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Today at the Capitol: WV Legislature, committee schedules for Wednesday, Feb. 22

Wednesday, Feb. 22
43rd day of the 2023 Legislative Session

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Press Association provides a daily preview of legislative action.

This preview is made possible with the support of AARP WV, WVU University Relations, and the WV Press Association Foundation.

Activities Calendar:

  • Oil & Gas Association (GO-WV), Upper House & Senate Rotunda and Lower
  • WVMA Hospitality House WVMA, 2001 Quarrier Street, 4:30 – 6:00 pm



The Senate will convene at 11 a.m.


  • SR 37: Recognizing sister-state relationship between WV and Taiwan


  • Eng. Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for SB 273: Relating to allocation of child protective workers in counties based upon population of county
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for SB 297: Mountain Homes Act
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for SB 429: Establishing statewide health and safety fee for tourism and recreational activities by county commissions
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for SB 436: Prompt Payment Act of 2023
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for SB 523: Clarifying purpose and use of Economic Development Project Fund
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for SB 539: Authorizing state and subdivisions to negotiate price for construction when all bids received exceed maximum budget
  • Eng. SB 553: Allowing for evaluation of prequalified bidders to be based on best value
  • Eng. SB 580: Authorizing election for special levy renewal
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for SB 621: Requiring sheriff to serve child abuse and neglect petitions
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for SB 630: Creating offense of knowingly and willfully obstructing social service worker
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for SB 635: Updating language and increasing penalties for indecent exposure
  • Eng. SB 674: Providing statutory recognition and appointment of board members for WV First Foundation
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for HB 2006: Relating to reorganizing the Department of Health and Human Resources


  • Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for SB 195: Glucagon for Schools Act
  • Com. Sub. for SB 480: Modifying group accident and sickness insurance requirements
  • Com. Sub. for SB 577: Reducing copay cap on insulin and devices and permitting purchase of testing equipment without prescription
  • Com. Sub. for SB 594: Specifying fairness in cost sharing calculations for certain high deductible health plans
  • SB 597: Allowing Workforce WV to hire classified service exempt employees
  • SB 608: Correcting list of items which are considered deadly weapons
  • SB 620: Increasing maximum number of registered voters per precinct and distance between polling places
  • Com. Sub. for SB 631: Updating administration, funding, and requirements for federal elections held in WV
  • SB 641: Clarifying when magistrate vacancies shall be filled
  • Com. Sub. for SB 644: Updating contested elections procedures
  • Com. Sub. for SB 661: Clarifying preferential recall rights for employees sustaining compensable injury
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for HB 3122: Permitting certain types of rifles using an encapsulated propellant charge that loads from the breech
  • Eng. HB 3141: Relating to the practice of dentistry – (Com. amend. pending)


  • Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for SB 79: Relating to compensable diseases of certain firefighters covered by workers’ compensation
  • Com. Sub. for SB 616: WV Veterans’ Home Loan Mortgage Program of 2023
  • Com. Sub. for SB 657: WV Long-Term Care Insurance Act
  • SB 678: Adding appropriations to DHHR, Division of Human Services

Senate Committee Schedule

Scheduled Committee Meetings

1 p.m.: Committee on School Choice (208W)

  • SB 625: Requiring certain transcripts to be accepted as record of student’s performance for placement in micro school programs
  • HB 2820: To provide HOPE scholarship recipients with the ability to play sports

1 p.m.: Economic Development (451M)

  • SB 169: Requiring certain movie theaters to provide open captioning during certain showings
  • SB 677: Clarifying role and responsibilities of State Resiliency Officer
  • HB 3307: Establishing the West Virginia-Ireland Trade Commission
  • HB 3428: Relating to the West Virginia Business Ready Sites Program

2 p.m.: Outdoor Recreation (208W)

  • Eng. Com. Sub. For HB 2062: Establish rules and regulations for e-bikes in West Virginia that more closely comport to federal law
  • SB 468: Continuing Cabwaylingo State Forest Trail System

3 p.m.: Judiciary (208W)

  • SB 659: Clarifying juvenile competency determination process extends to status offenders
  • Com. Sub. for SB 541: Providing for election reforms
  • SB 666: Placing cap on maximum penalty that may be imposed for first-degree robbery

3 p.m.: Finance (451M)

  • Com. Sub. for SB 522: Allocating percentage of county excise taxes for funding improvements to election administration
  • Com. Sub. for SB 561: Relating to administration of WV Drinking Water Treatment Revolving Fund Act
  • Com. Sub. for SB 590: Transferring 911 personnel from PERS to Emergency Medical Services Retirement System

** Committee times and agendas are subject to change **

House of Delegates


The House will convene at 11 a.m.

House Committee Schedule

9:15 a.m. – Room 460-M
Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services

  • S. B. 131, Allowing municipal fire marshals to receive service weapon upon retirement.
  • Com. Sub. for S. B. 271, Modifying approval process requirements for First Responders Honor Board.

9:30 a.m. – Room 215-EVeterans’ Affairs and Homeland Security

  • Consideration of SB 283 – Relating to Military Incentive Program.
  • Consideration of SB 419 – Establishing standards for licensure of military trained applicants.
  • Consideration of SB 527 – Allowing family members of military personnel access to discharge records.

10:45 a.m. – Behind ChamberCommittee on Rules

1 p.m. – Room 460-M – Committee on Finance

  • H. B. 2026, A bill to transfer municipal police officers from the Public Employees Retirement System to the Municipal Police Officers and Firefighters Retirement System.
  • H. B. 3211, Relating to authorizing service credit for unused accrued annual or sick leave days for use in determining retirement benefits from the municipal police and fire firefighter retirement systems still administered by municipalities.
  • H. B. 3244, Relating to Municipal Pensions Oversight Board proposing legislative rules.
  • H. B. 3254, Establishing a State Military Funeral Honor Guard in honor of Hershel “Woody” Williams, known as the Hershel “Woody” Williams State Military Funeral Honor Guard.
  • H. B. 3280, To cause law enforcement and DNR agencies whose officers fall under PERS to submit to Tax a report at the time of retirement so that these officers qualify for the law enforcement officers’ tax credit.
  • H. B. 3299, Relating to Natural Resource Police Officer Retirement.
  • H. B. 3364, Requiring the closure of certain municipal policemen’s and firemen’s pension and relief funds as condition of issuance of pension funding revenue bonds.
  • H. B. 3519, Making a supplementary appropriation to the Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles.
  • H. B. 3520, Making a supplementary appropriation to the Department of Education, State Board of Education – Vocational Division.
  • H. B. 3521, Making a supplementary appropriation to the Division of Health – Maternal and Child Health.
  • H. B. 3522, Making a supplementary appropriation to the Department of Commerce, Division of Natural Resources – License Fund – Wildlife Resources.
  • H. B. 3523, Making a supplementary appropriation to Miscellaneous Boards and Commissions, Economic Development Authority

2 p.m. – Room 432-MCommittee on Education

  • H. B. 3095, Creating a Department of Economic Development grant program relating to agricultural vocational and technical training facilities at West Virginia schools.
  • H. B. 3386, To provide all National Merit Scholars free tuition to any West Virginia higher education institution in order to keep these scholars in state.
  • Com. Sub. for S. B. 51, Requiring impact statement in certain instances of school closing or consolidation.
  • Com. Sub. for S. B. 121, Creating Student Journalist Press Freedom Protection Act.
  • Com. Sub. for S. B. 602, Enabling WVSU and Bluefield State University to offer associate degrees.

3:45 p.m. – Room 215-ECommittee on Government Organization

  • Consideration of HB 3203, Relating generally to West Virginia Real Estate License Act.
  • Consideration of HB 3424, Relating generally to the West Virginia State Athletic Commission.
  • Consideration of HB 3490, Relating to consolidation of local governments.
  • Consideration of HB 2305, Relating to titling and registration of foreign market vehicles.
  • Consideration of HB 2860, To dispose of old AFFF foam accumulated by fire departments.
  • Consideration of HB 2782, To require all municipal elections be held on the same election day in November that other state elections are on.

House Bill to be Introduced:

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