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William P. Cole III (R - Mercer, 06)



Capitol Office:
Room 229M, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7801


Bluefield, WV, 24701
Home Phone:
Business Phone: (304) 3270511


CHAIR: Rules

CHAIR: Government and Finance
CHAIR: Post Audits Subcommittee
CHAIR: Special Investigations
EX OFFICIO: Health and Human Resources Accountability
NONVOTING: Education Accountability


District Counties: McDowell (part), Mercer, Mingo (part), Wayne (part)



President Cole was the Lead Sponsor of 60 bills
SB 1Establishing WV Workplace Freedom ActPASS
SB 269Budget BillPending
SB 341Expiring funds from Insurance Commissioner, Examination Revolving Fund and Insurance Commission Fund to State Fund, General RevenueSigned
SB 342Decreasing appropriations from State Fund, General Revenue, to DHHR, Division of Human Services and Bureau of Senior ServicesSigned
SB 343Authorizing prosecuting attorneys designate law-enforcement officers and investigators as custodians of recordsPending
SB 344Clarifying composition and chairmanship of Commission on Special InvestigationsPendingJudiciary
SB 349Updating meaning of federal adjusted gross incomeSigned
SB 350Exempting community-based behavioral health facilities, programs or services from certificate of need PendingHealth and Human Resources
SB 351Dedicating severance tax proceedsSigned
SB 352Dedicating corporation net income tax proceeds to railwaysSigned
SB 353Relating to allocation of premiums for employers and employees in PEIAPendingFinance
SB 354Updating meaning of federal taxable incomePendingFinance
SB 357Supplemental appropriation from Lottery Net Profits to Bureau of Senior Services, Lottery Senior Citizens FundSigned
SB 360Supplemental appropriation to Division of Human ServicesSigned
SB 364Supplemental appropriation expiring funds to General RevenueSigned
SB 400Reducing amount of sales tax proceeds dedicated to School Major Improvement FundSigned
SB 425Expanding definition of underground facility in One-Call System ActPendingJudiciary
SB 426Continuing Office of Coalfield Community DevelopmentSigned
SB 427Transferring funds from State Excess Lottery Fund to Department of RevenueBL
SB 430Allowing transportation network companies operate in statePending
SB 431Authorizing pharmacists and pharmacy interns dispense opioid antagonistsSigned
SB 432Relating to levies on classifications of property by Board of Public WorksPendingFinance
SB 440Expanding Learn and Earn ProgramPendingEducation
SB 441Supplemental appropriation from State Road Fund to DOT, Division of HighwaysPendingFinance
SB 442Supplemental appropriation of federal funds to PSC, Motor Carrier DivisionPendingFinance
SB 443Supplemental appropriation of federal funds to DHHR, Consolidated Medical Service FundPendingFinance
SB 444Supplemental appropriation of public moneys in Treasury to DHHR, Division of Health, WV Birth-to-Three FundPendingFinance
SB 445Requiring well operators and pipeline operators to report emergency incidents to Division of Homeland SecurityPending
SB 446Supplemental appropriation of federal funds to State Board of Education, School Lunch ProgramPendingFinance
SB 447Supplemental appropriation of federal funds to Department of Commerce, WorkForce West Virginia, Workforce Investment ActPendingFinance
SB 448Supplemental appropriation of public moneys in Treasury to Department of Revenue, Tax Division, Wine Tax Administration FundPendingFinance
SB 449Supplemental appropriation from State Fund, General Revenue to Department of Administration, Public Defender ServicesSigned
SB 450Supplemental appropriation from State Fund, General Revenue to DHHR, Division of HealthSigned
SB 451Supplemental appropriation from State Fund, General Revenue to Department of Military Affairs and Public SafetySigned
SB 452Revising school aid formulaPendingEducation
SB 456Setting maximum amount that can be collected for air-ambulance servicesPendingFinance
SB 457Authorizing information sharing by Workforce West Virginia with certain state agenciesPending
SB 458Creating Innovation in Education-designated schoolsPendingEducation
SB 459Requiring county board of education to pay tuition to Mountaineer Challenge AcademySigned
SB 460Repealing regulation of opioid treatment programs and creating licenses for all medication-assisted programsPendingJudiciary
SB 461Updating WV Workforce Investment Act to WV Workforce Innovation and Opportunity ActSigned
SB 462Reducing deposit of excess lottery proceeds into WV Infrastructure FundSigned
SB 463Reducing amount of sales tax proceeds to School Major Improvement FundPendingEducation
SB 464Supplementary appropriation of public moneys in Treasury to DEPPendingFinance
SB 558Maintaining solvency of Unemployment Compensation FundSigned
SB 634Creating William R. Laird IV Second Chance Driver's License ActSigned
SB 1001Budget BillPending
SB 1002Expiring funds from various accounts to unappropriated balance in State Fund, General RevenueSigned
SB 1005Increasing tax rate on cigarettes and tobacco productsRejected
SB 1006Authorizing Governor to furlough state employees and pay certain obligations in event of fiscal emergencyPendingJudiciary
SB 1009Authorizing DEP to promulgate legislative rulesPendingJudiciary
SB 1010Supplemental appropriation from State Fund, General Revenue to Department of Education, State Board of EducationSigned
SB 1011Reducing distributions to WV Infrastructure FundSigned
SB 1012Increasing tax rate on cigarettes and other tobacco productsSigned
SB 1013Budget BillSigned
SB 1014Creating PEIA Financial Stability FundPending
SB 1015Relating to participation in Motor Vehicle Alcohol Test and Lock Program Signed
SB 1016Supplemental appropriation of public moneys to Department of Revenue, PEIA Financial Stability FundPending
SB 1017Authorizing miscellaneous agencies and boards to promulgate legislative rules Signed
SB 2001Expiring funds and appropriating moneys from certain accounts into Civil Contingent FundPendingFinance


Release TitleDate
Statement from Senate President Cole on the passing of former Senate President Larry Tucker. 11/18/2016
Statement from Senate President Bill Cole on mid-year budget cuts11/15/2016

Senate President Cole Statement on West Virginia’s Downgraded Bond Rating

President Cole, Speaker Armstead Statement on Court of Claims Report08/21/2016
Senate President Bill Cole Encourages West Virginians to Help With Flood Relief Efforts06/24/2016
Senate President Bill Cole Urges Caution During State of Emergency06/23/2016
Senate Passes Fiscal Year 2017 Budget06/14/2016
Statement from Senate President Bill Cole on Budget Bill Veto06/08/2016
Senate Passes Balanced Budget for Fiscal Year 201706/02/2016
Legislature Completes Supplemental Appropriation for Fiscal Year 201605/27/2016
Senate President Cole Urges House of Delegates to Present Budget Plan With Suggested Cuts05/25/2016
Speaker Armstead, President Cole Reiterate Legislature's Commitment To Funding PEIA 03/23/2016
Joint Statement From President Cole, Speaker Armstead On New Revenue Projections03/15/2016
Senate President Bill Cole Touts Accomplishments of Legislative Session03/12/2016
Op. Ed. - Dealing With Our Fiscal Crisis … Responsibly03/08/2016
Statement from Senate President Bill Cole on Override of Concealed Carry Veto03/05/2016
This Week in the West Virginia Senate 03/05/2016
Statement from Senate President Bill Cole on Religious Freedom Restoration Act03/02/2016
This Week in the West Virginia Senate02/28/2016
Statement from Senate President Bill Cole on Senator John Unger's Petition for Injunction02/24/2016
Statement from Senate President Bill Cole on Tobacco Tax Increase02/23/2016
This Week in the West Virginia Senate02/20/2016
This Week In The Senate 02/12/2016
Statement from Senate President Bill Cole on Workplace Freedom, Prevailing Wage Vetoes02/11/2016
Statement from Senate President Bill Cole Regarding U.S. Supreme Court's Decision on Clean Power Plan02/10/2016
This Week in the West Virginia Senate02/06/2016
West Virginia Senate Passes Prevailing Wage Repeal Bill02/04/2016
West Virginia Senate Advances Prevailing Wage Repeal Bill02/02/2016
This Week in the West Virginia Senate01/29/2016
Statement from Senate President Bill Cole Regarding Layoffs of Nearly 900 Employees of Alpha Natural Resources01/26/2016
Senate President Bill Cole Issues Statement on the Passing of Former Senator Eloise Jack01/23/2016
This Week in the West Virginia Senate01/22/2016
Statement from Senate President Bill Cole Regarding the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Decision Regarding the Ninth Senatorial District01/22/2016
Sue Cline Appointed to Ninth District Senate Seat01/22/2016
Senate Passes West Virginia Workplace Freedom Act01/21/2016
Statement from Senate President Bill Cole in Response to Governor Tomblin's State of the State Address01/13/2016
Statement from Senate President Bill Cole About State Board of Education Vote to Repeal Standards12/17/2015
Senate President Bill Cole Praises West Virginia's Removal from 'Judicial Hellholes' List12/17/2015
Senate President Bill Cole issued the following statement regarding Thursday’s meeting of the PEIA Finance Board12/11/2015
Senate President Cole Sends Letter to State School Building Authority Regarding Fayette County Schools11/25/2015
Speaker Armstead, President Cole Respond To Right-To-Work Study Results11/15/2015
Statement from Speaker Armstead, President Cole on Biweekly Pay Delay11/03/2015
Senate President Bill Cole, Speaker Tim Armstead Honored with State Legislative Achievement Award10/28/2015
Senate President Bill Cole, Delegates Sponsor Resolution Supporting Coal Industry at Southern States Energy Board Meeting09/28/2015
Delegate Bob Ashley Appointed to 3rd District Senate Seat09/15/2015
Senate President Cole, Speaker Armstead Sign Letter to Revoke ‘Memorandum of Agreement’ Regarding Common Core Standards08/04/2015
Senate President Cole, Speaker of the House Armstead Pledge to Defend West Virginia's Coal Mining Industry08/03/2015
Joint Committee Issues Subpoena to WorkForce West Virginia for Prevailing Wage Documents07/07/2015
Media Advisory: Senate President Cole, Speaker Armstead Join to Support ARENA05/15/2015
Senate President Bill Cole Urges West Virginians to Be Prepared in Advance of Winter Storm Thor03/04/2015
Creating Public Charter Schools Act of 2015 Placed On Senate Calendar Following Floor Motion to Place Bill on First Reading 02/24/2015
West Virginia Senate Passes Coal Jobs and Safety Act of 201502/10/2015
West Virginia Senate to Designate February 10 As Drug Court Day 02/10/2015
West Virginia Senate Passes Comparative Fault Reform02/09/2015
Gregory L. Boso Appointed to 11th District Senate Seat01/16/2015
Cole Elected President of West Virginia Senate 01/14/2015
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