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Around the Rotunda: Legislative, committee schedule for Wednesday, Feb. 14 – It’s Valentine’s Day

Around the Rotunda: Legislative, committee schedule for Wednesday, Feb. 14

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Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018
36th Day of the Legislative Session

Rotunda and social activities:

Arts Day: Upper House, Upper Senate Rotundas,  Upper Well Area, Lower Rotunda; WV Athletic Trainers’ Association DayWV Funeral Directors Association Legislative Reception7 – 9 p.m.; Embassy Suites.



Senate Convenes at 11 a.m. 

On the Agenda: 


  • SR 40: Designating February 14, 2018, as Tiny Hearts Day
  • SR 41: Designating February 14, 2018, as Arts Day
  • SR 42: Recognizing contribution of car dealers to economy of West Virginia



  • Com. Sub. for SB 36: Relating generally to DNA testing
  • Com. Sub. for SB 288: Regulating cremation, embalming and directing of funeral service (original similar to HB 4167)
  • Com. Sub. for SB 321: Relating to powers and duties of Public Land Corporation (original similar to HB 4348, HB 4437, SB 230)
  • Com. Sub. for SB 397: Creating crime of impersonating blind or disabled person
  • SB 407: Licensing and approval of child care programs – (Com. title amend. pending)
  • Com. Sub. for SB 408: Licensing of nursing homes and assisted living residences – (Com. title amend. pending)
  • SB 411: Removing Commissioner of Bureau for Public Health from State Board of Sanitarians
  • Com. Sub. for SB 469: Converting Addiction Treatment Pilot Program to permanent program
  • Com. Sub. for SB 473: Requiring insurance coverage for the prescription drug Varenicline
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for HB 2546: Allowing replacement costs of employer provided property to be deducted from an employee’s final paycheck if the property is not returned
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for HB 2831: Relating to the reconstitution of the Driver’s Licensing Advisory Board


SECOND READING (Amendments Stage)

  • Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for SB 273: Reducing use of certain prescription drugs (original similar to HB 4263)
  • 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



  • 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


Senate Bills Introduced


Daily Committee Schedule: 

2 p.m.: Agriculture (208W)

  • SB 475: Industrial Hemp Development Act

2 p.m.: Pensions (451M)

  • SB 494: Considering members of State Teachers Retirement System absent while serving as officer with statewide professional association
  • SB 277: Allowing public employees to cash out their retirement plans in lieu of pension payments
  • SB 501: Relating to accrued benefit of retirees in Deputy Sheriff Retirement System
  • Originating Bill: Relating to increasing amount of income that may be earned by municipal employees before offset of benefits is required

3 p.m.: Judiciary (208W)

  • Agenda TBA

3 p.m.: Finance (451M)

  • HB 4380: Making a supplementary appropriation to the Department of Agriculture
  • HB 4381: Making a supplementary appropriation to the Department of Education
  • HB 4384: Making a supplementary appropriation to the Department of Transportation
  • HB 4386: Making a supplementary appropriation to the Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Health Community Mental Health Services
  • Com. Sub. for SB 406: Clarifying that ground emergency medical transportation is eligible for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement
  • Com. Sub. for SB 450: Collecting and analyzing statistical information pertaining to terminating pregnancies under Medicaid Program
  • SB 477: Relating to five-year sunset on tax credits and incentives
  • SB 479: Establishing local government monitoring by Auditor

Senate Bills to be Introduced Wednesday, February 14, 2018

  • SB 534: Increasing penalty for tobacco-related offenses on public school property (Palumbo; Judiciary)
  • SB 535: Dedicating increased court fees in criminal cases to fund training programs for law-enforcement officers (FN) (Trump; Judiciary)
  • SB 536: Allowing foster and adoptive children obtain lifetime hunting, fishing and trapping license within two years of placement (Jeffries; Natural Resources then Judiciary)
  • SB 537: Implementing Business PROMISE+ Scholarship (FN) (Plymale; Education then Finance)
  • SB 538: Providing classroom teachers credit against personal income tax for nonreimbursed




House Convenes at 11 a.m.

On the agenda:



*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 2995<> – Permitting certain animal euthanasia technicians who have been certified by other states be certified animal euthanasia technicians in West Virginia

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4024<> – Relating generally to direct cremation or direct burial expenses for indigent persons

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4027<> – Creating an education permit for allopathic physician resident

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4180<> – Relating to wildlife resources

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4197<> – Requiring persons employed to dispatch emergency calls complete a course in cardiovascular care for telephonic resuscitation

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4279<> – Relating to adult protective services system

*         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4306<> – Permitting local boards of health to combine without approval from the Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health

SECOND READING – Amendment Stage

*         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. 4154<> – Establishing the 2018 Regulatory Reform Act

*         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


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

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

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

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

*         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

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

*         H. B. 4449<>, Relating to failure of employers to make contributions on behalf of employees to a retirement plan,

*         H. B. 4042<>, Redefining school zone to facilitate placement of school zone signs,

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

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

*         H. B. 4440<>, Relating to the “Equal Pay Act of 2018”,

*         H. B. 2383<>, Providing for the redistricting office of the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to propose redistricting plans during census years,

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

*         Com. Sub. for S. B. 395<>, Providing for judicial review of appealed decisions of Air Quality Review Board, Environmental Quality Board and Surface Mine Board,

Committee on Finance
9:00 a.m. – Room 460M

*         H. B. 4157<>, Eliminating the refundable exemption for road construction contractors

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

*         Originating House Bill, Expiring funds to the Public Employees Insurance Agency

Committee on Government Organization
9:00 a.m. – Room 215E

*         SB 350<>, Eliminating obsolete requirement that Lottery Commission file racetrack video lottery game rules with Secretary of State. (2nd reference to Judiciary)

*         HB 4304<>, Creating the Board of Nursing.

*         HB 4458<>, Citizen and State Accountability Act.

2:00 p.m. – Room 215E
***Agenda to be posted<>.***

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

Committee on Veterans’ Affairs & Homeland Security
1:00 p.m. – Room 434M

*         House Bill 4326<>, Exempting veterans from obtaining a certificate of training in handling a firearm

*         House Bill 2889<>, Allowing military veterans with certain military ratings to qualify for examinations required of a probationary police officer

*         Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for Senate Bill 258<>, Exempting honorably discharged veterans from fees for license to carry deadly weapons

*         Com. Sub. for Senate Bill 71<>, Defining “veteran” as it pertains to veteran-owned business

*         House Bill 4555<>, Refugee Information Act

Committee on Education
2:00 p.m. – Room 434M

*         H.B. 4428<>, Allowing training hours earned through public school education or apprenticeship to count toward an applicant’s occupational certification

*         H.B.Originating on Higher Education Rules


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