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Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 01:44 PM

House Passes Redistricting Bill
This morning, the House reconvened to consider action on House Bill 201 , which reapportions the House of Delegates districts. After much debate on proposed amendments, the House passed the bill as amended.

The House also completed legislative action on Senate Bill 2001, which expires funds from Department of Revenue, Lottery Commission - Revenue Center Construction Fund, to Department of Transportation, Division of Highways and Senate Bill 2002, which supplements, amends and increases items from the State Road Fund to Department of Transportation, Division of Highways.

The House is adjourned until 7 p.m. tomorrow evening

›› Completed Legislation

Friday, August 19, 2011 - 05:22 PM

House Advances Redistricting Bill to Third Reading
During today's floor session, the House received Senate messages and advanced two bills to 2nd Reading. Those bills were Senate Bill 2001, which expires funds from the Department of Revenue, Lottery Commission - Revenue Center Construction Fund, to the Department of Transportation, Division of Highways, and Senate Bill 2002, which supplements, amends and increases item from State Road Fund to Department of Transportation, Division of Highways.

The House also advanced House Bill 201, which reapportions the House of Delegates district to 3rd Reading with amendments pending and the right to amend.

The House is adjourned until 10 a.m. tomorrow morning.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 01:20 PM

Legislature Convenes For 2nd Extraordinary Session of 2011
This afternoon, both the House and the Senate convened for the 2nd Special Session of the year in order to receive the Executive Proclamation that calls for correcting the House of Delegate’s original redistricting bill, House Bill 106, that was passed during the 1st Special Session. The bill was vetoed by the Acting Governor earlier this week due to technical flaws. The House introduced and read a first time, House Bill 201, relating to the reapportioning the House of Delegates districts.

The Senate introduced two supplemental appropriations that were placed on the Amended Executive Proclamation. Those bills introduced were Senate Bill 2001, which expires funds to balance of Department of Transportation, and Senate Bill 2002, which supplements, amends, and increases appropriation to the Department of Transportation.

The Senate is in recess until 2:30 p.m. this afternoon.
The House is adjourned until 5 p.m. tomorrow, August, 19.

UPDATE

The Senate passed two appropriation bills during an afternoon floor session. Senate Bill 2001 expires funds to the balance of the Department of Transportation, and Senate Bill 2002, supplements, amends, and increases appropriation to the Department of Transportation. These bills will now head to the House for consideration.

The Senate is now in recess while the House works on its redistricting bill.

The Senate will reconvene on Sunday at 6 p.m.

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Friday, August 05, 2011 - 10:18 PM

Legislature Adjourns Sine Die
Tonight, the work of the 1st Special Session of the 80th Legislature was completed and both the House and Senate adjourned Sine Die.

A total of nine bills completed legislative action including, House Bill 106, which reapportions the House of Delegates districts, Senate Bill 1006, which reapportions the state senatorial districts, and Senate Bill 1008, which reapportions the congressional districts.

Also completing legislative action was Senate Bill 1001, which reduces consumers sales and service tax on food and food ingredients, Senate Bill 1002,which allocates a portion of the coal severance tax to the county from which the coal was mined, and Senate Bill 1003, which clarifies the requirement for deposit and transfer of higher education proceeds from real property.

Three supplemental appropriation bills were also passed during the special session. They were Senate Bill 1004, which makes supplementary appropriations of unappropriated moneys to various accounts, Senate Bill 1005, which supplements,amends and increases appropriations to Department of Transportation, and Senate Bill 1007, which makes a supplementary appropriation of unappropriated moneys to Secretary of State.

All bills passed by the Legislature now goes to the Governor's Office for further approval.

›› Completed Legislation

Friday, August 05, 2011 - 07:07 PM

House Passes Redistricting Bill to Senate, Completes Action on 5 bills
House members approved, after considering several amendments, House Bill 106, which seeks to reapportion the House of Delegates districts. The bill passed by a vote of 63-34 and heads to the Senate for that body's approval.

The House also approved and completed legislative action on Senate Bill 1002 which allocates a portion of the coal severance tax to the county from which the coal was mined. This bill will now head to the Governor's office for approval.

A bill to clarify the requirement for deposit and transfer of higher education proceeds from real property Senate Bill 1003, also completed legislative action along with three supplemental appropriation measures, Senate Bill 1004, Senate Bill 1005, Senate Bill 1007 and likewise will now head to the Governor's Office for approval.

The House amended and passed Senate Bill 1001 which would gradually reduce the food tax. The bill heads back to the Senate for their concurrence.

The House is in recess until 8:00 p.m. tonight.

After recess, the House approved the Senate Redistricting plan, Senate Bill 1006 and the Congressional Redistricting plan, Senate Bill 1008, which needed to be sent back following a technical cleanup.

The House adjourned the first special session of the 80th West Virginia Legislature Sine Die

›› Completed Legislation

Friday, August 05, 2011 - 06:56 PM

Senate Passes Congressional Redistricting Bill
The Senate passed Senate Bill 1008, which realigns the composition of the state's Congressional Districts, during an evening floor session.

After much debate, the body narrowly defeated an amendment that would have unified the Eastern Panhandle into one Congressional District.

The Senate will reconvene at 7 p.m.

UPDATE

The Senate has passed House Bill 106, which is the House of Delegates' bill realigning House districts. The bill now heads to the Governor to be signed into law.

The Senate will reconvene shortly after 9 p.m.



Thursday, August 04, 2011 - 05:48 PM

Congressional Redistricting Bill Emerges from Comittee, Read a First Time
Senate Bill 1008, which realigns the composition of the state's Congressional Districts was recommended for passage by the Senate Redistricting Committee and read a first time during an evening floor session.

The Senate will reconvene at 4 p.m. tomorrow



Thursday, August 04, 2011 - 01:53 PM

House Begins Debate on Redistricting Bill
The House of Delegates met today at Noon to begin debating amendments on 2nd Reading regarding House Bill 106, which seeks to reapportion the House of Delegates districts. An amendment offered to configure members into 100 single member Delegate Districts was voted down prior to members taking a recess.

Other bills on 2nd Reading were advanced to third reading without amendments. These included two supplemental bills, House Bill 104 and House Bill 105 and House Bill 102 which would clarify the authorization of the Higher Education Policy Commission to sell, lease or convey property and to designate where proceeds are to be deposited.

The House also received Senate messages concerning the passage of six bills from that body, took the bills up for immediate consideration and read them a first time. They included Senate Bill 1001 which would gradually reduce the food tax, Senate Bill 1002 which allocates a portion of the coal severance tax to the county from which the coal was mined,and Senate Bill 1003 which clarifies the requirement for deposit and transfer of higher education proceeds from real property.

The following supplemental appropriation bills were also received by the House and read a first time: Senate Bill 1004, Senate Bill 1005, Senate Bill 1007


The House stands in recess until 3:15 p.m. today

Following a recess, members reconvened and advanced two bills to third reading with amendments pending and a limited right to amend for both. Those bills were: House Bill 106, which seeks to reapportion the House of Delegates districts and, Senate Bill 1006, which reapportions Senate districts.

The House is adjourned until tomorrow, Friday, August 5th, 2011 at 12:00 p.m.

UPDATE: House Floor Session for Friday, August 5th, 2011 is delayed until 3:00 p.m.



Wednesday, August 03, 2011 - 06:47 PM

Senate Passes Food Tax Reduction, Coal Severance Bill
In an evening floor session the Senate passed six bills including Senate Bill 1001 which would gradually reduce the food tax, and Senate Bill 1002 which allocates a portion of the coal severance tax to the county from which the coal was mined.

The body also passed Senate Bill 1003 which clarifies the requirement for deposit and transfer of higher education proceeds from real property.

The following supplemental appropriation bills also passed this evening: Senate Bill 1004, Senate Bill 1005, Senate Bill 1007

The following committees will meet this afternoon:
Senate Redistricting-2 p.m.-208W
Joint Committee on Marcellus Shale-9 a.m.-208W

The Senate will reconvene at 5 p.m. tomorrow



Wednesday, August 03, 2011 - 03:35 PM

Redistricting Bill Advanced to Amendment Stage
House members meeting Tuesday afternoon advanced House Bill 106, which seeks to reapportion the House of Delegates districts, to 2nd reading for Thursday. A motion to substitute a Minority Report in lieu of the bill was voted down.

On the House Calendar and advanced to 2nd Reading were two supplemental bills, House Bill 104 and House Bill 105.

Also, House Bill 102 was reported from the House Finance Committee, taken up for immediate consideration and read a first time. This bills would clarify the authorization of the Higher Education Policy Commission to sell, lease or convey property and to designate where proceeds are to be deposited.

Finally, a proclamation was received from the Governor amending the special session call to include to include a bill House Bill 107, which makes a supplementary appropriation of unappropriated moneys to the Secretary of State. The bill was sent to the House Finance Committee for consideration. The House will reconvene tomorrow, Thursday, August 4th, 2011 at 12:00 p.m.

The House will reconvene tomorrow, Thursday, August 4th, 2011 at 12:00 p.m.

The Joint Marcellus Shale Committee will meet tomorrow in Room 451M at 9:00 a.m.

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Wednesday, August 03, 2011 - 01:05 PM

Senate Amends, Passes Redistricting Bill
The Senate amended and passed Senate Bill 1006, which reapportions Senate districts, during an afternoon floor session.

The passage came following two amendments. The first amendment was a technical change that restored the entire town of Glenville back into the 12th Senatiorial District. The second amendment ensures that Welch remains in the 8th Senatorial District. The bill now heads to the House for consideration.

The Senate also received a proclamation from the Governor that amended the original call to include Senate Bill 1007, which makes a supplementary appropriation of unappropriated moneys to the Secretary of State. The bill now heads to the Senate Finance Committee for consideration.

The following Senate Committees will meet this afternoon:
Redistricting -2 p.m.-208W
Finance -3 p.m.-451M

The Senate will reconvene at 5 p.m..



Tuesday, August 02, 2011 - 03:46 PM

House Redistricting Bill Reported to Floor
House of Delegates members met at 3:00 p.m. today to receive committee reports for three bills on the special session agenda.

Two bills, House Bill 104 and House Bill 105 make supplementary appropriations of public funds.

The third bill, House Bill 106 seeks to reapportion the House of Delegates districts. All three measures were reported to the floor from their respective committees with the recommendations that they do pass and will be on 1st Reading tomorrow on the House Calendar.

The House Finance Committee will meet immediately upon adjournment in Room 460M to discuss House Bill 102.

The House will reconvene tomorrow, Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.

The following interim committees have been cancelled for today:
Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability at 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

The following interim committees have been cancelled for tomorrow:

Joint Committee on Health Subcommittee A at 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Joint Standing Committee on Education at 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

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Tuesday, August 02, 2011 - 12:51 PM

Redistricting Bill Advances to Third Reading, Coal Severance Bill Moves to Finance
Senate Bill 1006, which deals with reapportioning of Senatorial districts advanced to third reading with the right to amend during an afternoon floor session in the Senate Chamber.

Senate Bill 1002, which would distribute a portion of the severance tax on coal to the counties from which the coal is mined, was recommended for passage by the Economic Development Committee and was then read a first time before being sent to the Finance Committee.

The Senate also advised and consented to all of the confirmations that came out of the Committee on Confirmations this morning.

The following interim committees scheduled for this afternoon have been cancelled:
Post Audits
Finance Subcommittee B
Joint Committee on Health

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



Monday, August 01, 2011 - 05:58 PM

House Holds Public Hearing on Redistricting
The House of Delegates held a public hearing on redistricting in the House Chamber this evening at 5 p.m. Many citizens gave opinions as to how they believe the House should proceed with regard to the redistricting process. The majority of the citizens that spoke advocated for 100 single-member districts.

The House of Delegates will continue its work on the redistricting process when the House Select Committee on Redistricting meets tomorrow at 9 a.m. in room 215E.



Monday, August 01, 2011 - 02:16 PM

Senate Unveils Full iPad Utilization in Chamber
Prior to the Special Session to address Redistricting, the Senate opened it's doors to an open, transparent system. Announcing receipt of iPads for each Senator, the Senate president unveiled the implementation of the newest mode of communication to it's 34 member body.

Not only have the devices proven fiscally responsible, they also will open communications throughout the Capitol. The Senate Chamber application, providing bills, messages from the House, resolutions, the daily calendar and the order of business, was programed in-house by legislative staff.

Existing programs include the Senate Chamber app, a note taking app, a spreadsheet app and a PDF application initiate the iPad plan. In the coming weeks, lawmakers will expand the venue to include email and other fast reaching modes of communication not only for lawmakers but also for constituent services.

The introduction of the iPad brings the Senate a step toward being fully paperless. As one member noted, the iPad is close to being her office in hand.



Monday, August 01, 2011 - 01:50 PM

Redistricting Headlines Agenda as Senate Convenes 1st Extraordinary Session of 2011
The Senate met shortly after Noon today to convene the First Extraordinary Session of 2011. They received the Executive Proclamation which consists of seven items, including redistricting, for the Legislature to consider.

The Senate introduced five bills on the floor today. The introduced legislation included Senate Bill 1001, which would reduce the consumers sales and service tax on food, Senate Bill 1002, which would distribute a portion of the severance tax on coal to the counties from which the coal is produced, Senate Bill 1003, which would clarify the requirement for deposit and transfer of higher education proceeds from real property, Senate Bill 1004 which deals with appropriations of public money to various accounts and Senate Bill 1005 which would amend and increase appropriations to the Department of Transportation.

The Senate Select Committee on Redistricting will meet today at 3 p.m. in Room 208W

The following committee will meet tomorrow:
Confirmations-10:45 a.m.- Senate Chamber

The Senate will reconvene at 6 p.m. this evening.

Due to the Special Session the following interim committee meetings scheduled for August 1 and August 2 have been cancelled:

LOCEA - 3 p.m. - August 1
Judiciary Subcommittee C -4 p.m.- August 1
Government Organization Subcommittee C -5 p.m.- August 1
Intern Committee -5 p.m.- August 1
Joint Select Committee on Marcellus Shale -6p.m.- August 1
Joint Standing Committee on Government Organization -3 p.m.- August 2

UPDATE

Senate Bill 1006, which deals with reapportioning of Senatorial districts, originated in the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting earlier today and was read a first time during this evening's floor session.

The following Senate committees will meet tomorrow:
Economic Development-9 a.m.-208W
Confirmations-10:45 a.m.- 219Mr

The Education Subcommittee B interim meeting originally scheduled for tomorrow at 11 a.m. has been cancelled.

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

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Monday, August 01, 2011 - 01:05 PM

Redistricting Main Topic as House Convenes for 1st Special Session of 2011
This afternoon, the House convened for the 1st Special Session of 2011 in order to receive the Executive Proclamation, that lists seven items including redistricting for the Legislature to take up for consideration.

Three bills were introduced during the floor session. They were House Bill 101, which would reduce the consumers sales and service tax on food, House Bill 102, which would clarify the requirement for deposit and transfer of proceeds from the sale of real property, and House Bill 103 which would reallocate and distribute the severance tax on coal to the counties from which the coal is produced.

The House is adjourned until 3 p.m. tomorrow, August 2, 2011.

The following committees will meet today:
Finance-3 p.m.- 460M
Redistricting (public hearing)-5 p.m.-House Chamber

The following committee will meet tomorrow:
Redistricting-9 a.m.- 215E

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