Nine Senate Bills and Two House Bills were featured on third reading, 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11.
Of the 11 bills, all passed following votes from the Senators. The proposed Senate legislation featured:
- Senate Bill 14 which would create the WV Farm-to-School Grant Program.
- Senate Bill 19 relating to the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program.
- Senate Bill 317 which would authorize three or more adjacent counties form multicounty trail networking authority.
- Senate Bill 352 relating to the Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation acquiring and disposing of services, goods, and commodities.
- Senate Bill 408 which would determine indigency for public defender services.
- Senate Bill 496 which would transfer the authority to regulate milk from DHHR to Department of Agriculture
- Senate Bill 499 which would amend WV tax laws to conform to changes in partnerships for federal income tax purposes.
- Senate Bill 542 relating to registration fees for military-related special registration plates.
Members also passed Senate Joint Resolution 5, which would create clarification of the Judiciary's Role in Impeachment Proceedings Amendment. Sen. Charles Trump, R-Morgan, explained that if adopted, the resolution would amend a single section of code and add new language which would apply additional terms concerning impeachment proceedings.
Following review of Senate legislation, Sen. Tom Takubo, R-Kanawha, motioned to lay over House Bill 2191 prior to the passage of House Bill 2307.
Two resolutions were also passed during Monday’s floor session with Senate Resolution 36 recognizing Bethany College on the 179th anniversary of its charter, and Senate Resolution 37 congratulating John Cobb Jr. for being named the WV Outstanding Tree Farmer for 2019. Multiple Senators rose in support of the resolutions prior to their passage.
Following third reading, 11 bills were featured on second reading; of the 11 pieces of legislation, Senate Bill 13, relating to distributions from the State Excess Lottery Fund, House Bill 2459, which would exercise the authority to exempt individuals domiciled within the state from certain restrictions contained in federal law, and House Bill 2492, relating to mandatory reporting procedures of abuse and neglect, received one amendment each.
Senate Bills 564 though 573 were also introduced.
- Senate Bill 566 relating to compensation for State Athletic Commission members.
- Senate Bill 570 which would allow for contracts without bids for construction, demolition, or rehabilitation resulting from declared state of emergency.
The following committees will meet today:
- The Senate Committee for Natural Resources will meet at 1 p.m. 208W.
- The Senate Committee for Banking will meet at 2 p.m. in 451M.
- The Senate Finance Committee will meet at 3 p.m in 451M.
- The Senate Judiciary Committee will meet at 3 p.m. in 208W.
The following committees will meet tomorrow:
- The Senate Committee for Transportation and Infastructure will meet at 10 a.m. in 451M.
- The Senate Committee for Health and Human Resources will meet at 1 p.m. in 451M.
- The Senate Education Committee will meet at 2 p.m. in 451M.