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WV Press Capitol Daily: West Virginia legislative, committee schedules for Wednesday, Feb. 17

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CHARLESTON, W.VA. — West Virginia Press Association each day will share the schedules of West Virginia’s State Senate and House of Delegates on and on Facebook and Twitter at @wvpress.

Wednesday, Feb. 17 – 8th day of the session

Face coverings should be worn in all public areas of the Capitol.

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The Senate will convene at 11 a.m. On the agenda:


  • SR 7: Recognizing pregnancy care centers for dedication to assisting women, men, and families facing unexpected pregnancy


  • Eng. Com. Sub. for SB 216: Authorizing Department of Commerce to promulgate legislative rules (original similar to HB 2392)


  • Com. Sub. for SB 14: Providing for additional options for alternative certification for teachers
  • Com. Sub. for SB 15: Relating generally to in-field master’s degree


  • Com. Sub. for SB 66: Creating Voluntary WVU Rifle Team Check-Off Program on hunting and fishing licenses
  • Com. Sub. for SB 272: Relating to WV Employment Law Worker Classification Act (original similar to HB 2020)
  • Com. Sub. for SB 277: Creating COVID-19 Jobs Protection Act


10 a.m.: Workforce

  • Organizational Motions
  • Presentation: Christopher Burroughs, discussion of first-hand experience with drugs, rehabilitation, and workforce issues
  • SB 248: Requiring DHHR collaborate with Workforce Development Board and WV Division of Personnel for purposes of job placement

1 p.m.: Economic Development

  • Organizational Motions
  • SB 42: Creating Zombie Property Remediation Act of 2020
  • SB 86: Creating Office of Outdoor Recreation

2 p.m.: Agriculture and Rural Development

  • Organizational Motions
  • SB 61: Expanding Coyote Control Program through voluntary assessment on breeding cows
  • SB 58: Creating WV Farm Fresh Dairy Act

2 p.m. Pensions

  • Organizational Motions
  • Presentation: Jeffrey Fleck, Executive Director, Consolidated Public Retirement Board
  • Presentation: Blair Taylor, Executive Director, Municipal Pensions Oversight Board
  • Presentation: Craig Slaughter, CEO and Executive Director, Investment Management Board

3 p.m.: Finance

  • Budget Presentation: West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and West Virginia Community and Technical Colleges
  • Budget Presentation: West Virginia Department of Education

3 p.m.: Judiciary

  • Com. Sub for SB 79: Providing fair mechanism for adjudication of requests for relocation of parent with child
  • SB 5: Relating to claims arising out of WV Consumer Credit and Protection Act

All committee meetings, whether held in the committee rooms or the Chamber, will be streamed live for public viewing.

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:


Senate Bills to be Introduced Wednesday, February 17, 2021

·       SB 302: Prohibiting gender-based price discrimination (Hamilton, Beach; Judiciary)

·       SB 303: Creating Local Government Labor and Consumer Marketing Regulatory Limitation Act (Maynard; Judiciary)

·       SB 304: Requiring Secretary of State maintain online database of religious organizations (Maynard; Judiciary)

·       SB 305: Providing exemption from consumers sales and service tax for certain aircraft maintenance (FN) (Tarr; Finance)

·       SB 306: Relating to removal of animals left unattended in motor vehicles (Takubo; Judiciary)

·       SB 307: Relating generally to in-state tuition rates for certain persons (FN) (Weld; Education then Finance)

·       SB 308: Modifying requirement that racetrack participate in WV Thoroughbred Development Fund by certain date (Weld; Finance)

·       SB 309: Creating felony offense of aggravated cruelty to animals (Weld; Judiciary)

·       SB 310: Providing for nonpartisan elections of county prosecuting attorneys (Weld; Judiciary)

·       SB 311: Relating to acquisition and disposition of property by urban development authority (Weld; Economic Development)

·       SB 312: Allowing state and federal criminal history record check of each adult living in residence when minor child is placed there due to emergency (Weld; Health and Human Resources)

·       SB 313: Authorizing year-round hunting of coyote (Jeffries; Natural Resources)

·       SB 314: Regulating pawnbrokers (Jeffries; Judiciary)

·       SB 315: Protecting consumers against businesses using automatic renewals without consent (Jeffries; Judiciary)

·       SB 316: Eliminating suspension of driver’s license for failure to pay court fines and costs (FN) (Jeffries; Judiciary)

·       SB 317: Providing protection from civil liability for certain individuals rescuing animals locked in unattended vehicles (Weld; Judiciary)

·       SB 318: Relating generally to public notice of unclaimed property held by State Treasurer (FN) (Karnes, Takubo; Government Organization then Finance)

·       SB 319: Relating to establishing Community Health Equity Initiative Demonstration Project (Jeffries; Health and Human Resources then Finance)

·       SB 320: Allowing workers’ compensation benefits for first responders diagnosed with PTSD (Jeffries; Banking and Insurance then Finance)

·       SB 321: Clarifying and updating language regarding Fairmont State alumni license plates (Weld; Transportation and Infrastructure)

·       SB 322: Relating generally to the payment of salary or wages under the Parental Leave Act (Nelson; Government Organization)

·       SB 323: Prohibiting Natural Resources Commission from establishing bag limit for antlered deer (Jeffries; Natural Resources)

·       SB 324: Clarifying municipal B&O taxation where business activity occurs (Jeffries; Finance)

·       SB 325: Repealing article relating to mandatory motor vehicle state inspections (FN) (Karnes; Transportation and Infrastructure then Finance)

* (FN) indicates the bill has a Fiscal Note

* (IB) indicates the bill is an Interim Bill

Committee Action on Bills from Tuesday, February 16, 2021

10 a.m.: Transportation and Infrastructure (451M)

  • SB 69: “Creating “Choose Life” special registration plate supporting adoption
  • Bill reported to the full Senate with the recommendation it do pass
  • SB 244: Making it unlawful for public utility to prohibit customers from hiring contractors to construct, install, or maintain connections to public utility
  • Committee substitute as amended reported to the full Senate with the recommendation it do pass

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

  • SB 1: Providing for parity of payment for telehealth services between service in-person and service provided through telehealth platform
  • Bill laid over to future meeting
  • SB 12: Relating to local health department accountability
  • Committee substitute reported to the full Senate with the recommendation it do pass

2 p.m.: Education (451M)

  • SB 11: Declaring work stoppage or strike by public employees to be unlawful
  • Committee substitute reported to the full Senate with the recommendation it do pass

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

  • SB 295: Relating generally to economic development loans and loan insurance issued by state
  • Committee substitute reported to the full Senate with the recommendation it do pass
  • SB 293: Clarifying that Economic Development Authority is not authorized to enter into banking contracts without State Treasurer approval
  • Committee substitute reported to the full Senate with the recommendation it do pass
  • SB 280: Relating to e-commerce modernization
  • Committee substitute reported to the full Senate with the recommendation it do pass

3 p.m.: Judiciary (208W)

  • Com. Sub. for SB 275: Relating generally to WV Appellate Reorganization Act of 2021
  • Committee substitute as amended reported to the full Senate with the recommendation it do pass; second reference to Finance

Bills that Have Passed the Senate as of Tuesday, February 16, 2021 (8)

  • SB 9: Continuing Licensed Racetrack Modernization Fund (Pending House introduction)
  • SB 10: Modifying racetrack licensing due date (Pending House introduction)
  • SB 34: Creating exemption to state sales and use tax for rental and leasing of equipment (Pending House introduction)
  • SB 78: Relating to rehabilitative spousal support (Pending House introduction)
  • SB 81: Relating generally to WV Uniform Trust Code
  • SB 126: Authorizing Department of Administration to promulgate legislative rules (Pending House introduction)
  • SB 140: Division of Rehabilitation Services rule relating to Ron Yost Personal Assistance Services Act Board (Pending House introduction)
  • SB 156: Authorizing Department of Homeland Security to promulgate legislative rules (Pending House introduction)

Resolutions Adopted by the Senate as of Tuesday, February 16, 2021 (1)

  • SCR 4: Recognizing June 19 as Juneteenth Day (Pending House introduction)
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House will convene at 11 a.m. On the agenda:



Com. Sub. for H. B. 2002 –     Relating to Broadband (Capito) (Regular)

Com. Sub. for H. B. 2004 –     Permit a licensed health care professional from another state to practice in this state through telehealth when registered with the appropriate West Virginia board (J. Pack) (Effective From Passage)

Com. Sub. for H. B. 2014 –     Relating to role of the Legislature in appropriating federal funds (Householder) (Effective From Passage)

Com. Sub. for H. B. 2015 –     Requiring rules of local boards of health to be approved by the county commission except in cases of a public health emergency (J. Pack) (Effective From Passage)


H. J. R. 2 –   Providing that courts have no authority or jurisdiction to intercede or intervene in, or interfere with, any impeachment proceedings of the House of Delegates or the Senate (Capito)



Com. Sub. for H. B. 2011 –     Eliminating any time requirements for part time personnel to work during a working year (Steele) (Regular)

H. B. 2019 –   Elevating Economic Development and Tourism Departments (Steele) (Regular)

Com. Sub. for H. B. 2263 –     Update the regulation of pharmacy benefit managers (J. Pack) (Regular)


Com. Sub. for H. B. 2007 –  Provide for occupational licenses or other authorization to practice by recognition for qualified applicants from other states (Steele) (Regular)

Com. Sub. for H. B. 2013 –  Relating to the Hope Scholarship Program (Householder) (Regular)

H. B. 2536 –  Relating to expressions of legislative intent regarding equivalent instruction time (Ellington) (Regular)


Com. Sub. for H. B. 2009 –     Relating to limitations on the use of wages and agency shop fees by employers and labor organizations for political activities (Capito) (Regular)

Com. Sub. for H. B. 2325 –     Removing the requirement of continuing education for barbers and cosmetologists (Steele) (Regular)

H. B. 2366 –   Requiring agencies who have approved a proposed rule that affects fees or other special revenues to provide to the committee a fiscal note (Steele) (Regular)

H. B. 2582 –  Relating to creating a third set of conditions for the professional teaching certificate (Ellington) (Regular)


Agriculture and Natural Resources8 a.m. – Room 215 E

Banking and Insurance9 a.m. – House Chamber

Pensions and Retirement10 a.m. – Room 462 M

Small Business and Economic Development10 a.m. – Room 215 E

Committee on Rules10:45 a.m. – Room 418 M

Workforce Development1 p.m. – House Chamber

Senior, Children and Family Issues1 p.m. – Room 215 E

Political Subdivisions – 2 p.m. – House Chamber

Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse – 2 p.m. – Room 215 E

Veterans’ Affairs and Homeland Security – 3 p.m. – Room 215 E

Technology and Infrastructure – 3 p.m. – House Chamber


HB2564.            By Del. Williams and Lovejoy – Requiring free feminine hygiene products in grades 6 through 12 (FN) – To Education then Finance

HB2565.            By Del. Williams – Increasing the minimum wage based upon increases in the consumer price index – To Workforce Development then Finance

HB2566.            By Del. Williams and Lovejoy – Creating a statutory right to petition circuit and family courts for sibling visitation – To Senior, Children, and Family Issues then the Judiciary

HB2567.            By Del. Fast and D. Kelly – Relating to the financial responsibility of inmates in relation to civil awards – To the Judiciary then Finance

HB2568.            By Del. Hott, Rowan and Martin – Relating to rules for hunting antlered deer – To Agriculture and Natural Resources  then Government Organization

HB2569.            By Del. Higginbotham – Providing compensation to victims of abusive lawsuits – To the Judiciary

HB2570.            By Del. Williams – Pothole app and map – To Technology and Infrastructure then Government Organization

HB2571.            By Del. Williams – Relating to the theft of consumer identity protections (FN) – To the Judiciary

HB2572.            By Del. Smith, Bridges, Gearheart, Martin, Hardy, Hamrick, Hanna, Clark, Howell, Ellington and Steele – Requiring elections to increase levies have to coincide with a primary or a general election – To the Judiciary

HB2573.            By Del. Rowan, Maynard, Hott, Hardy, J. Pack, Criss, Riley, Anderson, Gearheart and Graves – Relating generally to the transparency and accountability of state grants to reduce waste, fraud, and abuse – To Finance then the Judiciary

HB2574.            By Del. Summers – Prohibit employers from requiring employees and prospective employees to have devices implanted or otherwise incorporated into their bodies as a condition of employment – To Workforce Development then the Judiciary

HB2575.            By Del. Westfall, Wamsley, Statler and Storch – Increasing the age limit to 40 for people to test for career fire departments (FN) – To Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services then Finance

HB2576.            By Del. Foster – Creating the Virtual Public Schools Act – To Education

HB2577.            By Del. Foster – Create the Statewide Online Education Act (FN) – To Education

HB2578.            By Del. Foster – Create the Multi-Door Courthouse Act – To the Judiciary

HB2579.            By Del. Foster – Create the Volunteer Immunity and Charitable Organization Liability Limit Act – To the Judiciary

HB2580.            By Del. Nestor, McGeehan, Ferrell, Fast, Lovejoy, Longanacre, Kimes, Fluharty, D. Kelly, Jennings and Queen – Mandating judgment by a mayor, any individual exercising the mayor’s functions, the police court judge, or municipal judge be obligated to the Model Rules of Judicial Conduct – To Political Subdivisions then the Judiciary

HB2581.            By Del. Graves, Criss, Barrett, Anderson, Rohrbach, J. Kelly, Maynard, Burkhammer, J. Pack, Bridges and Westfall – Providing for the valuation of natural resources property and an alternate method of appeal of proposed valuation of natural resources property, and to provide a criminal penalty for unauthorized disclosure (FN) – To Energy and Manufacturing then Finance

HB2583.            By Del. Fluharty – Authorizing student athletes to be compensated for use of their name, image or likeness – To Education then the Judiciary

HB2584.            By Del. Fluharty – Prohibiting the home schooling of children in certain circumstances – To Education then the Judiciary

HB2585.            By Del. Pushkin – Relating generally to forfeiture of contraband – To the Judiciary

HB2586.            By Del. Fluharty – Expanding the amount of promise scholarship funds awarded to persons majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (FN) – To Education then Finance

HB2587.            By Del. Fluharty – Relating to drug testing of legislators – To the Judiciary then Finance

HB2588.            By Del. Hansen, Fleischauer, Young and Doyle – Creating the WV Energy Efficiency Jobs Creation Act (FN) – To Energy and Manufacturing then the Judiciary

HB2589.            By Del. Hansen, Evans and Young – Create the Orphan Well Prevention Act of 2021 (FN) – To Energy and Manufacturing then Finance

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