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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

404 Oakhurst Avenue
Bluefield, WV, 24701
Home Phone: (304) 324-0040
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 48 bills
SB 1Repealing Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Act; creating net metering of customer-generatorsPending
SB 233Budget BillPendingFinance
SB 240Updating terms in Personal Income Tax ActPendingFinance
SB 241Updating terms in Corporation Net Income Tax ActPendingFinance
SB 242Creating criminal penalties for certain automated telephone calls during state of emergency or preparednessSigned
SB 243Relating to school nutrition standards during state of emergency or preparednessSigned
SB 254Relating to Fire, EMS and Law-Enforcement Officer Survivor Benefit ActPendingFinance
SB 255Eliminating certain boards, councils, committees, panels, task forces and commissionsSigned
SB 262Transferring CHIP and Children's Health Insurance Agency from Department of Administration to DHHRSigned
SB 264Reducing severance tax proceeds dedicated to Infrastructure General Obligation Debt Service FundPendingFinance
SB 265Reducing distribution of excess lottery proceeds to Infrastructure Fund; increasing funds available for grantsPendingFinance
SB 266Eliminating sales tax exemption on certain highway construction and maintenance materials Pending
SB 267Repealing code relating to Governor's Office of Health Enhancement and Lifestyle PlanningSigned
SB 268Terminating dedication of corporation net income tax proceeds to railroadsPendingFinance
SB 273Relating to brewer, resident brewer, brewpub, Class A and B retail dealer, private club and Class A and B retail licensee licensing and operationsSigned
SB 274Relating to TANF program sanctionsSigned
SB 280Allowing well work permit transfers Signed
SB 288Relating to public school financingPendingEducation
SB 294Eliminating certain unnecessary, inactive or redundant councils, committees and boardsSigned
SB 303Reducing sales tax proceeds dedicated to School Major Improvement Fund and School Construction FundPendingEducation
SB 335Creating Access to Opioid Antagonists ActSigned
SB 363Establishing maximum rates and service limitations for reimbursement of health care services by Court of ClaimsSigned
SB 367Authorizing recalculation of base tax revenue amount for sales tax increment financing districtsPendingFinance
SB 370Reorganizing Governor's Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Correction and certain subcommitteesSigned
SB 393Reforming juvenile justice systemSigned
SB 397Transferring powers and duties of Affordable Housing Trust Fund to Housing Development FundPending
SB 408Relating to Underwood-Smith Teacher Loan Assistance ProgramPendingFinance
SB 440Making supplementary appropriation of federal funds to Department of CommercePendingFinance
SB 441Supplementing, amending, decreasing and increasing appropriations from State Road Fund to DOHPendingFinance
SB 443Making supplementary appropriation from State Fund, State Excess Lottery Revenue Fund, to DHSPendingFinance
SB 462Expiring funds to State Fund, General Revenue, from Auditor's Office, Purchasing Card Administration FundPendingFinance
SB 463Making supplementary appropriation to DHHR, DHS, Health Care Provider Tax, Medicaid State Share FundSigned
SB 464Making supplementary appropriation from State Fund, State Excess Lottery Revenue Fund, to DHHR, DHSPendingFinance
SB 465Expiring funds to State Fund, General Revenue, from various accountsPendingFinance
SB 466Making supplementary appropriation of federal funds to Department of CommerceSigned
SB 467Making supplementary appropriation of federal funds to Department of Agriculture, State Conservation CommitteeSigned
SB 468Expiring funds to State Fund, General Revenue, from Joint Expenses and DHHR, DHS, TRIP FundPendingFinance
SB 469Making supplementary appropriation of federal funds to DEP, Division of Environmental ProtectionSigned
SB 470Making supplementary appropriation of Lottery Net Profits to State Department of Education, School Building Authority, Debt Service FundPendingFinance
SB 471Making supplementary appropriation of federal funds to DHHR, Human Rights Commission, and DHHR, DHSSigned
SB 472Making supplementary appropriation to DOT, DMV, Motor Vehicle Fees FundSigned
SB 473Making supplementary appropriation of federal funds to DMAPS, WV State PoliceSigned
SB 474Making supplementary appropriation of Lottery Net Profits to Bureau of Senior Services, Lottery Senior Citizens FundPendingFinance
SB 475Making supplementary appropriation to DMAPS, Division of Corrections, Parolee Supervision Fees, and WV State Police, Motor Vehicle Inspection FundSigned
SB 476Making supplementary appropriation to Department of Administration, Division of Purchasing, Purchasing Improvement FundSigned
SB 477Supplementing, amending, decreasing and increasing appropriation from State Road Fund to DOHSigned
SB 508Reorganizing Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation AuthoritySigned
SB 523Creating Alcohol and Drug Overdose Prevention and Clemency ActSigned


Release TitleDate
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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