Legislative Record

February 12, 2016 — Volume 36 Issue 5

Legislative Record

The less people know about how sausage and laws are made, the better they'll sleep at night” – Attributed to Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898), Prussian prime minister.

 

✓ First Day - January 13, 2016: First day of session. (WV Const. Art. VI, §18)

✓ Twentieth Day - February 1, 2016: Submission of Legislative Rule-Making Review bills due. (WV Code §29A-3-12)

Forty-first Day - February 22, 2016: Last day to introduce bills in the Senate. (Senate Rule 14), does not apply to originating or supplementary appropriation bills, and does not apply to Senate or House resolutions or concurrent resolutions.

Forty-second Day - February 23, 2016: Last day to introduce bills in the House. (House Rule 91a), does not apply to originating or supplementary appropriation bills, and does not apply to Senate or House resolutions or concurrent resolutions.

Forty-seventh Day - February 28, 2016: Bills due out of committees in house of origin to ensure three full days for readings.

Fiftieth Day - March 2, 2016: Last day to consider bill on third reading in house of origin. Does not include budget or supplementary appropriation bills. (Joint Rule 5b)

Sixtieth Day - March 12, 2016: Adjournment at Midnight. (WV Const. Art. VI, §22)

Source: West Virginia Legislure / http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bulletin_Board/calendar_2015.cfm

 

Senate Bills

Senate Bill 13 - Increasing penalties for overtaking and passing stopped school buses. (The Committee Substitute also addresses other issues.) Status: Senate adopted. Referred to House Judiciary.

Senate Bill 146 - Establishing instruction standards for early childhood education. Status: Senate adopted. Referred to House Education.

Senate Bill 321 - Providing additional funding for exceptional children with high-cost/high-acuity special needs. StatusSenate Finance (1st Reference Senate Education).

Senate Bill 369 - Reducing legislative education reporting requirements. Status: Senate adopted. Referred to House Education.

Senate Bill 373Granting more control of regional education service agencies to county boards. Status: Senate Finance (1st Reference Senate Education).

Senate Bill 459 -  Requiring county board of education to pay tuition to Mountaineer Challenge Academy Status: Senate 2nd Reading.

Senate Bill 483 – Marshall County LSIC waiver. Status: Senate 2nd Reading

 

House Bills

House Bill 2202 – Providing  a  more equitable disbursement of funds to county boards to lessen the budgetary impact of serving high cost/high acuity special needs students. Status: House Finance (1st Reference House Education).

House Bill 2474 - Relating to the compensation of personnel employed at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. Status: House Finance (1st  Reference House Education).

House Bill 4147 - Making the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind eligible to participate in any and all funding administered or distributed by the West Virginia School Building Authority Status: 3rd reading, House Calendar 02/12/16.  

House Bill 4175 – Relating generally to home schooling. Status: House adopted. Referred to Senate Education.

House Bill 4261 – Prohibiting the sale or transfer of student data to vendors and other profit making entities. Status: House Judiciary (1st Reference House Education).

House Bill 4291 – Increasing penalties for teachers who commit sexual offenses against children. Status: House Judiciary (1st Reference House Education).

House Bill 4301 - Relating to a framework for initiating comprehensive transformation of school leadership. Status: House Finance (1st  Reference House Education).

House Bill 4316 - Relating to reimbursement of certification fee for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification. Status: House Finance (1st  Reference House Education).

House Bill 4322 - Expanding the Learn and Earn Program. Status: House Finance (1st Reference House Education).

House Bill 4325 - Requiring promulgation of a rule to provide for payment of tuition by county boards of education to the Mountaineer Challenge Academy. Status: House Finance (1st  Reference House Education).

 

Senate Bill 326 - Repealing, revising, relocating, and recodification of current law relating to contributing to the delinquency of a minor child. (Bill passage recommended by the West Virginia Court Improvement Board.) Status: Senate adopted. Referred to House Judiciary.

Senate Bill 286Creating Commission to Accelerate Statewide Coordination of Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents. Status:Senate Finance (1st Reference Senate Health and Human Resources).

Senate Bill 329  - Eliminating sunset provision for commission to study residential placement of children. Status: Senate adopted. Referred to House Health and Human Resources, then House Judiciary.

Senate Bill 338 - Compiling and maintaining Central State Mental Health Registry, permitting only mental illness commitments under chapter 27 are to be included in the registry established for prohibition of firearms. The bill also prohibits reporting of children under the age of 14 to the registry.  StatusSenate adopted. Referred to House Health and Human Resources, then House Judiciary.

Senate Bill 378 - Clarifying what constitutes an excused absence, and to ensure that the various excused absences are described with sufficient specificity to enable enforcement of these provisions by the courts. Status: Senate adopted. Referred to House.

 

Senate Bill 32 – Relating to withdrawal of candidates for office and filling vacancies, including use of a notarized statement prescribed by the Secretary of State’s office.  In terms of offices to be filled in Primary or Special Primary Elections, the notarized statement of withdrawal must be received by the close of business of that officer not later than the third Tuesday following the close of the candidate filing period. Status: Governor approved.

 

Senate Bills

Senate Bill 261 – Bringing state code relating to daylight saving time in conformity with federal code and practice. StatusSenate adopted. 2nd Reading House Calendar.

Senate Bill 297 - Requiring installation of conduit for fiber optic cable on state highway construction projects. Status: Senate Government Organization (1st Reference Senate Transportation and Infrastructure).

Senate Bill 299Creating Library Facilities Improvement Fund. Status: Senate 2nd Reading.

Senate Bill 315 - Providing for construction of statewide fiber optic broadband infrastructure network. Status: Senate Government Organization (1st Reference Senate Transportation and Infrastructure).

 

House Bills

House Bill 2101Eliminating obsolete government entities considered to be unnecessary, inactive or redundant. The Governor's Advisory Council for Educational Technology, the West Virginia Consortium for Undergraduate Research and Engineering, the Governor’s Commission on Graduate Study in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and the West Virginia Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission are among entities included. StatusGovernor approved.

House Bill 4002 - Establishing a five-year sunset provision for legislative rules promulgated after April 1, 2016. The bill additionally requires existing bills modified after April 1, 2016 to include a sunset provision. The bill also authorizes the Legislative Rule-making Review Committee and the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability (LOCEA) to establish a procedure for timely review of rules prior to the expiration of the sunset provision. Editor’s Note: Bill provisions apply to higher education rules only. Status: House adopted. Referred to Senate Government Organization.

House Bill 4005 - Repealing prevailing hourly rate of wages requirements by or on behalf of public authorities engaged in construction of public improvements. Status: Governor vetoed.

House Bill 4009 - Authorizing each county commission authority to submit road and bridge construction projects that are approved by the voters to the Commissioner of Highways. The bill authorizes county commissions to impose a county transportation sales and service tax and a county use tax, at a rate not to exceed one percent, to finance the construction, in whole or in part, thereby accelerating the time for completion of those projects. There are other provisions. Status: House Finance  (1st Reference House Roads and Transportation).

House Bill 4012 West Virginia Religious Freedom Restoration Act Status: House adopted 02/11/2016.

House Bill 4031 - Requiring agencies to respond to public comments received during the rule-making process. Status: House adopted. Referred to Senate Government Organization.

House Bill 4239 - Relating to construction of a modern highway from Pikeville, Kentucky to Beckley, West Virginia Status: House Finance (1st Reference House Roads and Transportation).

House Bill 4282 -Reorganizing certain code provisions that organize the executive branch of state government. (Under provisions of the legislation, various agencies and boards, including all of the allied, advisory and affiliated entities are transferred to the governor’s office. In terms of the Department of Education and the Arts, this transfer includes the state Library Commission, the Division of Culture and History, and the Division of Rehabilitation Services. The bill states the Educational Broadcasting Authority is part of the Department of Education and the Arts for the purposes of administrative support and liaison with the governor’s office.  Status: House Judiciary (1st reference House Government Organization).

 

House Bill 4146 - Providing insurance cover abuse-deterrent opioid analgesic drugs Status: 2nd reading, House Calendar 02/12/16

 

House Bill 4314 –  Prohibiting the sale of powdered or crystalline alcohol. Status: Referred to House Judiciary (First reference House Health and Human Resources).

House Bill 4259 – Regulating vapor products. Status: House Judiciary (1st Reference House Health and Human Resources).

 

Senate Bill 246 –  Providing an option for county commissions and municipalities to extend the term of a tax increment financing district from a maximum of 30 years to a maximum of 40 years if tax increment financing obligations were issued for that district in the years leading up to the most recent United States economic recession.Status: Senate Finance (1st Reference Senate Government Organization).

House Bill 2111 - Providing a special method for valuation of certain wireless technology property for property taxes. Status: House Finance (1st Reference House Judiciary).

 

House Bill 2366 – Relating generally to the solicitation of minors. Status: House adopted. Referred to Senate Judiciary.