Member's Press Release

Release Date: 01/14/2020
Contact: Jacque Bland at (304) 357-7999


Senate Calendar and Committee Schedule for Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 – 8th Day of Session


The Senate will convene at 11 a.m.




  • SR 7: Designating January 15, 2020, as Tourism Day at Legislature




  • Eng. Com. Sub. for SB 94: Providing persons with physical disabilities ability to vote by electronic absentee ballot




  • There are no bills on Second Reading for Wednesday, January 15, 2020.




  • Com. Sub. for SB 35: Limiting civil penalty for littering conviction to $2,000
  • Com. Sub. for SB 46: Defining "pepper spray" and exempting from definition of "deadly weapons"
  • SB 140: Changing rate at which certain judges are paid for mileage when traveling within state
  • SB 170: Alleviating double taxation on foreign income at state level
  • Com. Sub. for SB 207: Creating Prosecuting Attorney's Detectives Act
  • SB 310: Updating certain terms used in WV Personal Income Tax Act


Scheduled Committee Meetings


10 a.m.: Workforce (208W)

  • SB 217: Requiring DHHR collaborate with Workforce Development Board and WV Division of Personnel for job placement


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

  • SB 197: Enacting Recognition of Emergency Medical Services Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact


1 p.m.: Economic Development (208W)

  • SB 265: Authorizing DEP to develop Reclamation of Abandoned and Dilapidated Properties Program
  • SB 36: Establishing Mountaineer Trail Network Recreation Authority
  • SB 60: Creating Office of Outdoor Recreation


2 p.m.: Pensions (451M)

  • SB 31: Providing 11-month window for PERS members to purchase certain credited service
  • SB 146: Establishing minimum monthly retirement annuity for retirants with 20 or more years of credited service


3 p.m.: Judiciary (208W)

  • SB 125: Prohibiting victim from being subjected to certain physical examinations for sexual offenses
  • SB 323: Authorizing Department of Administration promulgate legislative rules
  • SB 364: Authorizing Department of Transportation promulgate legislative rules


3 p.m.: Finance (451M)

  • Budget Presentation: West Virginia Secretary of State
  • Budget Presentation: West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services


Senate Bills to be Introduced Wednesday, January 15, 2020


  • SB 468: Relating to eligibility for license or permit application (Pitsenbarger, Hamilton, Sypolt, Azinger, Boley, Clements, Cline, Roberts, Romano, Swope, Tarr; Natural Resources)
  • SB 469: Increasing replacement costs for game and protected species (Hamilton, Sypolt, Prezioso; Natural Resources then Judiciary)
  • SB 470: Relating to use of crossbow to hunt (Cline, Hamilton, Pitsenbarger, Sypolt, Roberts, Azinger, Palumbo; Natural Resources)
  • SB 471: Providing valuation of stolen scrap copper or copper wire for penalty purposes (FN) (Maynard; Judiciary)
  • SB 472: Providing alternative sentencing program for work release (FN) (Maynard; Judiciary)
  • SB 473: Requiring physicians notify parents when prescribing contraceptives to minors (Maynard; Health and Human Resources then Judiciary)
  • SB 474: Requiring public schools notify parents when dispensing contraceptives to minors (Maynard; Health and Human Resources then Judiciary)
  • SB 475: Requiring posting of Ten Commandments in every courthouse (FN) (Maynard; Judiciary)
  • SB 476: Requiring WV schools teach cursive writing (FN) (Maynard; Education)
  • SB 477: Prohibiting county airport authorities to regulate possession or carrying of firearm (Maynard – by request; Judiciary)
  • SB 478: Creating WV Motorsports Entertainment Complex Investment Act (FN) (Maynard; Economic Development then Finance)
  • SB 479: Relating to registration and use of military surplus vehicles (FN) (Maynard; Government Organization then Finance)
  • SB 480: Enacting WV Human Life Protection Act (Maynard; Health and Human Resources then Judiciary)
  • SB 481: Allowing primitive camping on state property (Maynard; Natural Resources then Government Organization)
  • SB 482: Eliminating permit requirement for storing concealed handgun in vehicle on school property for persons over 21 (Maynard – by request; Judiciary)
  • SB 483: Eliminating restriction to carry firearm on State Capitol Complex grounds (Maynard – by request; Judiciary)
  • SB 484: Requiring free feminine hygiene products be provided to female prisoners (FN) (Maynard; Judiciary then Finance)
  • SB 485: Relating to Board of Parole (FN) (Clements; Judiciary then Finance)
  • SB 486: Permitting ABCC licensees operating at state park locations pay in arrears (Cline, Sypolt, Prezioso, Hamilton, Palumbo; Natural Resources)
  • SB 487: Providing exception that all DNR payments be deposited within 24 hours (Sypolt, Hamilton, Azinger; Natural Resources)
  • SB 488: Relating to membership of Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (Maynard; Government Organization)
  • SB 489: Moving provisions of licensing contractors to chapter 30 of code (IB) (Maynard, Clements, Smith, Sypolt, Tarr, Swope; Government Organization)
  • SB 490: Relating to protection of animal and crop facilities (IB) (Sypolt, Smith, Rucker, Beach, Baldwin; Agriculture and Rural Development then Judiciary)
  • SB 491: Relating to Seed Certification Program (IB) (Sypolt, Smith, Rucker, Beach, Baldwin; Agriculture and Rural Development then Government Organization)
  • SB 492: Enacting Recognition of Emergency Services Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact (IB) (Sypolt, Cline, Ihlenfeld, Maynard, Pitsenbarger, Stollings; Interstate Cooperation then Judiciary)
  • SB 493: Increasing age limit for honorably discharged veteran of US armed forces or National Guard to 40 years for firefighter applications (Rucker; Military then Pensions)
  • SB 494: Allowing municipal police or fire departments join state municipal police and firefighters' retirement system (FN) (Rucker; Pensions then Finance)
  • SB 495: Relating to registration fees for alternative fuel vehicles (FN) (Clements; Transportation and Infrastructure then Finance)
  • SB 496: Prohibiting employment of unauthorized employees in construction industry (FN) (Hamilton, Ihlenfeld, Jeffries, Pitsenbarger, Stollings, Woelfel; Workforce then Judiciary)
  • SB 497: Relating to outdoor advertising regulated by Commissioner of Highways (Hamilton, Azinger, Jeffries, Pitsenbarger, Smith, Stollings; Transportation and Infrastructure)
  • SB 498: Creating New Worker Relocation Incentive Program (FN) (Hamilton, Stollings, Smith; Economic Development then Finance)
  • SB 499: Removing barriers to employment for certain individuals with criminal records (IB) (Maynard, Clements, Smith, Sypolt, Swope; Government Organization then Judiciary)
  • SB 500: Relating to Class Y special crossbow hunting permit (Hamilton, Pitsenbarger, Sypolt; Natural Resources)
  • SB 501: Relating to North Bend Rail Trail, Greenbrier River Trail, and Elk River Trail (Hamilton, Pitsenbarger, Sypolt, Prezioso; Natural Resources)
  • SB 502: Relating to methamphetamine criminal penalty (FN) (Ihlenfeld, Hardesty, Jeffries, Lindsay, Palumbo, Stollings, Woelfel; Judiciary)
  • SB 503: Removing barriers to employment for certain individuals with criminal records (IB) (Sypolt, Cline, Maynard, Pitsenbarger, Stollings, Jeffries; Government Organization then Judiciary)
  • SB 504: Providing for timely and efficient handling of forensic evidence in sexual assault cases (FN) (Woelfel; Judiciary then Finance)
  • SB 505: Relating to urban renewal acquisition of property (Weld; Economic Development then Government Organization)
  • SCR 5: Requesting Joint Committee on Government and Finance study ways to achieve higher levels of effectiveness and fairness in public school system (Rucker)
  • SCR 6: Walter E. Swiger, Jr., Memorial Bridge (Romano, Facemire, Baldwin, Beach, Hardesty, Ihlenfeld, Jeffries, Lindsay)
  • SR 8: Designating January 16, 2020, as Aviation Day (Romano and Swope)


* (FN) indicates the bill has a Fiscal Note

* (IB) indicates the bill is an Interim Bill


Committee Action on Bills from Tuesday, January 14, 2020


1 p.m.: Health and Human Resources

  • SB 291: Requiring PEIA and health insurance providers provide mental health parity
  • Bill is laid over to a future committee meeting


2 p.m.: Government Organization

  • SB 138: Incentives for consolidating local governments
  • Amended committee substitute reported to the full Senate with the recommendation it do pass; second reference to Finance


  • SB 225: Authorizing municipalities to enact Adopt-A-Street programs
  • Bill reported to the full Senate with recommendation it do pass


  • SB 309: Relating to competitive bidding for government construction contracts arising from state of emergency
  • Bill laid over to a future committee meeting


2 p.m.: Education

  • SB 42: Permitting faith-based electives in classroom drug prevention programs
  • Bill reported to the full Senate with recommendation it do pass


  • SB 192: Relating to WV Secondary School Activities Commission audits
  • Bill is laid over to a future committee meeting


  • SB 297: Requiring Board of Education create home economics course
  • Bill is laid over to a future committee meeting


3 p.m.: Judiciary

  • SB 16: Creating Protect Our Right to Unite Act
  • Committee substitute reported to the full Senate with the recommendation it do pass


Resolutions Adopted by the Senate as of Tuesday, January 14, 2020 (2)


  • SCR 1: Designating dogs adopted from animal shelters and rescues as WV official state dog (Pending House introduction)

·         SCR 2: Requesting Frederick County, Virginia, consider becoming part of State of West Virginia (House Government Organization)


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