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Around the Rotunda: W.Va. Legislative, committee schedule for Thursday, Feb. 13

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Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020
37th Day of the Legislative Session

From the social and activities calendar:

From the Activity Calendar: WV Hospital Association, Upper House and Senate Rotundas; WV Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics, “Tiny Hearts Day”; WV Athletic Trainers Association; Education Suspension/Expulsion Rally, Attorney General Rotunda (8:30 a.m. -12:00 Noon); Fairness Act Rally, South Steps; Moms Demand Action, Lower Rotunda (1 Table).

The Senate will convene at 11 a.m.


  • Com. Sub. for SCR 8: US Army 1LT Harold H. Frazier Memorial Bridge
  • SCR 12: US Army PFC Gary Alcott Birkhimer Memorial Bridge
  • SR 38: Recognizing contributions of AARP President Rich Stonestreet to WV and its people
  • SR 39: Designating February 13, 2020, as Tiny Hearts Day


  • Eng. SB 202: Allowing one member of PSD board to be county commissioner
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for SB 232: Removing outdated prohibitions against electronic or mechanical ticket dispensers and readers (original similar to HB 4809)
  • Com. Sub. for SB 288: Relating to family planning and child spacing – (With right to amend)
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for SB 638: Creating new private club licenses and requirements


  • Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for SB 490: Relating to criminal offenses against agricultural facilities
  • Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for SB 554: Relating to termination, expiration, or cancellation of oil or natural gas leases
  • Com. Sub. for SB 583: Creating program to further development of renewable energy resources – (Amend. pending) (original similar to HB 4562)
  • SB 733: Recognizing political party status
  • Eng. HB 4381: Relating to lifetime hunting, fishing and trapping licenses for adopted children


  • Com. Sub. for SB 265: Authorizing DEP to develop Reclamation of Abandoned and Dilapidated Properties Program
  • Com. Sub. for SB 279: Requiring dental insurance plans honor assignment made in writing by person covered (original similar to HB 4171)
  • Com. Sub. for SB 285: Eliminating WV Greyhound Breeding Development Fund
  • Com. Sub. for SB 306: Licensing of drivers utilizing bioptic telescopic devices
  • Com. Sub. for SB 589: Creating Critical Needs/Failing Systems Sub Account
  • Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for SB 597: Relating to judicial branch members’ salaries and pensions
  • Com. Sub. for SB 702: Designating specific grade levels in which nutrition and physical fitness programs are taught
  • SB 703: Increasing earning limit for employees who accept separation incentive
  • Com. Sub. for SB 706: Clarifying duties of law-enforcement training and certification subcommittee
  • SB 712: Correcting name of Forensic Analysis Laboratory
  • Com. Sub. for SB 746: Providing contracted managed care companies access to uniform maternal screening tool
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for HB 2497: Relating to the whistle-blower law – (Com. amend. and title amend. pending)
  • Eng. HB 4166: Prohibiting certain sex offenders from being in a supervisory position over children (original similar to HB 4536)
  • Eng. HB 4353: Creating a rational nexus requirement between prior criminal conduct and initial licensure decision making – (Com. amend. pending) (original similar to SB 499)
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for HB 4470: Relating to persons 18 years of age or older in the custody of the Bureau of Juvenile Services
  • Eng. HB 4476: Providing for the timely and efficient collection, submission, testing, retention, and disposition of forensic evidence in sexual assault cases – (Com. amend. and title amend. pending)

Scheduled Committee Meetings

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

  • SB 578: Recalculating tax on generating, producing, or selling electricity from solar energy facilities
  • SB 731: Limiting severance tax break on steam coal

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

  • SB 29: Relating to involuntary hospitalization order by physician in certain cases
  • SB 648: Providing dental coverage for adult Medicaid recipients
  • SB 280: Requiring establishment of paternity before awarding DHHR benefits
  • SB 747: Requiring Bureau for Public Health develop Diabetes Action Plan
  • SB 748: Increasing awareness of palliative care services
  • SB 767: Relating to hospital licensure and eliminating hospital board composition requirements
  • SB 286: Prohibiting syringe exchange programs

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

  • SB 650: Altering color scheme for county, city, or municipality vehicle registration plates
  • SCR 25: Requesting study on impact of future electromagnetic pulse catastrophe
  • SB 686: Exempting contract and common carrier laws for certain vehicles
  • SB 738: Creating Flatwater Trail Commission
  • HB 4026: Exempting businesses transporting scrap tires, waste tires, or other used tires, from certain statutory provisions

2 p.m.: Education (451M)

  • SB 760: Allowing state college or university apply to HEPC for designation as administratively or financially exempt school
  • SB 723: Requiring Department of Education develop plan based on analyzed data on school discipline
  • SB 652: Authorizing School Building Authority promulgate legislative rules

3 p.m.: Judiciary (208W)

  • SB 204: Providing for nonpartisan elections of county prosecuting attorneys
  • HB 4501: Relating to the ability to refuse offenders for commitment to a jail

3 p.m.: Finance (451M)

  • Com. Sub. for SB 291: Requiring PEIA and health insurance providers provide mental health parity
  • Com. Sub. for SB 719: Imposing health care-related provider tax on certain health care organizations
  • SB 740: Clarifying authorized users of Ron Yost Personal Assistance Services Fund
  • SB 655: Relating to valuation of natural resources land property
  • SB 132: Providing wind power projects be taxed at real property rate

Committee times and agendas are subject to change. Follow @WVSenClerk on Twitter for updates.

All Senate Committee meetings and floor sessions are available for both live streaming and to watch again in our archives. The link to the Senate’s archived video page can be found here:


Citation Presentations Scheduled in House Chamber:

  • 10:00 a.m. – Athletic Trainer Citation, Delegate Barnhart

House to convene at 11 a.m. On the agenda:


·         Com. Sub. for S. B. 16 – Creating Protect Our Right to Unite Act

·         Com. Sub. for S. B. 560 – Permitting nursing home use trained individuals administer medication

·         Com. Sub. for S. B. 676 – Permitting fees from Child Abuse Registry be used for information technology support costs

·         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4088 – Disposition of funds from certain oil and natural gas wells due to unknown or unlocatable interest owners

·         H. B. 4113 – Relating to motor fuel excise taxes (Finance Committee Title Amendment Pending)

·         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4158 – Allowing a person to manufacture a stated amount of alcoholic liquor for personal consumption

·         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4398 – Relating to required courses of instruction

·         H. B. 4437 – Relating to the West Virginia Pay Card program

·         H. B. 4551 – Relating to subsidized adoption

·         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4615 – West Virginia Critical Infrastructure Protection Act

·         H. B. 4655 – Permitting military personnel in areas where on-the-job emergency medicine is part of the training to be granted automatic EMS or EMT certification

·         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4706 – Relating to reports concerning funds due to unknown or unlocatable interest owners

·         H. B. 4790 – Relating to Career Technical Education for middle school students

SECOND READING – Amendment Stage

·         S. B. 170 – Alleviating double taxation on foreign income at state level (Finance Committee Amendment Pending)

·         S. B. 300 – Updating certain terms in WV Corporation Net Income Tax Act

·         S. B. 310 – Updating certain terms used in WV Personal Income Tax Act

·         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4155 – Relating generally to the regulation of plumbers

·         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4217 – Authorizing the Department of Environmental Protection to promulgate legislative rules

·         H. B. 4406 – Relating to the reproduction of checks and other records (Banking and Insurance Committee Amendment Pending)

·         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4513 – Increasing the replacement costs required of a person causing injury or death of game or protected species


·         Com. Sub. for S. B. 534 – Removing workers’ compensation exclusion for temporary legislative employees

·         Com. Sub. for S. B. 544 – Authorizing pharmacists and pharmacy interns administer vaccines (Health and Human Resources Committee Amendment Pending)

·         S. B. 642 – Correcting incorrect code citation in WV Consumer Credit and Protection Act

·         Com. Sub. for H. B. 2961 – Permitting the commissioner to require a water supply system be equipped with a backflow prevention assembly

·         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4067 – Relating to crimes against property

·         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4101 – Relating to requiring a court to verify certain conditions are met before a child who has been removed from a home

·         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4123 – Clarifying that 911 telecommunication workers are included in the definition of those individuals who perform “emergency services” during a disaster

·         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4387 – Donated Drug Repository Program

·         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4546 – Relating to tuberculosis testing for school superintendents

·         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4581 – Relating to West Virginia Clearance for Access: Registry and Employment Screening

·         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4620 – Redefining definition of “recovery residence”

·         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4666 – Relating to competitive bids for intergovernmental relations and urban mass transportation

·         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4670 – Relating to the juvenile restorative justice programs

·         Com. Sub. for H. B. 4690 – Relating to solid waste facilities

·         H. B. 4955 – Relating to reducing the cost of fees for state licenses to carry concealed deadly weapons and provisional state licenses to carry concealed deadly weapons

Committee Meetings Scheduled:

Committee on Education

9:00 a.m. – Room 434 M

·         H. B. 4804, Relating to comprehensive systems of support for teacher and leader induction and professional growth.

·         H. B. 4649, Relating to implementation of trauma-informed practices in schools.

Committee on the Judiciary

9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.- Room 410 M

(***Agenda to be posted.***)

Committee on Government Organization

9:30 a.m. – Room 215 E

·         HB 2028, Limiting supervision of laying of lines on state rights-of-way.

·         HB 2663, Exempting buildings or structures utilized exclusively for agricultural purposes from the provisions of the State Building Code.

·         HB 4099, Eliminating the permit for shampoo assistants.

·         HB 4537, Establishing a study conducted by the Division of Natural Resources on the Upper Mud River Lake.

·         HB 4714, Increasing the monetary threshold for requiring nonprofit organizations to register as a charitable organization.

·         HB 4748, Relating to the increase of fees that private nongovernment notary publics may charge for notarial acts. (2nd reference to Judiciary)

Committee on Rules

10:45 a.m. – Behind Chamber

Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse

1:00 p.m. – Room 215 E

·         Presentation: Alfgeir L. Kristjansson, PhD, MSc, Associate Professor, WV Prevention Research Center, School of Public Health – Icelandic Model in Fayette and Wyoming counties with funding to the WV Prevention Research Center from the CDC

·         Presentation: Greg Puckett, Community Corrections of Mercer County

·         Presentation: Jim Rorr, Kim Eastman, Brenda Shelvon, Impact Employment

Political Subdivisions

1:00 p.m. – Room 410 M

·         House Bill 4070, Compensating counties for state-owned lands through payments in lieu of taxes

·         Com. Sub. For Senate Bill 209, Relating to annexation by minor boundary adjustment

·         House Bill 4396, Relating to reporting suspected governmental fraud

·         House Bill 4638, Modifying the authority of medical examiners regarding the disposition of bodies

·         House Bill 4402, Relating to designation of early voting locations

·         House Bill 4715, Authorizing municipalities to take action to grant certain fire department employees limited power of arrest

·         House Bill 4797, Authorizing municipalities to enact ordinances that allow the municipal court to place a structure, dwelling or building into receivership

·         House Bill 4946, Eliminating the requirement that municipal police civil service commissions certify a list of three individuals for every position vacancy

Committee on Energy

3:00 p.m. – Room 410 M

·         H. B. 4816, Removing the provisions for self-bonding

Health and Human Resources

3:00 p.m. – Room 215 E

·         H. B. 4605, Transferring state facilities to comprehensive regional mental health centers.

·         H. B. 4734, Rewriting the article on registered professional nurses. (JUD)

·         H. B. 4784, Relating to disposal of unused, unwanted or expired medications. (JUD)

·         H. B. 4822, Relating to the licensure of hospitals.

·         H.B. Blank (Originating), Relating to organ donation registry.

·         H. B. 4773, Creating a workgroup to investigate and recommend screening protocols for adverse childhood trauma in this state.

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