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Senate Introduces Nearly 300 Bills In First Two Days Of Session

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Tom Takubo, R-Kanawha, speaks on the Senate floor Friday night, March 10, 2023. He wears a blue jacket over a white shirt with a light blue tie. In one hand he holds a microphone while gesturing with his other hand, which holds a pen.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Takubo said that the individual committees will decide what bills are a priority to move forward.
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Two days into the 86th West Virginia Legislative session, the Senate introduced another 99 bills Thursday after entering nearly 200 bills Wednesday. 

The majority of those bills were sent to committees for further discussion while some were moved to first and second reading. 

A couple notable bills on second reading include: 

  • Senate Bill 154 increases penalties for drug possession and updates lists of offenses. 

Senate Majority Leader Tom Takubo, R-Kanawha, said the bills that have moved to second reading are all bills that had almost the full Senate’s support last session but were not passed into law. 

“Pretty much the entire Senate voted to affirm those to move them along last year, and for whatever reason they didn’t pass in the House,” Takubo said. “So we relisted those again this year, just to speed the time when nobody had any issues.”