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Today in the Legislature

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 03:27 PM

Senate Bills 385 and 388 Pass to the House

The Senate convened today at 11 a.m.

Senate Bill 385 and S. B. 388 both bills reappropriate excess funds from the Deparement of Health and Human Resources' 2018 Fiscal Year budget and transfer them to the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety and the Department of Administration respectively. The transfered funds will go towards repairs, enterprise resource planning system, and appointed counsel fees.

S.B. 385 passed 20-10 with 4 absent. S.B. 388 passed 20-10 with 4 absent.

S. B. 393 was laid over one day on third reading.

Bills on Third Reading:

S. B. 10 and S. B. 267 were laid over one day.

Bills on Second Reading:

Bills on First Reading:

The Senate adopted Senate Resolution 22, designating January 31, 2018, as Nurses Unity Day.

The Senate adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Committees meeting today:

Agriculture and Rural Development at 2 p.m. 208W

Pensions at 2 p.m.

Finance sub committe A at 3:30 p.m. 451M

Judiciary at 3:30 p.m. 208W

Committees meeting tomorrow:

Fincance at 9:30 a.m. 451M

Judiciary at 10 a.m. 208W

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 01:29 PM

HB 2831 and 4006 Pass House

The House convened today at 11 a.m.

H. B. 2831 - relating to the reconstitution of the Driver’s Licensing Advisory Board - passed unaimously in the House. The bill will now be sent to the Senate for further consideration.

H. B. 4006 - revising the processes through which professional development is delivered for those who provide public education - passed 60-36 in the House.

Bills on second reading:

Bills on first reading:

Committees meeting today:

Judiciary will resume at 2 p.m. in 410M.

Finance will meet at 2 p.m. in 460M.

Education will meet at 2:30 p.m. in 434M.

Banking and Insurance will meet tomorrow at 10 a.m. in 215E.

The House is ajourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 03:03 PM

Senate Passes Senate Bill 284

The Senate convened today at 11 a.m.

In a unanimous vote the body passed Senate Bill 284, increasing access to career education and workforce training. The bill authorizes Advanced Career Education (ACE) programs for students in secondary schools. ACE programs connect students with community and technical colleges to offer college credit while still in middle and high school.

S.B. 284 also creates the WV Invests Grant Program which is a scholarship for WV residents who are 18 years or older with a high school diploma or the equivalent of, to attend WV community or technical colleges. The grant also requires students to stay and work in WV for two year after completing their degree.

Senators Drennan (R - Putnam, 04) , Mann (R - Putnam, 04), Cline (R - Wyoming, 09), Romano (D - Harrison, 12), Karnes (R - Upshur, 11), Plymale (D - Wayne, 05), Gaunch (R - Kanawha, 08), Trump (R - Morgan, 15), and Blair (R - Berkeley, 15) all spoke in support of the bill. Their remarks can be found printed in the Appendix to the Senate Journal.

S.B. 163, a DEP rules bundle, was passed today as well, after being amended on the floor.

S.B. 165, 285, and 338 were passed to the House for further consideration as well.

S.B. 393 was laid over one day on third reading.

S.B. 10, 267, and 384 were laid over one day on second reading.

S.B. 37 was amended on the floor by Senator Romano. S.B. 242 had two amendments, one by Senator Takubo and the second by Senator Maroney.

Bills on Second Reading:

Bills on First Reading:

The Senate adopted Senate Resolution 20, celebrating achievements and contributions of Monongalia County and Senate Resolution 21, recognizing Bryan Schuerman for being named 2017 WV Outstanding Earth Science Teacher.

The Senate is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Committees meeting today:

Health and Human Resources 1 p.m. 451M

Government Organization 2 p.m. 208W

Education 2 p.m. 451M

Judiciary 3 p.m. 208W

Finance Sub committee B at 3 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 01:26 PM

HB 2799 and 4010 Move to Senate

The House convened today at 11 a.m.

H.B. 2799 - prohibiting the superintendent of schools from requiring a physical examination to be included to the application for a minor’s work permit - passed in the House 91-4. The bill will now move to the Senate.

H.B. 4010 - providing no requirement to perform or host a marriage ceremony that does not conform to sincerely held religious beliefs - passed 90-5 in the House, after debate about how the bill relates to the first amendment. The bill will be communicated to the Senate.

H.B. 2831 - relating to the reconstitution of the Driver’s Licensing Advisory Board - was read a second time and will now advance to third reading.

H.B. 4006 - revising the processes through which professional development is delivered for those who provide public education - was read a second time and advanced to third reading.

Bills on first reading:

Committees meeting today:

Energy at 2 p.m. in 418M. 

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

Political Subdivisions at 2 p.m. in 434M.

Pensions and Retirement at 4 p.m. in 464M.

Committees meeting tomorrow morning:

Redistricting at 8 a.m. in 410M.

Finance at 9 a.m. in 460M.

Government Organization at 9 a.m. in 215E.

Judiciary at 9 a.m. in 410M.

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Monday, January 29, 2018 - 12:42 PM

Senate Bills 7, 51 and 280 Pass to the House

The Senate convened today at 11 a.m.

Senate Bill 163 was laid over one day on third reading.

S.B. 7, S.B. 51, and S.B. 280 were all passed unamiously and sent to the House for further consideration.

S.B. 285 was amedned on the floor by Senator Maynard. The ammendment made the bill language consistient with the existing bill and recently passed bills to prevent an error in the code.

The Senate had five bills on second reading and 11 bills on first reading.

The Senate adopted Senate Resolution 19 designating January 29, 2018 as Jefferson County Day.

The Senate is Adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow

Committees meeting today:

Natural Resources at 1 p.m. 208W

Finacne at 3 p.m. 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. 208W

Sub Committee for SB 83 will meet immediately after Judiciary 208W.

Committees meeting tomorrow:

Transportation and Infrastructure 10 a.m. tomorrow 451M

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Monday, January 29, 2018 - 12:09 PM

HB 2546, 4183 Move Through House

The House convened at 11 a.m. today, during the twentieth day of session.

H.B. 2546 - allowing replacement costs of employer provided property to be deducted from an employee’s final paycheck if the property is not returned - passed in the House 61-35, with 3 absent or not voting.

H.B. 4183 - relating generally to standardized testing requirements for nonpublic schools - passed unanimously in the House. 

Bills on second reading:

Bills on first reading:

Committees meeting today:

Roads and Transportation will meet at 1 p.m. in 215E.

Judiciary will resume at 2 p.m. in 410M.

Finance will meet at 2 p.m. in 460M.

Education will meet at 2 p.m. in 434M.

Government Organization will meet at 3 p.m. in 215E.

Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services will meet at 4 p.m. in 215E.

Committees meeting tomorrow:

Agriculture and Natural Resources will meet at 8:30 a.m. in 215E.

House Industry and Labor will meet at 10 a.m. in 215E.

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Friday, January 26, 2018 - 03:16 PM

First Completed Legislation of Session Heads to Governor

The House convened today at 11 a.m.

The House had eight bills up for approval - S.B. 263, H.B. 2483, H.B. 4035, H.B. 4136, H.B. 4146, H.B. 4169, H.B. 4174, and H.B. 4207.

S.B. 263 - eliminating film tax credits - passed 54-42 in the House. This bill is the first completed legislation of the second session of the 83rd Legislature. The bill also passed, 70-24, to become effective immediately. The bill is now awaiting Governor Jim Justice's signature.

H.B. 2483 - requiring the Division of Juvenile Services to transfer to a correctional facility or regional jail any juvenile in its custody that has been transferred to adult jurisdiction of the circuit court and who reaches his or her eighteenth birthday - passed unanimously in the House. The bill will now move to the Senate for further consideration.

H.B. 4035 - creating a legislative coalition to study and report to the Legislature on Palliative care - passed in the House unanimously. The bill will now move to the Senate.

H.B. 4135 - updating the meaning of federal taxable income and certain other terms used in the West Virginia Corporation Net Income Tax Act - passed in the House unanimously. The bill also passed in the House to become effective immediately.

H.B. 4146 - updating meaning of federal adjusted gross income and certain other terms used in West Virginia Personal Income Tax Act - passed in the House unanimously. The bill also passed in the House to become effective immediately.

H.B. 4169 - requiring certain establishments and facilities to post human trafficking assistance notices - passed in the House 88-3. The bill will now move to the Senate for further consideration.

H.B. 4174 - designating the placement of nonpartisan judicial offices on the primary election ballot - passed unanimously in the House. The bill will be sent to the Senate.

H.B. 4207 - authorizing an online application to receive a commission to act as a notary public, and eliminating the bond requirement - was recommitted to the Committee on Judiciary on third reading.

Bills on second reading:

Bills on first reading:

The Judiciary Committee will meet Monday, Jan. 29, at 9 a.m. in room 410M.

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. Monday.

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Friday, January 26, 2018 - 01:19 PM

Senate Bill 163 Laid Over One Day on Thrid Reading

The Senate convened today at 11 a.m. and passed Senate Bill 143. The bill will permit the use of DNR identification tags to be used while trapping.

The body also passed S.B. 67, S.B. 116, S.B. 311, and S.B. 351.

S.B. 163, a rules bundle relating to the Department of Environmental Protection waste management, underground storage tanks, surface mining, standards of performance for new stationary sources, air pollution and quality standards, voluntary remediation and redevelopment rule, the State Construction Grants Program, and the Freedom of Information Act requests, was laid over on third reading. It will be picked up again on Monday.

Bills on Second Reading:

S.B. 7

S.B. 51

S.B. 280

Bills on First Reading:

S.B. 165

S.B. 284

S.B. 285

S.B. 338

S.B. 393

The Senate adopted Senate Resolution 18, declaring January 26 2018 as Human Resources Day.

Senate Concurent Resolution 4, designating the WV Army National Guard Sergeant Glenn F. Lough, P.E., Memorial Bridge, was adopted by a voice vote and sent to the House for further consideration.

The Senate is adjourned until Monday at 11 a.m.

Committees meeting today:

Government Organization sub committee for Fire Departments and EMTs at 1:30 208W

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Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 01:58 PM

HB 2916, 3004, 3005, 4150 pass House

The House convened today at 11 a.m. and passed four bills - 2916, 3004, 3005, 4150 - that will now move to the Senate.

H.B. 2916 - authorizing certain first responders to carry firearms - passed unanimously in the House.

H.B. 3004 - relating to filling vacancies in offices of state officials, United States Senators, Justices, judges, and magistrates - was passed 62-34 in the House.

H.B. 3005 - relating to regulation of unmanned aircraft systems - was approved 78-18 by the House.

H.B. 4150 - prohibiting telecommunications and IP enabled voice services from displaying the name or telephone number of the recipient - was passed 94-2 in the House.

S.B. 263 - eliminating tax credits - was also on third reading but was postponed for one day for further deliberation.

Bills on second reading:

Bills on first reading:

Committees meeting today:

Senior Citizen Issues meets at 2 p.m. in 215E.

Energy meets at 2 p.m. in 418M.

Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse meets at 3 p.m. in 215E.

Health and Human Resources meets at 3:30 p.m. in 215E.

Redistricting will meet tomorrow at 8 a.m. in 410M.

Finance will meet tomorrow at 8:30 a.m 460M.

Government Organization will meet tomorrow at 9 a.m 215e. 

Education will meet tomorrow at 9 a.m. in 434M.

Judiciary will meet tomorrow at 9 a.m. in 410M.

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 12:49 PM

Senate Reads Bills. Prepares for Voting Tomorrow

 The Senate convened today at 11 a.m.

Senate Bill 285, establishing regional recreation authorities and areas, had its second committee reference dispensed.

S.B. 67, S.B. 116, S.B. 143, S.B. 163, S.B. 311, and S.B. 351 were on Second Reading today and advanced to third.

Bills that were read for the first time today are S.B. 7, S.B. 51, and S.B. 280.

The Senate is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Committees meeting today:

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

Energy at 1 p.m. 208W

Education at 2 p.m. 451M

Government Organization at 2 p.m. 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. 208W.

 

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 02:01 PM

Three Bills Move Through House

The House convened at 11 a.m. during the fifteenth day of session.

Three bills were passed by the House - H.B. 2607, H.B.2822, and H.B. 2838.

House bill 2607 - extending the maximum period of confinement a judge may impose for certain, first-time probationary violations - was approved, 79-17, and will now be sent to the Senate.

House bill 2822 - allowing honorably discharged veterans who possess certain military ratings to qualify to take an examination for licensing as a plumber, electrician, and sprinkler fitter  - and House bill 2838 - allowing military veterans who meet certain qualifications to qualify for examination for license as an emergency medical technician - were passed unanimously, moving to the Senate for further consideration.

SB 263, H.B. 2916, H.B. 3004, H.B. 3005, and H.B. 4150 were all read a second time and advanced to third reading.

Bills on first reading:

Committees meeting today:

Finance will meet at 2 p.m. in 464M.

Judiciary will resume at 2:15 p.m. in 418M.

Education will meet at 2 p.m. in 434M.

Government organization will meet at 3 p.m. in 215E.

Banking and Insurance will meet at 10 a.m. in 215E.

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:50 PM

Senate Continues Passing Bills, Honors School Counselors and Marshall University

The Senate convened today at 11 a.m.

Senate Bills 352-369 were introduced today.

The Senate adopted Senate Resolution 15, SR 16, and SR 17. SR 15 designated January 24, 2018 as School Counselors Day while SR 16 designated January 24, 2018 as Marshall University Day as well. SR 17 recognized the Marshall University football team.

The Senate passed five bills today. Of those bills SB 37 equalized the penalty for entering without breaking regardless of time of day and SB 39 created the Sexual Assault Victim's Bill of Rights.

There were six bills on the first reading today.

The Senate is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Committees meeting today:

Economic Development at 1 p.m. 208W

Pensions at 2 p.m. 451M

Agriculture and Rural Development at 2 p.m. 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. 208W



Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 05:10 PM

Senate Bill 284 Moves Through Senate Education Committee

The Senate Education Committee approved Senate Bill 284 with amendments to be sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Some amendments to the bill include allowing students enrolled in home schooling or private instututions to be permitted into the grant program along with students in public West Virginia schools.

Senator Michael Romano (D - Harrison) spoke to the committee about lowering the required age to 18 years old or who hold a high school diploma or the equivalent of.

High school student Elizabeth Ours spoke to the committee about the importance of agriculture classes in high schools. Ours proposed to the committee that high schools should offer agriculture classes as an option for a science course instead of just an elective.

Senator Robert Beach (D - Monongalia) referenced House Bill 2855 - The Robert C. Beach Vocational Agriculture Credit - from 1999 that gave counties the option to allow for two semesters of agriculture classes to be made into one science credit. The committee adopted a study Resolution to look into the matter further to see if the code has been required and how to enable it any further.



Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 01:12 PM

Senate Bill 146 Passes Through to the House

The Senate convened today at 11 a.m.

Senate Bill 146 correcting a technical error within the Solid Waste Management Act was passed.

Five bills were on the floor for second reading. SB 292, relating to Commission on Special Investigations, was amended on the floor.

SB 339-350 were introduced for the first time today.

The Senate also adopted Senate Resolution 14 designating January 23, 2018, as Higher Education Day.

The Senate is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Committees meeting today:

Education at 2 p.m. 451M

Government Organization at 2 p.m. 208W

Finance Sub Committee A at 3 p.m. 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. 451M

Sub Committee for SB 111 at 5 p.m. 208W

Special Announcement:

Tomorrow at 10 a.m. - Medal of Honor Recipient Woody Williams will address members of the House and Senate in the Senate Chambers



Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 01:09 PM

House Passes H.B. 2028

The House convened today at 11 a.m.

The House passed bill 2028 - relating to the venue for suits and other actions against the state - 96-0, with three absent or not voting. The purpose of this bill is to allow a plaintiff or petitioner to file a claim or petition against the state, a state officer, or state agency in the circuit court of a county in which the plaintiff or petitioner resides or in which a claim arose as well as in the Circuit Court of Kanawha County.

Several members of the House expressed their concern about the future of education and cuts to teacher pay and benefits in the state of West Virginia. Many delegates urged the members of the House to be mindful of how the state depends on education and its teachers for the progression of the state.

Three bills were read a second time - H.B. 2607, H.B. 2822, and H.B. 2838 - and advanced to third reading.

Bills on first reading:

S.B. 263

H.B. 2916

H.B. 3004

H.B. 3005

H.B. 4150

Committees meeting today:

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

Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse will meet at 3:30 p.m. in 215E.

Committee on Finance will meet tomorrow at 9 a.m. in 460M.

Committee on Judiciary will meet tomorrow at 9 a.m. in 410M.

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 11:34 AM

Delegate Arvon Resigns, is Appointed to Senate Replacing Jeff Mullins.

Governor Justice appointed Delegate Lynne Carden Arvon to the vacant Senate Seat for State Senatorial District 9 representing Raleigh County. The seat was vacated when Senator Jeff Mullins resigned earlier this session.

Senator Arvon was sworn in by Senate President Mitch Carmicheal in the Senate Chamber surrounded by family and colleagues from both the House of Delegates and Senate.

 



Monday, January 22, 2018 - 02:49 PM

House Moves Four Bills to Senate

The House convened today at 11 a.m. during the thirteenth day of the Legislative session.

The House passed four bills: House Bill 3089, House Bill 4002, House Bill 4013, and House Bill 4026.

H.B. 3089 - relating to the adoption of instructional resources for use in the public schools - was passed 72-24. The bill will now move to the Senate.

H.B. 4002 - providing that all delegates shall be elected from one hundred single districts following the United States Census in 2020 - passed 72-25, moving it to the Senate for consideration.

H.B. 4013 - clarifying venue in West Virginia state courts as it applies to nonresidents of the state - passed unanimously, moving the bill to the Senate.

H.B. 4026 - exempting cashiers from licensure under the Larry W. Border Pharmacy Practice Act - passed 94-2 and will now be sent to the Senate for further consideration.

H.B. 2028 - relating to the venue for suits and other actions against the state - was read a second time.

Bills on first reading:

2607

2822

2838

Committees meeting today:

Roads and Transportation will meet at 2 p.m. in 215E.

Judiciary will resume at 2:30 p.m. in 410M.

Education will meet at 3 p.m. in 434M.

Government Organization will meet at 4 p.m. in 215E.

Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources will meet tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. in 215E.

 

 

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Monday, January 22, 2018 - 01:07 PM

Senate Passes Seven Bills

The Senate convened today at 11 a.m. and passed seven bills to the House for further consideration.

Of those bills:

SB 62 would expand the qualifications of hiring a county attendance director to allow for applicants with professional administrative certificates and five years of experience.

SB 110 would require vendors a license to sell alcohol to report any life-threatening medical emergencies that happen on their property to emergency medical services and law enforcement.

SB 263 would eliminate the film tax credit.

The Senate also adopted SR 12 and SR 13, designating January 22, 2018 as Women's and Girl's Day and recognizing Berkeley leadership respectively.

Senate Bills 334-338 were introduce for the first time today.

The Senate is adjourned until tomorrow at 11 a.m.

Committees meeting today:

Natural Resources at 1 p.m. 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. 208W

Committees meeting tomorrow:

Military at 10 a.m. 208W

Transportation and Infrastructure at 10 a.m. 451M



Friday, January 19, 2018 - 01:05 PM

Senate Passes the First Seven Bills of Session

The Senate convened today at 11 a.m.

There were seven bills on third reading today.

SB 73 modified crime of fleeing from scene of accident,

SB 154 authorized  Department of Administration to promulgate legislative rules,

SB 297 eliminated taxation on annuity considerations collected by life insurer,

SB 298 authorized county assessors make separate entries in landbooks when real property is partly used for exempt and partly for nonexempt purposes, and 

SB 299  related to mandatory insurance coverage for medical foods for amino acid-based formulas - all passed unanimously.

SB 301 removed the limitation on amount collected by county via hotel occupancy tax used for medical or emergency services passed 26-5.

Other bills were read for the first and second time today.

SB 300 was amended on the floor to remove the limit on the amount an entity can take out for tax. The bill is to encourage development on post coal minning sites.

SB 322-333 were introduced to the Senate.

THe Senate adoted SR 11 which designated January 19, 2018, as Southern West Virginia Day at Capitol.

The Senate is adjourned until Monday at 11 a.m.

Committees meeting today:

Government Organization sub committee on Volunteer Fire Departments and Emergency Services wiil meet at 1 p.m.  208W



Friday, January 19, 2018 - 12:21 PM

HB 4020 passes, Bills Advance to Third Reading

The House convened today at 11 a.m. for the tenth day of session.

House Bill 4020 - making technical corrections in the code when referencing chapter 49 - passed unanimously and will now be sent to the Senate for further consideration.

H. B. 3089 - relating to the adoption of instructional resources for use in the public schools - was read a second time.

H. B. 4002 - providing that all delegates shall be elected from one hundred single districts following the United States Census in 2020 - was read a second time.

H. B. 4013 - clarifying venue in West Virginia state courts as it applies to nonresidents of the state - was read a second time.

H. B. 4026 - exempting cashiers from licensure under the Larry W. Border Pharmacy Practice Act - was read a second time.

H. B. 2028 - relating to the venue for suits and other actions against the state - was read for the first time, advancing to second reading.

House Judiciary Committee will resume their meeting today at 12:15 p.m. in 410M.

The sub-committee on Redistricting will meet Monday, Jan. 22, at 8:30 a.m. in 410M.

The House is adjourned untill 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 22.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 12:48 PM

Senate Moves Bills to Second Reading

The Senate convened today at 11 a.m.

Senate Bill 300 was laid over on its second reading for one day. SB 300 will create a five year tax-credit for buisnesses locating on post coal mine sites.

All other bills on second reading were moved to the third reading. There were six bills read for the first time today.

House Bill 2869 was passed to the Senate and has been sent to the Government Organization Cmmittee.

Senate Joint Resolution 9, Governor Justice's Just Cut Taxes and Win bill was introduced to the Senate. Senate Bills 310-321 were introduced today as well.

The Senate adopted Senate Concurent Resolution 6, to support construction of Gold Star Families Memorial Monument. It has been sent to the House.

Also adopted today was Senate Resolution 10 which designated January 18, 2018 as Tucker County Day.

 

The Senate is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Committees meeting today:

Energy, Industry, and Minning meets at 1 p.m. 208W

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

Education meets at 2 p.m. 451M

Government Organization meets at 2 p.m. 208W

Finance meets at 3 p.m. 451M

Judiciary meets at 3 p.m. 208W

 

 

 



Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 12:19 PM

House Passes HB 4005, Moves to Senate

The House convened for a regular session.

The House passed H.B. 4005 - clarifying that appeals to the Supreme Court are a matter of right - 98-0, with two absent. The bill will now be sent to the Senate for consideration.

H.B. 4020 - making technical corrections in the code when referencing chapter 49 - was read a second time.

Bills on first reading:

Committees meeting today:

Senior Citizens Issues will meet today at 1 p.m. in 215E.

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

 

The Committee on Judiciary will meet tomorrow at 9 a.m. in 410M.

The Committee on Education will meet tomorrow at 9 a.m. in 434M.

The Committee on Government Organization will meet tomorrow at 9 a.m. in 215E.

 

The House is adjurned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

 

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 05:37 PM

HJR 103 Moved Through House Education

The House Education Committee has approved House Joint Resolution 103 - Election of West Virginia Board of Education members amendment - to amend the Constitution. H. J. R. 103 was approved 13-8.

Delegate Michael Folk (R - Berkeley) spoke in favor of the resolution and said the election would allow the people to elect educators to the board and have board members from various regions of the state.

Delegate Rick Moye (D - Raleigh) said he was concerned about the costs an election would bring and that the election would lead to political influence in the education system.

The resolution will now move to the Judiciary Committee for consideration.

The House approved H.B. 2799 - prohibiting the superintendent of schools from requiring a physical examination to be included to the application for a minor’s work permit - and referred to the Judiciary Committee.

House Bill 4006 - revising the processes through which professional development is delivered for those who provide public education - was also moved and referred to the Finance Committee. 



Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 12:36 PM

Senate Begins First Reading on Bills

The Senate convened today at 11 a.m.

Senate Bills 302-309 were introduced today. There were eight Senate Bills on their first reading.

Senate Bill 297  would eliminate taxation on annuity considerations collected by life insurer.

Senate Bill 300 would create a five-year tax credit for businesses locating on post-coal mine sites.

The Senate also adopted Senate Resolution 9, which designated January 17, 2018, as Disability Advocacy Day.

The Senate is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Committees meeting today:

Pensions 2 p.m. 451M

Finance at 3 p.m. 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. 208W

Education sub committee on SB 111 at 5 p.m. 451M

Committees meeting tomorrow:

Finance 9:30 a.m. 451M



Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 12:27 PM

House Bill 2869 Passes, Moves to Senate

The House convened today for the eighth day of the second 83rd session and passed House Bill 2869.

House Bill 2869 - providing for paid leave for certain state officers and employees during a declared state of emergency - passed 96-0 with four absent. This is the first bill that has passed through the House this session. The bill will now move to the Senate for consideration.

House Bill 4005 - clarifying that appeals to the Supreme Court are a matter of right - was read a second time and advanced to third.

House Bill 4020 - making technical corrections in the code when referencing chapter 49 - was read a first time and advanced to seond.

Committees meeting today:

Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security meets at 1 p.m. in 434M.

Finance meets at 2 p.m. in 460M.

Education meets at 2 p.m. in 434M.

Judiciary meets at 2 p.m. in 410M.

Small Business meets tomorrow at 9 a.m. in 434M.

Banking and Insurance meets tomorrow at 10 a.m. in 215E.

 

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 03:20 PM

House Health Moves Four Bills

The House Health and Human Resource Committee passed four bills out of committee this afternoon.

House Bill 4023 - relating to the regulation of dialysis technicians - was passed out of committee and referred to the Government Organization Committee.

House Bill 4025 - permitting reciprocity for licensure as a pharmacy technician - was passed out of committee and referred to the Government Organization Committee.

House Bill 4026 - exempting cashiers from licensure under the Larry W. Border Pharmacy Practice Act - was passed out of committee and will be sent to the floor.

House Bill 4035 - creating a legislative coalition to study and report to the Legislature on palliative care - was passed out of committee and referred to the Judiciary Committee.

House Health and Human Resource will meet again Thursday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m. in 215M.



Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 12:36 PM

Senate Meets for Committee Reports, Bill Introductions and More

The Senate convened today at 11 a.m. Committees reported the status of their bills in review.

Senate Bills 287-295 were introduced today.One Bill, Senate Bill 287 will create and maintain a centralized vehicle inventory system.

The Senate adopted Senate Resolution 8 which designated January 16, 2018 WV Homeschool Day.

As a special treat, Senator Robert Karnes's (R-Upshur, 11) daughter Sarah Karnes sang the hymn "How Great Thou Art" for the body.

The Senate is adjourned until tomorrow at 11 a.m.

Committees meeting today:

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

Energy, Industry, and Minning at 1 p.m. 208W

Government Organization at 2 p.m. 208W

Education at 2 p.m. 451M

Judiciary at 3 p.m. 208W

Finance at 3 p.m. 451M



Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 12:30 PM

House Bill 2869 Up for Passage Tomorrow

The House convened today at 11 a.m. for a regular session.

House Bill 2869 - providing for paid leave for certain state officers and employees during a declared state of emergency - was read a second time. This will be the first bill up for passage tomorrow.

House Bill 4005 - clarifying that appeals to the Supreme Court are a matter of right - is on first reading.

The House recognized homeschooled children and their families across the state for their hard work in education.

Committees meeting today:

Political Subdivisions meets today at 1 p.m. in 434M.

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

Prevention and Treatment of Substane Abuse meets today at 3:30 p.m. in 215E.

Pensions and Retirement meets today at 4 p.m. in 460M.

Finance meets tomorrow at 9 a.m. in 460M.

Judiciary meets tomorrow at 9 a.m. in 410M.

Education meets tomorrow at 9 a.m. in 434M.

Government Organization meets tomorrow at 9 a.m. in 215E.

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.



Monday, January 15, 2018 - 01:01 PM

Senate President Addresses the Body, Bills Continue to be Introduced

Senate Bills 270-286 were introduced today.

President Mitch Charmicael (R - Jackson, 04) adressed the body on the importance of supporting his bill, Senate Bill 284 that will allow for students to be enrolled with grants and scholarships in Advance Career Education programs at West Virginia Community and Technical Colleges and Vocational Schools.

The Senate passed two resolutions today. Senate Resolution 6 designated March 21, 2018 as Down Syndrome Awarness Day.  The Senate congratulated Wheeling Central Catholic High School on winning the 2017 state football championship with Senate Resolution 7.

The Senate is adjorned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Committees meeting today:

Natural Resources meets at 1 p.m. 208W

Judiciary meets at 3 p.m. 208W

Finance meets 3 p.m. 451M



Monday, January 15, 2018 - 12:41 PM

House Begins Moving Bills

The House convened for a regular session.

House Bill 2869 - providing for paid leave for certain state officers and employees during a declared state of emergency - was read a first time.

Delegate Paul Espinosa (R - Jefferson) spoke about education issues the state is facing including new data that shows about a third of high school students who graduated in the spring of 2016 needed to enroll in a remedial class.

Delegate Barbara Fleischaur (D - Monongalia) spoke to the importance of recognizing Martin Luther King Day. 

The House recognized Wheeling Central Catholic high school football team on winning the 2017 Class A football championship.

Committees meeting today:

Roads and Transportation meets today at 1 p.m. in 215E.

Judiciary meets today at 2 p.m. in 410M.

Finance meets today at 2 p.m. in 460M.

Education meets today at 2:30 p.m. in 434M.

Agriculture meets tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. in 215E.

Labor meets tomorrow at 10 a.m. in 215E.

The House is adjorned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.



Friday, January 12, 2018 - 12:03 PM

Senate Introduces New Bills, Passes Bill Through Committees

Today the Senate met at 11 a.m.

Senate Bills 255-269 were introduced, along with Senate Resolution 6.

Also announced today, Senate Bill 130 was moved from the Senate Education Committee to the Senate Finance Committee. SB130, known as the Tim Tebow Act, will allow students enrolled in private schools or home schooled to participate in athletics or other extracurricular activities at schools that are part of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission.

The Senate is adjorned until Monday at 11 a.m.



Friday, January 12, 2018 - 11:45 AM

House Meets in Third Day of Session

The House of Delegates met for a third time before adjourning for the weekend.

The House has introduced several bills this session.

The House heard from Delegate Pat McGeehan and Delegate Jim Butler on their appreciation for the state of West Virginia. Delegate Butler's wife sang "God Bless the U.S.A."

The Judiciary committee will resume its work this afternoon at 1 p.m. in 410M.

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. Monday.



Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 12:31 PM

Senate Introduces Bills, Honors Two Distinguished Community Members

The Senate convened today at 11 a.m and introduced Senate Bills 153-254.

The Senate adopted two resolutions today. Senate Resolution 4 honored the life of Dr. Harry Warren Boggs, and Senate Resolution 5 recognized Anne Palmer for her public service.

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

The following committees will meet this afternoon:

Government Organization at 2 p.m. 208W

Finance 3 p.m. at 208W

Education 2 p.m. at 451M

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Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 12:22 PM

House Convenes for Second Day of Regular Session

The House of Delegates met for the second time during the second session of the 83rd Legislature.

Members made introductions and heard from Del. Mike Pushkin in a floor speech.

The House introduced bills 4020-4032.

Committees meeting this afternoon include:

Senior Issues at 1 p.m. in 215E

House Finance at 2 p.m. in 460M

House Health at 2 p.m. in 215E

Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention at 3:30 p.m. in 215E

Tomorrow:

Judiciary at 9 a.m. in 410M

Education at 9 a.m. in 434M

Finance at 9 a.m. in 460M

Gov. Org. at 9 a.m. in 215E

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 06:13 PM

Jeffrey Pack Sworn in as New Delegate

Jeffrey Pack, an Operations Manager from Cool Ridge, WV  was sworn in today by House Speaker Tim Armstead following his appointment by Governor Justice to the seat vacated by the resignation of John O'Neal IV.

Delegate Pack was accompanied by his wife Shanna and his two daughters, Madison, 9, and Briella, 6 during the swearing in ceremony in the House Chambers.

Delegate Pack represents the 28th Delegate District in Raleigh County and previously served as a Herndon Intern in the House Minority Office under Jeff Billings. 



Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 01:02 PM

Senate Convenes Regular Session, Introduces 151 Bills

The Senate convened the Second Regular Session of the 83rd Legislature today at Noon.

The body introduced and read 151 bills a first time, of those, Senate Bill 39, would create the Sexual Assault Victims Bill of Rights. Also, Senate Bill 58, would give certain state retirees a cost of living raise.

The Senate is in recess until 6:45 p.m.

The following committees will meet this afternoon:

Finance 3 p.m. 451M

Judiciary 3 p.m. 208W

Pension and Retirement 2 p.m. 451M

Economic Development 1 p.m. 208W

UPDATE:

The Senate reconvened briefly following the State of the State Address to introduce the Budget Bill.

The Senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11 a.m.

Finance will meet tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. in 451M



Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 12:46 PM

House Hears from Gov. Justice During State of the State 2018

The House convened in its second session of the 83rd Legislature.

The House reintroduced carry-over bills from the first session. The House introduced several resolutions.

The House is in recess until 6:50 p.m., before Gov. Justice gives his State of the State Address.

House Judiciary meets today at 2 p.m. in 410M.

 

UPDATE:

The House convened briefly and then recessed to hear from Gov. Jim Justice on his State of the State.

The House introduced the Budget Bill and adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.




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