The Legislature moved quickly to complete action on eight items put forth by the Governor during the first Special Session of 2018.
House Bill 101 reestablishes the Division of Culture and History as the Department of Arts, Culture and History. Under the legislation that passed Tuesday, the current commissioner of culture and history will become the curator of arts, culture and history. The curator will report directly to the governor.
The Legislature also completed action on House Bill 102, which deals with death benefits for families of firefighters killed in the line of duty. This bill makes a larger death benefit retroactively effective to Jan. 1, to aid the families of Pratt volunteer firefighters who passed away in a crash as they were responding to a fatal accident on the West Virginia Turnpike in March.
The other six items completed today were a combination of supplemental appropriations and bills to provide technical cleanup for recently-passed bills from the 2018 Regular Session.
Both the House and the Senate met briefly Sunday evening to convene the First Extraordinary Session of 2018.
Both bodies introduced and read eight bills a first time. Senate Bill 1002 would amend the West Virginia Fire, EMS, and Law-Enforcement Officer Survivor Benefit Act as modified by Enrolled Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 625 to allow for a retroactive effective date of January 1, 2018.
House Bill 104 would modify the type of businesses and establishments required to post human trafficking assistance notice.
The House has adjourned until tomorrow at 11 a.m.
The Senate has adjourned until tomorrow at Noon.
A Senate subcommittee on confirmations will meet at 11:30 a.m. in 208W.