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Thursday, Feb. 7 2019
30th Day of the Legislative Session

Rotunda and social activities:  WV Press Association Legislative Breakfast, 7:30-9 a.m., Embassy Suites; Veterans Visibility Day, Lower Rotund; WV Environmental Council, Upper House and Upper Senate Rotundas.



Senate to convene at 11 a.m. 

On The Agenda



  • SR 33: Designating February 7, 2019, as Veterans Visibility Day
  • SR 34: Designating February 7, 2019, as Go Red for Women Day
  • SR 35: Recognizing Glenville State College and certain public school districts in WV




  • SCR 16: US Army SP4 Wilbur Allen Smith Memorial Bridge
  • SCR 20: US Air Force SSGT Ryan David Hammond Memorial Bridge




  • Eng. Com. Sub. for SB 127: Relating to parole officers’ duties to perform alcohol and drug testing of litigants
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for SB 163: Authorizing DEP promulgate legislative rules (original similar to HB 2236)
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for SB 392: Relating to payment of invoices received by Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation for contract work




  • SB 16: Authorizing expenditure of surplus funds by Wyoming County Commission
  • Com. Sub. for SB 30: Eliminating tax on annuity considerations collected by life insurer (original similar to HB 2400)
  • Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for SB 90: Transferring Safety and Treatment Program from DHHR to DMV
  • Com. Sub. for SB 237: Improving ability of law enforcement to locate and return missing persons
  • Com. Sub. for SB 263: Limiting number of days legislators may be compensated during extended and extraordinary sessions if budget bill not enacted
  • Com. Sub. for SB 323: Establishing revenue fund and source to support Department of Agriculture’s improvement to facilities (original similar to HB 2468, SB 385)
  • SB 343: Relating to review and approval of state property leases (original similar to HB 2601)
  • SB 346: Changing rate which certain judges are paid for mileage when traveling within state (original similar to HB 2566)
  • Com. Sub. for SB 356: Requiring MAPS provide state and federal prosecutors information (original similar to HB 2698)
  • SB 453: Relating to background checks of certain financial institutions




  • Com. Sub. for SB 13: Relating to distributions from State Excess Lottery Fund
  • Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for SB 14: Creating WV Farm-to-School Grant Program
  • Com. Sub. for SB 19: Relating to Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program
  • Com. Sub. for Com. Sub. for SB 317: Authorizing three or more adjacent counties form multicounty trail network authority
  • Com. Sub. for SB 352: Relating to Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation acquiring and disposing of services, goods, and commodities (original similar to HB 2772)
  • Com. Sub. for SB 408: Determining indigency for public defender services
  • Com. Sub. for SB 496: Transferring authority to regulate milk from DHHR to Department of Agriculture
  • SB 499: Amending WV tax laws to conform to changes in partnerships for federal income tax purposes
  • SB 542: Relating to registration fees for military-related special registration plates
  • Com. Sub. for SJR 5: Clarification of the Judiciary’s Role in Impeachment Proceedings Amendment
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for HB 2307: Relating to creating a provisional license for practicing barbering and cosmetology
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for HB 2191: Relating generally to limited video lottery



Daily Committee Schedule: 


9:30 a.m.: Finance (451M)

  • SB 442: Supplementing, amending, and decreasing appropriation to Insurance Commission
  • SB 443: Supplemental appropriation of federal moneys to DHHR divisions
  • SB 444: Supplemental appropriation to DHHR divisions
  • SB 452: Supplemental appropriation to Second Chance Driver’s License Program

10 a.m.: Natural Resources (208W)

  • SB 402: Authorizing Division of Forestry investigate and enforce timber theft violations
  • Com. Sub for SB 404: Altering sediment control during commercial timber harvesting operations
  • SB 305: Prohibiting waste of big game animals


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

  • SB 60: Licensing practice of athletic training
  • SB 518: Restricting sale and trade of dextromethorphan
  • SB 519: Requiring county emergency dispatchers complete course for telephonic cardiopulmonary resuscitation


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

  • HB 2446: Blue Alert Plan
  • SB 345: Adding definition of “grantee” to include state spending units and local governments
  • SB 285: Relating to modification of cottage food laws
  • SB 372: Authorizing municipalities establish low-cost alternative energy revolving loan program
  • SB 405: Increasing limit on additional expenses incurred in preparing notice list for redemption


2 p.m.: Education (451M)

  • SB 286: Including certain education programs operated by private schools in recognition by DOE


3 p.m.: Judiciary (208W)

  • SB 339: Allowing certain persons carry pepper spray in State Capitol Complex
  • SB 481: Relating to Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission
  • SB 487: Relating to admissibility of health care staffing requirements in litigation


3 p.m.: Finance (451M)

  • Agenda TBA


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

Senate Bills to be Introduced Thursday, February 7, 2019


  • SB 543: Relating generally to automobile warranties and inspections (Blair)
  • SB 544: Increasing salaries for members of WV State Police over three-year period (Hamilton, Carmichael, Azinger, Baldwin, Beach, Blair, Boley, Clements, Cline, Facemire, Hardesty, Ihlenfeld, Jeffries, Lindsay, Mann, Maroney, Maynard, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Roberts, Romano, Rucker, Smith, Stollings, Swope)
  • SB 545: Relating to HIV testing (Azinger)
  • SB 546: Relating to health care provider taxes (Takubo, Maroney)
  • SB 547: Limiting landowner liability for recreational use of lands (Maynard)
  • SB 548: Relating to administration of medication in nursing homes (Takubo)
  • SB 549: Authorizing DNR solicit donation for WVU Rifle Team on hunting and fishing license applications (Stollings, Prezioso, Hardesty)
  • SB 550: Declaring certain claims to be moral obligations of state (Blair, Boley, Facemire, Hamilton, Ihlenfeld, Maroney, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Roberts, Swope, Sypolt, Tarr)
  • SB 551: Expanding county commissions’ ability to dispose of property (Beach)
  • SB 552: Reforming practice of securing state insurance (Maynard)
  • SB 553: Relating to federal funds for land-grant institutions (Lindsay, Jeffries)
  • SB 554: Removing salary caps for director of State Rail Authority (Clements)


* (FN) indicates the bill has a Fiscal Note

* (IB) indicates the bill is an Interim Bill


Committee Action on Bills from Wednesday, January 6, 2019


1 p.m.: Economic Development (208W)

  • SB 153: Providing greater flexibility for making infrastructure project grants
  • Bill reported to full Senate with recommendation it do pass


2 p.m.: Pensions (451M)

  • SB 26: Permitting certain employees of educational service cooperatives participate in state’s teacher retirement systems
  • Committee Substitute reported to full Senate with recommendation it do pass


  • SB 316: Preserving previously approved state Municipal Policemen’s or Firemen’s pensions
  • Committee Substitute reported to full Senate with recommendation it do pass; second reference to Finance


  • SB 341: Establishing minimum monthly retirement annuity for retirants with 20 or more years of service
  • Bill reported as amended to full Senate with recommendation it do pass; second reference to Finance


3 p.m.: Judiciary (208W)

  • SB 440: Relating to Antihazing Law
  • Bill reported to full Senate with recommendation it do pass


  • SB 491: Extending effective date for voter registration in conjunction with driver licensing
  • Committee Substitute reported to the full Senate with the recommendation it do pass


  • HB 2459: Exercising authority to exempt individuals domiciled within the state from certain restrictions contained in federal law
  • Bill reported to the full Senate with recommendation it do pass


3 p.m.: Finance (451M)

  • SB 510: Relating to medical professional liability
  • Committee Substitute reported to full Senate with recommendation it do pass; second reference to Judiciary





House to convene at 11 a.m.

Citation Presentations Scheduled in House Chamber:

  • 9:30 a.m. – Veterans Visibility Day (with Deputy Cabinet Secretary Billy Wayne Bailey)
  • 10:15 a.m. – Citation Presentation by Delegate Lovejoy
  • 10:30 a.m. – Glenville Citation Presentation


On the agenda:


  • S. B. 324 – Relating to Commissioner of Agriculture employees
  • Com. Sub. for H. B. 2204 – Prohibiting state licensing boards from hiring lobbyists
  • Com. Sub. for H. B. 2479 – Corporate Governance Annual Disclosure Act
  • Com. Sub. for H. B. 2481 – Permitting retail sale of alcoholic beverages on Sundays after 1 p.m.
  • H. B. 2608 – Repealing the requirement of printing the date a consumer deposit account was opened on paper checks
  • Com. Sub. for H. B. 2686 – Relating to permitting the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia to create a family drug court pilot program

SECOND READING – Amendment Stage

  • Com. Sub. for S. B. 240 – Repealing certain legislative rules no longer authorized or are obsolete (Judiciary Committee Amendment Pending)
  • S. B. 354 – Expiring funds to balance of Auditor’s Office – Chief Inspector’s Fund
  • Com. Sub. for H. B. 2365 – Clarifying the definition of an employee for the purposes of unemployment compensation and workers’ compensation
  • Com. Sub. for H. B. 2392 – Allowing the Alcohol Beverage Control Commissioner to issue special one-day licenses for charitable events
  • H. B. 2528 – Relating to employees of the Commissioner of Agriculture
  • Com. Sub. for H. B. 2545 – Exempting recipients of the distinguished Purple Heart medal from payment of the vehicle registration fee
  • H. B. 2546 – Excluding from tax equipment installed in a motor vehicle for use of a person with a medical necessity
  • Com. Sub. for H. B. 2554 – Relating to transfers and enrollment policies for students in public schools
  • Com. Sub. for H. B. 2601 – Relating to the review and approval of state property leases
  • H. B. 2696 – Creating an additional index system for state-owned lands
  • Com. Sub. for H. B. 2737 – Relating to training of State Tax Division employees
  • Com. Sub. for H. B. 2740 – Barring a parent from inheriting from a child in certain instances
  • H. B. 2746 – Relating to administration of estates
  • H. B. 2759 – Providing for the ancillary administration of West Virginia real estate owned by nonresidents by affidavit and without administration
  • H. B. 2815 – Raising the value of goods or chattels that are taken in a larceny to constitute grand larceny


  • Com. Sub. for H. B. 2468 – Department of Agriculture Capital Improvements Fund
  • Com. Sub. for H. B. 2583 – Family Planning Access Act
  • Com. Sub. for H. B. 2661 – Relating to natural gas utilities
  • Com. Sub. for H. B. 2809 – Relating to prohibited acts and penalties in the Hatfield-McCoy Recreation Area



Daily Committee Schedule

Committee on Education

9:00 a.m. – Room 215E


Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

9:00 a.m. – Room 432M

  • H. B. 2724, Small Business Tax Credit.
  • Com. Sub. for S. B. 106, Alleviating double taxation on foreign income at state level.
  • Presentation by Wesley H. White, General Counsel for WV Department of Commerce


Banking & Insurance

10:00 a.m. – Room 432M

  • H.B. 2621, Relating to background checks of certain financial institutions.
  • H.B. 2807, Creating an additional modification to the West Virginia adjusted gross income of shareholders of S corporations engaged in banking.
  • H.B. 2361, Establishing certain requirements for dental insurance.
  • H.B. 2617, Relating to the form for making offer of optional uninsured and underinsured coverage by insurers.


Senior, Children, and Family Issues

1:00 p.m. – Room 215E

  • H.B. 2825, Creating a workgroup to review the hospice need standards in this state.
  • H.B. 2625, Establishing reimbursement rates for congregate and in-home meals.
  • Presentation by William F. Carpenter, Jr., Executive Director, Lincoln County Opportunity Company, Inc.


Committee on Health & Human Resources

2:00 p.m. – Room 215E

  • HB 2867 – Transferring the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit to the Attorney General’s office (2nd reference to Judiciary)
  • HB 2801 – Requiring abortions to be performed by a licensed physician (2nd reference to Judiciary)


Committee on Energy

2:00 p.m. – Room 418M

  • H. B. 2802, Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act


Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse

3:30 p.m. – Room 215E

  • SB 63 – Relating to partial filling of prescriptions (2nd reference to Judiciary)
  • Originating Bill – Expanding uses of Ryan Brown Fund
  • HB 2768 – Reducing the use of certain prescription drugs


*** Agendas and times subject to change. ***





All Senate and House Bills Introduced on Feb. 6, 2019:

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