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Today in the Legislature

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 12:29 PM

Senate Passes Two Bills

Two bills passed the Senate today, including Senate Bill 202 which would permit the Division of Forestry to enter into stewardship contracts with U. S. Forest Service. Senate Bill 331 also passed this afternoon. This bill would provide notice and the ability to be heard during certain criminal and parole hearings to persons who have resided with a victim for at least one year prior to the crime.

Five bills were read for a second time today. One is Senate Bill 382, which deals with the registration of sex offenders. Senate Bill 167 was also read for a second time, and it would authorize counties and municipalities accept credit or check card as payment.

There were 11 bills introduced today, including Senate Bill 462which relates to domestic violence proceedings and protective orders.

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

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Labor 9 A.M. - 208W

The Senate is adjourned until 11 A.M. tomorrow.



Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 12:29 PM

Mine Safety Bill Introduced in House
Senate Bill 165 was read on the House floor today, which would prohibit correctional officers from engaging in sexual acts with prisoners who are incarcerated, or on parole or probation.

Several bills were read on second reading today including House Bill 4103, which would consolidate enforcement of laws and government services in relation to the motor carrier industry, and House Bill 4291, which would determine the appropriate number and locations of law libraries in operation.

There were 14 bills introduced in the House. House Bill 4351 relates to mine safety and protection of "whistle-blowers," and House Bill 4356 would make it a misdemeanor to cause bodily injury to a child as a result of neglect.

The following meetings will be held this afternoon:
Judiciary- 1:00 p.m.- 410
Government Organization- 1:00 p.m.- 215E
Finance- 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.- 460

The following committees will meet tomorrow morning:
Veteran's Affairs & Homeland Security- 9:00 a.m.- 460
Natural Resources- 9:15 a.m.- 215E
Banking & Insurance- 10:00 a.m.- 215E

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Monday, January 30, 2012 - 03:02 PM

House Passes Two Bills in Afternoon Session
Two bills were passed in the House today including House Bill 4107 which will provide for online training of firefighters as well as provide proper safety equipment, and House Bill 4250, which relates to the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act.

House Bill 4060 was read on second reading today, and would prohibit correctional officers from engaging in sexual acts with prisoners who are incarcerated, or on parole or probation.

There were four bills read on first reading today. One of which was House Bill 4103, which would consolidate enforcement of laws and government services in relation to the motor carrier industry.

In addition, the House introduced 14 bills. House Bill 4337 would make it a misdemeanor to deny a rightful heir possession of civil war medals, and House Bill 4345 would involve prohibiting the unauthorized sale of railroad scrap metal.

The following meetings will be held this afternoon:
Finance- 1:30 p.m.- 460
Judiciary- 2:00 p.m.- 410
Health and Human Resources- 4:00 p.m.- 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Judiciary Subcommittee- 9:30 a.m.
Government Organization- 1:30 p.m.- 215E

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Monday, January 30, 2012 - 02:37 PM

Jason Flatt Act Passes Senate
In this afternoon's floor session the Senate passed six bills and introduced 11. The Senate also adopted Senate Resolution 14, which honors Pineville Volunteer Fire Department for their heroic actions while saving the life of Marcia McKinney, who was trapped on the second story of the fully engulfed house.

Of the bills passed, one is Senate Bill 221, which would create the Jason Flatt Act of 2012. The bill would require the Center for Professional Development to provide routine education of all professional educators and certain service personnel on warning signs and resource for suicide prevention.

Of the bills introduced, Senate Bill 452,would create the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights Act. The bill would require voter approval to increase governmental spending or debt and that summaries of ballot issues be mailed to voters.


The following committees will meet today:
Finance 3 P.M. - 451M
Judiciary 3 P.M. - 208W
Agriculture 2 P.M. - 451M
Pensions and Retirement 2 P.M. - 208W

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

The Senate is adjourned until 11 A.M.

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Friday, January 27, 2012 - 11:58 AM

House Welcomes Capito, Passes Two Bills
At the start of today's session, Delegate Armstead welcomed Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito to the the floor. Following that, the House went on to regular business and passed two bills.

House Bill 4238 will establish procedures for participants on the special absentee voting list, and House Bill 4251, relates to the amendment of the uniform commercial code.

Two bills were advanced to third reading, including House Bill 4107, which is in regards to firefighter training, and House Bill 4250, which would create the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act.

House Bill 4060, which prohibits sexual acts between people who are incarcerated, on parole, or on probation and correctional officers, was advanced to second reading.

A total of 15 bills were introduced, including House Bill 4236, which would seek to suspend or eliminate the federal gas tax, and House Bill 4330, which would designate a person's status as an honorably discharged veteran on his or her drivers license.

The House is adjourned until Monday at 1:00 p.m.

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Friday, January 27, 2012 - 11:55 AM

Senate Reads Six Bills for Second Time
In this afternoons floor session, the Senate read six bills for the second time.

The bills included Senate Bill 161, which would make it mandatory to report child abuse or neglect. The bill would also increase penalties for those who do not report it.

Also read this afternoon was Senate Bill 165, which would create a criminal offense for sexual contact on incarcerated persons by correctional employees, regardless of consent.

Another bill that was read for the second time is Senate Bill 209, which would substitute community service for confinement in jail for persons who are under the age of twenty-one and purchases, consumes, sells, serves or possesses alcoholic liquor. This bill would also to apply to those who misrepresents his or her age to purchase alcoholic liquor.

A final bill that was read was Senate Bill 210, which would make West Virginia law consistent with federal law with regards to withholding of personal income tax on gambling winnings.

The Senate is adjourned until 1 P.M. on Monday.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 12:44 PM

House Honors Jessica Lynch and Introduces 21 Bills
The House gave a long standing applause in honor of former prisoner of war, Jessica Lynch, today during session. Lynch was visiting the Capitol today to serve as ambassador for the Imagination Library program.

A total of 21 bills were introduced by the House today. Among those introduced was House Bill 4310, which would prohibit registered sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a school, child care facility, playground or a victim's home, and House Bill 4309, which states that if a child is habitually absent from school, he or she will be considered neglected.

House Bill 4107 regarding volunteer firefighter training, and House Bill 4250, which would create the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act, were both advanced to 2nd reading. House Bills that were advanced to 3rd reading include House Bill 4238, which would establish procedures for participants on the special absentee voting list and House Bill 4251, which is in relation to amending the uniform commercial code.

The following meetings will be held this afternoon:
Finance- 1:00 p.m.- 460
Judiciary- 1:00 p.m.- 410
Government Organization- 1:30 p.m.- 215E
Education- 2:00 p.m.- 434

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

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 12:35 PM

Senate Introduces Seven Bills
In this afternoon's floor session, the Senate introduced seven bills and read two for a second time.

One of the bills introduced is Senate Bill 436, which would facilitate collaboration between public school and higher education systems to promote a seamless curriculum.

One of the bills that was read for the second time is Senate Bill 209, which would substitute community service for confinement in jail for persons who are under the age of twenty-one and purchases, consumes, sells, serves or possesses alcoholic liquor. This bill would also to apply to those who misrepresents his or her age to purchase alcoholic liquor.

The other bill that was read for a second time is Senate Bill 210, which would make West Virginia law consistent with federal law with regards to withholding of personal income tax on gambling winnings.

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

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Military Committee 10 A.M. - 208W
Transportation and Infrastructure 10 A.M. - 451M

The Senate is adjourned until 11 A.M.



Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 12:09 PM

Undergraduate Research Talent Highlighted at Capitol
Today marked the 9th annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol. Young research talent from across the state filled the Rotunda and hallways, showcasing posters on research in areas ranging from studies of how odors impact stress levels to biomass as fuel to the study of nanoparticles.

One-hundred five 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 is being held in conjunction with Undergraduate Research Day, recognizing more than $300,000 in recent, competitively-funded state grants to colleges and universities to advance scientific research across West Virginia. Among the awards presented was a $100,000 award 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.



Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 01:01 PM

Senate Completes First Piece of Legislation
Today, the Senate completed the first piece of legislation for the 80th regular session. Senate Bill 4086, also known as "the cracker plant bill," will provide tax incentives for companies willing to locate large scale industrial plants in West Virginia. This piece of legislation now awaits the Governor's signature. If signed, the bill will become the first law passed this session. Senate Bill 7, which would allow police, fire and emergency service providers, to possess Naloxone to administer in suspected narcotic drug overdoses, was also passed through the Senate.

In addition to House Bill 4086, 18 bills were also introduced to the Senate today, including Senate Bill 209 and Senate Bill 210

The following committee meetings will be held this afternoon:
Finance- 3 p.m.- 451M
Judiciary- 3 p.m.- 208W
Natural Resources- 1 p.m.- 208W

The following committee meeting will be held tomorrow morning:
Finance- 9 a.m.- 451M
Health and Human Resources- 1 p.m.- 451M
Judiciary- 10 a.m.- 208W
Banking and Insurance- 2 p.m.- 208W
Education- 2 p.m.- 451M

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 12:03 PM

House Passes Four Bills
The House passed four bills and introduced 22 in a brief floor session this morning.

Little discussion accompanied the passage of four bills in the House today. Passed bills include: House Bill 4001,which would authorize boards to establish fees by legislative rule; House Bill 4002, relating to annual seminar requirements for professional licensing boards; House Bill 4003, which would clarify the law governing the duties of professional licensing boards and House Bill 4097, which would create a license to practice hair styling.

Twenty two bills were also introduced by the House today. Among the bills introduced was House Bill 4290, to be known as the “Keep Jobs in West Virginia Act.”

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

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

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 12:39 PM

Diserio Appointed Delegate of 2nd District
This morning, Phillip Diserio, pictured left, was appointed to fill the final vacancy in the House. Diserio will represent the 2nd Distict for the remainder of former Delegate Tim Ennis' term.

Three citations were presented by the House during the floor session, including one which recognizes today as Girl Scouts Day in the West Virginia Legislature. Recognition was also given to the Concord University baseball team for winning the 2011 WVIAC Championship and the Spring Valley Volleyball team for their 2011 State Championship win.

Eight bills were introduced. Among the bills introduced was House Bill 4271 , which would require the electronic submission of reports relating to the business and operations of licensed mortgage lenders, brokers and servicers as established through the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and to release the Commissioner of Banking from the duty to publish an aggregate analysis of the information contained in said reports annually.

Four bills were read for the second time today and were advanced to third reading: House Bill 4001,which would authorize boards to establish fees by legislative rule; House Bill 4002, relating to annual seminar requirements for professional licensing boards; House Bill 4003, which would clarify the law governing the duties of professional licensing boards and House Bill 4097, which would create a license to practice hair styling.

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

The following committees will meet tomorrow morning:
Agriculture 8:30 a.m. - 215 E
Finance 9:00 a.m.- 460 M
Banking & Insurance 10:00 a.m. - 215 E
Natural Resources 9:15 a.m. - 215 E

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 12:30 PM

Senate Passes Four Bills, Adopts Two Resolutions
The Senate introduced resolutions 8 and 9, which welcomed the Spring Valley High School Volleyball team and The Concord University Baseball Team. In addition to welcoming resolutions, the Senate introduced 21 bills, passed four bills, and advanced Senate Bill 7 to third reading.

The four bills passed through the Senate include: Senate Bill 100, which relates to fees collected by circuit court clerks; Senate Bill 118, which would terminate residential leases upon a tenants death; Senate Bill 129, which relates to descriptions of easements and rights-of-way; and Senate Bill 183, which would increase penalties for assault and battery on athletic official. They will now head to the House for consideration.

The following committee meetings will be held this afternoon:
Judiciary- 3 p.m.- 208W
Education- 2 p.m.- 451M
Finance- 3 p.m.- 451M
Health and Human Resources- 1 p.m.- 451M
Banking and Insurance- 2 p.m.- 208W

The following committee meeting will be held tomorrow morning:
Energy, Industry and Mining- 10 a.m.- 208W
Natural Resources- 1 p.m.- 208W
Energy, Labor- 9 a.m.- 208W
Interstate Cooperation- 1 p.m.- 451M

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

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Monday, January 23, 2012 - 02:19 PM

Senate Passes Two Bills During Afternoon Floor Session
The Senate passed two bills today, and laid over Senate Bill 118 on third reading. Senate Bill 30 and Senate Bill 96 were among the two bills passed in the Senate today. In addition to the bills passed, the Senate also advanced Senate Bill 7 to second reading.

Senate Bill 30 would provide additional means to notify DMV of purchase of junked vehicle, and Senate Bill 96 would redefine the basis for disqualification of prospective jurors.

The following committee meetings will be held this afternoon:
Judiciary- 3 p.m.- 208W
Finance- 3 p.m.- 451M
Agriculture- 2 p.m.- 451M
Pensions and Retirement- 2:30 p.m.- 208W

The following committee meeting will be held tomorrow morning:
Government Organization- 10:00 a.m.- 208W
Health and Human Resources- 1 p.m.- 451M
Economic Development- 9 a.m.- 451MB
Banking and Insurance- 2 p.m.- 208W
Transportation and Infrastructure 10 a.m.- 451MB

The Senate is adjourned until tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Monday, January 23, 2012 - 02:11 PM

House Passes Two Bills
The House passed two bills this afternoon: House Bill 4078 and House Bill 4086. House Bill 4078, would extend certain deadlines mandated actions regarding higher education personnel. House Bill 4086 passed after the constitutional rule that a bill be read on three separate days was suspended. The bill would designate certain property as a qualified capital addition to a manufacturing facility.

18 bills were also introduced by the House. Among the bills introduced is House Bill 4260, relating to insurance coverage for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

Four bills were read for the first time today and advanced to second reading: House Bill 4001,which would authorize boards to establish fees by legislative rule; House Bill 4002, relating to annual seminar requirements for professional licensing boards; House Bill 4003, which would clarify the law governing the duties of professional licensing boards and House Bill 4097, which would create a license to practice hair styling.

The following committees will meet today:
Finance 1:45 p.m. - 460 M
Education 2:00 p.m. - 434 M
Judiciary 2:00 p.m. - 410 M
Health and Human Resources 4:00 p.m. - 215 E

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

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 12:21 PM

Juror Disqualification Bill Advances to Third Reading
Today in the Senate, 23 bills were introduced and several bills were advanced to third reading. Senate Bill 30 would provide for alternative means for the initial purchaser of junked vehicles to notify the division in compliance with the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System. In addition to Senate Bill 30, Senate Bills 96 and 118 were also advanced to third reading. If passed through the Legislature, Senate Bill 96 will redefine the basis for disqualification of prospective jurors. Senate Bill 118 would allow for termination of residential leases upon a tenants death.

Senate Bill 129, which relates to descriptions of easements and rights-of-way, will lay over on 2nd reading for further consideration.

The following committee meetings will be held on Monday:
Agriculture- 2 p.m.- 451 MB
Pensions and Retirement- 2 p.m.- 208 W

The Senate is adjourned until 1 P.M. on Monday.

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Friday, January 20, 2012 - 12:16 PM

Bill Increasing Penalties for Failure to Report Missing Children Introduced
The House introduced House Resolution 8, identifying their opposition of the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Constitution in Citizens United relating to the constitutional rights of corporations.

16 bills were introduced in the House today. Among them was House Bill 4242 , which would criminalize the failure of a custodian to report a missing child to law-enforcement officials.

Two bills were passed during today’s floor session: House Bill 2533 would require the identities of signatories to a certificate for a person seeking ballot access to be made public and verified and House Bill 4072, which would eliminate requirement for county boards of education to meet on the first Monday of July.

House Bill 4078, which extends certain deadlines for mandated actions regarding higher education personnel, was advanced to third reading.

The House is adjourned until 1 p.m. Monday.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 03:38 PM

Fitness and Fun Jumpstart New West Virginia Activity Plan at the Capitol
The challenge of achieving healthy lifestyles and physical fitness was extended to West Virginians today with the start of a new program called the West Virginia Physical Activity Plan. Athletes, dancers, and promoters of health and wellness from all over the state convened at the Capitol today to offer free advice and live demonstrations as to how West Virginians can get in on the action. The West Virginia Physical Activity Plan has one main objective: address the importance of physical wellness, support healthy lifestyles, and better the quality of life for the citizens of our state.

Attending the program's launch today were several West Virginia citizens, as well as former NBA star and Hall of Famer, Dominique Wilkins, and "America's Got Talent" winner, Landau Eugene Murphy, Junior. Avid supporter of the program, Senator Ron Stollings, introduced Wilkins and Murphy, who spoke briefly on the subject of health and wellness. Murphy stressed the importance of encouraging the children of West Virginia to be healthy and strive for physically fitness.

Other participants in today's activities included Zumba Instructors and dancers who showed constituents and lawmakers alike how easy it can be to maintain a healthy lifestyle through high intensity dance aerobics. Fitness Instructor, Cathy Capps-Amburgey led the group during several routines and offered free one day passes to anyone who would like to join the fun at the Kanawha Valley YMCA.



Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 01:02 PM

Senate Recognizes West Virginia Physical Activity Day
The Senate honored West Virginia Fitness Day today with Senate Resolution 6. Representatives from the West Virginia Activity Plan Coordinating Committee were among guests on the Senate floor today.

In addition to Resolution SR6, seven Senate Bills were introduced today on the Senate Floor. Of the seven bills, three bills advanced to second reading, and Senate Bill 30 remained on second reading. Senate Bill 30 would provide additional means to notify DMVs of purchase of junked vehicle. Senate Bill 118 relates to descriptions of easements and rights-of-way. would allow for termination of residential leases upon a tenants death. Senate Bill 129 relates to descriptions of easements and rights-of-way.

The following committee meetings will be held this afternoon:
Judiciary- 3 p.m.- 208W
Education- 2 p.m.- 451M
Finance- 3 p.m.- 451M
Economic Development- 9 a.m.- 451MB
Military- 10 a.m.- 208W
Transportation and Infrastructure 10 a.m.- 451MB

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 12:55 PM

House Introduces 111 Bills
This morning, the House introduced 111 bills. Among them was House Bill 4063, which would authorize the Human Rights Commission to proclaim a legislative rule regarding housing discrimination against people with disabilities who use assistance animals.
Two bills were read for the first time today and were advanced to second reading: House Bill 4006, relating to elevator workers' licensure exemptions and House Bill 4078, extending certain deadlines for mandated actions regarding higher education personnel.

The House read two bills for the second time today and both advanced to third reading: House Bill 2533, requiring the identities of signatories to a certificate for a person seeking ballot access to be made public and verified and House Bill 4072, eliminating requirement for county boards of education to meet on the first Monday of July.

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

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance 9 a.m.-460 M
The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 12:30 PM

Juror Disqualification Bill Read First Time
Senate Bill 96 was advanced to second reading today on the Senate Floor. Senate Bill 96 would disqualify jurors who have committed a crime that met or exceeded the sentencing of one year, or any crime involving dishonesty or false statement. In addition to Senate Bill 96, 120 other bill were introduced to the Senate floor. Senate Bill 233 would announce legislative rule in regards to mixed martial arts, and Senate Bill 249 relates to air pollution control and solid waste combustion.

The following committee meetings will be held this afternoon:
Government Organization- 2 p.m.- 208W
Judiciary- 3 p.m.- 208W
Finance- 3 p.m.- 451M

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 12:24 PM

House Designates Today as Disability Advocacy Day, Passes First Bills
During this afternoon's floor session, the House adopted House Resolution 7, which designated today as Disability Advocacy Day.

The House also passed 3 bills during the floor session. One bill that was passed is House Bill 2402 which redefines the term "public record" as it is used in the Freedom of Information Act. The second bill that was passed is House Bill 2521, which eliminates the requirement of serving domestic violence orders by certified mail. The third bill that was passed in the House today is House Bill 3128, which changes filing a civil petition instead of a motion for expungement of records relating to an arrest.
In addition to passing 3 bills, the House introduced a total of 20 bills. This included House Bill 4103, which would call for a consolidation of government services and enforcement of laws pertaining to the motor carrier industry.

Two bills were also read for the first time today. They were 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, and House Bill 4072, which would eliminate the requirement for county boards of education to meet on the first Monday of July.

The following committees will meet today:
Energy, Industry and Labor, Economic Development and Small Business 1 P.M. - 460M
Health and Human Resources 4 P.M. - 215E
Roads and Transportation 2 P.M. - 215E
Political Subdivisions 1 P.M. - 215E
Senior Citizen Issues 3 P.M. - 215E

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Education 9 A.M. - 410M
Finance 9 A.M. - 460M

The House is adjourned until 11 A.M. tomorrow.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 12:16 PM

Senate Introduces 24 Bills
Today on the Senate Floor, a special musical presentation was given by children from the Clay Center. The Senate also introduced 24 bills including Senate Bill 211, which would create a secondary traffic offense for texting while driving, and Senate Bill 218, which would create alternative programs for teacher education.

The following committee meetings will be held this afternoon:
Health and Human Resources- 1 p.m.- 451M
Education- 2 p.m.- 451M
Judiciary- 3 p.m.- 208W
Finance- 3 p.m.- 451M

The following committee meetings will be held tomorrow morning:
Labor- 9 a.m.- 208 W
Energy, Industry, and Mining- 10 a.m.- 208W

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 12:09 PM

House Honors Clay Center, Welcomes New Delegate
In this afternoon's session, the House adopted House Resolution 6 which recognizes statewide contributions of the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia.

After honoring the Clay Center, the House introduced 17 bills. Among these was House Bill 4100. This bill would create criminal offenses for the trafficking of persons, illegal aliens and involuntary servitude. House Bill 4091 was also introduced and would establish an offense for operating a motor vehicle while sending or reading a text message.

A number of bills were read for the second time today. Among these were House Bill 2521, House Bill 3128 and House Bill 3132.

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

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Veterans Affairs 9 A.M. - 460M
Agriculture 8:30 A.M. - 215E
Banking and Insurance 10 A.M. - 215E

The House is adjourn until 11 A.M. tomorrow.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 09:36 AM

Justin J. Marcum Sworn In
Justin J. Marcum (D-Mingo) was sworn in to the House of Delegates by Judge J.D. Bean Monday evening. Marcum was appointed to fill the vacancy in the 20th District by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin earlier Monday.

Marcum will finish the remainder of former Del. K. Steve Kominar's term, following Kominar's resignation on Sunday. Marcum will be representing Mingo and Wayne counties.

Marcum is a graduate of Marshall University and the Appalachian School of Law and is currently a Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney. He has also worked in the past as an underground coal miner.



Monday, January 16, 2012 - 03:04 PM

Legislators Recognize Dr. Martin Luther King
Lawmakers, civic leaders, social activists, members of the West Virginia’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission and others took part in the Annual Bell-Ringing Ceremony honoring the legacy and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, on this his birthday and national holiday.

Following a march from the Asbury United Methodist Church the replica Liberty Bell, which is located on the North Side of the Capitol Building, was rung by visiting school children along with the Governor and others.

It’s the mission of the Martin Luther King, Jr. West Virginia Holiday Commission to provide programs celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The programs reflect the principles and philosophies of nonviolent direct actions to achieve the goals of peace, freedom and equality for all people of which Dr King represented, preached and lived.



Monday, January 16, 2012 - 02:20 PM

House Introduces 10 Bills
Many House members stood up and spoke about Martin Luther King Jr. to honor him today.

After honoring Martin Luther King Jr. the House introduced a total of 10 bills. Among these bills was House Bill 4077 which, would allow a dental hygienist to place dental sealants on a patient's teeth without first having to have a dental examination by a licensed dentist.

Four bills were read for the first time today in the House. These bills were House Bill 2402, House Bill 2521, House Bill 3128 and House Bill 3132.

The following committees will meet today:
Finance 1 P.M. - 460M
Health and Human Resources 4 P.M. - 215E
Judiciary 2 P.M. - 410M
Government Organization 1:30 P.M. - 215E
Education 2 P.M. - 434M

The following committees will meet tomorrow:
Health and Human Resources 9 A.M.- 215E
Government Organization 1 P.M. - 215E
Judiciary 1 P.M. - 410M

The House is adjourned until 11 A.M. tomorrow.

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Monday, January 16, 2012 - 02:14 PM

Senate Introduces 16 Bills and Honors Martin Luther King
The Appalachian Children's Chorus began today's Senate floor session by singing two West Virginia classics, "Home Among the Hills" and "Country Roads." After the chorus left the floor, Senator Unger spoke briefly about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In addition, 16 bills were introduced including Senate Bill 198, which would require Medicaid dental coverage for mothers of newborns, and Senate Bill 186, which would provide salary equity supplement payments to teachers and service personnel.

The following committee meetings will be held this afternoon:
Judiciary- 3 p.m.- 208W
Finance- 3 p.m.- 451M
Pensions and Retirement- 2 p.m.- 208W
Agriculture- 2 p.m.- 451M

The following committee meeting will be held tomorrow morning:
Economic Development- 9 a.m.- 451M
Transportation and Infrastructure- 10 a.m.-208W

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Friday, January 13, 2012 - 11:59 AM

Senate Introduces 17 Bills During Brief Floor Session
This afternoon, the Senate convened briefly and introduced 17 bills during the floor session. Some of those bills include Senate Bill 173, which provides worker’s compensation benefits under certain circumstances for citizens with mental illness and Senate Bill 178, which would make it unlawful to harm police dogs.

The Senate also adopted Senate Resolution 4, which supports recommendations of WV Partnership for Elder Living's Make a Plan for Alzheimer's Final Report and Recommendations.

The Senate will reconvene Monday, January 16 at 1:00 p.m.

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Friday, January 13, 2012 - 11:57 AM

House Introduces 28 Bills
During this afternoon's floor session, the House introduced a total of 28 bills.

Among these bills was House Bill 4067, which would require a driller or owner of a natural gas well who contaminates a groundwater aquifer to remediate the aquifer with the best available technology until it meets the standards of the Clean Water Act. The bill requires the system to be part of the state Water Resources Plan.

The House also introduced House Bill 4049, which would require the Department of Environmental Protection to maintain an Office of Internal Auditing.

The House is adjourned until 1 P.M. on Monday January 16, 2012

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Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 12:30 PM

House Honors Walter E. Jack Rollins
During this afternoon's floor session, the House honored Mineral County native Walter E. Jack Rollins with a citation.

Rollins was an American musician who co-wrote "Here Comes Peter Cottontail," and "Frosty the Snowman." Jack Rollins also wrote "Smokey the Bear" for the public-service mascot Smokey Bear, and co-wrote many country songs for artists such as Hank Snow, George Jones and Eddy Arnold.

The House also adopted House Resolution 4, which declares today "Transportation Day" at the Capitol.

A total of 46 bills were introduced including House Bill 4005, which would prohibit texting while driving.

The following Committees will meet today:
Finance - 1 P.M. 460M
Judiciary - 1 P.M. 410M

The following Committees will meet tomorrow:
Finance - 9 A.M. 460M
Judiciary - 9A.M. 410M

The House is adjourned until 11 A.M. tomorrow.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 12:14 PM

Senate Introduces Eight Bills, Adopts Highway Resolution
The Senate introduced eight bills during a brief morning floor session. Included in those bills were Senate Bill 161, which requires people to report child abuse; penalties and Senate Bill 162, which requires utility companies to submit least-cost plans.

The Senate also adopted Senate Resolution 3, which recognizes the importance of the state's highway system and urges its funding.

The Senate Finance Committee will meet today at 3 p.m. in room 451M

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



Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 08:20 PM

Budget Bill Introduced Following State of the State Address
The House and Senate reconvened at 7:00 p.m. this evening for a joint session in the House Chamber for the Governor's presentation of the 2012 State of the State Address.

Both the House and Senate met briefly following the Governor's speech in order to introduce the Budget Bill.

The following committees will meet tomorrow morning:

Senate Finance-9:30 a.m.-451M
House Finance-9 a.m.-460M

Both chambers will reconvene tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 02:31 PM

House Convenes 2nd Regular Session of 80th Legislature
This afternoon, the House of Delegates convened for the 2nd Regular Session of the 80th Legislature.

After adopting procedural resolutions the House adopted House Concurrent Resolution 1, which extends a formal invitation to the Governor to deliver the State of the State address tonight at 7 P.M.

The House also introduced the first bills of the session, all of which were carryover bills from last year’s regular session.

The following committee will meet today:
Finance-2 P.M.-460M

The following committee will meet tomorrow:
Finance-9 A.M.-460M

The House will reconvene at 6:50 P.M. this evening.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 01:59 PM

Senate Convenes Regular Session
The State Senate convened the Second Regular Session of the 80th Legislature today at noon. After establishing a quorum, the Senate introduced 159 bills.

The body then adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 1, which extends a formal invitation to the Governor to deliver the State of the State Address tonight at 7 P.M.

The Senate is in recess until 6:50 P.M.

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