Local Bills Still Active

Some bills proposed by local lawmakers remain active in Charleston as the regular session of the West Virginia Legislature continues in its final week.

The session ends at midnight Saturday, and bills not passed by that time would have to be reintroduced at a later time.

House Bill 2716, introduced by Delegate Phil Diserio, D-Brooke, has yet to have its first of three required readings in the Senate, but it has been marked “do pass” by the leadership. It currently sits before the Senate Government Organizational Committee. The measure would lower the threshold amount from $500,000 to $100,000 for triggering a low bidder’s duty to submit list of subcontractors on government contracts.

In the House, five bills proposed by local senators are before the House Finance Committee, but they have yet to be acted upon.

– SB 185 – (Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall) Relating to alternative-fuel motor vehicles and qualified refueling infrastructure tax credits

– SB 191 – (Kessler) Relating to increasing maximum aggregate funding to Revenue Shortfall Reserve Fund

– SB 202 – (Kessler) Creating WV Spay Neuter Assistance Program and Fund

– SB 363 – (Kessler) Implementing purchasing reforms

– SB 599 – (Sen. Larry Edgell, D-Wetzel) Expanding number of hours temporary state personnel may work.

The House Judiciary Committee has five other bills from local lawmakers:

– SB 604 – (Kessler) Expanding definition of “electioneering communication”

– SB 355 – (Kessler) Relating to final wage payment to discharged employees

– SB 365 – (Kessler) Relating to certain criminal conviction expungement

– SB 594 – (Kessler) Establishing Court of Claims procedure for unjust arrest, conviction or imprisonment claims

– SB 615 – (Kessler) Amending table game license renewal fee for pari-mutuel racetracks. This legislation was pulled from the committee’s agenda late last week and isn’t expected to be reconsidered.

Another bill proposed by Kessler is awaiting its third reading after being remanded back to the House Government Organization Committee. SB 610 would rename the Industrial Home for Youth as the Salem Correctional Center, and place the Salem and Parkersburg centers under the Division of Corrections.

Also before the House Government Organization Committee is SB 557 proposed by Sen. Jack Yost, D-Brooke, about the Preventive Care Pilot Program.

The Senate late last week tabled two measures introduced by Delegate David Pethtel, D-Wetzel, on their third reading. HB 2818 would have made changes to definitions within the Teachers’ Defined Contribution Retirement System, and HB 2822 would have held liable any participating public employer owing late retirement contributions.