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Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018
42th Day of the Legislative Session

Rotunda and social activities:

WVU Day at the Legislature, Upper House, Upper Senate Rotundas, Upper Well Area, Lower Rotunda; Food and Farms Legislative Dinner (By Invitation Only), 6:30 p.m., Bluegrass Kitchen.



Senate Convenes at 11 a.m. 

On the Agenda: 


  • SR 46: Recognizing achievements and contributions of Berkeley County and its citizens to WV



  • SCR 29: US Army SGT Benny Fleming Memorial Bridge
  • SCR 30: Requesting study of legal procedures and fiscal means for state to acquire idle railway property
  • SCR 31: Requesting study of eliminating “dead spots” in wireless coverage in WV



  • Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for SB 319: Allowing individuals who completed home schooling be eligible for PROMISE scholarship without equivalent diploma
  • SB 406: Clarifying that ground emergency medical transportation is eligible for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement
  • Com. Sub. for SB 415: Permitting wagering on certain professional or collegiate sports events authorized as WV Lottery Sports Wagering activities (original similar to HB 4396)
  • Com. Sub. for SB 450: Collecting and analyzing statistical information pertaining to terminating pregnancies under Medicaid Program
  • Com. Sub. for SB 451: Relating generally to hunting and fishing
  • Com. Sub. for SB 475: Industrial Hemp Development Act (original similar to HB 4500)
  • SB 479: Establishing local government monitoring by Auditor
  • SB 494: Considering members of State Teachers Retirement System absent while serving as officer with statewide professional association
  • Com. Sub. for SB 512: Authorizing certain WV courthouse security officers carry concealed weapons
  • Eng. HB 4380: Making a supplementary appropriation to the Department of Agriculture
  • Eng. HB 4381: Making a supplementary appropriation to the Department of Education
  • Eng. HB 4384: Making a supplementary appropriation to the Department of Transportation
  • Eng. HB 4386: Making a supplementary appropriation to the Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Health – Community Mental Health Services


SECOND READING (Amendments Stage)

  • Com. Sub. for SB 477: Relating to five-year sunset on tax credits and incentives



  • Com. Sub. for SB 412: Relating to authority of county litter control officers
  • Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for SB 474: Requiring that certain documents filed pursuant to WV Jobs Act which include records of wages be considered confidential
  • Com. Sub. for SB 522: Relating generally to Administrative Procedures Act
  • SB 523: Relating to tax treatment of pollution control facilities and wind power projects (original similar to HB 4286, HB 4517, SB 150)
  • Com. Sub. for SB 543: Relating to confidentiality of medical records
  • SB 626: Relating generally to coal mining (original similar to HB 4340)
  • Eng. 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

Senate Bills Introduced


Daily Committee Schedule: 


10 a.m.: Transportation and Infrastructure (208W)

  • SB 309: Relating to outdoor advertising regulated by DOH
  • SB 520: Increasing weight limits for vehicles on certain highways
  • SB 344: Requiring DOH implement program to recycle surplus metal supplies, materials and equipment
  • SCR 2: Walter E. Swiger, Jr., Memorial Bridge
  • SCR 12: US Army SP4 Darrell Gregory Triplett Memorial Bridge
  • SCR 14: US Army SPC 4 William L. Amos Memorial Bridge
  • SCR 15: US Marine SGT Stephen E. Drummond Memorial Bridge
  • SCR 16: Sardis District Veterans Memorial Bridge


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

  • HB 4268: Co-tenancy Modernization and Majority Protection Act
  • SB 600: Relating to powers and duties of PSC


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

  • SB 442: Establishing universal forms and deadlines when submitting prior authorization electronically
  • 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
  • SB 443: Terminating parental rights when certain conditions are met
  • SB 611: Relating to licensing of mental health facilities


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

  • SB 313: Waiving occupational fees and licensing requirements for certain low-income individuals, military families, and young workers
  • SB 449: Using criminal conviction records to disqualify person from license or authorization to practice occupation
  • SB 82: Including rebuttable presumptions in certain cases for firefighters with regard to workers’ compensation
  • SB 402: Creating exemption from certain contract and common carrier laws for motor vehicles
  • SB 419: Establishing classification and base salaries of certain civilian employees of WV State Police Forensic Laboratory
  • SB 445: Allowing DOH acquire real or personal property for utility accommodation
  • SB 456: Physical Therapy Licensure Compact Act
  • SB 514: Enacting Recognition of Emergency Medical Services Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact
  • SB 472: Providing funds to DHHR for local boards of health employee pay raises


2 p.m.: Education (451M)

  • SB 573: Relating generally to school calendars
  • 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)

  • SB 546: Improving coordination of law-enforcement agencies in finding missing persons and identifying remains
  • SB 545: Relating to driving privileges and requirements for persons under 18
  • SB 574: Relating to crime of misrepresentation of military honors
  • SB 275: Relating to tax on purchases of intoxicating liquors
  • Originating Bill No. 3: Permitting local governments to access certain tax records
  • SB 539: Increasing limit for settling claims against DOH
  • SB 564: Providing immunity from civil liability to facilities and employees providing crisis stabilization


3:30 p.m.: Finance (208W)

  • Com. Sub. for SB 500: Authorizing City of White Sulphur Springs to expend principal and interest from special interest-bearing fund


Committee Action on Bills from Monday, February 19, 2018


9 a.m.: Government Organization (208W)

  • Originating Bill 3: West Virginia Volunteer Fire and Rescue Act of 2018
  • Passed; to Finance


1 p.m.: Natural Resources (208W)

  • Com. Sub. for SB 536: Allowing foster and adoptive children obtain lifetime hunting, fishing, and trapping license within two years of placement


House Convenes at 11 a.m.

On the agenda:



*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4001<> – Relating to eligibility and fraud requirements for public assistance

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4042<> – Redefining school zone to facilitate placement of school zone signs

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4157<> – Eliminating the refundable exemption for road construction contractors

*         H. B. 4285<> – Relating to the West Virginia Safe Mortgage Licensing Act (Finance Committee Title Amendment Pending)

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4304<> – Creating the Board of Nursing

*         H. B. 4324<> – Relating to the employment of individuals by municipal paid fire departments under civil service

*         H. B. 4379<> – Supplementing, amending, decreasing, and increasing items of the existing appropriations to the Department of Transportation

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4401<> – Relating to the registration of business

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4428<> – Allowing training hours earned through public school education or apprenticeship to count towards an applicant’s occupational certification

*         H. B. 4436<> – Clarifying when a minor between the ages of 16 and 18 may be employed by or elected as a member of a volunteer fire department

*         H. B. 4488<> –  Relating to the Hatfield-McCoy Recreation Authority

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4522<> – Allowing certain tax information to be shared with the Director of Purchasing Division, Department of Administration, and State Auditor

*         H. B. 4622<> – Relating to authorizing legislative rules regarding higher education

SECOND READING – Amendment Stage

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4011<> – Requiring agencies, when submitting a new rule or changes, to also identify two existing rules that could be repealed

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4022<> – Exempting the consumer sales and service tax and use tax for services for the repair, remodeling and maintenance of certain aircraft

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4079<> – Promulgating administrative rules by various executive or administrative agencies of the state

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4478<> – Authorizing public schools to distribute excess food to students

*         H. B. 4621<> – Relating to removing reference to certain entities with respect to work


*         Com. Sub. for S. B. 71<> – Defining “veteran” as it pertains to veteran-owned business

*         Com. Sub. for S. B. 237<> – Authorizing Department of Revenue promulgate legislative rules (Judiciary Committee Amendment Pending)

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 3061<> – Encouraging mastery-based education through the Innovation In Schools program

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4207<> – Authorizing an online application to receive a commission to act as a notary public, and eliminating the bond requirement

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4296<> – Establishing the Southern West Virginia Lake Development Study Commission

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4368<> – Relating to voluntary assignments of wages by state employees who have been overpaid

*         H. B. 4422<> – Permitting permanent endowment funds of cemeteries to invest their principal in certain government bonds, and corporate bonds

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4424<> – Providing that the Ethics Act applies to certain persons providing services without pay to state elected officials

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4451<> – Creating the West Virginia Sentencing Commission

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4511<> – Modifying bail requirements

*         H. B. 4617<> – Clarifying where a charge of DUI may be brought against an individual

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4618<> – Relating to the authority of the Division of Protective Services

House Bills Introduced


Daily Committee Schedule:

Committee on the Judiciary
9:00 a.m. – Room 418M

*         H. B. 4187<>, Business Liability Protection Act,

*         H. B. 4309<>, Restricting the sale and trade of dextromethorphan,

*         H. B. 4185<>, Awarding service weapons to special natural resources police officers upon retirement,

*         H. B. 4571<>, Relating to the final day of filing announcements of candidates for a political office,

*         H. B. 4217<>, Permitting an attending physician to obtain a patient’s autopsy report,

*         H. B. 4028<>, Allowing funding allotted for treatment supervision of drug offenders to be applied to participants in the Adult Drug Court Program,

*         H. B. 4546<>, Relating to where an application for a marriage license may be made

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

Committee on Energy
2:00 p.m. – Room 418M
***Agenda to be posted.<>***

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

*         HB 4623<> – Providing a pregnant person treatment for substance abuse

*         HB 3010<> – Making it a felony to knowingly expose another individual to HIV (2nd reference to Judiciary)

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

*         HB 4366<> – Relating to the approval of additional beds for intermediate care facilities (2nd reference to Judiciary)

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