Senate suspends more for second consecutive day on Monday, advances nine bills

By RealWV Staff,

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – In what seems to have become their new standard operating procedure, the West Virginia Senate, on Monday, once more suspended the constitutionally-required three separate day reading-rule to expedite the passage of nine bills. 

The bills adopted by the Senate after rule-suspension include:

  • SB 1002, which seeks to amend appropriations to the Department of Revenue, thereby making additional appropriations possible.
  • SB 1003, which seeks to modify multiple appropriations to the Division of Corrections.
  • SB 1004, which seeks to make supplemental appropriations to the Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Parolee supervision fees, and Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority. 
  • SB 1005, which seeks to modify appropriations for Correctional Units, and the Bureau of Juvenile Services.
  • SB 1006, which seeks to update temporary identification cards for released inmates.
  • SB 1007, which seeks to require municipalities to reimburse certain regional jail per diem fees. 
  • SB 1008, which seeks to clarify the conditions of a pretrial release.
  • SB 1042, seeking to remove $12 million in excess funding from the Department of Education Vocational Consolidated Accounts Fund.

SB 1027, the intention of which is “Supplementing, amending and increasing existing items of appropriation from State Road Fund to DOH,” was also pushed through the Senate after members voted to suspend the three separate day reading-rule. 

According to Gov. Jim Justice, SB 1027 is the bill that will allow lawmakers to “capitalize on our state’s spectacularly strong revenues [by] investing another $150 million in our highway maintenance and equipment, bringing our total state investment in our roads since I took office to over $2 billion.”

The Senate will have seven bills remaining on second reading Tuesday, including:

  • SB 1012, which seeks to update child support guidelines.
  • SB 1013, which seeks to make West Virginia an “agreement” state with the U.S. Nuclear regulatory Commission.
  • SB 1014, which seeks to modify appropriations to PEIA (Public Employees Insurance Agency).
  • SB 1015, which seeks to modify appropriations to the Board of Education, State Aid to Schools Fund. 
  • SB 1016: which seeks to modify appropriations to the Department of Education, State Aid to Schools Fund.
  • SB 1024, which seeks to establish Summersville Lake as West Virginia’s newest State Park.
  • SB 1044, seeking to include Potomac State College in eligibility for Learn and Earn Program. 

In total, the Senate has passed 37 bills since the calling of a Special Session Sunday afternoon. The House of Delegates has passed eight. 

The House of Delegates will convene at 9 a.m. Tuesday, while the Senate will be in session beginning at noon. RealWV will provide updates regarding Tuesday’s legislative activity as additional information is made available. 

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