The Senate returned after a recess to receive committee reports and pass HB 107, relating generally to the Tax Reform Act of 2017. The bill was amended by the Senate Finance Committee and debated heavily prior to passage. It now heads to the House of Delegates for their consideration.
The Senate also passed SB 1006, which would increase funding for the State Road Fund.
Other bills passed included: SB 1003, relating generally to WV Parkways Authority; SB 1010, relating to Volunteer Fire Department Workers' Compensation Premium Subsidy Fund; SB 1011, selling Hopemont Hospital; and, SB 1014, relating generally to physician assistants. These bills now await introduction in the House of Delegates.
The Senate stands in recess until 5:45 p.m.
Following the recess, the Senate introduced and adopted SCR 102, providing for the adjournement of the Legislature until June 5th, 2017.
The Senate is adjourned until June 5th, 2017 at 11 a.m.
Senate Health is meeting at 10:45 a.m. in 451M.
Senate Judiciary is meeting at 12:30 pm. in 208W.
Senate Finance is meeting at 12:30 in 451M.
The Senate is in recess until 2 p.m..
The House met Wednesday evening to complete legislation on one bill and pass another.
Senate Bill 1010 - Relating to Volunteer Fire Department Workers' Compensation Premium Subsidy Fund completed legislation. House Bill 111 - Relating generally to tax procedures and administration passed the House and goes onto the Senate.
The House refused to concur with the Senate version of House Bill 107 - Relating generally to the Tax Reform Act of 2017.
The House passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 102 to adjourn until June 5.
The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. on June 5.
The House of Delegates convened briefly on Wednesday.
House Bill 117 - Relating to the WV Healthcare Authority - and House Bill 118 - Making appropriations of public money out of the Treasury in accordance with section fifty-one, article VI of the Constitution - were introduced.
The House of Delegates convened briefly on Tuesday.
The House received the Governor's amended proclamation, introduced revenue bills and the budget.
The House is adjourned until 10 a.m. tomorrow.
House Finance will meet tomorrow at 1 p.m. in 460M.
Senators met today to report HB 107, relating generally to the Tax Reform Act of 2017, from the Select Committee on Tax Reform. The bill was referred to the Senate Finance Committee which will be meeting at 12 p.m. in room 451M today. The Senate also announced the Senate Judiciary Committee will be meeting at 12 p.m. in room 208W.
The following changes were announced by the Chair to Standing Committees; Senator Maynard and Senator Swope from Judiciary to Finance; and, Senator Maroney and Senator Sypolt from Finance to Judiciary.
The Senate is in recess until 2 p.m.
Following the recess, the Senate met and HB 107, relating generally to the Tax Reform Act of 2017, was reported to the floor from the Senate Finance Committee.
The Chair also announced Senator Swope was moved back to the Judiciary Committee from the Finance Committee and Senator Sypolt was moved back to the Finance Committee from the Judiciary Committee.
The Senate stands adjourned until tomorrow at 10 a.m.
The furlough bill heads to the Judiciary Committee, while the Tax Reform Act of 2017 is double refrenced, first to the Select Committee on Tax Reform, then to Finance.
The purpose of the furlough legislation is to protect state employee benefits such as vacation, healthcare and retirement in the event of a state government shutdown. In its current form, the bill would give backpay to employees upon their return from furlough.
The House version of the Tax Reform Act broadens the base of those who pay the sales tax, lifting the exemptions on a number of services, most notably a telecommunications tax. The bill also eliminates the tax on Social Security benefits for those making less than $100,000 over a three-year period. The legislation includes the elimination of taxes on veterans’ pensions. The bill also increases the personal income tax exemption from the current $2,000 to $2,500 per person for those making under $100,000 a year.
The House bill does not increase the sales tax. It also does not decrease the personal income tax, both of which are key components of the Senate bill, which passed last week.
The Select Committee on Tax Reform will meet at 2 p.m. in 451M
The Senate has adjourned until tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.
The House of Delegates met around noon on Friday, passing House Bill 107.
The House passed HB 107 Relating generally to the Tax Reform Act of 2017- by a vote of 74-17. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration. Two of the 12 amendments offered were adopted.
The House of Delegates is adjourned until 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 23.
With Senator Ed Gaunch presiding and Senator Glenn Jeffries as the only other member in attendance, the Senate convened briefly this morning before adjourning until Monday morning.
The Senate was wating for the House of Delegates to pass its version of the Tax Reform Act of 2017, a bill that passed the House this afternoon. The tenative plan is for the Senate to amend its version into the House bill on Monday and then work out the diffferences in conference committee.
The Senate is adjourned until Monday at 11 a.m.
Three members of the Senate covened a brief floor session Thursday evening before adjourning until tomorrow at 11 a.m.
The House met again at 5 p.m. to pass one bill and advance one.
House Bill 106 - Relating generally to the furlough of public employees during declared fiscal emergency - was read a first and second time to be passed by a vote of 82-2. House Bill 107 - Relating generally to the Tax Reform Act of 2017 - was read a first time.
The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.
The House of Delegates met at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 18.
The House introduced House Concurrent Resolution 1 - Establishing a Select Committee on Taxation and Budget Matters. The resolution would keep Leadership members and minority chairs of the Finance committee in Charleston until June 5, allowing other members to leave. The House would reconvene on June 5 to pass a budget compromise.
Those who would stay in town would get reimburshed later.
The House of Delegates convened twice on Wednesday, taking no action on bills.
In the second meeting at 4:30 p.m., the House heard from Gov. Jim Justice pushing the plan to pass revenue measures to balance the budget.
The House Finance and Judiciary committees met to discuss House Bill 102 - Increasing DMV fees and motor fuel excise taxes and House Bill 106 - Relating generally to the furlough of public employees during declared fiscal emergency.
The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.
Finance will meet tomorrow at 9 a.m. in 460M.
The Senate met briefly this afternoon to advance two bills to third reading with the right to amend. Senate Bill 1003 , relates generally to the WV Parkway Authority and Senate Bill 1006 increases funding for the State Road Fund.
The Senate recessed until later this afternoon with hopes that the House of Delegates will act on Senate Bill 1007, the Tax Reform Act of 2017. If there is no action, the Senate plans to adjourn until 6 p.m. the following day, contiuning the pattern each day, until the House acts. In this scenario, two Senators would be on hand each day to monitor the proceedings and call the full Senate back into session once the House acts on the bill.
The Senate has adjourned until tomorrow at 6 p.m.
The House of Delegates met briefly before Noon but recessed prior to discussion of legislation to schedule two committee meetings.
The House Finance Committee will continue a meeting which began prior to the floor session at 2 p.m. in 460M. Also, the House Govenment Organization Committee will meet at 2 p.m. in 215 E to discuss House Bill 106, which relates generally to the furlough of public employees during declared fiscal emergency.
The House stands in recess until 3:30 p.m.
After the recess, members met and reported HB 106 from Government Organization. The bill was then referred to the Judiciary Committee.
Also, HB 107, relating generally to the Tax Reform Act of 201; HB 108, increasing the funding for the State Road Fund; and, HB 109, making medical cannabis subject to the consumer sales and service tax, were introduced and referred to the Finance Committee.
The House is adjourned until tomorrow, May 17, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
House Finance will meet at 9 a.m. in 460M.
House Judiciary will meet at 9 a.m. in 410M.
The Senate met briefly Tuesday morning to introduce Senate Bill 1006 , whcih increases funding for the State Road Fund, and Senate Bill 1007, the Tax Reform Act of 2017. Both bills were read a first time and advanced to second reading.
The Senate is in recess until 4 p.m.
Following the recess, the Senate convened to listen to an address from the Governor, before gaveling in for an evening floor session. The Senate then suspended the constitutional rules, requiring a bill be read on three separate days, to pass Senate Bill 1007 , the Tax Reform Act of 2017. The bill now heads to the House of Delegates for consideration.
The Senate has adjourned until tomorrow, May 17, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
Both the House of Delegates and state Senate met briefly yesterday after a 10 day recess to reconvene the Extraordinary Session called by the Governor. Each chamber read an Amended Proclamation adding two items to the Call. One bill, House Bill 106, was introduced in the Hosue and referred to the committee process.
Both the House and Senate adjourned untill 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017.
House Finance was scheduled to meet at 9:15 a.m.
The House of Delgates met twice on Friday.
The House met at 11 a.m. to introduce House Bill 105, which would limit the number of days members of the Legislature could receive compensation during an extended and extraordinary session.
The House met again at 5:30 p.m. when it took up a bill the Senate passed, Senate Bill 1004, relating to taxation. SB1004 is similar to one the House rejected on first reading yesterday. A motion was made to re-commit the bill to the Finance Committee, but the motion was rejected 34-58. The bill was ultimately rejected on first reading by a vote of 59-34.
The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. May 15.
State Senators met throughout the day both inside and outside the Senate Chamber to advance SB 1004, relating generally to tazation. The bill was introduced, read a first, second and third time and was passed by a 32-1 margin with one Senator absent.
Three other bills on 2nd Reading were referred to the Rules Committee. They were SB 1001, raising salary for classroom teachers; SB 1002, Increasing DMV fees and motor fuel excise tax; and, SB 1003, relating generally to WV Parkways Authority.
Senator also adopted SCR 101, providing for adjournment of Legislature until May 15, 2017.
The Senate stands adjourned until 11:00 a.m. on May 15th, 2017.
The House of Delegates met in special budget session today.
The House gaveled in this morning at 11 a.m. and reconvened this afternoon to take up four bills.
Delegates also, using House Rule 103, rejected House Bill 104 related to taxation, on first reading.
The three bills introduced were referred to the House Finance Committee.
The house reconvenes at 11 a.m. Friday, May 5.
The Senate convened the First Special Session of 2017 today as the Legislature continues to work on a budget agreement. The body read three blls a first time today.
Senate Bill 1001 would give classroom teachers a pay raise, Senate Bill 1002 would increase DMV fees and the motor fuel excise tax, while Senate Bill 1003 relates generally to the WV Parkways Authority.
The Senate has adjourned until tomorrow at 11 a.m.