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Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 09:09 PM

Senate Completes Action on Four Bills, Adjourns Until Nov. 13

The Senate completed action on three bills and amended and passed another during a late afternoon floor session.

The body amended and passed Senate Bill 2003, which implements special hiring procedures for the Department of Highways and Tax Divisions. The legislation is intended to expidite hiring, particularly for auditors to keep an eye on road project financing and taxes. This bill now heads to the House of Delegates for consideration.

The completed bills this afternoon include:

House Bill 201, which will exempt military retirement income from personal income tax beginning next year.

House Bill 203, which will increase tax credits for rehabilitation of historic buildings and structures.

House Bill 205, which strengthens the West Virginia Jobs Act. The act gives job preference to the local labor market on state funded projects.

Following a recess until 9 p.m., the Senate returned to concur in the House amendments to Senate Bill 2003, coompleting legislative action on the bill.

The Senate has adjourned until Nov. 13 at Noon.

 

 



Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 02:28 PM

House Passes Several Bills

The House of Delegates met for several hours on Tuesday, passing a few bills quickly.

House Bill 201 was passed 95-1. The bill would exempt military retirement income from personal income tax. The House attempted to include social security recepients into that group, but the amendments were ruled not germane to the bill. The legislation goes to the Senate for consideration.

House Bill 203 was also passed, by a vote of 95-0. The bill relates generally to tax credits for rehabilitation of historic buildings and structures.

House Bill 205 was passed by a vote of 94-1. The bill relates to the West Virginia Jobs Act.               

The House is in recess until 5:30 p.m. today.       

The House met briefly again to pass Senate Bill 2002 - Allowing certain tax information be shared with designated DOH employees. The bill completes legislation.              

Action was postponed on Senate Bill 2003 and the House passed Senate Bill 2005.

The House is in recess until 8:30 p.m.

The House met again to pass SB 2003 - Implementing special hiring procedures for DOH and Tax Division. The bill passed with an additional amendment offered by Delegate Howell. The Senate concurred in the House amendment for the bill to complete legislation.

The House is now adjourned sine die.

              



Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 01:36 PM

Senate Passes Two Bills, Introduces Two Others

The Senate passed two bills and introduced two others during a brief afternoon floor session on Tuesday.

The body amended the House amendments and passed Senate Bill 2002. This legislation, which would allow certain tax information to be shared with designated DOH employee to ensure contractors on winning state highway bids are in good standing on their taxes, will now head back to the House of Delegates for consideration.

The Senate also suspended the constitutional rules to quickly pass Senate Bill 2005, which deals with finding and declaring claims against the state.

The body also introuduced Senate Bill 2004 , relating to tax credits for rehabilitation of historic buildings and structures, and Senate Bill 2006, relating to the WV Jobs Act. 

The Senate is in recess until 3 p.m.

 

 



Monday, October 16, 2017 - 01:38 PM

Senate Convenes Second Extraordinary Session

The Senate met briefly at Noon to convene the Second Special Session of 2017.

The body accepted the resignations of Ronald Miller and Mike Hall. They are replaced by Senators Stephen Baldwin (D- Greebrier) and Mark Drennan (R -Putnam) respectively.

The Governor called the special session to deal with issues regarding Department of Highways hiring following the approval of the road bond. There are also plans to exempt veterans' retirement income from personal income tax.

The Senate is in recess until 2 p.m.

UPDATE:

On Monday afternoon, the Senate suspended the constitutional rules to quickly pass Senate Bill 2002, which allows certain tax information to be shared with designated DOH employee. This legislation is intended to ensure contractors on winning state highway bids are in good standing on their taxes. 

Senate Bill 2003 , which implements special hiring procedures for the Department of Highways and Tax Divisions, was read a first time. The legislation is intended to expidite hiring, particularly for auditors to keep an eye on road project financing and taxes. 

The Senate has adjourned until Tuesday at Noon.

 



Monday, October 16, 2017 - 01:05 PM

House Adjourns until noon tomorrow

Update:

The House met to pass Senate Bill 2002 -Allowing certain tax information be shared with designated DOH employees. The House passed an amendment to the bill which will go to the Senate for concurrence.

The House read House Bill 203 - Relating generally to tax credits for rehabilitation of historic buildings and structures - for a first time.

The House is adjourned until noon tomorrow.

Original:

The House of Delegates met at noon for the Second Extraordinary session.

The House had to make a few appointments as vacancies were left by Delegate Nancy Foster and the late Delegate Tony Lewis.

Del. Diana Graves (R-Kanawha) was appointed to replace Foster and Del. D. Rolland Jennings (R-Preston) to replace Lewis.

Gov. Jim Justice called a special session to address the passage of the road bond, among other pieces of legislation. The House read House Bill 201 - Exempting military retirement income from personal income tax - a first time, and refered House Bill 202 - Allowing certain tax information to be shared with designated employees of Commissioner of Highways - to committee.

The House will re-convene at 5 p.m. today.

The Joint Committee on Education Oversight will meet at 6 p.m. or immediatly following the floor session. The Health Committee Joint meeting was cancelled.




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