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February 6, 2012 - Volume 32 Issue 8

Jan. 30 - Feb. 3, 2012 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. 30 - Feb. 3, 2012, during the Second Regular Session of the 80th West Virginia Legislature.

Today is the day 27 of the session.

February 20 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. Senate bills are listed first.

A total 43 bills are reviewed.

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

Bills are posted on the West Virginia Legislature’s Web site: http://www.legis.state.wv.us

Editor’s Note: Listing is not exhaustive.

 

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Governor’s legislation introduced to deal with OPEB generally

Senate Bill 469. This measure relates to Other Post-Employment Benefits generally. For more information, refer to the Feb. 3 issue of The Legislature. Sponsored by Senate President Jeffrey V. Kessler, D-Marshall, and Minority Leader Mike Hall, R-Putnam. 

Reference: http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/bills_text.cfm?billdoc=sb469%20eng.htm&yr=2012&sesstype=RS&i=469

The House companion measure is House Bill 4364. As with Senate Bill 469, this measure was introduced at the request of the governor. Sponsored by House Speaker Rick Thompson, D-Wayne, and House Minority Leader Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha. Introduced Jan. 31. Referred to House Finance. 

Reference: http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/bills_text.cfm?billdoc=hb4364%20intr.htm&yr=2012&sesstype=RS&i=4364

 

Measure would make changes in state’s Sunshine Laws, including revised definition of meetings

House Bill 4367. This measure would make several revisions in the state’s Open Governmental Proceedings Statute (Sunshine Law), including revised definitions for the terms “special,” “regular” and “emergency meetings.” Additionally, the bill would require state agencies to file meeting notices electronically with the Secretary of State instead of publication in the State Register. The bill’s filing change would not materially alter the amount of advance notice given to the public as the meeting notices will be, as they now are, available for review on the Secretary of State’s website. The bill would allow state executive agencies greater flexibility in scheduling meetings as they will not be required to meet the Secretary of State’s internal filing deadlines. The bill also provides rule-making authority.

Accordingly, emergency meeting would mean “any meeting called for the purpose of dealing with an unexpected event requiring immediate attention due to a threat to public health or safety, damage to public or personal property, or posing a potential material financial loss or other potential substantial harm to an agency.”

Regular meeting would mean “a meeting at which the regular business of the public body is conducted.” and “special meeting” would mean a “meeting of a public body other than a regularly scheduled meeting or emergency meeting.”

There are three House sponsors, including House Government Organization Chairman Jim Morgan, D-Cabell. Introduced Feb. 1. Referred to House Government Organization then House Judiciary. 

Reference: http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/bills_text.cfm?billdoc=hb4367%20intr.htm&yr=2012&sesstype=RS&i=4367