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Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 02:02 PM

Annual
The sounds of rolling thunder echoed through the Kanawha Valley today as motorcyclists made their way to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. for the Memorial Day weekend.

The Run For the Wall, first started in 1989, brings veterans of all ages and from all conflicts involving US Armed Forces together on their journey across the country toward the nation's Capital. Friends, family and fellow riders work together on their stated mission to promote healing among all veterans and their families and friends, to call for an accounting of all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (POW/MIA), to honor the memory of those Killed in Action (KIA) from all wars, and to support our military personnel all over the world.

The procession stopped at the West Virginia Veterans Memorial for a ceremony honoring and remembering West Virginians who paid the ultimate price in defense of freedom. Afterward, the Run for the Wall continues on through Rainelle, WV and Lewisburg, WV prior to arriving in Washington, D.C. for weekend festivities.



Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 10:43 AM

Mike Hall Selected as Senate Minority Leader

Mike Hall has been selected by the Senate Republican Caucus to serve as the Senate Minority Leader. Hall replaces the recently deceased Don Caruth in that capacity.

Hall, a businessman and Marshall University graduate, has served in the Legislature since his election to the House of Delegates in 1994. He served in that body for 12 years before his election to the Senate in 2006. A native of Huntington, W.Va., Hall served as Minority Whip in the 75th Legislature.

Hall, who represents the 4th Senatorial District, currently serves on a wide range of legislative committees including Judiciary, Banking and Insurance, Economic Development and Health and Human Resources.



Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 10:15 AM

John H. Shott Sworn in to State Senate
John H. Shott of Bluefield was sworn into the State Senate on May 25, 2010. Appointed to serve the 10th Senatorial District, consisting of Greenbrier, Monroe, Summers and parts of Fayette and Mercer counties, Shott replaces the recently deceased Don Caruth.

Initially elected to represent the 24th District in the House of Delegates in 2008, Shott’s legislative experience includes service on various committees, including Education, Senior Citizen Issues and Energy, Industry and Labor.

Aside from his service in the West Virginia Legislature, Shott is an attorney in Bluefield. He is also a member of the West Virginia State Bar, American and West Virginia Association for Justice, and the Mercer County Building Commission.

Sworn in by Mercer Circuit Judge Derek Swope, Shott pledged to serve the citizens of the South eastern district as friends, family and dignitaries filled the chamber to show their support.



Monday, May 24, 2010 - 09:59 AM

May Interim Meetings Begin Today
Lawmakers return to the Capitol building this week for monthly interim meetings taking place today through Wednesday. The 2010 Interim Study Assignments were approved in April and meetings will continue monthly through January 2011.

The May Interim Schedule is available online as well as a May Interim Schedule with Agendas.

Most of the meetings over the next three days are open to the public for interested citizens who are encouraged to attend.



Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 05:13 PM

Legislature Adjourns 1st Extraordinary Session of 2010 Sine Die
Standing in force, Governor Joe Manchin, Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin, Speaker of the House Richard Thompson, State Superintendent Steve Paine, Senate and House Education Chairs Senator Robert Plymale and Delegate Mary Poling and spokespersons for the teachers’ organizations (WVEA and AFT), conducted a news conference prior to the close of the First Extraordinary Session of 2010 - which focused on education.

The President and the Speaker reiterated the Governor’s enthusiasm regarding education reform in West Virginia. However, because of the complexities involved in overhauling the school system in a confined time-line, all agreed to return to Charleston on June 7th to continue their deliberations.

Having contacted Secretary Arne Duncan at the Department of Education in Washington D.C., the state officials were notified there would be a third round of the federal program Race To The Top. With the progress West Virginia has made in recent days, all of the state leaders believe a consensus can be made with the intent of providing West Virginia’s children the “equalizer” of a quality education.

A working committee made up of representatives from the various teacher organizations, the State Board of Education and 10 lawmakers selected by the President and the Speaker will continue to review, study and prepare a comprehensive plan which will provide for a solid consensus but all involved prior to their return on June 7th.

The members of the working group appointed by the President and Speaker include: Senators Robert Plymale, Erik Wells, Richard Browning, Dan Foster and Jesse Guills as well as Delegates Mary Poling, Ron Fragale, Tom Campbell, Josh Stowers and Ray Canterbury.

All agreed to be prepared to work for all West Virginia children so they can enjoy the American dream.

The Legislature is adjourned Sine Die.



Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 01:22 PM

Senate Honors Life of Senator Don Caruth

The Senate met briefly this morning to adopt Senate Resolution 103, which memorializes the life of the Honorable Donald T. Caruth.

The Senate is in recess until 4:00 p.m.







Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 11:58 AM

House Passes Professional Personnel Evaluation Bill
Senate Bill 1002 which would provide for annual evaluations of professional personnel in the public schools was passed by the House of Delegates a day after being amended to include the provisions of House Bill 111. The bill now goes back to the Senate for consideration.

Delegates also reported House Bill 106 to the floor from the Education Committee and read it a 1st time prior to being referred to the Finance Committee. This bill would require compulsory comprehensive health screening for students entering public school for the first time in this state and students entering third, sixth and ninth grades.

Members also adopted House Resolution 101 celebrating the life and lamenting the passing of the Honorable Donald Thomas Caruth, attorney, musician, civic leader, former member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, member of the West Virginia Senate, Minority Leader of the Senate, Distinguished West Virginian and dedicated statesman.

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

The following House Committees will meet today:
Education Subcommittee on Senate Bill 1006 - 11:30 a.m. - 434M
Finance - 11:45 a.m. - 460M
Education Subcommittee on Senate Bill 1013 - 1:00 p.m. - 434M
Education Subcommittee on Senate Bill 1007 - 1:00 p.m. - 434M
Education - 2:00 p.m. - 434M



Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 06:57 PM

Senate Completes Action on One Bill, Passes Two Others on to House

Senate Bill 1024, which will make a supplementary appropriation from the State Fund, General Revenue, to various accounts, completed legislative action tonight when the Senate passed the bill after accepting House amendments from earlier today.

The Senate also passed Senate Bill 1007, which creates Charter Innovation Schools, and Senate Bill 1008, which relates to compulsory comprehensive health screenings for students. These measures will now move on to the House for consideration.

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



Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 02:47 PM

House Completes Action on Behavioral Mental Health Services Fund Bill
House members meeting for a 1 p.m. floor session passed 10 supplemental appropriation bills as well as Senate Bill 1010, which creates a Behavioral Mental Health Services Fund.

Among the 10 supplemental appropriation bills passed today were Senate Bill 1014, which makes a supplementary appropriation of federal funds to the Office of Economic Opportunity Community Services and Workforce WV and Senate Bill 1023, which makes a supplemental appropriation and amends items from the State Road Fund to the Office of Administrative Hearings. These bills have all now completed legislative action and await approval from the Governor.

Another supplemental appropriation measure, Senate Bill 1024, which would make a supplementary appropriation from the State Fund, General Revenue, to various accounts, was amended and now goes back to the Senate for approval.

Two bills on 2nd reading on the House Calendar were read and advanced to 3rd reading. They were House Bill 111 which would provide for annual evaluations of professional personnel in the public schools and its Senate counterpart, Senate Bill 1002, which was amended to include the House bill provisions.

Senate Bill 1013 was also received from the Senate, taken up for immediate consideration and read a first time prior to being referred to the Education Committee. This bill relates to the hiring of professional school personnel.

The House is in recess until 7:00 p.m.

The following House Committee will meet today, May 18th, 2010:
Education Subcommittee on House Bill 106 - 3:00 p.m. - 434M
Education - 6:30 p.m. - 434M

After reconvening following a recess House members met to receive Senate messages. Delegates refused to concur with Senate changes for House Bill 109, which would create teacher empowerment teams and asked to Senate to recede their amendment.

Members also received messages regarding the passage from the Senate of Senate Bill 1007, which creates Charter Innovation Schools, and Senate Bill 1008, which relates to compulsory comprehensive health screenings for students. These bills were taken up for immediate consideration and read a 1st time prior to being referred to the House Education committee.

The House stands adjourned until 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, May 19th, 2010.

The House Education Committee will continue its previous meeting following the floor session at approximately 7:15 p.m. in Room 434M.

The following House Committees will meet tomorrow, May 19th, 2010:
Education Subcommittee on Senate Bill 1006 - 10:00 a.m. - 434M

›› Completed Legislation

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 12:54 PM

Senate Passes Two Bills During Morning Floor Session

The Senate passed two bills and advanced two others during a brief morning floor session.

The bills passed include House Bill 109, which provides for teacher empowerment teams and Senate Bill 1013, which relates to hiring professional school personnel.

In other floor action, Senate Bill 1012,which relates to additional compensation for certain professional school personnel, was referred to the Senate Finance Committee on second reading, while Senate Bill 1001, which relates to school committees, was recommitted to the Senate Education Committee on third reading.

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

The following Senate Committees are scheduled for this afternoon:
Finance - 1 p.m. - 451M
Education Subcommittee A - 3 p.m.-451M
Education - 4 p.m. - 451M



Monday, May 17, 2010 - 06:23 PM

Senate Passes Two Bills, Advances Two Others

The Senate passed two bills, advanced two others and adopted a concurrent resolution during an evening floor session.

The passed bills include Senate Bill 1006, which relates to alternative training and certification of principals and teachers and Senate Bill 1009, which relates to improving performance of schools and school districts. The constitutional rules requiring that a bill be read on three separate days were suspended in order to expedite the passage of these measures.

The Senate also amended the provisions of Senate Bill 1001 into House Bill 109 and the bill advanced to third reading. House Bill 109 provides for teacher empowerment teams.

Senate Bill 1008, which relates to compulsory comprehensive health screenings for students, was read a first time before being referred to the Finance Committee.

The Senate also adopted House Concurrent Resolution 107, which provides for the issuance not to exceed $45 million of refunding bonds pursuant to the "Safe Roads Amendment of 1996".

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

The following Senate committees will meet tomorrow:

Education Subcommittee A - 9:30 a.m. - 208W



Monday, May 17, 2010 - 04:52 PM

House Adopts Road Bond Resolution, Advances Supplemental Bill to Passage Stage
This afternoon the House of Delegates adopted House Concurrent Resolution 107, which provides for the issuance not to exceed $45 million of refunding bonds pursuant to the "Safe Roads Amendment of 1996". This resolution must now be approved and adopted by the Senate.

The House also took up two bills for immediate consideration and read them a first time after they were reported to the floor. These bills, House Bill 111 which would providing for annual evaluations of professional personnel in the public schools and its Senate counterpart, Senate Bill 1002, were both advanced to 2nd Reading.

Senate Bill 1010, which would create a Behavioral Mental Health Services Fund, was read a second time and advanced to 3rd reading along with the 22 Supplemental Appropriation measures found on the House Calendar. The 22 appropriation measures are duplicate Senate and House versions of the same bills.

The House is in recess until 6:00 p.m. this evening.

Following a short recess, the House of Delegates received two bills passed by the Senate, Senate Bill 1006 relating to alternative training and certification of principals and teachers and Senate Bill 1009 relating to improving performance of schools and school districts. The bills were taken up for immediate consideration and read a 1st time prior to being referred to the House Education Committee.

The House is adjourned until 1:00 p.m. tomorrow, May 18th, 2010.

The following House Committee will meet tomorrow, May 18th, 2010:
Education - 11:00 a.m. - 434M



Monday, May 17, 2010 - 01:11 PM

Senate Passes One Bill, Refers Another Back to Committee

The Senate passed one bill and re-referred another during an early afternoon floor session today.

The Senate passed Senate Bill 1002, which would require at least annual evaluations of teachers and other school service personnel with effective dates as to when these evaluations must be completed. The bill will now move on to the House for consideration.

Senate Bill 1001, which would streamline in-school committees, was re-referred to the Senate Education Committee.

The Senate will reconvene at 5 p.m. today

The following Senate Committees are scheduled for today:
Education - 2 p.m. - 451M
Finance - 1:45 p.m. - 451M



Sunday, May 16, 2010 - 07:43 PM

Senate Passes One Bill, Receives Resolution, Advances Four Bills

The Senate passed one bill, received a resolution and advanced four bills to second reading during an evening floor session.

Senate Bill 1011 moved on to the House for consideration. The measure creates a temporary high risk pool program to provide certain health insurance coverage.

The Senate also received Senate Concurrent Resolution 101 which provides for issuance of safe roads refunding bonds, in accordance with the Amended Call.

The Senate also advanced four bills to second reading. Those bills include: Senate Bill 1001, Senate Bill 1002, Senate Bill 1009, and House Bill 109.

The Senate will reconvene at 11 a.m. tomorrow

The following Senate Committees are scheduled for tomorrow:
Education - 2 p.m. - 451M
Education Sub B - 10 a.m. - 451M



Sunday, May 16, 2010 - 07:42 PM

House Passes Teacher Empowerment Teams Bill
During this evening's floor session, the House passed House Bill 109, which would create teacher empowerment teams.

The House also passed Senate Bill 1003 which renames conservation officers natural resources police officers. The bill has completed legislative action and now awaits the Governor's signature.

All supplementary appropriation bills were advanced to 2nd Reading as well as Senate Bill 1010, which would create the Behavioral Mental Health Services Fund, and Senate Bill 1011, which implements temporary high risk pool programs to provide certain health insurance coverage.

The House also received a resolution pertaining to the Amended Call. House Concurrent Resolution 107, which provides for the issuance not to exceed $45 million of refunding bonds pursuant to the "Safe Roads Amendment of 1996".

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 4 p.m.

The following House committees will meet tomorrow:

Education - 1 p.m. - 434M

›› Completed Legislation

Saturday, May 15, 2010 - 11:19 AM

Senate Passes 11 Supplemental Appropriation Bills, Advances One Bill to Third Reading

The Senate advanced Senate Bill 1011 to third reading and passed 11 Supplemental Appropriation bills during this morning's floor session which can be found on bill status.

Senate Bill 1011 implements a temporary high risk pool program to provide certain health insurance coverage.

The Senate will reconvene at 6 p.m. tomorrow

The following Senate Committees are scheduled for today:
Education Sub A - after session - 208W
Education Sub B - after session - 451M

The Senate Education Committee will meet tomorrow, May 16th, 2010 at 5:00 p.m in 451M.



Saturday, May 15, 2010 - 10:33 AM

Senate Bill 1003 Advances to Passage Stage, Set For Vote Tomorrow
During a Saturday morning session following committee meetings House members briefly met to determine a quorum and continue the work of the 1st Extraordinary Session of 2010.

One bill, Senate Bill 1003, which renames conservation officers natural resources police officers, was read a second time and advanced to third reading.

The House is adjourned until tomorrow, Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.

The Following House Committees will meet tomorrow, Sunday, May 16th, 2010:
Education - 4:00 p.m. - 434M
Finance - 4:00 p.m. - 460M



Friday, May 14, 2010 - 05:31 PM

Senate Meets Briefly to Receive Committee Reports
Ten supplemental appropriation bills were reported from the Senate Finance Committee during a brief floor session this evening.

The Senate will reconvene at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

The following Senate Committees are scheduled for May 15 and May 16, 2010:
Education Subcommittee A - 8:30 a.m. tomorrow - Room 208W
Education Committee - 5 p.m. on Sunday - Room 451M



Friday, May 14, 2010 - 05:07 PM

House Completes Action on Two Measures Passed By the Senate Earlier Today

Meeting this afternoon, House members received Senate messages regarding the passage of several pieces of legislation by that body. The House took up three messages for immediate consideration and passed two of them, completing legislative action on both.

The measures which completed action include Senate Bill 1004, which replacing references to “mentally retarded” in state law with “intellectually disabled” and Senate Bill 1005, which relates to criminal offenses and penalties regarding firearms and ammunition sales.

A third message regarding Senate Bill 1003,which renames conservation officers natural resources police officers was also received and taken up for immediate consideration and read a first time.

On the House Calendar, House Bill 103 which would rename conservation officers as natural resources police officers was read a second time and advanced to third reading.

The House is adjourned until tomorrow, Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.

The following House Committee will meet tomorrow, Saturday, May 15, 2010:
Education - 9:00 a.m. - 434M

The Following House Committees will meet Sunday, May 16th, 2010:
Education - 4:00 p.m. - 434M
Finance - 4:00 p.m. - 460M

Photo: House Education Committee members meet during the May Special Session dealing with education issues.

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Friday, May 14, 2010 - 12:23 PM

Senate Suspends Constitutional Rules, Passes Four Bills

The Senate suspended the constitutional rules requiring a bill be read on three separate days and passed four bills during today's morning floor session.

The measures passed include: Senate Bill 1003,which renames conservation officers natural resources police officers, Senate Bill 1004, which replacing references to “mentally retarded” in state law with “intellectually disabled”, Senate Bill 1005, which relates to criminal offenses and penalties regarding firearms and ammunition sales, and Senate Bill 1010 which creates the Behavioral Mental Health Services Fund.

The Senate will reconvene at 5 p.m. this evening.

The following Senate Committees are scheduled for May 14 and May 15, 2010:
Education Subcommittee B - 1 p.m. - Room 451M
Education Subcommittee C - 2 p.m. - Room 451M
Finance - 4 p.m. - 451M
Education Subcommittee A - 8:30 a.m. tomorrow - Room 208W

Photo: Senate Education Subcommittee A meets prior to this morning's floor session to discuss charter schools.

›› Completed Legislation

Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 04:33 PM

Special Session Continues Following Committee Meetings
Upon reconvening at 4 p.m. the House of Delegates took up a committee report regarding House Bill 112 which would establish a temporary high risk insurance program for uninsured persons under the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. A second reference was dispensed with and the bill was read a first time and advanced to second reading.

The House is adjourned until Friday, May 14, 2010 at 4 p.m.

The following House Committee will meet tomorrow, May 14th, 2010:

Education - 9 a.m. - Room 434M

The Senate reconvened at 5 p.m. and saw the introduction of 11 supplemental appropriation measures which were referred to the Senate Committee on Finance.

The Senate is adjourned until Friday, May 14th, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.

The following Senate Committees will meet tomorrow, Friday, May 14th, 2010.

Education Subcommittee A - 9:30 a.m - Room 208W
Finance - 10:00 a.m. - 451M
Education Subcommittee B - 1 p.m. - 451m
Education Subcommittee C - 2 p.m. - 451M

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Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 01:51 PM

Legislature Convenes for 1st Extraordinary Session of 2010
Convening today at noon for the First Extraordinary Session of 2010, both the Senate and the House of Delegates went through the formalities of opening floor procedures and received bills relating to items listed on the executive proclamation calling lawmakers into session.

Eight of the 13 bills introduced focus on education reform within the state. Senate Bill 1007 and House Bill 104 relates to the authorization of the creation of charter school innovation zones, Senate Bill 1001 and House Bill 109 relates to school committees, Senate Bill 1002 and House Bill 111 relates to annual professional personnel evaluations, Senate Bill 1006 and House Bill 110 relates to alternative training and certification of principals and teachers, Senate Bill 1009 and House Bill 108 relates to improving performance of schools and school districts, Senate Bill 1012 and House Bill 105 relates to additional compensation packages for certain professional school personnel, and Senate Bill 1013 and House Bill 107 relates to criteria for hiring professional school personnel.

Also, Senate Bill 1008 and House Bill 106 calls for comprehensive health care screenings for pupils first entering school, as well as for third graders, sixth graders and ninth graders.

Other bills on the call include Senate Bill 1003 and House Bill 103 which considers renaming conservation officers natural resources police officers, Senate Bill 1004 and House Bill 102 considers replacing references to “mentally retarded” in state law with “intellectually disabled”, Senate Bill 1005 and House Bill 101 relates to criminal offenses and penalties regarding firearms and ammunition sales, Senate Bill 1010 and House Bill 113 considers creating the Behavioral Mental Health Services Fund, and Senate Bill 1011 and House Bill 112 considers implementing a temporary high risk program to provide certain health insurance coverage.

All Senate bills introduced were read a first time, advanced to second reading and moved into committees.

In the House, House Bills 101, 102 and 103 were read a first time prior to being referred to committee.

The Senate will reconvene at 5 p.m. this evening.

The following Senate Committees are scheduled for May 13, 2010:

Judiciary - 3 p.m. - Room 208W
Education - 4 p.m. - Room 451M


The House will reconvene at 4 p.m. this evening.

The following House Committees are scheduled for May 13, 2010:

Judiciary - 2 p.m. - Room 410M
Education - 4:45 p.m. - Room 434M


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