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Today in the Legislature

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 02:55 PM

House passes four bills to comply with federal ruling

The House of Delegates met today at 11 a.m.

Four bills created to comply with the federal ruling on the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission case were passed.

House Bill 4227 was passed with a vote of 75 to 23. This bill would change the make up of the Real Estate Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board.

House Bill 4230 was passed with a vote of 75 to 23 as well. This bill would change the make up of the Board of Professional Engineers.

House Bill 4238 was passed with a vote of 72 to 25. This bill would change the make up of the Board of Professional Surveyors.

House Bill 4241 was passed with a vote of 73 to 25. This bill would change the make up of the Real Estate Commission.

Two Bills on second reading were voted to be laid over until Monday. Senate Bill 364 relates to the appropriation of expiring funds from General Revenue. House Bill 4189 also relates to the expiring of specific funds to the State Fund, General Revenue.

House Bill 4235 was sent to third reading, to be voted on Monday. This bill relates to the publication requirements for the administration of estates.

House Bill 4175, which relates to homeschooling, was sent to second reading.

 

The following committee will meet today after session:

Judiciary: 1:30 p.m.

 

The following committees will meet prior to session Monday morning:

Finance: 1 p.m.

Roads and Transportation: 1 p.m.

Judiciary: 1:30 p.m. 

Government Organization: 2 p.m.

 

The House will reconvene Monday morning at 11 a.m.

 

 

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Friday, January 29, 2016 - 12:22 PM

Four Bills Passed in Senate

The Senate met briefly today at 11 a.m. 

Senate bills 14, 146, 202, and 216 were passed with a unanimous vote. Senate Bill 146 establishes instruction standards for early childhood education. Senate Bill 216 authorizes the Human Rights Commission to promulgate legislative rule relating to the Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act. These will now be sent to the House of Delegates for further consideration. 

Senate Bills 423-435 were introduced today and will go to committee for review.

Seven bills were read for the second time today: Senate Bills 15, 27, 150, 288, 329, 338, and 379. These will be read for the third time and put to a vote on Monday morning. 

 

Government Organization will meet Monday, February 1st at 9 a.m. in 208W.

 

The Senate will reconvene at 11 a.m. on Monday morning. 

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Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 01:01 PM

The House of Delegates Meets Briefly

The House of Delegates met today at 11 a.m.

The following bills were sent to third reading today:

House Bill 4189 would expire fund to unappropriated balance in State Fund, General Revenue, from the Department of Revenue.

House Bill 4227 would add citizen members to the Real Estate Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board. 

House Bill 4230 would work to add citizen members to the board of Registration for Professional Engineers.

House Bill 4238 would add citizen members to the board of Professional Surveyors. 

House Bill 4241 would add citizen members to the Real Estate Commission. 

There was a bill that was sent to second reading. House Bill 4235 would relate to the publication requirements of the adminstration of estates. 

 

The following committees will meet today:

Senior Citizen Issues: 1 p.m. 

Health and Human Resources: 2 p.m.

Energy: 2 p.m. 

 

The following committees will meet prior to session tomorrow: 

Finance: 9 a.m. 

Education: 9 a.m. 

Government Organization: 9 a.m. 

Judiciary: 9:30 a.m. 

 

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m. 

 

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Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 12:10 PM

Senate Passes Two Bills

The Senate met briefly today at 11 a.m.

Bills 262 and 290 were passed. Senate Bill 262 eliminates the need for law enforcement to obtain court order prior to having access to inmate mail and phone recordings. Senate Bill 290 authorizes assignments of wages by employers and payment by payroll card. These bills will now head to the House of Delegates for consideration. 

Bills 411-422 were introduced, including Senate Bill 417, which creates the 2016 Coal Jobs and Safety Act. This bill will preserve employment and promote health and safety in the coal industry. 

Senate Bills 14, 146, 202, and 216 were read for the second time and advanced to the third reading. The Senate will vote on these bills tomorrow. 

 

The following committees will meet today:

Energy, Industry and Mining at 1 p.m. in 208W

Health & Human Resources at 1 p.m. in 451M

Government Orgs. at 2 p.m. and 5:50 p.m. in 208W

Education at 2 p.m. in 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M

 

The Judiciary committee will meet tomorrow before session at 10 a.m. in 208W.

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 04:15 PM

Repealing prevailing wage bill passes

The House of Delegates met today from 11 a.m. until approximately 3 p.m. Two bills were passed and go to the Senate for action.

House Bill 4005 - Repealing the prevailing hourly rate of wages requirements, was brought to a vote. Several members from both sides of the issue stood to advocate viewpoints.

The bill would repeal the prevailing wage bill which requires contractors that work on public projects, such as schools, civic centers, etc. be paid based upon a wage that is calculated to be typical for that work in that area. One side argues these wages are inaccurately high and by repealing the Prevailing Wage bill, taxpayers will save money, and the state will be able to fund many more projects because they don't have to meet high pay standards. The other side argues that repealing the bill will only lower wages, and hurt the economy by lessening the amount of money going through it.

Prior to the vote, Delegate Isaac Sponaugle, D-Pendleton, proposed a motion that the Speaker be directed to request an economic impact statement regarding the potential outcomes of repealing the prevailing wage. He and his fellow supporters requested the study be done prior to carrying out a vote on the bill. The motion was rejected with a vote of 38 to 61.

The bill passed with a vote of 55 to 44.

House Bill 2130, which would include law enforcement among those professionals of which the assault or battery would lead to enhanced criminal penalties, was passed. Several members stood to express support or opposition of the bill, and many questions were asked to clarify the details of the bill. The bill would simply add law enforcement to the list of those with extra protection and would not change the previously set penalty limitations.

The bill passed by a vote of 91 to 7.

House Bills 4189, 4227, 4230, 4238 and 4241 were all sent to second reading. They will be open for amendments during tomorrows session.

 

The following committees will meet today:

Finance: 3:45

Judiciary: 4 p.m.

Education: 4:30 p.m.

 

The following committees will meet tomorrow morning prior to session:

Small Business: 9 a.m. in Room 215E

Banking and Insurance: 10 a.m. in Room 215E

 

The Judiciary Committee will be hosting two public hearings tomorrow morning. At 8:30 a.m. there will be a discussion on Senate Bill 1, the WV Workplace Freedom Act. At 9:30 a.m. there will be a discussion on House Bill 4012, the West Virginia Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

 

The House will reconvene at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 01:34 PM

Senate Passes Seven Bills

The Senate met today at 11 a.m. introducing bills 392-410 and passing seven bills. 

Senate Bill 107, creates the Uniform Interstate Deopositions and Discovery Act, Senate Bill 157, would authorize the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission to promulgate a legislative rule relating to Nonintoxicating Beer Licensing and Operations Procedures, and Senate Bill 195, would authorize the Department of Health and Human Resources to promulgate a legislative rule relating to West Virginia Clearance for Access; Registry and Employment screening. These measures were all passed with unanimous votes. 

The Senate also passed bills 342, 357, 360, and 364Senate Bill 342 decreases appropriations from State Fund, General Revenue to DHHR, Division of Human Services and Bureau of Senior Services. Senate Bill 357 provides supplemental appropriation from Lottery Net Profits to Bureau of Senior Services, Lottery Senior Citizens Fund. Senate Bill 360 provides supplemental appropriation to Division of Human Services. Senate Bill 364 provides supplemental appropriation expiring funds from General Revenue. These bills now head to the House of Delegates for consideration.

Senate Bill 14, Senate Bill 202 and Senate Bill 216 were read for the first time and advanced to the second reading for tomorrow. 

Senate Bill 262, eliminating the need for law enforcement to obtain court order prior to having access to inmate mail and phone recordings, and Senate Bill 290, authorizing the assignment of wages by employers and payment by payroll card, were read for the second time and advanced to the third reading. 

 

The following committees will meet today:

Economic Development at 1 p.m. in 451M

Natural Resources at 2 p.m. in 451M

Pensions at 2 p.m. in 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W

 

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m. 

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 01:37 PM

Senate Passes Five Bills, Introduces Four

The Senate met today at 11 a.m. and introduced four new bills, 288-291.

Senate Bill 13 was read for the third time and brought to a vote. This bill regards increasing penalties for overtaking and passing stopped school buses. It passed with a 33-1 vote. 

Senate Bills 32, 102, 311, and 323 were also read for the third time and each passed with a 34-0 vote. 

Senate Bill 32 relates to the withdrawal of candidates for office and filling vacancies. Senate Bill 102 requires all law-enforcement agencies in West Virginia to certify qualified law-enforcement officers to carry concealed firearms nationwide as provided by the federal Law-Enforcement Officers Safety Act.

Senate Bill 311 allows permanent exception for mortgage modification or refinancing loan under federal Making Home Affordable program. Senate Bill 323 corrects the subsection designations in the statute regarding trepassing on property. 

Senate Bill 107, regarding Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act, and Senate Bill 195, which authorizes DHHR to promulgate legislative rules, were both read for the second time today and advanced to the third reading. The bills will be read again and voted on tomorrow in session. 

Senate Bills 146, 262 and 290 were read for the first time and advanced to the second reading. 

 

The following comittees will meet today:

Energy, Industry and Mining at 1:20 p.m. in 208W

Health & Human Resources at 1:30 p.m. in 451M

Education at 2 p.m. in 451M

Government Orgs. at 2 p.m.

Pensions at 2 p.m. in 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W

Economic Development at 4 p.m. in 451M

 

The following committee will meet tomorrow before session: 

Military at 10 a.m. in 451M

 

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 12:58 PM

Six House Bills Passed

The House of Delegates met today at 11 a.m. 

A total of six House Bills were passed today.

House Bill 2147 was passed by a unanimous vote. This bill would require circuit courts when appointing council for alleged protected persons, to make appointments from a listing of interested attorneys. 

House Bill 2584 was also passed by the House by a unanimous vote which would allow a judge to excuse a potential juror from juru until a later date based on seasonal employment.

House Bill 2588 was passed by a 65-34 vote. This bill relates to the filing of financial statements with the Secretary of State.

House Bill 2796 passed by a unanimous vote. This particular bill would provide paid leave for certain state employees during a State of Emergency.

House Bill 4038 also passed by a unanimous vote. This bill relates to insurance requirements for refilling topical eye medicine.

House Bill 2130 and House Bill 4005 were sent to third reading. 

 

The following committees will meet today:

Prevention & Substance Abuse: 1 p.m. in 215E

Political Subdivisions: 1 p.m. in House Education Committee Room

Health & Human Resources: 2 p.m. in 215E

Energy: 2 p.m. in House Judiciary Room

 

The following committees will meet prior to the session tomorrow:

Finance: 9:30 a.m.

Judiciary: 10 a.m. 

Education: 9:30 a.m. 

Government Organization: 9 a.m. 

 

There House Judiciary Committee is hosting a public hearing tomorrow beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the House Chamber. The public hearing will discuss House Bill 4145

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m. 

 

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Monday, January 25, 2016 - 03:10 PM

House Bills 4002, 4007 passed

The House of Delegates met today at 1 p.m.

House Bill 4002 was read for the third time and brought to a vote today. The bill relates to accountability of the rule-making committee. According to bill supporters, there is currently no system for checking over past rules and ensuring they aren't obsolete, and this bill would provide a system to do so. The bill passed and will be sent to the Senate for consideration.

House Bill 4007 was also read for the third time and brought to a vote. This bill would provide a process for appointing or hiring private attorneys to assist the Attorney General. The bill passed and will be sent to the Senate for consideration.

House Bill 4031 was read for the third time and brought to a vote today. The bill would require agencies to respond to requested comments during the rule-making process. The bill passed and will be sent to the Senate for consideration.

House Bill 2147 was sent to third reading with an amendment, to be voted on tomorrow. House Bill 2584, House Bill 2588, House Bill 2800 and House Bill 4038 were all sent to third reading, to be voted on tomorrow.

House Bill 2130 and House Bill 4005 were both sent to second reading.

 

The following meetings will be held today:

Finance: 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. in House Finance 

Judiciary:  3 p.m. in House Judiciary

Education:  3 p.m. in House Education

Government Org.: 3 p.m. in House Gov. Org.

Roads and Transportation: 4 p.m. in House Gov. Org.

 

The following meetings will be held tomorrow prior to session:

Industry and Labor:  9 a.m. in House Gov. Org.

Ag. and Natural Resources: 10 a.m. in House Gov. Org. 

 

The house will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Monday, January 25, 2016 - 12:50 PM

Senate Welcomes Senator Cline, Introduces 13 Bills

The Senate met briefly today at 11 a.m. and gave a warm welcome to Senator Sue Cline with a standing ovation. 

Senate Resolution 8 was adopted, naming January 25th, 2016 Home School Day in the West Virginia Legislature. The George Washington High School girls volleyball team was also recognized with the adoption of Senate Resolution 9 for their 65-1-1 season record and AAA State Championship title. 

Senate Bill 13, which increases penalties for overtaking and passing stopped school buses, and Senate Bill 32, relating to the withdrawal of candidates for office and filling vacancies, were advanced to the third reading and will be voted on tomorrow morning. 

There were 13 new Senate bills introduced, including Senate Bill 383, which promotes the efficient extraction of oil and gas resources.  

 

The following committees will meet today:

Agriculture & Rural Development at 1 p.m. in 451M

Banking & Insurance at 2 p.m. in 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W

 

The following committee will meet tomorrow before session:

Transportation & Infastructure at 10 a.m. 

 

The Senate will reconvene at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Friday, January 22, 2016 - 10:35 AM

House, Senate Meet Briefly Before Snow

The House and Senate met this morning to introduce bills.

However, due to the inclement weather ahead the Senate did not have a quorum and adjourned until 11 a.m. Monday.

The House had 51 of 100 members present, with a quorum they chose to lie over the bills on third, second and first readings to retain the same place on the daily calendar. Bills will be taken up Monday.

The House adjourned until 1 p.m. on Monday to allow members ample time to get to Charleston safely.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has declared a State of Emergency, so as always use caution when traveling.

The following House committees will meet Monday:

Judicary at 3 p.m. in 410M

Education at 3 p.m. in 434M

Gov Org at 3 p.m. in 215E

Finance at 2 p.m. in 460M

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Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 02:09 PM

Senate Passes WV Workplace Freedom Act

The Senate met today at 11 a.m and passed the WV Workplace Freedom Act with a 17-16 vote. The Senators debated on the bill for more than an hour, weighing out its pros and cons. This bill will prohibit any requirement that a person become or remain a member of a labor organization, or pay dues and fees to a labor union as a condition of employment. 

Another 15 bills were introduced to today, including Senate Bill 361, which prohibits any persons who have committed crimes against elderly from performing community service involving elderly. In addition, Senate Bill 367 was introduced which prohibits sex offenders from living with 1,000 feet of a school. 

The following committees will meet today:

Government Organization at 2 p.m.

Education at 2 p.m. in 451M AND 5 p.m.

Judiciary at 3 p.m. 

Finance budget hearing at 3 p.m. 

 

The Senate will recovene tomorrow at 10 a.m.

 

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Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 12:37 PM

House Bill 2101 passes

The House of Delegates met today at 11 a.m.

A citation was presented to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of South Central West Virginia. January 2016 was noted as National Mentoring Month and Jan. 21 was titled West Virginia Mentoring Day.  

House Bill 2101 passed unanimously. The bill eliminates two obsolete government entities which are considered unnecessary, inactive or redundant. The two removed entities will be the West Virginia Council on Aging and the Patient Injury Compensation Plan Study Board.

House Bill 4002, House Bill 4007 and House Bill 4031 were all sent to third reading with amendments.

House Bill 2147, House Bill 2584, House Bill 2588, House Bill 2796, House Bill 2800 and House Bill 4038 were sent to second reading. 

The forecasted weather has caused all meetings for tomorow to be cancelled.

 

The Following Committees will meet today:

Education: 5 p.m. in Senate Finance

Health and Human Resources: 2 p.m. in 215E

Energy: 2 p.m. in 410M

 

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 9 a.m

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 12:35 PM

Senate Passes the First Bill of the Second Session

The Senate met briefly today at 11 a.m. 

Today Senate Bill 263 was passed with a 33-0 vote, which allows travel and other expense reimburement for members of Municipal Home Rule Board. This is the first passed bill this session in the Senate.

The WV Workplace Freedom Act, Senate Bill 1, was read for the second time today on the Senate floor. Ten new bills were introduced today, including Senate Bill 327, which proposes construction of modern highway from Pikeville, Kentucky to Beckley, West Virginia. Bill 331 was also introduced today, which relates to the hunting or trapping of animals on private land. 

The following committees will meet today:

Economic Development at 1 p.m.

Natural Resources at 2 p.m.

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M

 

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

Judiciary Subcommittee at 9:15 a.m. in 208W

Finance Budget Hearing at 9:30 a.m. in 451M

Energy, Industry and Mining at 1 p.m. in 208W

Health & Human Resources at 1 p.m.

 

Government Organizations at 2 p.m. 

Education at 2 p.m. in 451M

 

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 12:16 PM

House Bill 4033 passes

The House of Delegates met today at 11 a.m.

The first House Bill of the session was passed today, House Bill 4033. This bill provides penalties for the practice of pharmicist care without a valid license or registration.

House Bill 2101 was sent to third reading; this bill eliminates obsolete government entities. The House will vote on this bill tomorrow.

House Bill 4002, House Bill 4007 and House Bill 4031 were sent to second reading.

House Bill 4011, House Bills 4163 through 4189 and House Bill 4209 were introduced today.

 

The following committees will meet today:

Judiciary Subcommittee on House Bill 2551: 1 p.m.

Veterans Affairs: 1 p.m.

Judiciary: 1:45 p.m.

Finance: 2 p.m.

Education: 2 p.m.

Government Organization: 2 p.m.

 

The following committees will meet tomorrow morning prior to session:

Pensions & Retirement: 8 a.m.

Banking & Insurance: 10 a.m.

 

The House will reconvene tomorrow  morning at 11 a.m.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 12:40 PM

Senate reads WV Workplace Freedom Act for the first time

The Senate met today at 11 a.m.

Senate Bill 1 was read today for the first time, establishing the WV Workplace Freedom Act. 

Bills 313-326 were also introduced to the Senate this morning. Senate Bill 318 clarifies that a homeschooled student may not be classified as habitually absent. Senate Bill 319 permits temporary delegation of certain custodial powers by a parent or guardian.

Senate Bill 263 was read for the second time today. 

Senate Bill 253 was laid over on its second reading and will retain its place on the calendar.

The following committees will meet today:

Health and Human Resources at 1 p.m. in 208W

Energy at 1 p.m.

Government Organizations at 2 p.m.

Senate Judiciary at 3 p.m. 

The following committee will meet tomorrow:

Natural Resources at 9 a.m.

 

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow morning at 11 a.m.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 12:15 PM

House Bills sent to second and third reading

The House of Delegates met today at 11 a.m.

The floor session began with multiple citations. One citation honored colleges and universities around the state for Higher Education Day. The other honored the Ripley High School Archery Team for their achievements. 

House Bill 4144 through House Bill 4162 were introduced.

House Bill 4031, House Bill 4002 and House Bill 4007 were sent to first reading. 

House Bill 2101, which eliminates obsolete government entities was sent to second reading. 

House Bill 4033, which adds criminal penalties for unauthorized practice of pharmacist care was sent to third reading.

 

The following committees will meet today:

Health and Human Resources: 2:30 p.m. in Room 215E

Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse: 2 p.m. in 215E

Political Subdivisions: 1 p.m. 

 

The following committees will meet tomorrow prior to session:

Finance: 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. 

Judiciary: 9 a.m. 

Government Organization: 9 a.m. 

 

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m. 

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Monday, January 18, 2016 - 12:53 PM

Delegate Flanigan appointed, house bills sent to first, second reading

The House of Delegates met today at 11 a.m. 

Morgantown attorney William "Bill" Flanigan was sworn in prior to the meeting and appointed to represent the 51st District in place of the honorable Amanda Pasdon.

Several citations were given honoring West Virginians across the state.

The Jefferson County High School baseball team was honored for being State Triple A Champions for the 11th time.

Gage Cobb and Ashlyn Donohew, students at Ripley Middle School, were honored for their charitable efforts in creating the "Soles for Souls" campaign. The campaign provides shoes for children that have none in the United States and abroad.

The Mountaineer Area Robotics (MARS) program was honored for its Regional and Worldwide awards. There are now over 100 middle school robotics teams throughout the state. Over 90 percent of students involved in the program go on to college and over 80% of those students go on to major in some form of STEM.

Jennifer Swift and Twila Smith, both social studies teachers, were honored for their bravery in the face of danger. In August of 2015, Twila was threatened by an armed student and was able to warn Jennifer, who alerted police of the situation. The two were able to evaluate the situation and saved the lives of at least 29 students that day.

A House Resolution was adopted to memorialize the life of the Honorable Arnold W. Ryan, a former member of the House of Delegates. He was honored as a former delegate, fire chief, EMT and public servant.

House Bill 4034 and House Bill 4046 were introduced this morning. House Bill 4036 and House Bill 4039 were sent to the House Education Committee. House Bill 2121 was sent to the House Judiciary Committee. House Bill 2101 was sent to first reading.

House Bill 4033 was sent to second reading.

The following House Committees will meet today:

Finance: 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Judiciary: 1:15 p.m.

Government Organization: 2 p.m. in the House Chamber

Roads and Transportation: 1 p.m. in the House Chamber 

 

The House will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

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Monday, January 18, 2016 - 12:09 PM

Senate Advances Two Bills to Second Reading

The Senate briefly met today at 11 a.m.

Bills 311 and 312 were introduced this morning. Senate Bill 253 was read for the first time, which will exempt drug treatment and druge recovery facilities from county and municipal ordinances. Also read for the first time, Senate Bill 263, will allow travel and other expense reimbursement for members of Municipal Home Rule Board. 

 

The following committees will meet today:

Agriculture and Rural Development at 1 p.m. in 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M

 

The following meetings will meet tomorrow:

Transportation and Infastructure at 10 a.m. in 451M

Health and Human Resources at 1 p.m. in 451M

Energy at 1 p.m. in 208W

Government Organizations at 2 p.m. in 208W

 

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m. 

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Friday, January 15, 2016 - 12:17 PM

House Referred Bills to Committee, First Reading

The House met for a brief session at 11 a.m. on Friday.

House Bill 2026 and House Bill 2511 were referred to Judiciary. House Bill 4033 was referred to first reading on Monday. House Bill 4010 was referred to Health and Human Resources.

There will be a public hearing in the House chamber at 8:30 a.m. on Friday to discuss House Bill 4002 — Relating to rule making under the state Administrative Procedures Act.

The following committees will meet Monday:

Judiciary at 9:30 a.m. in 410M

Education and Accountability at 10 a.m. in 451M

Roads at 1 p.m. in 215 E

Finance at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. in 460M

Government Organization at 2 p.m. in 215E

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Friday, January 15, 2016 - 12:09 PM

Senate Introduces 14 Bills On Day Three

The Senate met this morning for a brief floor session at 11 a.m.

The Senate introduced bills 296-310. A variety of bills were briefly discussed, including Senate Bill 299, which encourages the creation of a library facility fund, and Senate Bill 303 which provides that all fishing and hunting liscenses are valid for one year from the date of issue.

The following committees will meet today:

Judiciary at 1 p.m. in 208W

 

The following committees will meet on Monday:

Agriculture & Rural Development at 1 p.m. in 451W

 

The Senate will reconvene Monday, January 18th at 11 a.m.

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Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 12:07 PM

Senate Meets Briefly on Day Two, Introduces 25 Bills

The Senate convened briefly today at 11 a.m to introduce 25 bills. 

Bills 270-295 were introduced this morning. Senate Bill 274 relates to the civil jurisdiction of magistrate courts. Also introduced, Senate Bill 277, will add definitions and increase criminal penalities for certain assaults and batteries. 

The following committees will meet today:

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M

Government Organization at 2 p.m. in 208W

Energy, Industry and Mining at 1 p.m. in 208W

 

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m. 



Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 12:04 PM

House Introduces Six Bills in Second Session

The House met today at 11 a.m. for a brief floor session.

Before breaking for more committee meetings, the House of Delegates introduced six bills.

A new committee was also discussed, the Select Committee on Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse.

Delegate Joe Ellington, R-Mercer, is the chair of the newly formed committee. Delegate Chris Stansbury, R-Kanawha, is the vice chair. The first meeting will be next Tuesday.

The following committees will meet today:

Finance at 1 p.m. in 460M

Health and Human Resources at 2 p.m. in 215E

Energy at 2 p.m. in 418M

Senior Issues at 1 p.m. in 434M

There will be a public hearing in the House chamber on House Bill 4005 at 8 a.m. tomorrow.

The House adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 08:25 PM

Legislature Convenes For State Of The State Address

The House and Senate reconvened at 7:00 P.M. today in the House Chamber for the Governor's State of the State Address.

The Senate and the House met following the address to introduce the proposed Budget Bill.

Both the Senate and the House will  reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.



Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 02:40 PM

Senate Convenes Regular Session, Introduces 268 Bills

The West Virginia Senate convened the Second Regular Session of the 82nd Legislature today at Noon.

After adopting organizational resolutions  to inform the House of Delegates and the Governor that the Senate had assembled for session, the body adopted Senate Resolution 3 , which recognizes the  achievements and contributions of Monongalia County. The Senate also adopted Senate Resolution 4, which commemorates Mineral County's 150th anniversary.

The Senate introduced bills 1-268 this afternoon.

The follwing committees will meet this today:

Finance at 2:30 p.m in 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

Finance at 9:30 a.m. in 451M

HHR at 1 p.m. in 451M

Energy, Industry and Mining at 1 p.m. in 208W

Government Organization at 2 p.m. in 208W

The Senate will reconvene at 6:50 p.m.

 

 

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 02:15 PM

House of Delegates Convene 2016 Regular Session

The House of Delegates met today for the first day of the second session of the 82nd Legislature.

Several delegate resignations were recognized including former Delegates Larry Williams, Bob Ashely, Harry Keith White, Linda Phillips and Amanda Pasdon.

New appointments included Delegates Steven Shaffer, Martin Atkinson, Frank Blackwell and Phyllis White.

The House introduced new bills.

House Resolution 3 called for the forming of a new committee to focus on substance abuse.

The House is in recess until 6:50 p.m.

The following House committees will meet tomorrow:

Finance at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Banking and Insurance at 10 a.m.

Health and Human Resources at 2 p.m.

Energy at 2 p.m. in 410M

Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at 10 a.m. in 434M

 

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