House of Delegates http://wvpublic.org en W.Va. Lawmakers Finalizing Budget, Tapping Reserves http://wvpublic.org/post/wva-lawmakers-finalizing-budget-tapping-reserves <p></p><p>West Virginia lawmakers are working out kinks in a budget that gives public workers raises and digs into reserves.<br />&nbsp;<br />The House of Delegates and Senate are meeting this week to finalize the state spending plan for next fiscal year.<br />&nbsp;House of Delet Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:51:06 +0000 Associated Press 8354 at http://wvpublic.org W.Va. Lawmakers Finalizing Budget, Tapping Reserves Four Senate Bills the House Passed on the Next-to-Last Day of the Regular Session http://wvpublic.org/post/four-senate-bills-house-passed-next-last-day-regular-session <p>With today being the next-to-last day of the regular session, time is running out for lawmakers to complete legislation to be sent to the governor. The House voted on 23 Senate items ranging from rules bills, to education and assisting veterans.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:59:45 +0000 Aaron Payne 8262 at http://wvpublic.org Four Senate Bills the House Passed on the Next-to-Last Day of the Regular Session Bill to Require Construction Workers to Participate in Safety Program Passes http://wvpublic.org/post/bill-require-construction-workers-participate-safety-program-passes <p> Senate Bill 376 would require onsite employees at certain works construction projects to complete an Occupational Safety and Health Administration approved ten-hour construction safety program.<br /><br />Similar measures have been struck down in the past due to fears the program would decrease worker productivity.</p><p></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:36:56 +0000 Aaron Payne 8200 at http://wvpublic.org Bill to Require Construction Workers to Participate in Safety Program Passes Five Things That Happened Before W.Va. House Passed the Water Resources Protection & Management Act http://wvpublic.org/post/five-things-happened-wva-house-passed-water-resources-protection-management-act <p>There is little doubt that the bill aimed to protect water resources in the state, in response to the Jan. 9 spill of MCHM into the Elk River by Freedom Industries, has been the most closely watched and widely discussed bill of the session.</p><p>Although the Senate passed SB 373 less that two weeks after its introduction, its passage&nbsp;&nbsp;in the House took far longer--a result of a triple committee reference that offered a chance for roughly 60 delegates to offer amendments to the bill. Delegates also labored over 20 amendments on the bill's Third Reading Wednesday night before deciding to send the bill back to the Senate.</p><p>Here's a few highlights from Wednesday night's floor session leading up to SB 373's passage:</p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 06:40:42 +0000 Aaron Payne 8147 at http://wvpublic.org Five Things That Happened Before W.Va. House Passed the Water Resources Protection & Management Act Committee Approves Constitutional Amendment, Bill to Adjust Crime Victim Compensation Awards http://wvpublic.org/post/committee-approves-constitutional-amendment-bill-adjust-crime-victim-compensation-awards <p>While the House Judiciary Committee was unable to get through all 19 items in the morning session, they were able to approve a <a href="http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/bills_text.cfm?billdoc=SJR14%20SUB1.htm&amp;yr=2014&amp;sesstype=rs&amp;i=14&amp;houseorig=s&amp;billtype=jr">constitutional amendment</a> that would partner with Senate President Jeff Kessler’s Future Fund bill.<br /><br />The resolution would put the specific parameters of the fund into West Virginia’s constitution.<br /> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:58:17 +0000 Aaron Payne 8123 at http://wvpublic.org Committee Approves Constitutional Amendment, Bill to Adjust Crime Victim Compensation Awards Water Resource Protection Bill Passes Final House Committee Reference http://wvpublic.org/post/water-resource-protection-bill-passes-final-house-committee-reference <p>The House Finance Committee removed several of the sections added by the other House committees in the water resource protection bill.</p><p><br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0TBignBfA0&amp;feature=youtu.be</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 20:56:00 +0000 Aaron Payne 8069 at http://wvpublic.org Water Resource Protection Bill Passes Final House Committee Reference Committees Approve Bills to Create Future Fund, Increase Teacher Salaries http://wvpublic.org/post/committees-approve-bills-create-future-fund-increase-teacher-salaries <p>The House Judiciary Committee looked over Senate Bill 461 which would create the Future Fund.<br /><br />No substantive changes were suggested by the committee.</p><p></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:40:45 +0000 Aaron Payne 8029 at http://wvpublic.org Committees Approve Bills to Create Future Fund, Increase Teacher Salaries Delegates Advance Water Legislation after Debating 50 Amendments http://wvpublic.org/post/delegates-advance-water-legislation-after-debating-50-amendments <p>Members of the House Judiciary Committee spent more than 9 hours debating and discussing 50 amendments to Senate Bill 373 Sunday into Monday.<br /><br />The bill is meant to regulate above ground storage tanks and protect the state’s water resources in response to the January 9 chemical spill at Freedom Industries in Charleston that resulted in the contamination of 300,000 West Virginians’ drinking water.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 07:04:42 +0000 Ashton Marra 7976 at http://wvpublic.org Delegates Advance Water Legislation after Debating 50 Amendments Three Senate Bills and Where the House Stands http://wvpublic.org/post/three-senate-bills-and-where-house-stands <p><strong>Senate Bill 373: The Water Protection Bill</strong><br /><br />The House has had <a href="http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Text_HTML/2014_SESSIONS/RS/pdf_bills/SB373%20SUB2%20ENG%20PRINTED.pdf">S.B. 373</a> for nearly a month and Thursday, a bipartisan group of delegates sent a letter to Governor Tomblin requesting a special session with the sole focus on this bill.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:03:25 +0000 Aaron Payne 7929 at http://wvpublic.org Three Senate Bills and Where the House Stands Senate Bill to Expand Pretrial Release Programs in W.Va. Approved By House Committee http://wvpublic.org/post/senate-bill-expand-pretrial-release-programs-wva-approved-house-committee <p></p><p></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:03:33 +0000 Aaron Payne 7852 at http://wvpublic.org Senate Bill to Expand Pretrial Release Programs in W.Va. Approved By House Committee Downstream Strategies Issues New Water Protection Report to Judiciary Committee http://wvpublic.org/post/downstream-strategies-issues-new-water-protection-report-judiciary-committee <p><a href="http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/bills_text.cfm?billdoc=SB373%20SUB2.htm&amp;yr=2014&amp;sesstype=RS&amp;i=373">Senate Bill 373</a> relating to water resources protection was sent to the House nearly one month ago to go through three committee stops. Two weeks ago the bill made it through the Health and Human Resource Committee with amendments to be sent to the Judiciary Committee. Wednesday, the second committee used its meeting to hear from Downstream Strategies President Evan Hansen.</p><p></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:09:38 +0000 Aaron Payne 7796 at http://wvpublic.org Downstream Strategies Issues New Water Protection Report to Judiciary Committee Bill to Restrict Abortion Past 20 Weeks Passes House http://wvpublic.org/post/bill-restrict-abortion-past-20-weeks-passes-house <p>A motion to discharge <a href="http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/bills_text.cfm?billdoc=HB2364%20intr.htm&amp;yr=2014&amp;sesstype=RS&amp;i=2364">House Bill 2364</a> or the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act from committee and put it up for immediate vote was rejected on February 11th.<br /> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 01:33:26 +0000 Aaron Payne 7735 at http://wvpublic.org Bill to Restrict Abortion Past 20 Weeks Passes House Government Fraud Prevention Act Downed by House http://wvpublic.org/post/government-fraud-prevention-act-downed-house <p><a href="http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/bills_text.cfm?billdoc=HB4001%20SUB.htm&amp;yr=2014&amp;sesstype=RS&amp;i=4001">House Bill 4001</a> was introduced on the first day of the session as the False Claims Act. However, opponents of the bill referred to it as the “sue-and-settle” bill.</p><p></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 00:52:33 +0000 Aaron Payne 7734 at http://wvpublic.org Government Fraud Prevention Act Downed by House W.Va. House Looking to Double-Tap (Debt) Zombies http://wvpublic.org/post/wva-house-looking-double-tap-debt-zombies <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmA2WYyw-_A">A rule (#2: Double-Tap) </a>for dispatching zombies in the movie <em>Zombieland</em> is essentially being applied by the House of Delegates in regard to killing “Zombie Debts” with <a href="http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/bills_text.cfm?billdoc=HB4360%20SUB.htm&amp;yr=2014&amp;sesstype=RS&amp;i=4360">H.B. 4360</a>.<br /><br />Zombie debts are defined as debts attempted to be collected in which the statue of limitations has passed.<br /> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 23:05:11 +0000 Aaron Payne 7679 at http://wvpublic.org W.Va. House Looking to Double-Tap (Debt) Zombies Public Hearing Held on a Bill Relating to the Future of Toll Collection in W. Va. http://wvpublic.org/post/public-hearing-held-bill-relating-future-toll-collection-w-va <p>The House Judiciary Committee held a public hearing on a bill that would affect the way tolls are collected in the state.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:24:17 +0000 Aaron Payne 7551 at http://wvpublic.org Public Hearing Held on a Bill Relating to the Future of Toll Collection in W. Va. False Claims and Taxpayer Protection Act Once Again Approved to House Floor http://wvpublic.org/post/false-claims-and-taxpayer-protection-act-once-again-approved-house-floor <p><a href="http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/bills_text.cfm?billdoc=HB4001%20SUB.htm&amp;yr=2014&amp;sesstype=RS&amp;i=4001">House Bill 4001</a> was reported to the floor earlier in the session from the House Judiciary Committee. However, concerns from the business sector lead House leadership to request the bill be sent back to address those concerns.</p><p></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 23:08:55 +0000 Aaron Payne 7481 at http://wvpublic.org False Claims and Taxpayer Protection Act Once Again Approved to House Floor Bill to Keep West Virginians Working Passes in House Finance Committee http://wvpublic.org/post/bill-keep-west-virginians-working-passes-house-finance-committee <p><a href="http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/bills_text.cfm?billdoc=HB4409%20SUB.htm&amp;yr=2014&amp;sesstype=RS&amp;i=4409">House Bill 4409</a> creates the Valued Employee Retention Program with the goal of giving employers incentive to reduce workers’ hours rather than laying them off.</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:43:36 +0000 Aaron Payne 7343 at http://wvpublic.org Bill to Keep West Virginians Working Passes in House Finance Committee 'Brunch Bill' for Alcohol Sales Passes W.Va. House http://wvpublic.org/post/brunch-bill-alcohol-sales-passes-wva-house <p>The bill that incited the most debate during Monday’s floor session was one that would allow private licensees to begin alcohol sales at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays instead of 1:00 p.m. as dictated by current code. Aaron Payne reports.<br /><br />House Bill 4454 would allow restaurants and tourism destinations such as a bed and breakfast to serve alcoholic beverages as part of Sunday brunch.</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 23:01:45 +0000 Aaron Payne 7290 at http://wvpublic.org 'Brunch Bill' for Alcohol Sales Passes W.Va. House House Approves W. Va. Launch Pad Act http://wvpublic.org/post/house-approves-w-va-launch-pad-act <p><a href="http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/bills_text.cfm?billdoc=HB4343%20SUB.htm&amp;yr=2014&amp;sesstype=RS&amp;i=4343">House Bill 4343</a> provides economic benefits for businesses working with technologies not currently in West Virginia if they locate or expand in launch pads areas in the state.<br /><br />These benefits would begin on January 1, 2015 and last until December 30, 2030 and include state and local tax relief and assistance in moving a business here.<br /> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 22:55:39 +0000 Aaron Payne 7167 at http://wvpublic.org House Approves W. Va. Launch Pad Act Bill Passes to Prohibit Sale of Electronic Tobacco Products to Minors http://wvpublic.org/post/bill-passes-prohibit-sale-electronic-tobacco-products-minors <p>In Thursday’s House session, one bill on third reading and two bills mentioned in a speech dealt with the health and well-being of West Virginia’s children.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/bills_text.cfm?billdoc=HB4237%20SUB.htm&amp;yr=2014&amp;sesstype=RS&amp;i=4237">H.B. 4237</a> would protect the health of children from new products alternative to the traditional sources of tobacco.<br /><br />These new products include electronic cigarettes and cigars and dissolving products such as toothpicks, gum and lozenges.<br /> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:40:53 +0000 Aaron Payne 7117 at http://wvpublic.org Bill Passes to Prohibit Sale of Electronic Tobacco Products to Minors