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West Virginia Legislative Brief: Commentary from Gil White 2/15/19

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Legislative Action by the Numbers:

1124 bills introduced in the House of Delegates
618 bills introduced in the State Senate
101 bills have passed the House of Delegates
105 bills have passed the State Senate 
17 bills have completed legislative action (3 House bills and 14 Senate bills)
6 bills have been signed into law by the Governor
1 bill has been vetoed by the Governor (SB 272)
10 bills have passed both Chambers and await signature of the Governor

My View from the Capitol:

The House of Delegates passed an omnibus education bill that’s significantly different from when it came over from the Senate. This has been a highly debated and emotional piece of legislation as it has worked its way through the legislative process.  

The bill passed 71-29 early Thursday afternoon, after more than an hour of debate.

That sets up a showdown with the Senate over the differences in the bill. That could take place in conference committee as soon as next week.

The 125-page bill would make a variety of changes to West Virginia’s school system. It would bundle long-promised pay raises with two possible charter schools, a change to authority over local school levies, a bonus for unused personal days, and more. On Thursday morning, the state Board of Education voted unanimously to endorse the House’s version of the omnibus education bill after previously going on record as opposing specific provisions in the Senate bill.

The House yesterday spent almost 12 hours debating some 35 proposed amendments to the proposed bill. Some of the highlights from the amendments offered were:

This bill will now go back to the State Senate for what is expected to be a challenging task of addressing the differences between the two chambers.

Legislative Calendar - Important Days to Remember

First Day - January 9​
20th Day - January 28 - Submission of Legislative Rule-Making Review Bills due​
35th Day - February 12 - Last day to introduce bills in the House​
41st Day - February 18 - Last day to introduce bills in the Senate​
47th Day - February 24 - Bills due out of committee in house of origin to ensure three full days for readings​
50th Day - February 27 - Last day to consider bills on third reading in house of origin. Does not apply to the budget bill or supplemental appropriation bills.​
60th Day - March 9 - Adjournment at midnight

News From Around the State

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Manchin set goals as Energy Committee ranking member

Dominion Energy's Atlantic Coast Pipeline delayed until 2021

Senate Finance OKs intermediate appeals court bill

W.Va. State Building & Construction Trades Council to offer drug tests to legislators

Dominion Energy announces plans to cut methane emissions in half

Loughry sentenced to 2 years in federal prison

Satellite casino bill moving along in the House of Delegates 

Senate Government Organization Committee passes county sales tax, emergency response bills

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Government Relations Coordinator - WV
(304) 280-6966
Charleston, WV