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Around the Rotunda: W.Va. Legislative, committee schedule for Wednesday, Feb. 9

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022
29th day of the Legislative Session

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

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The Senate will convene at 11 a.m.


  • SCR 43: US Navy S1 Paul McCue Bridge
  • SR 22: Commemorating 250th anniversary of Berkeley County
  • SR 23: Recognizing Youth Leadership Association Youth in Government
  • SR 24: Recognizing Greenbrier East High School InvenTeam


  • Eng. Com. Sub. for SB 242: Restricting authority to prevent or limit owner’s use of natural resources or real property in certain agricultural operations
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for SB 245: Revising wage payment and collection
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for SB 445: Modifying police and firemen’s pension plans for trustees (original similar to HB 4432)
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for SB 472: Relating to access to juvenile records by certain employees of Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation (original similar to HB 4541)
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for SB 487: Relating to Revenue Shortfall Reserve Fund and Revenue Shortfall Reserve Fund – Part B


  • Com. Sub. for SB 6: Establishing common law “veil piercing” claims not be used to impose personal liability
  • Com. Sub. for SB 312: Authorization for Department of Revenue to promulgate legislative rules (original similar to HB 4151)
  • Com. Sub. for SB 419: Establishing pilot project to evaluate impact of certain post-substance use disorder residential treatments
  • Com. Sub. for SB 533: Relating to funding for health sciences and medical schools in state
  • SB 540: Allowing municipal fire departments provide retirees with service weapon in certain circumstances
  • SB 546: Expanding uses of fees paid by students at higher education institutions
  • Com. Sub. for SB 550: Relating to funding for higher education institutions
  • SB 576: Relating to unemployment insurance and COVID-19 vaccination requirement
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for HB 3220: Restrictions on Taxpayer funded lobbying – (Com. amend. and title amend. pending)
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for HB 4074: Require schools provide eating disorder and self-harm training for teacher and students – (Com. amend. and title amend. pending)
  • Eng. Com. Sub. for HB 4276: WVU to create a Parkinson’s disease registry – (Com. amend. and title amend. pending)


  • Com. Sub. for SB 25: Updating provisions of Medical Professional Liability Act
  • Com. Sub. for SB 438: Relating generally to WV Security for Public Deposits Act
  • Com. Sub. for SB 505: Updating laws on licensure and regulation of money transmitters
  • Com. Sub. for SB 515: Supplementing and amending appropriations of public moneys to Department of Administration, Public Defender Services (original similar to HB 4530)
  • SB 517: Expiring funds from unappropriated balance in State Excess Lottery Revenue Fund (original similar to HB 4525)
  • Com. Sub. for SB 520: Increasing financial penalties for ransomware attacks (original similar to HB 4498)
  • SB 525: Expiring funds from unappropriated balance in Lottery Net Profits (original similar to HB 4526)


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

  • SB 538: Establishing BUILD WV Act

2 p.m.: Pensions (451M)

  • SB 486: Allowing PERS retirees to designate special needs trust as beneficiary
  • SB 532: Requiring reports to Joint Committee on Pensions and Retirement every five years on deferred retirement option plans

3 p.m.: Finance (451M)

  • SB 531: Increasing annual salaries of certain state employees

3 p.m.: Judiciary (208W)

  • SB 146: Relating to interpretations of school laws
  • SB 536: Clarifying statutes on possessing, manufacturing, importing, and transporting fentanyl in WV
  • SB 561: Increasing number of magistrate judges in Berkeley County
  • HB 4308: Authorizing disclosure of juvenile information to Crime Victims Compensation Fund for investigation and award of benefits
  • HB 4097: To prohibit nonpublic funding sources for election administration and related expenses without prior written approval by the State Election Commission
  • HB 4312: Extending the option of electronic absentee ballot transmission to first responders in certain emergency circumstances
  • Com. Sub. for SB 330: DOT Rules Bundle — Includes: SB 330, DMV rule relating to examination and issuance of driver’s license; SB 331, DMV rule relating to dealer licensing; SB 332, DMV rule relating to collection of tax on sale of a vehicle; SB 333, DOT rule relating to employment procedures
  • SB 371: Board of Medicine rule relating to telehealth and interstate telehealth registration for physicians, podiatric physicians, and physician assistants
  • SB 375: Board of Osteopathic Medicine rule relating to telehealth practice and interstate telehealth registration for osteopathic physicians and physician assistants
  • SB 384: Board of Registered Professional Nurses rule relating to telehealth practice

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


Senate Bills to be Introduced Wednesday, February 9, 2022

  • SB 598: Authorizing aid for at risk veterans to combat suicide [By Request of the Executive] (Blair, Baldwin)
  • SB 599: Relating to patient’s rights and vaccinations (Maynard)
  • SB 600: Limiting liability for landowners when land is used for noncommercial recreational purposes (Maynard)
  • SB 601: Enacting WV Human Life Protection Act (Maynard)
  • SB 602: Protecting certain motorsports venues from nuisance claims (Maynard)
  • SB 603: Prohibiting licensure and re-licensure in WV if applicant is prohibited from practicing in another jurisdiction (Takubo)
  • SB 604: Providing compensation to victims of abusive lawsuits (Phillips, Azinger, Boley, Clements, Grady, Karnes, Maynard, Roberts, Stover, Sypolt, Tarr, Woodrum)
  • SB 605: Permitting pharmacists to dispense ivermectin by means of standing order (Phillips, Azinger, Grady, Karnes, Martin, Maynard, Roberts, Stover, Sypolt, Woodrum)
  • SB 606: Relating to WV Medical Practice Act (Weld, Woelfel, Takubo, Stollings)
  • SB 607: Requiring PEIA reimbursement rates be no less than Medicare (Sypolt)


The House will convene at 11 a.m.


S. B. 436 –                               Correcting code citation for authority of State Fire Marshal (Steele) (Regular)

Com. Sub. for H. B. 3036 –     Sunsetting the Board of Sanitarians (Steele) (Regular)

Com. Sub. for H. B. 4105 –     Relating to service employees with National Association for Pupil Transportation Certifications (Ellington) (Regular)

H. B. 4355 –                            Relating to the disclosure by state institutions of higher education of certain information regarding textbooks and digital courseware and certain charges assessed for those items (Ellington) (Regular)

Com. Sub. for H. B. 4380 –     Relating to transportation of athletic teams (Ellington) (Regular)

Com. Sub. for H. B. 4389 –     Relating to repealing school innovation zones provisions superseded by Innovation in Education Act (Ellington) (Regular)


Com. Sub. for H. B. 4032 –     Modifying the criminal penalties imposed on a parent, guardian or custodian for child abuse (Capito) (Regular)

Com. Sub. for H. B. 4098 –     Relating to Geothermal Energy Development (Capito) (Regular)

Com. Sub. for H. B. 4297 –     To facilitate the sharing of information between the Department of Health and Human Resources and the State Auditor’s office in order to investigate reports of financial abuse and neglect of a vulnerable adult (Capito) (Regular)

H. B. 4522 –                            Relating to the expungement of criminal records (Capito) (Regular)


Com. Sub. for S. B. 279 –       Authorizing DEP to promulgate legislative rules (Capito) (Effective From Passage)

S. B. 450 –                               Updating definitions of WV Personal Income Tax Act [Finance Committee Amendment Pending] (Householder) (Effective From Passage)

S. B. 451 –                               Updating definitions of WV Corporation Net Income Tax Act (Householder) (Effective From Passage)

H. B. 4007 –                            To reduce personal income tax rates (Householder) (Regular)

Com. Sub. for H. B. 4114 –     Authorizing certain agencies of the Department of Administration to promulgate legislative rules (Capito) (Effective From Passage)

Com. Sub. for H. B. 4295 –     To transfer the State Office of the National Flood Insurance Program from the Offices of the Insurance Commissioner to the Division of Emergency Management (Steele) (Regular)

Com. Sub. for H. B. 4420 –     To modify definitions of school bus operators (Ellington) (Regular)

H. B. 4438 –                            Applying current requirements for certain voting systems to be independent and non-networked to all voting systems that seek certification in West Virginia (Capito) (Regular)

H. B. 4517 –                            Relating to the repealing requirements to display video ratings (Steele) (Regular)

H. B. 4535 –                            Repeal section relating to school attendance and satisfactory academic progress as conditions of licensing for privilege of operation of motor vehicle (Steele) (Regular)


Committee on Education and Committee on the Judiciary


9:00 a.m. – House Chamber

H. B. 4011, Establishing the Anti-Stereotyping Act.

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


a. H. B. 4247, Authorizing the Division of Natural Resources to promulgate a legislative rule relating to Special Motorboating Regulations.

b. H. B. 4248, Authorizing the Division of Natural Resources to promulgate a legislative rule relating to Public Shooting Ranges.

c. H. B. 4249, Authorizing the Division of Natural Resources to promulgate a legislative rule relating to General Hunting.

d. H. B. 4250, Authorizing the Division of Natural Resources to promulgate a legislative rule relating to Commercial Sale of Wildlife.

e. H. B. 4251, Authorizing the Division of Natural Resources to promulgate a legislative rule relating to Lifetime Hunting, Trapping, and Fishing Licenses.


a. H. B. 4027, Relating to increasing the limit on value of agricultural products under the Farm-To-Food Bank Tax Credit.

b. H. B. 4050, Defining terms related to livestock trespassing.

Political Subdivisions9:30 a.m. – Room 410 M

House Bill 2908, Relating to disclosure of information by online marketplaces to inform consumers

House Bill 4421, To ensure that municipalities cannot charge sewer rates for the filling of a swimming pool.

Committee on Rules10:45 a.m. – Behind Chamber

Workforce Development1 p.m. – Room 215 E

House Bill 4080, To create an apprenticeship program for students and local companies in West Virginia to increase hiring and retention

House Bill 4551, To create the West Virginia Warranty of Workers

Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services1 p.m. – Room 434 M

H. B. 4416, Provide volunteer firemen free license plates and vehicle registration.

H. B. 4279, Relating generally to the distribution of certain taxes and surcharges to benefit volunteer and part-volunteer fire departments.

Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development2 p.m. – Room 410 M

House Bill 4502, Establishing the BUILD WV Act.

Committee on Government Organization3 p.m. – Room 215 E

Consideration of HB 3122, Relating to the establishment and operation of regional water, wastewater and stormwater authorities. (There IS a Com Sub, Recommend the Com Sub do pass)

Consideration of HB 4087, Allowing variance in state fire code for certain buildings used solely for emergency equipment storage. (There IS a Com Sub, Recommend the Com Sub do pass)

Consideration of HB 4282, Relating to establishing next generation 911 services in this state.

Consideration of HB 4262, Relating to licensure for polygraph examiners. (There IS a Com Sub, Recommend the Com Sub do pass)

Consideration of HB 4418, Relating to the Small Business Supplier Certification Assistance Program. (There IS a Com Sub, Recommend the Com Sub do pass)

Committee on Finance3 p.m. – Room 462 M

H. B. 4008, Relating to Higher Education Policy Commission funding formula

H. B. 4307, Increase some benefits payable from Crime Victims Compensation Fund

H. B. 4484, Declaring certain claims against agencies of the state to be moral obligations of the state

H. B. 4396, Reducing federal adjusted gross income relating to tolls for travel on West Virginia toll roads paid electronically

H. B. 4410, Specifying allocation, apportionment and treatment of income of flow-through entities

H. B. 4461, Relating to the consolidation of all administrative fees collected by the agency into the existing “Tax Administration Services Fund”

Committee on Education3 p.m. – Room 434 M

H. B. 4357, Expanding the Learn And Earn Program to baccalaureate institutions.

H. B. 4565, To exempt temporary employees and employees of the Higher Education Policy Commission from automatic enrollment into the state’s 457 (b) plan.

H. B. 2084, Amend section providing for waiver of tuition and fees for older persons auditing certain college classes.

H. B. 4264, Change name of Glenville State College to “Glenville State University”.


Wednesday, February 9, 2022

HB4585.            By Del. Steele and Rohrbach – Relating to controlled substance monitoring; and removing a dispensing prohibition – To Health and Human Resources

HB4586.            By Del. Sypolt, Crouse, Jennings, Holstein, Steele, Kimes, Forsht, Tully, Graves and Mallow – Permitting those persons who made the decision to not take the COVID-19 vaccine to be able to collect unemployment benefits – To Workforce Development then Finance

HB4587.            By Del. Pushkin, Fluharty, Skaff, Bates, Dean, McGeehan, Steele and Smith – Relating to certification of a patient’s eligibility for medical cannabis – To Health and Human Resources then the Judiciary

HB4588.            By Del. Worrell, Dean, Paynter, Diserio, G. Ward and Storch – Amending requirements for licensure relating to elevator mechanics, crane operators, HVAC, electricians, and plumbers (FN) – To Government Organization

HB4589.            By Del. Haynes, Wamsley, Barrett, Hamrick, Hanshaw (Mr. Speaker), Bates, Pack, Pinson, Queen and Graves – To reduce the amount of registration cost for hybrid and electric vehicles to the same as that of gasoline vehicles (FN) – To Finance

HB4590.            By Del. Worrell, Dean, Paynter, Diserio, G. Ward and Storch – Reinstate the Contractor Licensing Board under the Division of Labor in Chapter 21 (FN) – To Government Organization

HB4591.            By Del. Hardy, Barrett, Haynes, Kessinger, Householder, Forsht, Bates, Foster and Hanna – Relating to accelerating the conversion of the state excise tax on the privilege of transferring real property into a county excise tax – To Finance

HB4592.            By Del. Pack – Relating generally to airports – To Government Organization then the Judiciary

HB4593.            By Del. Kimble, G. Ward, Mazzocchi, Pritt, Conley, Phillips, McGeehan, Pinson, Burkhammer, Sypolt and Fast – Refer instances of election fraud to the attorney general for prosecution – To Political Subdivisions then Government Organization then the Judiciary

HB4594.            By Del. Walker – Establishing an apprenticeship program for cosmetologists – To Government Organization

HB4595.            By Del. Booth, Reed, Statler and Riley – Create camera assisted enforcement of speeding in active work zones (FN) – To the Judiciary then Finance

HB4596.            By Del. Barrett, Haynes, Fast, Barnhart, Holstein, Hanna, Dean, Phillips, Paynter, Bridges and McGeehan – Relating generally to additional persons qualifying for the provisions of the Law-Enforcement Officers Safety Act – To the Judiciary

HB4597.            By Del. Dean, Paynter, Haynes, Bridges, Worrell, Toney, Barrett, Fleischauer, Boggs, Diserio and Zukoff – Creating WV Black Lung Program (FN) – To Health and Human Resources then the Judiciary

HB4598.            By Del. Evans, Pushkin, Garcia, Paynter, Worrell, Toney, Dean, Bridges, Zukoff, Haynes and Fluharty – Relating generally to occupational pneumoconiosis – To Health and Human Resources then the Judiciary

HB4599.            By Del. Riley – To modify the membership of the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (FN) – To Government Organization

HB4600.            By Del. Mazzocchi, Ellington, Kimble, Bridges, Maynor, Kessinger, Toney, Ferrell, Longanacre, Holstein and Capito – Making it a felony for a “Person in a Position of Trust” to assault, batter, or verbally abuse a child, or neglect to report abuse they witness (FN) – To the Judiciary

HB4601.            By Del. Rohrbach – Relating to expiration date of an optometrist’s prescription – To Health and Human Resources

HB4602.            By Del. Young, Clark, Kessinger, Wamsley, Ferrell, Statler and Hornbuckle – Student Suicide Prevention – ID Cards (FN) – To Education then Finance

HB4603.            By Del. Young, Fluharty, Garcia, Pushkin, Thompson, Kessinger and Steele – Permitting civil remedies for the unauthorized disclosure of intimate images – To the Judiciary

HB4604.            By Del. Ellington, Statler, Smith, Mazzocchi, Longanacre, Hanna, Tully, Maynor and Hamrick – Relating to abolishing the Workforce Development Initiative Program Advisory Council – To Finance

HB4605.            By Del. Fleischauer, Statler, Hansen, Evans, Williams, Dean, Phillips, Walker, Griffith, Sypolt and Rowe – Relating to West Virginia University Rifle Team electronic application donation program – To Finance

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