January 28, 2011 - Volume 31 Issue 5


"Remember, Lady Godiva put all she had on a horse and she lost her shirt!" - W. C. Fields (William Claude Dukenfield (January 29, 1880 – December 25, 1946), known as W. C. Fields, was an American comedian, actor, juggler and writer.)


Senate Bills

House Bills

  • House Bill 2164. Relates to public school support computation of Local Share. Relates to Public School Support Program (PSSP) computation of Local Share. Several provisions, including language that removes a county board’s requirement to increase Local Share responsibility for  PSSP purposes when property assessments are not at 54 percent of market value as indicated by a statutory assessment ratio study. The measure also makes legislative findings with respect to the effect of under assessed property values on school funding and the obligations of  county assessors and the state Tax Commissioner. Other provisions. House Education adopted Jan. 24. Referred to House Finance. Reference: intr.htm&yr=2011&sesstype=RS&i=2164
  • House Bill 2345. Changes the membership of the Public Employees Insurance Agency Financial Board. Under terms of the House-passed bill, “One  (member of the PEIA Finance Board) shall represent the interest of a participating political subdivision.” A second change states, “The (PEIA Finance Board)  members shall be appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, for terms of four years and members may serve until the successors are appointed and qualified. Members may be reappointed for successive terms. No more than five members, including the Secretary of the Department of Administration, may be of the same political party.”  Passed House Jan. 25. Referred to Senate Government Organization, then Senate Finance. Reference: eng.htm&yr=2011&sesstype=RS&i=2345 (Enrolled Bill)
  • House Bill 2402.   Redefines the term "public record" as it is used in the Freedom of Information Act  (FOIA). Under terms of the legislation, “public record" would include any writing containing information “prepared or received by a public body, the content or context of which, judged either by its content or context relates to the conduct of the public's business.”  Passed House Jan. 26. Referred to Senate Judiciary. Reference: intr.htm&yr=2011&sesstype=RS&i=2402
  • House Bill 2464. Makes changes in Ethics laws regarding public officials, including additional financial disclosure requirements. The measure also contains provisions regarding elected and appointed public officials becoming lobbyists, including a one-year “waiting period.”  There are 11 House sponsors, including lead sponsor Del. Kim Miley, D-Harrison, House Judiciary Committee Chairman. Passed House Jan. 19. Referred to Senate Judiciary.  Reference: SUB.htm&yr=2011&sesstype=RS&i=2464
  • House Bill 2500.  Relates to continuing salary bonus for classroom teachers with National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)  certificate. One proposed section would provide for reimbursement of National Board renewal fees. Another proposed revision would continue bonus eligibility if a classroom teacher accepts employment as principal or in another school or board level instructional leadership position. House Education adopted Jan. 20. Referred to House Finance. Reference: intr.htm&yr=2011&sesstype=RS&i=2500
  • House Bill 2511. Permits county boards of education to include the cost of demolition of buildings being replaced in any revenue bond for construction projects. Would amend §13-1-2 to read, “In addition to other authority granted to county boards of education pursuant to this article, a county board of education may, as part of the cost of construction projects for a public school in the county, issue bonds that include costs related to the demolition or destruction of school buildings or structures being replaced.”  House Education Subcommittee approved Jan. 27. Full House Education Committee to consider Jan. 28. Committee likely to combine this measure with House Bill 2435. That bill would allow the state School Building Authority (SBA) to designate money for the building of playgrounds. The House Bill 2511 reference is intr.htm&yr=2011&sesstype=RS&i=2511 The House Bill 2435 reference is intr.htm&yr=2011&sesstype=RS&i=2435
  • House Bill 2556. “Resets” the expiration date of provisions that allow the employment of retired teachers as substitutes beyond the post-retirement employment limit in areas of critical need and shortage. The period would be extended until 2014.  The bill also requires counties to report additional information on the number of these retired teachers and the critical need and shortage area positions filled by them to the Consolidated Public Retirement Board and state board and the dates of their notice of retirement and retirement. The state board is to include this information in its report to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability. House Education adopted Jan. 20. Second reference to House Finance abrogated. Passed House Jan. 26. Referred to Senate Education, then Senate Finance.  Reference: intr.htm&yr=2011&sesstype=RS&i=2556
  • House Bill 2648. Relates to increasing the faculty senate allotment for classroom teachers and librarians. Would increase the allotment from $50 to $100, to be spent on academic materials, supplies or equipment to enhance instruction. House Education adopted Jan. 23. House Finance second reference dispensed. Third Reading House Calendar Jan. 28. Reference: intr.htm&yr=2011&sesstype=RS&i=2648

Note: Listing is not exhaustive


√First Day - January 12, 2011: First day of session. (WV Const. Art. VI, §18)

Twentieth Day - January 31, 2011: Submission of Legislative Rule-Making Review bills due. (WV Code §29A-3-12)

Forty-first Day - February 21, 2011: Last day to introduce bills in the Senate and the House. (Senate Rule 14), (House Rule 91a) Does not apply to originating or supplementary appropriation bills. Does not apply to Senate or House resolutions or concurrent resolutions

Forty-seventh Day - February 27, 2011: Bills due out of committees in house of origin to ensure three full days for readings.

Fiftieth Day - March 2, 2011: 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, 2011: Adjournment at Midnight. (WV Const. Art. VI, §22)

Source: West Virginia Legislature