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February 18, 2013 - Volume 33 Issue 4

Feb. 13-15, 2013 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 Feb. 13-15, 2013, during week one of the First Regular Session – 81st West Virginia Legislature.

Today is day six the session. In terms of the legislative calendar, Rule-Making Review bills are due March 25, 2013, is the last day to introduce bills in the Senate and the House. (There are certain exceptions, including supplemental appropriations bills for example.)

Bill Review Format

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

A total 88 bills are reviewed.

For a copy of any bill, please contact WVSBA: 304.346.0571, using 

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

Note: Listing is not exhaustive.


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(There are three sponsors, including lead sponsor Sen. Jack Yost, D-Brooke.)
02/15/13 - To Senate Education
Senate Reference 1 - Education
Senate Reference 2 - Finance
The purpose of this bill is to increase the amount of compensation members of county boards of education may receive for attending certain meetings. The bill increases from $100 to $200 the amount a board member may receive for attending council meetings of a regional education service agency if he or she also serves on that council. The bill increases the amount of compensation from $160 to $200 a board member may receive for each board meeting attended. The bill permits board members who serve on an administrative council of a multicounty vocational center, a county extension service committee or any other public council, committee or governing board, under specified conditions, to receive up to $200 per meeting. The bill limits the number of compensable meetings of each council, committee or governing board to twelve per fiscal year. The bill also permits county board members to be compensated up to $200 per day for approved training classes, up to a maximum of six days per fiscal year.  


(Lead sponsor is Del. Richard Iaquinta, D-Harrison.)
02/13/13 - To House Political Subdivisions
House Reference 1 - Political Subdivisions
House Reference 2 - Finance
The purpose of this bill is to permit counties, county boards of education and municipalities to impose an additional levy on property within the county for the sole purpose of funding public libraries. The bill states legislative intent. The bill also establishes tax rates for classes of property.



(Lead sponsor is Del. Cowles, R-Morgan.)

02/13/13 - To House Political Subdivisions
House Reference 1 - Political Subdivisions
House Reference 2 - Judiciary

The purpose of this bill is to exempt construction performed on behalf of any county or municipal government from the prevailing wage laws for those construction projects under $200,000.  


House Bill 2709. Under terms of this legislation, which would amend §5A-3B-1 and §18-5-9a would allow county boards to enter into energy-saving contracts and allow these contracts to extend to 15 years (currently 10 years).

There are six House sponsors, including lead sponsor Del. Ray Canterbury, R-Greenbrier. Introduced Jan. 21. Referred to House Education, then House Judiciary.

Reference: intr.htm&yr=2011&sesstype=RS&i=2709

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