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Today in the Legislature

Monday, February 28, 2011 - 03:26 PM

House Reconvenes, Passes 11 Bills
Following the reconvening of the House, 11 bills were passed. A sampling includes: House Bill 3105, which would provide immunity from civil or criminal liability for first responders who use forced entry to a residence when responding to a 911 call and House Bill 3126, which would require a railroad company to provide pesticide safety information for railroad employees and public and local communities along the right-of-way treated by pesticide use. The bill would also require a railroad company to provide pesticide safety training annually to its employees.

Additionally, eight bills were read for a second time, including House Bill 3099 which would enact the Marcellus Gas and Manufacturing Development Act of 2011. This act would encourage and facilitate the development of oil and gas wells and the downstream uses of natural gas, as well as economic development in West Virginia.

42 bills were also read for the first time.

The House received committee reports and messages, in addition.

The following committees will meet today:
Judiciary - approximately 3:45 p.m. - 410M

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

›› Completed Legislation

Monday, February 28, 2011 - 01:11 PM

Ethics Act Bill Passes Through Senate
This morning, the Senate passed 23 bills, including House Bill 2464, which would add additional requirements to the Ethics Act, and Senate Bill 516, which would require the state board establish a digital learning program.

Upon passage, House Bill 2613 completed legislative action and awaits the governor's signature.

Additionally, 13 bills were read for a second time and advanced to third reading. Senate Bill 467, which would prohibit teachers from being assigned additional duties during planning period without consent, was advanced with a right to amend on third reading.

Seventeen bills were also read for a first time and advanced to second reading on tomorrow's calendar.

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

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Economic Development - 8 a.m. - 451M
Finance - 9 a.m. - 451M
Government Organization - 10 a.m. - 208W
Transportation and Infrastructure - 10 a.m. - 451M
Health and Human Resources - 1 p.m. - 451M
Banking and Insurance - 2 p.m. - 208W
Education - 2 p.m. - 451M

The Senate will reconvene today at 6 p.m.

This evening, the Senate received 12 committee reports. All of the reports were taken up for immediate consideration and read a first time.

The Senate suspended the constitutional rule requiring a bill be read on three separate days for two of those bills and passed them after reading them for a second and third time. Those bills were Senate Bill 202, which would create a commission to develop pilot program to help at-risk youth, and Senate Bill 486, which would create the WVU-Tech Revitalization Project.

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Monday, February 28, 2011 - 12:30 PM

House Honors Former Delegate
The House passed three bills and adopted one resolution in a brief late morning chamber session.

Adopted was House Resolution 31. This memorialized the life of Thomas Michael "Mike" Porter. A businessman, civic leader, Army veteran and NASCAR driver, Mike Porter was a member of the House of Delegates. He passed away on September 27, 2010.

The House also stood in a moment of silence to honor Frank Buckles. The last known American WWI veteran passed away on February 27, 2011 in his Charles Town home at the age of 110.

Three bills were passed in the House today: House Bill 2763, which would prohibit the Executive Director of Workforce West Virginia from billing a reimbursable employer for overpaid amounts of benefits under the unemployment compensation law, House Bill 2802, which would prohibit tje use of turning lanes for through traffic under certain circumstances and House Bill 2883, which would create regulations for commercial dog breeding.

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

The House will reconvene today at 2:00 p.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Friday, February 25, 2011 - 02:35 PM

Senate Adopts Two Joint Resolutions
Today, the Senate adopted two joint resolutions. Senate Joint Resolution 9, which would propose an amendment to the Constitution designated The Silenced Majority Local Levy and Bond Amendment, and Senate Joint Resolution 10, which would propose an amendment to the Constitution designated Repeal The Two Consecutive Term Limitation for Sheriffs Amendment.

Additionally, 13 bills were passed, including Senate Bill 228, which would create the Local Solution Dropout Prevention and Recovery Act.

Twenty-three bills were read a second time and advanced to third reading. Two of those bills were amended. House Bill 2464, which would add additional requirements to the Ethics Act, and Senate Bill 328, which would relate to issuance, disqualification, suspension and revocation of driver's licenses, were amended before being advanced.

Also, 21 bills were read for a first time and advanced to second reading.

The Senate also adopted Senate Resolution 41, which recognizes Rhonda Smalley and the Cabell Midland High School band.

The following committees will meet Monday morning:
Education - 9 a.m. - 208W
Judiciary - 10 a.m. - 208W

The Senate will reconvene Monday at 11 a.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Friday, February 25, 2011 - 01:05 PM

House Passes Bill On Election Day Liquor Sales
Choral students from the Big Otter Elementary School gave a rousing performance before the House today, singing their renditions of "My America" and "Proud To Be An American."

The House was also led in the Pledge of Allegiance by Cub Scout Pack #1 from Sutton, WV.

The House also passed 10 bills, including House Bill 3100 which would permit the sale of liquor on election days and House Bill 3162 which relates to polygraph examinations for certain sex offenders.

Additionally, the House gave a "howl" as they passed House Bill 3000 which would make it lawful to hunt coyotes with a green colored light.

Legislation was also completed with the passing of Senate Bill 507 which would continue the Broadband Deployment Council.

17 bills were read for a second time, a sampling including: House Bill 2802, which would prohibit the use of turning lanes for through traffic under certain circumstances, House Bill 2883 which would create regulations for commercial dog breeding and House Bill 2953 which relates to the dedication of coal bed methane severance tax proceeds.

Eight bills were also read for a first time and sent to second reading.

The following committees will meet today:
Finance - 2:00 p.m. - 460M
Judiciary - 1:00 p.m. - 410M

The following committees will be meeting Monday:
Finance - 9:00 a.m. - 460M
Judiciary - 9:30 a.m. - 410M
Health and Human Resources - 4:00 p.m. - 215E

The House will reconvene today at 4:00 p.m.

Upon reconvening, the House received committee reports and messages from the Senate.

The House will reconvene Monday at 11 a.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 01:23 PM

House Passes Retired Public Employees Bill
Kindergartners from Kanawha County's St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School led the House in the pledge and entertained them with a song.

The House also passed four bills, including House Bill 3145, which would provide a one-time bonus payment of $600 to certain members of the Public Employees Retirement System and the State Teachers Retirement System.

12 bills were read for a second time, a sampling including: House Bill 3000, which would make it lawful to hunt coyotes with a green colored light and House Bill 3162 which relates to polygraph examinations required as a condition of supervision for certain sex offenders.

17 bills were also read for a first time and sent to second reading.

The following committees will meet today:
Finance - 1:30 p.m. - 460M
Finance - 4:30 p.m. - 460M
Judiciary - 1:30 p.m. - 410M

Additionally, House Judiciary Sub-Committee B will meet at 12:45 p.m. today

The following committees will be meeting tomorrow:
Government Organization - 10:00 a.m. - 215E
Finance - 9 a.m. - 460M
Finance - 1:00 p.m. - 460M
Judiciary - 8:30 a.m. - 410M

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

›› Completed Legislation

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 01:17 PM

National Guard Leave of Absence Bill Completes Legislation in Senate
This morning, the Senate concurred with the House of Delegate's title amendment to Senate Bill 382 and passed the bill. The bill now awaits the governor's signature.

Also, the Senate adopted Senate Resolution 39, which recognizes the Society of Human Resource Management and Senate Resolution 40, which recognizes volunteers and staff at pregnancy care centers in W.Va. and across the United States.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 37, which urges the W.Va. Delegation to Congress oppose any action by Congress or the President to reduce funding for Community Service Block Grants, was also adopted this morning.

Additionally, the Senate passed Senate Bill 392, which would change the definition of "accredited thoroughbred horse," after reading it a third time.

Twelve bills and two joint resolutions were read a second time and advanced to third reading. One of the bills was Senate Bill 228, which would create the Local Solution Dropout Prevention and Recovery Act. House Bill 2464, which would add additional requirements to the Ethics Act, was on the calendar for second reading, but will lie over one day and retain its place on the calendar.

Also, 20 bills were read for a first time and advanced to second reading.

The following committees will meet today:
Energy, Industry and Mining - 1 p.m. - 208W
Health and Human Resources - 1 p.m. - 451M
Education - 2 p.m. - 451M
Finance - 3 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 3 p.m. - 208W
Transportation and Infrastructure - 5 p.m. - 208W

The Senate will reconvene today at 6 p.m.

In a brief evening session, the Senate received committee reports, and seven bills were read for a first time prior to their second committee references.

These bills are Senate Bill 202, Senate Bill 319, Senate Bill 283, Senate Bill 424, Senate Bill 440, Senate Bill 532 and Senate Bill 465.

The following committees will meet tomorrow morning:
Energy, Industry and Mining - 9 a.m. - 208W
Finance - 9:30 a.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 10 a.m. - 208W

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 01:56 PM

Senate Passes Six Bills, Split Sessions Begin
The Senate memorialized a former co-worker today. The life of Andrew J. Trail was honored with the adoption of Senate Resolution 38.

Along with the adoption of this resolution, the Senate also passed six bills and moved one to third reading for the next floor session. Of these six bills, each were sent to the House for further consideration.

Senate Bill 282 was passed today. This bill would provide for the continuation of the Highway Design-Build Pilot Program. The program would be given a two-year extension under this bill.

Senate Bill 514 would authorize a legislative rule for the Higher Education Policy Commission regarding degree-granting institutions. This bill was passed in the Senate and sent to the House for consideration.

Additionally, Senate Bill 238, Senate Bill 344, Senate Bill 474 and SB538 were passed in the Senate. Senate Bill 392 was sent to third reading for the next floor session.

The following committees will meet today:
Natural Resources- 1:30 p.m., 208W
Government Organization- 2 p.m.- 208W
Finance- 3 p.m.- 451M
Judiciary- 3 p.m.- 451M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance and Judiciary Joint Committee- 9 a.m.- Senate Chamber
Health and Human Resources- 1 p.m.- 451M

The Senate will reconvene today at 6 p.m.

In a brief evening session the Senate received committee reports and read 12 bills for the first time prior to second committee reference.

These bills include, Senate Bill 360, Senate Bill 391, Senate Bill 414, Senate Bill 564, Senate Bill 553, Senate Bill 423, Senate Bill 511, Senate Bill 549, Senate Bill 550, Senate Bill 423, Senate Bill 547, Senate Bill 556 and Senate Bill 589.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Energy, Industry and Mining- 1 p.m.- 208W

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.



Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 12:51 PM

WV School for Deaf and Blind Rocked the House, Six Bills Passed
Student’s from the West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind greeted the House this morning with “Sweet Home West Virginia”–the students’ rendition of the classic Lynyrd Skynyrd song, “Sweet Home Alabama”.

During session, Summer County High School’s Girls Basketball Team received a citation recognizing the teams fourth consecutive state championship win and their West Virginia athletic record of 89 consecutive wins.

Also, the House adopted House Resolution 28 designating February 23, 2011 as “Community Action Day”.

Additionally, six bills were passed this morning during session, including House Bill 2889, which would create the Jason Flatt Act of 2011–requiring annual suicide prevention training for all teachers and principals.

The following committees will meet this afternoon:
Finance - 1:30 p.m. - 460M
Judiciary - 2 p.m. - 410M
Judiciary Subcommittee A - 1:30 - 410M
Government Organization - 2 p.m. - 215E

The following committees will be meeting Thursday morning:
Finance - 9 a.m. - 460M
Judiciary - 8:30 a.m. - 410M

The House will be in recess until 5:30 p.m. today.

Upon reconvening this evening for a brief session, the House heard reports from standing committees and received messages from the Senate.

Also, the House announced a public hearing set for tomorrow at 3:30 in House Chambers-- House Bill 3182 will be discussed. In addition, House Bill 3225 will be discussed in a public hearing scheduled for 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, also in the House Chamber.



Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 01:11 PM

Senate Passes 10 Bills, Two Complete Legislation
The Senate recognized today, Feb. 22, 2011, as West Virginia Home School Day. The Senate adopted Senate Resolution 35 to honor teachers and students from home-schooling programs across the state.

Additionally, the Senate also passed 10 bills and moved seven to third reading for the next floor session. Upon passage, each bill was communicated to the House for further consideration.

Of these bills, Senate Bill 193 was passed. This bill would expand the list of responsibilities the law-enforcement training subcommittees would have. The bill clarifies and explains the subcommittee's duties and gives them specific authorities.

Senate Bill 243 would extend the termination date of the Neighborhood Investment Program Act. By passage of this bill, the date would be changed from July 1, 2011 to July 1, 2016.

A bill that would allow county fire chiefs to appoint members from their company to serve as designated members on property safety enforcement agencies. Senate Bill 388 was passed and sent to the House for further review.

Along with these bills, House Bill 2882 and House Bill 2962 have completed legislation and are awaiting the Governor's signature. Senate Bill 241, Senate Bill 263, Senate Bill 460 and House Bill 2556 were also passed.

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

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Labor- 9 a.m.- 208W
Energy, Industry and Mining- 10 a.m- 208W
Government Organization- 2 p.m.- 208W

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

›› Completed Legislation

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 12:58 PM

State Champions Recognized in House
The Woodrow Wilson Flying Eagles Soccer Team received a citation from the House of Delegates recognizing the teams 2010 State Championship win.

During session, the House designated February 22, 2011 as “West Virginia Home School Day” at the Legislature by House Resolution 26.

Additionally, the House had four bills on first reading and eight bills on second reading. Among the bills on second reading included House Bill 2889, which would create the “Jason Flatt Act of 2011".

The following committees will meet today:
Constitutional Revisions- 2 p.m. - 410M
Health and Human Resources - 4 p.m. - 215E
Political Subdivisions - 1 p.m. - 215E
Senior Citizen Issues - 3 p.m. - 215E

The following committees will be meeting Wednesday morning:
Banking and Insurance - 10 a.m. - 215E
Natural Resources - 9:15 a.m. - 215E
Pensions and Retirement- 10 a.m. 410M

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.



Monday, February 21, 2011 - 01:40 PM

Senate Honors War Veterans, Passes Six Bills
The Senate celebrated veterans from across the state today. With the passage of Senate Resolution 33, today will be recognized as Veteran's Visibility Day.

Six bills were also passed, along with the introduction of 44 bills. Today marked the last day to introduce bills on the floor.

Senate Bill 334 was passed in committee substitute form. This bill would create a criminal offense for having any involvement with animal fighting ventures. The bill was reported to the House for further consideration.

A bill that would incorporate federal health insurance reforms into the insurance codes was also passed. The committee substitute for Senate Bill 407 would add two federal health insurance programs into the code.

Senate Bill 390 would provide for web-enabled mobile devices to fall under the crime of invasion of privacy on computers. This bill would make it a crime for an individual to invade a personal, web-enabled mobile device.

Additionally, Senate Bill 253, Senate Bill 335 and Senate Bill 507 were passed in the Senate and communicated to the House for review.

The following committees will meet today:
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
Government Organization- 10 a.m.- 208W
Transportation and Infrastructure- 10 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.

›› Senate bills introduced on this date


Monday, February 21, 2011 - 01:22 PM

House Honors Jefferson County
Today, the House met in a late morning session and passed a resolution designating February 21, 2011 as “Jefferson County Day” at the Legislature. The House also honored those serving our country by recognizing our veterans.

Additionally, the House passed four bills including House Bill 2542, which would clarify certain provisions related to access to cemeteries and grave sites located on private land by authorizing agents of family members or decedents to access private cemeteries or grave sites.

Today is the 41st day of the Legislature and marks the last day to introduce bills in both the House and Senate.

The following committees will be meeting this afternoon:
Education - 2 p.m. - 434M
Education Subcommittee D - 1 p.m. - 434M
Finance - 2:30 p.m. - 460M
Judiciary - 1 p.m. - 410M
Judiciary Subcommittee A - 5 p.m. - 410M
Government Organization - 2 p.m. - 215E
Health and Human Resources- 4 p.m. - 215E

The following committees will meet Tuesday morning:
Education - 9 a.m. - 434M
Finance - 9:15 a.m. - 460M

The House will reconvene on Tuesday at 11 a.m.

›› House bills introduced on this date


Friday, February 18, 2011 - 01:09 PM

House Passes Federal Funding Bill
The House adopted three resolutions and passed eight bills in a brief late morning chamber session.

Senate Bill 254, which would supplement and amend by increasing existing items of appropriation in the aforesaid accounts for the designated spending units for expenditure during the fiscal year 2011, was passed. By completing legislation, this bill will now move on to await the Governor's signature before becoming law.

Additionally, the House adopted three resolutions, including House Concurrent Resolution 87, which would name the "James Paul Harrison WWII Memorial Bridge."

The following committees will meet Monday:
Judiciary Subcommittee A - 9:30 a.m. - 410M
Health and Human Resources - 4:00 p.m. - 215E

The House will reconvene Monday at 11 a.m.

›› House bills introduced on this date


Friday, February 18, 2011 - 12:51 PM

Senate Stands to Honor Beloved Co-Worker
The Senate stood to recognize the passing of a devoted friend and co-worker. Catherine L. Larck was an employee of the West Virginia Senate from 2003 to 2007. To honor Catherine, the Senate adopted Senate Resolution 30 memorializing her.

The Senate also introduced 19 bills and moved six along to third reading for the next floor session. Among those bills sent to third reading, Senate Bill 390 would add web-enabled mobile devices to the crime of invasion of privacy.

This bill would provide for the invasion of privacy on personal computers. The bill will be read a third time during the next floor session.

A bill that would incorporate federal health insurance reforms into the insurance code was furthered today. Senate Bill 407 would provide for the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 to be included into the insurance code. This bill will also be read for a third time.

Additionally, Senate Bill 253, Senate Bill 334, Senate Bill 335 and Senate Bill 507 were moved to third reading for Monday morning.

The following committee will meet Monday:
Pensions- 2 p.m.- 208W

The Senate will reconvene Monday at 11 a.m.

›› Senate bills introduced on this date
›› Completed Legislation

Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 01:27 PM

Senate Honors Higher Education, Passes 7 Bills
Today in the Senate higher education institutions throughout West Virginia were recognized for their outstanding work across the state.

Having the opportunity to receive a quality education is something every person is entitled to. Higher education institutes throughout the state have been extremely proficient in allowing citizens of West Virginia to have the chance to further their education and prepare themselves for future careers.

Along with this recognition, the Senate passed 7 bills. The committee substitute for Senate Bill 227 was passed today. This bill relates to Creative Communities Development Pilot Program. This bill would provide a matching grant to be developed to help this program continue to move forward.

Senate Bill 382 would specify additional activities in which members of the National Guard or armed forces reserves are entitled to a leave of absence. This bill was passed in committee substitute form and was sent to the House for further consideration.

A bill that would provide for alternative means that the initial purchaser of a junked vehicle has to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles. Senate Bill 304 would provide for these means to also follow in compliance with the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System.

Senate Bill 234, Senate Bill 235, Senate Bill 357 and Senate Bill 358 were also passed and sent to the House for review.

The following committees will meet today:
Health and Human Resources- 1 p.m- 451M
Education- 2 p.m.- 451M
Finance- 3 p.m.- 451M
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.

›› Senate bills introduced on this date
›› Completed Legislation

Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 01:18 PM

Choir Serenades a Packed House
The House chamber was filled with delegates, constituents and guests this morning as they were greeted by the talented students of the Princeton High School Choir.

In attendance was the West Virginia Federation of Democratic Women, the Senior Forum Class of 2011 from Marion County and representatives for Higher Education Day. Each group received a Citation, recognizing their achievements.

During session, the House introduced 17 bills and passed three. Additionally, seven bills were read for a second time and six bills were on first reading–all were advanced.

Among bills passed was House Bill 2555, which would create a misdemeanor offense for an individual to operate a motor vehicle while writing, sending or reading a text message by means of a communication device.

The following committees will meet this afternoon:
Finance - 1:30 p.m. - 460M
Judiciary - 1:15 p.m. - 410M
Education - 1:30 p.m. - 434M

The following committees will meet Friday morning:
Finance - 9:30 a.m. - 460M
Judiciary - 9 a.m. - 410M
Government Organization - 10 a.m. - 215E

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

›› House bills introduced on this date


Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 01:10 PM

House Passes Bill Providing Definition of 'Low Income' for Property Tax Relief
This morning, the House passed eight bills after reading them for a third time. One of those bills was House Bill 2949, which would provide definitions of "low income" for purposes of property tax relief programs.

House Bill 2555, House Bill 2882 and House Bill 2962 were read for a second time, engrossed and advanced to third reading on tomorrow's calendar.

Additionally, seven bills were read for a first time and advanced to second reading on tomorrow's calendar. One of those bills was House Bill 2885, which would allow a guardian or conservator to be employed or in an employment contract with a behavioral health provider.

Also, the House presented a citation to Shepherd University's football team for winning the West Virginia Conference Championship and winning their NCAA Division 2 Regional Championship.

The House also adopted four resolutions, including House Concurrent Resolution 79, which designates the "PFC Abraham G. Sams Memorial Bridge."

The following committees will meet today:
Energy, Industry and Labor, Economic Development and Small Business - 12:30 p.m. - 460M
Political Subdivisions - 1 p.m. - 215E
Constitutional Revisions - 2 p.m. - 410M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Judiciary Subcommittee B - 9 a.m. - 410M
Education Subcommittee D - 9:30 a.m. - 434M
Finance - 1:30 p.m. - 460M

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

›› House bills introduced on this date


Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 01:08 PM

Senate Passes Unemployment Compensation Bill
Eight bills were passed and one resolution adopted during a brief late morning session in Senate chambers.

Of the eight bills, Senate Bill 219 would authorize the loan of funds from the Rainy Day Fund to the Unemployment Compensation Fund whe funds are necessary to ensure that the Unemployment Compensation Fund contains at least $20 million to pay all unemployment claims. The bill would also require that loans from such funds would be repaid in full without interest from money in the Unemployment Compensation Fun in excess of $20 million.

In addition, Senate Resolution 27 was adopted, recognizing the Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America.

15 bills were also introduced. A sampling includes Senate Bill 522, which would require parents objecting to immunizations provide written a statement in lieu of certificates of proof, Senate Bill 524, Relating to operation of diesel equipment in underground coal mines, Senate Bill 527, relating to having nursing homes on grounds of critical access hospitals.

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

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Judiciary - 10 a.m. - 208W
Health and Human Resources - 1 p.m. - 451M
Finance - 3 p.m. - 451M

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

›› Senate bills introduced on this date


Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 01:10 PM

West Virginia University Students Serenade the Senate
The Senate passed five bills and adopted one resolution in a brief late morning chamber session.

Prior to the start of session, the West Virginia University Saxophone Quartet performed.

Senate Resolution 26 was adopted, congratulating Cabell Midland High School Boys' Cross Country team on winning 2010 Class AAA state championship.

Five bills were also passed today, including Senate Bill 376, which would permit unit owners' associations to institute legal action against a unit owner to collect dues or assessments that are overdue or in arrears to the association and Senate Bill 464, which would amend the procedure for petitioning to regain the right to possess firearms to comply with the minimum criteria to establish qualifying mental health relief from firearms disabilities under the NICS Improvement Act of 2007 and allow the removal of individuals from the federal NICS Index who have been adjudicated in West Virginia to regain their right to possess firearms.

Additionally, eight bills were introduced. A sampling includes Senate Bill 513, relating to workers' compensation coverage of state government entities and Senate Bill 518, which would revise high-growth business investment tax credits.

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

In addition, a joint meeting of the Judiciary and Education committees will commence at 5 p.m. in the Senate Chambers.

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Labor - 9 a.m. - 208W
Energy, Industry and Mining - 10 a.m. - 208W
Natural Resources - 1 p.m. - 208W

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 01:09 PM

House Reconsiders Election Code Bill
The Carpenter Family sang the National Anthem and "Beulah Land" to begin this morning's House of Delegates session.

After this, the House issued citations honoring the 2010 varsity cheerleaders from Clay-Battelle High School for winning the Class A championship and the Wayne County 4-H Air Rifle Team for its championship at the state tournament.

The House reconsidered House Bill 2935 to correct an issue with a previous title amendment. After making corrections, the House passed the bill, which would repeal an outdated article of election code relating to voting systems.

Additionally, nine bills were read for a second time and advanced to third reading on tomorrow's House calendar. One of those bills is House Bill 2533, which would require the identities of signatories to a certificate for a person seeking ballot access to be made public and verified.

Three bills were read for a first time and advanced to second reading on tomorrow's House calendar, and 28 bills were introduced and referred to the appropriate committees for further consideration. One of those bills was House Bill 3135, which would decrease the student to teacher ratio in kindergarten through sixth grades.

The following committees will meet today:
Judiciary - 1 p.m. - 410M
Finance - 1:30 p.m. - 410M
Government Organization - 1:30 p.m. - 215E
Judiciary - 2:30 p.m. - House Chamber (Public Hearing)
Judiciary Subcommittee A - 3 p.m. - 410M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Agriculture - 8:30 a.m. - 215E
Health and Human Resources - 9 a.m. - House Chamber (Public Hearing)
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 - 12:30 p.m. - 460M
Political Subdivisions - 1 p.m. - 215E
Roads and Transportation - 2 p.m. - 215E
Constitutional Revisions - 2 p.m.- 410M
Senior Citizen 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, February 14, 2011 - 12:49 PM

Senate Passes Primary Offense Seatbelt Bill
Today in the Senate, one resolution was adopted and five bills were passed in a late morning chamber session.

In addition, a quartet of the Senate doorman, known as The Happy Valley Voice, performed.

Senate Resolution 25 was adopted and designated February 14, 2011 "Corrections Day."

Five bills were also passed today, including Senate Bill 337, which would change the offense of failure to wear a safety belt to a primary offense and House Bill 2537, which would include special rules permitting suppliers of gasoline or other motor fuels to sell product to distributers at a price not to exceed the average of the Oil Price Information Service's average wholesale rack price for that product at the Montvale/Roanoke, Virginia, Fairfax, Virginia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania wholesale racks for the previous day during a state of emergency.

Additionally, nine bills were introduced. A sampling includes Senate Bill 503 which would provide that adultery is a bar to receiving alimony in a divorce proceeding and allows an adjustment to be made if a party learns of adultery after entry of divorce decree and Senate Bill 508, which would allow Class A retail licenses, as defined in chapter 60, Article 3A, section 4, or freestanding liquor retail outlets the ability to conduct responsible liquor sampling events on days of the week, other than Sunday.

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

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Transportation and Infrastructure - 10 a.m. - 451M
Education - 2 p.m. - 451M
Government Organization - 10:15 a.m. - 208W
Economic Development - 9 a.m. - 451M

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Monday, February 14, 2011 - 12:37 PM

Supplementary Appropriations Bill Completes Legislation in House
This morning, the House of Delegates passed nine bills after reading them for a third time. One of those bills was Senate Bill 255, which makes supplementary appropriation of unappropriated moneys to various accounts. This bill now awaits the Governor's signature. Another was House Bill 2161, which would create the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs.

The House also adopted House Resolution 21, which designates February 14, 2011 as "Corrections Day."

Additionally, nine bills were read for a first time and advanced to second reading on tomorrow's House calendar, including House Bill 2949, which would provide definitions of "low income" for purposes of property tax relief programs.

Nine bills were introduced and referred to the appropriate committees for further consideration. One of those bills was House Bill 3120, which would establish the Keep Jobs in West Virginia Act.

The following committees will meet today:
Education - 1:30 p.m. - 434M
Finance - 1:30 p.m. - 460M
Judiciary - 1:30 p.m. - 410M
Judiciary Subcommittee A - immediately following Judiciary Committee - 410M
Health and Human Resources - 4 p.m. - 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance - 9 a.m. - 460M
Judiciary Subcommittee A - 9 a.m. - 252M
Judiciary Subcommittee B - 9 a.m. - 410M

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Friday, February 11, 2011 - 12:18 PM

Senate Commemorates Passed Colleagues
Today the Senate honored the lives of two former colleagues who recently passed this week.

Ralph Williams, a former Senator from Greenbrier County, served 16 years and chaired such committees as Finance, Banking and Insurance and Natural Resources.

Kathy Lark, a former secretary, ran for House of Delegates at one point in time and was affectionately known as "Queen of the Secretaries."

Several Senators spoke in their honor.

10 bills were also introduced today, including Senate Bill 492, which would maximize federal funding for Medicaid by establishing a hospital Medicaid upper payment level program for a two-year plus period and increase the health care provider tax imposed on gross receipts of providers of certain eligible acute care hospitals. Additionally, Senate Bill 494, which would provide additional protections for state forests and other public lands where timbering operations are conducted

The following committees will meet Monday, February 14:
Military - 10 a.m. - 208W
Natural Resources - 1 p.m. - 208W
Pensions - 2 p.m. - 451M
Agriculture - 2 p.m. - 451M

The Senate will reconvene Monday, February 14 at 11 a.m.

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Friday, February 11, 2011 - 12:16 PM

House Concurs with Senate, Joint Rules Adopted
This morning, the House of Delegates concurred with a Senate amendment and adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 17, which establishes joint rules between the Senate and House.

Eight bills were read for a second time and advanced to third reading on Monday's House calendar. One of those bills is House Bill 2161, which would create the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs.

The House also adopted 15 resolutions, which would dedicate bridges throughout the state.

Additionally, the House presented a citation honoring the Woodrow Wilson High School marching band for its achievements awarded for performing at the Gator Bowl earlier this year.

The following committee will meet today:
Judiciary - 1:30 p.m. - 410M

The House will reconvene Monday at 11 a.m.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 02:39 PM

Firefighters Fly 'Patriot Flag' at Capitol
Today, members of Charleston's Station No. 2 Fire Department pulled fire engines onto the State Capitol Complex grounds to lift an American flag honoring the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The memorial Patriot Flag is being flown in all 50 states over a period of 50 weeks. There is also a replaced piece of the flag that spectators may sign that will hang in a museum at Ground Zero in New York City.

Lieutenants Marshall McDaniel and Erik Dailey from the Charleston Fire Department were on hand to represent the state firefighters.



Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 01:31 PM

Senate Passes Bills on Tax Reform
Today, the Senate met in a brief late morning session and passed six bills. They will now be communicated to the House for further consideration.

The tax reform bills passed included Senate Bill 205, which would update the meaning of "federal taxable income" and certain other terms used but not defined in the West Virginia Corporation Net Income Tax Act by bringing them into conformity with their meaning under the Internal Revenue Code for federal income tax purposes and Senate Bill 215, which would update the meaning of "federal adjusted gross income" and certain other terms used but not defined in the West Virginia Personal Income Tax Act by bringing them into conformity with their meanings under the Internal Revenue Code for federal income tax purposes.

Additional bills passed included Senate Bill 196, which would make it a crime to rob or attempt to rob a person under the pretense of having a deadly weapon, Senate Bill 338, which would permit the state to opt out of a federal statute that would otherwise not allow an individual living in the state who has been convicted of a felony involving a controlled substance from receiving certain benefits provided by the Social Security Act and the Food Stamp Act and Senate Bill 385, which would remove an antiquated section of the criminal code that provides for a lower penalty for assault or battery on an athletic official than for assault or battery on a member of the general public.

The Senate also amended Senate Concurrent Resolution 17, which would establish joint rules between the two chambers. The resolution will now be sent to the House.

11 bills were also introduced today, including Senate Bill 488, which would repeal the authority of the Department of Corrections to conduct AIDS related study and provide for AIDS-related testing and confidentiality of records; amend definitions; relate to who may request testing; require confidentiality of records; and provide when disclosure is permitted.

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

Additionally Banking and Insurance Sub-Committee B will meet at 2 p.m. in room 208W

The following committees will meet Tuesday:
Economic Development - 9 a.m. - 451M
Transportation and Infrastructure - 10 a.m. - 451M
Education - 2 p.m. - 451M

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 12:37 PM

House Passes Autism Insurance Coverage Bill
This morning, the House of Delegates passed House Bill 2693 after adding an amendment on the floor. This bill would require insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorders.

Additionally, the House adopted House Concurrent Resolution 64, which requests the Governor to take suitable public notice on Saturday, August 27, 2011, and on the fourth Saturday of August of each succeeding year thereafter, of "First Responders Appreciation Day."

The House introduced 13 bills, including House Bill 3099, which would enact the Marcellus Gas and Manufacturing Development Act of 2011 which would encourage and facilitate the development of oil and gas wells and the downstream uses of natural gas in this state and economic development in this state associated with production and various downstream uses.

After this, eight bills were read for a first time and advanced to second reading on tomorrow's House calendar. One of those bills was House Bill 2922, which would establish the felony offense of causing serious bodily injury to another person by a person who is driving under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances or other drugs.

The following committees will meet today:
Judiciary - 1 p.m. - 410M
Finance - 1:30 p.m. - 460M
Government Organization - 1:30 p.m. - 215E
Education - 2 p.m. - 434M
Education Subcommittee B - 3 p.m. - 434M

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Wednesday, February 09, 2011 - 01:10 PM

Senate Recognizes Boys Soccer Team, Passes Two Bills
The Senate reconvened in a brief late morning session to honor the West Virginia Soccer Club Rowdies boys team and pass two bills.

The WV Soccer Club Rowdies boys team was recognized this morning for the their outstanding athletic achievements. The Senate also adopted Senate Resolution 24 designating Feb. 9, 2011 as “Disability Advocacy Day”.

Senate Bill 265 and Senate Bill 438 were passed and communicated to the House for further consideration. Senate Bill 265 would allow for a petition to the circuit court to allow certain offenders to have contact with children, but only when the court finds it in the best interest of the child. Senate Bill 438 would change the election process for magistrates to be elected by division.

Advanced to third reading was Senate Bill 196, which would make it a crime to rob or attempt to rob a person under the pretense of having a deadly weapon.

Additionally, the Senate introduced 12 bills, including Senate Bill 470, which would create it a misdemeanor offense of unlawful use of a wireless communication device for nonvoice communication (i.e. texting or Web surfing) while operating a motor vehicle.

The following committees will meet this afternoon:
Finance - 3 p.m. - 451M
Judiciary - 3 p.m. - 208W
Health & Human Resources Sub-Committee on Senate Bill 407 - 4:15 p.m. - 218W
Health & Human Resources Sub-Committee on Senate Bill 408 - 4:15 p.m. - Government Organization Conference Room
Interstate Cooperation - 1 p.m. - 451M

The following committee will meet tomorrow morning:
Finance - 9:30 a.m. - 451M

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Wednesday, February 09, 2011 - 12:55 PM

Six Bills Pass Through The House
The House passed six bills today and advanced one to third reading for the next floor session. Along with these bills, 21 were introduced.

House Bill 2757 was passed after much debate. This bill would provide for the evaluation of professional personnel in public schools. The evaluations would take place the first three years of the employment of personnel. By the fourth year if the employee has not received any unsatisfactory evaluations, the employee will no longer undergo the evaluations.

A bill that would remove the 12-month limitation on certain agreements was passed. House Bill 2708 would delete the limitation on agreements between or among law-enforcement agencies. This would also permit any existing agreements between different agencies to remain intact unless officially terminated.

House Bill 2936 was passed today in committee substitute form. This bill would change the day of the canvassing votes for the primary election. The date would be changed from the Friday following the election to the Monday following the election.

The House also passed House Bill 2368, House Bill 2663, House Bill 2787, and House Bill 2871. Each bill that was passed will be sent to the Senate for further consideration.

The following committees will meet today:
Political Subdivisions- 1 p.m.- 215E
Constitutional Revisions- 2 p.m.- 410M
Health and Human Resources- 4 p.m.- 215E

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

The House will reconvene Thursday at 11 a.m.

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Tuesday, February 08, 2011 - 01:16 PM

House Honors Champion Horseback Rider
The House celebrated the many achievements of 12-year old Jeffery Brown today.

Along with being an honor roll student and avid band member at Shortline Middle School, Brown has also received many awards for his horseback riding skills. He was the first West Virginia youth to ride the C&O canal and the first West Virginia youth to be on the Best of American by Horseback television program.

Brown also took first place points in the American Competitive Trail Association and is an active member of the Wetzel County Farm Bureau. Brown received this honor for showing a combination of academic excellence and champion sportsmanship.

The House also passed one bill today. House Bill 2864 would create a misdemeanor crime for the first and second degree of unlawful constraint of an individual. The bill outlines the definition of the first and second offense for this crime. The bill was sent to the Senate for further consideration.

House Bill 2787 was sent to third reading for tomorrow's floor session. The bill was advanced in committee substitute form and would transfer the licensing of private security services from the Secretary of the State to the Division of Criminal Justice Services.

Along with this bill, House Bill 2368, House Bill 2663, House Bill 2708 , House Bill 2757, House Bill 2871 and House Bill 2936 were advanced to third reading for the next floor session.

The following committees will meet today:
Finance- 1:30 p.m- 460M
Judiciary- 1:30 p.m.- 410M

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 Revisions- 2 p.m.- 410M
Roads and Transportation- 2 p.m.- 215E
Senior Citizen Issues- 3 p.m.- 215E

The House will reconvene at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

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Tuesday, February 08, 2011 - 01:15 PM

Bill relating to youth tanning passes in Senate
Today in the Senate, 13 bills were introduced and three bills passed. Along with those bills, two were on second reading and one was read for the first time.

Among the bills passed was Senate Bill 78, Senate Bill 186 and Senate Bill 195. Senate Bill 78 would require parental consent and accompaniment of a minor to use a tanning device. The bill would provide that minors between the ages of 14 to 17 must present a parental consent form, and minors under the age of 14 must present the consent form, as well as, be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

On second reading was Senate Bill 438 and Senate Bill 265, which would give authorization to the Board of Parole, with sentencing court’s concurrence, to modify or waive parolee’s restrictions relating to minors.

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

The following committees will meet tomorrow morning:
Energy, Industry and Mining - 10 a.m. - 208W
Labor - 9 a.m. - 208W

The Senate will reconvene on Wednesday at 11 a.m.

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Monday, February 07, 2011 - 12:51 PM

Senate Passes Two Bills
Today, the Senate met in a brief late morning session and passed two bills, which will now be communicated to the House for further consideration.

Passed this morning was Senate Bill 281, which would make it a crime to put certain types of invasive software on mobile devices not belonging to their owners. Also passed was Senate Bill 349, which would make it a requirement for a bittering agent to be placed in certain engine coolants and antifreezes to prevent the personal injury or death of human beings and animals.

The Senate received a message from the House on its amendment of Senate Concurrent Resolution 17 relating to joint rules of the Legislature. The Senate further amended the resolution, which will now go back to the House for consideration.

Additionally, the Senate introduced 18 bills today including, Senate Bill 447. The bill relates to violations of school attendance requirements.

The Senate read three bills for the second time and two bills for the first time. On second reading was Senate Bill 78, Senate Bill 286 and Senate Bill 195. On first reading was Senate Bill 265 and Senate Bill 438.

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

The following committees will meet Tuesday morning:
Economic Development - 9 a.m. - 451M
Government Organization - 10 a.m. - 208W
Transportation and Infrastructure - 10 a.m. - 451M

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Monday, February 07, 2011 - 12:25 PM

House Passes Six Bills
Today in the House 27 bills were introduced and six bills were passed. Along with those bills, one was sent to third reading for the next floor session.

House Bill 2750 would issue an order to temporarily or permanently end a parent-child relationship in the presence of sexual assault. This bill would allow a judge to make sexual assault or sexual abuse an additional consideration when deciding whether to remove a child from a home. This bill was sent to the Senate for further consideration.

A bill that would authorize the Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists to require licensing was also passed. House Bill 2503 would provide that these licenses be present for government identification and would authorize the board to retain all the information. The Senate will further discuss this bill.

House Bill 2752 would increase the maximum age for persons applying for appointment for the police force. This bill would increase the age from 35 to 40 years old for persons applying for a position on the police force in a Class I or Class II city. The bill was sent to the Senate for review.

Along with these bills, Senate Bill 200 and House Bill 2860 were also passed. House Bill 2864 was sent to its third reading for the next floor session.

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

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

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Friday, February 04, 2011 - 12:43 PM

House Passes Five Bills
Today in the House five bills were passed and six were sent to third reading on the floor.

Among those bills, the House adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 17, which sets up joint rules for both chambers. The House adopted this resolution with an amendment to define the term "presiding officer". This amended bill will be sent back to the Senate for their review.

House Bill 2562 was passed today in the House in committee substitute form. This bill would legalize the sport of mixed martial arts in West Virginia. The bill also specifies the licensing and regulatory procedures of the sport.

A bill that would require the West Virginia Enhanced 911 Council to propose procedures was passed as well. The committee substitute for House Bill 2013 would set up procedures dealing with Emergency Medical Dispatch.

The House also passed Senate Bill 184. This bill is now completed and is awaiting the Governor's signature. Senate Bill 342 was passed by the House, with an amendment. This bill was sent back to the Senate for their consideration.

The following committee will meet today:
Finance- 12:30 p.m.- 460M

The following committees will meet Monday:
Finance- 1:30 p.m.- 450M
Finance- 4:00 p.m.- House Chambers
Health and Human Resources- 4:00 p.m.- 215E

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

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Friday, February 04, 2011 - 12:14 PM

Senate Introduces 21 Bills
Today, the Senate met in a brief late morning session introducing 21 bills, which were then sent to respective committees for further consideration.

One of the bills introduced was Senate Bill 426, which would require that a judge grant permission before releasing juror information after a trial.

There were three bills read for the first time including, Senate Bill 78, Senate Bill 186 and Senate Bill 195.

Additionally, on second reading was Senate Bill 281 and Senate Bill 349, which were both advanced to third reading. Senate Bill 281 would make it a crime to put certain types of invasive software on mobile devices not belonging to their owners.

Senate Bill 349 would require a bittering agent to be placed in certain engine coolants and antifreezes to prevent the personal injury or death of human beings and animals. If implemented, violation of this bill would be considered a misdemeanor.

The following committees will meet Monday morning:
Military - 10 a.m. - 208W
Natural Resources - 1 p.m. - 208W
Pensions - 2 p.m. - 208W

The Senate will reconvene Monday at 11 a.m.

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Thursday, February 03, 2011 - 01:24 PM

House Passes Amended Election Bill
The date has officially been set for the special election to choose the Governor for the state of West Virginia.

The House passed a bill issuing the special election to be set for Oct. 4. House Bill 2853 was amended by the Senate and passed back to the House. The bill has now become a completed piece of legislation and will set up a primary election on May 14 and the special election to be held on Oct.4.

Along with the completion of the election bill, the House honored an award-winning marching band. The Princeton Tiger High School Marching band is one of the top-ranked bands in West Virginia. As the recipient of two grand champions awards, they have been invited to play at the Walt Disney Magic Kingdom in Florida this April.

The House also passed a bill to remove outdated language dealing with sunshine language. House Bill 2804 will remove any old language that would be subject to sunshine laws, which allow privileged information available to the public.

House Bill 2562 was read for the second time in the House. This bill would legalize the sport of mixed martial arts in the state of West Virginia. The bill sets forth the regulations within the state and makes the foundation for the sport to become legal. The will be read for the third time during the next floor session.

Four other bills were read for the second time today and advanced to third reading. Among those bills were, Senate Bill 184, Senate Bill 342, House Bill 2013 and House Bill 2554.

The following committee meetings will meet today:
Judiciary- 1:15 p.m.- 410M
Finance- 1:30 p.m.- 460M
Education- 2:00 p.m.- 434M
Government Organization- 2:00 p.m.- 215E

The following committee meetings will meet tomorrow:
Finance- 12:30 p.m.- 460M

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

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Thursday, February 03, 2011 - 01:24 PM

Senate Adopts Resolution Designating 'Crime Victims Day'
This morning, the Senate adopted Senate Resolution 22, which designates February 3, 2011 as "Crime Victims Day at the Legislature."

Additionally, the Senate passed three bills after suspending the rule stating a bill must be read on three separate days. Those bills were Senate Bill 254, which would make a supplementary appropriation of federal funds to Development Office and Division of Human Services, Senate Bill 255, which would make supplementary appropriation of unappropriated moneys to various accounts and Senate Bill 256, which would require sex offenders to verify e-mail and online identities.

The Senate also read Senate Bill 281 and Senate Bill 349 for a first time and advanced those bills to second reading on tomorrow's calendar.

Also, 17 bills were introduced, including Senate Bill 411, which would provide that faculty and staff at state institutions of higher education be eligible for a seat in the Legislature.

The following committees will meet today:
Education - 2 p.m. - 451M
Finance - 3 p.m. - 451M
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, February 02, 2011 - 01:29 PM

House Honors Professional Social Workers
Today the House passed 10 bills and adopted one resolution during a brief late morning session.

House Resolution 15 was adopted and designated February 2, 2011 as "Professional Social Work Day."

The House also passed 10 bills; a sampling including House Bill 2505 which would add synthetic cannabinoids and hallucinogens and stimulants referred to in many ways including "fake cocaine", "synthetic cocaine" and "bath salts" to Schedule 1 of the controlled substance monitoring list House Bill 2845 which would create a senior resident lifetime hunting, fishing and trapping license that will cost $25.

House Bill 2804 was read for a second time and will advance to third reading.

Also, House Bill 2013, House Bill 2544 and House Bill 2562 were read for the first time and will advance to second reading.

The following committees will meet today:
Political Subdivision - 1:00 p.m. - 215E
Senior Citizen Issues - 3:00 p.m. - 215E
Constitutional Revisions - 2:00 p.m. - 410M
Health and Human Resources - 4:00 p.m. - 215E

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

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

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Wednesday, February 02, 2011 - 01:18 PM

Senate Passes House Version of Special Election Bill with Amendment
This morning, the Senate received House Bill 2853 from the House of Delegates. After amending the bill to move the special general election to October 4, 2011 in compliance with the election proclamation but kept the House's proposal of a May 14, 2011 primary and to include Saturdays in early voting, the Senate passed the bill.

After this, Senate Bill 63, which would relate to the Board of Pharmacy and controlled substances, was read for a third time and passed after an amendment from the floor was adopted to add another drug to the bill.

Additionally, the Senate adopted three resolutions. Senate Resolution 19 recognizes Hannah Bailey for her outstanding athletic achievements. Senate Resolution 20 designates February 2, 2011 as "Social Work Day" at the legislature. Senate Resolution 21 congratulates Spring Valley Varsity Cheerleaders for winning the 2010 Class AAA state cheerleading championship.

Senate Bill 254, Senate Bill 255 and Senate Bill 256 were read for a first time and advanced to second reading.

Also, 20 bills were introduced today, including Senate Bill 385, which would repeal the section relating to special penalties for assault and battery on athletic official.

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

The following committee will meet tomorrow:
Health and Human Resources - 1 p.m. - 451M

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 03:06 PM

House and Senate Pass Differing Election Bills
Today, the Senate and the House of Delegates each passed a bill, which would provide for a special primary and general election to fill a vacancy in the office of Governor. The Senate also passed a bill, which would appropriate funds to finance the special elections.

House Bill 2853 would provide that the special primary election be held on May 14, 2011 and the special general election be held on September 13, 2011.

In contrast, Senate Bill 261 would provide that the special primary election be held on June 20, 2011 and the special general election be held on October 4, 2011.

Senate Bill 342 would make an appropriation of $8,000,000 from fiscal year 2011's surplus to fund the special primary and general elections. Any unspent balance remaining in this appropriation would return to the general fund for fiscal year 2012.

Each bill was sent to the other chamber for deliberation and consideration.

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Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 01:40 PM

Senate Adopts Joint Rules Resolution
On a day filled with activity, the entire Capitol was bustling. The Senate adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 17, which adopts joint rules of the Senate and House of Delegates. Senate Resolution 18, Senate Concurrent Resolution 8 and Senate Concurrent Resolution 9 were also adopted.

The Senate also passed seven bills, including Senate Bill 192, which would protect consumers from price gouging and unfair pricing practices.

Senate Bill 63, which would relate to the Board of Pharmacy and controlled substances was read for a second time and advanced to 3rd reading on tomorrow's calendar.

Additionally, 17 bills were introduced, including Senate Bill 367, which would require early voting at designated locations for minimum of five consecutive days.

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

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Labor - 9 a.m. - 208W
Energy, Industry and Mining - 10 a.m. - 208W
Government Organization - 2 p.m. - 208W

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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