Legislative Record

February 22, 2019 - Volume 39 Issue 7

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 9, 2019: First day of session. (WV Const. Art. VI, §18)

✓ Twentieth Day- January 28, 2019: Submission of Legislative Rule-Making Review bills due. (WV Code §29A-3-12)

✓ Thirty-fifth Day- February 12, 2019: Last day to introduce bills in the House. House Rule 91adoes not apply to originating or supplementary appropriation bills, and does not apply to Senate or House resolutions or concurrent resolutions.

✓ Forty-first Day- February 18, 2019: Last day to introduce bills in the Senate. Senate Rule 14does not apply to originating or supplementary appropriation bills, and does not apply to Senate or House resolutions or concurrent resolutions.

Forty-seventh Day- February 24, 2019: Bills due out of committees in house of origin to ensure three full days for readings.

Fiftieth Day- February 27, 2019: 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 9, 2019: Adjournment at Midnight. (WV Const. Art. VI, §22)


The following is a listing of Senate and House of Delegates bills which have been introduced during the 2019 Regular Session. Today is day 47 of the 60-day regular session.

There are 8 Bills reported from Senate Education




SB 1

Increasing access to career education and workforce training


SB 39

Providing certain military members in-state residency tuition rates


SB 154

Using school facilities for funeral and memorial services for certain community members


SB 267

Requiring State Board of Education adopt policy detailing level of computer science instruction


SB 451

Comprehensive education reform


SB 553

Relating to federal funds for land-grant institutions


SB 624

Allowing county boards of education use alternative assessment provided in Every Student Succeeds Act


SB 636

Authorizing legislative rules for Higher Education Policy Commission


There are 23 Bills reported from House Education




HB 2004

Providing for a program of instruction in workforce preparedness


HB 2009

Creating a new category of Innovation in Education grant program


HB 2095

Assessing the college- and career-readiness of 11th and 12th grade students


HB 2363

Relating to the Upper Kanawha Valley Resiliency and Revitalization Program


HB 2378

Relating generally to grounds for revocation of a teaching certificate


HB 2415

Requiring the State Board of Education to adopt a policy detailing the appropriate level of computer science instruction


HB 2422

Relating to the time for the observation of “Celebrate Freedom Week”


HB 2433

Modifying the school calendar to begin not earlier than Labor Day and end prior to Memorial Day


HB 2541

Requiring certain safety measures be taken at public schools


HB 2551

Requiring the State Board of Education to develop a method for funding student transportation costs as a stand-alone consideration


HB 2554

Relating to transfers and enrollment policies for students in public schools


HB 2620

Modifying the contact requirements with a student’s guardians upon accrual of unexcused absences


HB 2662

Relating to certificates or employment of school personnel


HB 2688

Requiring air conditioning on all school buses


HB 2719

Establishing an optional bus operator in residence program for school districts


HB 2803

Increasing the number of days a retired teacher may accept employment


HB 2865

Changing the school aid formula Step 7 allowances for instructional technology and enrollment advanced placement and dual credit


HB 2882

Creating a health professionals’ student loan programs


HB 3001

Increasing compensation of county board of education members


HB 3012

Providing new graduates of an in-state or out-of-state higher educational institution a tax credit on the personal property tax


HB 3063

Relating to a home Instruction and private school tax credit


HB 3128

Changing the recommended guidelines for full-day and half-day cooks to the minimum ratio of one cook for every 110 meals


SB 451

Comprehensive education reform



For additional information regarding legislation refer to the state Legislature’s website; Refer to “Bill Status,” http://wvlegislature.gov/Bill_Status/bill_status.cfm

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

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.