Member's Press Release

Release Date: 03/07/2017
Contact: Jacque Bland at (304) 590-4678


Senate Calendar and Committee Schedule for Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – 29th Day of Session

The Senate will convene at 11 a.m.


  • Eng. SB 198: Expanding Health Sciences Program to allow certain medical practitioners in underserved areas
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for SB 280: Moving administration of Civil Air Patrol to Adjutant General
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for SB 338: Relating to medical professional liability (original similar to HB 2682, HB 2757)
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for SB 358: Relating generally to trustee sale of timeshare estates (original similar to HB 2782)


  • Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for SB 173: Relating to autocycles (original similar to HB 2530, HB 2576)
  • SB 185: Allowing spending units designate fund into which proceeds from sale of surplus property must be deposited
  • Com. Sub. for SB 206: Expanding definition of "kidnapping" to include taking or gaining custody of, confining or concealing person by force
  • Com. Sub. for SB 220: Relating to offenses and penalties under Uniform Controlled Substances Act (original similar to HB 2003, HB 2643, HB 2645)
  • SB 365: Maintaining solvency of Unemployment Compensation Fund (original similar to HB 2784)


  • SB 235: Relating to motorcycle registration renewal
  • Com. Sub. for SB 259: Requiring administrators of intestate estates to give bond and take oath
  • Com. Sub. for SB 473: Permitting collection and sale of naturally shed deer antlers

    Scheduled Committee Meetings

    10 a.m.: Workforce (208W)

  • SB 399: Prohibiting political subdivisions from enacting local ordinances regulating benefits employers provide to employees

    10 a.m.: Interstate Cooperation (451M)

  • Organizational Meeting: Welcome and introduction of Committee Staff

    Immediately Following Floor Session: Confirmations (208W)

  • Consideration of Senate Executive Message No. 3-T Nominations

    2 p.m.: Agriculture and Rural Development (208W)

  • SB 283: Creating Food Production Act. (To be referred to sub-committee)
  • SB 531: Relating to renewal date for apiary certificates of registration
  • SB 183: Transferring Division of Forestry from Department of Commerce to Department of Agriculture

    2 p.m.: Pensions (451M)

  • SB 393: Relating to administration of municipal pensions

    3 p.m.: Judiciary (208W)

  • TBA

    3 p.m. Finance (451M)

  • Budget Hearing: West Virginia Consumer Advocate Division
  • Budget Hearing: West Virginia Public Service Commission
  • SB 299: Supplementing, amending, decreasing and increasing items of appropriations from State Road Fund to DOH
  • SB 300: Supplemental appropriation from unappropriated balance in Treasury to Division of Personnel
  • SB 301: Supplemental appropriation of federal funds from Treasury to State Board of Education, School Lunch Program
  • SB 302: Supplemental appropriation of federal funds from Treasury to Division of Human Services
  • SB 303: Supplemental appropriation of public moneys from Treasury to DHHR
  • SB 305: Supplemental appropriation of public moneys from Treasury to Fire Commission
  • SB 306: Supplemental appropriation of federal funds from Treasury to Workforce West Virginia

    Senate Bills to be Introduced Wednesday, March 8, 2017

  • SB 538: Requiring parolees engage in alcohol or drug therapy as condition of parole (Trump; Judiciary)
  • SB 539: Making significant revisions to law regulating election financing (Ferns, Rucker; Judiciary)
  • SB 540: Requiring school counselors inform graduating students of student aid availability (Maynard; Education)
  • SB 541: Permitting county boards of education post professional personnel job vacancies (FN) (Maynard; Education)
  • SB 542: Providing special obligation notes to finance construction to complete Interstates 73 and 74 (Maynard, Cline, Mullins, Plymale, Swope, Takubo; Transportation & Infrastructure then Finance)
  • SB 543: Allowing maximum number of pupils exceed up to 5 in certain instances (Mullins; Education then Finance)
  • SB 544: Relating to use of aftermarket automobile crash parts (Maynard, Stollings, Smith, Cline, Prezioso, Facemire, Boso, Palumbo; Judiciary)
  • SB 545: Increasing penalties for malicious assault, unlawful assault and assault on law-enforcement officer (Cline; Judiciary)
  • SB 546: Creating emergency text number systems for children (Cline; Gov Org)
  • SB: 547: Modifying fees paid to Secretary of State (FN) (Blair; Finance)
  • SB 548: Providing for specific escheat of US savings bonds (Hall; Judiciary)
  • SB 549: Allowing individuals at least 21 or older operate or ride motorcycle without helmet (Maynard; Transportation & Infrastructure then Judiciary
  • SB 550: Relating to disposition of vacated school buildings or other state-owned buildings (Maynard; Gov Org)
  • SB 551: Limiting School Building Authority's discretion to disburse funds (Maynard; Education then Finance)
  • SB 552: Authorizing WV Disaster Recovery Board intervene to restore access to private property (Maynard; Gov Org)
  • SB 553: Providing teachers with 3 percent pay raise (FN) (Maynard; Education then Finance)
  • SB 554: Relating to false swearing in legislative proceeding (Weld; Judiciary)
  • SB 555: Dissolving PEIA (FN) (Ferns; Banking & Insurance then Finance)
  • SB 556: Relating to Consumer Credit and Protection Act (Trump; Judiciary)
  • SB 557: [By Request of the Executive] Dissolving Information Services and Communications Division (FN) (Gov Org then Finance)
  • SB 558: Requiring state-owned or -leased vehicles be registered (Beach, Facemire, Miller, Ojeda, Romano, Woelfel; Gov Org)
  • SB 559: Relating to limited video lottery (Ferns; Judiciary)
  • SB 560: Creating medical malpractice peer review panel by Board of Medicine (FN) (Takubo, Maynard, Stollings, Swope; Judiciary then Finance)
  • SB 561: Allowing economically depressed county to retain 50 percent of coal severance tax collected in county (FN) (Stollings, Ojeda; Energy, Industry & Mining then Finance)
  • SB 562: Relating to civil actions for damages brought against county commissions and municipalities (Blair; Judiciary)
  • SB 563: Relating to Consumer Credit and Protection Act (Trump; Judiciary)
  • SJR 7: Senators and Delegates Service Limit Amendment (Maynard; Judiciary)
  • SCR 28: US Army SPC4 Randall W. Arbogast Memorial Road (Boso, Karnes)
  • SR 33: Designating March 8, 2017, as Disability Advocacy Day (Gaunch)

    * (FN) indicates the bill has a Fiscal Note

    Committee Action on Bills from Tuesday, March 7, 2017


  • SB 326: Requiring Department of Defense family advocacy groups be notified about abuse or neglect of military member's child
  • Passed; to Health & Human Resources

  • SB 327: Relating to teaching certificates for teachers whose spouses are members of armed forces on active duty stationed in state
  • Passed; to Education

  • SB 520: Relating to in-state resident tuition rates for certain reserve members
  • Passed; to Education

    Transportation and Infrastructure

  • SB 382: Allowing automobile auctions obtain abandoned vehicles' title
  • Passed; to Gov Org

  • SB 459: Including "In God We Trust" license plate on statutory list of special license plates
  • Passed; to Finance

  • SB 15: Eliminating sunset on DOH public-private partnership
  • Bill has been referred to a subcommittee

    Energy, Industry and Mining

  • SB 505: Providing five-year reclamation period following completion of well pads for horizontal wells
  • Passed; to be reported to the floor

    Health and Human Resources

  • SB 333: Requiring all DHHR-licensed facilities access WV Controlled Substances Monitoring Database
  • Passed; to Judiciary

  • SB 398: Creating Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act
  • Passed; to Gov Org

  • SB 423: Relating to operation of licensed group homes
  • Passed; to be reported to the floor

  • HB 2301: Relating to direct primary care
  • Passed; to be reported to the floor

  • HB 2431: Allowing influenza immunizations to be offered to patients and residents of specified facilities
  • Passed; to be reported to the floor

    Government Organization

  • SB 441: Establishing Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program
  • Passed; to be reported to the floor

  • SB 481: Relating to municipal courts notifying DMV of person's failure to appear and pay cost
  • Passed; to be reported to the floor

  • SB 350: Allowing licensed professional counselors be issued temporary permit
  • Passed; to be reported to the floor

  • SB 491: Relating to county litter control officers
  • Passed; to be reported to the floor

  • HB 2347: Allowing schools licensed to provide barber, cosmetology and related training to hold theory classes and clinical classes at different locations
  • Passed; to be reported to the floor

  • HB 2348: Eliminating any requirement that class hours of students be consecutive
  • Further action on bill delayed pending clarification


  • HB 2542: Relating to public higher education personnel
  • No action taken; will be considered at a future meeting

  • SB 312: Establishing four-year pilot program to have social workers in public schools
  • Bill is laid over to a future meeting


  • SCR 3: Urging Congress call convention of states to impose fiscal restraints on federal government
  • Passed; to be reported to the floor

  • SB 219: Relating to conspiracy to commit crimes under Uniform Controlled Substances Act
  • Removed from Agenda

  • HB 2099: Defining the act of leaving the scene of a crash involving death or serious bodily injury as a felony; Erin's Law
  • Passed; to be reported to the floor

  • SB 492: Relating to court participation in drug court program
  • Passed; to be reported to the floor

  • SB 396: Setting forth how minerals are to be valued
  • Removed from Agenda

  • SB 490: Clarifying standard of liability for officers of corporation
  • Passed; to be reported to the floor

  • SB 496: Relating generally to guaranteed asset protection waivers
  • Passed; to be reported to the floor

    Bills that Have Passed the Senate as of Tuesday, March 7, 2017 (62)

  • SB 4: Allowing licensed professionals donate time to care of indigent and needy in clinical setting (House Health & Human Resources)
  • SB 5: Disqualifying CDL for DUI conviction in certain cases (House Judiciary)
  • SB 9: Regulating unmanned aircraft systems (House Judiciary)
  • SB 41: Extending time person may be subject to probation (House Judiciary)
  • SB 80: Equalizing criminal penalty for entering without breaking regardless of time of day (House Judiciary)
  • SB 113: Authorizing DEP promulgate legislative rule awarding matching grants for litter control programs (House Judiciary)
  • SB 116: Governor's Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Correction rule relating to law-enforcement training and certification standards (House Judiciary)
  • SB 125: Authorizing DHHR promulgate legislative rules (House Judiciary)
  • SB 127: Authorizing Department of Revenue to promulgate legislative rules (House Judiciary)
  • SB 134: Authorizing Bureau of Commerce to promulgate legislative rules (House Judiciary)
  • SB 151: Authorizing Department of Administration promulgate legislative rules (House Judiciary)
  • SB 164: Relating to traffic regulations and special load limits (House Roads & Transportation)
  • SB 169: Repealing article providing assistance to Korea and Vietnam veterans exposed to certain chemical defoliants (House Finance)
  • SB 170: Repealing state hemophilia program (House Finance)
  • SB 171: Repealing Programs of All-Inclusive Care for Elderly (House Finance)
  • SB 172: Eliminating salary for Water Development Authority board members (House Government Organization)
  • SB 174: Exempting transportation of household goods from PSC jurisdiction (House Government Organization)
  • SB 176: Repealing article concerning detection of tuberculosis, high blood pressure and diabetes (3rd Reading on 3/7)
  • SB 180: Relating to PSC jurisdiction over certain telephone company and internet services (House Government Organization)
  • SB 182: Providing procedures that prevent disqualifying low bids for government construction contracts due to document technicalities (House Government Organization)
  • SB 188: Correcting definition of "telehealth" in medication-assisted treatment programs (3rd Reading on 3/7)
  • SB 190: Eliminating preferences for vendors bidding on state contracts for commodities or printing (House Government Organization)
  • SB 202: Relating to pawnbrokers generally (House Judiciary)
  • SB 204: Requiring persons appointed to fill vacancy by Governor have same qualifications for vacated office and receive same compensation and expenses (House Judiciary)
  • SB 209: Defining term "veteran" as it relates to veteran-owned business (House Veterans Affairs)
  • SB 214: Adopting Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (House Judiciary)
  • SB 215: Allowing county commissions authority to amend proposed rates, fees and charges proposed by public service districts (House Political Subdivisions)
  • SB 221: Relating to composition of PEIA Finance Board (House Government Organization)
  • SB 222: Relating to disqualification for unemployment benefits (House Judiciary)
  • SB 224: Repealing requirement for employer's bond for wages and benefits (House Judiciary)
  • SB 225: Allowing magistrates to conduct proceeding for temporary emergency protective order dealing with temporary custody by family court (House Judiciary)
  • SB 230: Relating to certain WV officials carrying concealed firearm nationwide (House Judiciary)
  • SB 231: Relating to State Board of Education and Medicaid-eligible children (Senate requests House to concur)
  • SB 233: Excluding from protection oral communications uttered in child care center under Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Act (House Judiciary)
  • SB 236: Relating to damages for medical monitoring (Pending House introduction)
  • SB 237: Repealing obsolete rules of Department of Revenue (House Judiciary)
  • SB 239: Limiting use of wages by employers and labor organizations for political activities (Pending House introduction)
  • SB 240: Creating crime of nonconsensual distribution of sexual images (House Judiciary)
  • SB 242: Relating to school calendars (House Education)
  • SB 247: Authorizing prosecuting attorney designate and deliver grand jury records for investigative purposes (House Judiciary)
  • SB 248: Clarifying composition and chairmanship of Commission on Special Investigations (House Judiciary)
  • SB 249: Relating to information required in abstract of judgment (House Judiciary)
  • SB 261: Relating to increasing salary or wages of judgment debtor (House Judiciary)
  • SB 263: Creating exemption from certain contract and common carrier laws for vehicles used exclusively for transportation of railroad personnel (House Roads & Transportation)
  • SB 321: Reporting requirements of employee information to CPRB (House Finance)
  • SB 325: Relating to crossbow hunting (House Ag & Natural Resources)
  • SB 330: Relating to WV Workplace Freedom Act (House Judiciary)
  • SB 337: Hiring correctional officers without regard to placement on correctional officer register (House Government Organization)
  • SB 345: Allowing certain hunting and trapping on private lands on Sundays (House Ag & Natural Resources)
  • SB 346: Relating generally to jurisdiction of PSC over motor carriers (House Government Organization)
  • SB 347: Relating to modernization of Physician Assistant Practice Act (House Health & Human Resources)
  • SB 349: Repealing outdated code related to Division of Corrections (House Government Organization)
  • SB 392: Relating to Municipal Police Officers and Firefighters Retirement System (Pending House introduction)
  • SB 400: Regarding appointments to WV Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council (House Government Organization)
  • SB 410: Relating to marking traps with DNR identification tag (House Ag & Natural Resources)
  • SB 426: Repealing DNR legislative rule on litter control grant program (House Judiciary)
  • SB 429: Relating to monitoring inmate communications (House Judiciary)
  • SB 436: Permitting investigators from Attorney General's office carry firearms (House Judiciary)
  • SB 439: Relating to venue for civil and criminal action at Salem Correction Center (House Judiciary)
  • SB 442: Relating generally to crimes against persons (Pending House introduction)
  • SB 445: Amending definition of "abused child" (House Judiciary)
  • SB 456: Relating to standards for termination of parental rights in child abuse and neglect cases (Pending House introduction)
  • HB 2318: Relating generally to human trafficking (Pending House concurrence)

    Bills Awaiting Signature by the Governor (1)

  • HB 2740: Making a supplementary appropriation to the Department of Administration

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