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Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
37th Day of the Legislative Session

Rotunda and social activities:



Senate Convenes at 11 a.m. 

On the Agenda: 


  • SR 43: Designating February 15, 2018, as WV Alzheimer’s Association Day



  • SCR 20: Requesting Bureau for Medical Services review and update Medicaid rates for ground and air ambulance services
  • SCR 21: US Army PFC Charles Thurman “Buddy” Ellis Memorial Bridge
  • SCR 22: US Army Colonel Larkin Bilton Vance Memorial Highway



  • Com. Sub. for SB 36: Relating generally to DNA testing
  • Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for SB 341: Relating generally to WV Appellate Reorganization Act of 2018 (original similar to HB 4004)
  • Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for SB 347: Relating to operation of motorboats (original similar to HB 4274)
  • Com. Sub. for SB 348: Allowing for disposal of service weapons of special DNR police officers
  • Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for SB 355: Dissolving IS&C Division under Office of Technology (original similar to HB 4339)
  • Com. Sub. for SB 370: Exempting nonpaid volunteers at ski areas from workers’ compensation benefits
  • Com. Sub. for SB 458: Prohibiting political subdivisions from enacting regulations or legal requirements relating to employer-employee relationship
  • Com. Sub. for SB 461: Extending time to file petition for motor fuel excise tax refund
  • SB 524: Relating to disposition of complaint proceedings
  • SB 525: Relating to certification for emergency medical training – mining
  • Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for SJR 3: Judicial Budget Oversight Amendment (original similar to HJR 101, HJR 104, HJR 109)
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for HB 4162: Granting authority to the State Conservation Committee to contract for flood response


SECOND READING (Amendments Stage)

  • Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for SB 273: Reducing use of certain prescription drugs (original similar to HB 4263)
  • SB 339: Relating to WV Retirement Health Benefit Trust Fund within PEIA (original similar to HB 4272)
  • Com. Sub. for SB 358: Imposing fee for processing criminal bonds
  • SB 398: Relating to requirements for making consumer loans
  • Com. Sub. for SB 495: Designating specific insurance coverages exempt from rate filing requirements
  • SB 498: Creating two-year pilot program allowing all-terrain or recreational vehicles in Cabwaylingo State Forest
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for HB 3004: Relating to filling vacancies in offices of state officials, United States Senators, Justices, judges, and magistrates (Com. amend. and title amend. pending)
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for HB 4242: Clarifying the jurisdictional amount for removal of a civil action from magistrate court to circuit court



  • SB 47: Requiring Defense Department advocacy groups be notified in abuse or neglect of military person’s child – (Com. amend. pending)
  • Com. Sub. for SB 87: Allowing purchase of Class XS resident senior hunting, fishing and trapping licenses at age 65
  • Com. Sub. for SB 415: Permitting wagering on certain professional or collegiate sports events authorized as WV Lottery Sports Wagering activities (original similar to HB4396)
  • SB 444: Repealing antiquated code sections regarding safety glass and lighting in motor vehicles
  • Com. Sub. for SB 510: Designating hospitals for stroke treatment

Senate Bills Introduced


Daily Committee Schedule: 


9:30 a.m.: Finance

  • Com. Sub. for HB 4142: Providing certain employees of the Division of Corrections, Division of Juvenile Services, and West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority a salary adjustment
  • SB 523: Relating to tax treatment of pollution control facilities and wind power projects


1 p.m.: Energy, Industry and Mining (208W)

  • Originating Bill 1: Relating to coal mining generally


1 p.m.: Health and Human Resources (451M)

  • SB 316: Creating refundable personal income tax credit to encourage persons receiving public assistance to get married
  • SB 499: Requiring one year of certain approved postgraduate clinical training for persons with foreign medical degrees
  • HB 4035: Creating a legislative coalition to study and report to the Legislature on palliative care
  • HB 4332: Relating to home peritoneal renal dialysis


2 p.m.: Government Organization (208W)

  • SB 500: Authorizing City of White Sulphur Springs to expend principal and interest from special interest-bearing fund
  • SB 432: Relating to municipal home rule
  • SB 474: Requiring that certain documents filed pursuant to WV Jobs Act which include records of wages be considered confidential


2 p.m.: Education (451M)

  • SB 507: Establishing Katherine Johnson Academy as magnet school programs at WV colleges and universities
  • Com. Sub. for SB 83: Relating to higher education student success
  • Subcommittee report on SB 111: Enacting Forming Open and Robust University Minds Act


3 p.m.: Judiciary (208W)

  • Agenda TBA


3 p.m.: Finance (451M)

  • Agenda TBA


Senate Bills to be Introduced Thursday, February 15, 2018

  • SB 546: Improving coordination of law-enforcement agencies in finding missing persons and identifying remains (Jeffries; Judiciary)


House Convenes at 11 a.m.

On the agenda:



*         Com. Sub. for S. B. 154<> – Authorizing Department of Administration to promulgate legislative rules

*         Com. Sub. for S. B. 184<> – Authorizing DOT promulgate legislative rules

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 2694<> – Relating to the development and implementation of a program to facilitate commercial sponsorship of rest areas

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 2890<> – Establishing a Library Facilities Improvement Fund that will serve to support library facilities construction, maintenance and improvement projects

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 3104<> – Transfer of the West Virginia Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Fund

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4015<> – Relating to the management and continuous inventory of vehicles owned, leased, operated, or acquired by the state and its agencies

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4268<> – Co-tenancy Modernization and Majority Protection Act

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4270<> – Providing for the timely payment of moneys owed from oil and natural gas production

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4361<> –  Bestowing the West Augusta Award upon each West Virginian graduating from U. S. Military Academies with the highest-grade point average

*         H. B. 4433<> – Declaring certain claims against an agency of the state to be moral obligations of the state

*         H. B. 4434<> – Clarifying provisions relating to candidates unaffiliated with a political party as it relates to certificates of announcement

SECOND READING – Amendment Stage

*         Com. Sub. for S. B. 163<> – Authorizing DEP promulgate legislative rules

*         Com. Sub. for S. B. 165<> – Authorizing DHHR promulgate legislative rules (Judiciary Committee Amendment Pending)

*         S. B. 379<> – Supplemental appropriation from State Excess Lottery Revenue Fund to DHHR

*         S. B. 382<> – Supplemental appropriation of Lottery Net Profits to Bureau of Senior Services, Lottery Senior Citizens Fund

*         S. B. 384<> – Decreasing and increasing appropriations from State Fund, General Revenue to DHHR

*         S. B. 385<> – Decreasing and adding appropriations out of Treasury to DHHR and MAPS

*         Com. Sub. for S. B. 386<> – Decreasing and increasing appropriations from Treasury to Higher Education Policy Commission

*         S. B. 388<> – Decreasing, increasing and adding appropriations out of Treasury to DHHR and Department of Administration

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4343<> – Relating to the delivery of financial statements to bank shareholders

*         H. B. 4385<> – Making a supplementary appropriation to the Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Human Services

*         H. B. 4402<> – Relating to the prevention of sexual abuse of children

*         H. B. 4462<> – Allowing off duty members and officers of the department of public safety to guard private property


*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 2464<> – Relating to disclaimers and exclusions of warranties in consumer transactions for goods

*         H. B. 4376<> – Expiring funds to the balance of the Department of Health and Human Resources

*         H. B. 4389<> – Expiring funds to the Enterprise Resource Planning System Fund

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4400<> – Relating to the West Virginia Physicians Mutual Insurance Company

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4473<> – Relating to use of state funds for advertising to promote a public official or government office


House Bills Introduced


Daily Committee Schedule:

Committee on Small Business, Entrepreneurship & Economic Development
9:00 a.m. – Room 434M

*         A presentation by Erika Bailey, West Virginia Development Office.

Committee on Banking & Insurance
10:00 a.m. – Room 215E

*         House Bill 4222<>, Requiring the owners of motorboats to carry liability insurance, regardless of the horsepower or length of the motorboat

*         House Bill 4486<>, Relating to persons required to obtain a license to engage in the business of currency exchange

Committee on Rules
10:45 a.m. – Behind Chamber

Committee on Health & Human Resources
2:00 p.m. – Room 215E

*         HB 4524<> – Establishing guidelines for the substitution of certain biological pharmaceuticals (2nd Reference to Judiciary)

*         HB 4609<> – Relating to advertising by physicians and podiatrists (2nd Reference to Judiciary)

*         HB 4215<> – Relating to the involuntary hospitalization of persons administered opioid antagonists (2nd Reference to Judiciary)

Committee on Energy
2:00 p.m. – Room 418M

*         HR 7<>, Urging federal policymakers to supports legislation advancing the development of an Appalachian Storage Hub

*         Subcommittee report on HB 4269<>, Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act

*         HB 4490<>, Relating to oil and gas permits not to be on flat well royalty leases

Committee on Prevention & Treatment of Substance Abuse
3:30 p.m. – Room 215E

*         HB 4509<> – Relating to the establishment of substance abuse treatment facilities

*         HB 4472<> – West Virginia Addictions Treatment and Recovery Fund (2nd reference to Finance)

*         HB 4443<> – Requiring bail bondsman and bail bond enforcer be subject to random drug testing (2nd reference to Judiciary)

*         HB 4172<> – Establishing a crisis line and mobile application for the public to combat the crisis in this state posed by substance abuse (2nd reference to Finance)

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