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Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 06:10 PM

Legislature Funds Broadband Deployment, Adjourns Sine Die
In an evening meeting the House passed Senate Bill 3003 which makes supplementary appropriation to Department of Commerce, Development Office, Broadband Deployment Fund, without amendment. The bill is now effective at passage.

The House amended House Bill 302 which ordered a one-time bonus be paid to certain full-time public employees, as well as Senate Bill 3004 which expired funds from the Lottery Commission, Video Lottery Income Fund, and made supplementary appropriation from General Revenue to various accounts.

An Executive Message was delivered to the Senate stating that the House amendments on these bills took the proposed legislation out of the scope of the 3rd Extraordinary Session's intention.

Shortly following the receipt of this message the Senate adjourned Sine Die without acting on either bill. The House followed suit, adjourning Sine Die moments later.



Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 03:30 PM

Theatre West Virginia Infuses Capitol with Culture
While August interim meetings and the third special session of 2009 are well underway at the Capitol, lawmakers, staff and constituents alike are being treated to a bit of culture on the grounds today.

Theatre West Virginia is promoting its summer shows with abbreviated performances of Seussical the Musical and High School Musical on the Capitol steps. Seussical the Musical is a combination of many of the books of Dr.Seuss. It debuted on Broadway in 2000. Written by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahern, this play is one of the most frequently performed shows in America. High School Musical has been adapted from the Disney Channel's hit musical.

The sweet sounds of the Appalachian dulcimer can also be heard rising from the well of the Capitol Rotunda today. The fretted, plucked instrument also known as the lap dulcimer, mountain dulcimer and hog fiddle is played by strumming the instrument as it sits on the musician's lap. Theatre West Virginia's own Emily Pritchard and Hunter Walker, both from Beckley, W.Va., have been playing the string instrument for all to hear this afternoon.

A pair of accomplished musicians, Walker and Pritchard took first and third respectively at June 21st Coshocton Dulcimer days in Coshocton, Ohio. The competition featured dulcimer musicians from throughout the Mid-East Region.



Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 12:04 PM

Senate Confirms Governor's Appointees
The West Virginia State Senate met briefly this morning to accept a committee report from the Senate Committee on Confirmations. The Senate Confirmations Committee is responsible for reviewing the Governor's nominations to public office and makes recommendations to the Senate on the approval or rejection of those nominations.

On the recommendation from that committee, and after taking up the report for immediate consideration, the members of the Senate voted unanimously to confirm all of the appointments to their various positions.

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



Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 11:29 AM

House Passes One Bill in Brief Morning Session
The House of Delegates met briefly this morning and passed House Bill 301 which relates to extended unemployment compensation benefits.

The House suspended the constitutional rules requiring a bill be read on three separate days to advance the bill to third reading before passing it. This bill has now completed legislative action and awaits the Governor's approval.

The House Finance Committee is currently meeting in Room 460.

The House is now in recess until 4:30 p.m.








Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 10:24 AM

Interim Meetings Conclude Today
August Interim Meetings wrap up today as the Legislature continues working during the 3rd Extraordinary Session of 2009. The August Interim Schedule is available on-line.

The days floor sessions are slated to begin today at 11:00 a.m in both Chambers so there may be some interruption in the scheduled interim meetings.

Update: The Joint Standing Committee on Education interim meeting scheduled for 11:00 a.m. in the House Chamber has been cancelled.



Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 07:08 PM

Senate Begins 3rd Special Session, Passes All Four Bills
The Senate convened the 3rd Special Session of 2009 this evening, reading four bills a first time and then suspending the constitutional rules that they be read three consecutive days so that they were taken up for immediate consideration.

The following bills were voted on and passed by the Senate:

Senate Bill 3001 relates to extended unemployment compensation benefits.

Senate Bill 3002 relates to one-time salary enhancements for certain public employees.

Senate Bill 3003 makes supplementary appropriation to Department of Commerce, Development Office, Broadband Deployment Fund.

Senate Bill 3004 expires funds from the Lottery Commission, Video Lottery Income Fund, and makes supplementary appropriation from General Revenue to various accounts.

The Committee on Confirmations will meet tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. in 208W.

The Senate is adjourned until 11:00 a.m. tomorrow.



Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 06:34 PM

House Opens 3rd Extraordinary Session, Reads Four Bills a First Time

The House of Delegates convened the 3rd Special Session of 2009 this evening, reading four bills a first time.

House Bill 301 relates to extending unemployment compensation funds as authorized by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. House Bill 302 orders a one-time bonus be paid to certain full-time public employees.

House Bill 303 includes $5 million for the West Virginia Development Office Broadband Deployment Fund and House Bill 304 moves funds to the unappropriated surplus balance in the State General Revenue Fund.

These bills will now be sent to the House Finance Committee for consideration.

The House Finance Committee will meet tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. in Room 460.

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

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 04:58 PM

Legislature to Begin 3rd Extraordinary Session at 5:30pm Today
The Governor's Call has arrived to convene the 78th Legislature to their 3rd Extraordinary Session of 2009.

There are seven items on the proclamation, including five appropriations bills, a bill relating to extending unemployment compensation funds as authorized by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and a bill ordering a one-time bonus be paid to certain full-time public employees.

Per the Governor's call, the five appropriation bills include $5 million for the West Virginia Development Office Broadband Deployment Fund, $2.5 million for the Bureau of Senior Services, $34.7 million to fund a one-time bonus for certain full-time public employees, $169,000 for the Governor's Office and a appropriation to pay for the expenses of the Extraordinary Session.

Session in both chambers convenes at 5:30pm.



Monday, August 10, 2009 - 09:43 AM

August Interims Begin Today
Members of the Legislature return to the Capitol today for August’s interim committee meetings.

The meetings begin this morning and will conclude Wednesday evening.

One of the committees meeting later this afternoon is Pensions and Retirement. They will be reviewing and discussing draft legislation regarding municipal police and fire pension

A new committee, Select Committee on Higher Education Personnel, will also be meeting later this afternoon.

The August Interim Schedule is available on-line.




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