Per Article VI, Section 18 of the state Constitution, the House of Delegates will convene at noon Wednesday to begin the second regular session of the 84th Legislature. The day will be spent doing largely organizational things, introducing bills and preparing for the Governor’s State of the State address.
An official floor session calendar hasn’t been posted, but let me offer you a rundown of what to expect for the day:
West Virginia Economic Outlook
9 a.m. – House Chamber
Representatives of the West Virginia University John Chambers College of Business and Economics will provide an overview of and forecast for the state’s economy.
Convening the 2020 Regular Session of the House of Delegates
Noon – House Chamber
The House of Delegates will open the second regular session of the 84th Legislature. This opening session will be largely organizational, featuring the introduction of a significant number of bills (bills carried over from last year’s regular session will retain their number from last year; new bills introduced this session will begin with House Bill 4001, and number accordingly from there). The floor session will also feature introduction and passage of a number of organizational resolutions, including the hiring and payment of employees, and raising a Joint Assembly and extending an invitation to His Excellency the Governor (which is how he is referred to in legislative parlance) to deliver an address to the Legislature (aka, State of the State).
After consideration of the resolutions, the House will recess until 6:45 p.m. to begin the Joint Assembly and State of the State Address.
*** There may be some legislative committees that meet during the afternoon recess. Those meetings will be announced at the conclusion of the noon floor session. ***
Joint Assembly to Hear State of the State Address
6:45 p.m. – House Chamber
The House will reconvene at 6:45 p.m. to begin the Joint Assembly and receive guests, including the state Senate, Justices of the Supreme Court of Appeals and the Board of Public Works. The Governor will arrive shortly after 7:00 p.m. to begin the address. After the conclusion of the State of the State address, the House will reconvene its daily floor session to receive the budget bill and gavel out for the evening.
(***Note for the Media: Media seating in the House Chamber to cover the State of the State address is on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are only six seats at the tables in the front of the Chamber. There’s additional seating in the Lobby of the Chamber if you’d like to set up there as well. But if you want any of those seats, you need to claim them early.)
In addition to legislative activities, the 2020 Activity Calendar has been posted to the website to let you know of any special events occurring in and around the Capitol during the session. Tomorrow’s activities include:
National Prayer Caucus
Upper Senate Rotunda – 11 a.m.
Mineral County Reception
Upper House Rotunda – 5-7 p.m.