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January 15, 2016 — Volume 36 Issue 1

Legislative Record

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.


✓ First Day - January 13, 2016: First day of session. (WV Const. Art. VI, §18)

Twentieth Day - February 1, 2016: Submission of Legislative Rule-Making Review bills due. (WV Code §29A-3-12)

Forty-first Day - February 22, 2016: Last day to introduce bills in the Senate. (Senate Rule 14), does not apply to originating or supplementary appropriation bills, and does not apply to Senate or House resolutions or concurrent resolutions.

Forty-second Day - February 23, 2016: Last day to introduce bills in the House. (House Rule 91a), does not apply to originating or supplementary appropriation bills, and does not apply to Senate or House resolutions or concurrent resolutions.

Forty-seventh Day - February 28, 2016: Bills due out of committees in house of origin to ensure three full days for readings.

Fiftieth Day - March 2, 2016: 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, 2016: Adjournment at Midnight. (WV Const. Art. VI, §22)

Source: West Virginia Legislure / http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bulletin_Board/calendar_2015.cfm

Some of the Terms Used in the Language of Legislation

Chambers: the two areas set aside for meetings of the entire membership of the House and Senate (also referred to as "the floor"). "The bill is on the floor" means that it is out of committee and before the entire body of the House or Senate.

“Christmas Tree”: a bill that has had several amendments added to it. "We had to kill the bill because it got Christmas treed." (Also called "loving a bill to death").

Committee Substitute: an amended version of an introduced bill as recommended by a committee, generally offered when there are numerous amendments or substantial rewriting of an introduced bill (often referred to as a "com sub").

Concur: the action of one body in agreeing to or approving a proposal or action of the other body (as in "the Senate concurs with the House amendments").

Double Referenced: a bills gets assigned to two committees instead of just one.

Enrolled Bill: the final version of a bill, as passed by both bodies.

House of Origin: the body in which a bill or resolution is introduced.

Journal: the formal, written record of floor proceedings printed daily by the clerk of each body (can be picked up outside Journal Room on ground floor at the rotunda area; also available on the legislative web site). The Journal also contains that day’s agenda for the floor session.

Motion to Lie Over: consider the bill at the next or a subsequent meeting

Motion to Postpone Indefinitely: delay action, usually forever. "PPI’d" usually indicates a dead bill

Readings: the three stages a bill must go through on the floor of a chamber; 1st reading is informational; 2nd reading is amendment stage; and 3rd reading is passage stage

Title: a concise statement of the contents of a bill; it is a constitutional requirement in WV that the title accurately and completely reflect the content of the bill

Well: the round area at the center of the Capitol between the chambers; often used as a meeting place, as in "Meet me at the well."

SB or HB: Senate Bill or House Bill

SR or HR: Senate or House Resolution

SCR or HCR: Senate or House Concurrent Resolution

SJR or HJR: Senate or House Joint Resolution (Proposed Constitutional Amendments)

Com Sub: Committee Substitute

Editor’s Note: Used by permission of the West Virginia Association of Counties (WVACO). For additional information, contact Patricia L Hamilton, CAE, Executive Director / patti@wvaco.org The organization is located at 2026 Kanawha Blvd, E., Charleston, WV 25311. Other contact information – telephone 304-346-0591. The website address is http://www.wvaco.org/home.html