Bills

February 14, 2014 - Volume 34 Issue 11

Bills

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.

 

 

Public Education

County boards – Claims  

Senate Bill 59. Relating to claims against counties, school districts or municipalities. Senate Judiciary. (First reference Senate Government Organization).

County boards – State Board of Education intervention districts

House Bill 4336. Relating to state control of county schools. House adopted. Referred to Senate Education.

 

Child nutrition

House Bill 4307. Allowing elementary schools or parents of students at the school to serve sweets at the school once a year. House Education. (First reference House Health and Human Resources).

 

Curricula – CPR and Heimlich maneuver

Senate Bill 381 Requiring CPR and Heimlich maneuver instruction in public schools.

Senate adopted. Referred to House Health and Human Resources then House Education.

 

Curricula – Move to Improve Act

Senate Bill 455. Creating the West Virginia Move to Improve Act. Senate Education. (First reference Senate Health and Human Resources).  Note: Sen. Plymale requests to be removed as sponsor of bill.

 

Curricula – Driver’s Education

Driver’s Education –
House Bill 4373. Relating to driver education programs. House Finance. (First reference House Education).

 

Dropouts/Truancy – Dual Jurisdiction to Counties

House Bill 4003.  Granting dual jurisdiction to counties where a student who lives in one county and attends school in another in order to enforce truancy policies. Senate Judiciary. (First reference Senate Education).

 

Dropouts/Truancy - Local Solution Dropout Prevention

House Bill 4162. Relating to the Local Solution Dropout Prevention and Recovery Innovation Zone Act. House Finance. (First reference House Education).

 

Dyslexia  - Definition

Senate Bill 412. Defining "dyslexia" for education purposes. Senate Education. (First reference Senate Health and Human Resources).

 

Expelled Students

Senate Bill 252. Allowing certain expelled students to return to school through Juvenile Drug Court. Senate Judiciary. (First reference Senate Education).

 

P-20W Longitudinal Data System

Senate Bill 420. Relating to P-20W Longitudinal Data System. Senate 2nd reading 02/14/14.

 

Public School Support – Local Share

Senate Bill 432. Relating to Calculating Local Share  Relating to calculating local share. Senate Finance. (First reference Senate Education.) 

Also refer to: House Bill 4002. Relating to the computation of local share for public school support purposes. House adopted. Referred to Senate Education then Senate Finance.  

 

School Employees – CDL issuance

Senate Bill 431. One particular provision relates to Commercial Driver’s License issuance.  Senate Finance. (First reference to Senate Transportation and Infrastructure.)

Also refer to: House Bill 4368. House Finance. (First reference House Judiciary).

 

School and public employees – filling of vacancies

House Bill 4394.  Relating to the filling of professional personnel positions in the public schools.

House 3rd Reading Daily Calendar 02/14/14

 

School and public employees  - Grievances

House Bill 4203Allowing a grievant a reasonable time for a representative to be summoned and appear, and clarifying that participation in grievance proceedings is considered work time

House Judiciary. (First reference House Government Organization).

 

School and other employees – HVAC work

House Bill 4392. Regulating persons who perform work on heating, ventilating and cooling systems and fire dampers. House Judiciary. (First reference House Government Organization).  

 

Special Needs Students – More Equitable Reimbursement of Costs

House Bill 4137. Relating to more equitable distribution to county boards of reimbursement of the costs of serving certain special needs students. House Finance. (First reference House Education).

 

Special Needs Students – Participation in Graduation Ceremonies

Senate Bill 209. Allowing special needs students to participate in graduation ceremonies. Senate adopted.  Referred to House Education. 

 

Expired Education Statutes

House Bill 4228. Repealing or removing certain portions of education-related statutes that have expired. House Finance. (First reference House Education.)

 

Higher Education – Administrative leadership

Senate Bill 483.Renaming administrative heads of Potomac campus of WVU and WVU Institute of Technology. Senate adopted. Referred to House Education.

 

Higher Education –  Appointment to commissions

Senate Bill 426. Relating to appointments to certain higher education commissions, councils and boards. Senate 2nd Reading 2/07/14.

 

Higher Education – Compensating officials, officers and employees

Senate Bill 322. Providing state compensate officials, officers and employees every two weeks. Senate 2nd Reading 02/14/14.

 

Higher Education - Center for nursing

House bill 4188. Updating the authority and responsibility of the Center for Nursing. House 3rd Reading Daily Calendar 02/14/14.

 

Higher Education - Health Sciences Scholarship Program

Senate Bill 394. Redesignating Health Sciences Scholarship Program as Health Sciences Service Program.  Senate adopted. Referred to House Finance.

 

Higher Education –Health Sciences Service Program

House Bill 4296. Establishing the Health Sciences Service Program.  House Finance. (First reference House Education).

 

Higher Education - Repeal of Code section

Senate Bill 515. Repealing section relating to state aid for students of veterinary medicine. Referred to Senate Finance on 2nd reading 02/10/14

 

Higher Education - Rural Health Initiative Act

Senate Bill 208. Relating to Rural Health Initiative Act. Senate adopted. Referred to House Health and Human Resources then House Education.

 

Higher Education - State aid for certain students

Senate Bill 422. Expanding state aid for students of certain health professions. Senate 2nd reading 02/14/14.

 

Teachers Retirement System  (TRS) – College teaching

House Bill 4221. Permitting teachers under the State Teachers Retirement System to teach college level courses without loss of benefits. House Finance. (First reference House Pensions and Retirement).

 

Teachers Retirement System  (TRS) – Employer Contributions 

Senate Bill 453. Relating to the Teachers Retirement System.  Senate 3rd Reading 2/14/14. 

Also refer to: House Bill 4365  House Finance.  (First reference House Pensions and Retirement).

 

Teachers Retirement System  (TRS) – Reciprocal service

Senate Bill 452. Relating to Teachers Retirement System (TRS) annuity calculation of member with reciprocal service credit. Senate 3rd Reading 2/14/14.

Also refer to: House Bill 4366 House 3rd reading, Daily Calendar 02/14/14. 

 

Education-Related

Governmental Entities –  Audit

Senate Bill 504. Authorizing Auditor establish Debt Resolution Services Division. Senate Finance.  (First reference Senate Government Organization). 

 

Governmental Entities - Cedar Lakes Conference Center

House Bill 4270. Relating to salaries of service employees of the state camp and conference center known as Cedar Lakes Conference Center. House Finance. (First reference House Education).

 

Governmental Entities  - Community development

Senate Bill 96. Creating Creative Communities Development Act.  Senate Finance. (First reference Senate Economic Development).

 

Governmental Entities  - County officials’ pay measure

Senate Bill 379. Reclassifying counties (includes pay increase for county officials). Senate Finance. (First reference Senate Government Organization).

 

Department of Health and Human Resources

House Bill 4280. Revising, arranging, consolidating and re-codifying the laws of the State of West Virginia relating to the Department of Health and Human Resources and the Bureau of Medical Services. House Government Organization. (First reference House Health and Human Resources).

 

Governmental Entities - Emergency Preparedness

House Bill 4147. Relating to emergency preparedness. House adopted. Referred to Senate Government Organization then Senate Judiciary. 

 

Governmental Entities – Ethics Commission

House Bill 4298. Changing the experience requirements of the composition of the members of the West Virginia Ethics Commission.  House 3rd Reading, Daily Calendar 02/14/14.

 

Governmental Entities - Futures Fund

Senate Bill 426. Creating a Future Fund for conserving a portion of proceeds from oil and natural gas severance tax revenues for future expenditures.

Senate Finance. (First reference Senate Economic Development).

 

Governmental Entities - Human Services Benefit Programs

Senate Bill 395. Relating to operation and oversight of certain human services benefit programs. Senate adopted. Referred to House Health and Human Resources then House Judiciary. 

 

Governmental Entities - Officials’ salaries

Senate Bill 297. Permitting certain state employees receive higher salary as appointive state officer.  Senate Finance. (First reference Senate Government Organization.)

 

Governmental Entities - Project Launchpad

Senate Bill 312. Creating Project Launchpad Act. Senate Finance. (First reference Senate Economic Development).

Also refer to House Bill 4343. House 3rd Reading, Daily Calendar 02/14/14.

 

Governmental Entities – Purchasing Reforms

Senate Bill 356. Relating to purchasing reforms. Senate 3rd Reading 02/14/14.

 

Governmental Entities – Purchasing of supplies

House Bill 4168. Requiring materials, supplies, equipment and other items purchased by the state and its agencies to be made in the United States. House Finance. (First reference House Industry and Labor).

 

Governmental Entities – Revenue Shortfall Reserve Fund Borrowing

Senate Bill 393. Amending funding levels and date Governor may borrow from Revenue Shortfall Reserve Fund.
Senate Finance. (First reference Senate Government Organization).

 

Government Officials – Solicitation of employees

House Bill 4414. Relating to the solicitation of public employees by a candidate for an elective office.  House adopted. Referred to Senate Judiciary.

 

Child Welfare – Calculation of child support

House Bill 4453. Relating to the calculation of child support obligations. House 2nd reading, Daily Calendar 02/14/14.

 

Child Welfare - Failure to Pay Child Support

Senate Bill 310. Adjusting penalties for willful failure to pay child support. Senate adopted. Referred to House Judiciary.

 

Child Welfare – Parental Rights Restrictions

House Bill 4139. Restricting parental rights of child custody and visitation when the child was conceived as a result of a sexual assault or sexual abuse.  House adopted 1/29/14.  Referred to Senate Select Committee on Children and Poverty.

 

Child Welfare – Revising child welfare laws

Senate Bill 503. Revising Child Welfare Act. Senate Judiciary. (First reference Senate Health and Human Resources).

 

Child Welfare – Child’s Right to Nurse

House Bill 4335. Relating to a child's right to nurse. House Judiciary. (First reference House Health and Human Resources).

 

Crimes - Criminal Offenses for Child Abuse

House Bill 4004. Relating to criminal offenses for child abuse. House Finance. (First reference House Judiciary).

 

Crimes - Criminal offenses for child neglect   

House Bill 4005. House Finance. (First reference House Judiciary).

 

Crimes - “Internet Privacy Protection Act”

House Bill 2966. Relating to employment privacy protection – “Internet Privacy Protection Act” which would prohibit an employer from requesting or requiring that an employee or applicant disclose any user name, password, or other means for accessing a personal account or service through certain electronic. There are other provisions. House adopted 1/29/14. Referred to Senate Labor then Senate Government Organization then Senate Judiciary.

 

Crimes - Possession of Child Pornography  

House Bill 4006. Relating to the possession and distribution of child pornography. House adopted.  Referred to Senate Judiciary.  

 

Courts / Judicial Matters – Arbitration

Senate Bill 251. Revising the article relating to arbitration and implement the terms of the Uniform Arbitration Act. Senate First Reading. Senate adopted. Referred to House Judiciary.

 

Courts / Judicial Matters – Grand juries

Senate Bill 470. Providing completed grand jury questionnaires are confidential. Senate adopted. Referred to House Judiciary.

 

Courts / Judicial Matters – Juvenile Sentencing Reform

House Bill 4210.  Juvenile sentencing reform. House Finance. (First reference House Judiciary).

 

Courts / Judicial Matters – Purchasing Cards (unauthorized usage)

Senate Bill 267. Ensuring state courts' jurisdiction of fraudulent or unauthorized purchasing card use.
Senate adopted. Referred to House Government Organization then House Judiciary

 

Courts / Judicial Matters – Statutes of Limitations

Senate Bill 316. Passed Senate 1/30/14. Referred to House Industry and Labor then House Judiciary.
Limiting the tolling of the statute of limitations with regard to third-party complaints within a civil action to be filed within a reasonable time. Senate Second Reading January 24, 2014. First reference Senate Judiciary.

 

Elections – canvassing school elections

House Bill 4302. Relating to elections for public school purposes. (Designates the county commission as the board of canvassers to canvass the returns of all elections for public school purposes.) House 2nd Reading Daily Calendar 02/14/14.

 

Elections – timing of special elections

House Bill 4399. Prohibiting a local levying body from holding a special election under certain circumstances, namely  if the date of the special election is one 180 days or less before or after a regular primary or general election. House Judiciary. (First reference House Political Subdivisions),

 

Employment – Military Incentive Program

Senate Bill 280 Expanding the Military Incentive Program to include all economically disadvantaged veterans. (Current statutory language refers to veterans of the Vietnam era and of the Korean conflict only). Senate Finance. (First reference Senate Military.)

 

Employment – Minimum Wage

Senate Bill 411. Raising minimum wage

Senate Finance. (First reference Senate Labor).

Also refer to: House Bill 4283. House adopted. Referred to Senate Finance.

 

Employment – OSHA

Senate Bill 376. Requiring certain construction workers complete OSHA safety program. Senate Judiciary. First reference Senate Labor.

 

Employment – Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act

House Bill 4284. Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act. House adopted. Referred to Senate Labor then Senate Judiciary.

 

Employment – Workforce Investment Council

Senate Bill 354. Requiring Workforce Investment Council provide local boards information about certain male-dominated jobs. Senate Government Organization. (First reference Senate Labor). 

Also refer to:  House Bill 4196. House adopted. Referred to Senate Government Organization.

 

Taxation – Jackson’s Mill check off

Senate Bill 37. Creating personal income tax check off for Jackson's Mill 4-H Camp. Senate Finance. (First reference Senate
Agriculture and Rural Development).

 

Taxation – TIF exemptions

Senate Bill 375. Excluding certain personal property from TIF assessment. Senate Finance.

(First reference Senate Economic Development).

 

Taxation – Natural resources appraisals

Senate Bill 416. Relating to tentative appraisals of natural resources property Senate 1st Reading 02/14/14.

 

Tobacco – Alternative Nicotine Products

House Bill 4237. Defining alternative nicotine products and electronic cigarettes. House adopted 02/13/14. Communicated action to Senate.

 

 

√ First Day - January 8, 2014: First day of session. (WV Const. Art. VI, §18)

√ Twentieth Day - January 27, 2014: Submission of Legislative Rule-Making Review bills due. (WV Code §29A-3-12)

Forty-first Day - February 17, 2014: 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 23, 2014: Bills due out of committees in house of origin to ensure three full days for readings.

Fiftieth Day - February 26, 2014: 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 8, 2014: Adjournment at Midnight. (WV Const. Art. VI, §22)

Source: West Virginia Legislature - http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bulletin_Board/calend