Today in the Legislature

Sunday, April 09, 2017 - 12:25 AM

Senate Passes House Budget Bill

The Senate has completed legislation on 13 more bills by the midnight deadline of the 2017 Regular Session. Those bills will now to be sent to the governor for enaction.

SB 172 would eliminate the salary for members of the West Virginia Water Development Board.

SB 204 would require that persons appointed to fill a vacancy by the Governor have the same qualifications for the vacated office and receive same compensation and expenses for the office otherwise provided by law.

SB 244 would encourage and facilitate the efficient and economic development of oil and gas resources by providing that a lawful use of mineral property that has been consented to by a majority of the ownership interests in the property is permissible, is not waste, and is not a trespass.

SB 554 would create the crime of false swearing in a legislative proceeding and penalties for violators.

HB 2196 would allow for the participation of home schooled students in certain secondary school activities.

HB 2329 would make unlawful the production, manufacture or possession of fentanyl.

HB 2526 would classify additional drugs to Schedules I, II, IV and V of controlled substances.

HB 2561 would create additional flexibility for school systems in the use of school aid funds.

HB 2579 would increase the penalties for transportation of narcotics and certain controlled substances into the state.

HB 2585 would create criminal offenses relating to money laundering.

HB 2587 would clarify that a firearm may be carried for self defense in state parks, state forests and state recreational areas managed by the Division of Natural Resources.

HB 2631 would prevent dismissal of complaints that exceed time standards for disposition when the accused causes delay that results in the time overage.

HB 2711 would abolish Regional Education Service Agencies.

HB 3020 would provide that the penalty for hunting, trapping or fishing on the lands of another, entering upon posted lands, or destroying posted land signs shall be equivalent to the penalty for criminal trespass.

The Senate also amended and passed the House budget bill, HB 2018, to be sent back to the House for further consideration.

Finance Chair Mike Hall, R-Putnam, amended the bill on behalf of the Senate Finance Committee to make several modifications based on previous budget bills and suggestions from the governor.

Committee Meetings Tomorrow

Confirmations: 5 p.m. in 208W

The Senate is adjourned until 6 p.m. tomorrow.

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