Local bills still active

CHARLESTON – 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 to be considered again by legislators.

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 a 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-Glen Dale) 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-New Martinsville) Expanding number of hours temporary state personnel may work.

The House Judiciary Committee, meanwhile, has before it 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 correctional centers under the Division of Corrections.

Also before the House Government Organization Committee is SB 557 proposed by Sen. Jack Yost, D-Wellsburg. It pertains to continuing the Preventive Care Pilot Program in the state.

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 delinquent retirement contributions.