Bill 764, which provides a race election results certification procedure. These bills completed legislative action.

Twenty-four bills were presented on second reading this evening. Senate Bill 239 would allow a majority vote for certain metro government approval. Senate Bill 408 would relate to model health plans for uninsurable individuals. Senate Bill 521 would include telecommunications devices as jail contraband. Senate Bill 695 would relate to payment for certain state employees' unused sick leave. These bills will be presented on third reading tomorrow.

Nineteen bills were presented on first reading today. Senate Bill 326 would mandate certain dental anesthesia insurance coverage. Senate Bill 552 would relate to affordable health insurance plan proposals. Senate Bill 575 would relate to gaming operations at historic resort hotels. Senate Bill 641 would disclose solid waste origins at commercial landfills. These bills will be presented on second reading tomorrow for amendment.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Stimulus Utilization - After the Morning Floor Session - 460M

The House will reconvene at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow.

›› Completed Legislation

Wednesday, April 08, 2009 - 12:47 PM

House Sends 9 Bills to Governor for Approval
The House received six reports on bills that had passed in the Senate today. House Bill 3208 was the only bill in which the House did not concur with the amendments made by the Senate. After the House refused to concur, House Bill 3208 was sent back to the Senate with a request that the decision is receded. If the Senate does not recede its decision, a conference committee will be formed to settle the dispute. The other House Bills sent from the Senate for concurrence completed legislative action.

Nine bills were presented on third reading in the House today. Senate Bill 532 would create the WV SAFE Mortgage Licensing Act. Senate Bill 595 would relate to assignment of child support obligations. Senate Bill 669 would extend Preventative Care Pilot Programs. Of these bills, Senate Bill 12, Senate Bill 424, Senate Bill 532, Senate Bill 595 and Senate Bill 669 were communicated to the Senate for approval. The other bills passed on third reading completed legislative action and were sent to the Governor for approval.

The House adopted three concurrent resolutions today. House Concurrent Resolution 62 was adopted, which would request that the Joint Committee on Government and Finance authorize the study of the creation of art, entertainment and enterprise districts within political subdivisions. House Concurrent Resolution 75 was also adopted, which would request that the Big Otter Overpass on Interstate 79 in Clay County be named the "Pearl Harbor: PFC Carey K. Stockwell Memorial Bridge."

Finally, the House adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 68, which extends the Legislative session to midnight on June 6, and communicated that to the Senate. Once the Senate received it, the resolution completed legislative action.

The following committees will meet today:
Finance - 12:30 p.m. - 460M
Judiciary - 12:45 p.m. - 410M
Finance - 2:00 p.m. - House Chamber, then 460M after public hearing
Health and Human Resources - 4:00 p.m. - 215E
Stimulus Utilization - 4:00 p.m. - 460M

The House will recess until 5:00 p.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Wednesday, April 08, 2009 - 12:47 PM

Regular Session Extended to June 6th with Passing Of Concurrent Resolution
With the last day of session quickly approaching and business still to be done, the Senate adopted a concurrent resolution today, earlier adopted in the House, which would extend the 2009 Regular Session of the 79th Legislature.

Under Senate Concurrent Resolution 68, the Legislature will adjourn following the session on April 11th, then after reconvening at 12:01 a.m on April 12th to consider the budget, they will recess until a date to be determined later, where they would conclude business and Adjourn Sine Die on June 6th.

The Senate took some time for a little "song and dance" today. Before beginning the business of the day, the Senate was entertained with selections from the musical, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," performed by the Kanawha Players of Charleston (pictured).

The following committees will meet today:
Natural Resources (Subcommittee)- 1:00 p.m. - 208W
Natural Resources - 1:30 p.m. - 208W
Government Organization - 2:00 p.m. - 208W
Finance - 3:00 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 3:00 p.m. - 208W
Rules Committee - 5:15 p.m. - 219M

The Senate is in recess until 5:30p.m. today.



Tuesday, April 07, 2009 - 06:36 PM

Senate Passes Bill into Law, Advances 36 Bills to Second Reading
The Senate met for an evening session Monday at 5:00 p.m. to receive reports from standing committees. The majority of the reports received were taken up for immediate consideration, and all bills were read a first time and advanced to second reading.

Senate Bill 384 was passed into completed legislation. The bill would authorize the Department of Transportation to take control of certain highway emergencies.

Of those bills advancing to second reading, House Bill 2470 would exempt all schools that include kindergarten through 12th grade from paying consumer sales tax on items the school sells.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Labor - 9:00 a.m. - 208W
Judiciary - 9:30 a.m. - 208W
Rules Committee - 10:45 a.m. - 451M
Natural Resources (Subcommittee)- 1:00 p.m. - 208W
Natural Resources - 1:30 p.m. - 208W
Government Organization - 2:00 p.m. - 208W
Judiciary - 3:00 p.m. - 208W
Finance - 3:00 p.m. - 451M

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



Tuesday, April 07, 2009 - 06:14 PM

House Appoints Conferees During Evening Session
Members of the House reconvened at 5 p.m. for a brief 15 minute session. The House received committee reports from the Education, Judiciary, Finance and Government Organization committees.

The Judiciary committee met today and reported bills to the floor including Senate Bill 494 which would authorize Insurance Commissioner order restitution in certain cases, and Senate Bill 326 which would mandate certain dental anesthesia insurance coverage.

Government Organization reported Senate Bill 698 which would authorize certain regional water and waste water authorities to provide joint maintenance to participating agencies. The bill was referred to the Finance Committee.

The House received messages from the Senate on the passage of House bills and on the adoption of simple and concurrent House and Senate resolutions. One message from the Senate refused to agree to the changes to Senate Bill 445, and asked the House to concur. After refusing to concur, a conference committee was created to resolve the dispute between the House and Senate. The Speaker of the House appointed three conferees, Delegates Shook, Tabb and Hamilton. Though the number of conference committee members varies, there are always an equal number of members from each body - usually three. In its current form, the bill would remove conservation supervisors' election certification requirements such as: mandatory nominating petitions, filing a sworn statement specifying that he or she meets the requirements and providing a qualified list of candidates to the Secretary of State.

The Judiciary committee will meet tonight at 6 p.m. in 410M.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance - 9:00 a.m. - 460M
Education- 9:00 a.m.- 454M
Government Organization- 9:30 a.m.- 215E
Health and Human Resources - 4:00 p.m. - 215E
Stimulus Utilization will not meet.

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

›› Completed Legislation

Tuesday, April 07, 2009 - 01:36 PM

"Yes Sir," Capitol Recognizes West Virginia Air and Army National Guard Today
Today in the Captiol Rotunda, many people were dressed in green - Military Green that is. Members of the West Virginia Air and Army National Guard were on hand to showcase their many specializations as well as to be recognized for their dedication to the United States, West Virginia, and their home communities.

Both the Air and Army National Guard are made up of many members who specialize in specific, and sometimes unique fields. Pictured above, Senior Master Sergeant Judy and Captain Warren of the WV CERF-P Team, demonstrate the Level B Chemical Protective Suit, a vital piece of equipment in their respective field. Members of the West Virginia National Guard's Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nuclear and Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package protect the citizens of our state and nation and maintain a state of readiness to respond to nuclear, biological and chemical threats.

Throughout the rotunda, booths were set up to showcase the areas of specialization that each branch has to offer. Members can work in a variety of interesting fields that include, medical, aviation, military police, engineer, and public affairs. Each specialization consists of training in a number of specific areas, such as the use of night vision goggles (NVGs), as being demonstrated here.








Tuesday, April 07, 2009 - 01:03 PM

Senate Completes Legislation on 12 Bills, 16 Advanced to 3rd Reading
Today in the Senate, 16 bills passed, 12 of which became completed legislation. The additional four bills that passed, contained amendments which will first have to be agreed upon by the House before becoming completed legislation.

Of those bills completing legislation, House Bill 3189 adds three representatives total from the Legislature and Supreme Court of Appeals to the Capitol Building Commission. All of these additional members are non-voting with one being appointed by the President of the Senate, one by the Speaker of the House of Delegates and one member by the Supreme Court of Appeals. This addition will bring the total number of Capitol Building Commission members from six to nine.

Sixteen bills advanced to third reading today. Of those bills advancing, House Bill 2920 would eliminate the felony conviction for a second or subsequent conviction of petit larceny.

The following committees will meet today:
Health and Human Resources - 1:00 p.m. - 451M
Banking and Insurance - 2:00 p.m. - 208W
Education - 2:00 p.m. - 451M
Finance - 3:00 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 3:00 p.m. - 208W

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Rules Committee - 10:45 a.m. - 219M
Natural Resources (Subcommittee) - 1:00 p.m. - 208W
Natural Resources - 1:30 p.m. - 208W
Government Organization - 2:00 p.m. - 208W

The Senate is in recess until 5:00 p.m. today.



Tuesday, April 07, 2009 - 01:00 PM

House Recesses Until Evening for Committee Meetings
Nine bills were presented on third reading in the house today. Senate Bill 405 would require petitions for grandparent visitation to be filed in family court when an action involving that child, or his or her parents, is pending in family court. Senate Bill 612 would relate to willful nonpayment of child support. Senate Bill 719 would allow certain police officers to keep a weapon after retirement. Senate Bill 153, Senate Bill 370, Senate Bill 405 and Senate Bill 612 were communicated to the Senate for its approval. The other five bills passed on third reading completed legislative action and were sent to the Governor for approval.

Thirteen bills were presented on second reading. Senate Bill 532 would create the WV SAFE Mortgage Licensing Act. Senate Bill 595 would relate to assignment of child support obligations. Senate Bill 672 would create the Mental Health Stabilization Act of 2009. These bills will be presented on third reading tomorrow to be voted on by members.

Twenty-four bills were presented on first reading today. Senate Bill 239 would allow a majority vote for certain metro government approval. Senate Bill 408 would relate to model health plans for uninsurable individuals. Senate Bill 521 would include telecommunications devices as jail contraband. Senate Bill 695 would relate to payment for certain state employees' unused sick leave. These bills will be presented on second reading tomorrow for amendments.

The following committees will meet today:
Education - 1:30 p.m. - 434M
Government Organization - 1:30 p.m. - 215E
Finance - 2:00 p.m. - 460M
Judiciary - 2:00 p.m. - 410M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance - 2:00 p.m. - House Chamber
Health and Human Resources - 4:00 p.m. - 215E
Stimulus Utilization - 4:00 p.m. - 460M

The House will recess until 5:00 p.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Monday, April 06, 2009 - 05:50 PM

Senate Reconvenes to Receive Committee Reports, 11 Bills Advance to 2nd Reading
The Senate met in a brief evening session Monday at 5:00 p.m. to receive reports from standing committees. All reports received were taken up for immediate consideration, and all bills involved were presented on first reading and advanced.

Of those bills advancing to second reading, House Bill 2952 would clarify that a terroristic threat is a felony regardless of intent to actually commit the threatened act, and penalize as such. Under this bill, persons found guilty would be fined between $5,000 and $25,000, confined in a state correctional facility between one and three years, or both.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Energy, Industry, and Mining - 9:00 a.m. - 208W
Education (Subcommittee - Innovation Zones) - 10:00 a.m. - 219M
Government Organization - 10:00 a.m. - 208W
Rules Committee - 10:45 a.m. - 219M
Health and Human Resources - 1:00 p.m. - 451M
Banking and Insurance - 2:00 p.m. - 208W
Education - 2:00 p.m. - 451M
Finance - 3:00 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 3:00 p.m. - 208W

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



Monday, April 06, 2009 - 05:21 PM

House Reconvenes to Hear Committee Reports
The House reconvened on Monday to finish hearing the reports from the afternoon committee meetings. Several reports were forwarded to the Finance or Judiciary Committees for secondary reference.

The following committees will meet tonight:
Finance - 6:00 p.m. - 460M
Judiciary - 6:00 p.m. - 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Education - 8:30 a.m. - 434M
Government Organization - 8:30 p.m. - 215E
Judiciary - 9:00 a.m. - 410M

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



Monday, April 06, 2009 - 12:43 PM

Senate Honors WVU Athletic Director, Twenty Bills Advance to Third Reading
Today in the Senate, members adopted a resolution that honors the prominent career of Ed Pastilong, Athletic Director at West Virginia University. Senate Resolution 52 honors Moundsville native Ed Pastilong and his career in college athletics that spans nearly four decades.

One bill completed legislation in the Senate today. House Bill 2904 authorizes rules for the Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education, including rules regarding Guidelines for Governing Boards in Employing and Evaluating Presidents, Employing and Evaluating Presidents, the Medical Student Loan Program, the West Virginia Higher Education Grant Program, the Research Trust Fund Program, Accountability System, Performance Indicators and Finance.

Twenty bills advanced to third reading. Of those bills advancing, House Bill 2069 would increase the faculty senate allotment for classroom teachers and librarians from $50 to $100, to be spent on academic materials, supplies or equipment to enhance instruction.

House Bill 3229 would establish the Science and Research Council to provide expertise and policy guidance in science and research to the state, its agencies and state institutions of higher education regarding federal programs.

The following committees will meet today:
Natural Resources - 1:00 p.m. - 208W
Pensions - 2:00 p.m. - 451M
Finance - 3:00 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 3:00 p.m. - 208W

The Senate is in recess until 5:00 p.m. today.



Monday, April 06, 2009 - 12:16 PM

House Celebrates Life of Former House Finance Clerk
In the House today, members stood in remembrance as House Concurrent Resolution 45 was adopted. House Concurrent Resolution 45 requests the Division of Highways to name the 36th Street Bridge in Charleston as the "Bob Basil Memorial Bridge."

Bob Basil had a 35-year career in public service within the state, serving in positions within the Auditor's Office, the Budget Office and Legislative Auditor's Office. During legislative sessions, he served as Clerk of the House Finance Committee. In 1996, he was recognized for his accomplishments by the House and as an "Outstanding West Virginian" by former Governor Gaston Caperton. After his retirement, he volunteered his help for the next 20 years to the Finance Committee and helped explain the budget process to new members of the committee.

Ten bills were presented on third reading today. Among these were Senate Bill 384, which would authorize the Department of Transportation to take control of certain highway emergencies and Senate Bill 284, which relates to Viatical Settlements Act. Senate Bill 259, Senate Bill 487, Senate Bill 572, Senate Bill 587, and Senate Bill 588 completed legislative action and were sent to the Governor for approval. All other bills passed on third reading were communicated to the Senate for its approval.

Nine bills were presented on second reading. Senate Bill 405 would relate to grandparents' visitation. Senate Bill 612 would relate to willful nonpayment of child support. Senate Bill 719 would allow certain police officers to keep a weapon after retirement. These bills and six others will be presented on third reading tomorrow.

Thirteen bills were presented on first reading. Senate Bill 532 would create the WV SAFE Mortgage Licensing Act. Senate Bill 595 would relate to assignment of child support obligations. Senate Bill 672 would create the Mental Health Stabilization Act of 2009.

The following committees will meet today:
Banking and Insurance - 12:00 p.m. - 252E
Judiciary - 12:30 p.m. - 410M
Education - 1:30 p.m. - 434M
Government Organization - 1:30 p.m. - 215E
Finance - 2:00 p.m. - 460M
Health and Human Resources - 4:00 p.m. - 215E
Finance - 5:30 p.m. - 460M

The House will recess until 5:00 p.m. on Monday.

›› Completed Legislation

Friday, April 03, 2009 - 02:51 PM

Hot Dog Eating Contest Raises Breast Cancer Awareness
The West Virginia Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure raised over $1,500 today with their hot dog sale at the Capitol. From 11-1:30 p.m., guests received chips, a drink, a dessert and a hot dog loaded with all the fixin’s for a donation of $5.

Crowds gathered outside of the Senate Chamber as Legislative members and staff competed in a fierce hot dog eating contest. Organizers held a raffle for guests to bet on who they thought would win. Each participant rolled up their sleeves as they had only two minutes to finish five hot dogs. Some dipped their dogs in water, others slathered on condiments to try and edge out the competition. Senator Dave Sypolt from Preston County was victorious. He also won the raffle and donated the prize money back to the Race for the Cure.

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Series raises significant funds and awareness across the country for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates survivorship and honors those who have lost the battle with the disease.

The Susan G. Komen West Virginia Race for the Cure plays a critical role in raising needed funds to allow the West Virginia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to make grants in our local communities. Up to 75 percent of the money raised stays in West Virginia to fund education, treatment and screening programs for underserved populations.

On May 2, 2009 the WV Race for the Cure will start at the Capitol Complex. For more information about volunteering and registration, visit www.komenwv.org



Friday, April 03, 2009 - 12:18 PM

Friday Brings Bill Advancement in Senate
Today in the Senate, one bill advanced to third reading and 10 to second reading. The bill advanced to third, House Bill 2904, would authorize rules for higher education, including rules for the Higher Education Policy Commission, West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education, guidelines for Governing Boards in Employing and Evaluating Presidents, the Medical Student Loan Program, the West Virginia Higher Education Grant Program, the Research Trust Fund Program, Accountability System, and Finance.

Of those bills advancing to second reading, House Bill 2069 would increase the faculty senate allotment for classroom teachers and librarians from $50 to $100, to be spent on academic materials, supplies or equipment to enhance instruction.

The following committees will meet today:
Judiciary - 12:30 p.m. - 208W

The following committees will meet Monday, April 6th:
Natural Resources - 1:00 p.m. - 208W
Pensions - 2:00 p.m. - 451M
Finance - 3:00 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 3:00 p.m. - 208W

The Senate will reconvene Monday, April 6th at 11:00 a.m.



Friday, April 03, 2009 - 12:12 PM

Five Bills Complete Legislative Action in House
Seven bills were presented on third reading today. Of these, Senate Bill 321 would modify the certificate of need process. Senate Bill 341 would transfer juvenile justice database administration to the Supreme Court. Senate Bill 346 would correct code reference related to bear tagging. All of these bills, except for Senate Bill 263 and Senate Bill 307 have completed legislative action and have been communicated to the Governor. Senate Bill 263 and Senate Bill 307 have been referred back to the Senate for approval.

Ten bills were presented on second reading today. Among these were Senate Bill 384, which would authorize the Department of Transportation to take control of certain highway emergencies and Senate Bill 284, which relates to Viatical Settlements Act. These bills and eight others will be presented on third reading tomorrow.

Nine bills were presented on first reading today. Senate Bill 405 would relate to grandparents' visitation. Senate Bill 612 would relate to willful nonpayment of child support.

The following committees will meet today:
Finance - 1:15 p.m. - 460M
Judiciary - 12:45 p.m. - 410M

The following committees will meet on Sunday:
Judiciary - 4:00 p.m. - 410M

The following committees will meet Monday:
Roads and Transportation - 10:00 a.m. - 215E
Education - 1:30 p.m. - 430M
Health and Human Resources - 4:00 p.m. - 215E

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

›› Completed Legislation

Thursday, April 02, 2009 - 05:34 PM

House Reconvenes to Finish Thursday's Business
During the second half of today's split session, Senate Bill 321 was presented on second reading. Senate Bill 321 modifies the certificate of need process.

Members also heard committee reports from committees that met while the House recessed this afternoon.

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



Thursday, April 02, 2009 - 01:01 PM

Senate Recognizes West Virginia Coal Association
The importance of the coal mining industry in West Virginia was recognized today in the Senate with the adoption of Senate Resolution 50. Members of the West Virginia Coal Association (pictured) were on hand to be presented with the resolution expressing the importance of the industry by stating that coal mining has been, and continues to be, one of the primary industries responsible for the economic success of West Virginia and its citizens, and requests the support of West Virginia's congressional delegation for the coal industry.

Three bills were read on first reading today in the Senate. Of those on first reading, House Bill 2335 would require West Virginia public colleges and universities to participate in the federal Yellow Ribbon G.I. Education Enhancement Program established under the new G.I Bill. The program would provide eligible veterans additional funding toward the cost of college tuition and fees. Educational benefits to certain veterans would equal the cost of in-state tuition at the most expensive public university or college in the state. The federal Secretary of Veterans Affairs would cover fifty percent of any additional costs over and above in-state tuition costs in exchange for a matching contribution from the college or university the veteran would attend.

Kindergarden students from the St. Agnes School welcomed the Senate into session today with the sounds of the John Denver classic, "Take Me Home, Country Roads."

The following committees will meet today:
Health and Human Resources - 1:00 p.m. - 451M
Education - 2:00 p.m. - 451M
Finance - 3:00 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 3:00 p.m. - 208W
Education (LOCEA) - 5:00 p.m. - 451M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Economic Development - 9:00 a.m. - 451M
Military - 9:30 a.m. - 208W
Transportation - 10:00 a.m. - 451M
Rules - 10:45 a.m. - President's Conference Room

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



Thursday, April 02, 2009 - 12:20 PM

House Declares Today Domestic Violence Prevention Day
Members of the House adopted House Resolution 47 declaring today Domestic Violence Prevention Day. The well area outside of the House was full of booths promoting domestic violence prevention. Representatives from Women's Aid in Crisis, the YWCA, and HOPE, Inc., among several other agencies, were present to offer information to passing guests, staff and lawmakers.

Six bills were presented on second reading today. Of these, Senate Bill 307 would create a Maternal Screening Act. Senate Bill 263 would disclose certain inmates' personal communications. These bills will be presented on third reading tomorrow. Senate Bill 321 was deferred until the 5:00 p.m. floor session.

Ten bills were presented on second reading today. Among these were Senate Bill 384, which would authorize the Department of Transportation to take control of certain highway emergencies and Senate Bill 284, which relates to Viatical Settlements Act. These bills will be presented on second reading tomorrow.

The following committees will meet today:
Judiciary - Following Floor Session - 410M
Energy, Industry, Labor, Economic Development and Small Business - 1:00 p.m.- 460M
Political Subdivisions - 1:00 p.m. - 215E
Roads and Transportation - 2:00 p.m. - 215E
Senior Citizen Issues - 3:00 p.m. - 215E
Committee on Stimulus Utilization - 4:00 p.m.- 460M
Health and Human Resources - 4:00 p.m.- 215E
LOCEA - 5:00 p.m.- 460M
Judiciary - 5:30 p.m. - 410M
Roads and Transportation - 5:30 p.m. - 215E Health and Human Resources - 6:30 p.m. - 460M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Government Organization - 8:45 a.m. - 215E
Finance - 9:30 a.m. - 460M

The House has recessed until 5:00 p.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Wednesday, April 01, 2009 - 05:39 PM

50th Day Gets Capitol Fired Up
When lawmakers are at the Capitol, it's been said to expect the unexpected. During a late afternoon break, lawmakers and staff exited the building to the sound of fire alarms. Although a number of speculations were bandied about, what with April Fools Day in force, Lt. Johnny Droddy of Charleston Fire Department Rescue 481 (pictured) dispersed concerns by clarifying a food fire was the culprit.

The Senate reconvened, on schedule, at 5:30.



















Wednesday, April 01, 2009 - 01:24 PM

Senate Makes Changes to the Promise Scholarship
The Senate passed 15 bills in its morning session including Senate Bill 373, which would make changes to the Promise Scholarship. The annual award for the Promise would now be equal to but unable to exceed the cost of tuition, or $4,750.

Senate Bill 297 passed and would create the Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Act that would require 25 percent of all electric energy sold in West Virginia to be generated from renewable and alternative energy by the year 2025.

West Virginians will have more options when it comes to their license plates. The Senate passed Senate Bill 78, which would provide vehicle owners with a number of new specialty license plates from which they may choose to use on their vehicles. Some of the new license plates would include the phrases "In God We Trust" or "Friends of Coal," among several other options.

Students from the first grade class at Saint Agnes School led the Senate in the pledge of allegiance. They also sang, "God Bless the U.S.A."


Update - 1:30 p.m.

The Senate passed 31 bills in its afternoon session. Senate Bill 435 would establish the Learn and Earn Cooperative Education Program, a cooperative education program that would provide financial benefits to full-time students enrolled in community or technical colleges.

Senate Bill 485 would require all children entering a public school, whether it be in kindergarten or first grade, to provide adequate proof of having undergone a dental examination by a licensed dentist.

Senate Bill 641 would require the operators of vehicles carrying solid waste and deposit solid waste in a commercial landfill or transfer station to declare, in writing and under oath, to provide the name of the county and state of origin of the solid waste being deposited.


Update - 5:30 p.m.

The Senate closed the day with a third session in which 22 bills were passed.

Senate Bill 740 would make third-time offenders of obscene, harassing and threatening communications via the internet be fined no more than $5,000 or confined in a regional jail for no more than two years, or both. For Web sites or newsgroups, it would also consider untrue statements about another person that are false and encourage others to ridicule or perpetuate the untruth about that person to be considered obscene, harassing and threatening.

Senate Bill 338 would increase the number of circuit court judges in the seventeenth judicial circuit in Monongalia County from two to three.

Senate Bill 667 would prohibit unlawful panhandling or solicitation. It would be considered a misdemeanor with increasing fines upon each subsequent conviction. Fire departments would be exempted when soliciting for donations.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Energy, Industry and Mining - 9:30 a.m. - 208W
Judiciary - 10:00 a.m. - 208W
Finance - 3:00 p.m. - 451M
Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability (LOCEA) - 5:00 p.m. - 451M

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



Wednesday, April 01, 2009 - 01:18 PM

Crossover Day: House Votes on Numerous Bills to Meet Deadline
The 50th Day of the 79th Regular Session has arrived in the Legislature. Crossover day is the deadline to move bills from their originating house. This does not apply to budget and supplementary appropriation bills. During the morning session, the House voted on 15 of the 39 bills on their calendar.

Of those bills passed, House Bill 2868 would create and maintain the West Virginia Autistic Children's Trust Fund. It would also create a tax credit (equal to an amount paid into a trust) for contributing to the future support of an autistic minor.

Consumers would be exempt from sales tax and use tax if they purchase donated clothing or accessories sold by churches or religious organizations that are exempt from federal income taxes according to House Bill 3017.

Under current law, voters in municipal election may vote absentee ballots by mail. If House Bill 3134 becomes law, it would require the Secretary of State to establish a voting by mail pilot program. The Secretary of State would select five municipalities to participate and all registered and other qualified voters would be eligible.

House Bill 2686 would allow employees to take intermittent 10 minute rest periods for every four hours of work.

The House will reconvene at 1:30 p.m. to continue voting on proposed legislation.


House Update

The House passed 19 bills to the Senate during its 1:30 p.m. session. The majority of these passed unanimously, some of which include:

House Bill 2832 would require the State Board of Education to adopt proficiency standards in reading, language arts and mathematics for students in the third and eighth grades. Each student in those grades would be evaluated on those standards. Students who meet the standards would be eligible for promotion and those who do not would be required to enroll in an after-school or summer critical skills instructional support program. Counties would be required to establish the programs based on a model and curriculum established by the State Board. Students who do not successfully complete the program may not be promoted.

House Bill 2788 would protect incapacitated adults from abust or neglect by a caregiver by enhancing penalties for crimes committed against those persons.

House Bill 3159 would establish a funding mechanism for state aid for local health departments.

The House will reconvene at 4 p.m. to vote on the remaining bills on third reading.


House Update

After three sessions today, the House passed a grand total of 38 bills to the Senate. This brings the tally of bills passed from the House up to 175. Four passed during the 4 p.m. session including: House Bill 3079 would exempt consumer sales tax on drugs purchased by veterinarians for the treatment of animals; House Bill 2981 relates to primary elections and nominating procedures of third-party candidates; House Bill 3098 relates to the payment of travel expenses of workers' compensation claimants; House Bill 2388 would expand the membership of the Racing Commission and reorganizing the administrative functions.

Seven Senate bills were presented on first reading including Senate Bill 307 which would develop a uniform maternal risk screening tool to screen pregnant women for potential at-risk pregnancies. Senate Bill 341 was also on first reading and it would transfer the juvenile justice database administration to the Supreme Court.


The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Veterans Affairs- 9 a.m.- 460M
Natural Resources- 9:15 a.m.- 215E
Banking and Insurance- 10 a.m.- 215E
Energy, Industry, Labor, Economic Development, Small Business- 1 p.m.- 460M
Political Subdivisions- 1 p.m.- 215E
Roads and Transportation- 2 p.m.- 215E
Senior Issues- 3 p.m.- 215E
Committee on Stimulus Utilization- 4 p.m.- 460M
Health and Human Resources- 4 p.m.- 215E
LOCEA- 5 p.m.- 460M

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

›› Completed Legislation


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