Legislative Record

February 9, 2018 - Volume 38 Issue 5

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.


Editor’s Note: The Bill Register contains an abbreviated listing of active Senate and House of Delegates bills relating to public education, higher education and education-related measures. Links are provided to each of the measures which are listed by short or legislative title. Senate Bills are listed first. 

In that the listing is abbreviated, readers are encouraged to visit the West Virginia Legislature’s website for a comprehensive listing of active bills, using the “Bill Status” link -  http://wvlegislature.gov/Bill_Status/bill_status.cfm For additional information, you may contact West Virginia School Board Association Executive Director Howard M. O’Cull, Ed.D., - hocull@wvsba.org

Public Education

Senate Bills

SB62 – Adjusting requirements for hiring school attendance directors / House 1st Reading, Special Calendar 02/09/18 

SB244 – Specifying conditions for unlawful possession of firearms at school-sponsored activities – House Education then House Judiciary  (Passed Senate 02/07/18) 

SB267 - Increasing salaries of certain state employees (includes public school employee pay increases) - House 1st Reading, Special Calendar 02/09/18

House Bills

HB2799 - Prohibiting the superintendent of schools from requiring a physical examination to be included to the application for a minor’s work permit – Senate Education (Passed House 01/30/18) 

HB2809 - Relating to basic state aid to public education (provides an adjustment to the allocated state aid share to any county on account of, and in the amount of, payments or contributions in lieu of property tax distributed from the sheriff to the county board as a result of payment in lieu of tax agreements first entered into on or after July 1, 2016). – House Finance (1st reference House Education) 

HB3061 - Encouraging mastery-based education through the Innovation In Schools program (The bill defines Mastery-based education as “…an education system where student progress is based upon a student's demonstration of mastery of competencies and content, not seat time or the age or grade level of the student.” – House Finance (1st reference House Education) 

HB3089 - Relating to the adoption of instructional resources for use in the public schools – Senate Education (Passed House 01/22/18) 

HB3095 - Allowing retired teachers to be employed by a higher education institution – House Finance (1st reference House Education) 

HB4042 - Redefining school zone to facilitate placement of school zone signs – House Judiciary (1st reference House Education) 

HB4138 - Requiring certain public or private schools and daycare centers to install carbon monoxide detectors – Senate Judiciary (Passed House 02/02/18) 

HB4220 - Relating generally to grounds for revocation of a teaching certificate – House Judiciary (1st reference House Education) 

Homeschooled students

Senate Bills

SB130 – Creating Tim Tebow Act – Senate Finance (1st reference Senate Education) 

SB364 – Allowing parent or legal guardian of homeschooled child provide signed statement for obtaining permit or license to operate motor vehicle  - House Judiciary (Passed Senate 02/05/18) 

House Bills

HB4183 - Relating generally to standardized testing requirements for nonpublic schools – Senate Education (Passed House 01/29/18)

Higher Education

Senate Bills

SB66 - Relating to in-state tuition rates for members of National Guard, military and reserve units / Senate Education  then Senate Finance [1st reference Senate Military] 

SB284 – Increasing access to education and workforce training – House Education then House Finance (Passed Senate 01/31/18) 

House Bills

HB2887 - Relating to retirement and separation incentives (applies to higher education institutions) – House Finance (1st reference House Education) 

HB4156 - Establishing the qualifications of full and part time nursing school faculty members – Senate Health and Human Resources (passed House 02/07/18) 

HB4178 - Permitting certain portions of certified nurse aide training to be provided through distance learning technologies – Senate Health and Human Resources (Passed House 02/07/18) 

HB4235 - Permitting full-time nonresident students attending an in-state college or university to purchase lifetime resident hunting, trapping, and fishing licenses – House Finance (1st reference House Agriculture and Natural Resources)

HB4251 -  Permitting employees of baccalaureate institutions and universities outside of this state to be appointed to board of governors – Senate Education (Passed House 02/05/18)

Governmental Entities

Senate Bills

SB341 - Creating new court of WV Intermediate Court of Appeals – Senate Finance (1st reference Senate Judiciary) 

SB407 - Licensing and approval of child care programs – Senate Government Organization (1st reference Senate Health and Human Resources)

SB440 - Establishing Library Facilities Improvement Fund – Senate 2nd reading 02/09/18 

House Bills

HB2028 - Relating to the venue for suits and other actions against the state – Senate Judiciary (Passed House 01/23/18) 

HB2841 - Requiring board members to have attended a board meeting in order to be compensated for the meeting (applies to certain state agencies) – House 2nd Reading, Special Calendar 02/09/18 

HB4006 - Revising the processes through which professional development is delivered for those who provide public education (among other provisions this bill would eliminate the position of Secretary of Education and the Arts) – Senate Education (Passed House 01/31/18) 


Senate Bills

SB244 - Specifying conditions for unlawful possession of firearm at school-sponsored activities – House Education then House Judiciary (Passed Senate 02/06/18) 

House Bills

HB2655 - Defining and establishing the crime of cyberbullying –  Senate Judiciary / (Passed House 02/05/18)

Measures relating to juveniles

House Bills

HB2483 - Requiring the Division of Juvenile Services to transfer to a correctional facility or regional jail any juvenile in its custody that has been transferred to adult jurisdiction of the circuit court and who reaches his or her 18th  birthday – Senate Judiciary (Passed House 01/23/18)

HB2743 - Requiring the release of an unemancipated minor's medical records for drug testing – House Judiciary (1st reference House Political Subdivisions) 

✓First Day - January 10, 2018: First day of session. (WV Const. Art. VI, §18)

Twentieth Day - January 28, 2018: Submission of Legislative Rule-Making Review bills due. (WV Code §29A-3-12)

Thirty-fifth Day - February 13, 2018: 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-first Day - February 19, 2018: 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-seventh Day - February 25, 2018: Bills due out of committees in house of origin to ensure three full days for readings.

Fiftieth Day - February 28, 2018: Last day to consider bill on third reading in house of origin. Does not include budget or supplementary appropriation bills. (Joint Rule 5, paragraph b)

Sixtieth Day- March 10, 2018: Adjournment at Midnight. (WV Const. Art. VI, §22

For ease in securing copies of bills and legislative resolutions introduced, please use this link provided by the West Virginia Legislature – http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/bill_status.cfm Bills and Resolutions can be searched in terms of the following search fields:

All Bills (House | Senate)
Short Title
Date Introduced
Code Affected
All Same As
Pending In Committee
Reported From Committee
Passed One Chamber
Completed Legislation
Actions by Governor
Fiscal Notes

Prepared by the West Virginia Legislature, this  Information Packet is a comprehensive reference tool, including Capitol room numbers for all legislators; seating charts for the Senate and House Chambers; Senate, House and Congressional district maps; photographs and contact information for all members of the Legislature; and, phone numbers and addresses for Congressional representatives. Also included are toll-free telephone numbers and Web site addresses for state agencies, colleges and universities. This packet can be downloaded online: http://www.legis.state.wv.us/legisdocs/misc/pub/INFOPACKET_2018.pdf

Editor’s Note: These resources are provided by the West Virginia Legislature / http://www.legis.state.wv.us/

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:The West Virginia Association of Counties (WVACO has published this or a similar document during the past few legislative sessions.