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February 7, 2011 - Volume 31 Issue 8

Feb. 7-Feb. 11, 2011 Session Bills Reviewed

By Howard M. O’Cull, Ed.D.,

West Virginia School Board Association Executive Director

Listed below are West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates bills introduced Jan. 31-Feb. 4, 2011, during the third full week of the First Regular Session of the 80th West Virginia Legislature.

Today is the day 27of the session, meaning there are 33 days remaining before the Legislature adjourns Midnight March 12, 2011.

February 21 is the last day to introduce bills in the Senate and the House. (There are certain exceptions, including supplemental appropriations bills for example.)

Bills reviewed are listed topically, beginning with public education bills. A series of education-related bills follow. Lastly, some measures are cited briefly. Senate bills are listed first.

Note: In some cases, much of the verbiage of a proposed statute is included, especially in terms of newly-proposed legislation.

A total 47 bills are reviewed.

NOTE: Measures relating to Tax Increment financing will be reviewed in the Feb. 11. 2011, issue of The Legislature.The Legislature.

For a copy of any bill, please contact WVSBA: 304.346.0571. You also may contact me at

Bills are posted on the West Virginia Legislature’s Web site:

Editor’s Note: Listing is not exhaustive.

County Boards

Senate Bill 415. Under terms of this legislation, county board members would receive $225 in compensation per meeting. Currently, members receive $160 per meeting.  Additionally,

  1. Meetings for which compensation could be received would remain capped except if a “school district serves more than (20,000) students.” In that instance, members would be allowed to receive the $225 in compensation for up to 65 meetings per year. (The current “cap” is 50 meetings per year.)
  2. “Board members may additionally receive compensation at a rate not to exceed $100 per session and twelve sessions per fiscal year for attending training sessions sanctioned by the county board member training standards review committee appointed under (§18-5-1a) and approved by the State Board of Education.”

Sponsored by Sens. Richard Browning, D-Wyoming, and Bob Plymale, D-Wayne. Introduced Feb. 3. Referred to Senate Education, then Senate Finance.


Note: Similar proposals have been introduced or considered in a previous legislative session or sessions.