House of Delegates Stalls on Pay Raises

WHEELING — As of 10:30 p.m., the West Virginia House of Delegates has refused to take up the pay raise bill for teachers, school service personnel and State Police, and a conference committee will now be convened on House Bill 4145.

Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio, is among those named to the conference committee from the Senate.

The Senate has adjourned until 11 a.m. Monday.

WHEELING — The West Virginia Senate has recalled House Bill 4145 based on what they call a “techinical error” — the wrong legislation was sent to the House.

Earlier tonight the Senate passed a version of the bill containing a 4-percent pay raise, but the bill sent to the House still contained the proposed 5-percent pay initially approved by the House.

The Senate asked that the bill be recalled, and and after lengthy discussion about process. It has been passed a second time by a vote of 19-13 with two members now absent. Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio, Majority Whip Ryan Weld, D-Brooke; and Charles Clements, R-Wetzel, all voted in favor. Sen. Mike Maroney, D-Marshall, was absent.

The 1-percent drop equals about $13.4 million to the state, and Senate Republicans said this money could be used to give all state employees at 4-percent raise. Many of the employees have not had raises since 2004, according to Sen. Greg Boso, R-Nicholas.

The Senate is now both in recess for 30 minutes.

WHEELING — Legislation giving State Police, public school teachers and school service employees a 4 percent has passed the West Virginia Senate.

The amendment to House Bill 4145 lowering the pay raise from 5 percent to 4 percent first was approved on the Senate floor by a vote of 19-15. HB 4145 then passed the Senate with a vote of 21 to 13, with Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio; Senate Majority Whip Ryan Weld, R-Brooke; and Sens. Mike Maroney, R-Marshall and Charles Clements, R-Wetzel, all voting yes in both instances.

The House is set to consider HB 4145 later this evening.