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Today in the Legislature

Monday, January 31, 2011 - 04:10 PM

Capitol Celebrates West Virginia Heritage
Today at the Capitol visitors were greeted with glimpse into the rich, artisan heritage of West Virginia. Scattered around the rotunda were hand-made crafts and performers to showcase the arts and culture from across the state.

Charles Bradley is a retired blacksmith who has been celebrating this great state since 1970. Along with fellow members from the West Augusta Volunteers, Bradley has been displaying his craftsmanship at the Heritage Farm in Huntington for years. The West Augusta Volunteers is part of a living history camp that specializes in history from the 1750s through 1860s.

With a passion for history, Bradley has been helping recreate the buildings at Heritage Farm and providing them with hand-crafted doorknobs and artistry. He and his wife have been a part of this camp for nearly 10 years.

Reddog Monroe, also a member of the West Augusta Volunteers, has been creating authentic, hand-sewn items to honor the past. His pouches and leather work are very elaborate and provide people with a valuable look into years gone by.

The culture of West Virginia runs deep and the members of this camp help celebrate that culture. With a dedication and passion for their craft, they are giving meaning to the slogan, a window to our past, a doorway to our future.



Monday, January 31, 2011 - 12:52 PM

Senate Adopts Two Resolutions, Passes One Bill
This morning the Senate met and adopted two resolutions. Senate Resolution 16 honors Adjutant General Allen B. Tackett for his service and dedication to his state and country. Senate Resolution 17 recognizes Leadership Berkeley for its service, dedication and commitment to Berkeley County.

The Senate also passed Senate Bill 200, which would correctly name West Liberty University.

Five bills were read for a second time and advanced to third reading on tomorrow's calendar. Senate Bill 63, which would relate to the Board of Pharmacy and controlled substances, was read for a first time and advanced to second reading.

Additionally, the Senate introduced 22 bills. One of those bills is Senate Bill 353, which would increase tax on gas from Marcellus Shale if sold or transported out of state.

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

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Economic Development - 9 a.m. - 451M
Health and Human Resources - 1 p.m. - 451M
Banking and Insurance - 2 p.m. - 208W

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Monday, January 31, 2011 - 12:20 PM

House Honors General Allen B. Tackett
Today the House honored the service of General Allen B. Tackett with the passage of a resolution and additionally passed one bill during a brief morning session.

The House passed House Resolution 14 which honors the 48 years of service and career of Allen B. Tackett, the longest-serving Adjunct General of the West Virginia National Guard. Tackett, along with members of his family and representatives from the House, took the floor in celebration of its passage.

In addition, the House also passed House Bill 2551 which would make comprehensive revision to the state's trust laws by substantially enacting the Uniform Trust Code and integrating it into the existing statutes in West Virginia which deal with trusts.

House Bill 2451 and House Bill 2539 were read for a second time and will advance to third reading.

Also, House Bill 2400, House Bill 2505, House Bill 2522, House Bill 2550, House Bill 2697, House Bill 2742, House Bill 2818 and House Bill 2845 were read for the first time and will advance to second reading.

The following committees will meet today:
Finance - 1:30 p.m. - 460M
Judiciary - 1:30 p.m. - 410M
Health and Human Resources - 4:00 p.m. - 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance - 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - 460M
Judiciary - 9:00 a.m. - 410M

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

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Friday, January 28, 2011 - 01:29 PM

Senate Passes Two Bills
The Senate passed two bills this morning. Those bills are Senate Bill 71, which would make child neglect creating substantial risk of bodily harm a misdemeanor, and Senate Bill 80, which would redefine the basis for disqualification of prospective jurors.

Additionally, Senate Bill 200, which would correct names of state institutions of higher learning, was read for a second time and advanced to third reading on Monday's calendar. Five other bills were read for a first time and advanced to second reading. A motion to read Senate Bill 261, which was reported from the Judiciary Committee this morning, for a first time and advance it was allowed. This bill would provide for special primary and general election to fill vacancy in office of Governor.

A motion to introduce Senate Resolution 15 from the floor was allowed, and the resolution was adopted. This resolution authorizes appointment and payment of Senate employees for 2011.

The Senate also introduced 10 bills, including Senate Bill 340, which relates to crimes against peace and possession of deadly weapons.

The following committees will meet Monday, January 31:
Military - 10 a.m. - 208W
Natural Resources - 1 p.m. - 208W
Agriculture - 2 p.m. - 451M
Pensions - 2 p.m. - 208W

The Senate will reconvene Monday, January 31 at 11 a.m.

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Friday, January 28, 2011 - 12:38 PM

House Passes Three Bills
Today the House passed three bills during a brief morning session.

The House passed House Bill 2517 which would allow Correctional Industries to directly purchase workers' compensation coverage for inmates rather than having the private employer purchase such coverage, House Bill 2520 which would amend current law so that this section applies to someone who has not reached their twenty-fourth birthday at the time of the indictment or information upon which the imposition of sentence is being suspended pursuant to this section and committed to the custody of the Division of Corrections to be assigned to a center, and House Bill 2648 which 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. This bill was also voted to be put into effect July 1, 2011.

House Bill 2551 was read for a second time and will advance to third reading. Also, House Bill 2451 and House Bill 2539 were read for the first time and will advance to second reading.

The following committees will meet Monday, January 31:
Finance - 1:30 p.m. - 460M
Judiciary - 1:00 p.m. - 410M
Health and Human Resources - 4:00 p.m. - 215E

The House will reconvene Monday, January 31 at 11:00 a.m.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 12:56 PM

House Passes Social Work Bill
Today the House introduced 15 bills and passed one.

The House passed House Bill 2525 which concerns the practice of social work.

House Bill 2517, House Bill 2520 and House Bill 2648 were read for a second time and will advance to third reading. Also, House Bill 2551 was read for the first time and will advance to second reading.

Additionally, the House adopted two resolutions. House Resolution 12 that encourages West Virginia's middle and high schools to help promote breast cancer awareness by hosting "pink" sports and recreational events during the month of October and House Resolution 13 to recognize the West Virginia Press Association on January 27, 2011

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

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Judiciary - 9:00 a.m. - 460M
Education - 9:00 a.m. - 410M
Finance - 9:00 a.m. - 410M

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

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Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 12:54 PM

Senate Adopts Resolution Honoring Press Association
During a brief floor session this morning, the Senate adopted three resolutions. Senate Resolution 14 designates January 27, 2011 as "West Virginia Press Association Day," Senate Concurrent Resolution 2 requests the Department of Highways name County Routes 1 and 3 "Glen Rogers Coal Miner Memorial Highway" and Senate Concurrent Resolution 3 requests the Department of Highways name bridge in Pendleton County "Korean War Veterans Bridge."

The Senate also received four messages from the House of Delegates and referred all four bills to their respective committees for further consideration. One of the bills is House Bill 2402, which would redefine the term "public record" as it is used in the Freedom of Information Act.

Following that, the Senate heard 17 standing committee reports, which recommended the bills all do pass after appropriate committee action.

The Senate also introduced 43 bills, including Senate Bill 327, which would make it a crime to rob or attempt to rob a person under the pretense of having a deadly weapon and increase certain criminal penalties.

Also, Senate Bill 200, which would correct names of state institutions of higher learning, was read for the first time and advanced to second reading. Senate Bill 71, which would make child neglect creating substantial risk of bodily harm a misdemeanor, and Senate Bill 80, which would redefine the basis for disqualification of prospective jurors, were read for a second time and advanced to third reading on tomorrow's calendar.

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

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Economic Development - 9 a.m. - 451M
Transportation and Infrastructure - 10 a.m. - 451M

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 01:05 PM

Classical Music Fills Senate Chambers
Children from the Partnership of African American Churches serenaded the Senate today. The Clay Center for the Music and Arts has been contributing to these programs to help expand the horizon of each and every child. Along with their instructor, the children put on a lovely performance to showcase their talents.

Along with the show, 11 bills were introduced and two resolutions were adopted. Senate Resolution 13 recognized the Clay Center for the statewide contributions they have made. Representatives from the center were among those introduced and honored for all their hard work.

Two bills were read for the first time on the floor today and accepted for their second reading. Of these bills, Senate Bill 71 would make child neglect creating substantial risk of bodily harm a misdemeanor charge. The bill will be read a second time on the Senate floor tomorrow.

Senate Bill 80 was also read for the first time on the floor. This bill would redefine the basis for disqualification of potential jurors. Under this bill anyone who has been convicted of a crime that carries an imprisonment charge of one year or more will be disqualified from duty. Anyone involved in a crime pertaining to dishonesty or false statements will also be disqualified.

The following meetings will meet today:
Interstate Cooperation- 1:00 p.m.- 451M
Natural Resourecs- 1:00 p.m.- 208W
Government Organization- 2:00 p.m.
Finance- 3:00 p.m.- 451M
Judiciary- 3:00 p.m.- 208W
Military- 5:00 p.m.- 208W

The following meetings will meet tomorrow:
Finance- 9:30 a.m.- 451M
Health and Human Resources- 1:00 p.m.- 451M

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

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 01:03 PM

School Children Greet the House with “Country Roads”
Today in the House, 4-year-old's from the West Virginia Public Employees Daycare Center greeted members by singing “Country Roads”.

The House passed House Bill 2402, House Bill 2438, House Bill 2475 and House Bill 2556, which would reset the expiration date to 2014, of provisions that allow the employment of retired teachers as substitutes beyond the post-retirement employment limit in areas of critical need and shortage.

House Bill 2525 was read for a second time and was advanced to third reading. Also, House Bill 2517, House Bill 2520 and House Bill 2648 were read for the first time and advanced to second reading.

Additionally, the House adopted two resolutions. House Resolution 10 recognized the statewide contributions of the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia. House Resolution 11 honored January 26, 2011 as “Women’s Day” in the Legislature.

The following committees will meet today:
Constitutional Revision - 2:00 p.m. - 410M
Energy, Industry and Labor/ Economic Development and Small Business - 1:00 p.m. - 460M
Health and Human Resources - 4:00 p.m. - 215E
Political Subdivisions - 1:00 p.m. - 215E
Roads and Transportation - 2:00 p.m. - 215E
Senior Citizens Issues - 3:00 p.m. - 215E

The following committees will meet Wednesday morning:
Finance (Budget Hearing) - 9:00 a.m. - 460M
Judiciary - 9:00 a.m. - 410M

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

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 02:03 PM

Undergraduate Researchers Take Center Stage
Today marked the 8th annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol. Young research talent from across the state filled the Rotunda, showcasing posters on research in areas ranging from the impact of blue green algae on muscular endurance and resolving emotional pain and trauma, to video game performance and Internet aggression.

Eighty-six college and university students from 14 West Virginia institutions were selected to present their discoveries and speak with legislators about their findings.

An awards ceremony at the Culture Center was held in conjunction with Undergraduate Research Day, recognizing nearly $600,000 in recent, competitively-funded state grants to colleges and universities to advance scientific research across West Virginia. Among the awards presented were two grants supported by interest earned on the Research Trust Fund - or “Bucks for Brains” program - as outlined by the Legislature in 2008 through the passage of Senate Bill 287.



Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 01:06 PM

Parole Bill Passes Through Senate
Today in the Senate a bill to change parole hearings to up to three years was passed. This is the first completed piece of legislation to pass this session.

The amended bill was voted on by members of the Senate and will now make its way to the Governor's office. House Bill 2001 will change annual parole hearings to up to every three years. Initially the bill set up annual parole hearings for those serving a life sentence with mercy and this bill will change that.

Twenty-seven bills were also introduced today, along with two resolutions. Each bill was sent to various committees for further review. Senate Bill 265 would provide for certain terms and conditions of release upon parole. This bill was sent to the committee on Judiciary for consideration.

Senate Bill 256 relates to sex offenders and Internet use. The bill would require sex offenders to verify e-mail accounts and online identities. This bill was sent to the Judiciary committee for review.

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

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Labor- 9:00 a.m.- 208W
Natural Resources- 1:00 p.m.- 208W
Government Organization- 2:00- 208W
Judiciary- 3:00 p.m.- 208W
Military- 5:00 p.m.- 208W

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

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 12:45 PM

Girl Scouts Honored by House
The House recognized today, January 25, 2011 as Girl Scouts Day in the Legislature. In a brief morning session, the House introduced 17 bills and passed three.

House Bill 2075, House Bill 2345 and House Bill 2521 were passed by majority vote and communicated to the Senate for further consideration. House Bill 2521 would eliminate the requirement of serving domestic violence orders by certified mail. The bill would provide for immediate publication of domestic violence orders if personal service by law enforcement has been unsuccessful.

Additionally, the House reconsidered House Bill 2001, amending the bill back to its original language as it initially passed the House. The bill was then sent to the Senate for consideration.

The House also read five bills for a second time and House Bill 2525 was read for the first time.

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

The following committees will meet Wednesday morning:
Agriculture - 8:30 a.m. - 215E
Banking and Insuance - 10:00 a.m. - 410M
Pensions and Retirement - 10:00 a.m. - 460M
Veterans Affairs - 9:00 a.m. - 460M

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

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Monday, January 24, 2011 - 12:59 PM

Senate Gavel Gets A New Look
What better way to usher in the passage of a bill, than a brand new gavel? Acting Senate President Jeffrey Kessler used his new gavel, made by Joint Committee staff Dennis Loudermilk, to bring the session to order. Along with this new gavel, eight bills were introduced and three resolutions were adopted.

Of the eight bills introduced, each were sent to their respective committees for further consideration. Senate Bill 60 was passed today, marking the first bill to come from the Senate this session. This bill would allow circuit court probation officers to ability to supervise sex offenders. These supervisors would be authorized by the Administrative Director of the Supreme Court of Appeals.

Senate Bill 242 was introduced today. This bill would allocate of portion of coal severance tax to the county of origin. Upon introduction, the bill was sent to the Judiciary committee for review.

A bill to protect the Chesapeake Bay Watershed was also introduced. Senate Bill 245 would set up the protection of the Chesapeake Bay water supply and prevent damage to streams and water beds in West Virginia.

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

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Economic Development- 9:00 a.m.- 451M
Finance- 10:00 a.m.- 451M
Transportation and Infrastructure- 10:00 a.m.- 208W
Government Organization- 10:30 a.m.- 208W
Health and Human Resources- 1:00 p.m.- 451M
Pensions- 1:30 p.m.- 451M
Banking and Insurance- 2:00 p.m.- 208W

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

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Monday, January 24, 2011 - 12:23 PM

House Passes Third Bill of Session
The House introduced 79 bills and passed one in a brief late morning session. Also, four bills were read for the first time and sent to their respective committees.

Delegates passed House Bill 2370 , which would remove the Commissioner for the Bureau for Public Health from professional licensure boards. The bill was passed by majority and has been communicated to the Senate for further consideration.

Additionally, House Bill 2075, House Bill 2345 and House Bill 2521 were read for a second time. House Bill 2075 would eliminate the requirement of serving domestic violence orders by certified mail.

The following committees will meet today:
Education - 2:00 p.m. - 434M
Finance (Budget Hearing) - 1:00 p.m. - 460M
Judiciary - 1:30 p.m. - 410M
Health and Human Resources - 4:00 p.m. - 215E

The following committees will meet Tuesday morning:
Judiciary - 9:00 a.m. - 410M

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

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Friday, January 21, 2011 - 12:23 PM

Senate Bill 60 Gets Second Reading
Today in the Senate 11 bills were introduced and one resolution was adopted.

The bills that were introduced were sent to their respective committees for further review. Senate Bill 60 was read and advanced to third reading for the next floor session. This bill would allow circuit court probation officers the ability to supervise sex offenders who are on probation.

Senate Bill 236 would allow professional public school personnel to be evaluated annually. After introduction this bill was referred to one committee for evaluation.

There were also three reports from committees today. Senate Bill 89 was reported on by the Health and Human Resources committee. This bill would include certain juvenile records in exemptions for disclosure from the Freedom of Information Act. After the report was read, the bill was then referred to the Judiciary Committee.

The following committees will meet Monday:
Pensions - 1:30 p.m.- 208W
Finance - 3:00 p.m.- 451M
Judiciary - 3:00 p.m.- 208W

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

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Friday, January 21, 2011 - 12:18 PM

The House Reads Three Bills for First Time
Today the House received reports from committees on 10 bills including, House Bill 2518 would provide that any person, under the age of eighteen, who attempts to escape from the custody of the Division of Juvenile Services, is guilty of a delinquent act and subject to the jurisdiction of the circuit court of the county in which the escape occurred.

Also, 61 bills were introduced and were sent to respective committees for further consideration. House Bill 2700 relates to elevator safety, which would exempt federal employees from the elevator worker’s licensure requirements.

Additionally, three bills were read for the first time; House Bill 2705 , House Bill 2345 and House Bill 2521. House Bill 2370 was read for a second time.

The following committees will meet Monday:
Finance - 1:00 p.m. - 460M
Judiciary - 1:30 p.m. - 434M
Health and Human Resources - 4:00 p.m. - 215E

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

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Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 02:37 PM

Senate Declares Professional Counselor Day At The Legislature.
Today in the Senate, eight bills were introduced and four resolutions were adopted.

Among those resolutions adopted, Senate Resolution 9 declared that Jan. 20, 2011 be made Professional Counselor Day here at the Legislature.

Senate Bill 60 was read a first time on the floor. This bill would provide that probation officers would be allowed to supervise sex offenders who are on probation with authorization of Administrative Director of the Supreme Court of Appeals.

Senate Bill 226 was introduced, which would prevent discrimination based on age or sexual orientation. It would define the terms "age" and "sexual orientation" and help prevent these discriminatory practices in housing.

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

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Military - 10:00 a.m.- 208W
Transportation and Infrastructure - 10:00 a.m.- 451M

The following committees will meet Monday:
Natural Resources - 1:00 p.m.- 208W
Pensions - 2:00 p.m.- 208W

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

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Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 01:14 PM

House Recognizes Generation West Virginia
This morning the House received committee reports on 11 bills that were then sent to their respective committees for further consideration.Three of those bills are scheduled for first reading on tomorrow’s House calendar. House Bill 2345 would change the membership of the PEIA Financial Board by changing the number of citizen members from four to three.

Also, the House introduced 46 bills and referred them to their respective committees for further consideration. One of those bills is House Bill 2655, which would abolish the business and franchise tax.

Delegates also adopted three resolutions including House Resolution 7, which designates January 20, 2011 as Generation West Virginia Day.

The following committees will meet today:
Finance - 1:00 p.m. - 460M
Judiciary - 1:00 p.m. - 410M
Education - 2:00 p.m. - 434M
Government Organization - 3:00 p.m. - 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance - 9:00 a.m. - 460M
Judiciary - 9:00 a.m.- 434M

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



Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 01:29 PM

Senate Introduces 21 Bills
The Senate introduced 21 bills for the daily floor session.

Of the 21 bills introduced, a sampling included Senate Bill 202 that would create a commission to develop a pilot program to help at-risk youth, Senate Bill 204 that would require employees at certain construction projects complete an OSHA approved safety program, and Senate Bill 209 that would create a misdemeanor offense of operating a motor vehicle while texting.

The following Senate committees will meet today:
Finance - 3:00 p.m. - 451M
Government Organization - 2:00 p.m. - 208W
Health and Human Resources - 4:00 p.m. - 451M

The following Senate committees will meet tomorrow:
Fincane - 9:30 a.m. - 451M
Health and Human Resources - 1:00 p.m. - 451M
Education - 2:00 p.m. - 451M
Rules - 10:00 a.m. - President's Conference Room

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

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 12:49 PM

House Refuses Senate Amendments, Passes Ethics Bill
This morning the House received a message from the Senate regarding that body's passage of House Bill 2001 with amendments. The House refused to concur with the proposed amendments and decided to ask the Senate to rescind their amendment.

Following that, the House completed the third reading of House Bill 2464, which would add additional requirements to the Ethics Act. The House then unanimously passed the bill and sent it to the Senate.

The House also introduced 97 bills this morning, including House Bill 2552 , which would provide for a new election to fill a vacancy in the Office of Governor. Of the bills introduced 82 were rule-making bills, and all introduced bills were sent to their respective committees for further consideration.

The following committees will meet today:
Energy, Industry and Labor/ Economic Development and Small Business - 1 p.m. - 460M
Political Subdivisions - 1 p.m. - 215E
Constitutional Revision - 2 p.m. - 410M
Senior Citizens Issues - 3 p.m. - 215E
Health and Human Resources - 4 p.m. - 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance - 9 a.m. - 460M
Judiciary - 9 a.m. - 410M
Education - 9:30 a.m. - 434M

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 01:02 PM

Senate Passes Legislation On Parole Hearings
The Senate introduced 96 bills and passed one in a brief late morning floor session..

House Bill 2001 would provide that inmates serving life sentences shall be considered for parole only once every three years. The Senate amended the bill to say "up to three years" rather than "every." The bill will now be passed back to the House for their approval.

Following the passing of the bill, 96 new bills were introduced. A majority were rule making bills including Senate Bill 129 which would authorize DHHR to promulgate legislative rule relating to public water, Senate Bill 170 which would authorize the Board of Physical Therapy to promulgate legislate rule relating to fees for athletic trainers, and Senate Bill 180 which would authorize the Board of Veterinary Medicine to promulgate legislative rule relating to standards of practice.

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

The following Senate committees will meet Wednesday, January 19
Rules - 10:00 a.m. - 208W
Government Organization - 2:00 p.m. - 208W

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

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 12:47 PM

House Advances Ethics Bill to Third Reading
This morning the House received a committee report from Government Organization that recommended the House refer House Bill 2161 to committee before passing it. This bill would create the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs.

The House introduced 26 bills and referred them to their respective committees for further consideration. One of those bills was House Bill 2532, which would regulate the zipline industry.

Following that, the House read House Bill 2464 for a second time and advanced it to third reading on tomorrow's House calendar. This bill would add additional requirements to the Ethics Act.

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

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Agriculture - 8:30 a.m. - 215E
Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security - 9 a.m. - 460M
Natural Resources - 9:15 a.m. - 215E
Banking and Insurance - 10 a.m. - 215E
Pensions and Retirement - 10 a.m. - 460M
Energy, Industry and Labor/ Economic Development and Small Business - 1 p.m. - 460M
Political Subdivisions - 1 p.m. - 215E
Constitutional Revision - 2 p.m. - 410M
Roads and Transportation - 2 p.m. - 215E
Senior Citizens Issues - 3 p.m. - 215E
Health and Human Resources - 4 p.m. - 215E

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Monday, January 17, 2011 - 02:44 PM

West Virginia Honors National Day of Service
The annual bell ringing ceremony honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday was conducted today on the North side of the Capitol building. The lawmakers in attendance were accompanied by the Governor and other members of the West Virginia Board of Public Works, Congresswoman Capito as well as the members of West Virginia’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission to mark this National Day of Service, among others.

Visiting school children participated in the bell ringing along with other dignitaries.



Monday, January 17, 2011 - 12:29 PM

House Honors Martin Luther King, Jr.
The House began the day by joining hands for a moment of prayer in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The House then read House Bill 2464 for the first time and advanced it to second reading on tomorrow's House calendar. This would add additional requirements to the Ethics Act.

Also, the House introduced 20 bills and referred them to their respective committees for further consideration. One of those bills is House Bill 2508, which would provide for a credit against the West Virginia personal income tax liability in the amount of payments made on student loans.

The following committees will meet today:
Finance - 1 p.m. - 460M (budget hearings)
Government Organization - 1 p.m. - 215E
Health and Human Resources - 4 p.m. - 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance - 9 a.m. - 460M (budget hearings)
Education - 9:30 a.m. - 434M
Finance - 1 p.m. - 460M (budget hearings)
Education - 2 p.m. - 434M

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Monday, January 17, 2011 - 12:23 PM

Senate Hosts Appalachian Children's Chorus
The Senate introduced 6 bills and hosted the Appalachian Children's Chorus during a brief late morning floor session.

Under the direction of substitute Ruben Valchez, the chorus performed "My Home Among the Hills" and "Country Roads."

Following the performance, brief remarks were made honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Of the 6 bills introduced, a sampling included Senate Bill 99 would allow workers' compensation for mental illness resulting from being the victim of a crime and Senate Bill 100 that would establish a program to promote veteran friendly communities.

The following Senate committees will meet today:
Pensions - 2:00 p.m. - 208W
Judiciary - 3:00 p.m. - 208W

The following Senate committees will meet tomorrow:
Economic Development - 9:00 a.m. - 451M
Health and Human Resources - 1:00 p.m. - 451M

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

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Friday, January 14, 2011 - 12:38 PM

Senate Commemorates Life of Mike Millner
The Senate adopted one resolution and recalled another during a brief late morning floor session. They also introduced 6 bills.

They passed a motion to recall Senate Concurrent Resolution 1 from the House due to incorrect technical language regarding authorization for payment of supplies, services, printing and other expenses

Senators then adopted Senate Resolution 7, which commemorates the life of Michael Edward Millner, a long-time senate and joint committee employee.

Following the adoption of the resolution, the senate introduced 6 bills. Senate Bill 90 would establish an Equal Employment Opportunity Office within the office of the Governor.

Several introduced bills concerned West Virginia correctional facilities such as Senate Bill 93 relating to the escape from custody of Division of Juvenile Services.

The following committee will meet Monday, January 17:
Pensions - 2:00 p.m. - 208W

The Senate will reconvene Monday, January 17 at 11:00 a.m.

›› Senate bills introduced on this date


Friday, January 14, 2011 - 11:55 AM

House Receives Ethics Bill Committee Report, Introduces 33 Bills
This morning the House received a committee report from the Judiciary Committee that recommended the House pass House Bill 2464, which would add additional requirements to the Ethics Act. This bill will be on first reading on the House calendar on Monday.

The House also adopted four resolutions including House Concurrent Resolution 6, which designates the annual observance of March 30 as "West Virginia Vietnam Veterans Day."

The House also introduced and sent 33 bills to their respective committees for further consideration. One of the bills is House Bill 2490, which would prohibit the use of a mobile communication device to engage in text messaging or additional technologies while operating a motor vehicle.

The following committees will meet Monday:
Natural Resources - 8:30 a.m. - 215E
Finance - 1 p.m. - 460M (budget hearings)
Health and Human Resources - 4 p.m. - 215E

The House will reconvene Monday at 11 a.m.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 02:47 PM

Senator Kessler's Remarks Following Selection as Acting Senate President
Senator Kessler (Mr. President) assumed the Chair and addressed the Senate as follows:

I'll keep these remarks very short and sweet. I want to thank you, first of all, each and every one of you, for the confidence shown in me in electing me to this position.

I recognize that we're in unchartered waters and historical times and areas and places as a body that we haven't faced for 150 years. But, as I look above me and I see that clock, I'm reminded that it is always moving forward. If the clock doesn't work right, we start working backwards.

A lot of things have happened over the past few months--some of them have been boisterous and cantankerous but those are all behind us. The good Lord had the wisdom to put the eyes in front of our heads rather than the back. He wanted us to look forward, not behind us. As we move forward in this Senate, we have an opportunity to do big things and good things--perhaps, even great things. You know the time now for elections is over--the time to govern is now. I suggest that we have an opportunity before us to not only do good things but to do great things.

As a young man going away to college, I remember putting a little motto on my desk of my room in my dorm that I looked at from time to time and it had a quote from Thomas Jefferson. It stuck with me and stayed with me. Thomas Jefferson said, "With slight efforts, to expect great results is not only foolish it is impossible".

We have the ability and we have the opportunity, ladies and gentlemen of this Senate, to not only do good things but to do great things. But it will require a great effort by each of us to reach out to each other across the aisle, to each of our colleagues, to put the bickering and the fighting, and the differences that may have divided us behind us.

We have an opportunity to move this state forward and we will. And while I may be the Acting President, my tenure here, and yours, won't be governed by the title upon this podium it will be by the acts of the Legislature that we adopt and pass. That's what the people of this state will remember--the good work, perhaps, even the great work that we do.

That is our challenge. That is our opportunity. Clearly, we have change. There is change around us with the death of Senator Byrd but we have capable, competent and excellent leaders in this Senate and each and every one of you can seize the moment to do great things. I'm tired of being last and I know you are as well.

The challenge I have to you, and I extend to you, is the commitment that we will make jointly to do great things for West Virginia to start us on a chart and start us on a path to working with our Governor and working with our colleagues across the hall.

These days will be remembered not by the debate that occurred here between noon and 2:00 but by the wonderful work that we do in this Senate and in this Legislature to take this state to places it's never dreamed of going before. That's our vision. That's our challenge. That's our destination. I need your help and with it we will get there because I think you will agree with me there is no other acceptable destination.

So with that, I'm prepared to lead the Eightieth Senate in the State of West Virginia to the best of my abilities working with each and everyone of you to do great things.



Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 12:39 PM

Senate Honors Henry Gassaway Davis, Introduces 18 Bills
The Senate passed a resolution and introduced 18 bills during a brief late morning floor session.

They passed Senate Resolution 5,which recognizes the accomplishments of Henry Gassaway Davis.

Following that the senate introduced 18 bills. A sampling of those include Senate Bill 74, which would provide a one-time supplement to certain retired teachers, Senate Bill 77, which would create medication therapy management services program for Medicaid recipients and Senate Bill 83, which would limit landowner's liability for injuries occurring on property while hunting.

The Senate also dealt with House Bill 2001, which the House passed yesterday. The bill would provide that inmates serving life sentences shall be considered for parole only once every three years. The measure will now head to the Senate Judiciary Committee for further consideration.

The following Senate committees will meet today:
Judiciary - 3:00 p.m. - 208W
Education - 1:00 p.m. - 451M
Finance - 3:00 p.m. - 451M
Gov. Organization - 1:30 p.m. - 208W
Energy, Industry & Mining - 2:00 p.m. - 208W
Health & Human Resources - 1:40 p.m. - 451M
Economic Development - 2:00 p.m. - 451M
Banking & Insurance - 1:00 p.m. - 208W
Military - 2:40 p.m. - 208W
Pensions -1:00 p.m. - President's Conference Room
Labor - 2:20 p.m. -208W
Agriculture -2:20 p.m. - 451M
Interstate Cooperation - 2:40 p.m. -451M
Natural Resources - 1:40 p.m. - 208W
Transportation & Infrastructure - 2:20 p.m - 451M

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

›› Senate bills introduced on this date


Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 12:21 PM

House Adopts Resolution Honoring Mineral County
This morning The House met and adopted House Resolution 6, which names January 13, 2011 as Mineral County Day at the Legislature.

The House also introduced 36 bills, which were sent to their respective committees for further consideration. One of the bills introduced was House Bill 2440, which allows the Division of Energy to develop an energy related public relations campaign focused on educating the Washington, D.C. area and the federal government about West Virginia coal.

The following committees will meet today:
Finance - 1 p.m. - 460M (budget hearing)
Judiciary - 1 p.m. - 410M
Education - 2 p.m. - 433M

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

›› House bills introduced on this date


Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 08:25 PM

House and Senate Receive and Introduce Budget Bill
Following the Governor's State of the State address in the House Chamber, both the House and Senate reconvened briefly in their respective chambers to receive and introduce the Budget Bill.

Both will reconvene tomorrow, January 13, at 11 a.m.





















Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 04:11 PM

Senate Begins 2011 Session, Establishes Rules, Introduces 69 Bills
The West Virginia Senate convened the First Regular Session of the 80th Legislature today at Noon.

The first order of business was to establish the rules by which the Senate operates. After much debate, the Senate passed Senate Resolution 1, which contained a provision for electing an Acting Senate President.

After electing Earl Ray Tomblin Senate President (he will continue to act as Governor) the Senate then elected Jeffrey V. Kessler to serve as Acting Senate President for the 2011 Regular Session.

The Senate then re-elected Darrell Holmes as Senate Clerk, Howard Wellman as Sergeant at Arms and Tony Gallo as Doorkeeper.

The afternoon floor session concluded with the introduction of 69 bills that were then referred to various committees.

The Senate will reconvene at 6:45 p.m. tonight.

Senate Finance will meet Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 3 p.m. in Room 451M.

›› Senate bills introduced on this date


Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 03:09 PM

House Convenes for 80th Legislature, Passes Parole Bill
This afternoon the House of Delegates convened for the 1st Regular Session of the 80th Legislature. After all members were sworn in, the first item of business was the election of Speaker, Clerk, Sergeant at Arms and Head Doorkeeper. Delegate Richard Thompson was elected Speaker, Greg Gray as Clerk, Oce Smith as Sergeant at Arms and John Roberts as Head Doorkeeper.

The House then adopted a number of procedural resolutions including House Concurrent Resolution 1, which extends an invitation to the President of the Senate, as Acting Governor, to deliver and address to the Legislature and raising a Joint Assembly therefor.

The first bill of the session was also passed as the House suspended the constitutional rule that a bill be read on three separate days. House Bill 2001 would provide that inmates serving life sentences shall be considered for parole only once every three years.

The House also introduced 434 bills, which were then sent to their respective committees for further consideration.

The following committees will meet today:
Finance - following floor session - 460M
Judiciary - 3:15 p.m. - 410M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance - 9 a.m. - 460M (budget hearing)
Government Organization - 10 a.m. - 215E
Education - 2 p.m. - 434M

The House will reconvene this evening at 6:50 p.m.

›› House bills introduced on this date


Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 11:05 AM

80th Legislature Set to Commence
Today at noon, members of the West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates will convene for the first Regular Session of the 80th Legislature. Upon being sworn in, they will begin addressing procedural motions, organizational structure and the first legislation of the new year.

Throughout the course of the next 60 days and beyond, the Legislature encourages West Virginians to follow the legislative process on this website, where you can access streaming audio of floor proceedings and committee meetings. Legislative actions also can be accessed via the Legislature's Twitter feeds (@wvlegislature, @wvhouse, @wvsenate), Facebook page and RSS feed.

Check this blog daily for updates on the latest floor activities, committee meeting times and legislation moving through the chambers.




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